Small heart

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Small heart
Small heart artwork, from Super Mario Bros. 2 (All-Stars version) Artwork of a Heart from Super Mario Advance
Artwork from Super Mario All-Stars (left) and Super Mario Advance (right), respectively
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Small heart Small heart from the version of Super Mario Bros. 2 in Super Mario All-Stars. Small heart from Super Mario Advance

Small hearts,[1][2] also referred to as Hearts[3] or Growth Hearts,[4] are items found in Super Mario Bros. 2. A small heart floats up from the bottom of the screen every time eight enemies are defeated. When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, or Toad grabs it, they replenish an empty slot in their Life Gauge. Small hearts have somewhat the same function as a Mushroom in this game, with two exceptions: Mushrooms both extend and fully replenish the Life Gauge, while small hearts do not.

Artwork of a Heart Radish from Super Mario Advance Heart Radish from Super Mario Advance

In the Game Boy Advance version, Super Mario Advance, hearts 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 Big Shy Guys and Big Ninjis thrown to the ground or beaten; they fly out of the enemies in these cases. They are also found floating in midair and under grass, referred to as Heart Radishes.[5]

Small Hearts also appear in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. They can be bought at any shop in Story Mode for 70 coins. When one is used, it refills half of Mario or Luigi's dance meter if it empties.


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."

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix[edit]

  • Item description: "The Small Heart refills your dance meter halfway when it is empty."

Names in other languages[edit]

Small heart[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese さいハート[6]
Chiisai hāto
Hāto no kobin
Small heart


Small Heart Bottle (Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix)
French Cœur[8]
Petit cœur
Small heart
German Kleines Herz
Small heart
Italian cuore[10]
Boccetta cuore (DDRMM)
Heart phial
Spanish Corazón pequeño
Small heart

Heart Radish[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハート大根[12]
Hāto Daikon
Heart Radish
French Cœur de Radis[8] Radish Heart
German Herzliche Radieschen[9] Hearty Radish
Italian ravanello energetico[10] energetic radish
Spanish rábano de corazón[11] heart radish


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 NES instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet, page 20.
  3. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Page 88.
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.1, page 14.
  5. ^ Super Mario Advance North American instruction booklet, page 26.
  6. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 25.
  7. ^ Super Mario Advance Japanese instruction booklet, page 28.
  8. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 50.
  9. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 30.
  10. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 110.
  11. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 90.
  12. ^ Super Mario Advance Japanese instruction booklet, page 26.