Super Mario All-Stars

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Super Mario All-Stars

Also known as: Super Mario Collection (JP)
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: July 14, 1993
Released in US: August 1, 1993
Released in EU: December 16, 1993


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DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
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PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.


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Super Mario All-Stars is a collection of the four main NES/Famicom Super Mario Bros. titles, upgraded to take advantage of the SNES' improved hardware. Unlike most SNES games, all of the graphics data is uncompressed. There's a lot of unused stuff here, some of which suggests that All-Stars may have originally been developed as a more straightforward port of the games.

In 2010, a completely-unchanged port was slapped on a Wii disc for the 25th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

Contents

General

Content not specific to any particular game.

Unused Sounds

Leftovers from Super Mario World are present in the ROM, including Yoshi's sounds.


Hmmm...
To do:
Upload the sounds.


Debug Mode

To activate debugging features for all four games, either use the code 008C1E01 or set SRAM address 700007 to 01 in a debugger.

All Games

  • L: freeze/unfreeze
  • R: advance one frame (while frozen)

Super Mario Bros./The Lost Levels

  • A: become Super Mario
  • X: become Fire Mario
  • Select: free-roaming mode/invincibility

Super Mario Bros. 2

  • A: free-roaming mode
  • X: invincibility

Super Mario Bros. 3

  • A: free-roaming mode
  • X: change powerup/suit
  • Select: invincibility

(Note that this does not activate the debugging features left over from the NES version; the "new" method of changing suits is glitchy, does not apply the correct palette, and does not allow you to toggle Kuribo's Shoe.)

Placeholder Text

Some image banks in the ROM have placeholder text that marks where graphics will be loaded in-game.

Before After
Translation please? Neat, flash cards

The black text box is プレイヤー, translated as "Player", marking where the Player graphics are stored in VRAM. The three orange tiles are パワ床 (POW Block), スイショウ (Crystal), and フラスコ (Flask).

(Source: BMF54123, Tauwasser (additional translation support))
Before After
The mushroom can't speak Japanese Mario & Luigi

Taken from the Battle Mode tile bank. Again, the black box is プレイヤー (Player), marking where Mario and Luigi's graphics are stored.

(Source: BMF54123, Tauwasser (additional translation support))
Before After
Mario Teaches Hiragana It's a-me, Mario tiles

From the Super Mario Bros. 3 tileset, this text translates as "Mario, Luigi" and denotes the location of the player graphics.

(Source: BMF54123, Tauwasser (additional translation support))
Before After
Crushed by orange block Oh, a lot of tiles here

This text block appears in both Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2. BGカキカエ エリア  translates as "BG Transfer Area", and is used to indicate the location of animated background tiles in VRAM.

(Source: BMF54123, Tauwasser (additional translation support))
Before After
Well he did date like 3 women at once so I guess he is There's a giant Mario RUN FOR YOUR LIVES

Hopefully this doesn't need translating. "PLAYER" marks the slot for player graphics in the Super Mario Bros. and Lost Levels ending sequence.

Unused Pause Screen Option

Precursor to the Virtual Boy

Found in all versions of Super Mario All-Stars, this text is located with the rest of the pause menu graphics. またもうやめ translates as "Take a Break". What this would actually do is unknown.

(Source: BMF54123, Tauwasser (Additional translation support))

Anti-Piracy

As a means of copy protection, all versions of Super Mario All-Stars perform a check to see how much SRAM is present: the game writes a value to $702000, then compares it with the value at $700000. If the values match (due to address mirroring), it means 8 KB of SRAM is present and the cart is likely genuine, but if the values are different, it means more than 8 KB of SRAM is present and the game is likely running on a copier. If the latter scenario occurs, the game stops and throws up a warning message.

The message text differs between versions, but the location of the routine is the same; to trigger it, use Pro Action Replay code 1180508F and choose Super Mario Bros. 2/Super Mario USA from the game menu.

Super Mario Bros.

The game that started this whole mess.

Unused Graphics

Yes, even this port has unused graphics.

So is this the end?

Ending text graphics which appear after the Princess Toadstool sprites. This is supposed to be for...well, The End. Given the different sizes, it was probably supposed to be animated.

Okay, okay! I get it!

This is what it would look like.

Make me

A "PAUSE" graphic which might have been used before the save menu was implemented.

Auditions for Super Mario All-Stars

This page appears to have been used as a "scratch pad" for testing multiple variations of some common Mario poses. None of these graphics are used by the game itself. The red and blue sections of the palette are swapped compared to the final version.

Early Final
SMAS-AltToad.png SMAS-SMBFinalToad.png

An early Mushroom Retainer, found in the main enemy graphics bank. This was likely used before the unique "castle clear" cutscenes were implemented. Only the top half of the second frame was cleaned up and reused in the final game.

SMAS AltPrincess.PNG

An early Princess Toadstool. She's quite short here, much like her original Super Mario Bros. counterpart.

Someone should hack the game to use these

16-bit renditions of the original 8-bit Super Mario Bros. tiles.

Unused Text

THANK YOU MARIO!

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

PUSH BUTTON Y
TO START A URA-WORLD

The ending text of the original NES version is present, but not used. It had already been altered to take into account some changes in All-Stars: "BUTTON B" was changed to "BUTTON Y" in accordance with the All-Stars control scheme, and "SELECT A WORLD" was changed to "START A URA-WORLD" since you can no longer select the world from the title screen.

(Source: Mattrizzle)

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Unused Graphics

SMAS-SMB2J-4.png

The Super Mario Bros. graphic set contains tiles for an early Super Mario Bros. 2 logo that is much closer to the original FDS style than the final All-Stars one: the letters are longer, the "FOR SUPER PLAYERS" subtitle is missing, and the star is still present (indicating how many times you've beaten 8-4).

SMAS-SMB2J-5.gif

A mockup of what the logo would look like with the above tiles.

(Source: Mattrizzle)

Unused Text

WE PRESENT FANTASY WORLD
LET'S TRY "9 WORLD"
WITH ONE GAME.

This text is loaded on layer 1 of the preview screen shown before a level starts, but is never visible. This was used in the original FDS version when you successfully beat the first eight worlds without using warps, thus unlocking the secret World 9. This doesn't happen in All-Stars, where you're simply taken straight to 9-1. The text contains the apostrophe and quotation marks, but these characters aren't present in the font used in All-Stars, so they will appear as garbage.

YOU'RE A SUPER PLAYER!
WE HOPE WE'LL
SEE YOU AGAIN.
MARIO AND STAFF.

This was used when dying in World 9 in the FDS version but, again, doesn't appear in All-Stars. For reasons unknown, besides the apostrophe, the N character in the word "AGAIN" appears broken as well.

THANK YOU MARIO!
PEACE IS PAVED

WITH KINGDOM SAVED

HURRAH TO  MARIO

OUR ONLY HERO

THIS ENDS YOUR TRIP

OF A LONG FRIENDSHIP

100000 PTS.ADDED
FOR EACH PLAYER LEFT.

The original ending text of the FDS version. Interestingly, the last two lines' palette settings cause it to be outlined in a pinkish color unused by anything else in the game. It should be noted that the All-Stars version does not have the 100,000-point bonus for each extra life remaining.

(Source: Mattrizzle)

Super Mario Bros. 2

Also known as Super Mario USA and "Doki Doki Panic Romhack".

Unused Graphics

Not big enough for the SNES, apparently

These slot graphics are based off of the NES version, but the 7 is brand new! These were discarded for the larger slot icons.

Don't eat these, John Gerard told me they were poisonous

A tomato that should have appeared in Wart's boss chamber, as it does in the NES version. Instead, it's replaced by the cabbage-looking thing from World 2.

SMAS SMB2 WartBricks.png

Via the Debug Mode, it's possible to see a wall of otherwise-unused colored bricks placed to the right of Wart's chamber. These are styled after the bricks used in the NES version, and were replaced with a completely different design in the remake...though evidently not completely replaced.

Unused Music

A fanfare not present in the NES version. Possibly an alternate win cue for the slot machine?

Suicide Cheat

Carried over from the NES version, just without the need for a second controller. In all versions, pause the game then hold L + R and press Select to cause the player to lose a life.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Since this was essentially a direct port of the NES game, this has the most unused content! For more information, see the Super Mario Bros. 3 article.

Sub-Pages

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Unused Levels
They're still in the game!
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Unused Graphics
Some new, some updated, some unchanged.

Old Debug Mode

Kuribo on the go

While a new debug mode was put into the game, the old NES debug mode can still be accessed with the code 7E016080...although this unfortunately doesn't seem to activate the level select.

Press Select to cycle through Mario's forms. Press Select + A/B/X/Y to toggle Kuribo's Shoe.

(Source: BMF54123)

Unused Spade Game Behavior

Just like in the original game, the Spade game has an unused counter variable which controls how many times you get to play. Setting the value at address 0x7E1019 to any value besides 00 during the game will allow you to keep trying until either you win, or the counter reaches zero (whichever comes first). Simply press A, B, or Start to spin the reels again.

Unused Enemies

Like in the original Super Mario Bros. 3, two enemies remain unused in the remake.

Shiny!

A gold version of the Cheep-Cheep enemy. These only appear in the seventh unused level, and always come in groups of three. They swim faster than normal Cheep-Cheeps, in a wave-like motion.

Green!

A faster green version of the Para-Beetle enemy. These enemies only appear in the ninth and tenth unused levels, and can only be generated by the otherwise unused Para-Beetle spawner.

Unused Text

Present near the Super Mario Bros. 3 graphics. Probably development text that was left in the ROM.

NAK1989 S-CG-CADVer1.23 9b0 26

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
European version info. And other stuff.


Title Screen

Japan International
Take a look at my collection. Hey now, you're an all-star...

In Japan, Super Mario All-Stars was Super Mario Collection, and the title screens reflect the regional releases. In Collection, the logo characters offer a broad flashing palette, whereas in the international versions the title logo is rather bland, still flashing albeit less frequently.

Pressing Start before the lights turn on causes the game to go to the menu straight away, rather than the lights turning on first (as is the case in the international versions). A glitch can be performed in the international versions where the title music still plays by timing the Start button just right before the light switch transition.

Oddly, the "in the dark" chatter is also different between the Japanese and international versions:

Japan International

Main Menu

Japan US Europe
Behold, a wonderful representation of everything in our great game! Behold, a mediocre representation of one thing in our great game as it actually appears in-game! Behold, the same thing again with a few very minor differences!

The Japanese version, as you may expect, uses their original box art for the main menu. The US and PAL versions use those regions' respective box art (the PAL version specifically using the "NES Version" releases of the games), but the scans are pixel-for-pixel identical in the areas that do not differ between regions, suggesting only one set was actually scanned (most likely the US ones) and the other set edited from it.

The shadows were also made larger in the English version, the arrow's border changed to white, and the colors of the text and backdrop were made brighter.

Japan US
Is this the game with the dream world and frog king? Oh, THAT game.

In the case of the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, which was unreleased elsewhere, Nintendo simply took the Famicom Disk System box and edited it to say Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (with part of the original black text being moved down below the logo) while removing FDS mascot Diskun. The European version doesn't list a year.

Japan International
As opposed to who? More like "The Recently Found Levels".

Further, the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 is referred to as Super Mario Bros. 2: For Super Players on its title screen, a subtitle that would later be used for the Super Mario Bros. 2 mode of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. The international versions also added a TM icon.

Japan US
Good morning USA! THIS is the game with the dream world.
Japan International
Kinda redundant copyright, doncha think? It also has the frog king, by the way.

The American Super Mario Bros. 2 is referred to as Super Mario USA in the Japanese version, with both the original 1988 and later 1992 release dates; its title screen uses both of these and the 1993 release date which was appended to all four games.

Japan International
So here we are, what more can I say? Super Mario in the U.S. of A. So here we are, what more can I say? Super Mario in the Bros. of 2.

The level cards were also changed, although interestingly the international logo looks far more like the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 logo!

Japan US
Introducing our diverse cast! Introducing the only guy you care about!

The Super Mario Bros. 3 date was also changed (1988 for Japan, 1990 for America).

Japan US
Pretty in pink. Red text!

The file select for each game uses pink text for the "FILE" icons, which were made red elsewhere. As you may expect, the American version uses the purple and lavender colors of the US SNES buttons.

Revisional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
There are likely other changes. Maybe they got rid of some unused stuff from the original four games and/or World?


In December 1994 (1995 for Europe), Super Mario All-Stars was reissued as Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World. As this edition was not released in Japan, Super Mario World is based on its American release featuring slight changes.

Title Screen

All-Stars All-Stars + World
SMASTitle.png SMASWorldTitle.png

Aside from the addition of "+ Super Mario World", the title screen's background was changed to orange, "All-Stars" to blue, the floor to pink, and the copyright info to light red with a dark red outline. Birdo was moved to a sitting position in the front, pushing the Spiny towards the center, and Yoshi was put in Birdo's former place. Bowser's snout was shifted slightly to the right, and the shading on Peach's crown was fixed.

Main Menu

All-Stars (US) All-Stars + World (US) All-Stars + World (Europe)
Smas select game smb us.png Smas world select game smw.png Smas world select game smw eu.png

The menu was of course updated to add the Super Mario World box and info. As a result, the other four games were positioned closer together, and the shadows underneath the boxes were reverted back to their smaller Super Mario Collection versions.

Interestingly, the Super Mario World box used in the European version does not match any known PAL release of the game (three variations of which can be seen here, here, and here), but appears to have been created from scratch.

All-Stars (US) All-Stars + World (US) All-Stars + World (Europe)
Smas select game smb us.png Smas world select game smb us.png Smas world select game smb eu.png

The NES boxes were rescanned and resized. Once again, Nintendo scanned only one set of these boxes for the US and PAL versions, but this time they opted to to use the European "NES Version" boxes as the source, editing them in the US version to replace the European-style round seal with a US-style oval one (but neglecting to remove the telltale extra "NES Version" text).

All-Stars All-Stars + World
Smas select game smb2j us.png Smas world select game smb2j.png

Oddly, the Lost Levels box replaced the black text below the logo with a much larger "stamp" graphic, which clarified that it had not been released in America (Europe in the PAL version). The "1986" graphic was also removed.

All-Stars All-Stars + World
Smas files us.png Smas world files.png

When selecting Super Mario World, the controller settings at the lower-left corner is replaced by a picture of Yoshi with "YOSHI!" below it, as World uses its own distinct control system. Pressing Select to change controls plays the same error sound heard when trying to change worlds in a new file. Selecting a file causes Yoshi to wink, while deleting one causes him to lick his lips.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Pausing and exiting the in-game menu takes one second longer, for some reason.

Super Mario World

Super Mario World All-Stars + World
SMWLuigi.png SMASWLuigi.png

Super Mario World itself was altered a bit, most notably to give Luigi a set of unique sprites based on his distinct Super Mario Bros. 2 appearance (although certain sprites, such as ducking on Yoshi or running sideways using a triangle ramp, weren't altered). In addition, a fourth save file was added, the unique "96 exits" completion marking was removed, and the player can return to the All-Stars menu by pressing Select on the map screen and selecting the option.

Unlike the other All-Stars games, there is no uniform pause menu and 1-Player/2-Player modes are not "locked" into the save files.