Super Mario All-Stars

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Super Mario All-Stars
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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date Japan July 14, 1993
USA August 1, 1993
Europe December 16, 1993
Australia December 16, 1993
Genre Compilation, Platformer
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Media
SNES:
Media SNES.png Cartridge
Input
Super Nintendo:
The game logo

Super Mario All-Stars (also known as Super Mario Collection in Japan), is a compilation of remakes for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (the Super Famicom in Japan). It ports Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (known as Super Mario Bros. 2 For Super Players in Japan) to the Super Nintendo with an added on-cartridge save feature, updated graphics and sound, and an additional "battle game" for Super Mario Bros. 3. It is the first time that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was released for the western public.

This game was re-released again as Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, which as the title suggests, additionally featured Super Mario World. It was never released in Japan.

During development, the Japanese developers called this game "Mario Extravaganza".

In 2010, the game was once again re-released as part of the Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary, under the title Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition. The game was initially released with a Mario history booklet and a CD containing songs and sound effects from various games.

Changes to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Graphics[edit]

The title screen for this game.
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SNES
The NES version (top) compared with the SNES version (bottom).

There are graphical updates for all settings. Overworld levels have grass on the ground. All levels have background art (for example, levels that take place at night have a twinkling star background). Worlds 3, 5, and 7 now take place in a setting covered in snow (this does not affect gameplay). Underground levels show a wall in the background. Water levels have a distortion effect. Green Koopa Troopas are always green (as opposed to being teal in underground levels.) The color of Bloopers was changed from white to pink, and gray Cheep-Cheeps are now green. Bullet Bills' arms are now animated, and Bowser now resembles his Super Mario Bros. 3 design. There are parallax scrolling layers in the background. Secret underground levels have an image of Mario or Luigi showing a V sign in the background, which are labeled "Bonus". This is also seen in Coin Heaven. Underground levels like World 1-2 place an echo effect on all sounds.

Luigi is now no longer a palette swap of Mario, the Bros.' standing pose is different, resembling the sprites from Super Mario Bros. 3 with the shirt and overall colors swapped, and Fire Mario and Fire Luigi are no longer colored the same having the shirt and overall colors swapped. When a brother enters a bigger castle, he takes the middle door rather than the left one. Before vanishing in a door, he shows a V sign with his fingers. The Bros. also show a V sign when entering a pipe from above.

As opposed to simply standing on the ground, Toads are now found in sacks, which they somehow escape from after Mario or Luigi come. There also are now two Toads in World 2, three Toads in World 3, four Toads in World 4, and so on. They always have a different animation when Mario rescues them from a sack. The final scene where Mario rescues Princess Toadstool has also been changed. She is now held in a cage above lava which Mario jumps into from the side, and if the player is Small Mario, a Mushroom will rain down and make him Super Mario. Then there is a zoom-in showing Toadstool kissing Mario on the cheek; in Super Mario Bros., he blushes; in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, his eyes become heart shaped, but in World D, he blushes due to Toadstool already kissing him multiple times.

The bricks for each fortress are more distinguishable from the normal bricks. Originally, they were normal bricks, but could not be broken. Bowser's Castle is distinguished from the other castles by having thunder and lightning occur in the background.

The originally gray-colored World 6-3 is now colored normally.

Gameplay[edit]

The player starts out with five lives instead of three. There is a level introduction screen which gives a brief overview of all enemies appearing in the level.

Breaking a Brick Block has a different effect. Originally, Mario/Luigi would quickly fall down. In Super Mario All-Stars, however, he continues going upwards, then slowly goes back down. In all Mario games except Super Mario All-Stars, and even in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3, he bounces down quickly, as he did in NES. Mario gets hurt if he hits the upper mouth of Piranha Plants, while in the original Super Mario Bros., the upper pixels of the Piranha Plant's mouth do not harm Mario.

There were several bug fixes. An extra block was added on top of the pipe at the end of water levels, preventing Mario from getting stuck in this place as it was possible in the original game. When Mario has more than 9 lives, they are displayed correctly. Glitches such as Minus World were removed, although Mario can still walk through the wall into the Warp Zone. The leftmost pipe will warp to World 4, however.

During a game over, the player is asked to continue, save and continue, or save and quit. Mario/Luigi appears at the bottom, next to the logo of the current game.

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the game can be saved after clearing a level rather than a world.

In World 8-3, the separate brick walls in the background are now replaced with a single, continuous wall, thus revealing the existence of a hidden coin block hidden in the last wall of the original version (whose existence is only given away by a faint white line located just above it).

In the more difficult quest, there is now a star to the left of the world's name and number. Since Mario/Luigi now starts as either Super or Fire Mario/Luigi, this marks the only time he ever gets a Fire Flower from the first ? Block (after the first Goomba) containing a power-up.

In a 2 player game, the second player now starts after the first player finishes a level as well as after he/she loses a life, and vice versa.

Time is converted to points in castle levels.

Music[edit]

The entire music of the game was updated. A new "happier" background music plays in secret underground areas and the Coin Heaven, instead of the normal underground and starman theme respectively. There is also a new Bowser battle music, which starts when the player reaches a False Bowser in a castle. The Bowser battle music is different for the real Bowser, however; that music plays in World 8-4 and World D-4. Although there are some exceptions in The Lost Levels, going through a pipe generally no longer resets the music. In World 8-4, the underwater area now uses castle music rather than water music. The title screen for both games now has a cover version of the SMB Underwater theme playing in the background: with a harmonica in SMB and a harp in The Lost Levels.

Changes to Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

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The NES version (top) compared with the SNES version (bottom).

Graphics[edit]

Several enemies get a palette swap. Pink Shy Guys, Snifits, and Pansers are now blue. Since green and gray Snifits function identically in the original game, all green Snifits are now gray. Likewise for Pansers and Birdos, green and gray ones are now just green. Green and gray Beezos are now red while red ones are now yellow. Both Mousers are now gray too. The playable characters have also had their sprites recolored to match their actual appearance (as the original game used only three colors for the character sprites). Some of these includes Princess Peach receiving blonde hair as opposed to brown from the original and Toad getting red spots on his cap rather than blue spots.

The backgrounds of the levels have also been given more detailed add-ons such as clouds, trees, etc. The mushroom that allows the hero to get an extra heart is rounder and has fewer white spots than the original (giving it an appearance more similar to a Super Mushroom).

Due to a controversy over the original manual, Birdo is now female.

Music[edit]

The music within the game has also been retouched and several sound effects from the characters have also been changed (such as when the hero picks up a vegetable or enemy). The spike area in World 5-2 does not use underground music, but it uses overworld music instead.

Other[edit]

  • Saving is now possible and the game has unlimited continues instead of two in the NES version.
  • The game makes full use of the two run buttons X Button and Y Button on the SNES controller, so one button can be held to run while another for picking up and throwing enemies.
  • After a character loses a life, the player can now select any character. Originally, he or she must play with the character who lost a life.
  • Life points have now a heart shape, opposed to diamonds on the NES version.
  • Some levels that originally take place during the day now take place at night and vice-versa.
  • The Game Over and Warp Zone screens now has the title's red-and-gold border and features Birdo as opposed to just white letters on a black background.
  • The first area in World 4-2 is now underground.
  • A sound is played to indicate when the Power Squat Jump has been charged up
  • Birdo spits out the Crystal Ball when defeated. In the NES game, Birdo held the crystal ball.

Changes to Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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The NES version (top) compared with the SNES version (bottom).

Graphics[edit]

  • Most sprites are the same, except they have been recolored. Additionally, Luigi is no longer a recolored Mario sprite.
  • All levels are given remastered backgrounds with parallax scrolling, instead of plain blue, yellow and black backgrounds.
  • Underground areas get a more realistic look. All invisible blocks there are now hidden completely with no white dots indicating their presence.
  • The White Mushroom Houses are colored blue, not white.
  • Some inventory items change color; Super Leaf is brown; Starman is gold; Anchor is silver; Fire Flower is orange. Additionally, the Super Mushroom is now colored red with white spots, though it keeps its original look while in the inventory, which has been changed from pink to blue.
  • Inside bonus rooms, there is a new background made out of diamonds and question marks.
  • A coin symbol is used instead of a $ sign.
  • The pictures on the cards at the end of each level have been colored in.
  • New map icons for the Boomerang Bro., Fire Bro., and Sledge Bro. have been implemented. However, the Sledge Bro.'s map icon is merely a green Hammer Bro.; this was fixed in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Beanstalks that grow in The Sky and Iced Land are now green. Also, all Airships are now brown.
  • In the cutscene where Mario falls down from an Airship, the sky changes from night to day.
  • Pile Driver Microgoomba blocks now shine like the other bricks, making them much harder to find.
  • The unique white 1-Up mushroom in World 6-3 is now colored normally.
  • World 1-5 is now grassy instead of ice and snow.

Music and Sound effects[edit]

  • A jazz cover of the SMB Underwater theme now plays on the title screen.
  • When Mario or Luigi loses the Raccoon power-up, the sound effect is now the same as losing any other power-up, instead of the "poof" sound.
  • Airship cannons have a more realistic sound effect.
  • While inside the tank in Dark Land, the music changes to Hammer Bro. battle music. Originally, it doesn't change at all.

Gameplay[edit]

  • A Battle Game is available from the title screen, slightly different from the one accessible from the map in a 2-player game. It introduces the Reverse Mushroom, the item which later reappear in Mario Party 3.
  • Mario's last life before a Game Over is "1"; in the NES it is "0".
  • "Mario Start!" and "Luigi Start!" are now displayed when starting a level, similarly to Super Mario World.
  • Saving is now possible.
  • Kings get transformed into characters from other Mario games:
  • The All-Stars version uses full use of two the run buttons X Button and Y Button, like Super Mario World. Although it makes little difference for most scenarios, one difference is Fire Mario can take out a Koopa while holding it.
  • In the Mushroom Houses, Mario can move three seconds into the dialogue rather than waiting until the dialogue completes.
  • There is no longer a time limit in map-traveling Warp Pipes.
  • Three coins were added to World 2-2, meaning that Mario can get the White Mushroom House without collecting any from the group located far away from the P-Switch.
  • The Ice Blocks in World 3-9 are made a half-curve, fixing a glitch involving shooting the Ice Blocks and then doing a duck jump to go down the side of the pipe.
  • In World 4-4, the water level is now the same height. As a result while in the original the water level was higher before the wall and lower after it, here it's the other way around (the water is lower before the wall but higher after).
  • The first Toad House in Iced Land now has a Hammer Suit so that Mario can get a Hammer Suit without having to do World 6-5.
  • The Ice Block structure in World 7-5 was moved to the right, fixing a glitch similar to the one in World 3-9.
  • In World 7-PiranhaPlant-Map-SMA4.gif 2, the Pipe at the end of the screen was heightened with a block added at the very top so that Raccoon or Tanooki Mario cannot fly to the top of the Pipe and get hit by an invisible muncher.
  • World 8-Fortress1-SMB3.png gets more complex by having two sides both colored blue (as opposed to a blue side and a gray side).

Media[edit]

Main article: List of media from Super Mario All-Stars
Audio.png Super Mario Bros. Overworld Theme - The Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.
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Audio.png Super Mario Bros. Underwater Theme - The Super Mario Bros. underwater theme.
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Video.svg Super Mario Bros. 3 - Gameplay of World 1-1.
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World 9 challenge[edit]

From volume 52 of Nintendo Power:

We're giving you a chance to show us what you're made of. And we'll award anyone who can reach World 9 of this poisonous pack with a badge of honor. Here's the catch-you can only reach World 9 of the Lost Levels if you play every single tortuous level. Absolutely no warping! (If you try to take a shortcut, you'll skip from World 8 to bonus World A.) Send us a photo of your accomplishment, and we'll send you this great iron-on patch. Just pause the game, and take a picture of the screen with World 9 clearly displayed in the corner. Get stompin'! The deadline is October 31, 1993.

Send your name, address and photo to:

Nintendo Power
World 9 Challenge
P.O. Box 97043
Redmond, WA 98073-9743


Contest Rules
  • Patch will be awarded to all valid entries received postmarked by October 31, 1993. Entries must include a photograph of a television screen with level 9 clearly displayed from the video game Super Mario All-Stars, The Lost Levels along with the entrants full name and mailing address. All judging decisions made by the Nintendo Power Staff are final."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオコレクション
Sūpā Mario Korekushon
Super Mario Collection