New Super Mario Bros. U
|New Super Mario Bros. U|
This game has unused areas.
|This article is a work in progress.|
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
New Super Mario Bros. U is the fourth installment to the series, and the first Mario game in high definition. Graphical updates aside, though (and a few other improvements such as a challenge/mission mode), it's still the same schtick you've been playing for six-odd years.
- 1 Sub-Page
- 2 Unused Music
- 3 Unused Sound Effect
- 4 Unused Graphics
- 4.1 New Super Mario Bros. Leftovers
- 4.2 Sample Challenge Image
- 4.3 Test Course Image
- 4.4 Unused Graphics in Jyotyu Tilesets
- 4.5 Early Meringue Clouds Tileset Edges
- 4.6 E3 Leftovers
- 4.7 Unused Lava Tiles
- 4.8 Unused Ghost House Corner Tile
- 4.9 Debug Tile Overlays
- 4.10 Castle Cannon Background Tiles
- 4.11 Early Castle Staircase Column
- 4.12 Shipwreck Normal Map Oddities
- 4.13 Hidden Toad House Collisions Tiles
- 4.14 Unused Level Icons
- 4.15 Purple Exclamation Mark Button
- 4.16 Unused Yoshi Colors
- 4.17 World Map Overview
- 4.18 Unused Backgrounds
- 4.19 Placeholder Mii
- 5 Unused Screens
- 6 Unused Levels
- 6.1 Early Layout of Frosted Glacier Ghost House
- 6.2 Early Credits Stage
- 6.3 Unfinished Water Level
- 6.4 Early Coin Battle
- 6.5 Another Early Coin Battle
- 6.6 Entrance Area
- 6.7 Early World 1 Climbing Stage
- 6.8 Early Koopa Shell Following Level
- 6.9 Colored Block Level
- 6.10 Early Lakitu Challenge Level
- 6.11 Early Fuzzy Cliffs
- 7 Unused Level Features
- 8 Unused Behaviors
- 9 Uncompiled Shaders
- 10 Nonexistent Placeholder Music
- 11 Unused Animations
- 12 Filename Oddity
- 13 Internal Project Name
- 14 Revisional Differences
| Unused Objects|
Stuff that developers always forget.
Jungle Yoshi Drums
Add a rip with the main track intact.
The Jungle theme (STRM_BGM_MORI) has an associated Yoshi drum track, despite the fact that Yoshi never appears in these levels.
This music is later used in Super Mario Maker 2, as you can put Yoshis in Forest-themed levels in that game.
Bonus Room Yoshi Drums
It's the same situation with this track, though the song was previously used in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. However, the Yoshi drum track is slightly different than NSMBW.
Bowser's Castle Appears
STRM_BGM_LAST_CASTLE_APPEAR, a leftover from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. This was played when Bowser's castle appeared after beating 8-Airship.
STRM_BGM_SHORT_RESULT, a short fanfare. Purpose unknown.
A leftover from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It is called "BGM_CHEEPFANFARE_LR_RY_32.STRM" here (basically the same name as last time).
Unused Sound Effect
Many sounds that were in New Super Mario Bros. Wii (including New Super Mario Bros. leftovers) are also present here with their original filenames, but some are silent. These aren't listed below.
Iggy Battle Magmarrgh
3063 - SE_BOSS_WOOGAN_FIRED
3064 - SE_BOSS_WOOGAN_FIRED_NO_DAMAGE
These are the standard enemy fireball sounds. Maybe the Iggy battle's Magmaarghs (Woogans) shot fireballs at some point.
New Super Mario Bros. Leftovers
Can the early coin be found in NSMBU?
The leftover graphics from New Super Mario Bros. that were in New Super Mario Bros. Wii are here too. Specifically:
- Early block roulette.
- Early winged block.
- Early world map path.
- Broken pipes.
Sample Challenge Image
This image is the first one in the ChallengeImage folder, which stores all of the challenge previews. There are also copies of this image without the "Sample" text under the filenames ChallengeImage_002.gtx and ChallengeImage_027.gtx, suggesting that there were once levels on the menu that are now removed. Obviously intended as a placeholder, it shows early versions of the grassland (Nohara) tileset, the general (Jyotyu) overworld tileset and the 1-1 background. The early grassland tileset includes flowers taken from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The level featured strongly resembles the beginning of New Super Mario Bros. Wii's level 1-1, albeit with rearranged flowers.
The castle seen in the far back is not only very different from the one featured in the final game, but also seems to rest on some sort of cliff. In addition, the castle appears at the end of the level in the finished game, whereas this seems to be the beginning.
Test Course Image
This unused course icon (CourseImageTest_00.gtx) shows the/an early grassland tileset and background. It seems to depict an early version of World 1-3. A copy of this image also exists in the common layout archive (Common/layout/Common.szs).
Unused Graphics in Jyotyu Tilesets
All of the jyotyu tilesets feature giant brick and question block graphics. Some of the graphics are unused, and don't show up but have collision when tested. However, the 1-coin giving ? block works, almost all of the invisible tiles work, the collision tiles are used, and the lines are used. The pipes are used for collision with the pipe sprites. The pipe connector graphics were eventually used in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.
Other unused tiles include non-switch-activated Blue Coins, a pole tile, and an overhead rope tile. This is carried over from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which also had those tiles, similarly scrapped in favor of object versions. The game also references a jyotyu_setsugen tileset, which isn't used at all, and also wasn't used in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Furthermore, drawn on the alpha channel are various labels which describe or represent the tiles they're drawn on. These were most likely used in Nintendo's level creator. Notable is the fact that many of the overlays come from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, such as the pipes, or even New Super Mario Bros., such as the placeholder flower graphics. Some graphics were seemingly deleted, while others had spots reserved for them, which were ultimately unused and just marked with numbers. Note that the layout of the tiles (such as the order of powerups) is similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii's.
|ヌキアタリ||empty + collision|
|マメ STOP||bean STOP*|
|ヌキ半||empty + half|
|ヌキアタリ||empty + collision|
|登棒アタリ||climbing pole collision|
|ブラックパックンのアタリ２||muncher collision 2|
* This is a beanstalk stop tile. "Bean" is "mame", clearly short here for "mame no ki" or "bean tree", which means "beanstalk".
† Just one katakana character, pronounced "ma". It probably stands for "maruchipureiya", which means "multiplayer".
Of tiles with text on them, the second "empty + collision", the "climbing pole collision", the "rope collision" and the "muncher collision 2" tiles are unused.
Early Meringue Clouds Tileset Edges
7-Airship (Boarding the Airship) contains broken Meringue Clouds ground edges, which are displayed when the mechanical Bowser hand punches through the ground; they are not used anywhere else in the game. Due to the structure of the game, though, there are corresponding tiles for this purpose in the underground and lava tilesets, which go unused. The lava tiles are uninteresting placeholders (see #Unused_graphics_in_Jyotyu_tilesets), but the underground ones are from an early version of the Meringue Clouds tileset.
The broken edges in the early tileset are much wider, and the cracks on the edges are much taller and deeper. The grass also looks completely different.
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An E3 Course Select found in the final game's files. The Selection contains some animations as seen in this gif.
Unused Lava Tiles
Covered with Xs to mark them as "not to be used," these 22 unused tiles are in 8-2 (Peach's Castle-2: Magma-River Cruise). A few of them also exist in challenge level 15-1 (Mole to Goal Returns). In each level, they are hidden behind used tiles. Shown below is where they are located.
Unused Ghost House Corner Tile
Found just before the secret (red) flagpole in 4-Ghost House (Swaying Ghost House), this tile is covered up by the grassy version. In context (see below), it indicates that the area originally did not have grass at all. The dirt in this area is positioned one tile too high in most places, which further implies that the floor objects were originally only one tile high (as would be expected if there was no grass).
Debug Tile Overlays
Within the unfinished underwater level found in 11-2.szs are versions of the bottom corner tiles that include overlaid purple triangles.
Very similar red rectangles on the Acorn Plains tileset were shown in video that was part of the New Super Mario Bros. U E3 2012 edition of Iwata Asks. These were most likely used to make tiling easier for the level designers.
There are also more debug tile overlays like these in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
Castle Cannon Background Tiles
The normal map for the tiles that go behind the cannon at the end of every castle are missing a column of normal map imagery. However, the stone in the top-right corner of the normal map actually displays a nonexistent left edge, implying that the cannon was one tile wider when the normal map was rendered. This also explains why this graphic includes one column of tiles on the left side of the cannon but two on the right.
Early Castle Staircase Column
The column supporting the staircase leading to the cannon at the end of every castle has a normal map showing an earlier version of itself. It was originally much thinner, almost coming to a point in multiple places. It also had a capital not seen in the final version.
Shipwreck Normal Map Oddities
Some tiles for the bottom-left and bottom-right corner of structures in 3-Ghost House (Haunted Shipwreck) have normal maps that don't match the graphics. The normal map for the bottom-left corner even includes a normal map for a climbable pole, suggesting that the climbable poles in that course were once tileset objects (the final game uses sprites instead).
Hidden Toad House Collisions Tiles
Three invisible tiles provide collisions for the mushroom platforms in 1-Up Blast Toad houses. The red rectangle image above is hidden in their transparent texture.
Unused Level Icons
These pepper and star level icons are both unused. Icons like these are used for secret courses which act as shortcuts between worlds.
There are also two unused duplicates of the Peach's Castle level icon.
Purple Exclamation Mark Button
This purple exclamation mark button icon is stored with the level icons, though it doesn't look like a level icon. It's hard to guess what it might have been used for.
Unused Yoshi Colors
The game still contains the textures for Blue/Pink/Yellow Yoshis from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They're loaded along with the green ones, but never used. The Yoshi Egg model doesn't contain those colors, however.
World Map Overview
A hastily slapped together map overview (or an overview of an early, hastily slapped together world map) can be found in CS_WorldMap.bfres/worldMap.gtx. This was likely a placeholder graphic until a proper world map overview was created. Despite its rough appearance, the map has all of the features of the final map, including between-world shortcuts and Superstar Road. However, the entirety of Superstar Road is present on this map, while in the actual game, Superstar Road is in a completely different map and only a small star with an extra-dimensional portal is present in that area.
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What appears to be the standard grassland background from New Super Mario Bros. Wii is found in the distant_view folder under the name dv_Nohara.szs.
dv_SabakuChika.szs ("desert cave") also appears to be copied from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The name implies that it was intended to be yellow. This background (or a similar one) was used in the E3 2011 demo's Course 4, which was an early version of Rock-Candy Mines-6.
dv_Shiro.szs ("castle") is a port of the New Super Mario Bros. Wii castle background. The used castle background in this game (dv_Siro) uses a slightly different romanization, which may be why this one was forgotten about.
dv_KumoUe_Boss.szs ("Cloud Boss") Probably a version for the fight against a boss.
Configuration files exist for seven more unused backgrounds. They cannot be rendered, because they lack 3D models.
|dv_Isiyama||This would be an older version of dv_Isiyama_2 and dv_Isiyama_3, the main backgrounds used for Acorn Plains.|
|dv_Kougen||This would be similar to the dv_Siro_Kougen and dv_End_Kougen backgrounds used in 7-Castle, which feature swirling purple clouds.|
|dv_Kougen_Isiyama||This would be some combination of purple clouds and Acorn Plains.|
|dv_KumoUe_Setugen||This would be snowy ("setugen") clouds ("KumoUe") (most likely at night, to match the rest of the snow levels in the game).|
|dv_Obake_3||This would be a third ghost house background.|
|dv_Tika_tate||This would be an older version of the used background dv_Tika_tate2 (a dark cave wall).|
|m_Kumonaka||This is the only background file in the distant_view folder without the "dv_" prefix. dv_Kumonaka is a used cloud background.|
A placeholder Mii player icon can be found in various layout files, in multiple sizes and configurations. This was one of the playable Miis from the E3 2011 demo.
Find a way to load or at least decently render these, and check all versions of the game for text.
Common/layout/Title.szs, which contains layout files for the title screen and related screens, contains two unused screens; E3CourseSelect.bflyt and E3ThankYou.bflyt. These were probably the screens used in the E3 2012 demo. E3CourseSelect is self-explanatory and E3ThankYou would have been used when the demo timed out. The text relating to these menus are blank in at least some versions of the game.
The New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U releases don't have the following unused levels: 13-2, 13-4, 13-7, 18-1, 16-1 and 16-2.
Early Layout of Frosted Glacier Ghost House
Area 3 of 4-20.szs contains an earlier layout for the level. None of the entrances in Areas 1 or 2 link to them, meaning they're all unused.
The early area is longer than the final, meaning it was slightly more difficult to clear. The blue coin arrow was changed into a blue coin trail.
There was also no fake door at the end. The real doors both lead to Zone 2.
This area was completely redesigned; early one contains four doors, three of which are enterable; the top-left and bottom-right ones lead to Zone 8, top right to Zone 3. The final zone has only two enterable doors, which also lead to those two zones, but you have to wait for moving bricks to line up with a specific door.
Another completely redesigned area; the early one guides you to doors using blue coin arrows and blue coin arches. The visible door leads to Zone 4, while the hidden one to Zone 7. The final one is made more dangerous by including a bottomless bit and excluding the arrows. The visible door leads to Zone 6, while the hidden one to Zone 4.
The early Zone 4 simply makes you choose between more doors; middle-bottom leads to Zone 5, middle-top and rightmost-bottom both to Zone 9 (albeit different doors). In the final one, a moving row of bricks is introduced as a way of accessing one of the doors. Furthermore, one of the choices is hidden behind some foreground tiles. The choices are also more varied; the leftmost door leads to Zone 9, the middle-top to Zone 11, the hidden one to Zone 5.
The early version of the zone has some boxes on the sides, which the final lacks. Also, at the bottom, there's an invisible Fire Flower powerup box in addition to the Starman one. The door at the top isn't hidden behind foreground tiles and leads to Zone 6 in the early version of the level, and Zone 7 in the final version. The door under that one leads to the normal flagpole area in both versions. The final level features a door at the bottom of the stage, meant to serve as a way of resetting the room (leads to Zone 10). However, this room is not beatable due to forced back-and-forth auto-scrolling, which prevents the player from moving the camera upward. (Here, as in the final version of this zone, the player would need to use the camera-following brick blocks to reach the exit door at the top of the zone.) Attempting to enter the door results in the player being brought back to the same room.
Both of these are very similar, but the entrance door and one of the tiles was slightly moved in the final. What's more interesting, is that the early level leads to the Secret Exit room (or, at least, probably did, as entrance 2 doesn't exist in it anymore), while the final goes back to Zone 3.
Also very similar, the final version makes you walljump to get the 3rd Star Coin of the level, while the early version is a bit easier and just gives it to you. Both lead to the Secret Exit room.
Aside from minor aesthetic changes, the final version doesn't have an exit door and makes you go back the way you came, which leads to Zone 2. The early one has an extra door, but they still both go to Zone 2.
The final version just has some coins, the early has some extra doors, one in an secluded area. All doors lead to Zone 4.
The early layout doesn't have Zones 10 or 11.
Early Credits Stage
4-25.sarc contains an early layout for the credits stage, seemingly meant to occur inside as opposed to the final game's outdoor setting. It crashes due to sprite 556 not working in the game. It's notable that the background music is assigned to ID 3, which is the Underwater theme.
Unfinished Water Level
11-2.sarc, which is the second coin battle stage, contains an unfinished water area; while the overall shape is complete, the tiling and object placement is not. Outside of the zone is a tile scratch pad. This area does not fit at all with the rest of the coin battle level, and is probably a leftover from when someone used this stage's file; this is strangely consistent with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which had the same thing happen with this same stage. The stage also introduces the vertical Dragoneel, which functions perfectly. The underwater background renders incorrectly above a certain height because it wasn't designed for vertical levels such as this.
Early Coin Battle
11-6.sarc has an early version of itself in Area 3. The early version features less coins and some improperly tiled pillars.
Another Early Coin Battle
11-8.sarc features an early version of itself in Area 2. Zone 1 is the same between versions.
The early version of this level is a bit longer and uses no multiplayer-only passthrough coins; the final version balances gameplay by replacing roughly half of the regular coins with them. Final version also has more platforms that prevent falling to death as the stage keeps scrolling, and some of the pipes were moved upward by a few tiles relative to the early layout. It's also notable that the old version used the small blocks and tile creator/destroyer sprites rather than the bigger Question and Brick blocks in the final version. The early version also has Yoshi Eggs inside of the Question Blocks. The early version also has munchers.
Similarly to Zone 2, the final has more multiplayer coins. A seemingly-useless sprite area was removed, the coins were moved upward to make them easier to collect when jumping for the top of the flagpole, and a red Koopa Troopa was added.
18-1.sarc, located between many of the challenge levels seems to feature nothing more but an unfinished entrance area that just has a pipe that spawns Goombas infinitely with a timer of 100 seconds.
Early World 1 Climbing Stage
13-2.sarc originally instantly crashes the game by default when loaded, and it needs changes to load. It is missing the required Pa0 tileset in its archive, and the tileset string in the level file doesn't exist. The level also has objects placed that aren't in the tileset. After the level is fixed and loads, it's a bland walljumping level with green Paratroopas flying up and down. The level is very short and beatable.
Early Koopa Shell Following Level
13-4.sarc contains a level that is similar to the final level in the original name, named Follow That Shell! which uses a similar gimmick of following a koopa shell to the finish. It uses seesaw mushrooms to get more coins, tile gods, and uses the unused sprite 329 which is a bolt-controlled metal platform used to raise the koopa shell.
Colored Block Level
13-7.sarc contains a level that really serves no true purpose. It uses wooden colored blocks and is quite difficult if the player doesn't have a powerup. There are sections with fuzzies on lines (except for one frozen fuzzy that wasn't assigned to a line controller), Pipe Venus Fire Traps, Giant Goombas, Huckit crabs, and many coins. The level is beatable.1
Early Lakitu Challenge Level
16-1.sarc seems to be a very early challenge level. It contains 2 moving platforms that move left and right, a Koopa, 4 brick blocks, and a Lakitu that drops Spinies. It's not very clear what the challenge was, because it's not possible to have more than 5 Spinies dropped from a single Lakitu, and using the Koopa shell to get a 1-Up is impossible.
Early Fuzzy Cliffs
16-2.sarc seems to be an early version of Fuzzy Cliffs. It is more of a vertical level, but by default the player spawns and dies. This is due to the level having a duplicate entrance 0 outside of the zone, causing the game to spawn the player through the entrance outside the zone. Deleting this zone lets the player play the level. Sadly by default, there is no way to progress from the start without the use of specific powerups, due to there being no platforms to stand on. There is a goal flagpole in the level, as well.
Unused Level Features
Located below all of the zones of Layer Cake Desert Tower is a lone green sideways pipe.
Unused Flagpole Section
Located on the far right of the level canvas in Sparkling Waters-3 is an unused flagpole section. A zone wasn't created for it; it's just a bunch of tiles. In the final level, the flagpole is in the main zone.
5-7.sarc has one of the basic tileset objects placed under the zone.
Located above the zone in 6-5.sarc are arrows indicating areas where the player leaves to and returns from the level's secret area.
6-6.sarc has a long row of background tiles placed under the zone.
6-22.sarc, which is the second tower in Rock Candy Mines has two ID 0 entrances located out of the zone. In addition, the entrance used as the level's starting point is also ID 0.
The level used for the credits stage has its ground object extended far, far beyond the zone. This is useless, as the credits consist of only one screen.
- Munchers can be walked on by Yoshi without harm, like in Super Mario World.
- Medium Goombas and Large Goombas split into smaller Goombas (like when stomped on), if Yoshi tries to eat them.
- Big Koopa Troopas, Big Buzzy Beetles and Thwimps have hitboxes that are impenetrable by Yoshi's tongue.
- Thwimps - Yoshi can bounce off them and get points from doing so (starting at 200 points).
- Bouncy Clouds - Yoshi can bounce on them. This behavior can be encountered in the early version of Coin Courses-8 and in New Super Luigi U's Meringue Cloud-4.
- Bob-ombs can bounce off Bouncy Clouds. They bounce off the Mushroom Trampolines in New Super Mario Bros. 2's World Flower-Castle.
- The Toad NPC has basic "gravity" code, as he will move when on platforms and conveyor belts, and will fall slowly if placed mid-air.
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Found in data/content/CAFE/effect/Eset_Cafe.ptcl are six source code files for GL shaders. Three are .vsh files and three are .fsh files.
UsrShader.fsh is notable because its filename does not begin with "eft_" like the others. It also lacks the standard copyright header comment found in the others, and instead includes its own unique header comment.
All of the files are encoded in S-JIS.
Nonexistent Placeholder Music
STRM_BGM_DUMMY is listed in the course music list in the code, but the actual audio doesn't exist in the bfsar.
P_rcha.bfres, found in content/Common/actor/, seems to be an early version of CommonAnm.bfres, which is found in content/Common/actor/jyotyuActorPack.
This early BFRES file has the version number of 184.108.40.206, while the used BFRES files is marked as 220.127.116.11. Also, the early skeleton animations (subfiles of BFRES files) start with 0x00001200 or 0x00001204, whereas the used ones start with "FSKA". The early color animations (also subfiles of BFRES files) start with 0x00000004, whereas the used ones start with "FSHU".
This early version of BFRES seems to have only 10 subfile types, whereas the used version has 12.
P_rcha.bfres, the early version of CommonAnim.bfres, has some early animations for players in the Squirrel Suit. There are significantly less animations in the early file than in the final. It's named in the same way as the archive of common animations in New Super Mario Bros. Wii called "P_rcha.arc".
The pink Balloon Baby Yoshi model in \Common\demo\000\ is called yoshichibi_green, suggesting that the Balloon Baby Yoshi was once green, or a green Baby Yoshi once existed and was used in this cutscene in place of the Balloon Baby Yoshi.
Internal Project Name
New Super Mario Bros. U is named cafe_redpro internally. "Cafe" is the Wii U's code name, and the "red" prefix is used for other Mario games. The internal name is also reflected in the game's two-letter code "RP".
Nintendo has released three updates for this game. Each adds a little marker indicating the current version on the bottom right corner of the screen.
- 1.1.0 - Adds Miiverse functionality into the game.
- 1.2.0 - Released March 16, 2013, changes which Miiverse community the game uses; in-game posts were moved to a separate one.
- 1.3.0 - Released June 20, 2013, adds Wii U Pro Controller functionality into the game and an option to download New Super Luigi U.