Small heart

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Small heart
SMAS-Art-SMB2-SmallHeart.png SM2Adv-Item-Heart.png
left: Artwork from Super Mario All-Stars.
right: Artwork from Super Mario Advance.

First appearance

Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)

Small hearts[1][2], also referred to as Hearts[3][4][5] or Growth Hearts[6], are items found in Super Mario Bros. 2. A small heart would fly out every time eight enemies are killed. When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool or Toad grabs it, they replenish an empty slot in their life meter. They have somewhat the same function as a Mushroom in this game, with two exceptions: Mushrooms both extend and fully replenish the health meter, while small hearts cannot.

Heart Radish.

In the Game Boy Advance version, Super Mario Advance, they are larger. They are also much more common, usually appearing when a thrown object takes out two enemies in a row, from enemies defeated by shells, from beaten Ostros, and from Giant Shy Guys and Giant Ninjis thrown to the ground or beaten. They are also found floating in midair and under grass, referred to as Heart Radishes[7].

It also appears in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. When used, it will refill half of Mario or Luigi's dance meter if it empties. It can be bought at any shop in Story Mode for seventy coins.

Official profiles[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: "Beat lots of enemies to make one of these appear. Small hearts replenish one mark of your life meter."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese さいハート[8]
Chiisai hāto
Small heart
Spanish Corazón pequeño Small heart
German Kleines Herz Small heart


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 NES instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet, page 20.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 1, page 10.
  4. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Page 88.
  5. ^ Super Mario Advance North American instruction booklet, page 28.
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.1, page 14.
  7. ^ Super Mario Advance North American instruction booklet, page 26.
  8. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 25.