Super Mario All-Stars
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Super Mario All-Stars (also known as Super Mario Collection in Japan), is a compilation of remasters for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (the Super Famicom in Japan). It enhances Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (known as Super Mario Bros. 2: For Super Players in Japan) to the Super Nintendo with an added on-cartridge save feature, updated graphics and sound, and an additional "battle game" for Super Mario Bros. 3. It is also the first time that the original Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 was released for the western public.
This game was re-released again as Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, which as the title suggests, additionally featured Super Mario World with updated graphics. Unlike the original, it was never released in Japan.
During development, the Japanese developers called this game "Mario Extravaganza".
In 2010, the game was re-released on the Wii as part of the Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary, under the title Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition. The game was initially released with a Mario history booklet and a CD containing songs and sound effects from various games.
Differences and changes
Changes to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
There are graphical enhancements for all settings. Grassland levels have grass on the ground (The ground is no longer made of blocks). All levels have backgrounds (for example, levels that take place at night have a twinkling star background, while athletic levels either have a waterfall background for those with elevated grass platforms and bridge levels have pillars with Goomba statues on top of them as supports). Worlds 3, 5, and 7 make their being in a setting covered in snow more clear by adding snow to the ground, as originally, it was only implied to be covered in snow due to the bushes being white (this does not affect gameplay). Underground levels show a wall in the background. Underwater levels have a distortion effect. Many levels that had snow in the original Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 do not have it in the Lost Levels edition, including Worlds 3-3, 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-1, World C-3, World D-1, World D-2, and World D-3. Snow was introduced into World C-1, although it is only an aesthetic difference. Green Koopa Troopas are always green (as opposed to being teal in underground levels.) The color of Bloopers was changed from white to pink (including even the flying Bloopers in The Lost Levels), and gray Cheep Cheeps are now green. Bullet Bills' arms are now animated, and Bowser now resembles his Super Mario Bros. 3 design. Worlds 6-3 in the first game and 7-3 and C-3 in The Lost Levels are now depicted as having the same color standard as in Worlds 3-3 and 2-3, respectively, as originally, they were completely monochrome. There are parallax scrolling layers in the background. Secret underground levels have a picture of Mario or Luigi showing a V sign in the background, which are labeled "Bonus". This is also seen in Coin Heaven. Underground levels like World 1-2 place an echo effect on all sounds. Lava is no longer just a recolor of water and is boiling. Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels do not have the same graphics as each other to begin with. For instance, the ground is covered by blocks in most of the levels of the original, whereas the ground is mainly covered by dirt in this version. In Super Mario All-Stars, the graphics of all the games were improved, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was made to look exactly the same as the graphically-improved version of Super Mario Bros. released on the same cartridge. World 9's graphics were made to look exactly the same as the graphics within the rest of the worlds, unlike the deliberately glitch-like appearance from the original game.
Luigi is now no longer a simple recolor of Mario, the Bros.' standing pose is different and now resembles their design from Super Mario Bros. 3, but with the shirt and overall colors swapped and recolored, and Fire Mario and Fire Luigi are no longer colored the same, having the shirt/overall colors swapped (Mario got a blue shirt and red overalls (similar to Mario's outfit from the DIC cartoons) while Fire Mario got a red shirt and white overalls (similar to Super Mario's outfit from the DIC cartoons), and Luigi got a purple shirt and green overalls (similar to Luigi's outfit from the DIC cartoons) while Fire Luigi got a green shirt and white overalls (similar to Super Luigi's outfit from the DIC cartoons)). When a brother enters a bigger castle, he takes the middle door rather than the left one. Before vanishing in a door, he shows a V sign with his fingers. The Bros. also show a V sign when entering a pipe from above.
As opposed to simply standing on the ground, Toads are now found in sacks, which they somehow escape from after Mario or Luigi come. Also, rather than rescuing a single Toad in every castle, the player rescues multiple Toads based on the world they are in (two Toads in World 2, three Toads in World 3, and so on). They always have a different animation when Mario rescues them from a sack. The final scene where Mario rescues Princess Toadstool has also been changed. She is now held in a cage above lava which Mario (or Luigi, if the player is playing as him) jumps into from the side, and if the player is Small Mario, a Super Mushroom will rain down and make him Super Mario. Then there is a zoom-in showing Toadstool kissing Mario on the cheek; in Super Mario Bros., he blushes; in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, his eyes become heart shaped, but in World D, he blushes due to Peach already kissing him multiple times. The endings of both games were also made uniform.
The bricks for each fortress are more distinguishable from the normal bricks. Originally, they were normal bricks, but could not be broken and as a scenery. Bowser's Castle is distinguished from the other castles by having thunder and lightning occur in the background.
For unknown reasons, in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Fire Mario/Luigi (while airborne or underwater) is not completely animated when throwing fireballs, just like how water and lava weren't animated in the original games.
The player starts out with five lives instead of three, and gaining more than 128 lives just maxes out the life counter at 128, unlike the NES version where the next display of the lives screen gives a Game Over. The level introduction screen, which shows how many lives the player has remaining, also gives a brief overview of all enemies appearing in the level, excluding Piranha Plants. For example, the World 1-1 introduction shows Goombas and Koopa Troopas. The castle introductions only show Bowser, even if other enemies appear in the level.
Destroying a Brick Block has a different effect. Originally, Mario/Luigi rebounds downward quickly just like hitting any indestructible block. In Super Mario All-Stars, however, he continues going upwards, then falls back down more slowly. These two installments in All-Stars are the only Mario games to ever have this effect; even in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario/Luigi rebounds downward quickly like in the original NES version. Mario gets hurt if he hits the upper mouth of Piranha Plants, while in the original Super Mario Bros., the upper pixels of the Piranha Plant's mouth do not harm Mario or Luigi.
There were several bug fixes. An extra block was added on top of the pipe at the end of underwater levels, preventing Mario from getting stuck in this place as it was possible in the original game. When Mario has more than nine lives, they are displayed correctly. Glitches such as Minus World, Mushroom Magic, Small Fire Mario and Stuck Underwater were fixed and removed, although Mario can still walk through the wall into the Warp Zone. The left pipe will warp to World 4, however.
During a game over, the player is asked to continue, save and continue, or save and quit. Mario/Luigi appears at the bottom, next to the logo of the current game (this also applies on the Time Up screen).
In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the game can be saved after clearing a level rather than a world.
In World 8-3, the separate brick walls in the background are now replaced with a single, continuous wall, thus revealing the existence of a hidden coin block hidden in the last wall of the original version (whose existence is only given away by a faint white line located just above it).
In the more difficult quest, there is now a star to the left of the world's name and number. Since Mario/Luigi now starts as either Super or Fire Mario/Luigi, this marks the only time he ever gets a Fire Flower from the first ? Block (after the first Goomba) containing a power-up.
In a two-player game, the second player now starts after the first player finishes a level as well as after he/she loses a life, and vice versa.
Time is converted to points in castle levels.
The game can be saved at any time. Unlike the Super Mario Bros. on the same cartridge, the game remembers the exact level the player is on, and not just the world. This is because the game is much harder than the original.
In the secret section of World 1-2 (where the player enters the pipe to World 4), the water pools were replaced by lava. However, the effects are the same: if Mario falls in, he loses one life. Similarly, the water in the first pit encountered in the level (after the Koopa Paratroopa) is removed in the SNES version.
In World 8, the Hammer Bros. perpetually charge at the player. On the SNES, this behavior was added to Worlds 7, 9 and World A-D as well.
In the original game, Bowser only has hammers in Worlds 6-8. The SNES remake gives him hammers in Worlds 9 and A-D, as well, although they lose their ability to breathe fire.
The fake Bowsers in Worlds A-C now have new true forms (a red Koopa Troopa, a Cheep Cheep, and a Bullet Bill, respectively), and Bowser's death animation in World D is corrected (his sprite is simply flipped upside-down instead of turning into an upside-down Spiny). Similarly, the Blue Bowsers in Worlds 8-4 and D-4 are simply regular Fake Bowsers due to them looking exactly alike and are no longer blue.
The castle walls of World 9-3 (whose background is sky blue instead of black) are now recolored brown instead of gray like in the original (and in the ending cutscene).
The player can play World 9's levels as many times as they like upon unlocking it via the level select. Originally, the player could only do so once. Similarly, the game over screen resembled the standard game over screen and thus cut out "Mario's" message to the player.
The entire music of the game was enhanced. A new "happier" background music plays in secret underground areas and the Coin Heaven, instead of the normal underground and Starman theme, respectively. The "Overworld" them has additional instrument notes. There is also a new Bowser battle music, which starts when the player reaches a fake Bowser in a castle. The Bowser battle music is different for the real Bowser, however; that music plays in World 8-4 and World D-4. Although there are some exceptions in The Lost Levels, going through a pipe generally no longer resets the music. In World 8-4, the underwater area now uses castle music rather than water music. The title screen for both games now has a cover version of the underwater theme from Super Mario Bros. playing in the background: with a harmonica in Super Mario Bros. and a harp in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. The underground levels use the enhanced version of the upbeat underground music from Super Mario Bros. 3 instead of the basic/simple one from the original NES/Famicom game, and when Princess Toadstool is rescued, the music that plays is an enhanced version of the rescue song's extended version from The Lost Levels, which is how Koji Kondo originally composed the theme, whereas the one from the original was as basic as it was simply due to the Famicom's storage limitations.
Changes to Super Mario Bros. 2
Several enemies got another palette swap. Pink Shy Guys, Snifits, and Pansers are now blue. While the original game used green palette in the desert, instead of gray, the green Snifits are replaced by gray ones. Likewise for Pansers and Birdos, green and gray ones are now just green. Green and gray Beezos (which only fly straight across) are now red while red ones (which home down to the player) are now yellow. Both Mousers are now gray too. Tryclydes are now green, yet are still colored red in their official artworks. The playable characters have also had their sprites recolored to match their actual appearance (as the original game used only three colors for the character sprites). Some of these includes Princess Toadstool receiving blonde hair as opposed to brown from the original and Toad getting red spots on his cap rather than blue spots (Peach had brown hair and Toad had a blue-spotted mushroom hat because graphical limitations of the NES) and Mario and Luigi's overalls are now jean colored as opposed to dark blue from the original. Ostros are now pink instead of black, and Porcupos are now purple instead of black.
Additionally, when the characters warp, a transition effect with music is used. This was not seen in the original NES version.
When the characters shrink when they reach down to one remaining heart, their entire bodies shrink instead of just their lower bodies. As such, Peach's hair gets shorter when she shrinks into her small form rather than remaining intact like in the NES original. This was later carried over to the GBA remake, Super Mario 3D World, and in post-Fall 2017 versions of Super Mario Run.
The backgrounds of the levels have also been given more detailed add-ons such as clouds, trees, etc. The mushroom that allows the hero to get an extra heart is rounder and has fewer white spots than the original (giving it an appearance more similar to a Super Mushroom). Also, when transitioning to different areas within each level, the screen now fades through black as opposed to platforms and objects disappearing to the background changing color and new platforms and objects appearing.
Due to a controversy over the original manual, Birdo is now female, however, the end credits still have the same names and spellings as the original.
The music within the game has also been retouched and several sound effects from the characters have also been changed (such as when the hero picks up a vegetable, Mushroom Block, POW Block, or enemy). The spike area in World 5-2 no longer uses the underworld music, but it uses the overworld music instead. The final areas in Worlds 2-3, 3-3, and 4-3 no longer use the boss music before picking up the Crystal Ball to enter the Mask Gate to face the final boss of each world. The world boss victory music is now slightly slower. For the endings, the music for the ceremony before the credits is now orchestrated, and the music for the ending credits with Mario waking up and then snoozing back to sleep is now shortened and no longer starts out with extra rhythm, making it slightly less referential to Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.
Changes to Super Mario Bros. 3
Music and Sound effects
References to other games
References in later games
From volume 52 of Nintendo Power:
We're giving you a chance to show us what you're made of. And we'll award anyone who can reach World 9 of this poisonous pack with a badge of honor. Here's the catch-you can only reach World 9 of the Lost Levels if you play every single tortuous level. Absolutely no warping! (If you try to take a shortcut, you'll skip from World 8 to bonus World A.) Send us a photo of your accomplishment, and we'll send you this great iron-on patch. Just pause the game, and take a picture of the screen with World 9 clearly displayed in the corner. Get stompin'! The deadline is October 31, 1993.
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