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    NES/SNES/GBA Changes FAQ by cvxfreak

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                              Super Mario Advance
                           -NES/SNES/GBA Changes FAQ-
                           Nintendo Game Boy Advance 
                              Game Boy Advance SP 
                                Game Boy micro
                            GameCube Game Boy Player
                              Written by cvxfreak
                        Copyright 2001-2007 by cvxfreak
                                  Version 2.0
                             Date: April 16, 2007
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    After doing a "Changes FAQ" for Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X, I didn't
    see on one made for Super Mario Advance's Super Mario Brothers 2 game.
    I think a FAQ for it would be fairly useful, so I decided to make it a
    few years ago. 
    
    Anyway, this FAQ will cover the changes made between the NES/SNES and
    the GBA versions of Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super Mario Advance). This will
    also cover changes between the US and Japanese versions of the GBA game,
    as well. There are a lot of changes. This isn't a gameplay FAQ, so 
    please do not send me gameplay-related email. 
    
    E-Mail: FireEmblemPride[at]gmail[dot]com.
    
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    Table of Contents
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    1.	Version History
    2.	Super Mario
    3.	Super Mario Advance
    4.	Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
    5.	Super Mario Bros. 2 (SNES)
    6.	Super Mario USA (NES, SNES, GBA)
    7.	Differences Between Versions
    8.	Frequently Asked Questions
    9.	Conclusions
    
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    1.	Version History
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    April 16, 2007
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    After three years without an update, I have returned to this FAQ to 
    clean it up. Basically, I improved the writing and fixed any errors I
    may have missed over the years. 
    
    January 11, 2004
    ----------------
    Wow, I haven't updated this in awhile, so here's an update to fix errors
    and such.
    
    August 18, 2002
    ---------------
    Changed my e-mail.
    
    July 2, 2002
    ------------
    Updated some minor errors.
    
    November 17, 2001
    -----------------
    FAQ begun and finished, as always.
    
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    2.	Super Mario
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    The Mario series might be the most recognizable video game series even
    after more than two decades since its introduction. Perhaps only the 
    Pokemon series can share this distinction. Over the years, there have
    been many iconic Mario games released:
    
    NES/Famicom
    -----------
    Super Mario Brothers
    Super Mario Brothers: The Lost Levels (Super Mario Brothers 2 in Japan)
    Super Mario Brothers USA (Super Mario Bros. 2 in America)
    Super Mario Brothers 3
    
    SNES/Super Famicom
    ------------------
    
    Super Mario World
    Mario Is Missing
    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    Super Mario RPG
    
    Nintendo 64
    -----------
    
    Super Mario 64
    Paper Mario
    
    Game Boy
    --------
    
    Super Mario Land
    Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins
    
    Game Boy Color
    --------------
    
    Super Mario Brothers Deluxe
    
    GameCube
    --------
    
    Luigi's Mansion
    Super Mario Sunshine
    Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (Paper Mario RPG in Japan)
    
    Game Boy Advance
    ----------------
    
    Super Mario Advance
    Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
    Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island
    Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Mario & Luigi RPG in Japan)
    Classic NES Series: Super Mario Brothers 
                        (Famicom Mini: Super Mario Brothers in Japan)
    Famicom Mini: Super Mario Brothers 2 (Japan-only)
    
    Nintendo DS
    -----------
    
    Super Mario 64 DS
    Mario & Luigi 2: Partners in Time (Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2)
    New Super Mario Brothers
    
    Nintendo Wii
    ------------
    
    Super Mario Brothers (Virtual Console)
    Super Mario World (Virtual Console)
    Super Mario 64 (Virtual Console)
    Super Paper Mario
    Super Mario Galaxy (coming in 2007)
    
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    There may be more games, but I am unaware of them. If they are STORY
    games (aka games with stories, not games like "Mario Party," send me an
    e-mail (address above)).
    
    These games defined platforming, Nintendo-style. They are always fun to
    play and extremely innovative. 
    
    As far as this FAQ is concerned, Super Mario Brothers 2 in North 
    America and Super Mario USA in Japan is covered. The game was released
    on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), the Super NES (Super 
    Nintendo Entertainment System) and the GBA family (Game Boy Advance). 
    
    Each version is different, and this FAQ shall explore those
    differences.
    
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    3.	Super Mario Advance
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    |    PLATFORM   |   RELEASE DATE        |      REGION      |
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    |       GBA     |     6/11/2001***      |     Universal    |
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    GBA: Game Boy Advance 
         Game Boy Advance SP
         Game Boy micro
         Game Boy Player
    
    ***North America release date.
    
    The latest version of the game released was Super Mario Advance, back
    when the Game Boy Advance launched in 2001. Its graphics were upgraded
    beyond the previous editions, voiceovers were added when characters
    jumped or got hit and it contained the Mario Bros. Classic mini game. 
    
    But what was changed from the previous two versions?
    
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    4.	Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES)
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    |    PLATFORM   |   RELEASE DATE        |            REGION           |
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    |       NES     |     X/XX/1986***      |     North America/Europe    |
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    NES: Nintendo Entertainment System
    NA:  North America = United States + Canada
    EU:  Europe and/or PAL territories (Australia, etc.)
    
    ***Estimated release date.
    
    This is the original version of Super Mario Brothers 2. It sports the 
    weakest graphical presentation of all three versions because of the lack
    of graphical prowess the NES had compared to the SNES and GBA. 
    
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    5.	Super Mario Brothers 2 (SNES)
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    |    PLATFORM   |   RELEASE DATE        |            REGION           |
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    |      SNES     |     X/XX/1994***      |     North America/Europe    |
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    SNES: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    NA:  North America = United States + Canada
    EU:  Europe and/or PAL territories (Australia, etc.)
    
    **Released in Japan as "Super Mario Collection"
    ***Estimated release date.
    
    This is the version that led up the GBA version. Same game, but with
    graphical touches. This game is part of a one-cartridge collection
    featuring Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and this game. This
    package is called "Super Mario All Stars" or "Super Mario Collection" in
    Japan.
    
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    6.	Super Mario USA (NES, SNES, GBA)
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    |    PLATFORM   |   RELEASE DATE        |            REGION           |
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    |     NES...    |    1986-2001          |            Japan            |
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    NES...:  NES, SNES, GBA
       NES:  Nintendo Entertainment System
       SNES: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
       GBA:  Game Boy Advance
             Game Boy Advance SP
             Game Boy micro
             Game Boy Player
    JP:      Japan
    
    ***Estimated release dates.
    
    Super Mario USA is the Japanese versions of all the versions of Super 
    Mario Brothers 2 in North America. The game contains a different name 
    because Super Mario Brothers 2 in Japan is "Super Mario. Brothers: The 
    Lost Levels" in North America, which was only released with Super
    Mario All-Stars on the SNES. 
    
    Here's a little comparison:
    
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    |           JAPAN               |          NORTH AMERICA             |
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    |    Super Mario Brothers 2     |       Super Mario Brothers         |
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    |      Super Mario USA          |      Super Mario Brothers 2        |
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    7.	Differences Between Versions
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    The GameBoy Advance version is different from the SNES/NES version. The
    main game is the same, but some key features have been modified, or
    changed to make a new experience. Here are the changes.
    
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    |   GAMEBOY ADVANCE VERSION   |   NINTENDO/ SUPER NINTENDO VERSION   |
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    | -The character models are   | -The character models are less       |
    |  better.                    |  detailed.                           |
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    | -Heart powers are frequent. | -Heart powers are RARE.              |
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    | -New music plays in the     | -Vase music is different.            |
    |  vase.                      |                                      |
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    | -Bigger enemies appear.     | -Only small enemies appear.          |
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    | -Big veggies appear.        | -Small veggies appear.               |
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    | -Robirdo is a new boss.     | -There is no Robirdo.                |
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    | -Portable.                  | -Not portable.                       |
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    | -Addition of the Big Coins. | -No red coins.                       |
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    | -Yoshi's Challenge at the   | -No Yoshi's Challenge.               |
    |  end.                       |                                      |
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    | -Character selection screen | -Character selection screen shows all|
    |  rotates characters.        |  characters at once.                 |
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    | -Peach is the Princess'     | -Toadstool is the Princess' name.    |
    |  name.                      |                                      |
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    | -The powers of characters   | -The powers of characters are not    |
    |  are shown.                 |  shown.                              |
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    | -Level charts are shown     | -Level charts not shown.             |
    |  before each level.         |                                      |
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    | -There are voices for each  | -There are no voices at all.         |
    |  character.                 |                                      |
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    | -The sound is toned down.   | -The sound is much better.           |
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    These are all the differences I've observed over the years. If you see
    anything incorrect or missing, please don't hesitate to send me an 
    e-mail. 
    
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    8.	Frequently Asked Questions
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    QUESTION
    --------
    I have a gameplay question.
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Don't ask me. Although I wrote FAQs for Super Mario Advance 4 and Super
    Mario Sunshine, I prefer not to write for this one. Sorry about that.
    There are plenty of FAQs for the various versions of Super Mario 
    Brothers 2, so look on GameFAQs for them. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    What if there is something missing from your FAQ?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Tell me! I'll be more than happy to add it for you, and then give you
    credit. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Why did you write this FAQ?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    For love of the game. Super Mario Advance was a really fun GBA launch
    game, so I wrote this. Plus, the first version of this FAQ was written
    on the night of November 17, 2001 which was a day before the GameCube's
    North American launch. I wrote this to pass the time until morning. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Why is this game called Super Mario USA in Japan?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Because Super Mario Brothers: The Lost Levels (the North American name) 
    was released there as Super Mario Brothers 2. The Lost Levels is the 
    true sequel to the first Super Mario Brothers in Japan, but because 
    The Lost Levels was deemed as a difficult, off putting game, Nintendo 
    took the Famicom game "Doki Doki Panic" and turned it into the North
    American version of Super Mario Brothers 2 we know today. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Why did Nintendo mix up the names and the way the games were released?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Well, Nintendo thought The Lost Levels would be too repetitive because 
    it was, after all, a fairly similar game to the original. Seeing as it
    may not have sold that well (the first game sold 40 Million copies!),
    Nintendo released a different version for North American audiences.
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Why so many rehashes?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Well, the SNES rehash was part of a multi-game package and the GBA 
    version was for the sake of having a Mario title for the GBA launch. 
    All the pre-N64 Mario games were eventually remade or ported over to the 
    GBA, with the exception of Super Mario RPG. Super Mario 64 was ported
    to the Nintendo DS. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    What's the Mario Brothers Classic game? 
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Mario Brothers Classic is a remake of the arcade game, Mario Brothers, 
    not to be confused with SUPER MARIO BROTHERS. It was originally an 
    arcade game in Japan and was a launch game for the Famicom (Super Mario 
    Brothers was NOT a Famicom launch game).
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    What other Mario games are coming out/available for GBA?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Here is a list of all Mario games released for the GBA:
       Super Mario Advance*
       Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2*
       Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3*
       Super Mario Brothers 3: Super Mario Advance 4
       Classic NES Series: Super Mario Brothers (Famicom Mini in Japan)
       Famicom Mini: Super Mario Brothers 2 (Japan-only)
    
    *denotes a re-release under the Player's Choice lineup in North America
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Why is the name "Toadstool" changed to "Peach" in the GBA version?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Apparently, she was called Peach in Japan and Toadstool in America up
    until the release of a few non-main Mario games on the N64, when her
    Japanese name began being used in English. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    So what is her real name or her full name?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Well... I can draw a guess that it is "Princess Peach Toadstool." But
    it really isn't all that important. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    How much is this game?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    When the game launched, it was about $30 US, GBP 33 (UK), Y 4800 (JP). 
    However, prices have changed since 2001. The game was re-released under
    the Player's Choice lineup in North America in 2006, at the price of
    $19.99 MSRP (US Dollars).
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    I don't like this game.
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Well... that's too bad. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Is it better to get this game domestically or to import it from Japan?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Well, there's nothing wrong with the North American version, so go for
    that one.
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Does Super Mario Advance connect to any GameCube games?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Nope, none of the Game Boy Advance Mario games connected to the GameCube
    using the link cable or wireless adaptor.
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Is the gameplay different between versions?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    No, they are exactly the same, besides a few monster/boss changes.
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Which version do you prefer?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    I prefer the SNES version because of the TV capabilities and ease of
    control, while the GBA version is certainly a must for traveling. For
    nostalgic purposes, the NES version isn't bad too. 
    
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    QUESTION
    --------
    Will you make a Changes FAQ for any of the other Super Mario Advance
    games?
    
    ANSWER
    ------
    Probably not. Sorry.
    
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    9.	Conclusion
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    Well, this old, forgotten FAQ of mine is finally updated. Check out my
    FAQ/Walkthrough for Super Mario Sunshine (written alongside King Kool)
    and Super Mario Advance 4 (written alongside Devin Morgan).
    
    Credits
    
    -CJayC for accepting my FAQS- he runs GameFAQS, the best site!
    -Nintendo for releasing this game and the GameBoy Advance, and the
    GameCube
    -Myself, for writing this FAQ
    
    This FAQ is copyright 2001-2007 by cvxfreak. All rights reserved.
    
    FireEmblemPride[at]gmail[dot]com.
    

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