Nintendo Game Pack

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Unopened Nintendo Game Packs showing Mario and Princess Toadstool respectively
Unopened Nintendo Game Packs showing Mario and Princess Toadstool respectively
Unopened Nintendo Game Packs showing Mario and Princess Toadstool respectively

Nintendo Game Packs are licensed packs of collectible cards that were released by Topps in 1989. Each unopened pack has three scratch-off cards and two tip cards, which are packaged inside wax paper. The packaging depicted either Mario, Princess Toadstool, or Link. The entire set of Nintendo Game Pack cards consists of 60 scratch-off game cards and 33 tip cards. The scratch-off games are based on either of the six Nintendo Entertainment System games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Punch-Out!!, and Double Dragon.

There are ten scratch-off game cards per game, 20 of which pertain to either of the first two Super Mario Bros. games. Each card shows artwork based on a scene from the game and circles that can be scratched. Instructions are on the other side of the card.

Each tip card has one gameplay tip for a Nintendo Entertainment System game. One or a few stickers are on the other side of each card. Like the scratch-off game cards, the stickers also pertain to one of the six Nintendo Entertainment System games.

List of Mario-related cards[edit]

Scratch-off game cards[edit]

Super Mario Bros.
Screen Card Description
1 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 1.jpg Mario must jump over a pit and stomp three Goombas (although only two are depicted on the card). If the player scratches a right arrow (for crossing the gap) and three squished Goombas, they win. If three whole Goombas are scratched, the player loses.
2 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 2.jpg Mario must jump over two gaps, which each have a Spiny in them. The player wins if they scratch three right arrows but lose if they scratch three pictures which say "Ouch!".
3 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 3.jpg Mario must swim by a Blooper. The player wins if they scratch three right arrows, but they lose if they scratch three Bloopers.
4 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 4.jpg The card depicts Mario shooting a fireball at a Koopa Paratroopa (named "Koopa Paratrooper" on the card instructions) in an underground area. The player wins if they scratch three right arrows but lose if they scratch three Koopa Paratroopers.
5 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 5.jpg The card depicts Mario moving toward a Buzzy Beetle in an underground area. The player wins if they scratch three right arrows but lose if they scratch three Buzzy Beetles.
6 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 6.jpg The card is based on World 1-2. It depicts Mario standing on a pipe next to a Piranha Flower (misspelled "Pirahna Flower" in the instructions). The player wins if they scratch a right arrow and a "secret world" but lose if they scratch three Piranha Flowers.
7 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 7.jpg The card depicts Mario in an underground area next to two blocks and a Bullet Bill above. The player must scratch a right arrow to have Mario advance to the second area (the rightmost side of the card), and scratch another right arrow to win. If the player scratches a circle with the word "DUCK!", they must try again. If the player scratches three Bullet Bills, they lose.
8 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 8.jpg The card is loosely based on World 2-3 and shows a Cheep Cheep flying at Mario from under the bridge. The player must scratch two right arrows to move across the bridge. If the player scratches three Cheep Cheeps, they lose.
9 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 9.jpg The card shows Mario approaching a red Koopa Troopa. If the player scratches a right arrow, Mario advances to the second area, which is the rightmost side with a Pipe. If the player scratches an up arrow, they win. If the player scratches three Koopa Troopas or one Koopa Shell, they lose.
10 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB Scratch-off card 10.jpg The card shows Mario's encounter with Bowser. The player must scratch the first area (the left side of the card) until they find a right arrow for Mario to continue to the second area (the right set of circles behind Bowser). To win, the player must scratch a right arrow and two levers. If the player scratches three fireballs, they lose.
Super Mario Bros. 2
1 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 1.jpg The scene is based on the start of World 1-2, as it shows Mario jumping from hills to get to a Pidgit. The player wins if they scratch a right arrow for Mario to get to Pidgit, then scratch a picture that reads "GRAB!" for Mario to grab the Pidgit, and then a picture that reads "TOSS" for Mario to throw the Pidgit. The player loses if they scratch three circles which show a picture saying "FALL".
2 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 2.jpg The scene shows Mario in an enclosed area with an Autobomb. The player wins if they scratch off one right arrow, three "GRAB!" pictures, and three "THROW" pictures. The player loses if they scratch three cannonballs.
3 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 3.jpg The scene shows the end of World 2-3 during the boss fight against Tryclyde. The player wins if they scratch off one right arrow, three super mushrooms, and three pictures of the word "TOSS". If the player scratches three fireballs, they lose.

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Tryclyde is defeated the same way, if the player's character throws three mushrooms at him.

4 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 4.jpg The scene shows Mario in a jar area with a Spark. Despite this, the objective is different. Mario has to grab a key and escape from Phanto. The player wins if they scratch one right arrow and one key, but they lose if they scratch three Phantos.
5 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 5.jpg The scene shows two logs going down a waterfall, similar to World 1-1. The player wins if they scratch three right arrows but lose if they scratch three pictures which say "MISS!".
6 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 6.jpg The scene shows Mario against Birdo, who is spitting eggs to the left. The player wins if they scratch three eggs, a right arrow to advance to the right side, and a "BONK!" (which is on the right side of the card). The player loses if they scratch three pictures which say "Ouch!".

In Super Mario Bros. 2, the player's character can also defeat Birdo by throwing three eggs at her.

7 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 7.jpg The scene shows Mario standing at a log spanning between two hills. There are three turnip leaves sticking out the log and a Shy Guy on the other side. The player wins if they scratch a turnip, a right arrow (to move to the second area with Shy Guy), and a picture of "TOSS" (indicating that Mario threw the vegetable at Shy Guy). The player loses if they scratch three pictures of Shy Guy.
8 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 8.jpg The scene shows Mario in a boss battle against Mouser, who threw a bomb at him. The player wins if they scratch a right arrow (to advance to the second area with Mouser), three grabs and three bombs. The player loses if they scratch three pictures of "BOOM", which indicate that Mario missed throwing the bombs at Mouser.

In Super Mario Bros. 2, the player's character can also defeat Mouser by throwing three bombs at him.

9 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 9.jpg The scene shows Mario in a desert area with a Panser, who is throwing fireballs at him. The player wins if they scratch three Shy Guys and a right arrow. The player loses if they scratch three fireballs.
10 of 10 Nintendo Game Pack SMB2 Scratch-off card 10.jpg The scene shows Mario approaching a Cobrat in a jar, and Princess Toadstool is on the right side, behind Cobrat. The player wins if they scratch a right arrow, two tosses, and a pair of lips (which represents Princess Toadstool kissing Mario).

Tip cards[edit]

No. Card tip Game
1 "Hit the flagpole when the timer ends in 1, 3, or 6 and you will get fireworks for extra points." (Super Mario Bros.) Super Mario Bros.
5 "After you've gathered up a certain number of cherries, a star will appear. Picking up the star makes you invincible (For a short time)." Super Mario Bros. 2
7 "To make Mario jump extra high, hold the B button down while you run and jump." Super Mario Bros.
11 "Pull up five large vegetables and you earn a stopwatch that freezes all the action on the screen for a few moments." Super Mario Bros. 2
13 "Even if it says "Game Over" you can hold A and press Start. You'll continue on Level 1 of the last world you were on." Super Mario Bros.
17 "Whenever you pick up a key, Phantos will relentlessly pursue you; when you drop it, he departs. Pick up the key continually and keep throwing it down till he's gone for good." Super Mario Bros. 2
19 "In every world, within invisible blocks, one extra life is concealed (possibly more). Keep your eyes peeled!" Super Mario Bros.
23 "There is a good deal of quicksand in World Two (notice that the grains move in a wave motion). Keep jumping and you won't get sucked under!" Super Mario Bros. 2
25 "If you're Super or Fiery Mario, a nifty way to bypass dangerous enemies is to let them hit you! For a brief time you'll be invincible and can slip by." Super Mario Bros.
29 "Scampering up and down vines is the amazing Hoopster! If you manage to jump onto his head, you'll win a free ride." Super Mario Bros. 2
31 "You'll gain more points the higher you jump on a flagpole. Try accelerating first, then jump for all you're worth!" Super Mario Bros.
33 "The way to defeat Birdo is to first, jump on the eggs he shoots at you, and second, pick them up and hurl them back at him." Super Mario Bros. 2

Stickers[edit]

Card no. Image Description
1 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 1 sticker.jpg Super Mario Bros. 2 box art
4 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 4 sticker.jpg Princess Toadstool throwing an egg, Birdo, and the Super Mario Bros. 2 logo
9 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 9 sticker.jpg Super Mario Bros. logo
11 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 11 sticker.jpg Mario standing next to a Super Mario Bros. logo, which has a different appearance
13 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 13 sticker.jpg Donkey Kong artwork of Mario holding a hammer, accompanied with the text "hit me with your best score!"
16 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 16 sticker.jpg Artwork of Mario lovestruck, accompanied by the message, "I ♥ Video Games!"
18 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 18 sticker.jpg Artwork of Mario giving the peace sign (from Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Family Computer Disk System), with the surrounding text reading "WIN with MARIO".
21 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 21 sticker.jpg Mario standing next to a logo reading "Mario Madness"
23 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 23 sticker.jpg Bowser, Bullet Bill, and Cheep Cheep
26 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 26 sticker.jpg Piranha Flower, Blooper, Spiny, Fire Flower
31 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 31 sticker.jpg A Hammer Bro, a Mushroom Retainer, and Magic Mushrooms
33 Nintendo Game Pack tip card 33 sticker.jpg One sticker showing both Mario riding in a car and a green Super Mario Bros. logo below
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