List of New Super Mario Bros. pre-release and unused content
This is a list of pre-release and unused content for the game New Super Mario Bros..
New Super Mario Bros. was designed as a successor to the Super Mario Advance series; Hiroyuki Kimura decided that an original 2D platformer for the conveniently soon-to-be-released Nintendo DS would take the place of a prospective "fifth" entry of the series. The game began development in late 2003, and an early trailer was first unveiled at E3 2004.
The E3 2005 trailer showed co-op mode in levels that are not available in the final release, including a desert stage and an underwater stage. Some of the data for these levels remains in the game's files.
The game did not pause while Mario transformed after obtaining a power-up. There were originally three Stored Item spots rather than one.
The desert music featured in certain kiosk demos that were playable in 2005 used an orchestra hit instead of the "paah" vocals, and the ground theme did not have the vocals.
In a near-final build featured in screenshots shown in a certain page of a Monthly Nintendo News issue published in March, there were some very slight differences in areas such as level design. A screenshot at this stage suggests that World 3-B, a sky level, was intended to be a desert level at this point.[dead link]
A screenshot featuring early map icons exists on page 12 of the first version of the US manual.
There is also data to support a single-player snowball throwing minigame.
- In the map directory, there are eight 3D models based on the eight world themes planned for the game. However, Worlds 4 and 6 do not display forest and mountain themes, respectively, as in the final game. World 4's texture is named "ancient" and shows an island with a volcano. World 6's texture is named "machine" and is a metallic graphic that may be a placeholder. This implies that these world themes were different in early builds.
- There is an unused fauna-like image named "Junglekusa" hidden in the game. It is used by an unused actor (actor number 280, sprite number 255). The actor has a setting that can make the area it covers "swimmable", among other settings.
- There is also an unused model for a giant Venus Fire Trap, which does not appear in the final game.
- Also in the files is a buggy rotating log platform.
A rope level using an early ground tileset
Mega Mario encountering a Mega Goomba in a field level, with another early tileset. Note the Touch Screen interface.
A cut underwater stage with a Manta Ray
Mario and Luigi in a level featuring tilting Mushroom Platforms
Early World 4 fortress
Early World 8-2 bonus area. The level design, background, and tileset were altered before release.
A volcano level with volcanic debris using an early texture
Mario jumping away from a Mega Goomba in a Yoshi's Island-style castle
Pre-release screenshot of World 8-4, seemingly using the forest tileset.
- A kiosk demo from 2005.
- A video with some unused actors and tileset objects, and some used[dead link]
- More of the above video[dead link]
- A video with some unused entrances, and some possibly used ones[dead link]