Small heart

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Small heart
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Artwork from Super Mario All-Stars (left) and Super Mario Advance (right) respectively

First appearance

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

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 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 Big Shy Guys and Big Ninjis thrown to the ground or beaten. 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. 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]

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)
Spanish Corazón pequeño
Small heart
French coeur[9] heart
German Kleines Herz
Small heart
Italian cuore[11] heart

Heart Radish[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハート大根[12]
Hāto Daikon
Heart Radish
Spanish rábano de corazón[8] heart radish
French Coeur de Radis[9] Heart Radish
German Herzliche Radieschen[10] Hearty Radish
Italian ravanello energetico[11] energetic 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 90.
  9. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 50.
  10. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 30.
  11. ^ a b Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 110.
  12. ^ Super Mario Advance Japanese instruction booklet, page 26.