All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros.
All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (オールナイトニッポン スーパーマリオブラザーズ) is an officially licensed retool of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, produced in 1986 for the Family Computer Disk System. As such, there is no 2 Player Game but rather the option to play as Luigi with his unique physics. This version is based on the Japanese radio program All Night Nippon, and it was given out in a contest on the show itself to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program in the upcoming year.
To get the game, listeners were told to send a postcard with interesting content. If it was not good enough, they would be entered into a raffle. Famicom Tsūshin (Famitsu) and Family Computer Magazine (Famimaga) also gave out 20 copies each to their readers in a lottery. Most winners received their copy in February or March 1987. Initially, only 3000 copies were produced but a limited number were additionally created for mail order due to the high demand. The game was published by Fuji TV, who would go on to publish Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which was localized in the West as Super Mario Bros. 2.
The game is a remix with most of the level designs adapted from Super Mario Bros. along with the likenesses of Japanese celebrities as sprite swaps. It takes place in the ビバ王国 (Biba Ōkoku, Viva Kingdom), which is named after "Viva Young", the slogan and subtitle of the All Night Nippon radio program. It is also the name of that show's newsletter. Likewise, the “幻の商売繁盛”のコーナー ("Maboroshi no Shōbai Hanjō" no kōnā, "Illusionary Business Prosperity" corner) that Bowser lures Pitiable Sunplaza in with is the name of a recurring segment in Sunplaza Nakano's show. He would perform a guerilla gig at a small business, usually a restaurant, and overwhelm it with customers. Other games with a similar concept of Mario meeting Japanese celebrities were found on the Satellaview, with spiritual successors such as BS Super Mario USA, BS Super Mario Collection, and a version of Wario's Woods. Kaettekita Mario Bros. was another similar project.
Translated from the instruction booklet
One day, the peaceful All Night Nippon dream land Viva Kingdom where Mushrooms live was invaded by the tribe of the huge turtle Koopa, who possesses powerful magic. Said magical power was used to transform all the quiet Mushroom People into rocks, bricks and mikes among other forms. All Night Nippon personalities Miyuki Nakajima, the Tunnels, Kyōko Koizumi, Beat Takeshi, and the AB Brothers were also captured. What became of Sunplaza Nakano? Pitiable Sunplaza was fooled by Koopa's letter to his “Illusionary Business Prosperity” corner into visiting him. And he was changed into Koopa Tribe minion “OkaP”.
The only one who can undo this magic on the Mushrooms and revive All Night Nippon is the Viva Kingdom's own Princess Peach. She is presently in the hands of King Koopa.
Mario has stood up to help the personalities trapped in each world, defeat the Koopa Tribe, rescue Princess Peach, and rebuild the peaceful All Night Nippon dream land Viva Kingdom.
The Mario in the TV is an avid All Night Nippon listener like you. Only you can bring this adventure quest (expedition) to a conclusion.
Their identities are as follows:
Beating 8-4 will add a star to the title screen (up to twenty) and reveal Hard Mode in which all Okapī are replaced with Buzzy Beetles and all enemies move faster but players must start from 1-1 as there is no world select option. Hard Mode is not permanent as resetting returns the game to its normal difficulty. Like The Lost Levels, after beating 8-4 eight times (does not matter if with Warp Zones or not), the player gains access to edited versions of Worlds A, B, C, and D. Some of the levels are replaced with those from the first eight worlds of that game as seen here:
Like VS. Super Mario Bros., every level features edits, such as the appearance of more enemies in 4-1, different maze solutions in 4-4 and 7-4, and changed locations of ?s and bricks. However, these changes are not the same as those found in VS. In addition, all Pakkun Okapī on the ground are green and all hanging ones, introduced in World A, are red but both behave like the red Piranha Plants in The Lost Levels. Two features from The Lost Levels have been removed. Poison Mushrooms have been replaced with regular power-ups. The removal of wind affects the difficulty of the courses they were found in. Super Springs, however, have been kept. World 9 does not exist if the player clears the game without using a Warp Zone. Attempting the Minus World glitch will have an effect similar to The Lost Levels, either sending the player to the pipe near the flagpole or back to 1-1.