New Super Mario Bros.

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This article is about the 2006 Nintendo DS game. For other New Super Mario Bros. games, see New Super Mario Bros. (disambiguation).
New Super Mario Bros.
Box art of New Super Mario Bros.
North American box cover
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Virtual Console (Wii U)
Release date Nintendo DS:
USA May 15, 2006
Canada May 17, 2006
Japan May 25, 2006
HK May 25, 2006[1]
ROC May 25, 2006
Australia June 8, 2006
Europe June 30, 2006
South Korea March 8, 2007
China July 6, 2009[2]
Virtual Console (Wii U):
Japan April 2, 2015[3]
USA May 14, 2015[4]
Europe December 17, 2015
Australia December 18, 2015
Language(s) English (United States)
French (France)
Spanish (Spain)
Simplified Chinese
Genre Platformer
Rating(s) Nintendo DS:
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:PG - Parental Guidance
USK:0 - All ages
ClassInd:L - General audience
Virtual Console:[5]
PEGI:12 - Twelve years and older
Mode(s) Single player, Vs. Multiplayer, Minigames (single-card and multi-card DS download play supported)
Wii U:
Digital download
Nintendo DS:
Game Card
Wii U:
Nintendo DS:
Serial code(s) USA NTR-A2DE-USA (USA/Australia)
South Korea NTR-A2DK-KOR

New Super Mario Bros. is a side-scrolling 2.5D platform game first released for the Nintendo DS in the United States on May 15, 2006, starring Mario and Luigi. It is the tenth entry in the Super Mario series[6] and, not counting re-releases and remakes, the first side-scrolling platformer in the series to be released since Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, 13½ years prior in 1992, starting a new revival of the 2D Mario platformers, succeeding the Super Mario Advance series. The game features a solo story mode with Mario or Luigi, a two-player wireless Mario Vs. Luigi mode, and a minigame mode for up to four players. The multiplayer games support both single-card and multi-card play. Most of the minigames are the same as those featured in Super Mario 64 DS, which are no longer required to be unlocked. The gameplay is based on that of the classic 2D platformers and builds upon them to create gameplay both classic and contemporary. It introduced moves from Super Mario 64 to 2D Super Mario games for the first time and added several new enemies, bosses, and obstacles to the franchise.

New Super Mario Bros. is the first Super Mario platformer to be originally released outside Japan since Super Mario Bros. 2. After its original release and the eventual release of a follow-up game for the Wii entitled New Super Mario Bros. Wii on November 12, 2009, a dedicated sequel, New Super Mario Bros. 2, was developed and released for the Nintendo 3DS on July 28, 2012.

In 2015, the game was rereleased on the Wii U's Virtual Console.


Bowser Jr. about to kidnap Peach

Mario (or Luigi) and Princess Peach are walking together around Peach's Castle, when a mysterious thundercloud appears and strikes the castle with lightning, causing Toads to flee from the castle. Mario goes near the castle to investigate, but while he is there, Bowser Jr. sneaks behind a bush, kidnaps Princess Peach, and flees, causing Mario to chase after Bowser Jr. After chasing Bowser Jr. off-screen, Mario takes a hit, reverting into his smaller form. Bowser Jr. runs away and Mario continues to chase him.

Two alternate versions of this intro can be seen if the player remains on the title screen menu for a certain amount of time. In one alternate version, after the part where Mario starts chasing Bowser Jr., Mario retreats from an incoming green Koopa Shell, and takes the hit off-screen. After jumping to hit the game's logo back into place, he continues to chase Bowser Jr. In another alternate version, Luigi walks into the scene before the green Koopa Shell follows after Mario. Mario and Luigi both run from the shell simultaneously, and take the hit off-screen. Mario then jumps to fix the game's logo and runs after Bowser Jr. Shortly after Mario runs off-screen, Luigi follows after Mario.

Bowser and Bowser Jr. in the final boss fight

Bowser waits for Mario or Luigi at the end of World 1-Castle. Mario or Luigi defeats Bowser, causing him to fall into a pit of lava. Bowser's skin is burned off and he becomes a skinless, Dry Bones-like version of himself, named Dry Bowser. Later, in World 8-Castle, Mario or Luigi defeats Dry Bowser and he falls into a pit. In World 8-Bowser's Castle, Bowser Jr. tosses Dry Bowser's remains into a cauldron, causing a resurrected and larger Bowser to break out of the cauldron. Mario or Luigi, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. then proceed to battle. Princess Peach is watching with fear from a platform above.

In the end, Mario or Luigi defeats Bowser and Bowser Jr., sending them into another pit and saving Peach. Peach gives Mario or Luigi a kiss, which the hero responds to with a nervous chuckle. After the credits roll, Bowser Jr. is shown dragging an unconscious Bowser across the castle floor. When Bowser Jr. notices the player watching him, he growls at the player, then continues dragging Bowser.


Mario, near the end of World 1-1.

The gameplay of New Super Mario Bros. is very much like that of the classic 2D platformers, mostly Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, and substantially builds upon them to create gameplay both classic and contemporary. One of the two control modes can be selected in the Options menu: jumping with A Button / B Button and dashing with Y Button / X Button, or jumping with A Button / X Button and dashing with Y Button / B Button. Mario is controlled with the +Control Pad, and the Touch Screen is only required to activate the stored item, which is used similarly to stored items in Super Mario World. When Mario enters a pipe to a secret area, the top screen and the touch screen are switched, and the gameplay continues on the touch screen until Mario exits that area. During that period the stored item cannot be activated.

The Wall Jump, Triple Jump, and Ground Pound make their first appearance in a 2D Super Mario game since being introduced to 3D Super Mario games starting with Super Mario 64. In contrast to the 3D games, Mario has to slide down a wall for a small amount of time before being able to do a Wall Jump. This technique lets Mario or Luigi reach new areas by bouncing off the side of any wall or vertical object, and is useful for escaping from a fall down a pit. Mario has the ability to Ground Pound by pressing down when he is in the air, allowing him to crush blocks under him. The game introduces several new power-ups to the Super Mario series: the Blue Shell which lets Mario or Luigi slide like a Koopa shell, the Mega Mushroom which makes Mario grow about three to five times his size (similarly to the mushroom seen in Super Mario 64 DS), and the Mini Mushroom which causes Mario or Luigi to shrink to about half of Small Mario's size, allowing him to fit through tiny pipes and passages, jump higher and longer, and dash across the top of water. However, some items remain unchanged, such as the Super Mushroom, the Starman, and the Fire Flower. As in the western release of Super Mario Bros. 3 and most later games, Mario or Luigi does not power down to Small form if he is powered up with a Fire Flower or Blue Koopa Shell when he takes damage; he instead reverts to Super Mario, unlike in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World.

A text box for the hidden Challenge mode

The game features a secret Challenge mode, wherein the player cannot scroll the camera to the left or downward, like in Super Mario Bros. It is only available when the player has completed the game. To unlock it, the player should go to the map screen (any world) and press Start Button, then press L Button, R Button, L Button, R Button, X Button, X Button, Y Button, Y Button. It also shows an arrow pointing right on the world maps and levels touch screen.

It is also possible to play as Luigi in single player mode by holding down L Button+R Button+A Button when selecting a file. There are no gameplay differences between the brothers. The character is not locked as default - players can choose a different character every time they load the game. After the final boss has been beaten, a star appears next to the Save Game function. When the player has completed all levels, there are two stars next to it. When the player collects and spends all the Star Coins in the game, three stars appear on the save file.

Within the levels, whenever the music plays a vocal riff (or in the case of the underwater levels, bell trees), some enemies and power-ups move to the beat. This includes the Overworld, Athletic, Underground, Desert, Beach and Volcano themes. Examples of enemy or object movements include Goombas and power-ups hopping, Koopa Troopas turning to face the player, Spinies switching direction, and Cheep-Cheeps doing side flips. Goombas can actually dodge a Koopa Shell with the hop. This also happens in every other game in the New Super Mario Bros. line.

If Mario finishes a level with the last 2 digits of the time limit the same except for 00, the "Course Clear" theme from Super Mario Bros. plays in place of the normal one. Firework explosions also occur, the amount of which varies depending on the digits (e.g. 2 explosions for x22, 7 explosions for x77 etc., where "x" represents the first digit displayed on the timer). Consequently, a Toad House appears on the first space of that specific world (unless there is one there already).

Worlds and levels[edit]

Mario in World 1

The game features a world map, with alternative and secret paths (like Super Mario World). Alternate paths can be unlocked with Star Coins. There are three in each level, usually adding an extra challenge for the player apart from simply reaching the pole. Some Star Coins are in clear sight while others are hidden in Warp Pipes, up vines, or other inconspicuous places. On the world map, signs block paths that require five Star Coins to open. After a player defeats Bowser and Bowser Jr. in Bowser's Castle, a new, mysterious Blue Toad House appears just above World 1. It is a market, and for 20 Star Coins, the player can buy a wallpaper for the bottom screen. The fifth and final background is only available after all of the 32 Star Coin Signs have been opened. Sometimes Hammer Bros. and Flying ? Blocks appear on the map; offering items within the beginning of the level.

Mario or Luigi only has to go through 3 of the eight worlds — using the World 1 cannon to go to World 5, and World 5 cannon to World 8. After World 2, Mario gets to either of World 3 or World 4, and the world following both of those is World 5. After World 5, Mario can get to either World 6 or 7 in the same fashion. Mario or Luigi must defeat the World 2 or World 5 bosses in Mini Mario form to instead reach World 4 and World 7, respectively.

The shortest possible path that Mario can take is World 1-1, World 1-2, World 1-Tower, World 5-1, World 5-2, World 5-3, World 5-Ghost House, and all of World 8.[7]

World Image Description Levels Castle Boss Exits to:a
World 1 (grass)
World 1 in the game New Super Mario Bros. A grassy area. Being the first world, most levels are simplistic and safe. Alongside grassland levels, this world also introduces the game's first underground, underwater, tower, sky, and castle levels. World 1-1 (grass) World 1-2 (cave) World 1-3 (grass/sky) World 1-Tower (tower) Bowser World 2
World 1-4 (grass) World 1-5 (sky) World 1-A (underwater) World 1-Castle (castle) World 5 A Warp Cannon icon from New Super Mario Bros.
World 2 (desert)
World 2 in the game New Super Mario Bros. A desert-themed world, similar to World 2 of Super Mario Bros. 3. Most levels take place in the desert, though some feature water, grassy terrain and palm trees, similar to an oasis. The world also includes the game's only sewer level. The world features more dangerous enemies and obstacles than the previous, and introduces Spinies, Lakitu, Spiked Balls, among others. This world also contains the first instance of a Warp Pipe being on the world map. Finally, it contains a rare castle level that includes both indoor and outdoor sections. World 2-1 (desert) World 2-2 (desert/grass) World 2-3 (sewer) World 2-A (desert/beach) Mummipokey World 3
World 2-4 (desert) World 2-Tower (tower) World 2-5 (desert) World 2-6 (sky) World 4 NSMB Mini shroom.png
World 2-Castle (castle/desert) World 5 A Warp Cannon icon from New Super Mario Bros.
World 3 (beach)
World 3 (NSMB) An island and ocean-themed world. It introduces beach levels, and also includes an heavy amount of underwater stages. It is also the first world to include a Ghost House. World 3-1 (underwater) World 3-A (beach) World 3-2 (sky) World 3-B (sky) Cheepskipper World 5
World 3-C (beach) World 3-Tower (tower) World 3-3 (underwater) World 3-Ghost House (haunted house)
World 3-Castle (castle) World 6 A Warp Cannon icon from New Super Mario Bros.
World 4 (jungle)
World 4 (NSMB) A jungle world composed of plants. It can only be accessed by defeating Mummipokey as Mini Mario or Mini Luigi. Most levels are jungle-themed, with bug-themed enemies and a large amount of poisonous water, which instantly defeats the player. World 4-1 (jungle) World 4-2 (sky) World 4-3 (underwater) World 4-Tower (tower) Mega Goomba World 5
World 4-A (jungle) World 4-4 (jungle) World 4-Ghost House (haunted house) World 4-5 (cave)
World 4-6 (jungle) World 4-Castle (castle) World 7 A Warp Cannon icon from New Super Mario Bros.
World 5 (snow)
World 5 (NSMB) An ice-themed world composed of snowy grounds and a frozen lake. Mechanics using ice, snow, and mushroom platforms are common, and unlike in previous worlds bottomless pits are far more common. This is the last world containing a cannon. It is also the world with the most ways to enter, with all four previous worlds having an exit which leads to it. World 5-1 (snow) World 5-2 (snow/cave) World 5-A (snow/sky) World 5-Tower (tower) Petey Piranha World 6
World 5-3 (snow) World 5-Ghost House (haunted house) World 5-B (snow) World 5-C (cave) World 7 NSMB Mini shroom.png
World 5-4 (snow/sky) World 5-Castle (castle/snow) World 8 A Warp Cannon icon from New Super Mario Bros.
World 6 (mountain)
World 6 (NSMB) A rocky mountain world. It is the first world containing two towers and it features a large amount of Bullet Bills. It is the only world to feature Chain Chomps. Alongside mountain levels, the world includes a large amount of levels using themes from previous worlds in the game. World 6-1 (mountain) World 6-A (desert/mountain) World 6-2 (beach/mountain) World 6-Tower (tower) Monty Tank World 8
World 6-3 (jungle/mountain) World 6-4 (mountain) World 6-Tower2 (tower) World 6-5 (underwater)
World 6-B (snow/mountain) World 6-6 (mountain)
World 6-Castle (castle)
World 7 (sky)
World 7 (NSMB) A sky world. It can only be accessed via defeating Petey Piranha as Mini Mario or Mini Luigi or by using the cannon in World 4. It contains a heavy amount of levels taking place in the sky, with many bottomless pits, the first and only instance of a grassland level outside of World 1, and the game's only Pipe-themed level. World 7-1 (sky) World 7-Ghost House (haunted house) World 7-2 (sky) World 7-3 (grass/sky) Lakithunder World 8
World 7-Tower (tower) World 7-4 (sky) World 7-5 (Grass) World 7-6 (sky)
World 7-7 (sky) World 7-A (sewer)
World 7-Castle (castle)
World 8 (haunted forest/volcano)
World 8 (NSMB) The final world in the game, which is divided into two separately-themed halves. The first half has a haunted theme, and the second half of the world has a volcanic theme. This world is the only which does not finish with a traditional castle, and it is also the longest. Additionally, this is the only world with no secret exits or unlockable levels, and ends with this game's version of Bowser's Castle. World 8-1 (haunted forest) World 8-2 (cave) World 8-Tower (tower) World 8-3 (underwater) Dry Bowser (first half) N/A
World 8-4 (haunted forest/mountain) World 8-Castle (castle)
World 8-5 (volcano/cave) World 8-6 (volcano/cave) World 8-7 (volcano) World 8-8 (volcano) Bowser and Bowser Jr. (second half)
World 8-Tower2 (tower) World 8-Bowser's Castle (Bowser's Castle)

a - NSMB Mini shroom.png means the exit is obtained by defeating the Castle boss whilst in either Mario or Luigi's Mini form, and A Warp Cannon icon from New Super Mario Bros. means that the exit is obtained by using the world's cannon.

Toad Houses[edit]

Image Name Description

NSMBDS Red Toad House.png Red Toad House Has a Roulette Block, which can give the player a power-up. The selection includes all power-ups in the game, except for the Mega Mushroom.
ToadHouseGreen.png Green Toad House Plays a minigame with cards. These can reward up to twelve 1-Ups, or none at all.
Mega Mushroom House.png Orange Toad House Gives the player a Mega Mushroom.
The Blue Toad House in the game New Super Mario Bros. Blue Toad House Only appears in World 1 after beating the game. The player can spend Star Coins to purchase backgrounds for the bottom screen.

The following is the number of Toad Houses, of each type, per world.

Toad House type
World 1 World 2 World 3 World 4 World 5 World 6 World 7 World 8 Total
Red Toad House 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 13
Green Toad House 2 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 13
Orange Toad House 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Blue Toad House 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1
Total 6 5 3 5 3 5 5 3 35


Story Mode characters[edit]

Playable characters[edit]

Image Name Description

Artwork of Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Mario Mario retains his conventional role in the Super Mario series as the game's main protagonist in his adventure to once again rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser and his son Bowser Jr. He is the default playable character in the Story Mode.
Artwork of Luigi jumping for New Super Mario Bros. Luigi Luigi, Mario's brother, returns to the Super Mario series as a playable character. The method to play as Luigi is not revealed until the game's completion, but he can be played as at any time by pressing and holding L Button + R Button + A Button on the file selection screen.

Supporting protagonists[edit]

Image Name Description

Artwork of Princess Peach for Mario Party 6 (reused for Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Party 7, New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Party DS) Princess Peach The damsel in distress, who was kidnapped by Bowser Jr.
Toadsworth in New Super Mario Bros. Toadsworth An ally who appears in Toad Houses.


Image Name Description

Dorrie in New Super Mario Bros. Dorrie A large plesiosaur-like creature that the player can ride over poisoned water.
World 7-3 Giant Wiggler A giant Wiggler made up of many segments that the player can ride over pits.
Phantom Hands Phantom Hand Harmless, floating hands that point to secrets.

Main antagonists[edit]

Image Name Description

Artwork of Bowser Jr. in New Super Mario Bros. Bowser Jr. The main antagonist who kidnaps Peach.
Artwork of Bowser in Mario Party 7 (also used in New Super Mario Bros.) Dry bowser battle in New Super Mario Bros. Bowser/Dry Bowser The other main antagonist alongside his son Bowser Jr. and the final boss.

Story Mode bosses[edit]

Minigame characters[edit]


New enemies are marked with an asterisk (*).

Image Name Description First level Last level

AmpNSMB.png Amp An electric enemy. Can be destroyed with a Mega Mushroom or Starman. World 3-Tower World 7-Castle
A Blockhopper from New Super Mario Bros. Blockhopper* Imitates 1-3 bricks and a ? Block, stacked on each other. When Mario approaches, it comes to life and hops around. Easily distinguished by the fact that the ? does not turn. Mario can defeat it by ground pounding all the blocks down to the ? Block. World 2-5 World 2-5
Blooper as it appeared in New Super Mario Bros. Blooper Swims in an irregular manner. Can be defeated by fireballs or invincibility. World 3-3 World 3-3
Blooper Nanny with Baby Blooper Blooper Baby Baby versions of Bloopers always found swimming with a Blooper Nanny. World 3-3 World 3-3
Blooper Nanny with Baby Blooper Blooper Nanny Swims in an irregular manner, as Blooper Babies swim after it. Can be beat with a fireball or invincibility. World 3-3 World 3-3
Bob-ombNSMB.png Bob-omb Legged bombs with eyes. Stomping or shooting on a Bob-omb makes it explode after a certain time. World 4-5 World 7-5
A normal Kab-omb in the game New Super Mario Bros. Kab-omb* A Bob-omb that lights and explodes when touched by Volcanic debris or one of Fire Mario's fireballs. It can be defeated by stomping it. World 8-8 World 8-8
A Boo from New Super Mario Bros. Boo Facing it stops it. Looking away from it causes it to pursue Mario. It is vulnerable to Starmen and Blue Shells. World 3-Ghost House World 8-1
NSMBDS Balloon Boo Sprite.png Balloon Boo* Approaches Mario if his back is turned. When looked at, it stops to inhale air to grow. Shrinks to the normal size of a Boo when it attacks. A Starman, Blue Shell or Mega Mushroom can defeat Balloon Boos. World 4-Ghost House World 4-Ghost House
Broozer Punch.png Broozer* Boxing ghoul-like monster. Can break bricks and other blocks that are normally indestructible. Mario can defeat it by jumping on it three times, or hitting it with a fireball. Similar to Chargin' Chuck in Super Mario World. World 5-Ghost House World 5-C
NSMBDS Bullet Bill Sprite.png Bullet Bill It is launched by Bill Blasters and Bill Blaster Turrets. Mario must stomp on it to defeat it. World 2-Castle World 8-1
Banzai Bill Banzai Bill An enormous Bullet Bill. Mario can jump on a Banzai Bill to defeat it, just like Bullet Bills. World 7-5 World 8-1
NSMB Buzzy Beetle.png Buzzy Beetle Just like Koopa Troopas, it retreats into its shell once stomped on. One difference is that it is not affected by fireballs. World 5-C World 6-Tower
Spike Top in NSMB Spike Top Buzzy Beetles with spikes on their shells which walk on walls. Hitting the block they are on defeats them. World 5-2 World 8-Tower
ChainChompNSMB.png Chain Chomp It attacks Mario by moving its head and lunging. Mario must ground pound the post it is tied to three times to free it. World 6-6 World 6-6
Cheep-Cheep Cheep-Cheep A swimming fish. It sometimes hops on land. On land, it is defeated with a stomp, but when underwater, it must be hit with a fireball. World 1-A World 8-3
Mega Cheep-Cheep Mega Cheep-Cheep A bigger Cheep-Cheep that acts the same as the small form, Defeated with Fire Mario's fireballs. World 3-1 World 3-1
Cheep-Chomp Cheep-Chomp A big, purple Cheep-Cheep. Approaches Mario in an attempt to chomp him down. World 3-1 World 3-1
A Crowber from New Super Mario Bros. Crowber* Swoops at high speeds at Mario. It is defeated with any attack. World 8-1 World 8-1
Mega Deep Cheep in NSMB Deep-Cheep* A green Cheep-Cheep that follows Mario when it sees him. A fireball can defeat it. World 6-5 World 6-5
Mega Deep-Cheep Mega Deep-Cheep* A bigger Deep-Cheep that acts the same as the small form. Defeated with Fire Mario's fireballs. World 6-5 World 6-5
Dry Bones Dry Bones One stomp, and it falls apart. It can reassemble, however. Invincible to fireballs. World 1-Tower World 8-Bowser's Castle
Super Dry Bones Super Dry Bones* A big Dry Bones. Requires a Ground Pound to cause it to fall apart. World 1-Tower (scenery)
World 5-Castle (enemy)
World 6-Tower
FireSnake NSMB.png Fire Snake An eyed flame with a tail of smaller flames. It can hop on blocks and follow Mario. World 2-5 World 2-5
A Flame Chomp Flame Chomp Spits a fireball that follows Mario, causing its tail, made of fireballs, to decrease in length. It self-destructs when it does not have any fireballs left, which can hurt Mario. Can be defeated with a stomp or a fireball. World 7-1 World 7-1
Goomba NSMB sprite.png Goomba Simplest enemy. Brown mushroom-like creature with feet. Can be defeated with anything. World 1-1 World 8-6
Mini Goomba Mini Goomba This small Goomba works the same as its bigger cousins. It only appears in Mini Pipes and is the only enemy Mini Mario can defeat, using one stomp. Other versions of Mario can defeat them by just touching them. World 3-A World 8-4
Paragoomba in NSMB Paragoomba This Goomba has wings. One stomp makes it lose its wings and turns it into a Goomba. It can also be defeated with a fireball. World 2-4 World 2-4
NSMBHammerBro.png Hammer Bro Koopa with headgear that throws hammers. It can be defeated by a stomp or fireball or hitting a block from below. World 2-4
(can show up elsewhere from the map)
World 2-4
(can show up elsewhere from the map)
NSMBDS Boomerang Bro Sprite.png Boomerang Bro A variation of the Hammer Bro that throws boomerangs. Stomping on it, fireballs, hitting a block from below, or invincibility defeats it. World 2-5 World 8-7
NSMBDS Fire Bro Sprite.png Fire Bro A variation of the Hammer Bro that throws fireballs. A fireball or stomp or hitting a block from below defeats it. World 8-7 World 8-7
A Screenshot of Sledge Bro. from New Super Mario Bros. Sledge Bro An overweight Hammer Bro that carries sledgehammers. When Mario does not jump, he can stun him. It can be defeated with a stomp, a fireball, or a block from below. World 8-7 World 8-7
NSMBDS Green Koopa Troopa Sprite.png RedKoopaTroopaNSMB.png BlueKoopaTroopaNSMB.png Koopa Troopa A basic form of Koopa. The green-shelled Koopa Troopas walk into bottomless pits, while red ones turn around. By stomping on it, it retreats into its shell. The shell can slide when kicked, and can also be used to defeat enemies or destroy bricks. It can also be picked up. However, it can hurt Mario when sliding, and a Koopa Troopa can come back out of its shell. If enough enemies are killed by a sliding Koopa Shell, extra lives are earned. Ground pounding a Blue Koopa makes Mario gain his Shell power. World 1-1 World 8-7
KoopaParatroopaNSMB.png RedKoopaParatroopaNSMB.png Koopa Paratroopa This Koopa Troopa has wings. It either flies back and forth or bounces all around. One stomp makes it lose its wings, and turns it into a Koopa Troopa. It can also be defeated by a fireball. World 1-4 World 8-7
NSMB Lakitu.png Lakitu Throws Spiny Eggs and has his own cloud. One stomp and it is defeated, and the cloud disappears. If defeated with a shell or fireball, the cloud stays, so Mario can take to the skies in it for a while. World 2-2 World 6-A
Moneybags Moneybags A hopping pest that at first looks like a coin. Stomp on it or hit it with a Fire Ball to get coins, and if it is jumped on or hit enough times, Mario gets a 1-Up Mushroom. World 5-2 World 6-3
PiranhaPlantNSMB.png Piranha Plant This plant comes out of pipes, but is also found on the ground trying to bite Mario. Throw fireballs or avoid it. World 1-2 World 7-A
Super Piranha Plant Super Piranha Plant A big Piranha Plant. It requires three fireballs to defeat, and gives up eight coins if killed with fireballs. World 2-3 World 6-B
Venus Fire Trap Venus Fire Trap A Piranha Plant that spits fireballs. Defeated with fireballs. World 2-6 World 6-3
Podoboo Podoboo Lava balls that jump out of lava. World 1-Castle World 8-Bowser's Castle
A sprite of Pokey from New Super Mario Bros. Pokey A cactus with a flower and face. Its segments can be destroyed with fireballs, and defeated when hit in the head. World 2-1 World 2-1
ScuttleBug.PNG Scuttlebug This spider appears from upwards via its web. One stomp or fireball drops it off its string and defeats it. Also, some can detach from their strings and walk along the ground in World 8-4. World 4-1 World 8-4
Skeeter from New Super Mario Bros. Skeeter* This bug skates on water and deploys bombs. One stomp or fireball defeats it, and its bombs can be obliterated with fireballs. World 3-A World 8-2
Snailicorn from NSMB Snailicorn* Creature with a snail's shell, a horn, and feet. Invincible to stomps, but can be pushed off cliffs just like Iggy and Larry in Super Mario World. World 5-3 World 5-B
SnowSpike.png Snow Spike* The normal Spike does not appear, but this one does. Instead of Spiked Balls, it throws Snowballs. It can be defeated by a stomp or fireballs. World 5-1 World 5-1
A Spike Bass from New Super Mario Bros.. Spike Bass* A brown giant fish, with spikes all over. It jumps for some time, similar to Boss Bass. It can be defeated with a fireball, a Koopa Shell, a Starman, and a Mega Mushroom, but returns after a few seconds. World 2-A World 3-C
Spiny in NSMB Spiny These hatch from Spiny Eggs. Any stomp, even the Ground Pound, harms Mario. Also found on ceilings, and comes down when Mario passes, but can collide with other moving Spinies and knock each other out. If a Spiny falls upside down from a ceiling, they behave similarly to Koopa Troopas and Buzzy Beetles. Fireballs and the Super Star can defeat them. World 2-1 World 8-6
Spiny Egg Spiny Egg Spike balls thrown by Lakitus, turning into Spinies upon landing. When a Spiny touches water, its turns back into a Spiny Egg, only returning to normal once the water recedes. Lakithunder's Spiny Eggs instead bounce around the arena. World 2-1 World 7-Castle
Splunkin sprite from New Super Mario Bros. Splunkin* Walking jack-o-lantern enemies. One stomp causes it to become angry and speed up; a second stomp destroys it. A fireball also defeats it. World 3-Ghost House World 8-1
A Sushi from New Super Mario Bros. Sushi Long sharks that are defeated by fireballs. They only appear in 1-A. World 1-A World 1-A
SwooperNSMB.png Swoop This bat hangs on ceilings and flies at Mario when he approaches. Fireballs or a stomp defeats it. World 2-3 World 5-2
Thwomp Thwomp Tries to crush Mario when he gets close. It is defeated with a Blue Shell, Starman or a Mega Mushroom. World 4-Castle World 8-Bowser's Castle
Super Thwomp Super Thwomp A big Thwomp. The only other difference is that Super Thwomp can crush through bricks and used blocks and stair blocks. World 4-Castle World 8-Bowser's Castle
Unagi.png Unagi An eel that lives in gaps, and tries to bite Mario. Occasionally, they can be found swimming back and forth. They can be defeated with a Mega Mushroom or Starman. World 4-3 World 8-3
Cropped, DS-resolution render of a Mega Unagi in New Super Mario Bros. Mega Unagi* A bigger Unagi. Cannot be defeated, but can be swam through with a Mega Mushroom or Starman (except through the face, in which case Mario gets knocked back instead). In World 8-3, one chases Mario at the second half of the level. World 4-3 World 8-3
Whomp.PNG Whomp Attempts to crush Mario when he gets close. Before it gets up, players should execute a Ground Pound on it, causing it to drop four coins. World 3-Castle World 3-Castle
A Big Whomp from New Super Mario Bros. Big Whomp* Larger versions of normal Whomps that walk around instead of standing in the background. When they fall on the ground, the player can ground pound them to defeat them. World 3-Castle World 3-Castle
WigglerNSMB.png Wiggler Normally just walks slowly, but becomes angry and red when stomped on. Can only be defeated with a shell, Starman or Mega Mushroom. World 4-4 World 7-3
Squiggler.png Squiggler* A tiny Wiggler that comes out of pipes and crawls on walls. A stomp on the head defeats it, but only a ground pound gives up points. World 7-A World 7-A


New obstacles are marked with an asterisk (*).

Image Name Description First level Last level

DS-resolution render of a Ball 'N' Chain in New Super Mario Bros. Ball 'N' Chain Spiked Ball attached to a chain on a block. It spins around and cannot be destroyed. World 7-Castle World 7-Castle
Banzai Bill Cannon Banzai Bill Cannon* Giant launchers that shoot unending Banzai Bills. World 7-5 World 8-1
The Bill Blaster from New Super Mario Bros. Bill Blaster Fires endless amounts of Bullet Bills from either side. Can be destroyed with a Mega Mushroom. World 2-Castle World 8-1
DS-resolution render of a Bill Blaster Turret in New Super Mario Bros. Bill Blaster Turret* Stacked Bill Blasters that rotate between firings. Can be destroyed with a Mega Mushroom. World 6-1 World 7-5
Burners from New Super Mario Bros. Burner A rocket engine that blows long flames for several seconds before a break. They are indestructible. There are also shorter ones that never stop. World 7-Castle World 8-Bowser's Castle
Crop of current coming out of a Warp Pipe in New Super Mario Bros. Current Currents that push the player. World 1-A World 8-3
FireBarNSMB.png Fire Bar A long stick of fireballs rotating around a block. The amount of fireballs vary, and there can be two bars in one block. World 6-4 World 8-Bowser's Castle
Crop of the yellow jelly in World 7-Ghost House of New Super Mario Bros. Gelatin Yellow, translucent ground that not only moves in waves, but can also be ground-pounded. World 7-Ghost House World 7-Ghost House
Giant Spiked Ball from New Super Mario Bros. Giant Spiked Ball* Larger versions of Spiked Balls that destroy blocks, enemies, and even smaller Spiked Balls. Can only be destroyed with Mega Mario. World 2-Castle World 5-Tower
Snailicorn.png Ice Frozen surfaces that reduces Mario's traction causing him to slide. World 5-2 [[{{{3}}}|6-B-]][[{{{3}}}|World 6-B (New Super Mario Bros.)]]
Shell Mario in New Super Mario Bros.' World 1-Castle. Lava Molten rock that causes the player to instantly lose a life if touched. World 1-Castle World 8-Bowser's Castle
World 4-Tower in the game New Super Mario Bros. Lava tide Lava that rises up. World 4-Tower World 8-6
World 4-1 Poison A liquid hazard that causes the player to instantly lose a life if touched, similar to lava. World 4-1 World 6-3
World 6-A Quicksand Sand that sinks the player if they fall in. Jumping repeatedly is required to escape. World 2-1 World 6-A
Skewer Skewer Giant spiked pillars that shoot out at high speeds before retracting. World 3-Castle World 6-Tower
Mario in the snow world of 5-1. Snow pit Deep snow that causes the player to sink, reducing jump height. World 5-1 World 5-1
Snow Trap NSMB Snow trap Snow that hangs on branches and falls once the player passes underneath. It traps them for a moment if it lands on them, and makes them vulnerable to enemies. World 5-1 World 5-1
Spiked Ball Spiked Ball* Ball with spikes that rolls along the floor, destroying almost everything in its way. They can be destroyed by Mega Mario, or their larger counterpart Giant Spiked Ball. World 2-Castle World 8-Tower
Spike Line NSMB Spikes Pointy obstacles that damage the player if touched. World 1-Tower World 8-Bowser's Castle
RainingDebrisNSMB.png Volcanic debris Lava rocks shot from a volcano. Can be destroyed with a Starman or Mega Mushroom. World 8-8 World 8-8
World 3-1 Water Large bodies of harmless liquid that the player can swim through. World 1-A World 8-3
World 8-2 (New Super Mario Bros.) in the game New Super Mario Bros. Water tide Water that rises up and down. World 2-3 World 8-2
A Whirlpool in New Super Mario Bros. Whirlpool A swirling vortex of water that can sink the player to the pit. World 6-5 World 6-5


There are nine different bosses found in New Super Mario Bros., with Bowser and Bowser Jr. encountered multiple times. With the exception of Bowser, Bowser Jr. and Petey Piranha, all the other bosses in the game made their first appearance. Furthermore, none of them have appeared in any other games except for Dry Bowser.

Image Name Description

Mario vs Bowser Jr., New Super Mario Bros. Bowser Jr. wearing his bandanna in New Super Mario Bros. Bowser Jr. (as miniboss) Bowser Jr. is fought in all towers and in World 8-Bowser's Castle. Mario needs to jump on him three times. When he has his bandanna on his face, he hides in his shell when he gets close to Mario, so he needs to jump on the Green Shells he throws and throw them back at him, then jump on him, three times. A ground pound counts as two hits, or Mario can defeat him with nine fireballs, which do not stun him like jumping on him does.
BowserNSMB.png Bowser Bowser is fought in World 1-Castle. Mario needs to jump on the skull switch to send him falling down beneath the bridge into the lava.
Sprite of Mummipokey from New Super Mario Bros. Mummipokey Mummipokey is fought in World 2-Castle. Mario needs to jump on this Pokey three times to go to World 3 or ground pound him three times with Mini Mario to go to World 4.
Third boss of NSMB Cheepskipper Cheepskipper is fought in World 3-Castle. Mario needs to jump on him three times when he jumps out of the water, while dodging his Cheep-Cheeps.
Mega Goomba from NSMB Mega Goomba Mega Goomba is fought in World 4-Castle. Mario should hit the switch in hole in the middle, and ride up the platforms so he can ground pound the Mega Goomba three times.
Petey Piranha as rendered in the game. Petey Piranha Petey Piranha is fought in World 5-Castle. Mario should run around so that Petey tries to squish Mario. If he moves out of the way in time, Petey should slip and land on his back. Mario should then jump on Petey three times to go to World 6 or ground pound him three times with Mini Mario to get to World 7.
Monty Tank of NSMB Monty Tank Monty Tank is fought in World 6-Castle. Mario should crouch in the corner, then jump on the Monty Mole's head when he stops firing Bullet Bills. Each time he is hit, his tank gets higher.
LakithunderNSMB.png Lakithunder Lakithunder is fought in World 7-Castle. Mario should jump on him three times when he swoops down.
Dry bowser battle in New Super Mario Bros. Dry Bowser Dry Bowser is fought in World 8-Castle. Mario needs to jump on the skull switch to send him falling down beneath the bridge.
The final battle of New Super Mario Bros. Bowser (giant form) Bowser in his giant form is fought in World 8-Bowser's Castle. Mario needs to defeat Bowser Jr. to pass him, then jump on the skull switch to send him falling down beneath the bridge into the pit.


Image Name Description

1-Up Mushroom 1-Up Mushroom Gives Mario or Luigi an extra life.
New Super Mario Bros. Big Star A set number of these must be collected to win in Mario Vs. Luigi mode.
Silverbluecoin.gif Blue Coin Just like normal Coins, but appear by hitting a P Switch.
Sprite of a Blue Shell in New Super Mario Bros. Blue Shell Turns Mario or Luigi into Shell Mario or Shell Luigi, respectively.
A Coin Spinning in New Super Mario Bros. Coin Collecting 100 of these give Mario or Luigi an extra life. In Mario Vs. Luigi mode, collecting 8 coins gives Mario or Luigi an item.
Sprite of a Fire Flower in New Super Mario Bros. Fire Flower Turns Mario or Luigi into Fire Mario or Fire Luigi, respectively.
Hidden Coin sprite from New Super Mario Bros. Hidden Coin An outline of a coin that becomes a coin once Mario or Luigi passes through it.
MegaMushroomNSMB.png Mega Mushroom Turns Mario or Luigi into Mega Mario or Mega Luigi, respectively.
NSMBMiniMushroom.png Mini Mushroom Turns Mario or Luigi into Mini Mario or Mini Luigi, respectively.
Red Coin Spinning NSMB.gif Red Coin Collecting all 8 Red Coins that appear after passing through a Red Ring gives Mario a Super Mushroom, Fire Flower or 1-Up Mushroom, depending on what power-up Mario or Luigi is currently using.
Super Mushroom from New Super Mario Bros.. Super Mushroom Turns Small Mario or Small Luigi into Super Mario or Super Luigi, respectively.
An animated Star Coin from New Super Mario Bros. Star Coin Three of these are located in every course in hard-to-reach or hidden areas. They are used to remove Star Coin Signs and purchase different touch screen background skins.
NSMB Star.gif Starman Turns Mario or Luigi into Invincible Mario or Invincible Luigi.


Image Name Description

Sprite of an ! Switch in New Super Mario Bros. ! Switch Turns Dotted-Line Blocks into solid Red Blocks when pushed.
? Block from New Super Mario Bros. ? Block Gives Mario or Luigi a coin or an item.
Sprite of a ? Switch in New Super Mario Bros. ? Switch Changes something in the level when pushed.
Brick in New Super Mario Bros. Brick When broken, this block releases a coin or an item.
NSMBDS Coin In Bubble.png Bubble Contain coins underwater.
Sprite of a Bumper from New Super Mario Bros. Bumper Giant bubbles that bounce the player away.
Tiles of a fence in New Super Mario Bros. Chain-Link A large fence that can be climbed on. Climbing Koopas can often be found climbing on them.
Brick in New Super Mario Bros. Coin Block Gives up to ten coins and a Super Mushroom if hit fast enough.
Tiles of a conveyor belt in New Super Mario Bros. Conveyor Belt Quickly moves anything on them.
World 4-5 Drawbridge Two yellow platforms that opens and closes.
A Donut Block Donut Block Falls if stood on too long.
DoorNSMB.png Door Takes Mario or Luigi to another room.
Empty Block Empty Block Cannot be broken normally; usually appears after a ? Block is hit.
Face block Face block Becomes a taller stack every time they are hit.
Flip Panel NSMB Flip Panel Sections of Chain-Links that can be punched to flip to the other side.
Flipper NSMB Flipper Wooden gates with red arrows, indicating which way they open to.
Floor NSMB Floor Platforms that the player can bump from below to stun or defeat enemies.
A Flying ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. Flying ? Block ? Blocks that fly around levels and give a coin or an item. The red ones fly between levels on the map and give better items when hit.
Pole in New Super Mario Bros. Goal Pole A flag post bearing a black flag with a white skull emblem. Must be touched by the player to complete the level. Only appears in levels with no bosses.
Goal Pole (Secret) NSMB Goal Pole (secret) Similar to Goal Poles, but are well hidden, and act as secret exits for some levels. Instead of bearing black flags, secret Goal Poles' flags are red.
Sprite of a Hard Block from New Super Mario Bros. Hard Block Can only be destroyed by Big Thwomps, Bob-ombs, Mega Mario, or Mega Luigi.
Ice Block in the game New Super Mario Bros. Ice Block Acts as a slippery floor.
A Platform Lift Floating, moving platforms.
Manhole Lid NSMB Manhole cover A lid that prevents access. The only way to enter is to Ground-Pound.
Sprite of a Mega ? Block from New Super Mario Bros. Mega ? Block Gives Mario or Luigi a Mega Mushroom in storage.
Midway point sprite Midway point Marks each stage's checkpoint.
A Mushroom Platform from New Super Mario Bros. (note: please do not compress the sides of this, that leeway is given by the tiles themselves) Mushroom Platform Appearing in sky stages, Mushroom Platforms move in various ways and have many subvarieties.
Sprite of a P Switch in New Super Mario Bros. P Switch Switches the positions of coins and bricks and spawns Blue Coins.
Paddle Platform NSMB Paddle Platform A paddle wheel-like device made of four small Lifts that move in a wheel on tracks.
Sprite of a Warp Pipe in New Super Mario Bros. Pipe Can often be entered to warp elsewhere.
Sprite of a Warp Pipe in New Super Mario Bros. Pipe Cannon Can be entered to be launched.
Platform NSMB Platform Grey stone platforms that move in set patterns and come in various sizes with some containing spikes. They can either help or hinder the player. Often found in towers.
Pole NSMB Pole A climbable, yellow striped pole with a red base. Only one pole appears in the game, located in World 3-Castle near a group of Whomps.
In-game render of a Red Ring in New Super Mario Bros. Red Ring Makes 8 Red Coins appear for a limited time.
Rotating Platform Triangle NSMB Rotating platform Platforms that rotate in a 90 degree axis. It comes in three different shapes: a triangle, a square, and a rectangle.
NSMB Rouletteblock.gif Roulette Block Gives a random item to Mario or Luigi.
Seesaw NSMB Seesaw A long platform that tilts left or right depending on where the player walks.
Red mushroom Yellow mushroom Sinking and Rising Mushrooms Mushroom Platforms that act as elevators.
NSMB Skullswitch.png Skull switch Immediately defeats Bowser when pressed.
Sprite of a mini Warp Pipe from New Super Mario Bros. Small pipe Can only be entered by Mini Mario and Mini Luigi.
Snake Block.png Snake Block Travels along winding paths, but do not move anything on top of them directly. It falls quickly when it reaches its destination.
SpikedQBlockNSMB.png Spiked ? Block Gives the player a coin or an item when hit. The block spins, alternating between the spiked side and the safe side. The spiked side can damage the player.
SpinBlockNSMB.png Spin Block Lets Mario or Luigi perform a high, gliding Spin Jump.
World 4-Ghost House Spoon lift A striped platform that flips the player to the other side of a wall when stepped on.
Tightrope NSMB Tightrope Yellow, striped ropes that move in a continuous pattern on Tracks. They can be grabbed by the player and swung back and forth with momentum.
NSMB Tram.png Trampoline Bounces the player high into the air when jumped on.
Vine Vine Can be climbed, sometimes leading to bonuses.
A Wall jump platform from New Super Mario Bros. Wall jump platform Golden blocks in the shape of an "n" that activate once the player wall jumps.

Mario Vs. Luigi[edit]

"Mario Vs. Luigi" redirects here. For the tours in Mario Kart Tour, see Mario vs. Luigi Tour.

In this two-player mode, Mario and Luigi compete for a number of Big Stars. Those stars appears at random in the side-scrolling stages. The stages are wrapped, so players that cross the end of each of those stages loop to the beginning. When Mario or Luigi are hit by enemies, hit each other, stomp on each other, or are defeated, they lose a star, which can then be again collected by either of the brothers. Getting ground-pounded causes a brother to lose three Big Stars. The first brother to reach the previously set amount of stars wins the game. However, if lives are turned on, they will lose by losing all their lives as well. When a brother collects eight coins, a random power up appears – Mushroom, Fire Flower, Blue Shell, Mini Mushroom, Starman, or Mega Mushroom (which is only given to the losing player). When a brother has a certain amount of victories, he wins the match. The following stages can be played:

  • Grass[8] - A stage that is much like World 1-1 of the single-player game, a meadow near Peach's Castle. It also based off of World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. and has many elements of it. This stage is a relatively simple stage with only Goombas and one Koopa Troopa.
  • Bricks[8] - An underground stage much like World 1-2 of the single-player game. It has many walls of blocks and has several holes. The stage is very short. Mario/Luigi should be very careful if they get a Mega Mushroom in this stage, as they can easily crush through the bricks and fall through the floor.
  • Ice[8] - A slippery stage that resembles levels found in World 5. Bullet Bills are hazards in this stage. There is a spin block which can be used to access higher Big Stars as well as coins. There is a Blue Koopa Troopa in this level; jumping on it reduces it to being a Blue Shell which can be used.
  • Pipes[8] - A pipe world that resembles a level in World 7 of Super Mario Bros. 3, it contains many Warp Pipes and Piranha Plants.
  • Fortress[8] - The most hazardous level, resembling most castle levels in the game. It contains Bob-ombs and moving walls which can crush Mario and Luigi, among other dangers.



The 1 Player minigames menu from New Super Mario Bros.
The 1 Player minigames menu.

New Super Mario Bros. also features a selection of minigames, many of which are identical to those in Super Mario 64 DS, but some new ones are also present. The games are not divided based on the characters that unlock them by catching rabbits, and instead are divided into several categories. This game also features the option to either play several single player minigames, or play several multiplayer minigames, in which multiple players compete against each other in a series of minigames specially designed for multiple players to earn the highest score.

Vs. Battle[edit]




1 on 1

1 Player[edit]






If the player taps the letters as the credits roll, they make sound effects heard throughout the game, with each letter of the alphabet making a different sound, except for letters D and E, which share the same sound (however, the letter Q does not appear at all during the credits). Punctuation marks also make sound effects. Tapping the background makes the sound effect of Mario jumping. If the player completes the game using Luigi, Mario's voice clips are substituted with Luigi's ones. Photos of the levels that the player has completed (including Warp Cannons) and the bosses that they have faced are shown on the top screen during the credits.

  • A: Bowser Jr. exclaiming "Ouch!" while being hit
  • B: Bowser Jr. defeated
  • C: Bowser Jr. ducking into his shell
  • D / E: Enemy stomp
  • F: Shell kick
  • G: Mario exclaiming "Yes!"
  • H: Mario exclaiming, surprised
  • I: Fireworks
  • J: Sound effect in game's opening
  • U: Springboard
  • V: Extra life
  • W: A musical response to the Extra life sound; resembles a reversed 1-Up sound effect
  • X: Shattering sound
  • Y: Mario after being kissed by Peach
  • Z: Peach saying "Thank you!"
  • ,: Underwater broken brick
  • &: Broken brick


Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. staff

General Producer[edit]


  • Hiroyuki Kimura


  • Shigeyuki Asuke

Assistant Directors[edit]

  • Masahiro Imaizumi
  • Taku Matoba

Map & Level Design[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. received, overall, critical acclaim, with the most praise going to it being an excellent revamp and revival of the 2D platformers, while still being a new and original game in its own right. IGN gave it a 9.5/10, saying the game "marked a brilliant return to Mario's side-scrolling environments, with elements that reintroduced the classic touch".[9] It was also given a high rating by GameSpot, who rated it 9/10.[10]

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo DS Craig Harris,
9.5/10 Admittedly there aren't as many gameplay innovations in New Super Mario Bros. as compared to previous Super Mario releases, but that's mostly due to the fact that much of platforming's innovations are related to 3D designs. But that said, this Nintendo DS release still proves that Nintendo still has some great ideas brewing for its plumber in his classic setting. There's an incredible amount of fresh, fun challenge to uncover in this revival.
Nintendo DS Tom Bramwell,
9/10 Fitting, then, that Nintendo saved some of his finest moments for this diminutive game-card - which, along with the emergence of DS and Wii, some have marked as a bookend to a period of dynastic chaos. The balance could yet shift again. But New Super Mario Bros., with its faultless controls, effortless variety and deceptive simplicity, argues that while market ratios can sweep back and forth and erupt and diminish in unexpected ways, the balance of ideas can always be relied upon to settle in one place: in the welcoming arms of a friendly little company from Kyoto called Nintendo.
Nintendo DS Corbie Dillard,
Nintendo Life
9/10 Let's face it, 15 years is a long time to wait for a new 2-D Super Mario Bros. game, but the wait was obviously well worth it. Nintendo has managed to take everything great and fun from the previous Super Mario Bros. games, roll it all together, add a fresh coat of paint onto the whole thing and come out with one of the best platformers we've seen released in years, not to mention a game easily worthy of the Super Mario Bros. name. This could be the best Nintendo DS game to date, and one that should have no trouble doing what its' predecessors did, and that's selling a lot of Nintendo game systems.
Nintendo DS Jeff Gerstmann,
9/10 With its ability to recall the older games without leaning too heavily on its famous name, New Super Mario Bros. is an essential new classic that lives up to the legacy of the series quite well. If you're looking for a quality DS game, look no further.
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 89
GameRankings 89.07%


New Super Mario Bros. is the best-selling game for the Nintendo DS, having sold 30.80 million copies worldwide.

Super Mario-kun adaptation[edit]

In a Mario vs. Luigi segment (from New Super Mario Bros.) of Super Mario-kun, Mario attacks Mega Luigi, shrinking and sending him on the edge of the cliff. Mario panics and grabs his arm, nearly saving him. Then, this happens.
Mario trying to save Luigi from falling from the cliff before his distraction

New Super Mario Bros. is featured in the Super Mario-kun manga. Only one volume is based on the game. Though it follows the story in some segments in these volumes from the game, it continues the key plot element differences, as in every volume in the Super Mario-kun manga series.

Differences in the Super Mario-kun manga[edit]

  • Luigi falls when he is defeated by Mario in the Mario vs. Luigi segments. Mario runs to the cliff when he sees his brother about to fall, grabbing him to save him, until he is distracted by a female star.

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. pre-release and unused content

In some demo versions used in kiosks during 2005, and in the E3 2005 trailer version, Mega Goombas were a generic species, rather than an individual boss. They appeared as difficult enemies, in one of the 2005 demos, as well as being a boss, similar to in the final game. A screenshot featuring of early map icons exists on page twelve of one of the final versions of the US manual. There were originally three item reserve spots rather than one. Spindrift was also supposed to be in the game, but got replaced by the blue spinning platforms in World 1-3 and other levels.[11]


Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. glitches

Above the Ceiling[edit]

In World 2, 3, and 5-Tower, Mario must go to the top of the tower. Then, they fight Bowser Jr., and must stomp on him twice. Then, he goes through his usual routine trying to jump on Mario. Mario must time it right so when he jumps to the highest point, they can jump on him. Also, Mario must use the technique where they can jump higher off an enemy. He has to aim towards the ceiling, and, if done correctly, Mario or Luigi should be on top of the roof. The usual animation of Bowser Jr. running away shows and the Mario or Luigi face signal turns halfway because the player cannot see Mario.

Bowser Jr. Death by Falling[edit]

In World 5-Tower, Mario should get to the boss, then walk to the edge while Bowser Jr. charges at him. If done correctly, Bowser Jr. charges off the platform. Then the screen zooms out to show an empty area. The only way to escape is to fall off the platform. Once Mario loses a life, the screen shakes and teleport them to the map.

Mega Mushroom Storing Trick[edit]

When Mario finds a "wild" Mega Mushroom in a level (1-1, 1-2, 4-4, and 7-5) (not in a Toad House) they must let the Mega Mushroom run to any unbreakable block (empty ? Block, empty brick, etc.). He must jump against the Mega Mushroom and the block in the same frame. When done right, the character does not become Mega. Instead, a Mega Mushroom is put as Mario's Stored Item.[12]


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:New Super Mario Bros.


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of New Super Mario Bros. media.
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Audio.svg Dead Theme - The music that plays when Mario loses a life or runs out of time.
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Differences from previous Super Mario games[edit]

  • In the previous Super Mario games (particularly 8-bit and 16-bit Super Mario games), when Mario picks up a 100th Coin for a 1-Up, the 1-Up Mushroom sound cancels the Coin sound. Instead, in this game, the Coin and 1-Up Mushroom sound play together whenever obtaining a 100th coin. This feature is also present in future New Super Mario Bros. games.
    • In addition, the "bump" noise when hitting a block/wall, or a shell bouncing off is also the same as the 8-bit Super Mario games. In later installments, the "bump" noise is given a new one.

References to other games[edit]

  • Mario Bros. - The respawn jingle from this game plays in the Mario Vs. Luigi mode when Mario respawns from defeat. World 2-2 and World 8-6 contain floors that Mario and Luigi can hit from below to knock over enemies walking on top of them, similarly to one of the main gameplay mechanics of Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. - There are two unlockable skins for the bottom screen that resemble something of this game; one shows a close-up of 8-bit Mario and Luigi sprites, and the other one is a secret unlockable skin and it features Mario, Luigi, and some Goombas in World 1-1. The overworld Multiplayer stage is also based on World 1-1. In the end of World 1-2, there is a hidden path over the ceiling before the final pipe that leads to a secret pipe, which is a direct reference the same secret in the same level of Super Mario Bros. Bowser and Dry Bowser are defeated the exact same way as in the castles in this game - by hitting the axe/skull switch which makes the bridge he is standing on fall into the lava or a bottomless pit, respectively. The latter also applies to the final battle against Bowser and Bowser Jr. The color scheme of the Mega Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros. is the same as that of the Super Mushroom in this game. If Mario finishes a level with the last two numbers of the time limit being the same, the "level complete" theme from this game plays in place of the normal one. A cover of this game's death theme plays when Mario loses a life. The first four levels' settings of the game are very similar to those of this game: the first level takes place in a grassy field, the second takes place underground, the third takes place up high on trees/giant mushrooms, and the fourth is a tower/castle level with a boss waiting for Mario at the end. The music in the Toad Houses is a cover of this game's ground theme. Also, if the player presses L Button, R Button, L Button, R Button, X Button, X Button, Y Button, Y Button while in the pause menu on the map, then Mario can no longer backtrack in levels, like in this game. In the minigame Danger, Bob-omb! Danger!, the background music is an arrangement of the castle theme from this game. The sound effect for when Mario or Luigi slides down the pole is reused, albeit reversed. Other sound effects are reused including the coin, stomp, bump, fireball, jump and warp pipe/power down sounds.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - One of the hazards of the Castle multiplayer stage is the moving ceiling that can crush players; this seems to be based on the moving ceilings in some of the fortresses in this game. The world themes are similar to the ones in this game. Toad Houses return. When Mario is taking on a castle boss, the music is a cover of the boss theme from this game. Bowser Jr. fights like Boom Boom did in this game. World 8-1 is based on World 8-1 in this game, with both levels featuring haunted battlegrounds filled with Boos and Bill Blasters. The Toad House theme is arranged in the minigame Bob-omb Reverse. The Spade Bonus theme is also arranged in the minigame Wanted!.
  • Super Mario World - The Item Stock returns from this game. A Monty Mole, which first appears in this game, appears as part of a boss called Monty Tank. Wigglers also appear in the game. Grinders don't appear in New Super Mario Bros., but spiked balls appear in the game, having the same function. Also, this game features Warp Pipes that can shoot the player into the air like Cannons. The jump sound effect is reused when Mario or Luigi jumps.
  • Mario Kart series - The Lightning item was once considered for Mario Vs. Luigi, retaining its ability to shrink the opponent player.[13]
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - The sound effects for defeating Piranha Plants, the switch timer, and collecting Red Coins, including the distinct sound for the last red coin, all come from this game.
  • Super Mario 64 - There are several characters from this game reappearing here, such as Dorrie and Sushi. Some of the Mario Bros.' techniques, such as the Triple Jump, the Wall Jump, the Ground Pound, and the Flutter Kick, are also brought to 2D Super Mario games starting from this game. Also, a few voice clips are reused, like "It's-a me, Mario!", and "Here we go!" The theme used for Invincible Mario/Luigi is the same as the theme for Wing Mario and Vanish Mario in this game. Bowser's voice effects in New Super Mario Bros. are his computerized roars and growls from the N64 era. In all follow-ups to this game, he uses his modern voice clips as provided by Kenny James. Chain Chomps can be freed by Ground Pounding their posts three times.
  • Mario Kart 64 - The artwork for the Blue Shell is edited from the artwork for the various shells from this game.
  • Super Mario Advance series - The sound effect that plays when Mario or Luigi collects a Super Mushroom is reused from these games.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - Bowser Jr. reappears as the main antagonist in this game. The instruction booklet even says, "Didn't Bowser Jr. once think Peach was his mother?", referencing this game. When Mario enters Petey Piranha's room, (for the first time, from the beginning), who first appears in this game, the cutscene that plays mirrors the beginning of his second battle in Bianco Hills. He is found sleeping peacefully only to be disturbed by something (in this case, Bowser Jr. jumping on him) and, enraged, starts to fly. During the card minigames, the music from Casino Delfino plays, but without the saxophones and whistling. Based on the background, it is very well possible that these games take place in Casino Delfino. The Monty Mole boss of World 6 attacks Mario by throwing Bob-ombs and shooting Bullet Bills from a cannon-bearing machine, like the Monty Mole boss of this game.
  • Mario Party 4 - The Mini Mushroom and Mega Mushroom return with the same function as in this game, albeit with different designs.
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! - Pokeys use their design from this game. Also, some character voices come from this game.
  • Mario Party 6 - Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach's artwork is reused for this game.
  • Super Mario 64 DS - The characters reappearing from Super Mario 64 look as they do in this game, and many assets were pulled from this game - models and textures, the invincibility music track, some sound effects, and several enemies, such as Scuttlebugs, which debut in 2D Super Mario games here, using their behavior from Super Mario 64 DS. Additionally, the Mega Mushroom grants the same effect as grabbing a Super Mushroom in this game. Most of the minigames in New Super Mario Bros. return or are edited from this game. The Mario Vs. Luigi mode is very similar to this game's VS mode. When the Nintendo DS is opened and closed, Mario says "It's-a me, Mario!" and "Buh-bye!", respectively. Also, New Super Mario Bros. runs on a heavily modified version of this game's engine.[citation needed]
  • Mario Kart DS: The Blooper's and Dash/Super Mushroom's designs originate from this game and become their standard designs in subsequent games.

References in later media[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Newニュー スーパーマリオブラザーズ
Nyū Sūpā Mario Burazāzu
New Super Mario Bros.

Chinese (simplified) New 超级马力欧兄弟
New Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì
New Super Mario Brothers

Chinese (traditional) 新超級瑪利歐兄弟[14] (Taiwanese Nintendo DS detail site)
Xīn Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì
New 超級瑪利歐兄弟[15] (Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary site)
New Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì
New Super Mario Brothers

New Super Mario Brothers

French New Super Mario Bros
New Super Mario Bros
Korean 뉴 슈퍼 마리오브라더스
Nyu Syupeo Mario Beuradeoseu
New Super Mario Bros.


  • New Super Mario Bros. is the last game in the Super Mario franchise in which the sound effect of a Warp Pipe is also the damage sound effect for Mario/Luigi. Later Super Mario platformers use the Super Mario World variant of the pipe sound to indicate damage, while still keeping the original Super Mario Bros. sound effect for pipes.
    • Likewise, the Coin sound in this game is very similar to the Coin sound from the 8-bit Super Mario games, whereas in later games in the series, the sound effect sounds closer to that of Super Mario World.
    • Likewise, this is the last game where the Goal Pole has a skull on the flags. Starting with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Bowser's emblem is used.


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