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SMW Awesome Screenshot.png
Mario flying while knocking down a Banzai Bill
World-Level 9-4
Game Super Mario World
Time limit 300 seconds
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Awesome is the fourth level in the Special Zone of Super Mario World. This level takes place in a wintery land. The ground is covered in ice, which makes it very slippery; it is therefore hard to control Mario or Luigi.


Awesome consists of one long screen, which the player has 300 seconds on the Timer to complete. This level contains five Dragon Coins and only one exit.

Normal Exit[edit]

Mario will start out next to a yellow Koopa without a Shell who will go into a Yellow Shell which will proceed to chase the player as a flashing Shell. The player will need to jump on some Rotating Blocks to get to higher ground. If the player has a Yoshi, the Yoshi can eat the Flashing Shell and fly through half of the level.

This part of the level is a series of small hollows and frozen areas, where numerous Koopas without Shells keep kicking their shells so as to hit Mario. There are also several Rexes and Koopa Paratroopas throughout the level. Near the end of this part, the player will encounter a Switch Block which will turn all coins into Empty Blocks. In order to get the Super Star from the ? Block at the start of the second section of this level, the player will need to activate the Switch Block and jump on the Empty Blocks before they revert to coins.

The second part of the level is composed of small, slippery platforms overlooking large pits. Many Cheep Cheeps are constantly leaping out of the pits to block Mario's way. Moreover, huge Banzai Bills also appear, which are hard to avoid. There is a Fire Flower near the beginning of this part of the level; however, it is easier to complete the level with a Cape Feather as near the end of the level the player will need to make precise jumps onto single Ice Blocks. If the Switch Block from earlier in the level is used in this section, Mario can reach a ? Block containing a Super Star, making this part of the level much easier. After using the Koopa Paratroopa and Ice Block to land back on solid ground, the Giant Gate is down the slope.


Awesome Map


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオスタッフもビックリ コース
Mario Sutaffu mo Bikkuri Kōsu
Mario's Staff is Just as Surprised Course
Spanish Impresionante Impressive
French Dément Demented (in this context it's more "unbelievable")
German Extrem Extreme


  • The artwork for the scene in the Special Zone is set on this level and shows Blurps jumping out of the pits along with other enemies who appear in this level, yet in the game, Cheep Cheeps are the only fish enemies who actually appear in this level.