Super Mario Advance (series)
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The Super Mario Advance series is a series of video game reissues released only on the Game Boy Advance. Each game contains one of the classic Mario sidescrollers, with improved graphics, sound, and additional features. Also, each game contains an updated version of the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. which adds an extra POW Block near the top of the stage. The series finished in 2003 with 4 games, although New Super Mario Bros., the eventual revival of the 2D platformers, was planned as a sort of "fifth entry" and successor to the series.
Any game in the Super Mario Advance series can link up to other Game Boy Advances that also have any of the said four games. This allows two to four people to play a version of Mario Bros., with better graphics, control, and sound. All players are Marios, but they wear different colored uniforms (red, yellow, green, and blue), though they still have the letter "M" on their caps. Players can pick each other up and throw each other, though a grabbed player can escape another's grasp. In "Classic Mode", the players cooperate in defeating the enemies like in the single player mode. In "Battle Mode", the players start off as Super Marios and compete against each other to collect five coins first by defeating enemies or being the last one standing. An invincible, flame-throwing Bowser appears in bonus rounds.
If there are only two players in the Battle Mode, there will be a trash can at the bottom. Players can be thrown in the trash can. A player in the trash can is stuck there for several seconds, putting them at a disadvantage, but they will come out with an item that may help them fight their rival. Players can receive a useless fishbone, a Koopa shell, a POW Block, or an egg. The egg can yield either a coin, a Star, or a heart which acts like a Super Mushroom.
Changes from the original games