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Super Mario Brothers FAQ/Walkthrough
v. 1.2
(c) Pegboy 2003
All rights reserved
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Welcome to my Super Mario Brothers guide! This document is copyright Pegboy 
(Derek Kader) 2003 and should not be copied, in whole or in part, changed in 
any way, shape or form, stolen from, or any other illegal crap that you might 
try to pull. If you'd like to use part of it or post it on your website, 
e-mail me at kader3@msn.com. Also, if you see it on any other site besides 
www.gamefaqs.com, e-mail me so I can take care of the problem.

If you have anything to add, be it strategies, tips, tricks, or have 
questions, or just want to say what's up, e-mail me at kader3@msn.com. I will 
credit you with the info in the next update. If you want to use any of the 
ASCII art you see in the guide, feel free to ask me to use it. That being 
said, sit back, have a coke and enjoy the guide!

===============================================================================
                               TABLE OF CONTENTS
===============================================================================

I.     Intro and Notes
II.    Version History
III.   Story
IV.    Controls
V.     Game Basics
VI.    Characters
VII.   Items
VIII.  Enemies
IX.    Walkthrough
X.     8 Stage Walkthrough
XI.    Warp Zones
XII.   Secrets, Tips and Tricks
XIII.  Credits and Legal Stuff

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I.  INTRO AND NOTES
-------------------

Super Mario Bros. is probably the most well known home console game ever. It 
is THE classic game, and a copy of it (or Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt) was 
sold with the NES. If you have not played it before, and I know that sounds 
like a stupid statement as mostly every person who lived part of their 
childhood in the '80s has played the game, but I have found people my age 
before who had not played the game before and really didn't know who the Super 
Mario Brothers were! So, if you haven't played it, you owe it to yourself to 
do so. One of the greatest platformers of all time, Super Mario Bros. has 
earned a place as one of the most well known titles of all time. Not to 
mention, the Mario Brothers have probably shared as much stardom as most real 
life celebrities, having their own movie, action figures, collectibles, and at 
one time, even their own show, the Super Mario Super Show.

 ** In the future, I may add a section of common Game Genie codes, but there 
    are already two big FAQs just dedicated to GG codes, so it may or may not 
    happen.

That being said, let's move on to the guide!

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II.  VERSION HISTORY
--------------------

Check here for any revisions, additions, or updates here.

v. 1.0 - March 30, 2003
=======================
Started work on FAQ March 23, 2003. First, basic version of the FAQ.

That's all for now, if you have anything at all to add, you can e-mail me at 
kader3@msn.com and I'll if I add it, I'll credit you in the next update for 
your info.

v. 1.1 - April 19, 2003
=======================
Found a few errors here and there, especially in the Table of Contents setup, 
and fixed them.

v. 1.2 - April 20, 2003
=======================
Happy Easter to all. Changed the ASCII art at the beginning of the FAQ from an 
NES Controller drawn my Snow Dragon, which is now featured in my Super Mario 
Bros./Duck Hunt FAQ to a Goomba. Hope you like it!

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III.  STORY
-----------

This is the story taken directly from the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt 
intruction manuel, and I give complete credit to Nintendo for writing it.

One day the kingdom of the peaceful Mushroom People was invaded by the Koopa, 
a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving 
Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks and even field horse-hair 
plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin.

The only one who can undo the magic spell of the Mushroom People and return 
them to their normal selves is the Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the 
Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is presently in the hands of the great Koopa 
turtle king.

Mario, the here of the story (maybe) hears about the Mushroom People's plight 
and sets out on a quest to free the Mushroom Princess from the evil Koopa and 
restore the fallen kingdom of the Mushroom People.

You are Mario! It's up to you to save the Mushroom People from the black magic 
of the Koopa!

--END OF EXCERPT--

One thing to note, the evil Koopa king they speak of is Bowser, just so there 
is no confusion.

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IV.  CONTROLS
-------------

The controls of this game, as their were a limited amount of buttons on the 
original NES controller, are not very complicated, but here they are just in 
case you need them.

==========
"A" Button
==========

Jump - The longer you hold the button down, the higher you will jump.
Swim - Repeatedly press A to swim during the various water stages.

==========
"B" Button
==========

Accelerate - If you hold down the B button while you run, you will run faster, 
             allowing you to make higher jumps.
Fireballs  - If you have picked up a Fire Flower, you can throw fireballs by 
             pressing B.

======
Select
======

Cursor - Select is only used on the title screen, and it moves the cursor,
         allowing you to select either a 1 Player of 2 Player game.

=====
Start
=====

Pause  - Pressing start during gameplay will cause the game to stop, and when 
         you feel like resuming gameplay, press it again to continue.
Select - Make a selection on the title screen with this button.

=====
D-pad
=====

Right - Moves your character to the right. Hold down Right on the D-pad to run
        or walk to the right.
Left  - Moves your character to the left. Hold down Left on the D-pad to run 
        or walk to the left.
Up    - Nothing
Down  - Crouch or duck down, but only when you are Super Mario. Also used to 
        travel down pipes.

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V.  GAME BASICS
---------------

This is to let you get a feel for the game and your surrounding while playing.

Object of the game
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The object of the game in whole is to make through all of the worlds in the 
Mushroom Kingdom to destroy Bowser, King of the Koopas, and save the Mushroom 
People (mainly the Princess). The Mushroom Kingdom is broken up into eight 
different worlds.

The short term goal is to make it to the end of each level. Each world is 
broken up into four levels, and the last of the four is always a big castle.

Flagpole
~~~~~~~~

At the end of each stage, there is a flagpole that you must jump onto and 
slide down in order to pass to the next level. You can position yourself to 
jump on the flagpole in a number of different spots, but the higher you land 
on it, the better. You get a different score for landing at various heights on 
the pole, ranging from top (5000) to bottom (100).

Time
~~~~

Each level has a time limit that you must stay within to complete the level. 
The time can range from 300-500 "ticks". Ticks are the term used to describe 
how time limits are kept in early Nintendo games. Ticks are faster than 
seconds, but much slower than nanoseconds, so really, on each level you have 
around 2 1/2 minutes to complete the stage. You can see how much time you have 
left by looking at the top right-hand corner of your screen.

Hi-Score
~~~~~~~~

In the top left-hand corner, you will see the word "MARIO" or "LUIGI", and 
under that, a set of numbers. The number is 000000 when you start out, but as 
you collect points throughout your journey, the number will increase. 
Different items, enemies, and the amount of time you have left when you 
complete a stage are all factors that help determine your score. The score is 
not ment for anything serious, just a bit of fun, and is erased whenever you 
reset the game or turn the power off.

World ?-?
~~~~~~~~~

Next to the time limit, you can see the words "WORLD" and under that, a 
number, hyphen, and another number. This signifies what world you are in and 
what level you are on in that world.

Coins
~~~~~

Scattered throughout the Mushroom Kingdom are gold coins that you can pick up. 
Each time you pick up a coin, it adds to your total amount of coins, which is 
shown at the top of your screen. Each time you get a Game Over, your amount of 
coins resets back to 0. If you manage to collect 100 coins at any given time, 
you will receive a 1UP, or extra life.

Lives
~~~~~

You have 3 lives when you start out the game. Each time you get hit while you 
are regular Mario with no Power-ups, you lose a life and must restart the 
level from the beginning or save point, if you have reached it.

Save points
~~~~~~~~~~~

Most levels in the game, except for castles (?-4), will have a save point 
somewhere around the middle of the level, or halfway through it. If you pass 
the point and then die, you start at the save point. There is nothing that 
signals whether or not you have passed a save point, though.

Enemies
~~~~~~~

Enemies are littered throughout the game and their is a certain way to beat 
each one. They all have a different strategy and most are not too difficult.

Power-Ups
~~~~~~~~~

In hidden places throughout the game, you will find Power-ups that aid you in 
your quest to restore peace.

How the game plays
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Super Mario Bros. is a side scrolling game and you are always moving to the 
right. You once you pass a certain area or screen, you can never backtrack to 
it.

If you get hit once while you don't have a power up, you die. If you have any 
Power-ups at all when you get hit, you simply lose all of them and return to 
regular Mario.

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VI.  CHARACTERS
---------------

There are several characters that are very important in the game. Almost all 
listed here have appeared in later Mario games.

 Mario
o-----o

The hero of the story, Mario is a very famous person now days. In this 
particular game, his first big adventure, he is off to save Princess Toadstool 
and the Mushroom Kingdom for the evil clutches of Bowser. Mario is a very 
talented plumber who turns action hero in this commonly-used-plot of a game.

 Luigi
o-----o

Mario's overshadowed brother, Luigi is Mario's companion on this quest to 
restore peace. He suffers from low self-esteem due to his brother's fame 
and he commonly gets shunned by the crowd. But, it seems that a lot of people 
today prefer Mario over Luigi, and he recently starred in his own game on 
Nintendo Gamecube, Luigi's Mansion. Luigi is an important part (not to mention 
half) of the Super Mario Brothers team, and is useful for many things (such 
as a 2 Player game  :p ).

 Princess Toadstool
o------------------o

Princess Toadstool is the daughter of the Mushroom King, and is the only one 
who posesses the power to stop the magic of the Koopa tribe. The Princess is 
being held captive by Bowser and Mario is out to save her.

 Toad
o----o

Toad is the Princess' right-hand man, and is always...well, usually there to 
help. However, he has been captured by Bowser, too, and he appears at the end 
of every castle, excluding 8-4.

 Bowser
o------o

The King of the Koopas makes his first appearance in this game. He is featured 
in many games thereafter and is always the evil guy behind the situation, 
except in Super Mario RPG. In this, however, he is the bad guy, and has used 
his black magic to turn the good people of the Mushroom Kingdom to stone and 
what not, so Mario is out to defeat him and restore peace.

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VII.  ITEMS
-----------

There are many an item to be found in Super Mario Bros., and you need to know 
them before we begin. Some things listed here are not items per say, but, will 
be listed under Miscellaneous.

=============
A.  POWER-UPS
=============

Magic Mushroom
**************

The Mushroom is the item that turns Mario into Super Mario (big Mario) 
whenever he picks it up. It can be found many places in the Mushroom Kingdom, 
and is very useful.

Fire Flower
***********

This can be found where a Mushroom would normally be, but it will only appear 
if you are already Super Mario. Once you pick it up, you can throw fireballs 
at enemies for a quick take down.

Starman
*******

This helpful little item is found hidden in blocks in the Mushroom Kingdom and 
when you pick him up, you become invinceble for about 10 seconds. During this 
time, you can run right through enemies, killing them, but you can't fall in 
holes or anything like that.

=========
B.  BONUS
=========

1UP Mushroom
************

This Mushroom looks identical to the regular Mushroom, except that this one is 
green instead of red. When you pick it up, it gives you an extra life.

Coins
*****

These golden objects are found in many various places in the Mushroom Kingdom, 
and each time you pick one up, it adds to your total number of coins. When you 
reach 100 coins, you earn an extra life, and the counter starts over at 00.

=================
C.  MISCELLANEOUS
=================

Some of these aren't considered items, but they have no other place to be put, 
so I thought I'd place them here.

Vine
****

The vine, or stalk...or beanstalk, even, as it's sometimes called, is found 
hidden in blocks in the Mushroom Kingdom. If you hit a block and a vine grows 
out of it, the vine will reach the sky and you can climb up it to access a 
bonus section of the stage.

? Block
*******

The ? Block is a common item strewn across the land of the Mushroom People. It 
can contain different items in it, ranging from a coin or a Power-Up item.

Brick block
***********

Brick blocks are the basic blocks found in the Mushroom Kingdom. They don't 
usually have anything in them, but from time to time they will have Power-Ups, 
coins, 1UPs, and vines.

Coin Block
**********

A brick block that contains multiple coins, and it is timed from your first 
hit to your last. You have about 6 seconds or so to get all the coins you can.

Jumping Board
*************

Jump on these and spring yourself up to higher areas.

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VIII.  ENEMIES
--------------

There is a wide variety of enemies in Super Mario Bros. Here is a list of 
them, along with a description for each one and their point values.

Goomba
------
Goombas are very common in the game, and look like little brown mushrooms. 
These guys just chug along, slowly walking, and don't really do much. Stomp on 
him once to get rid of him. 100 pts.

Koopa Troopa (Green)
--------------------
Koopa Troopa, another common enemy, is the most basic Koopa. He looks like a 
little turtle with a green shell. If you jump on him, he will retreat into his 
shell for a while. While he's in his shell, you can run into it to kick it 
across the screen, taking out other enemies in your path. 100 pts.

Koopa Troopa (Red)
------------------
Same as the green Koopa Troopa. These guys will walk forward until they come 
to the end of a ledge, and then turn around and head back the other direction. 
Jump on him to make him go into his shell, then kick him away. 100 pts.

Koopa Paratroopa (Green)
------------------------
A green Koopa Troopa with wings, he can be found either boucing around or 
steadily flying through the air. If you stomp on them, they become regular 
green Koopa Troopas without wings. 400 pts.

Koopa Paratroopa (Red)
----------------------
The red Koopa Paratroopa is the same as the green, and when you stomp on them, 
they become normal red Koopa Troopas without wings. 400 pts.

Buzzy Beetle
------------
If you jump on Buzzy Beetle, he will hide in his shell like Koopa Troopa. His 
shell can then be used as a projectile, also. But, unlike other enemies, he 
cannot be destroyed by fireballs. 100 pts.

Hammer Brothers
---------------
The Hammer Brothers are usually seen in pairs on two ledges made of bricks. 
They will come at you throwing hammers. 1000 pts.

Spiny
-----
Lakitu throws these out at Mario and when they land, they act much like 
Koopa Troopa. But, you cannot jump on them due to their spiny shells. They can 
only be defeated with the use of fireballs. 200 pts.

Lakitu
------
A turtle who rides a cloud along the top of the screen. He chases after Mario 
throwing Spinies and Spiny's Eggs. 200 pts.

Spiny's Eggs
------------
Like Spiny, Lakitu throws these at Mario and they can only be destroyed by 
fireballs. 200 pts.

Pirana plants
-------------
These creatures dwell in pipes across Mushroom Land and jump up every once in 
a while, snapping their jaws. They cannot be jumped on, so you must use 
fireballs to destroy them. If you are standing directly next to their pipe or 
on top of it, though, they won't come out. 200 pts.

Cheep-Cheep (Green)
-------------------
These fish-like creatures live in the lakes and seas of the Mushroom Kingdom. 
They will swim slowly along, and they can only be killed with fireballs. 200 
pts.

Cheep-Cheep (red)
-----------------
These can also be found in the waters of the Mushroom Kingdom, and they swim 
a lot quicker than the green Cheep-cheep. Red Cheep-cheep can also have wings 
and make appearences outside of the water in other stages, and they can be 
stomped outside of water. 200 pts.

Bullet Bill
-----------
Bullet Bill is shot from cannons lining the grounds of some of the stages in 
Super Mario Bros. They act much like cannonballs shot from a cannon and only 
move in the direction they are shot. Jump on them to get them out of your way 
or simply jump over them. They can also be found in a few stages where there 
are no cannons to propell them... 200 pts.

Bloober
-------
Found in aquatic settings, Bloober is a squid-like enemy who chases after 
Mario. If you are regular Mario, with no Power-ups, you can stay on the ground 
of the lake and he cannot reach you, so will float away. Can only be killed 
with fireballs. If you stand on the bottom as either Mario or Super Mario, 
these sometimes aggravating creatures cannot reach you. 200 pts.

Podoboo
-------
A fireball that jumps from the fire and lava of the Koopa's various castles. 
He cannont be killed, so be careful. Podoboos will not be listed under enemy 
appearences in a level.

Fire chain
----------
Not really considered an enemy, fire chains are attatched to blocks and can 
only be found in castles. Then spin around a block slowly, and it is sometimes 
not easy to avoid them. They're a hassle, if anything. Fire chains will not be 
listed under enemy appearences in a level.

Bowser
------
Found at the end of every castle (stages ending in -4), he will jump up 
occasionally and spit fireballs that are much bigger than yours. You can only 
get points by defeating him with fireballs, and if you kill him with fireballs 
in castles other than 8-4, you will find that it is not really him... 5000 
pts.

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MISCELLANEOUS KILLERS
*********************

Other things in the game that can kill you are as follows:

*Pits, holes, or lava.
*Time (running out)
*Running into a shell that has been kicked, as regular Mario.

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IX.  WALKTHROUGH
----------------

This is a level by level walkthrough of the entire game, but this excludes the 
second quest, as it is almost identical to the first but it has more difficult 
enemies earlier on in the game.

Any secrets in the level that I may or may not take you to or help you obtain 
will be designated seperately with a * by them.

I noticed towards the end of the guide that as I wrote the walkthrough, it 
gradually became more and more detailed, and the first few levels are very 
vague. But, as these levels are much simpler than the last few, they don't 
need long explanations and what not, so I may or may not update them, making 
them more in-depth, in the future.

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------------------------------------WORLD 1------------------------------------
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1-1
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Green), Pirana Plant
Level Type: Normal
Time: 400

Grab the Mushroom and coins that are in the first couple of blocks, then jump 
over the pipes that proceed. When you get two the last pipe before the gap in 
the ground, stop in the middle of the area between that pipe and the pit. Jump 
up to reveal a secret block containing a 1UP mushroom and continue on over the 
pit.

The next ? block you come across contains a Fire Flower, if you haven't lost 
your mushroom. The next ? block has a coin and below it, there's a coin block. 
Grab the coins then grab the Starman that's hidden in the second brick block 
of the pair ahead. Continue through the level with the star, holding B to 
accelerate, and you should make it to the end. Grab any coins that you want 
along the way.

To score 5000 points on the flagpole jump, every level that has 
two bricks at the top of the steps is enough. Simply get back to the edge of 
the block, then run full speed to the other edge and jump. I needn't explain 
this again, but if other circumstances other than this arise, I shall explain 
where necessary.

 * 1UP between the fourth pipe and the gap. Hidden in secret block.
 * Bonus secret in the fourth pipe.

1-2
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Green), Koopa Troopa (Red), Pirana Plant
Level Type: Underground
Time: 400

Get the power-up item and coins in the first row of five ? blocks and then 
jump over the pillars ahead. Blast or stomp the Goomba that is in-between the 
set of pillars that has a coin block above them. Grab all of the coins you can 
and move on. Crush the blocks ahead and collect the coins on the row of blocks 
beside that. In the top brick of the vertical row of three bricks next to 
this, there is a Starman.

Run and duck to get under the next couple of bricks and collect the coins on 
the ledge. In the bricks set in the form of a backwards J next there is a 
power-up. The 2X5 set of bricks next to this has a coin block in it.

Jump across the gap and get on the ledge with coins. Get the coins and situate 
yourself on the last brick on the right side. Jump up to reveal a 1UP and if 
you're Super Mario, break the brick to the right of this one to let the 1UP 
fall and you can collect it. If not, you must avoid the array of enemies that 
ensue and various pipes containing Pirrana Plants. When you reach the area 
where there is a break in the bricks up top where the 1UP is, there will be 
platforms, moving down on the left side and up on the other. Jump on a 
platform and let the 1UP fall into you. In the row of blocks between the 
elevators there is a power-up.

Jumping on the next set of platforms you can choose to take the route to the 
Warp Zone (top route) or the bottom route leading to 1-3. It's your choice. 
This Warp Zone has three different worlds you can go to, either 2, 3, or 4.

 * 1UP in the top row of bricks.
 * Warp Zone at the end of the level.

1-3
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Red), Koopa Paratroopa (Red)
Level Type: Treetops
Time: 300

Run along through the tree tops collecting coins until you come to a ? block 
containing a power-up. Take the item and jump on the platform and get the 
coins on the above tree top. Continue until you get to an area with a platform 
moving left to right. Grab the coins but be careful not to fall off the edges 
of the moving lift. Carefully time your jump to the next platform also moving 
side to side and be especially careful not to let the platform move out from 
under your landing position, so time your jump wisely. Continue on through the 
level collecting coins here and there until you reach the end.

1-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Goomba)
Level Type: Castle
Time: 300

When you reach the second pit of lava, you will notice that the small area you 
must jump to next has a fire chain attached to it. There is also a ? block 
with a power-up inside it above. This fire chain is moving counter-clockwise, 
and when the timing is right, jump across to safety. Collect the power-up if 
you feel you need to, and then jump across the next pit of lava.

Fire chains are all over the next few passageways, so proceed with care. When 
you reach the end of them you will see Bowser's fireballs starting to come 
toward you. Although you can't see him yet, whenever he starts shooting fire 
you know you're close. On the way there, there's a secret block containing a 
coin, but it's nothing cool really. Here is the way his bridge is set up:

                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|                    | |
                                          ___     |_|

                                                 (|)
                                                  |_
                           __ __________________/|  |
                          |  |___________________|  |
                          |  |                   |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_______________
      KEY      |
               |
___ - Platform |
               |
(|)            |
 |  - Ax       |
_______________|

When you reach him, there will be a platform overhead the bridge. You can 
either jump on the platform, ride it over him, and jump on the ax to cut the 
bridge down, or wait until he jumps to run under him and cut the bridge.
During the battle, he periodically spits fireballs, so be on the lookout.
There is one other way to beat him, and that's if you make it all the way to 
him with a Fire Flower. A few shots and he'll go down, and then it will reveal 
to you that this time, he was a Goomba, not the real Bowser.

There's another suprise after you find out it really wasn't Bowser. You then 
find that Toad was being held captive, and that the Princess is in another 
castle!

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------------------------------------WORLD 2------------------------------------
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2-1
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Green)
Level Type: Normal
Time: 300

In the middle brick of the three bricks in the beginning there is a power-up 
item. Grab it and jump over the area where the two Koopa Troopas are. Hit the 
10 ? blocks, one's a power-up. You'll pass an area where there's a Starman 
hidden in the bricks, but there's no need to get him if you take the bonus 
route I'll show you.

When you reach the next set of ? blocks, there will be a row of bricks above 
them. Get the coins and them smash the brick that is not directly above, but 
to the right of the third ? block. A vine will begin to grow out of it. Climb 
the vine to access the cloud bonus area.

These area's are all over the game, and all you do is collect a huge amount of 
coins, and it eventually ends, where you jump back down to the ground.

If you chose not to climb the vine for some reason or another, the next pipe 
you come to has a bonus secret in it. Coninue on and you'll come across an 
area with three pipes and four bricks positioned over the middle one. The 
brick on the far left has a power-up in it. You'll eventually meet the end of 
the cloud bonus stage route.

When you fall, you land convientiently next to a coin block. Collect the coins 
and and then grab the coin in the last ? block. Above that ? block and to the 
right is a power-up hidden in a brick, but it's too hard to reach, so it's not 
really worth the effort. Go on to use the Jumping Board to spring yourself up 
to the top of the blocks. Press A whenever it bounces you up to propel 
yourself very high, and able to reach the blocks.

 * Clound bonus area.
 * Bonus secret in third pipe.

2-2
---
Enemies: Cheep-Cheep (Green), Cheep-Cheep (Red), Bloober
Level Type: Aquatic
Time: 400

Swim along collecting coins while avoiding the deadly underwater enemy, 
Bloober. Whenever you come to a pit, you find that it has a current trying to 
bring you down, so be careful when grabbing coins and such in areas like that.
Having the Fire Flower really helps here, because you cannot kill enemies in 
the normal way (jumping on their heads), the only way is with fireballs. Also, 
there are no power-up items in 2-2. At the end of the level there will be a 
pipe, and when you enter it, it takes you to the exit.

2-3
---
Enemies: Cheep-Cheep (Flying)
Level Type: Treetops (Flying Fish)
Time: 300

This level takes place in the treetops. There aren't many trees in the level, 
but it is considered as such none-the-less. You must run through these trees 
and bridges, evading the only enemy in the level: flying Cheep cheep. Run 
along through the level, trying to not let the fish land on your head. There 
are many coins along the way, but you must decide if the conditions are safe 
enough to allow you to pick them up.

The best strategy to use is to hold down the B button constantly, through the 
entire level, running through it. Do not let go, and you will fly through the 
level without getting hit, but it takes a few trys your first time.

There is only one power-up, around the middle of the level, and you must 
decide whether you can grab it or not.

2-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Green Koopa Troopa)
Level Type: Castle
Time: 300

The first part of the stage has a few loose ledges that you have to jump 
across to get over the lava pit. There is a power-up on one of the ledges. On 
the other side is a passageway divided in two down the middle of the stretch, 
by a row of bricks. Fire chains litter the top and bottom route, but the 
bottom has less to look out for and is probably the safer route.

Next, you find two lifts right next to each other, there to help you get 
across a gap. There are platforms attatched to the lifts, moving up and down, 
and they are going in opposite directions. Jump on the first platform when you 
think you can make the jump, and then when one from the other side is in your 
range, leap to it. From here, there are six coins surrounding a would-be fire 
chain block, so grab them and jump across the next few pits and gaps until you 
reach Bowser's bridge.
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|_ _ _ _ _           | |
                             |_|_|_|_|_|  ___     |_|

                                                 (|)
                                                  |_
                           __ __________________/|  |
                          |  |___________________|  |
                          |  |                   |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_______________
      KEY      |
 _             |
|_| - Brick    |
___ - Platform |
               |
(|)            |
 |  - Ax       |
_______________|

There will be a short row of bricks near the ceiling, that seem to be there 
mainly to get in the way. If you are Super Mario, you can crush the bricks to 
get them out of the way if you see it necessary. Either way, jump over him 
using the assistance of the platform hovering over him, but you don't have to 
use it, or you can run under him when he jumps. Watch out for the occasional 
fireball. If you have a Fire Flower, blast him to death, and it reveals that, 
yet again, it is not the King of the Koopa, but rather, a green Koopa Troopa.

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3-1
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Paratroopa (Green), Pirana Plant, Hammer Brothers
Level Type: Night
Time: 400

The first two ? blocks contain a coin and the thrid has a power-up. Carefully 
handle the Koopa Paratroopas. The second pipe you come to, you can go down it 
to a bonus stage. Grab the coins and power-up here and then exit. For more 
details on the various bonus stages, see section 10.

Cross a few more gaps, pipes, and enemies and you'll come to the area where 
you would come out of the pipe from the bonus. Run across the bridge with the 
three Goombas and jump over the water. There will be a horizontal row of three 
bricks pretty high in the air, but if you're Super Mario, you should have no 
problem reaching your target block. The first block, the one on the far left, 
contains a Starman, so pick him up and run wild through the rest of the level.

First, you'll run into the Hammer Brothers for the first time so far. They are 
hammer wielding Koopas who waste no time chucking countless amounts of hammers 
at you. With the Starman, though, you can run right through them. In one of 
the two ? blocks on their top row of bricks, there's a power-up. Next, you'll 
come to a Jumping Board, and two sets of bricks, three in each set, elevated 
high off the ground. Jump over the bricks with the Jumping Board and then kill 
the Goombas on the other side. Get some speed built up and jump in-between the 
two sets of bricks you jumped over the the Jumping Board. Hit the brick on the 
far right, and a vine will appear. It's the usual cloud bonus area.When you 
come out, you'll land on a set of bricks. The second brick from the left is a 
coin block.

One more thing to note before I close this stage out. There is a way on to 
gain 99 lives on the steps leading up to the flagpole at the end of the level. 
I'm not completely sure on how to do this anymore, it's been so long, but as 
far as I know, you must jump on top of one of the green Koopa Troopas on the 
steps, then, once the other is out of the way, jump on him repeatedly without 
hopping off. You should build up points, and eventually, each time you hit 
him, you get an extra life. Do not go over 99, though, or you will die.
*NOTE* In order to do this trick, both you and the Koopa Troopa have to be 
placed just right.

 * Bonus area in the second pipe.
 * Cloud bonus area towards middle of level.
 * 99 lives trick.

3-2
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Green), Koopa Paratroopa (Green)
Level Type: Night (Normal)
Time: 300

Hit the first Koopa Troopa you see and then kick his shell forward. Quickly 
follow it, and it will hits all of the enemies in your path. But, at the end 
of it's path o' destruction, there will be a block, so be sure to jump over it 
when it comes back at you.

Continue on, grabbing the power-up in the next ? block, and if you have a Fire 
Flower, kill the Koopa Troopa in between the two block rods. The brick on the 
bottom is a coin block, and the one on top is a Starman. Grab him and run 
through, vanquishing your enemies. Don't bother to break the next brick you 
come across. It's oddly placed, like there should be something inside, but 
there isn't. The Starman should last you the remainder of the level.

3-3
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Red), Koopa Paratroopa (Red)
Level Type: Night (Treetops)
Time: 300

This is your basic treetop level, with platforms here and there. There is a 
power-up in the middle of the stage, and at the end is a new type of lift. 
This one is actually a pulley, as when you get on one, that platform sinks 
down and the other one raises up. Jump on the first platform, allow the other 
to raise up just slightly, and then jump on it and run and jump to the 
flagpole. You should easily get 5000 points.

3-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Buzzy Beetle)
Level Type: Castle
Time: 300

The first part is cut filled with pits, and on each small piece of land that 
you jump to and from, there is a firechain. Most pits also will have Podoboo 
inhabiting it's depths. Then you come to the only ? blocks in the stage, two 
of which are coins and the other one being a power-up item.

The next area is pretty tricky. There will be two two fire chains, one on the 
ceiling and one on the ground, directly above and below each other. They are 
both slightly elevated from where they are, so they are closer together. You 
must jump through several of these set-ups and the last one has three coins up 
for grabs if you time your jump right. There will be a few pits with lava that 
you must jump over next, each one having a Podoboo in it. You will then arrive 
at Bowser.

Bowser's bridge is set up like so:
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |     |_|_|          | |
                          |__|     |_|_|          | |
                                   |_|_|  ___     |_|

                                                 (|)
                                                  |_
                           __ __________________/|  |
                          |  |___________________|  |
                          |  |                   |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_______________
      KEY      |
 _             |
|_| - Brick    |
___ - Platform |
               |
(|)            |
 |  - Ax       |
_______________|

The quickest method, yet again, is by fireballs. Plus, you get to see that it 
was Buzzy Beetle this time, and alas, not the real Bowser. You can also use 
the platform and ride over him or simply run under him when he jumps. It's 
Toad again of course, and your quest still has quite a ways to go.

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4-1
---
Enemies: Lakitu, Spiny
Level Type: Normal
Time: 400

Go through the level until you come to two ? blocks. The one on the bottom has 
a power-up in it, the one on top a coin. Get on top of the top block and if 
you have fire power, you can shoot the ever-annoying Lakitu to stop his reign 
of terror. You can also jump on his head. Unfortunately, he will come back 
later on as you progress through the level. 

With the now enemiless stage, run through grabbing numerous coins you come 
across, whether out in the open or contained in a ? block. When you come to 
the second pipe in the stage, go down it to the bonus stage because Lakitu 
will have made a comeback by now. The rest of the stage has nothing to offer, 
but there is a power-up in one area. There will be two rows of bricks, a top 
row and a bottom one, and the third ? block on the bottom row has the power-up 
in it. When you come out of the pipe or meet up with the area where you would 
have come out, if you didn't take it, run through the very last part of the 
stage. Drop down the stairway instead of immediately jumping for the flagpole. 
There is a coin block in plain sight. Then, to score the 5000 points, jump on 
the used coin block and back on the stairway, but don't let the screen scroll 
too far before you do. 4-1 is much easier than people make it out to be, 
simply because of Lakitu.

 * Bonus secret in third pipe.

4-2
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Green), Buzzy Beetle, Pirana Plant
Level Type: Underground
Time: 400

Rear back and get a good running start before proceeding. Jump over the first 
pit, and when you land, don't let go of B. Quickly jump again to make it over 
the next to pits, and you won't have to hassle with the the skimpy piece of 
land on the other side of the second pit.

Go under or above, depending on if you're Super Mario or not, the bricks in 
your path. Grab the three coins below the small gap in the bricks and there is 
a power-up in the brick to the left of the gap. Move on through the narrow 
passage of bricks and destroy the three Goombas in your path. There is a coin 
block in the bricks above you. It is on the second row, fifth column from the 
area where the bricks end.
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                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|
                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|
                      |_|_|_|_|X|_|_|_|_|    _ _
                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|   |?|?|  



                       _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _     _ _ _
                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|   |?|?|   |?|?|?|
                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|
                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|
                      |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_________________

_________________
       KEY       |
 _               |
|X| - Coin block |
 _               |
|_| - Brick      |
 _               |
|?| - ? block    |
_________________|

Grab the coins in the ? blocks, and in the row of three, the middle one is a 
power-up. Jump across the pit, using the platforms if necessary. There is 
a big secret here, the Warp Zone to World 8. Stand under the third brick in 
the horizontal row of three bricks way above you. Jump up to reveal a secret 
block (and receive a coin), then stand under the second brick (to the left of 
the one you were just under) and jump yet again. This reveals another secret 
block. If you are Super Mario, do not uncover the third block, which is right 
next to the one you just found. It makes it more difficult to access the 
secret with that block in the way. If you are regular Mario, however, feel 
free to get the third block. 

As Super Mario, get up on the second block and stand on it's left edge. Jump 
up and hit the brick on the far left and a vine will appear. As regular Mario, 
get on the third block and hit the same brick.

At the top of the vine, you find a bonus area much like the treetop stages, 
except that the trees are orange with red spots, like the Magic Mushroom. 
There are many coins in this place, no enemies, and when you reach the end, 
you are take to Warp Zone that takes you to World 8. Actually, you have the 
choice between 6, 7, or 8. Onward with the rest of the normal level.

There are many pipes, some very tall, in the next portion of the level. The 
second pipe, very tall, has two bricks attached each of its sides. On the left 
side, the right brick is a coin block. On the right side, the brick on the 
right is a Starman. Grab him if you dare, because there is a Buzzy Beetle 
guarding him. Continue through the level, until you come to an area with where 
there is are platforms going down on the left side, a median island with three 
rows of bricks above it, and platforms going up on the other side. Jump on a 
platform and get on the first set of bricks on the median. There should be a 
row of three bricks above your head, and the middle one contains a power-up. 
Jump onto a platform and get on the other side.

There are several pipes and enemies to hurdle until you get to yet another set 
of platforms, going down. Clear the gap with their assistance and then hit the 
brick that is right above your head when you get over the pit; The very first 
brick in a long row. It's a power-up, and atop the rest of the row are coins. 
The next tall pipe you come to is your last, the exit is across the pit next 
to it. Be careful not to hit the bricks directly above you and fall in. An 
easy way to avoid this is to get on the left edge of the pipe and just run 
without jumping. If you build up speed, you'll make it over. That is, unless 
you intentionally hit the bricks and you want to access the Warp Zone...

 * Warp Zone to World 6, 7, 8
 * Warp Zone to World 5

4-3
---
Enemies: Koopa Troopa (Red), Koopa Paratroopa (Red)
Level Type: Treetops (Mushroom)
Time: 300

This, like it's counterpart in the bonus part of the World 8 Warp Zone, is 
covered with coins all over the place. There are few enemies, and the level is 
relatively short. When you come to a pulley platform, just jump on it, let it 
float down a little ways, and jump to the platform on the other side. 
Sometimes there are coins below the platforms on the pullies and if you want 
to snatch them, just let the platform descend to that level, and then jump. To 
make the 5000 point jump at the end, ride the hovering platform until it 
reaches the top of the screen, run, and jump.

4-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Spiney)
Level Type: Castle (Maze)
Time: 400

Right in the beginning of the castle, there will be two pits of lava to cross, 
and then the maze begins. This is much simpler compared to mazes of future 
castles, so enjoy it. Get on the top of the bricks. The first part, you must 
take the top path in order to proceed to the next part of the castle. In this 
game, unlike the Super Mario All-Stars version, there isn't any sound to tell 
you if you got it right or wrong, the level will simply loop. The solution to 
the first part is to take the top path. Get a running start and then you can 
run over the little gaps in the bricks without jumping. There's a fire chain 
at the end of this part of the maze, but nothing to worry about.

At the next part, jump over the lava and fall into the gap in the top row of 
bricks. Then, head back left and fall in the very small gap in this row of 
bricks. You should be at the bottom of the screen. From here, run through this 
area, and only a one fire chain will be in your path. If you try to take a 
path different from this one, you will get it wrong and the level will loop.

Bowser should start spitting fire now. When you arrive at his bridge, it looks 
like this this time:
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|                    | |
                                                  |_|
                                     *
                               o     *           (|)
                                o    *            |_
                           __ ___o___*__________/|  |
                          |  |____o__*___________|  |
                          |  |       *           |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_____________________
         KEY         |
                     |
*   - Podoboo's path |
                     |
(|)                  |
 |  - Ax             |
_____________________|

This fight differs from the previous three in that there are more distractions 
and obstacles on the bridge. Also, there is no platfrom to "help you" over him 
(it never really helped me). The same ways to kill him apply here, too, as he 
himself is no different (just a different character). Run under him, jump over 
him, or blast him with fireballs to reveal his true identity, Spiny. You must 
avoid a fire chain attached to the bridge as illustrated above, and also, 
Podoboo inhabits the lava under the bridge, and will jump up occasionally to 
say hello and make trouble. The bottom line is to just be careful, watch out 
for enemies/obstacles, and you should pull through.

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5-1
---
Enemies: Koopa Troopa (Green), Goomba, Pirana Plant, Koopa Paratroopa (Green), 
Bullet Bill 
Level Type: Normal
Time: 300

Immediatly jump on the Koopa Troopa and send him flying ahead of you. Quickly 
follow him, and if he hit's all of the enemies ahead of you, sometimes you 
will get an extra life. Jump over the first two pipes, a gap in-between them. 
After a quite a few more enemies on a flat strip of land, you'll come to an 
obstruction of bricks extending over a pit with three bricks above it. There 
is a Starman in the third brick. With the Starman, run and ignore the various 
enemies and Bullet Bill, who you will see for the first time, because hey, 
you're invincible!

Whenever Starman wears off, if you were running full speed you should end up 
near a Bullet Bill who is next to a pipe, which mysteriously can support 
itself in the air. Jump on the Bullet Bill and up into the elevated pipe for 
a bonus area. You'll come out in the pipe right next to the pipe you just 
entered, so you might as well get the bonus as there is nothing you are 
missing. Kill the two green Koopa Paratroopas and ahead of them is the stairs 
leading to the flagpole. There's a little break in the flight of stairs in 
this level, but nothing that will effect you (unless you fall through, of 
course).  :)

 * Bonus secret in third pipe.

5-2
---
Enemies: Bullet Bill, Koopa Troopa (Green), Koopa Paratroopa (Green), Hammer 
Brothers, Cheep-Cheep (Red), Cheep-Cheep (Green), Bloober, Goomba, Koopa 
Troopa (Red)
Level Type: Normal
Time: 400

Ascend the steps and watch out for Bullet Bill at the top of them. Beneath 
them, there is a green Koopa Troopa parading about, so kill him if you have 
fire power. Use the Jumping Board to grab the three coins in the air in the 
top left hand corner if you didn't get them when you jumped off the blocks. 
Then use the Board to get on top of the top set of bricks to the right. Grab 
the coins on the bottom row and get the power-up that's in the brick farthest 
right in the top row.

Just ahead, you'll find a lone Hammer Brother bouncing around on a set of 
blocks resembling stairs. It's easiet to take him out with fire if you have 
it, but if not, it will be much more difficult. Get up on the step right below 
him, or one more down if that makes you feel safer. You'll have to wait for 
his periodic break from throwing mallets and then jump over or on him. You 
have to be the judge of when you should go, and the breaks are few and far 
between, not to mention short.

Once you've passed him, you can choose one of two paths. There is a pipe ahead 
that you can go in, albeit not a bonus stage like usual. Instead, it will be 
an underwater stage. Shorted than other aquatic stages and with more coins, it 
may be the route you want if you like the water stages (1). The other way is 
to simply ignore the pipe and move ahead (2).

1. As with most things, having a Fire Flower will make this part a whole lot 
easier. Swim along until you come to the part where there are two pits, each 
one having platforms moving down them. There will be a Bloober hanging about 
the area, take him out if you can, if not, grin and bare it.  :) The platforms 
here are not meant to help, but to drag you down. If you get caught under one, 
you're basically dead. Collect the coins in-between the pits with the 
platforms and make sure not to get caught under them.

The rest of the aquatic stage is merely Cheep cheep and Bloober coming after 
you while you swim toward the exit, grabbing all the coins you can.

2. Jump over the Goombas and the pit. On the other side there is another 
Hammer Brother by his lonesome and he will be either on top of a row of five ? 
blocks or below them. Shoot him or wait until he is atop the ? blocks and kill 
him by hitting the block he is standing on. Move on avoiding several enemies 
until you come to a set of Hammer Brothers, and this is where the aquatic and 
land routes meet. One note about the difference in the water and land route, 
the Hammer Brothers that would normally be there, are only there if you take 
the land route. They are not there if you go the underwater way.

This time on their usual set of two rows of bricks. Defeat them, and grab the 
Starman that is in the brick on the top row, farthest right. Destroy the three 
Buzzy Beetles across the pit and slide under the low set of two bricks. The 
one on the left is a coin block and the one on the right a power-up. Jump 
across the gap with the aid of a row of bricks and hurry across the area, 
killing the two green Koopa Paratroopas. The brick before the gap has a 
power-up inside it. Jump across the gap, go through a few enemies, then you'll 
come to a two gaps with a pipe between them, the pipe being inhabited by a 
Pirana Plant. You're at the end of the level, as long as you defeat the Koopa 
Paratroopa on the steps leading to the flagpole. The steps are missing a step 
every two steps, replaced by a pit.

 * Pipe in middle of stage leading to aquatic region.

5-3
---
Enemies: Goomba, Koopa Troopa (Red), Koopa Paratroopa (Red)
Level Type: Treetops
Time: 300

This level is basically a repeat of 1-3, but during the entire course of the 
stage, Bullet Bill be flying through occasionally. Well, more than that; each 
time a Bullet Bill exits the screen to the left, another one will come from 
the right, at a different height.

Run along through the tree tops collecting coins until you come to a ? block 
containing a power-up. Take the item and jump on the platform and get the 
coins on the above tree top. Continue until you get to an area with a platform 
moving left to right. Grab the coins but be careful not to fall off the edges 
of the moving lift. Carefully time your jump to the next platform also moving 
side to side and be especially careful not to let the platform move out from 
under your landing position, so time your jump wisely. Continue on through the 
level collecting coins here and there until you reach the end.

5-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Lakitu)
Level Type: Castle
Time: 300

When you reach the second pit of lava, you will notice that the small area you 
must jump to next has a huge fire chain attached to it. This type of fire 
chain is much longer than the other type, probably three times longer, and are 
much harder to avoid. There is also a ? block with a power-up inside it above, 
but only get it if you absolutely need to. 

Fire chains are littering the next passageway, so proceed with caution. You 
can choose to go the top or bottom route, although neither is safer or has 
less fire chains. After you get through that, there will be two lifts right 
next to each other, one going up, the other down. Jump on the first one, and 
then quickly jump to the second one and to the other side. You should see his 
fireballs start to come at you about now, so collect the few coins you can 
before the fight. They are surrounding a fire chain, so only grab the ones you 
know you can get without being hit. Do not try and duck under the block with 
the fire chain attached because more likely than not this will only end in 
disaster. Jump over the next few lava pits, each having a Podoboo, and prepare 
to face Bowser.

The platform has returned to "assist you" in getting over him, but if you have 
the Fire Flower, just blast him, or even run under him when you get the 
opportunity.
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|_ _ _ _ _           | |
                             |_|_|*|_|_|  ___     |_|
                                  *   
                                  *              (|)
                                  *               |_
                           __ ____*_____________/|  |
                          |  |____*______________|  |
                          |  |    *              |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_____________________
         KEY         |
                     |
*   - Podoboo's path |
___ - Platform       |
                     |
(|)                  |
 |  - Ax             |
_____________________|

Besides a little bit of a different setup, and obstacles in different places, 
this guy's no different than the last. By the way, it's Lakitu this time.

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6-1
---
Enemies: Lakitu, Spiny
Level Type: Night
Time: 400

Get the coins in the first two ? blocks and then run across the stretch of 
blocks to get to the two bricks at the top of the screen. Jump on the bricks 
and kill Lakitu. The blocks on the left of the two you're standing on contains 
a power-up. Move to the bricks further down and grab the coins in the coin 
block. It's the brick farthest right. Keep on moving along, grabbing coins. 
Ignore the bricks that you come across first, because there's nothing in them. 
The next set of blocks, comprised of bricks and ? blocks, has something to 
offer. The ? block on the right has a coin in it and the one on the left a 
power-up.

Continue through the level until you come to yet another set of bricks. These 
are set up in a stair-like manner, steadily heading down. The middle step (set 
of bricks) has a coin block on the right, but you must run, duck and slide to 
get it, but if you go too far you'll fall off the edge. This basically ends 
the level, and coming up is the flagpole.

6-2
---
Enemies: Koopa Troopa (Green), Pirana Plant
Level Type: Night
Time: 400

When you get to the first pipe, you can go into it for a bonus area or jump 
over it and kill the Koopa Troopa if you have fire power. If you not, avoid 
hitting him and uncover the secret block in the middle of this area (between 
two pipes). Above the secret block is a set of three bricks, and the middle is 
a coin block. Move along through the vast array of pipes, until you come to 
the sixth one. There is a Buzzy Beetle between it and the next pipe, and two 
bricks above the area where the Beetle is. Jump on the Buzzy Beetle, but don't 
kick him, and hit the brick on the right to get a power-up.

The seventh pipe is an alternate route (bonus level) to the regular way, but 
like there has been previously, a water stage (1). You can also ignore the 
pipe and move on, taking the land route (2).

1. The water area here is identical to the one in 5-2. As with most things, 
having a Fire Flower will make this part a whole lot easier. Swim along until 
you come to the part where there are two pits, each one having platforms 
moving down them. There will be a Bloober hanging about the area, take him out 
if you can, if not, grin and bare it.  :) The platforms here are not meant to 
help, but to drag you down. If you get caught under one, you're basically 
dead. Collect the coins in-between the pits with the platforms and make sure 
not to get caught under them.

The rest of the aquatic stage is merely Cheep cheep and Bloober coming after 
you while you swim toward the exit, grabbing all the coins you can.

When you come out, there is a coin block to your left.

2. When you get to the fourth pipe from the one you could have went down (pipe 
#11), hit the brick on the far right that is above it. A vine will appear, and 
to access it, fall to the right of the pipe and hit the secret block. It's a 
cloud bonus stage, and you come out a little ways past the pipe you come out 
of if you take the aquatic route. You're very close to the exit, all you have 
to do is jump over a few more pipes and you're there.

 * Bonus secret in first pipe.
 * Bonus area (alternate route) in seventh pipe.

6-3
---
Enemies: Bullet Bill
Level Type: Treetops (Night, Ice)
Time: 300

At the start of the level, there's not much there, really. When you reach the 
first platform, though, it will be moving up and down the screen. Grab the two 
coins that are directly above this and jump down to the next tree. Get on the 
Jumping Board, and when the time is right spring yourself up to the platform 
above you that's moving left to right. When it scrolls right, collect the 
coins and jump to the next platform right below this one, also moving left to 
right.

From this one jump to yet another side-to-side moving platform that is a bit 
higher than the one you are currently on. There will be a ? block containing a 
power-up somewhere on this moving platform's path, so grab it if you need to. 
Make your way to the platform to the right of this one, but this one is going 
up and down like the first platform. From here you can jump to stable ground, 
a tree. There is a pulley system in front of you that you must use to get to 
the other side. Jump on the first side, level it out with the second, and then 
get over to that one, picking up two coins along your way.

Get over onto the next pulley but let the other platform raise just a little 
bit higher this time. This way you can access the tree with coins lining it. 
About this time, Bullet Bills will start coming from nowhere onto the screen, 
so you must be careful to watch for them as you pass through the next couple 
of trees. When you come to a Jumping Board, use it to bounce yourself up to 
the hovering platform above. Leap from this moving platform to the pulley on 
the right and hop over onto the next tree.

There are several platforms here that appear to be sturdy, but when you jump 
on them, they start to drop down. There are four of these in a row, and the 
second one has two coins under it. To get them simply let the platform fall 
just enough to grab them, but have enough leverage to make it to the next 
platform.

6-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Bloober)
Level Type: Castle
Time: 300

Jump across the first few fire and lava pits, most containing Podoboos and 
most of the land you jump to has a fire chain attached to it. There is a 
power-up item in the middle of one of the islands. Next you'll come to a 
passageway lined with fire chains on the top of it, so just take your time and 
proceed through cautiously.

The passage will widen a bit, only to make room for fire chains now on both 
the top and bottom of the passage. Jump through the wall of five fire chains 
and on the other side Bowser should begin throwing his flame. Like in level 
1-4, there is a secret block worth nothing but a coin on the way from here to 
Bowser, but nothing special.

The fight with Bowser will be a different from those before this one. First of 
all, he has a new arsenal along with the orginal fireballs. He now throws 
hammers much like that of the Hammer Brothers, but in many, many multiple 
shots, at the same time, anywhere between 6 to 8 at a time, all in a row. It's 
not as hard as it sounds, as long as you don't stand around admiring the 
scenery and quickly run through the battle. Speaking of scenery:
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|                    | |
                                          ___     |_|
                                  *
                                  *              (|)
                                  *               |_
                           __ ____*_____________/|  |
                          |  |____*______________|  |
                          |  |    *              |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_____________________
         KEY         |
                     |
*   - Podoboo's path |
___ - Platform       |
                     |
(|)                  |
 |  - Ax             |
_____________________|

If you stand directly in front of him, the arc that he throws his hammers in 
will not affect you and you won't be hit. But if you stand there too long, he 
will eventually throw a fireball, disturbing the peace you were enjoying. The 
three normal methods to opening up a can on him all apply, from running under 
him, jumping over him, or pegging him with fireballs of your own. Fireballs 
will reveal that he is really Bloober, and still not the real King of the 
Koopas quite yet.

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7-1
---
Enemies: Bullet Bill, Koopa Paratroopa (Green), Hammer Brothers, Buzzy Beetle, 
Pirana Plant
Level Type: Normal
Time: 400

Run along through the level past the first Bullet Bill and Koopa Paratroopa. 
When you get to the second Bullet Bill, or second and third really, as they 
are stacked one on top of the other. There are three bricks above these two 
enemies, so jump on top of him and hit the block on the left, containing a 
power-up. Continuing on you can choose to get the row of four ? blocks, each 
containing a coin, but as they're between two Bullet Bills standing at 
different heights, you might not want to risk it.

For a while there's nothing but green Koopa Paratroopas and many a Bullet 
Bill. Under one of the Bullet Bills sitting on a row of bricks, the brick 
directly on his right is a coin block. You'll eventually come to a pair of 
Hammer Brothers that you must defeat, or simply run underneath their bricks 
with the correct timing. In this case, you might as well just run under them 
because there is nothing in their set of blocks this time. The pipe just 
beyond them is a bonus area.

When you come out from the bonus area, a Bullet Bill to your right should fire 
off, not hitting you, and then proceed on. Almost immediately you come to 
another set of Hammer Brothers. Run under them as you can't gain anything from 
defeating them. Past the last Bullet Bill there is a Jumping Board, and at the 
top of the screen above it is a brick with a power-up in it. The other bricks 
around it have nothing in them. Go on over the two staircases of blocks and 
you'll finish the level.

 * Bonus secret in second pipe.

7-2
---
Enemies: Cheep-Cheep (Green), Cheep-Cheep (Red), Bloober
Level Type: Aquatic
Time: 400

This stage has a lot more Bloobers than any other aquatic stage or portion of 
a stage. As long as you walk along the floor, swimming only when necessary or 
to get coins, you should make it through unharmed. Sometimes you must leave 
the lake bottom, perhaps because of a wall or something, you can woo the 
Bloobers over to the left side of the screen, as they will follow you. As soon 
as they are over there, you can dart right and leave them behind. The level 
itself is relatively easy, and is almost identical to level 2-2. So, if you 
need reference, go to the level 2-2 walkthrough.

7-3
---
Enemies: Cheep-Cheep (Flying), Koopa Troopa (Green), Koopa Troopa (Red), Koopa 
Paratroopa (Green), 
Level Type: Treetops (Flying Fish)
Time: 300

Hold down the B button during most of this level! I cannot emphasize this 
enough. It makes the entire level much, much easier, and as long as you only 
let go when you get the power-up in the middle of the level or at the part 
where the platform/bridge is broken up into three pieces, you should make it 
through without a scratch.

Basically, this level is exactly the same as 2-3 (this game likes to repeat 
a lot), and you have to run through avoiding the Flying Fish, but this time 
around other enemies inhabit the area, like Koopa Troopa. The first bridge is 
very long, has numerous coins above it, and several enemies. The next one is 
shorter, and there is a red Koopa Troopa on it, with coins above it. Grab the 
coins and move on. The next bridge is identical to this one, but with no coins 
to get. The bridge after this one has the only power-up in the level, in a ? 
block, so try not to lose it, and you are almost finished.

When you get to the free treetop, that is not a bridge, you are at the halfway 
point. Continue to run through, grabbing the coins and evading the green Koopa 
Paratroopas that are swaying right to left. The bridge after this one has the 
same kind of enemy. Then, the hardest part of the stage. There is a 
bridge/platforms broken up into three pieces. You definitely need to slow 
down, but do not stop as this gives the fish an easy opportunity to hit you. 
After this part, one more bridge or so and you should be home free.

7-4
---
Enemies: Bowser (Hammer Brother)
Level Type: Castle (Maze)
Time: 400

Jump on the across the two platforms that jolt down towards the lava when 
pressure is applied. Across the lava pit, the maze begins. Take the bottom 
path, then the middle path, and then the top one and you will clear this part 
of the maze. Jump over the lava and to the bricks at the top of the screen. 
Stay clear of the fire chain and move along the first two skimpy gaps until 
you come to a normal sized gap in the bricks.

Drop down to the bottom from here, run on the bottom path first, then when you 
come to the next gap, jump up into the middle path. When an opening appears up 
top, jump to it and take the top path the rest of this route. You know you've 
cleared this maze area when you come to a screen where the ground is level, 
except for a few fox hole looking things in it, and Bowser will begin to throw 
fireballs.
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|                    | |
                                                  |_|
                                   
                                   *             (|)
                                   *              |_
                           __ _____*____________/|  |
                          |  |_____*_____________|  |
                          |  |     *             |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_____________________
         KEY         |
                     |
*   - Podoboo's path |
                     |
(|)                  |
 |  - Ax             |
_____________________|

When you arrive to him, you find the bridge looks like the ASCII art above. 
This fight is nearly the same as in 6-4, but there is no platform to "assist 
you" over him. He will be hurling hammers as well, and the Podoboo is still 
there in the same area, but he has shifted to the right a little. Use any of 
the strategies mentioned before, including running under him, jumping over 
him, fireballs, to take this guy out. This time, the enemy behind the mask is 
a Hammer Bro.

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------------------------------------WORLD 8------------------------------------
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NOTES
=====
As the last world in the game, excluding the second quest, 8 is by far the 
most difficult. There are no save points, halfway points, or whatever you want 
to call them. You will fight the real Bowser at the end of this world, and his 
castle is a huge maze, and there may be multiple paths to get through it. I'm 
not sure. As a matter of fact, I have never even checked, and unless I am 
motivated to do so, probably will not. I found my way, and stuck with it. So, 
if you find or know a different way to get through his castle, e-mail me at 
kader3@msn.com with the details. 

Onward.

8-1
---
Enemies: Goomba, Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Troopa (Green), Koopa Paratroopa (Green), 
Pirana Plant 
Level Type: Normal
Time: 300

This is quite a long level, and it has a bonus area if you go down a certain 
pipe. To make sure you do not die by running out of time, I will take you down 
through the pipe route and not describe the overworld part of the level that 
you will miss, as I do not encourage you take that route.

The first enemy you come across is a Buzzy Beetle, and you can use him as a 
projectile to take out the Goombas ahead of you. There are only a few, and he 
will quickly hit a pipe and come flying back towards you, so take caution. 
Once over this pipe, there will be two Koopa Troopas wandering aimlessly. Get 
them out of the way and turn your attetion to the series of small gaps in the 
ground ahead. To avoid any mishaps, get a running start and glide across them, 
but do not jump until the end. You must jump to avoid the Koopa Troopa on the 
other side.

A series of three Goombas will be waddling towards you, jump over them and 
onto the pipe. Jump over to the next type, avoiding a run-in with the Buzzy 
Beetle in-between the two pipes. There are a few pipes ahead of this, and 
between each one, there is one coin. This seems to be a sort of "theme" with 
this level. You will commonly come across one coin by itself. Anyways, when 
you come to a pipe that has two coins in the air above and to the right of it, 
and three Goombas in front of it, go down it.

For a detailed description of this and all of the other bonus areas, check 
section 10. Once outside, jump over the line of three Koopa Troopas and over 
the next pipe, avoiding the Goombas there. You will end up at a wall of 
blocks, a row of bricks above it spanning across a bit of land, and another 
block wall on the other side. Koopa Paratroopa is floating around between the 
pillars, and there is a secret block in the middle of them. Uncover it and get 
the coin block that is in the brick directly above it.

Next, you come to an area much like the beginning, where there were many gaps 
in the ground. There are two green Koopa Paratroopas in the area, so be aware 
of them and watch out. Run across the gaps like you did earlier. On the other 
side there will be a row of bricks, the third one containing a Starman. Grab 
it and run across a few more small gaps, then destroy any enemies you meet. 
You will have to make a pretty big jump, but nothing you can't handle if you 
are holding B.

There are three pipes, each having a Pirana Plant inhabiting it, and there is 
a gap inbetween them. With Starman, you can quickly maneuver over them, just 
take heed not to fall down in the pits between each one. Once you make it over 
them, there are numerous enemies such as Goomba on the other side. Your 
invincablility should last long enough for you to get through them, making it 
to the small block staircase. Hurdle that and and kill the Buzzy Beetle. Now 
there are two pits, a small median island between them, and one coin above 
each one. Make your way across and over the blocks containing the Koopa 
Troopa.

This is one of the most difficult jumps in the game, and is hard to convey 
just what to do on paper, but you have to get a running start, holding B. Jump 
across the first gap to the tiny piece of land and without hesitation make 
press the A button to make the next jump. You'll grab three or four coins on 
the way, but more importantly, you made it. You may have to pull make a little 
so you don't overjump it, but otherwise, follow the plan.

Jump over the next few Koopa Troopas and pipes and you'll be at the end of the 
level. The staircase is broken up into three tiny block walls, each with a pit 
in between. Proceed with caution and you'll be fine, and the blocks at the top 
have not been changed. The 5000 point jump is just as easy as ever.

 * Bonus area in pipe towards middle of level.

8-2
---
Enemies: Koopa Paratroopa (Green), Lakitu, Spiney, Bullet Bill, Pirana Plant
Level Type: Normal
Time: 400

Jump over the Koopa Paratroopa and head up the steps. Watch out for the Koopa 
Paratroopa on the steps and Spinies falling from the sky (Lakitu). When you 
reach the top, jump on Lakitu to get him out of the way for now. Grab the four 
? blocks at the bottom of the steps and hop across the hole.

You'll come to a Jumping Board on the other side of the pit, and there is a 
very long horizontal row of bricks above it, scrolling right. Jump on the 
Board and hit the block directly above it. A 1UP (gasp) will pop out of it and 
start rolling to the right. The path under the bricks is choppy, filled with 
small holes, but the gaps are short enough that you can run over them. In your 
path are two Paratroopas, so you can either let them fall in a hole or jump
over/run under them. Whatever you do, though, don't get too far ahead of and 
don't let the 1UP get behind you. Stay with it so you can grab it when the 
bricks come to an end. If you're Super Mario, you can sometimes use the 
Jumping Board to hit the block next to the 1UP block and let the 1UP fall 
through there, but this takes quickness and good timing.

Make your way over the Bullet Bills until you come to an area with a Bullet 
Bill on both sides of the screen. There are two bricks in the middle of this 
area, the second one having a power-up inside it. Grab it and be sure not to 
lose it right when you get it, because I've done this many a time before. Jump 
onto the Bullet Bill on the right and over to the blocks in-between these two 
Bills. Pass through the next few Bullet Bills, as they are everywhere, until 
you come to a huge gap. There are two tiny pieces of land to stand on before 
the jump, and the only way to make this jump is two get a running start on 
these two islands. 

Get on the first piece of land, and get over to the left edge of it. There is 
a small gap between this and the other piece, but small enough that you can 
run over it. Run to the second piece and when you get to the edge of it, leap 
and hold the A button to get the maximum distance from your jump. You should 
make it, as long as you follow those directions.

You can go down the pipe on the other side of this very large gap. Take that 
route, I won't explain the normal way. This way is quicker. When you get out 
of the bonus area, evade the next few enemies, pits, and other obstacles until 
you come to the end.

 * 1UP in block above Jumping Board.
 * Bonus secret in pipe after long jump.

8-3
---
Enemies: Hammer Brothers, Bullet Bill, Pirana Plant, Koopa Troopa (Green), 
Koopa Paratroopa (Green)
Level Type: Normal (Fortrace Background)
Time: 300

When you get past the first two Bullet Bills, killing or avoiding the Koopa 
Paratroopa on the way, you'll come to a pipe. In front of the pipe there is a 
set of Hammer Brothers. You should probably kill them, because there is a 
power-up in the block on the top row, second from the right. You can always 
run under them, but it's not recommended.

Avoid the Bullet Bill that lays ahead and the Koopa Paratroopa. You will come 
to another set of Hammer Brothers, with the same set up. Defeat them and grab 
the power-up in the top block, second from the left. Jump over the pipe with 
gaps on each side of it and kill the Koopa Troopa. There is a lone Hammer 
Brother ahead and he will be on a level surface going head to head with you. 
Just you and him, your fireballs against his hammers...that is, if you have 
fireballs. If you do, this battle is easy and you will prevail, but if not, 
you can run under him when he jumps up or jump over him (easiet). If you get 
a running start, you should jump high enough so that his hammers don't touch 
you.

You will come across another Hammer Brother, then a pipe, and then two more 
Hammer Brothers, alone in the same fashion the previous two were. Again, if 
you have fireballs, this is easy. If not, it can be one of the biggest 
challenges in the game. Next is the last (and most difficult) final block 
stairways to get across. It is set up like so:

                                           _ _
                                          |_|_|
                                       _
                                      |_|
                                   _    
                                  |_|
                         _     _ 
                        |_|   |_|  
                    ____|_|_                        ____
                            |                      |
                            |                      |

As long as you take it slowly and don't rush through it, you should be 
alright.

8-4
---
Enemies: Goomba, Buzzy Beetle, Koopa Paratroopa (Green), Hammer Brothers, 
Pirana Plant, Cheep-Cheep (Flying), Bloober; Bowser, King of the Koopa
Level Type: Bowser's Castle (Maze)
Time: 400

Bowser's Castle is a huge, complex maze with many dead ends and warps back to 
the beginning of the level. I will show you the way that I have always gone, 
and the way most people probably go, and if you know of any other way to get 
there, e-mail me at kader3@msn.com.

Get on the third step, the bottom one, and try and get some speed and jump. 
You'll barely make it most of the time, but hey, at least you make it. Bypass 
the first pipe, and the second one. Kill the gray Goombas and jump onto the 
platform that is in the floating back and forth between the edges of the lava 
pool. Let the platform take you to the other edge and then jump up there. Go 
down the first pipe here.

The next few pipes will have different enemies between them crawling around, 
such as Buzzy Beetle and a green Koopa Paratroopa. Jump over the small pit of 
lava and notice the pipe that the next pipe is in midair. That is the next 
pipe in this route to Bowser that you need to take. On the left side of the 
pipp, there is a secret block. There will also be two Koopa Paratroopas coming 
towards you whenever the pipe comes into view. Get them out of the way, then 
uncover the secret block. Jump up on it and up on to the elevated pipe.

This area has Flying Fish coming through now and again, so be on the lookout. 
It's mainly at the beginning, though. Jump over the numerous pipes, evading 
the fish, until you come to a pit of lava. The first pipe on the other side of 
the lava is the next pipe you must go down.

The aquatic part of the stage is really not all that hard, but the odd thing 
is it has fire chains in it...flames, underwater? Perhaps the game designers 
let physics fly out the window here, but it makes for a fun game anyway. Stay 
along the bottom as to avoid Bloobers and just time your movements past the 
fire chains. There are five total, but they are not a threat here for the most 
part.

THE ROAD TO BOWSER, KING OF THE KOOPA
=====================================

The pipe from the underwater portion was the last pipe on the long road to 
Bowser himself. It's all water under the bridge now...almost. Before you get 
to him, there is a final showdown with a member of the Hammer Brothers. He is 
by himself, and unfortunately, on the ground as in the previous level 8-3. If 
you have fire power this part will be a breeze, but for those of you who may 
have lost it, get down and stand right in his face. He will move back and 
forth as he throws hammers, but will never walk into you if you place yourself 
correctly. As soon as he jumps, jet under him and leap across the lava pit, 
to the showdown with the most famous villain in video game history.

In the very small passage before his bridge, fire will be coming at you faster 
than in previous castles (perhaps because he is the real Bowser). There could 
be more than one, so just hurry and get into the fight.
                           _________________________
                          |   ____________________  |
                          |  |                    | |
                          |__|                    | |
                                                  |_|
                                   
                                                 (|)
                                                  |_
                           __ __________________/|  |
                          |  |___________________|  |
                          |  |                   |  |
                          |  |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^|  |
                          |  |                   |  |

_____________________
         KEY         |
                     |
(|)                  |
 |  - Ax             |
_____________________|

It's just a straight fight between you and him, he has no assistance here. 
Like the previous two fakes, the real King of the Koopa throws multiple 
hammers at one time and throws fireballs, but his fireballs come out faster 
and in more quantity than in any previous fights. As infamous as Bowser is, 
this battle is not tough at all. The same strategies that applied before apply 
now. You can run under him, jump over him (not recommended), or the best way 
to beat him, blast him with fireballs of your own. He takes the same number of 
shots as the previous bosses, and goes down just as easy. Kinda disappointing 
for the final boss fight, eh?

After you defeat him, you go to the back room where you usually find Toad, but 
this time it's the Princess! You saved the Mushroom Kingdom from their evil 
invaders, and saved the day! The game will say:

                               THANK YOU MARIO!

                              YOUR QUEST IS OVER.
                        WE PRESENT YOU WITH A NEW QUEST.

                                PUSH B BUTTON
                              TO SELECT A WORLD

Congrats on beating THE classic of classics, Super Mario Brothers!

****************
THE SECOND QUEST
****************

The second quest in the game can only be reached after completing the game. It 
is identical to the first quest in most aspects, but harder enemies appear 
earlier in the game. For example, Buzzy Beetle will replace all Goombas, and 
they will move twice as fast as they did the first time around. Some other 
things have changed too, but very minute things. Think you can handle the game 
a second time around?

*******************************************************************************

X.  8 STAGE WALKTHROUGH
-----------------------

This section will show the method to completing the game in the shortest 
amount of time and levels. Differences between the full walkthrough and this 
one are:

 ** I'll take you directly to Warp Zones
 ** You will avoid most enemies
 ** Most power-ups will not be picked up, nor pointed out
 ** You will take some alternate routes in some of the levels

With that disclaimer, this method is the one used in getting record times for 
completing Super Mario Brothers. If you think you have what it takes to beat 
the world record, practice this over and over again. You might develop a way 
all your own, who knows. The record currently stands at about 5 minutes and 20 
seconds.

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------------------------------------WORLD 1------------------------------------
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1-1
---
Before the game begins, you should already be holding down the B button. Run 
through until you pass the first ? block, and jump right when you pass it. Try 
not to be stalled by the set of bricks/blocks. When you arrive at the fourth 
pipe, go down it.

Clear the bonus area as quickly as possible and when you exit the bonus, you 
will be at the end of the stage. All there is left to do is run past the 
Goombas and jump up the blocks leading to the flagpole. You must try not to 
stop while on the bricks, and glide through without be stalled too much.

1-2
---
Grab the Mushroom in the first block of the five ? blocks. Run and jump over 
the several block walls until you come to the bricks ahead of them. Get up to 
the top of them, break the brick farthest to the right you can, then jump to 
the top row of bricks in the level. You have to get a running start to jump up 
there.

Running over the top of the stage, you should get through pretty quick. This 
will save you lots of time and effort. When you come to the gap with the 
moving platforms, jump to the row of blocks above the median island, then on a 
platform moving up, and back onto the top row of bricks. Beyond the exit pipe 
is Warp Zone, and in this particular one, you can warp to either World 2, 
World 3 or World 4. Get over to the World 4 pipe and slide down it.

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------------------------------------WORLD 4------------------------------------
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4-1
---
Run through the level holding B and the Spinies that Lakitu is hurling down at 
you should not hit you. When you come to the second pipe, enter the bonus 
level and then quickly proceed through it. Hop over the next few gaps once 
outside the bonus area and you will reach the end of the stage. Ignore the 
coin block.

4-2
---
Hop over the first couple of gaps, through the passageway of bricks until you 
come to a pit with plaforms moving down. On the other side, uncover the secret 
block that is directly below the last brick in the row of three. Uncover the 
secret block to the left of this one, and if you are regular Mario, get the 
one to the left of this. Hit the first block in the row and a vine will grow 
from it, leading to the bonus area and eventually to Warp Zone.

Quickly run through the bonus area, ignoring any and all coins until you come 
to Warp Zone. You have the choice to go to World 6, 7 or 8, but of course, go 
to 8.

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------------------------------------WORLD 8------------------------------------
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8-1
---
Avoid any enemies along the way to the pipe with the two coins above and to 
the right of it, and it has three Goombas in front of it (the fifth one). Go 
down the pipe.

Rush through the bonus area and when you come out, head right and be sure to 
jump over the three Koopa Troopas, pipe, and the several Goombas. When you 
come to a block wall with bricks above it, get up on the bricks and rush over 
the area. 

Get the Koopa Paratroopas out of your way and then run over the several 
miniture gaps in the ground and get the Starman out of the third brick in the 
row. With Starman, you'll make it through a significent part of the level 
without having to yield to any enemies. When you come to the large gap with a 
small piece of land in the center, use the same strategy as before. Carefully 
proceed over the broken up block staircase to the end.

8-2
---
This is sprinting free for all as you must avoid numerous enemies, while being 
as fast as possible. Watch out for the Koopa Paratroopa on the first set of 
blocks and Lakitu, with Spiny. Run through the adaquete amount of Bullet Bills 
until you come to the big pit. As with before, get on the first piece of land, 
get on the first skimpy piece of land, run over the tiny gap to the second one 
and leap across. Go down the first pipe on the other side.

Scramble through the bonus area. Jump over the Bullet Bill and the pit behind 
him, then over the set of block steps and another Bullet Bill. Avoid the Koopa 
Paratroopa on the blocks leading to the flagpole.

8-3
---
Hurry past the two Bullet Bills and Koopa Paratroopa and when you come to the 
Hammer Brothers, you have two choices. One, you can run under them, ignoring 
the power-up and making it a bit more difficult later in the level. Two, you 
can fight them, and grab the power-up in the brick second from the right, top 
row.

Continue on until you come to yet another set of Hammer Bros. Here again you 
have the same two choices as last time, and if you got the power-up last time, 
stick around to defeat them and get the one in the brick second from the left 
on the top row. If you did grab it last time, it would be wise to get this one 
too, or your choice to get it the first time was basically obsolete. If not, 
run under them when they are bother occupying a set of bricks. 

If you have a Fire Flower by the time you get to the four Hammer Brothers who 
are on the ground face to face with you, the rest of the level is much, much 
easier. Simply blast them and move along. When you get to the end, be careful 
jumping across the blocks, and then go down the flagpole. If you didn't get 
them, however, you must: A. Without stopping, run and jump over them, hoping 
that you won't get hit (this actually works pretty good, believe it or not). 
B. Get in their face so that their hammers fly over you at an arc. When they 
jump up in the air, quickly dash under them to the other side.

8-4
---
Get down onto the third step, run, and jump across the lava pit. Hop over the 
first two pipes and three Goombas. Use the platform for assistance crossing 
the next lava-filled gap and then enter the pipe on the other side.

Continue on until you come to the pipe suspended in mid-air. There is a secret 
block a little to the left of the pipe, so uncover it and use it to access the 
pipe. Evade the several Flying Fish as you cruise through the next part, and 
when you cross the lava, go into the first pipe on the other side.

Swim through the all-too-easy water section of the stage, avoiding the ample 
amount of fire chains and Bloobers and enter the pipe on the other end. As 
long as you walk along the floor, even as Super Mario, the Bloobers can't hit 
you.

If you still have that Fire Flower from earlier, nows the time to use it. If 
not, use the strategies pointed out in 8-3. Jump over the last lava pit, being 
careful not to be a victim of Podoboo, and Bowser is awaiting you on the other 
side. Speed along under him, flame him to death, whatever, just get over him 
and cut the axe. Princess Peach is waiting for you on the other side...

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XI.  WARP ZONES
---------------

First off, there are three Warp Zones. Warp Zones are secret areas, usually 
featured behind the normal end of level, that allow you to access other worlds 
beyond the world you are currently in. For example, in World 1, you can use 
the Warp Zone to skip to World 4. It's just skipping levels. Some people like 
to use Warps, but others prefer to play the full game. I have provided the 
location and other miscellaneous information about the Warp Zones here.

All Warp Zones look something like this:

                   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _       _ _
                  |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|     |_|_|
                  |_|                                 |_|_|
                  |_|                                 |_|_|
                  |_|                                 |_|_|
                  |_|  WELCOME   TO   WARP   ZONE!    |_|_|
                  |_|                                 |_|_|
                  |_|                                 |_|_|
                  |_|   4          3          2       |_|_|
                  |_|  _____      _____      _____    |_|_|
                  |_| |_____|    |_____|    |_____|   |_|_|
                  |_|  |   |      |   |      |   |    |_|_|
                  |_|  |   |      |   |      |   |    |_|_|
                  |_|__|___|______|___|______|___|____|_|_|
                  |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|
                  |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|

===================
WORLD 1-2 WARP ZONE
===================

Warps: World 2, World 3, World 4

TO ACCESS IT
////////////

When you get to the part where there are two sets of platforms, one going up 
and the other down, jump onto the second set of platforms and then onto the 
top row of bricks. When you pass the usual exit, the Warp Zone will be behind 
it. You can now choose to go to either World 2, 3 or 4.

====================
WORLD 4-2 WARP ZONES
====================

#1  Warps: World 5
#2  Warps: World 6, World 7, World 8

TO ACCESS #1
////////////

At some time during the level break the bricks on the top row and jump up to 
it. Follow it and you will eventually pass the exit and enter the Warp Zone. 
If you're not Super Mario, after a set or two of platforms there will be a row 
of three blocks pretty high off of the ground. There are secret blocks below 
each one of them, so uncover whatever ones you feel necessary, get on the row 
of bricks, and leap up to the top row. The only warp here is World 5.

TO ACCESS #2
////////////

Get to the row of three bricks part as explained above. Reveal the secret 
blocks (only the left two if you are Super Mario) and hit the block on the 
left. A vine will spout from it, enabling you to climb up into the overworld. 
Collect the coins in the bonus stage, and when you come to the end of it you 
will be at Warp Zone. You can now warp to World 6, 7 or 8.

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XII.  SECRETS, TIPS AND TRICKS
------------------------------

There is wide array of tricks, secrets and all sorts of goodies throughout the
game Super Mario Bros. I will break them up into little sections, and try to 
squeeze every trick, tip, or secret I know about the game into this section. I 
really need input here, so if you know anything that you think I should add 
here, feel free to e-mail me at kader3@msn.com and credit will be given where 
it is due.

==============
LEVEL SPECIFIC
==============

These secrets are only found in a certain level. That level will be labeled 
along with whatever it has to offer.

1-1
---
 * 1UP between the fourth pipe and the gap. Hidden in secret block.
 * Bonus secret in the fourth pipe.

1-2
---
 * 1UP in the top row of bricks.
 * Warp Zone at the end of the level.

2-1
---
 * Bonus secret in the third pipe.
 * Cloud bonus area

3-1
---
 * Bonus area in the second pipe.
 * Cloud bonus area towards middle of level.
 * 99 lives trick.

4-1
---
 * Bonus secret in third pipe.

4-2
---
 * Warp Zone to World 6, 7, 8
 * Warp Zone to World 5

5-1
---
 * Bonus secret in third pipe.

5-2
---
 * Pipe in middle of stage leading to aquatic region.

6-2
---
 * Bonus secret in first pipe.
 * Bonus secret in seventh pipe

7-1
---
 * Bonus secret second pipe.

8-1
---
 * Bonus secret in pipe towards middle of level.

8-2
---
 * 1UP in block above Jumping Board.
 * Bonus area in pipe in middle of level.

==================
SECRET/BONUS ROOMS
==================

There are   types of secret or bonus rooms found in the game.

_____________________
         KEY         |
 C  - Coin           |
 X  - Power-Up       |
 _                   |
|_| - Brick block    |
                     |
 M  - Multiple coin  |
      block          |
_____________________|


BONUS AREA 1
************

There is nothing but coins here, but useful and usually level-length reducing 
anyway. Can be found in: 1-1, 2-1
                      _       _ _ _ _ _ _ _           
                     |_|     |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|       | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|        C C C C C          | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|      C C C C C C C        | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|      C_C_C_C_C_C_C        | |
                     |_|     |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|    ___| |
                     |_|     |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|   ||  \ |
                     |_|_____|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|___||__/_|
                     |                               |
                     |                               |

BONUS AREA 2
************

This is one of the better bonus areas as there are not only coins here, but a 
power-up as well.
                      _
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|            C C            | |
                     |_|    _ _ _ C C C C _ _ _    | |
                     |_|   |_|_|X| |_|_| |_|_|_|   | |
                     |_|   |_|_|  C|_|_|C  |_|_|   | |
                     |_|   |_|  C|_|   |_|C  |_|   | |
                     |_|   |_|C|_|       |_|C|_|   | |
                     |_|     |_|           |_|     | |
                     |_|                        ___| |
                     |_|                       ||  \ |
                     |_|_______________________||__/_|
                     |                               |
                     |                               |

BONUS AREA 3
************

Another useful bonus area, this one also contains a power-up.
                      _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
                     |_|   |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|    C C C C C C C C     _  | |
                     |_|   |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|   |X| | |
                     |_|   |_|           |_|    ___| |
                     |_|   |_|           |_|   ||  \ |
                     |_|____C_C_C_C_C_C_C_C_C_C||__/_|
                     |                               |
                     |                               |

BONUS AREA 4
************

This bonus area is the only one to feature both coins and a multiple coin 
block.
                      _       _ _ _ _ _ _ _           
                     |_|     |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|       | |
                     |_|                 |_|       | |
                     |_|                 |_|       | |
                     |_|                 |_|       | |
                     |_|      _ C C C C C|_|_ _    | |
                     |_|     |_|C C C C C|_|_|_|  _| |
                     |_|     |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|     |M| |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                           | |
                     |_|                        ___| |
                     |_|                       ||  \ |
                     |_|_______________________||__/_|
                     |                               |
                     |                               |

=====
CODES
=====

Well, sort of...the following codes are used by pushing a certain combo of 
buttons at a certain time, so I figured "Hey, codes".

CONTINUE ON SAME WORLD
**********************
 
To do this, once you lose and have lost all turns for Mario or Luigi or both, 
hold A and then press Start at the Game Over screen. Continue to hold A when 
the menu comes up, and then select 1 Player Game.
 
LEVEL SELECT
************

Before you begin the second quest, if you press the B button during the demo, 
you can change what level you start on.

========
GLITCHES
========

THE MINUS WORLD
-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-

The Minus World (World  -1) is perhaps the most well-known glitches in video 
game history. -1 is a level that loops continuously, with no end, until you 
run out of time and lives. The level is reached from World 1-2, and here is an 
explanation on how to get there.

When you reach the end of 1-2, stand on the pipe that takes you to the usual 
exit. Break the bricks above you that are second from the left of the pipe and 
third from the left. Now, stand near the edge of the pipe, face left, duck 
down, and jump up towards the block remaining and the pipe. It takes a while 
to pull off, but when you get it, Mario will begin walking backwards through 
the wall. Turn him around so that he is facing right, and walk off into the 
Warp Zone. Quickly enter the first pipe you come to, without letting the 
Welcome to Warp Zone! text come up, and you will access the infamous Minus 
World.

World  -1 is almost exactly the same as World 2-2, except that when you enter 
the pipe at the end that usually takes you to the exit, you are taken back to 
the beginning of the level! It continues on like this until time runs out, 
which you have 400 units of, and then until you lose all of your lives. If for 
some odd reason you want to stay in the Minus World, you can use the Continue 
on the same World or Level code.

LITTLE FIRE MARIO
*****************

In any castle (a level ending in -4), if you jump on the Axe at the end and 
get hit by Bowser at the same time, in the next level you will be big, but if 
you get hit, you will die!

To perform this trick, do what it says above. Jump up and hit the Axe and 
Bowser at the same time. You must be Super Mario or Fire Mario to pull this 
off. You will continue on as normal, and in the next level, when you get hit, 
you die. If you grab a Mushroom, you will become regular Mario, and vice versa 
if you get hit. When you grab a Fire Flower, you will become Fire Mario, but 
in his smaller form. Each time you throw a fireball, you will become Super 
Fire Mario, but only for the brief second you are throwing the fireball, and 
then you will quickly shrink back down to the regular Mario.

DEAD MARIO
**********

Performed the same way as the Little Fire Mario trick, except that you need to 
be regular Mario. When you touch the Axe and Bowser at the same time, you will 
die, the bridge will fall and Bowser will die, but the screen will scroll to 
the back where Toad will begin to thank Mario. Maybe he's thanking him for 
dying because they have a grudge...who knows.  ;)

DISAPPEARING JUMPING BOARD
**************************

In levels that have a Jumping Board at some part or another in them, sometimes 
the Jumping Board will not be there. Do not jump or walk into the area where 
the Jumping Board should be or you will become stuck and have to wait for time 
to run out.

DIFFERENT MUSIC IN CASTLE
*************************

In levels 1-1 and 6-2, hit the block with the Starman and wait until the last 
moment to get it. If you touch the flagpole at the end of the level while 
still flashing, the track from 1-1 (the theme song) will play during the 
castle.

=============
MISCELLANEOUS
=============

This is just a bunch of misc. tricks and stuff that don't really belong in any 
of the other categories.

FIREWORKS
*********
 
Grab onto the flagpole at the end of any level. If the time's last digit was a 
1, 3 or 6, you get that number of fireworks to go off in the background. Each 
firework is worth 500 points.

VINE DANCING
************

When you reach the top of a vine, get off, and then hop back on. Climb to the 
top and Mario will start doing this little dance. On a scale of neatness 
ranging from 1-10, I'd probably give this one a "meh".

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XIII.  CREDITS AND LEGAL STUFF
------------------------------

This document is copyright Pegboy (Derek Kader) 2003 and should not be copied, 
in whole or in part, changed in any way, shape or form, stolen from, or any 
other illegal crap that you might try to pull. If you'd like to use part of it 
or post it on your website, e-mail me at kader3@msn.com. Also, if you see it 
on any other site besides www.gamefaqs.com, e-mail me so I can take care of 
the problem.

If you have anything to add, be it strategies, tips, tricks, e-mail me at 
kader3@msn.com. I will credit you with the info in the next update. If you 
want to use any of the ASCII art you see in the guide, feel free to ask me to 
use it.

I would like to thank the following people/sites/corporations:

Snow Dragon - He banged up the ASCII NES controller you see at the beginning 
of the FAQ.
GameFAQs - For hosting this and all of my other FAQs.
Gamewinnners - I got many Game Genie codes from their site.
CJayC - For posting my stuff on his site.
Nintendo - They created the game, and I would like to thank them for this and 
so many other good times. I also used a few excerpts from their Super Mario 
Bros./Duck Hunt instruction manuel, and got some info from it.
Anyone who helped me develop my writing ability, or got me into writing this 
stuff, thanks.

All characters, games, systems, and components of systems are all trademarks 
of Nintendo.

You can always find the newest version of this FAQ at GameFAQs 
<www.gamefaqs.com>.

(c) Pegboy 2003