New Super Mario Bros. 2

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This article is about the second New Super Mario Bros. title on a handheld console. For the second title overall, see New Super Mario Bros. Wii. For the sequel to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, see New Super Mario Bros. U.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
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For alternate box art, see the game's gallery
Developer Nintendo EAD
Nintendo SPD
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo 3DS
Release date Japan July 28, 2012
Europe August 17, 2012
Australia August 18, 2012
USA August 19, 2012
Italy August 24, 2012
South Korea December 6, 2012
HK June 21, 2013
ROC June 21, 2013
Nintendo eShop
Japan July 28, 2012
Europe August 17, 2012
Italy August 17, 2012
Australia August 18, 2012
USA August 19, 2012
South Korea June 3, 2014
Gold Edition
Japan July 1, 2014
South Korea August 28, 2014
USA November 27, 2014
Genre Platformer, Action-adventure
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
GSRR:GSRR P.svg - Six years and older
Mode(s) Solo Play, Co-op Play, Coin Rush, Options
Nintendo 3DS:
3DS Card Icon.png Game Card
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a side-scrolling 2.5D action-adventure platform game for the Nintendo 3DS. It was first released in Japan on July 28, 2012. It is the thirteenth title in the main Super Mario series and the third in the New Super Mario Bros. line after New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii for the Wii. As the direct sequel to New Super Mario Bros., it is an indirect follow-up to New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Like Super Mario 3D Land, the game seems to be partly based on Super Mario Bros. 3, as it features Raccoon Mario, the P-Meter, and the Koopalings, all of which were introduced in said game. The game's main focus is on coins, with the primary goal being to collect one million. To reach the goal, the game includes many new items to aid the player, such as the Gold Flower, which turns Mario into Gold Mario.

According to Nintendo, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the first Mario title and the first Nintendo game overall to be available for purchase in both packaged (retail) and digital (downloadable via the Nintendo eShop) versions. The digital version can be stored onto an SD card, along with multiple other games, and be played on the Nintendo 3DS, but they cannot be shared with other Nintendo 3DS handhelds.


The opening cutscene

During the story, standing on the balcony of Peach's Castle, Mario and Luigi wave goodbye to Princess Peach to go on a coin hunt as Raccoon Mario and Fox Luigi. However, as soon as they return, the Koopalings suddenly appear, crashing their Koopa Clown Car onto the ground, as well as damaging the brothers, making them revert to Super Mario and Super Luigi. Roy Koopa reveals Princess Peach from his back. They soon fly away in their Koopa Clown Car, and Mario and Luigi chase after them.

The Koopalings kidnapping Princess Peach while on the Koopa Clown Car.

After defeating all of the Koopalings, the brothers head out of World 5-Castle, and see Peach in a cage. As they are about to free her, the now-empty Koopa Clown Car transfers her to Bowser's Castle.

When Mario and Luigi arrive at Bowser's Castle, they find Bowser and Peach, who is locked up in a cage. One of the duo has to step on the ! Switch behind Bowser, making the bridge collapse and sending Bowser to his doom. Just before the bros. can celebrate their victory, Peach's cage gets pulled off screen. After riding some bony platforms, Mario and Luigi find the Koopalings in their Koopa Clown Car. They power Bowser up and Bowser transforms into a gigantic size. At the top of the tower is a giant switch that, when pressed, sends Bowser falling through the floor. Afterward the princess is released from her cage. Then, everyone returns home, with Mario holding Peach in his arms and Luigi following closely behind, collecting coins along the way.

During the credits, the Koopalings can be seen in the background carrying the now regular-sized Bowser with the Koopa Clown Car. Bowser's immense weight exceeds its capacity. The story's description concludes with the Koopa Clown Car crash-landing, scattering everyone throughout the ground.


*Player 2 in Co-op mode and unlockable for Solo Play by holding L Button + R Button + A Button after clearing World 6-Bowser's Castle.


Mario having used a Gold Ring to turn several enemies golden, so as to earn coins.
The message received after maxing out the coin counter at 9,999,999 coins

The basic gameplay is very similar to the previous New Super Mario Bros. games. However, New Super Mario Bros. 2 focuses on collecting coins, with many and varied ways to collect many coins at once, such as golden items that award the player with them. The game's overall objective is to collect one million coins, with coins collected in levels being added to a total that is shared between the game's three save files and Coin Rush. The reward for collecting one million coins is a new title screen featuring a Gold Mario statue. The reward for maxing out the coin counter at 9,999,999 coins is a Gold Raccoon Mario Statue.[1][2] Like New Super Mario Bros., the bottom screen displays a kind of map, showing the length of the level and where the player is, as well as showing the Star Coins collected, points total, number of extra lives, and also providing an item storage. It also shows the total number of collected coins in a stage, with the record number displayed next to it. There are nine worlds: six main worlds and three special worlds. Each world contains a different number of levels, including Ghost Houses, Fortresses and Castles. Reznors and Koopalings are found at the end of each fortress and castle, respectively.

Raccoon Mario and Fox Luigi flying in co-op mode.

Other details in gameplay were added in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Among these details is the game's music that slightly changes depending on the situation; for example, when playing as Raccoon Mario or Fox Luigi, a drumbeat is added, similar to how a drumbeat is added while riding Yoshi in other Mario games. Once a Gold Ring is activated, twinkling noises appear. Another example is that if Mario goes to the very top of the screen and out of sight, the music gets quieter.

A two-player co-op mode is also available, in which a second player plays as Luigi accompanying Mario in the single-player game; both players may select which character they would like to be, however. This mode can only be played with two Nintendo 3DS consoles and two game cards. The gameplay is not much different from the single player, although in co-op coins and lives are shared between the two players, with each collected coin or extra life earned (though not collected) counting as two. Each player also has their own item storage, which can be accessed at any point. Several mechanics from the New Super Mario Bros. Wii multiplayer, such as the bubble and item boxes giving two items, are retained for this mode. In addition, the camera only focuses on one player at a time (denoted by a colored arrow above their character; red for Mario and green for Luigi), and can be changed during the level by ground-pounding the player currently in control, if the other player enters another section of the level first, or if the player of focus loses a life or enters a bubble.

Coin Rush[edit]

Coin Rush menu.
Main article: Coin Rush

Also featured in New Super Mario Bros. 2 is Coin Rush mode, a time attack-esque mode that challenges the player to collect as many coins as they can in three randomly selected single-player levels without losing a life. Levels are selected depending on the pack chosen. The Mushroom Pack selects three levels from Worlds 1, 2, and Mushroom; the Flower Pack chooses levels from Worlds 3, 4, and Flower; and the Star Pack chooses levels from Worlds 5, 6, and Star. Ten downloadable course packs are also available for purchase in the in-game store, also accessible in this mode, which allows the player to play three custom-created courses. In Coin Rush, players have the option to either play normally or as White Raccoon Mario.

Coin Rush records can be exchanged via StreetPass and challenged. Beating another player's record results in getting a Crown Coin (worth 1,000 coins).[3] SpotPassing allows the player to put their total into the Worldwide Coin Total on the official website.[4]


Main menu[edit]

  • Select: +Control Pad/Circle Pad
  • Confirm: A Button
  • Back: B Button
  • Play as Luigi in single-player mode: L Button+R Button+A Button (while selecting file after defeating Bowser in World 6)
  • Delete all save data: Press and hold A Button+B Button+X Button+Y Button (when the Nintendo 3DS logo disappears)


  • Move: +Control Pad left or right or Circle Pad
  • Dash: Hold Y Button/X Button or B Button/Y Button while moving
  • Jump/stomp: B Button/A Button or A Button/X Button
  • Crouch: +Control Pad down or Circle Pad
  • Ground Pound: +Control Pad down or Circle Pad (in midair)
  • Wall Jump: B Button/A Button or A Button/X Button (while holding +Control Pad left or right or Circle Pad in the direction of a wall, while sliding down it)
  • Double/Triple Jump: B Button/A Button or A Button/X Button (when landing after a running jump)
  • Pick up/throw: Press and hold Y Button/X Button or B Button/Y Button; release to throw
  • Pause: Start Button/Select Button


Enemies and obstacles[edit]


Enemy Description
Big Bone Piranha Plant NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Big Bone Piranha Plant
Larger versions of Bone Piranha Plants. They appear in castles and fortresses and thrash towards Mario.
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Bone Goomba
Goombas with skull helmets. If Mario jumps on one, its helmet cracks, and he must stomp the Goomba again to defeat it.
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Bone Piranha Plant
Skeletal Piranha Plants that are immune to fire.
A gigantic Boo who chases Mario in certain Ghost House levels.
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Gold Banzai Bill
Golden-colored Banzai Bills that fly forward, leaving behind a trail of coins.
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Gold Big Boo
Large golden-colored Boos that go in the opposite direction of Mario, leaving coins behind them.
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Gold Bro
A variant of Hammer Bro that throws coins.
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Gold Boo
Yellow Boos that hide their face from Mario and create coins.
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Gold Goomba Tower
Stacks of Gold Goombas that must be jumped on one by one.
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Gold Koopa Paratroopa
Koopa Paratroopas that have a trail of coins following them.
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Gold Koopa
Koopa Troopas with golden shells. When attacked, they go into their shells, which can be thrown to create coins.
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Gold Lakitu
Lakitus with yellow shells riding in golden clouds, who throw coins.
Gold Goomba Paragoomba NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Gold Paragoomba
Gold Goombas that jump as they walk.
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Gold Piranha Plant
Gold versions of Piranha Plants that come out of pipes. When defeated, their pipe shoots coins into the air.
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Icy Spike Ball
Spike Balls that can only be defeated by Gold Mario, which appear in snow levels.
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Small Urchin
Stationary underwater enemies that can be defeated with the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Gold Flower, or Super Star.


Enemy Description
Amp NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Electric balls that shock Mario upon contact.
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Banzai Bill
Large Bullet Bills that fly straight forward.
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Banzai Bill Cannon
Cannons that shoot Banzai Bills.
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Big Boo
Bigger variants of Boos that have the same behavior.
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Big Cheep Cheep
Big Cheep Cheeps that are found in underwater levels.
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Big Deep Cheep
Big Deep Cheeps that chase after Mario.
Big Dry Bones NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Big Dry Bones
Larger versions of Dry Bones that appear in castle levels.
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Big Fuzzy
Larger variants of Fuzzies that only appear in World 4-C.
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Big Grinder
Big versions of Grinders that only appear in World 3-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png
Big Piranha Plant NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Big Piranha Plant
Big Piranha Plants that appear outside of pipes, thrashing towards Mario.
Big Thwomp NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Big Thwomp
Large Thwomps that can break through stone tiles.
Big Fire Piranha Plant NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Big Venus Fire Trap
Large Venus Fire Traps that shoot big fireballs.
Big Whomp NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Big Whomp
Big Whomps that may reveal objects behind them after they fall.
Bill Blaster
Cannons that shoot Bullet Bills.
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Bill Blaster Turret
Stacks of Bill Blasters that rotate and shoot Bullet Bills.
Blooper NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Underwater enemies that move in an erratic pattern and follow Mario.
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Blooper Baby
Small Bloopers that follow Blooper Nannies.
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Blooper Nanny
Bloopers that have Blooper Babies swimming in a trail behind them.
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Bombs that ignite if they are jumped on or have a fireball thrown at them, then explode shortly after.
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Ghosts that follow Mario when his back is turned, but hide their face when he looks at them.
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Boomerang Bro
Hammer Bros that use boomerangs, which return to them after being thrown.
Boulders that appear underwater in World 3-5, and can break through blocks.
Bowser sculpture
Bowser statue heads that breathe large fireballs.
Bullet Bill
Bullets that fly straight forward and are shot from Bill Blasters and Bill Blaster Turrets.
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Constant streams of fire that rotate and are found on airships.
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Buzzy Beetle
Shelled enemies that can be kicked or thrown after being jumped on, and can walk on ceilings.
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Chain Chomp
Enemies tied to posts that lunge at Mario. If Mario ground pounds their post, they are set free.
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Cheep Cheep
Fish that are found swimming aimlessly in underwater levels.
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Cheep Chomp
Large fish that attempt to eat Mario.
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Climbing Koopa
Koopa Troopas that climb on both sides of fences.
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Coin Coffer
Enemies that cough out coins when attacked.
Crowber NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Crows that swoop towards Mario.
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Deep Cheep
Fish that chase Mario as they swim.
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Dry Bones
Skeleton Koopa Troopas that collapse when attacked, but later rebuild themselves.
Fire Bar
A series of fireballs that spins in a circular motion.
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Fire Bro
Hammer Bros that throw fireballs.
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Fire Snake
Flames that jump in a high arc.
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Skeletal fish that charge towards Mario.
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Flame Chomp
Black spheres that spit fireballs at Mario.
Fuzzy NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Enemies that follow tracks and hurt Mario upon contact.
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Giant Spiked Ball
Large Spiked Balls that can break through stone tiles.
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Gold Bullet Bill
Golden Bullet Bills that leave trails of coins behind them.
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Gold Cheep Cheep
Gold-colored Cheep Cheeps that jump out of water with coins behind them.
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Gold Goomba
Golden Goombas that give extra coins when stomped.
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Common enemies that can be defeated by jumping on them.
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Goomba Tower
Stacks of Goombas that must be defeated individually.
Buzzsaws that move along tracks.
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Hammer Bro
Enemies that throw hammers and jump.
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Koopa Troopa
Turtle enemies that go into their shells when attacked, then can be picked up or thrown. Green Koopa Troopas walk off ledges, while red Koopa Troopas turn around.
Koopa Paratroopa
Winged Koopa Troopas that either jump in high arcs or fly up and down in the air.
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Enemies that throw Spiny Eggs. If Mario defeats a Lakitu, he can ride on its cloud until it disappears.
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Lava Bubble
Fireballs that jump out of lava.
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Mini Goomba
Small Goombas that weigh Mario down until he either attacks or walks for a few seconds.
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Parachuting Bob-ombs that are sometimes shot out of cannons
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Winged Goombas that hop as they walk.
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Ghosts that move in circles and sometimes carry platforms.
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Piranha Plant
Plants that move in and out of Warp Pipes.
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Cactus enemies that appear in desert levels and move slowly.
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Fish that jump out of the water and follow Mario.
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Spiders that hang down from webs and can be defeated by jumping on them.
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Large spiked pillars that damage Mario if he touches them.
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Sledge Bro
Hammer Bro variants that stun Mario after they jump.
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Spike Ball
Spike balls that appear in fortress and castle levels.
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Spike Top
Buzzy Beetle variants that have spikes on their shells, preventing them from being jumped on.
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Enemies that hatch from Spiny Eggs and cannot be jumped on.
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Spiny Cheep Cheep
Fast-swimming fish that chase Mario.
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Spiny Egg
Eggs thrown by Lakitu that hatch into Spinies when they hit the ground.
Swooper NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Bats that hang onto the ceiling, then swoop towards Mario.
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Large rocks that fall when Mario gets close.
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Stationary enemies that appear in underwater levels.
Fire Piranha Plant NSMB2 Prima.jpg
Venus Fire Trap
Piranha Plants that aim at Mario and shoot fireballs.
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Volcanic debris
Rocks that fall slowly and break upon hitting either the ground or a block.
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Walking Thwomp variants that fall face-first.
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Caterpillars that move faster after being jumped on.


Boss Place(s) fought How to defeat
Reznor (as miniboss)
All Towers To defeat the Reznors, Mario or Luigi must either hit the Rectangular Coin Block under them, hit them with six fireballs or a gold fireball, or touch them if under the effects of the Invincibility Leaf.
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Roy Koopa
World 1-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png When Roy charges at Mario or Luigi, they must move out the way just before he rams into a wall. This stuns Roy temporarily, and Mario or Luigi can jump on him. They can also jump on Roy while he performs a charge attack. Upon taking a third hit, Roy is defeated.
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Iggy Koopa and Big Chain Chomp
World 2-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Like the other Koopalings, Iggy is defeated if Mario or Luigi jump on him three times. When they first stomp Iggy, the Big Chain Chomp gets angry and exits from the top or bottom before returning into view. When Iggy is hit twice, the Big Chain Chomp starts to move faster.
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Larry Koopa
World MushroomNSMBW Mushroom Icon Sprite.png-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Mario or Luigi must jump on him three times to defeat him.
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Wendy O. Koopa
World 3-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Mario and Luigi must jump on Wendy when not underwater three times.
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Morton Koopa Jr.
World 4-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Mario or Luigi must jump on him three times while avoiding spike balls he creates from his wand.
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Lemmy Koopa
World FlowerNSMBW Fire Flower Icon.png-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Mario or Luigi must jump on him three times as they fight him on a conveyor belt.
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Ludwig von Koopa
World 5-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Mario or Luigi must use the five gray Pipe Cannons on the floor to blast against Ludwig, causing him to fall onto the floor, dizzy. Mario or Luigi can then jump on Ludwig's head. After the first hit, Ludwig starts to shoot four fireballs. After the second stomp, the chain he hangs on starts to swing. When hit a third time, Ludwig is defeated.
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World 6-NSMB2-Bowser Castle Course Icon.png and Gold Classics Pack Third Course Mario or Luigi must jump on the ! Switch to send Bowser falling down beneath the bridge into the lava. After that, the Koopalings enlarge him, and Mario or Luigi must go onto the roof and hit a massive ! Switch to defeat Bowser. The latter part does not occur in the Gold Classics Pack.
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Dry Bowser
World StarStaricon.png-NSMB2-Castle Course Icon.png Dry Bowser is fought similarly to Bowser. Mario or Luigi must jump on a ! Switch for Dry Bowser to fall off the bridge into the lava. The Koopalings then enlarge Dry Bowser, and Mario or Luigi must go onto the roof and hit a massive ! Switch to defeat Dry Bowser.



Level Preview Description
World 1 NSMB2 World1.png The grassland world of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Roy Koopa and its Warp Cannon leads to World Mushroom.
World 2 Nsmb2w2.png The desert world of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Iggy Koopa.
World Mushroom NSMB2-Triplecrownlives.png The first Special World of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Larry Koopa and its Warp Cannon leads to World Flower.
World 3 World 3 NSMB2.png The tropical/forest world of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Wendy O. Koopa and its Warp Cannon leads to World Flower.
World 4 World4NSMB2.png The snow world of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Morton Koopa Jr..
World Flower WorldFlowerNSMB2.png The second Special World of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Lemmy Koopa and its Warp Cannon leads to World 6.
World 5 World5 NSMB2.png The sky/mountain world of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Ludwig von Koopa.
World 6 NSMB2-W6.png The haunted/volcano world and the final main world of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Bowser. This world must be completed to complete the game.
World Star LuigiStarWorld.png The final Special World of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The boss is Dry Bowser. 90 Star Coins must be collected to play this world.

Downloadable content[edit]

Main article: Coin Rush#Downloadable content

Downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. 2 was first announced in a Nintendo Direct Mini dedicated entirely to the game, showcasing the three downloadable Coin Rush course packs and their price tags along with the release dates. The downloadable packs are available for purchase on the in-game shop, available for 200¥ for Japan, €2.50 for Europe, $2.50 for America, HKD$20 for Hong Kong and 60 Nintendo Points for Taiwan. This game is both the first Mario game and also the first Nintendo game overall to feature standard downloadable add-on content.

The service started on October 2 for Japan, Europe, and Oceania, and October 4 for North America, featuring three course packs. Two more packs were released on October 25, two more were released on December 5 and the last two was released on December 20 (North America and Europe) and December 21 (Japan and Australia). In addition, a single pack, which could be downloaded for free until January 31, 2013, was also released on November 27. In total, there are ten course packs available for purchase.

In Europe, the game received a Nintendo 2DS bundle which in addition to the game also includes all ten downloadable course packs pre-installed. In North America, the game received a special edition Nintendo 3DS XL with all ten downloadable course packs pre-installed during the 2014 holiday season.


The development of a 2D Super Mario game for the Nintendo 3DS was first brought up during an earnings briefing in November 2010, with Shigeru Miyamoto speaking about the possibilities of 2D and 3D Super Mario games on the Nintendo 3DS.[5] Later, after the release of Super Mario 3D Land, Satoru Iwata officially announced that a 2D Mario game for the 3DS was in development,[6] which was revealed to be New Super Mario Bros. 2 during the April 21, 2012, Nintendo Direct in Japan.[7]

New Super Mario Bros. 2 had a more unique development cycle than other games in the series. Not only was the game developed by the Entertainment Analysis and Development team, but also by members of other development teams, including the Software Planning and Development team, as part of the "Mario Cram School," a program meant to teach other teams about the development of Mario games.[8] Also different is that the game's stages were designed before the mechanics and main focus were thought of.[8]

The focus on coins came about early in development, with Takashi Tezuka and Toshihiko Nakago speaking about coins; at the time, development of Super Mario 3D Land, which features the ? Box, had recently wrapped up. The coin concept was first implemented with the golden Koopa Troopa, and soon after Tezuka suggested the one million coin goal. The developers then began to fill the stages with coins, and created more ways to collect them, such as the additional golden enemies and Gold Mario.[9] Because of the game's coin focus, the developers considered naming it "New Super Mario Bros. Gold," but the "2" was chosen instead since the game features more stages than the previous entries in the New Super Mario Bros. series as well as several new elements, allowing it to stand alone as a standard 2D Super Mario title.[10]

Implementation of the co-op mode was originally met with conflict; Tezuka suggested adding it, but the staff opposed him due to being unsure on how it could be implemented, and that it couldn't be done within the remainder of the given development timeframe. Earlier in development, a prototype mode featuring both Mario and Luigi in the single-player stages had been developed. Using this, the developers worked on refining it, making it more similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Issues with the Nintendo 3DS' screen kept the camera from expanding to accommodate both players, so instead the camera was made to focus on a single player at a time, with both being able to fight for control over it.[11]

The concept of the Coin Rush mode was thought of before the coin theme of the game was. Yusuke Anamo was thinking about how to make the game more replayable, but also something that could be played even in free time. In addition, after making the stages more coin-oriented, the developers noticed that, no matter how often the game was played, the million-coin goal was very difficult to reach. It was then that they decided to incorporate collecting large amounts of coins into the new mode.[12] The Coin Rush downloadable course packs were originally announced before the game was released; the courses themselves, however, had not been created at the time.[13] The idea of downloadable content had come up during the development of both New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U, and from both teams; the development team for New Super Mario Bros. 2 had thought of the idea of downloadable Coin Rush courses, and since this game was to be released first it was decided that content would be created for it first.[14]

References to other games[edit]

  • Mario Bros.: Round 1 is remade as part of the Gold Classics Pack.
  • Super Mario Bros.: In the first phase of Bowser's and Dry Bowser's battles, Bowser throws sledgehammers and breathes fire, and Mario must wait for him to jump then get past him, very much alike to this game. Also, while the game loads (such as when starting up the game or looking for a second player in Co-op Play), the loading chime plays the first part of this game's overworld theme. Small Mario sprite from Super Mario Bros. appears in some parts of Coin Rush mode, such as to show which course the player will play or while counting the coins obtained in the levels. The maximum number of lives results in crowns like in this game. World 1-1, 1-2 and 1-4 are remade as part of the Classic Courses Pack.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels: Not in the game itself, but the Gold Classics Pack DLC's third course at the ending had "Thank You!!" message similar to the Arigatou! message in World 9-4 (although unlike in that game, the "Thank You!!" message was written in coins rather than coral).
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: A trailer released by Nintendo of Europe states that this game is the "rightful successor" to this game.[15] Raccoon Mario, the P-Meter, Jump Blocks and Wooden Blocks return. The P-Wing makes a cameo, replacing the "P" icon of the P-Meter. The floor in Bowser's room is checkered, similar to those of several Fortresses in this game. Like in this game, Toad Houses have the same music (except for Green Toad Houses) and feature a choice of three power-ups. Also, the loading chime plays a small part of this game's overworld theme. World 1-1 and 1-5 are remade as part of the Classic Courses Pack.
  • Super Mario World: Chocolate Island-styled backgrounds are used in some of the levels. Reznors and the standard boss theme return from this game. Also, when the bridges break in the Reznor battles, they sound like breaking blocks in this game, and when the player hits a switch, it makes the P Switch noises from this game. The loading chime plays a small part of this game's overworld theme. Mario and Luigi can look up as well. The Moon Coins have an imprint of a 3-Up Moon.
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island: The number "two" on the logo is similar to this game.
  • Super Mario Sunshine: If Mario jumps on a Toad, its mushroom cap will bounce. If attacked from a distance, it will flinch. This feature first appeared in this game.
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: The giant coin makes a reappearance in this game, based on its appearance in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
  • New Super Mario Bros.: A direct sequel to this game. Mario's Mini and Mega forms return. Dry Bowser also returns. This game's remix of the Super Mario Bros. theme is used during the Dash Mario stages, as well as the Mega Mushroom theme.
  • Yoshi's Island DS: Bowser is fought as a giant in the background, just as he was in this game.
  • Super Mario Galaxy: The Toads' reaction to a raccoon tail whip (by spinning around happily) is reused from the Toads' reaction to a Star Spin in this game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii: An indirect follow-up to this game. Numerous elements from the game return. The music and graphic style are reused from this game, with added vocals to the overworld and athletic themes, as well as vocal riffs "bah" included in the tower, castle and ghost house themes. The second phase of Bowser's battle can be compared to the second phase of Bowser in this game, except Mario needs to move from platform to platform vertically instead of horizontally. The bubble system returns, and the multiplayer gameplay is reused (though Mario and Luigi cannot pick up each other as before). The Koopalings also had the same voices from and also taunt the same way before they fight and are fought similarly to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In addition, they also aided Bowser in a manner very similar to how Kamek aided Bowser in that game, right down to being knocked down by Bowser the same way upon his becoming giant. Stars can be earned on the file, like in this game.
  • Super Mario 3D Land: The Invincibility Leaf returns, as does the Assist Block. Peepas, Coin Coffers and Goomba Towers return. Toad Houses use the same music as in this game, which, in itself, is a remix of the theme from Super Mario Bros. 3. During the credits, Mario carries Peach in a similar fashion to this game, except he is not flying, but walking on the ground. + Clocks return with similar functions. Once again, items from Toad Houses work their effects immediately, rather than being placed in an inventory. Stars can be earned in the file, like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and this game. The max lives are 1,110 (shown as three crowns), like in this game.
  • Mario Kart 7: Raccoon Mario's tail whip and transformation sounds are re-used from this game.

References in later games[edit]


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Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-release and unused content

The game was originally to be titled New Super Mario Bros. Gold, but since the stages were said to stand on their own without the coin theme, the name was changed. The Platform Panic Pack Coin Rush DLC was also set to be released as the seventh pack, but with the announcement of the Gold Classics Pack it was moved to being pack eight.


Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. 2 glitches

Enemies in the Blocks[edit]

This glitch can be done in World StarWorld Star-1 and requires Super Mario. First, Mario should Ground Pound some Brick Blocks near a Brick Block with nothing below it to make it possible to hit. It has a P Switch inside that Mario must press. Then Mario must run to the second platform after the ? Switch and wait for the P Switch to wear off. Then, if done correctly, the Koopa will be stuck inside some Brick Blocks. After turning right, it will appear slightly to the right for only a split second and then return to its original position. It can still dance to the beat in the music.[16]


Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. 2 staff


New Super Mario Bros. 2 has received generally positive reviews from critics. IGN gave it an 8.5/10 and Nintendolife gave it a 9/10. Most critics considered it a solid Mario game, though they also criticized its easy difficulty and unoriginality.[17][18][19][20] As of August 18, 2012, New Super Mario Bros. 2 has received a 78% average on Metacritic, with 22 positive and 13 mixed reviews.

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo 3DS Keza MacDonald, IGN 8.5/10 "It is impossible not to be drawn in by the simple perfection of New Super Mario Bros 2’s mechanics and level design – this is as pleasurable and effortless as 2D platforming gets. But it’s also impossible not to be disappointed that it’s over so quickly, and doesn’t offer anything really new. The best Mario games reinvent themselves at the same time as paying loving homage to what went before; they take something you know and love and make it feel new all over again. New Super Mario Bros doesn’t do that - but it’s a delightful game while it lasts, and still the best 2D platformer on the 3DS."
Nintendo 3DS Oli Welsh, Eurogamer 8/10 "This is a high-quality game by anyone's standards, but that doesn't change the fact that I spent a good deal of my time playing it feeling blasphemously bored. Fortunately, the true Mario tradition is in safe hands in Tokyo, no doubt to return and restore our faith in some mind-bending new adventure next year. But perhaps New Super Mario Bros. should be allowed to grow old a bit more gracefully than this."
Nintendo 3DS Jim Sterling, Destructoid 7/10 "New Super Mario Bros. 2 is good. It was always going to be good, because Nintendo makes good games. That was never in doubt. However, it's a markedly more vacuous experience, bereft as it is of fresh gameplay and rigidly sticking to a formula with such zeal one would almost believe it a religious imperative of the developers. The coin collecting silliness may alter the player's approach somewhat, but it is nonetheless superficial and many players will doubtless get bored of it before hitting their million. The gimmick serves as an allegory for the entire game, really -- a glittering distraction, lacking any real substance. At its core, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a Mushroom Kingdom coin -- shiny and addictive, but carrying no practical value whatsoever."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 78
GameRankings 78.40%


As of March 31, 2014, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the 5th best selling game for the Nintendo 3DS, having sold about 7.82 million copies worldwide.

Nintendo eShop description[edit]

NA Version

The bros are back for an all-new adventure worth its weight in gold! Jump, bounce, and power-up through visually stunning side-scrolling worlds as you race to save Princess Peach™. Gold Flowers, Gold Blocks, and Gold Rings make collecting coins more fun than ever before! Can you collect a million coins? Use all your speed-running and coin-collecting skills to best your friends in the new StreetPass-enabled Coin Rush mode. Team up with a friend and play through the entire game via Local Wireless. (Requires two copies of the game.)

EU Version

Mario returns to Nintendo 3DS in a side-scrolling action adventure, packed with great power-ups and crammed with coins! Players can expect classic Mario action with a golden twist - an extra challenge to collect one million coins! As well as playing solo, or teaming up with a friend via Local Play, there's Coin Rush mode, where the aim is to grab as many coins as possible in the time limit, adding a strategic edge to the fun!


  • This is the only New Super Mario Bros. game to not feature Bowser Jr. as a boss, making Bowser the only boss to be featured in every New Super Mario Bros. game.
  • This game has the most levels out of any New Super Mario Bros. game, with a total of 93 levels.
    • Similarly, it also has the largest amount of total exits out of any New Super Mario Bros. game, with a total of 108 exits.
  • US and Canada Club Nintendo members who purchased New Super Mario Bros. 2 from the Nintendo eShop by September 20th, 2012 and completed the surveys within four weeks after downloading could receive double the amount of coins (for a total of 100 coins) as they would receive if they bought the game at retail (50 coins).[21]. European Club Nintendo members that purchased the game from the Nintendo eShop received 250 free Stars. Likewise, Australian Club Nintendo members received double the amount of Stars (i.e. 400 instead of 200)[22].
  • Nintendo made a special gold-themed week exclusively for the American Nintendo eShop to celebrate the release of the game, where every category's image was replaced with something from the game and the backgrounds were gold-colored.

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