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Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
Box NA - Super Mario World Super Mario Advance 2.png
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date Game Boy Advance
USA November 12, 2001
Japan December 14, 2001
Australia April 2, 2002
Europe April 3, 2002
South Korea September 23, 2002
China March 15, 2006 (iQue)[1]
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan April 3, 2014
USA December 25, 2014
Genre 2D Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) 1-2 players
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game Boy Advance:
Media GBA icon.png Cartridge
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Game Boy Advance:

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (or Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World) is the GBA remake of Super Mario World made for the Game Boy Advance. It was the second title in the Super Mario Advance series and was released in 2001 (2002 outside Japan). There are many differences between the original Super Mario World and Super Mario Advance 2 (listed below). The game was successful, selling over 5,460,000 copies worldwide, with at least 3,290,000 copies in the United States[citation needed]. The Mario Bros. classic game has been included in the game (like the other Super Mario Advance games), with multiplayer. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 was re-released on the Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan on April 3, 2014, and in North America on December 25, 2014.


Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach decide to take a holiday in Dinosaur Land. They arrive via Hot Air Balloon, and the brothers fly around the Island using the Cape Feather. However, Bowser and the Koopalings trap Yoshi and his friends in enchanted eggs, eliminating their opposition as they take over Dinosaur Land. Shortly upon their arrival, the Mario brothers realise that Princess Peach has been stolen. While searching, they find the Koopa Troop army. Upon freeing the friendly Yoshi, he exclaims that the Koopas have invaded, confirming that Peach's persistent captor has indeed returned and taken the opportunity to claim the princess.

As Mario and friends travel through Dinosaur Land, they uncover the Valley of Bowser. After defeating Larry, the Mario Bros. have access to the front door of Bowser's Castle. Bowser is fought on his castle roof in his Koopa Clown Car, holding Peach hostage. Upon his defeat, he drops the princess and retreats. Princess Peach rewards Mario or Luigi with a kiss as fireworks celebrate freedom, signifying that their vacation can resume with their new friends. The team then returns to Yoshi's House where they and three other Yoshis watch the Yoshi eggs hatch into babies.


Mario and Luigi's height difference in their jumps.

Like previous Mario games, the aim is to complete the level by jumping over pits, enemies and the like while using items and power-ups to solve puzzles to find different exits. Dragon Coins also serve as an optional task which involves collecting every one of them. Both Mario and Luigi have different play styles, something that originated in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Mario has the no flaws or strong points, whereas Luigi's jumps are higher but suffers from worse traction.


  • A Button - Jump
  • B Button - Dash
  • R Button - Spin Jump
  • L Button - Scroll camera
  • Start Button - Pause
  • Select Button - Use item/Return to map (When paused)


Item Description Points Collected Transformation
Super Mushroom
Transforms Mario or Luigi into Super Mario or Super Luigi. 1000 SMW Mario.PNG
Super Mario
Fire Flower
Transforms Mario or Luigi into Fire Mario or Fire Luigi. 1000 SMWFire.jpg
Fire Mario
Cape Feather
Transforms Mario or Luigi into Cape Mario or Cape Luigi. 1000 SMW Capefly.png
Cape Mario
P-Balloon SMW.PNG
Power Balloon
If Mario or Luigi collects one of these, they will inflate like balloons and will be able to float in the air for a short time. 0 P-BalloonMario.jpeg
Balloon Mario
SMW Star.svg
When collected, either Mario or Luigi will become temporarily invincible. If the players collects more stars in blocks when they have it already, they can stay invincible for longer. Enemies defeated while invincible count towards points eventually becoming 1-Ups or 2-Ups, depending on the enemy. 1000 InvincibleMario.png
Invincible Mario
Yoshi's Wings.png
Yoshi's Wings
If Yoshi grabs these wings, he will enter Coin Heaven. 0 Blue Yoshi SMW.PNG
Blue Yoshi


Item Description
SMW 1-up.png
1-Up Mushroom
If Mario or Luigi collects one, they'll get an extra life.
3-Up Moon
If Mario or Luigi collects one of these very rare items, they both get three extra lives.
Collect 100 Coins for a 1-Up.
YoshiCoin SMW.png
Dragon Coin
Collect all five or more on one stage for a 1-Up. Collecting all of these will transform them into Peach Coins.
Key and Keyhole.PNG
Key and Keyhole
If Mario or Luigi grab the key and put it in a keyhole, a secret level will be unlocked.
When the blue switch is pressed, blocks transform into coins and vice-versa, and some invisible blocks will be revealed. If the silver one is pressed, some enemies, such as Spinies, will transform into Silver Coins. After a short period of time, the changes made by either switch will revert to normal.
Magic Ball
An item that is required to successfully complete the Sunken Ghost Ship.
SMW Baby Yoshi.gif
Baby Yoshi
Sometimes Yoshi eggs will hatch Baby Yoshies. The Baby Yoshi must eat five enemies or one powerup to grow into a Yoshi.

Secret bonus changes[edit]

After the opening all 96 exits, the following changes occur:

  • World map: The colors of the map become fall-themed, like grass and the trees of Forest of Illusion turning orange.
  • Koopa Troopas and Koopa Paratroopas: Transform into Mask Koopas and Para Mask Koopas, respectively.
  • Piranha Plants and Jumping Piranha Plants: Change into Pumpkin Plants and Jumping Pumpkin Plants, respectively.
  • Beanstalks: Heads will turn into pumpkins.
  • Bullet Bills: Replaced with Pidgit Bills.
  • Galoombas: Become yellowish and have sunglasses.
  • Pokeys: Turn into sawblade-like creatures.


Yoshi's Island (place)Donut PlainsVanilla DomeTwin BridgesForest of IllusionChocolate IslandValley of Bowser
Click a level icon to open the relevant article.

Unlike the previous game where the worlds are split into different areas, this games map is based around Dinosaur Land, which in itself acts as a continent for the game to take place in. Most worlds also have have a name relating to a food, such as dessert or drink. Towers appear as the area which a Koopaling must be fought. After defeating a Koopaling, a Yoshi egg will be saved and the castle will be destroyed, unable to be played again until the game is beaten. The map has undergone several changes, such as the Top Secret Area now being a smiling bush instead of the usual yellow dot. The idea of areas within the same region and food themed world names was later re-used in New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U.

World Map Description Bosses
SmwYoshi's Island.PNG
Yoshi's Island
Yoshi'sIslandSMW.png A basic world with little hazards aside from enemies and occasional pits. Yoshi's House is also found here. Iggy Koopa
Donut Plains2.jpg
Donut Plains
DonutPlains.png A slightly more sophisticated world where the Cape Feather and Ghost Houses are first found. It also contains the Top Secret Area. The Big Boo
Morton Koopa Jr.
SMW Blargg.jpg
Vanilla Dome
VanillaDome.gif An underground-themed area which takes place in a cave. The end of the world leads to the top of the mountain where the tower is. Lemmy Koopa
SMBTwin Bridges.jpg
Twin Bridges
Twins 2.PNG On top of the mountain, near the exit to Vanilla Dome, lies two parallel bridges. This area has a somewhat sky-like theme. Ludwig Von Koopa
SMW Forest of illusion scene art.PNG
Forest of Illusion
ForestOfIllusion.png A forest area with multiple paths and many secret exits. Reznor
Roy Koopa
Chocolate Island.jpg
Chocolate Island
ChocoIslandMap.PNG A desert-like area with a brown colouring and hot mud, which acts like lava. Reznor
Wendy O. Koopa
Valley of Bowser
ValleyOfBowser.png Bowser's area where he is fought in Bowser's Castle. Larry Koopa
SMW StarWorld.jpg
Star World
StarWorld SMW.png A secret world that can be accessed by use of Stars that are located on various world maps. Different coloured Yoshis can be found here. N/A
Special World.jpg
Special World
SpecialZone SMW.png A special world that is unlocked after beating Star World. Beating this world changes the game's colours and some enemies. N/A

List of changes[edit]

  • There is a new intro to the game. In it, Mario, Luigi and the Princess Toadstool are shown arriving in a hot air balloon. When they land, Luigi wears a cape and presents a Cape Feather to Mario, turning him into Cape Mario. After seeing Mario have fun with it, they fly around Yoshi's Island together. When they return to the landing spot where they left the princess behind, they find her missing and become puzzled as title appears on the overworld. However, they still begin the game small.
  • The Fall changes return in the GBA version; however, there are some differences in the GBA Fall:
    • In the SNES version, the changes occur after the player completes the Special courses. The player must clear all 96 exits to make the changes occur in the GBA version.
    • After the player unlocks the Fall changes in the GBA version, a cut scene is shown where Luigi is in his balloon tossing out the masks for the Koopas to wear.
    • In addition to the Koopas, Bullet Bills, and Piranha Plants, the Goombas and Pokeys have different appearances as well.
    • In the GBA ending credits, although the alternate enemies are displayed, their original names remain. The alternate forms are not given names as they are in the English SNES version.
  • If the player manages to collect all five Yoshi Coins in every single level, all the Yoshi Coins will change into Peach Coins (after watching a cutscene where this happens).
  • By pressing Select Button on the world map, the player can access a status menu, allowing them to see total play time, score, how many exits they have found as each brother, and whether they have saved the princess and collected all the Dragon Coins or not. Below is a list of levels the player has found and their exits, as well as an indication of which brother the player found each one as, and whether they have obtained all the Dragon Coins in a given stage or not. Additionally, after finding and completing all the exits of every level, the player can scroll through the list of levels, and pressing A Button will take them automatically to whichever level they have selected.
  • At the end of the bonus game, Mario and Luigi do their victory pose regardless of whether or not they had won any extra lives in the SNES version. In the GBA version, if Mario (or Luigi) does not win, he turns his head down in disappointment.
  • Voices have been added to Boos, the Koopalings, and Mario and Luigi. For example, when Larry, Iggy, Lemmy or Wendy falls in lava, he/she will shriek. Some of Mario and Luigi's voices have been ripped from the first Super Mario Advance, while others are new.
  • The full HUD appears during the final boss battle. In the SNES version, only the reserve item (if the player has one) is displayed.

Gameplay changes[edit]

  • Players can have up to 999 lives and save the number of lives for the next time the player plays the game.
  • The player can also save half-way through a level once the player has passed the half-way gate and quit. When the player comes back to that level, the player will start from the half-way gate and it is not affected by playing another level after doing this process.
  • Players now start out with the power up they last had, instead of Small Mario or Small Luigi.
  • When the player gets hurt with Cape or Fire power, they won't become small and need to use the item in reserve (if any); instead, they will become Super Mario/Luigi and keep the reserve item.
  • Because there is only one run button on the GBA, it is impossible for Mario to turn around while flying with the cape, or release fireballs while holding an object.
  • Luigi is an optional character (because the "2 Player" feature from the SNES version is not available in this version) and can be swapped out with Mario by pressing R Button on the world map. His gameplay differences from Mario include:
    • Luigi is updated to resemble his current look: tall and skinny, similar to his look in Super Mario Advance.
    • Luigi jumps higher but more slowly than Mario, and uses a different animation where he pedals his feet in midair as he does so.
    • When Luigi flies using the Cape, he doesn't fly as fast as Mario.
    • When hurled, Fire Luigi's fireballs bounce higher than Fire Mario's.
    • Unlike Mario, when Luigi rides Yoshi, he does not instantly swallow any enemy. Instead, Yoshi can spit them out and use them to attack other enemies. If Yoshi has an enemy in his mouth for about eight seconds, he will swallow it.
    • If Luigi hits a Coin Block, all of the coins inside it will spill out of the block at once instead of collecting them one by one.
  • The player can get the colored Yoshis in ? Blocks: a Blue Yoshi if the player is Cape Mario/Cape Luigi, a Red Yoshi if the player is Fire Mario/Fire Luigi and a Green Yoshi or Yellow Yoshi if the player is Small Mario/Small Luigi or Super Mario/Super Luigi. This only happens after the Mario Bros. have used the Yoshis in Star World.
  • When Yoshi eats ten berries consecutively in the SNES version, he will produce an egg containing a mushroom. In the GBA version, the egg contains a different item depending on the color Yoshi. If it is a green Yoshi, the egg produces a mushroom like the SNES version, however, a blue Yoshi will produce an egg containing a feather, Red Yoshi's egg produces a Fire Flower, and Yellow Yoshi's egg produces a Starman.
  • If Yoshi lands on a moving platform, he will no longer fall through it like he does in the original game.
  • Yoshi can no longer spit out the key after activating a keyhole.
  • The point values for defeating the Chargin' Chucks are higher in the GBA version, and coins are awarded for defeating them with fireballs.
  • Players now gain 400 points after punching a Climbing Koopa. In the original, they only gain 100 points.
  • After completing a castle or fortress, in the SNES version, the player could replay the castle by pressing L and R simultaneously. The player cannot reenter completed castles and fortresses in the GBA version until Bowser is defeated, after which they can be reentered anytime without the use of special button combinations.
  • Yoshi can swallow Dolphins. This was possible in the Super Famicom version, but was taken out when the original game was localised for regions outside Japan.

Level design changes[edit]

  • There are more Message Blocks throughout the game than the SNES version.
  • Dragon Coins are now found in Fortresses and Ghost Houses, with some areas of the fortresses reconfigured to accommodate them.
  • The Top Secret Area has a timer (200 seconds) in the Advance remake, whereas there was no time limit there in the SNES version.
  • When fighting Bowser, there was no time limit in the SNES version. In the Advance remake, however, the timer stays intact.
    • Because of this, the time limit in Bowser's Castle was extended from 400 to 800 (or 600 if entering via Back Door).
  • In the seventh room of Bowser's Castle which features the Bowser Statues that spit out flames, the Game Boy Advance remake didn't have the first statue spitting out flames, thereby making the first part of the room much easier.
  • In #3 Lemmy's Castle, a powerup found lying around in the last room is a feather in the GBA version instead of a Super Mushroom.
  • The keyhole exit from Star World 2 is slightly different.

Graphical changes[edit]

In-game logo of Super Mario Advance 2
  • On the map screen, the icon for Top Secret Area is now a smiling bush. It was only a yellow circle in the SNES version.
  • Princess Peach's sprites are redesigned to more accurately resemble her official appearance. For example, the color of her dress is lighter, her hair has more of a blonde look and is thicker, and her earrings are changed from the SNES version's pink to their established blue.
  • Bowser's arms were green in the SNES version, while they are the correct orange-yellow in the GBA version.
  • Instead of Yoshi having orange hands and arms, they were changed to the main color of the Yoshi (for example, a Blue Yoshi would have blue arms instead of green). This is due to the fact that later games featuring Yoshi are like that, and it become a staple for Yoshi's coloring. The artwork for Super Mario World even featured it, so reasons in-game for the arms to be orange are unknown.
  • The rescued Yoshi Egg dots are different colors, instead of being a dull yellow-brown color as in the original.
  • Mario's Fire Flower suit has a lighter shade of red in the Game Boy Advance remake than in the original.
  • The Big Boos, including the Big Boo boss, are white. In the SNES version, they are blue.
  • The boss door in Chocolate Fortress is now colored red like every other boss door. It was the only brown door in the SNES version.
  • Larry Koopa's hair is changed to the correct style. However, all other sprite-artwork inconsistencies in the Koopalings' sprites remain from the SNES version.

Textual changes[edit]

  • Messages in the SNES version featured the heading "Point of Advice", while the heading in the GBA version is "Tourist Tips."
  • Princess Toadstool's name is now stated as the current universal standard Peach name set by Super Mario 64 and Yoshi's Safari, just like in the last installment.
  • In the SNES version, when a new game is started, Mario is shown as well as a message box stating he is in Dinosaur Land and Bowser has kidnapped Peach/Princess Toadstool. In the GBA version, both Mario and Luigi are shown, and Luigi is seen pacing back and forth while Mario is looking up at the message box.
  • In the GBA version, when the Mario Bros find a non-green Yoshi in the Star World, and grows it to full size, a message is displayed where the Yoshi thanks the player for rescuing it and tells the player what happens when that Yoshi eats any color shell.
  • Some text is slightly changed after a Koopaling's defeat, for example:
    • The SNES version states that Mario has defeated the Koopaling, even if the player plays as Luigi. However, the GBA version states both Mario and Luigi have done so.
    • Iggy Koopa is described as "crazed" in the GBA version, rather than "demented".
    • Chocolate Island is described in the SNES version as "dangerous (but tasty)" while the GBA version describes it as "deliciously dangerous."
    • Wendy O. Koopa was said to have "sung her swan song" rather than her "last song" as in the SNES version.
    • After defeating Bowser, when the player returns to the finished save file, the text after the Koopaling's defeat is shortened, only saying that Mario and Luigi have defeated the Koopaling.
  • After completing all 96 goals in the game, most of the message blocks will be changed to congratulate the player on finding the secret world and clearing all the levels.
  • Some details of the ending sequence were changed for the GBA version:
    • After Bowser is defeated, the text in the SNES version states that Mario's adventure is over, even if Luigi was the one who beat Bowser. In both cases, the GBA version states that both Mario and Luigi's adventure is over, and the text also refers to the princess by her current name, Peach, whereas the SNES text referred to her as simply "the princess." After the first time Bowser is defeated, whenever the player replays the level and beats Bowser, the text no longer states that Mario, Luigi, and the others are going to take a vacation, only stating Mario and Luigi's adventure is over.
    • If Luigi beats Bowser in the SNES version, he would replace Mario in the ending sequence, leading Yoshi, Peach, and the eggs back to Yoshi's house. In the GBA version, if Mario has beaten Bowser, he is shown leading Yoshi, Peach, and the eggs back during the credits, with Luigi trailing right behind the last egg; they swap places if Luigi has beaten Bowser. At Yoshi's house, both Mario and Luigi are seen arriving, and both do their victory pose after the eggs hatch.
    • After the enemies' names are displayed in the SNES version, Mario, Peach, and Luigi stand in front of a black background with the text "THE END" above them, and the player must reset the system. In the GBA version, the screen is completely redrawn: the three characters are represented with a custom-drawn illustration where they are very faithful to their official designs, the text is styled differently, and the background is initially white but changes to a grass hill when a camera is heard. If the player presses a button, the game returns to the title screen.


Main article: List of Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 staff

Super Mario Advance 2 was produced by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and directed by Hiroyuki Kimura with supervision from original SNES directors Takashi Tezuka and Toshihiko Nakago. The new graphics were designed by Emi Tomita, and the new audio was composed by Yasushi Ida and Taiju Suzuki. Most roles in the remake are taken by new staff members, with the only returning staff members from the original SNES game being Miyamoto, Tezuka, Nakago, Eiji Noto (one of the programmers), and executive producer Hiroshi Yamauchi. Notable omissions from the GBA version's credits list include original directors Hideki Konno and Katsuya Eguchi, original character/graphic designer Shigefumi Hino, and original composer Koji Kondo. As is the case with most, if not all remakes, the GBA version credits the entirety of the original SNES game staff in one entry under "Special Thanks."



These glitches only occur in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. For a list of glitches that are exclusive to the original Super Mario World or occur in both versions of the game, see here.

Major Map Glitch[edit]

To use this glitch, you must have found all 96 exits. The player must simultaneously press a +Control Pad button and Select Button. If done correctly, the status screen is shown. The player now has to choose a level. The character must move in an incorrect way going to an incorrect level. Pressing A Button will result in no response, an endless Bonus Game, an actual level or an inaccessible level like the intro level. Some levels (i.e. #2 Morton's Plains) if beaten will glitch the game drastically if the normal exit is taken or revert back to the original overworld if the secret exit is taken. For some reason, getting more than 96 exits through this glitch reverts the overworld back to the normal overworld and saving is fatal. Through this glitch, you can access a test level and an unused intro. First, go to Star World 3. Then, press right on the +Control Pad and Select Button simultaneously. If done correctly the level screen will appear. You must select the second Star Road on the list. Then, Mario/Luigi will move to the right. When they stop moving, press the A Button button, and you will be taken to a flat area with a sign on the right of the screen. After this, you will be taken to another flat area with a glitched background, and yellow blocks that spell the word TEST. One of these blocks has a life in it. If you jump off the side, or you die by other means, you will return to the Star Road in the upper right.

Y00 Lives[edit]

The errored counter.

First, the player needs Yoshi and 999 lives. Now he or she must enter a level with possibly at least a 1-Up Mushroom (i.e. Yoshi's Island 2) that was already beaten. The player must stick Yoshi's tongue to the 1-Up Mushroom and rapidly press Start Button when Yoshi's mouth is full.

The player now must select "Back" and, the player goes back to the map screen. If done correctly, the player's life counter shows up as Y00 (1000). Although this glitch is temporary; if the player enters another level the counter resets to 999.

Beta elements[edit]

Early screenshots of the game showed that the HUD was originally identical to the SNES version, unlike the final version.[2]

Also, through the map select bug, it is possible to access the TEST level, meaning the game was a mere port of the SNES version and that there can be a chance to find all the other unused levels.


  1. ^ Official Chinese web page
  2. ^ Source