Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES)
Walkthrough

Document written by PyroFalkon (pyrofalkon@hotmail.com)
Latest update: 1 November 2003
Current Version: 1.0b



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v1.0b (1 November 2003)
It's been nearly a year, but unfortunately my site is down for the count. 
Luckily, IGN has decided to host my FAQs too, so it's all good. A new copyright 
notice is the only change.

v1.0a (31 December 2002)
No new information, but I've changed my legal info. I'm now carrying my guide
on my own website; you can find the URL at the bottom of the document.

v1.0 (07 October 2002)
First release, and complete.



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||INTRO||
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This game is my least favorite of all the Mario games to date... well, except
for Mario's Time Machine and Mario is Missing (neither of which were all that
entertaining of course). So I suppose that it's my least favorite of all the
action-based Mario games that I've played. However, just because it's my least
favorite doesn't mean that I don't like it. I think "Chasing Amy" is the worst
of the five Jay & Silent Bob movies, but I'd still watch it a second or third
time.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, SMB2. Here's a bit of history on the game,
if you didn't already know: it was originally released in Japan as "Doki Doki
Panic." The game starred some dude named Doki, who looked like an Egyptian in a
turban. It didn't sell well, so they changed all the character art to the Mario
characters, then sent the game to the states. Because it simply had the name
"Mario" on it, everyone bought it like mad. Then Nintendo brought the game back
to Japan under the title "Super Mario USA," and sales took off. That just goes
to prove to you that everyone the world over buys stuff for the name only.

Because the game wasn't even a Mario game at all initially, it is radically
different from all the other ones in the series. For example, you'll get to
pick one of four popular characters before each stage. I'll talk about that in
more depth in a moment. You also won't see and Goombas or Koopas, although
there are a few empty shells lying around. There's no time limit, so the game
won't have the GET TO THE END NOW OR DIE!!! feel of the others. Ah, 
relaxation...

I'm going to assume you've read the manual, at least enough to know about power
jumps and throwing turnips and all that, so I won't waste my time talking about
that. Also, I'm going to talk about the fastest ways through each stage. I
won't mention many Warp Zones. This needs to be a complete guide anyway, and
you'll totally rock if you successfully take the scenic route.

So, let's get the Mario Party started. (That's the best pun I can come up with.
I need to take a vacation.)



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||BASIC STUFF||
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As I said in the intro, this game is radically different from the others in the
series. Combat is entirely throwing-based, although you can throw things like
other enemies. You can go left or right, unlike just going right in the first
SMB game. There's no time limit, enabling you to explore the darkest corners
without the danger of being rocked by the clock. There are no conventional
powerups, because you've got a health bar, displayed in the top-left corner.
Each time you're hit, you'll lose a point, though you can find hearts to
recover yourself on your way.

Perhaps the biggest change of all is your ability to select one of four
characters at the beginning of each stage.

MARIO: Mario is the plain vanilla character of the group. He has average speed,
average picking speed, average jumping, et cetera. He's a nice choice for the
first venture into a stage.

LUIGI: The jumper. His charged jump gets more air than Jordan did in his prime.
However, he has little girly muscles, so if he's holding something, he'll take
a rather noticeable cut in his speed and jumping. He's designed for levels that
emphasize high platforms and gaps, not monsters.

TOAD: The carrier boy, but not of Fox-Die. He has supreme muscles, and he can
pick up and chuck things at unbelievable rates. His speed and jumping are
slightly lower than Mario's, but he's not affected at all by carrying things.
He's the best in situations with a lot of enemies or levels where you need FAST
digging power (and there are plenty of them).

PRINCESS PEACH TOADSTOOL: Peach needs to get to a gym. Her stick arms make her
worthless in fights where throwing speed is of the essence. However, she has
one unique ability that none of the others have. If you hold the jump button,
her dress does the hovercraft thing and allows her to float for a time. It's
not a limitless float by any means, but it will usually help you long enough to
rescue yourself in times of crisis. If you come to a level that requires
precision jumps and long gaps with few enemies, she's your man.

Before every stage, I'll make sure to recommend a character. In theory, you
could play all 20 stages with one dude or dudette and not have a single
problem, but choosing the right character for the right situation will save you
lives, time, and frustration.

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|Storyline So Far|
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Mario is tired from his adventures of rescuing the princess from mean old
Bowser, and he's frustrated in not getting any. Well, maybe that last part
isn't true (or maybe it is), but the fact remains that he has decided to take a
nap. In his dream, he climbs a long staircase and finds a door that takes him
to a strange and mystical land. When he wakes up, he goes into a random cave
and finds the exact same staircase and exact same door. Remember that, because
it makes the ending even more stupid than it already is.



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These are training levels, basically. The enemies are tame, the boss is a pussy
cat, and any character and rock any level. Get your feet wet here, because
you're going to need your skills for later in the game.

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|Stage 1-1|
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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

The level opens by dumping you onto a hill far below a door. Keep dropping
down, and stick to the sides of the map. The edges don't have borders, so if
you fall or walk past the left side, you'll appear in the same place on the
right side. There are a pair of enemies, both of which are simple blue Shy
Guys, on the hill in the center. Avoid fighting them, as it's silly and
pointless. Enter the red door at the bottom of the hill.

Here's the real stage. Grab a veggie from the ground and chuck it at that red
Shy Guy, then move on. Climb the vine, dispatch the blue Shy Guy, then pull the
root that's closest to the vine. Throw the potion so it lands on the hill
somewhere, then enter the door. Pull each root for a coin and grab the mushroom
to extend your life by a point. This is nowhere near permanent, it only lasts
until the stage is done. After a moment of time, or after you go through the
door again, you'll appear back on the hill.

Go right, ascend the hills, and cross right on the log. Floating logs will be
your guides to get across the waterfall. Use your jumps softly to get across
(or just try a running jump if you've got Luigi or Peach). Hop over the little
gap to the next hill. Uproot the plant at the top near the POW Box for a 1up.
Grab the cherries, and by now you should have enough to make a star float from
the bottom. Grab it to gain invincibility, then run right. Cross the log and
enter the door you see.

Either take out the little hopping Ninji or use him as a stepping stone to get
the land above him. Climb the vine, take a few paces right, then run left and
jump through the waterfall. Peach can easily get through this by floating over
it, but you should be able to make the jump with anyone. Hop up on the hill,
then you may have to do a power jump to get to the top. Don't uproot anything
just yet. Pick up the Shy Guy and throw him off the ledge to the right, where
you just came from. Now uproot either of the things around there. They're both
bombs, and the goal is to make them explode as they touch the breakable rocks
down the ladder to the left. Uproot one, then stand next to the ladder. When
the bomb starts flashing, count to 2, then drop it down the ladder. With any
luck, one bomb will make a big enough hole for you to enter that red door.

Climb the hill (you may have to use a few power jumps), then run left. As you
run out of room, do a running jump left. You're going to encounter a very
common enemy here named Birdo. He (yes, he, even though he wears a bow in his
head; go figure) spits eggs at you. The goal is to hop on an egg, pull it out
of the air, then throw it back at him. After three successful strikes, Birdo
will go down in a blaze of humiliation and drop a crystal orb. Pick it up, and
it will disappear, which then opens the falcon mouth to allow you to exit the
stage.

If you collected any coins, you can spend each one on one change to earning
extra lives.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

Hop to the second hill. You'll now encounter your first Pidget, a bird with
'tude and a real sporty magic red carpet. When he dives at you, jump on his
head, then toss him away for a real case of grand theft auto. You'll then take
control of the carpet, movable with any direction on the pad. It doesn't last
for long though, so don't spend anytime screwing around. Go right to get to the
next piece of solid ground, pronto!

Both pipes... er, vases... that you get to lead to bonus rooms. In order to get
the cherry above the right vase, you need to stand on an edge of the vase to
charge your power jump. Dive into the left vase first to get a 1up, then pull
up the root to left of the left vase. Drop the potion somewhere near the right
vase and enter. Once you get your mushroom and coins, exit back into the real
world, and jump in the right vase. Inside is a trio of Phantos and a key. Pick
up the key, and one of the Phantos comes alive. Quickly get out and proceed
right.

Now, the mask only chases you if you're actually holding the key. What I
normally do is pick up the key, then chuck it as a weapon to take out any
enemies around (in this case, the Ninjis). Then I wait for the mask to do away,
pick up the key, and run again. The mask will appear and follow you again, but
if you throw it again, he'll go away again. I just pick it up and toss it in
later levels so I don't have to deal with the damn mask following me
everywhere. Go right, and when you reach the locked door, pick up the key and
enter.

In the next room, be on guard. A Snifit will be on the next platform, shooting
things at you. Pick up the Shy Guy or a veggie and chuck it at him to move on.
Once he's gone, uproot the plants near the brown rocks to uncover a few bombs.
Blow a hole for yourself, then climb up the ladder. Pick up all the roots
except for the one just to the right of the ladder. They're all bombs, so use
them against the rock pile up there to the right. With the path clear, pluck
the remaining plant to get a potion. Use it anywhere up there, then jump in.
With the path in the real world bombed, you can access a mushroom in the
alternate world. Once you come back to the real world, go right, dispatch the
Ninjis, then enter the door at the end of the tunnel.

Don't pluck any of those plants to your right. Instead, jump on the hill and
run left. There's a Ninji and a Snifit waiting for you. Take them both out,
then pick up the plant that's up there to get a potion. Go back right, then
chuck the potion in the open area to the right of the plants. You can get a
rather large treasure trove of coins here. Back in the real world, head right.
Enter the door there.

When you come out, you'll hear familiar music. Find Birdo, take him out, and
finish the stage.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: MARIO

Hop across the hills, then power jump up to the top once you reach the third
hill. You can bounce back left to gather those four cherries. The left plant of
the next pair you come to has a potion. Toss it on the log, then enter to grab
a mushroom. After that's over with, head right and run across the long log.
Drop down to the hill, wait until the jumping fish is out of position, then run
and jump to the log. Do this all the way across.

Drop down to the bottom of the hill. Things get a bit tougher here. Quickly hop
on the two floating logs to get across. Use the fish as stepping stones too if
you need to. The left plant on the bottom row has a potion. Carry it all the
way to the right, next to the vase. If you enter the vase through the alternate
world, you'll enter a Warp Zone. Otherwise, enter the red door near the vase in
the real world to proceed.

Make a running jump to the hanging chain and climb up it. Get rid of the Shy
Guy, then pick up the mushroom blocks to the right and throw them to the next
platform. Make a little ladder for yourself here so you can get up to the
platform with the Spark on it. Take either path you want to ascend, then enter
the red door at the top. PJ up to the platform, grab the key, then exit.

Now the race starts. Drop down the right shaft to quickly descend. When you
come back to the mushroom blocks, toss the key on them for a moment, pick up
the Shy Guy, and chuck him into the Spark. Pick up the key again and descend.
As you go down the path below the door, you may want to use my method of
throwing the key every few steps to shake the mask. Drop down again and stick
to the right wall. You'll fall on a set of bricks that has a locked door. Use
your key on it, then enter.

Time your jump to land on the blue block platform when the Spark is out of
position. Hop across the platforms, pick up the POW Box if you can, and carry
it right. Toss it when you come to the area with four platforms, each with its
own Spark. It's much easier to deal with enemies if they're dead. Rush right,
be careful of the jumping Ninjis, grab the crystal, and enter the falcon mouth.

Now you're going to be taking on your first boss. All the plants in the first
section are bombs that can let you bomb open the rock wall to get through. Once
you're in, Mouser will start throwing a continuous arsenal at bombs at you.
Grab one and quickly throw it back on his little platform. Three bomb shots
later, Mouso will be a faint memory. So will his sunglasses, unfortunately.



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This world is in the desert on a clear night. New enemies that have slightly
different mindsets come into play here.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: TOAD

Open by walking right. A Cobrat is ready to ambush you if you just run.
Anticipate his movement, and once he shows himself, pick him up. Carry him
right and throw him at the next Cobrat, the one in the vase. Skip it, it
doesn't have anything important. Keep moving right, skip the next vase too, and
pick up the left-most root, which contains a potion. Throw it on the top of the
yellow blocks there to get a mushroom. Head right again, past the quicksand.
You'll have to deal with a plant that throws fireballs at you. Run under him if
you can, then keep sprinting right. Another Cobrat lies in ambush in the next
quicksand pit. Take him out, leap the cactus, and enter the door on the
pyramid.

Here's where having Toad really comes in handy. If you have Princess or Luigi
at this point, you're in for a long, dangerous dig to go on. Toad can rip
through the scand like a dog, so he's really great to have. Dig about three to
five spaces on one side, then run to the other side and dig there. Keep
alternating; that way, if an enemy drops in from above, you'll be out of harm's
way. Dig until you find the ladder leading down to a red door.

Climb the stairs to the right, run across the flat, then leap. You'll engage
Birdo, but try to get to the right side of him for a little more room. If you
stay on the left, he may jam you against the edge of the cliff. He's no harder
than the first two times you fought him, so take him out and steal his crystal
ball. Hop to the right across the platforms to exit the stage.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: TOAD

Ascend the stairs to get to a door leading outside.

Once you're in the sunlight, head right. Just past the first set of bones is a
Cobrat ready to ambush you. Take him out, then watch your head for flying guys
with pitchforks. Move on, ignore the vase, and pull up the root closest to it.
That's a potion. Throw it right to grab a mushroom in the netherworld. Keep
pressing right, ignore all the vases, and jump up to the tall quicksand pit.
Wait for the flying dude, and also watch out for a spitting Cobrat that is
spewing things at you from off-screen right. That vase is worthless to.
Continue on, and use the bones to get across the next sand trap. It pulls you
in much quicker, and I'm sure you don't want to die needlessly here. Enter the
door you see after that.

Uproot the plant on the far right -- the one sitting by its lonesome -- to get
a 1up. Pick up one of the other plants, then PJ back up and toss the resulting
bomb into the wall. Go through when you can. Pick up the potion that's in the
root in the center of the top row of the yellow blocks, and throw it on that
top row of blocks. You can score a mushroom this way. Return to the main stage,
nothing more to see here.

Go right and take out the Cobrats in the vases. No vase has a thing of mention,
so ignore them all and keep going right. A Pokey will jump you at some point,
but if you throw a Cobrat at the lower portions of its body, the whole thing
will perish. Keep going right and stay low so you can avoid contact with the
flaming plants. Drop down the vine you see after that.

Toad again needs to do some digging here. Remeber to alternate your holes. When
you come to the fork, dig against the right wall. A Snifit will come jumping up
there too, so be careful of him as you dig. You'll eventually reach a red door
at the bottom of that path.

Through the door lies a new breed of Birdo. This one shoots much faster and
occasionally spits fire as well. The fire unfortunately cannot be grabbed or
used in anyway, so just dodge it. Now, there are two ways to beat this one.
Plan one is to climb up the right side of the hills to reach his platform, then
engage him in his little area. Plan two is to pick up a mushroom block and
carry it up to his platform and attack him from above. That latter way is much
safer, but if you miss, you'll have to run in to get your mushroom block back,
unless you want to try getting an egg. Plan two is also much slower, but your
method is up to you. Once you take him out, another crystal jewel will be
yours, and another stage will be in the books.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: TOAD

After you climb the ladder, pull up the root just to the right of it. Carry the
potion to the left, and chuck it near the left wall. A mushroom will be in the
netherworld on the top of the hill. Now go right, and just sprint. Try to avoid
all the enemies unless you really want to fight. A door in a pyramid at the end
will be your escape of this part.

Descend down the left path. There's nothing of significance until you get to
the sand pit. Start diggin'. It doesn't matter which fork you come to when you
reach it, because both paths end up cross at a red door. Jump in to get a key,
then exit. Quickly jump back up the pit to the locked door, then use your key
there. Because Toad won't get a jumping penalty for carrying it, he should have
no problem getting back up.

Once you're through, proceed right. Ignore the sand pit, unless you really want
those cherries. Stay low to avoid the plant with fireballs, then continue
right. Ignore the vases, grab the crystal orb, and continue right to proceed.

Here comes your second boss fight. Go into the main room to see him: a
three-headed cobra called a Tricylde that spews fire. Goody! Use those mushroom
blocks to give that thing a trio of headaches, and the exit to this world will
appear. If for some reason you use all your mushroom blocks, use the enemies
that are trickling down to finish the monster off.



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You're back to plains and hills here. Your jumping skill will be tested, and
enemies have increased in numbers and difficulty.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

Once you're through the door, drop down the waterfall (trust me). Stay in the
center of the screen, or you'll regret it. Jump in the door there.

Pick up the root that's 10th from left (6th from the right) to get a potion,
and throw it anywhere there. If you take it right, you'll find a vase that is a
Warp Zone in the netherworld. Once you've got your fill of coins, go all the
way right to the red door.

You'll be back at the bottom of the clouds. You can drop down a second time for
more coins if you want, but it won't work a third time. Once you're ready,
ascend the clouds. Once you're at the top, a Pidget will challenge you. If
you've got Luigi, he'll be cake. Otherwise, you'll need to PJ on top of him.
Steal his carpet and start going up. Ignore the enemies; as long as you're
holding up and staying in the center of the screen, you'll be too fast for
them. Eventually, you'll reach a vine.

At the top of the vine, you can seriously truncate the stage with Peach, hench
the player recommendation. To the right are four mushroom blocks, three in a
group and one sitting by its lonesome. Grab a mushroom block, go left, and
place it at the end of the cloud. Repeat, repeat, repeat, until you have a
stack of four. PJ on top of your ladder, then run left on the little tile and
jump. Float to the right and you'll find a door.

Take the door and uproot one of the nearby plants to get a bomb. Throw is
against those rocks to left, then go on. Do NOT shatter the next little column
to the left. You need to jump on the rocks and PJ on the ceiling. Run left to
engage a red Birdo. Take him out, then exit the stage.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

Stay high and go all the way to the left. One of the plants on the hill gives a
potion. Throw it on the hill to get a mushroom in the netherworld. With that
done, go back a few steps to the left, next to the rocks. Pull up the root
there to get a bomb, and blow a hole for yourself. Drop down, run left, and
take the ladder.

The next section is nothing but bombs and bombable walls. Break your way
through the lower portion. If you mess up, you can go up the ladder that you
took to get here, then drop back down to reset the puzzle. Watch out for the
enemies, then jump up and take the ladder to the next area.

Time your run left to get past the fireballs being launched on your head by the
overhead fire plant. Take the next ladder down.

Hop across the platforms, then wait on the platform with the ladder. Run left
and float over the gap to the next area. Now you'll need a bit of timing. Pick
up a root -- they're all bombs -- and hold it until it stars flashing. Count to
2, then throw it in the pit to the left. If your timing is good, you'll blow a
hole large enough for a princess to get through. Again, if you mess up, you can
use the ladder to reset the room. Once you're through, ignore the next ladder
and keep going. Pluck the root on the left to get a bomb, and blow up the rocks
on the right. Now pick up the root on the right to get a potion. Jump into the
netherworld and drop to get a mushroom. Finally, go back right and take the
ladder up, which will lead to a red door.

Go in, head left, lay the smackdown on the red Birdo, pick up a mushroom block
to drop down, and exit the stage.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: LUIGI

Head right, through the door. Once you've got some sun, go right and pick up
the right-most root. Throw it left and enter to get a mushroom. Head right now,
dodge the Bob-ombs, and enter the door to the tower.

Call this Room A. Go left, skip the roots and first door, and take the ladder
up. Eliminate the Ninjis, then go right. Hop across the platforms, avoid or
take out the Sparks, then enter the elevated door. Start climbing, and when you
reach the top, enter the door there, grab the key, and start dropping back
down. Once you're back in Room A, drop down and rush left, then use your key on
the locked door.

Hop on the platforms and ascend the tower. Take the first door you see, then
start hopping up. Make your way up until you get to the chains. Grab the left
one and climb all the way up, then hold up and right. You'll climb and hop to
each chain, out of the danger of the fire plants below you. Get to the far
right chain, climb up, take out the snifit, and enter the door. Climb the
platforms here; Luigi's jumping ability seriously helps out. Enter the red door
at the top.

Pluck the root to get a Koopa shell. Hop to the platform and throw it, then
follow it. Several Ninjis will be killed in the process. Jump the gaps, grab
the crystal, and enter the falcon mouth.

You get to engage Mouser again, but this time he's got a friend in the room.
Try to take out that Spark with a bomb before you do anything else, and Mouser
will be easy to roast, although he'll take a total of five hits before being
taken down.



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What's a platformer without an ice stage?

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|Stage 4-1|
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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: MARIO

The first section is really easy. Just sprint and use your mad jumping skillz
or something to get to the end. Drop under the ice blocks and pluck the root to
get to the next area (how the hell did they fit a rocket underground, anyway?).
There is no Birdo this time around, just a bunch of snowmen and M-cannons. Get
past them all, get the orb, and get out of there.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: MARIO

You'll need the master plumber's quick jumps for this one. Sprint right along
the ice blocks, jump the low enemies and duck the high ones. If you've got the
skill, you can sprint through this whole thing to the door on the far right.

Hop on the whale below, then leap to the left. Pick up the far left plant to
get a potion and throw it on that whale to access a mushroom. Go right and
watch out for blowholes, because the water will hurt you unless you're standing
directly on it. Jump from platform to platform until you get to the roots. If
you want a Warp Zone, pick up the singular plant at the top, then carry the
potion to the vase. The vase is dormant otherwise, so if you want to go the
long way, ignore the vase entirely. Continue right until you reach a metal
platform with a single root, and pluck it to take a rocket to the next area.

Proceed right slowly. Hop on the Shy Guy, get rid of him, and ride the M-cannon
right across the spikes. The hedgehogs will walk off the ledge, so let them
before proceeding to the wood door. Go through it, take out the red Birdo, grab
the crystal, get out.

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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

Enter the door, then immediately jump. A Birdo is greeting you already. Ignore
him for now, and pluck the root to the left of the door. Walk left until you
see the snow spikes before throwing the potion. A mushroom is on the top of the
middle spike. Grab it, then go back right. Do not kill the Birdo, but get to
the right of him. Let him spit an egg, then hop on it. Ride it right over the
ocean, hop to the wood bridge to the right, and continue in that direction. Run
along the wood bridge, jump and float over the gap with Peach, and move on.
Enter the third red door you see.

Go right, grab the orb, enter the mouth. You'll engage a Fryguy, a giant flame
that wants to give you an extreme tan. Use the mushroom blocks against him.
After three hits, he'll split into little bouncing flames. Each one of those
need to be hit once to be dispatched. Take 'em out and enter the door to clear
the world.



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This is another grass-and-hills stage, but now things have gotten more fierce.
You'll need to start bringing your A-game here to master the jumps you're
presented with.

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|Stage 5-1|
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RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

Pick up the Shy Guy off his mount and carry him to the right. Chuck him into
the fire plant to clear the way, drop down, and hop left to the door.

The second root you see has a potion. Get your fill of coins and continue
right, hopping along the platforms. After you get across the floating logs,
you'll have to deal with jumping fish, which are much smaller footholds. Watch
them jump a few times before attempting the first leap, so you can memorize
their positions. When you get to the second group of jumping fish, use Peach
and float right to get on a tiny platform with a 1up shroom and potion. Use the
potion where you stand to access a mushroom. Upon your return from the
netherworld, keep heading right. Drop down to the next bit of ground, ignore
the plants, and take the door.

You've got a new flavor of Birdo this time. This one is green, and he's quite
angry. He won't spit any eggs, just fireballs. You need to use the lone
mushroom block to hit him the required three times to take him down. He'll
normally spit three fireballs (sometimes two), then rest for about two seconds.
That rest time is your window for getting a hit in. Once he's done, claim his
crystal and go right for the exit.

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|Stage 5-2|
+---------+

RECOMMENDED PLAYER: LUIGI

You're going to need the neglected brother's high jumping abilities for this.
Take the ladder and ignore the hill with plants. Proceed right and make your
way over the first set of Hoopstars. Pick up the Shy Guy or his mount and throw
it into the next set. Pass them and take the vase you see. Move the Shy Guy out
of your way, then pluck the plant. It's a bomb, made to break the rocks below
your feet. Get down there with Sonic's cousins, then pluck the plant on the
right. Carry the potion up and out of the vase. Throw it across the gap to the
ground below and right of you. Take the door to grab a shroom.

Keep going right, leap the hedgehogs and mounted Shy Guy, and use the second
Hoopstar as an elevator to the next platform. If you've got Luigi, you should
be able to just leap over the Hoopstars and fire plant here. If not, you'll
need to make careful jumps to each opening. Ignore the roots, then take the
vine at the end. Climb all the way up, and don't switch vines unless you need
to dodge an oncoming Hoopstar. Take the door up there to proceed.

Things get complex here. Pick up the POW block to begin falling. The place is
lined with spikes, and you'll need to steer your fall to avoid being hit (my
kingdom for a yellow cape or raccoon tail). For the first part, stay just
slightly to the left of the center of the screen. That will give you the best
line for the second part, where you need to sway left and right. Once you come
to the screen without any spikes, stay about 3/4 right of the center of the
screen. If you go too far right, you'll get stabbed. If you're too far left,
you'll drop into a pit of water and die. Don't be surprised if you expend a few
lives on your first attempt. Take the wooden door down there to continue.

You'll now engage a red Birdo. While he's nothing new, the strategy you need
for him is. You normally have a wide area to do maneuver, but not so here. The
bridge you fight on has a gap in the center, and Birdo is on the right side. A
jumping fish constantly blocks the way between Birdo and the gap, giving very
little room to move. Add that to the fact that Birdo covers the right side of
the remaining room, and you'll see that you have a minor issue here. What you
need to do is hop the gap and wait for Birdo to start spitting eggs at you.
Once an egg is flying, hop back left, then jump on the egg and grab it. Hop
back to the right, throw the egg, repeat twice. Claim that crystal, then move
on.

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|Stage 5-3|
+---------+

RECOMMENDED PLAYER: LUIGI (if you want to take a Warp Zone) or PEACH (if you
don't)

If you want to take a shortcut to World 7, take Luigi into this stage, PJ up to
the platform above the ladder, and grab the root on the right. Throw the potion
up there, jump in the door, and drop down the vase in the netherworld, and
you'll be on the way. Otherwise, just head right once you get some sunlight.
Jump the blocks and watch for the overhead Albatosses and ground-based
Bob-ombs. Ignore the stack of rocks at the end unless you really feel like
tricking Bob-ombs to collapse the column for you, and go right. When you reach
the end, drop down and head left, then take the ladder.

Do not take the mushroom block off the vase, or you'll face a constant barrage
of Bob-ombs. Hop over all the Bob-ombs running around until you get to a log.
Wait until the Bob-omb commits bombercide, then pick up the root for a plant.
Take out the distant fire plant. If you miss your attack, retreat back to the
rocks and trick Bob-ombs into clearing it for you. There are some more veggies
down there you can use. Once you finally get past the fire plant, take the door
to continue.

Watch out for the Spark (he won't enter the little area with your door), and
drop down. Pick up the mushroom block, drop down, and place it on the vase to
stop the flow of Shy Guys. Repeat, repeat, repeat, until you're at the bottom.
Go right and start ascending back up. Use the steps and edge loops to avoid the
walking blue fire plants when you reach them, and take the door at the top.

Hop right across the logs, hijack the carpet, and carry the Pidget with you as
you fly right. Chuck it at the next Pidget you see and jack that carpet too.
Keep going right as far as you can without falling to your doom, then hop
across the clouds to engage a red Birdo at the end. This time around, you have
plenty of room to dodge and jump, so you shouldn't have a problem. Claim the
crystal and go right to take the falcon mouth to the boss.

If you've ever played the Pokemon series, you've probably seen a Krabby or
Kingler before. Well, this is a King Kingler, called a Clawglip (according to
the ending, though I think it's supposed to be ClawGRIP), a gigantic crustacean
with an attitude problem. His arm would make him a good baseball pitcher if he
didn't have the obsession with throwing bean balls, and unfortunately he's
chucking rocks at you instead of something softer. Joy cookies! The first rock
he throws at you will probably be low. Jump on it, jump over the little gap,
and give him a concussion. He'll be ticked and run back and forth a moment,
then resume the attacks. A high, hard throw will be next, and he'll start
mixing in those high throws with his normal ones. It's not impossible to catch
and throw a high pitch, but it's easier and safer to wait until he tosses a low
one. As with everything else in the world, three strikes and he'll be out.



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||WORLD 6||
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It's time to get a bit parched again. The quicksand is shallow and pulls you in
fast, and an endless supply of Cobrats will be spitting at you. Best of luck,
you'll need quick feet and attacks to get through.

+---------+
|Stage 6-1|
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RECOMMEDED PLAYER: PEACH

You'll need to do some digging in this stage, and Peach absolutely sucks at it,
but the trip to get there is too hazardous for Toad.

Head right and make those easy jumps. Jump in the vase for a potion, then pop
back out. Jump to the bones just to the right. Toss the potion there, then make
a quick jump right to catch the mushroom before it sinks. Once you're in the
real world, head right and take out the Pokey before proceeding. Ignore the
vases and continue. Hop over the cactuses, pick up the right root for a potion
and carry it right. Leave the next pair of Pokeys alive, you'll need them as
ladders. Jump on one and PJ, then float at the top of your top and fly right.
You'll end up going OVER the blue fire plant and avoid taking damage. Throw the
potion at the top of the yellow blocks to get a mushroom, then get the door.

You'll enter a room a million vases. Take the fifth one from the right and
you'll have to do some digging. You won't have to dig too much to find what you
need: a gold key. Grab it and hop out of the vase, then go right to the locked
door. You'll engage another green Birdo. Remember, he shoots fire in sets of
three, so time your throws of the mushroom blocks to dispatch him. Three throws
later, you'll have another crystal, and stage 6-1 will be ancient history.

+---------+
|Stage 6-2|
+---------+

RECOMMENDED PLAYER: PEACH

You need to put your faith in the A-cup princess again, because you'll need
timely jumps here, and you'll need her floating power to cover up mistakes.
There's only a few enemies to speak of, and only one is ground-based. Hop an
Albatoss and just ride it right. Hop from one to another until you get to the
far right, and take the door. Engage the green Birdo as you have before, claim
your orb, and move on.

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|Stage 6-3|
+---------+

RECOMMENDED PLAYER: MARIO

This stage can be SERIOUSLY truncated. Climb the ladder, then jump into the
quicksand pit on the left and hold left on the d-pad. The moment you slip under
the rock, start tapping jump. That will keep you alive until you get all the
way to the door on the left side. Go through it, hop across the clouds to the
left, then go through the wood door in the pyramid. Head right, take out the
red Birdo (it's easiest to just stand on the left platform and just pick up and
chuck eggs from there), then enter the falcon mouth to engage the boss.

This is a hyped-up version of the Triclyde you've dealt with before. Typically,
it spits about five fireballs at you in two groups, then rests. Take that rest
time to chuck a mushroom block at his heads. Its rate of fire will increase as
it's hit, so don't be surprised if you get smacked once while you're dealing
with it. Three hits will take it out and allow you egress to the last world.



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|+-------+|
+---------+

Only two stages are in this world, not the usual three. You're almost to the
source of the baddies, King Wart. Take everything you've learned and practiced
so far, you're gonna need it.

+---------+
|Stage 7-1|
+---------+

RECOMMENDED PLAYER: MARIO

Though you'll need to make accurate jumps, Luigi's jumps are too high. You'll
also need to make several throws, and Peach just won't cut it here. Toad jumps
too low, so by processes of elimination, you have your player.

The first section is odd in that you have to go right in order to go left. Hop
across the rocks and platforms and colums until you reach the very end. Wait
until you see and Albatoss, then jump on him and ride him left. Once you reach
the end of the path, pluck the plant to get a rocket to the next area.

Now you're dealing with a maze of clouds. Be very careful and prioritize taking
out the Snifits first. Wind your way around so you end up right, at the ladder,
and take it up. Now you'll need to make a series of jumps to ascend the clouds.
Once you go up a few levels, you'll see a Spark in mushroom blocks. The idea is
to make you build a ladder to the next ladders, but you're too smart to fall
for that trick. Just PJ up there; Mario's legs are strong enough to make it.
Continue up, enter the door, and wipe out the green Birdo. Take the falcon head
and get out of there.

+---------+
|Stage 7-2|
+---------+

RECOMMENDED PLAYER: MARIO

This is it, Wart's castle! It's time to wipe out the baddie behind... well,
whatever he's behind. You need a wide variety of skills here, making the
all-around Mario an excellent choice. Besides, he's the hero, so he needs to be
the one to beat down the baddie, right?

Hop across the platforms and take out the Snifits. Cross the drawbridge and
enter the main part of the castle. Run right, get through the mess of Shy Guys,
and stay high. See the chain below the one conveyer belt? That's where you want
to go. Run right, then go back left once there's an opening in the fireballs.
Climb down the chain to the next area. Here are rows of mushroom blocks with
many Sparks. Pick up a mushroom block to drop down, then time the throw to take
out the Spark. Repeat, repeat, repeat until you get to the door at the bottom.

Head right in the next area by timing your runs between the Sparks. Take the
first door you see. Go left, pluck the left root, and throw the potion left to
access a much-needed shroom. Claim it, then go back through the door. Continue
right through the Sparks again until you get to the next door.

Do the Donkey Kong thing and climb the chain. You'll have to time your
movements to match the Sparks'. Take the door at the top, go left with more
timed runs, and climb the next chain. Pick up the red Shy Guy to take out the
blue Snifit. Use quick hops to get up the conveyer belts. (Isn't it a cool
optical illusion when you come to the pair of conveyer belts, and they look
slanted?) Keep hopping and climb the chain.

Take the belt left to engage a red Birdo. Unlike every other Birdo you've
fought to this point, you don't get a darn thing for taking it out. Continue
past it up the chain. Go right under and around the Sparks, pass the locked
door, then enter the unlocked one. Immediately jump right, or another red Birdo
will whack you. Stay to the right of him for more room and defeat him as you
have before. Take him out to get a key. Return to the locked door you just
passed and enter.

Now, run right. Doesn't this look suspicious? We've got mushroom blocks, but no
enemies. Ah well, pick up the orb... oh great, now we've got the falcon head
chasing us. First time for everything, right? He has a simple pattern: full-out
charge toward you. He stays high, so if you stay on the ground off the pillars
and duck, you'll be safe. Simply wait for his charge, duck it, grab a mushroom
block, and whack him. After you hit him three times, GET IN HIS MOUTH. Delay
too long, and he'll attack you again.

It's time to take on Wart. Wart is apparently a carnivore and detests veggies.
The big machine in the middle of his room spits out, oddly enough, veggies.
Simply stand under one of them, catch it, and carry it up to him. Here's the
catch: he can't be HIT. You actually have to FEED him the veggies. The problem
is that when he opens his mouth, he's shooting bubbles (do bubbles really hurt
that much?), which will disintegrate your weapons, so you need to time your
throws. Once you cram seven veggies down his throat, the Wart will be popped.

So now you manage to rescue the Subcons, little fairy things, by pulling a cork
out of a vase. The next screen shows the count of who beat how many stages. The
contributor or contributors are the characters who finished the most stages.
Your total will be 20 unless you needed a continue. So then the screen zooms
out. Guess what? The whole game was just Mario's dream! He had a DREAM about
DREAMING! JOY COOKIES!!! Mario wakes up long enough to open one eye before
falling asleep again, perhaps having a fun dream about Princess A-cup. It then
proceeds to list the names of all the enemies, followed by "The End" and your
controller locking up. Told you the ending was stupid.

Anyway, congrats on your victory! You're a true Doki Doki Panic -- I mean,
Mario 2 -- master!



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