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New Super Mario Bros. Wii/Unused Graphics

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Japanese Text


Sometimes there's stuff drawn or written on tileset images that is invisible due to the alpha channel. They can be found on many invisible tiles used only for collision, and indicate the type of each. They may have been used in Nintendo's level editor.

Desert Tileset

NSMBW-Pa1 sabaku.png

The desert tileset (Pa1_sabaku.arc) has a simple collision-less palm tree object (like in New Super Mario Bros.) that goes unused in the game. It was replaced by animated 3D sprite palms that you can stand on.

This tileset also has graphics for upside-down slopes, but none of the tiles are even assigned to objects in the tileset.

Tower Tileset


Pa1_toride.arc 's first tile is a pink block. It's assigned to a lot of objects, but none of them are used. The block itself bears a resemblance to ones that appeared in E3 2009 screenshots, but most likely was 'dummied out' via recoloring.

Snow Tileset


As seen in pre-release screenshots, snow levels were meant to use a gray variation of the basic block tileset. They went unused in the final game, but the file is still present (Pa0_jyotyu_setsugen).

Credits Tileset

Standard Staff Roll
NSMBW-Pa0 jyotyu.png NSMBW-Pa0 jyotyu staffRoll.png

The credits sequence stage gets its own standard tileset. The only tiles used there are the invisible solid ones, so the rest go unused. It appears to be a version of the main standard tileset rendered with an early alpha mask that no longer matches the texture. Most notably, the silhouettes of two arrow signboards and a climbable pole can be seen, indicating that these were once part of standard tilesets. (They are both 3D models in the final game.) There is also some sort of vine or stony ladder. The donut block is also depicted in-tileset, instead of having a blank space - in the final game, a 3D model is drawn over the tile, making any in-tileset graphic pointless. This early donut block design (with a flat bottom) can be seen in 5-3 in the prerelease trailer shown at PAX 2009.

New Super Mario Bros. Leftovers

Early Block Roulette


obj_block.arc contains an early design for the block roulette, similar to the one in New Super Mario Bros.. It also includes early icons for the powerups. Note the change of Mini Mushroom to a 1UP in the final, and lack of Ice Flower in the early design.

Early Final
NSMBWearlyroulette.png NSMBWfinalroulette.png

Early Winged Block


obj_block.arc also contains a placeholder winged block, which uses the block texture from New Super Mario Bros.. The final game uses block_pata.arc.

Early Coin


There's an early coin file (coin.arc), which contains a flat model and a texture of the coin from New Super Mario Bros..

Early World Map Path


While this texture from New Super Mario Bros. is used to mark the course spots on the world map models, it's invisible in-game.

Broken Pipes

We need a plumber now!

obj_dokan.arc contains broken pipe models that would be used by the unused Mega-Mario flying pipe actors. As you can see, they're a bit lacking in texture, though.

Unused Backgrounds

Seen in E3 2009 footage, this fantastical 2D background was replaced by more realistic ones.

NSMBW 3D Background boss hikousen bg Render.png
Called boss_hikousen_bg (boss_airship_background). It doesn't look anything like an airship, though. It uses a different filename format (the others just use numbers) and internal file layout to the other backgrounds.

Early Graphics

World 1-Tower Icon


The file that contains textures for the stage icons in the Coin Battle and Free-for-all multiplayer modes has an icon of Larry being battled by Mario, named im_W1_toride_00.tpl. It's never displayed by the game, as it uses im_W1_toride.tpl for the W1 tower icon. What's interesting is that it shows how the early Larry boss platform looked. It's also unique because Mario is in the image, which doesn't happen in any other Coin Battle icon.

Early Extending Mushroom Stem Texture

Early Final
Nsmbw lift kinoko yoko kasa.png Nsmbw M kinoko yoko kasa.png

Found in the pink extending mushroom archive (lift_kinko_yoko.arc) is an early texture for the end of the stem called lift_kinoko_yoko_kasa, the final is called M_kinoko_yoko_kasa.

Items Menu

NSMBW-items menu 2D Super Mushroom.pngNSMBW-items menu 2D Fire Flower.pngNSMBW-items menu 2D Propeller Mushroom.pngNSMBW-items menu 2D Ice Flower.pngNSMBW-items menu 2D Penguin Suit.pngNSMBW-items menu 2D Mini Mushroom.pngNSMBW-items menu 2D Super Star.png

The items menu layout archive (stockItem.arc) contains 2D item graphics and appropriate layout data, but they aren't used in-game - separate 3D models are used instead.

(Source: Original TCRF research)


Note the note

A music note, which appeared in pre-release screenshots, is still present in the game's files (note.arc).

Spring Block


The checkered spring block file (block_jump.arc) still contains the old texture shown in E3 2009 screenshots.

Wind Effects


The file env_wind contains some cloudy textures similar to those used for the usual cloud/mist effects. These textures, however, have writing all over them. According to the text, the first three are meant for regular stages, while the last three are meant for desert stages. Since the textures are almost entirely white with transparency, the above image shows the files on a black background. The original files can be found below.

The final game only uses one type of wind effect, and its textures are stored as wmy_bgsnow.3 (and 4 and 5) inside env_snow.arc. It's also handled by the same sprite as the falling snowflakes effect, and uses most of the same code. It is only used in World 2-4, a desert level.

Prickly Goomba

The Prickly Goomba enemy from World 9-7, which uses the model kuribo_iga.arc, has an early model under the name iga_kuribo.arc. It lacks the frames for the Goomba's eyes and has different animations. Oddly, the enemy actually loads both models, though only one is used.

Search Lights

NSMBW Unused 3D Model search light-light double Render.png
Found in light_search.arc are light_double and...

NSMBW Unused 3D Model search light-light search Render.png
light_search. light_single is used.

Question Mark Bubble

NSMBW Hatena balloon Texture.png

This has a similar name to the Balloon actor that contains Super Mushrooms and revived players, so this model may have been an early model for that.

World Map Diamonds

NSMBW World 1 Node Diamonds.png

The world maps have 3D diamonds that mark the path spots, but they aren't visible in-game.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Green Coins


The coin object file (obj_coin.arc) contains a model and texture for a green coin, but it never shows up in-game. It was originally going to be used as the "collect 8" object in the enemy world map ambush courses, but it was later replaced by Toad Balloons. The Toad Balloon object is still named EN_GREENCOIN by the game. Green Coins are used in the sequel New Super Mario Bros. U, with basically the same appearance but a different functionality.

Green Snake Block

Rattle rattle rattle

There are two files for a normal, non-icy snake block; block_snake.arc and snake_block.arc. They both contain a texture similar to the one used in New Super Mario Bros.. For some reason, snake_block.arc 's texture is of a higher resolution. snake_block.arc is unused.

Ghost House Pole

Early Final
NSMBW Purple Pole Unused.png NSMBW Purple Pole.png

The purple climbable pole found in 3-Ghost House is rendered as a 3D model and is a "sprite" (as in the in-level-file representation of an actor). An unused 2D version also exists as a tileset object, and has somewhat different coloring and shading. It's actually fully functional if placed in a level. Tileset object poles like these are used in castles in New Super Mario Bros..

Big Thwomp

Early Final
NSMBW-Early Big Thwomp.png NSMBW-Final Big Thwomp.png

The Thwomp/Big Thwomp model archive contains an early Big Thwomp model called big_dossun. The used one is called dossun_big.


The sledgehammer (lift_zen_hammer.mdl0) that appears in World 8-6 has a duplicate inside the Tower Boss Door archive (obj_door_torideboss.arc).

Many models contain duplicate (or near duplicate) textures.

Red Big Wiggler

NSMBW-hanaB body.1.png

The Big Wiggler "body" model file contains a red variation of the main texture, but Big Wigglers never turn red.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Dummy Cube

NSMBW BGMAnimDummyExample.png

A black unused cube is found in BGM_Anim_Dummy.arc in the Object folder. This model is used to implement the coins and question/brick blocks in some levels (particularly in World 7) which hop back and forth in time with the music. The hopping/dancing movement is an animation on the model, and the in-game object changes position along with the cube. The cube itself is normally invisible, but can be made visible by setting a specific global variable to a non-zero value. (In the European/PAL version, set the byte at RAM address 80935D80 to anything but 0 to show it.)

World 3 Palms



The model CS_W3_Palm is an arrangement of palm trees meant for the island-themed world. This indicates that the island-themed world was originally going to be World 3, just like in New Super Mario Bros., instead of being World 4. To further support this, the name of the tree texture in both models is W3_YashiA. The texture used by the World 3 version is twice as wide as the final version, adding more ridges to the tree leaves. The tree arrangement barely matches with the terrain of World 4 at all, with two of the trees being higher up than the ground and none of them being at beach height. It also only has 8 trees, all the same size, rather than the 18 trees of two sizes used in the final version.

Other World Map texture names also suggest that World 3 was once the island-themed world. In addition, the actor responsible for displaying the palm trees on the World 2 and World 4 maps is internally called WM_CS_W3_PALM.

World Map Grid

Really makes it obvious how tricky the perspective is on this map.

In cobGrid.arc in the WorldMap folder is a simple grid, most likely used by the mappers to create world maps.

The following Action Replay code (for PAL version 1) makes it replace the castle and start arrow in every world:

cca26e98 4082004c
04984608 6d6f6465
0498460c 6c2e6272
04984610 72657300
04984618 636f6247
0498461c 72696400
0498dd8c 636f6247
0498dd90 72696400
04982284 808de620
04985704 808de620

Unused Animations

Checkpoint Flag

  • swing_L
  • swing_R

These both were likely used with early versions of the model, because they do not fit the current bone structure of the model and look wrong when these animations are used through hacking.


To do:
Confirm this is an unused animation, and if so rip it and get its name

As seen in this video, if Yoshi is hacked into a tower/castle level, he has an unused animation at the beginning of the boss fight depicting him preparing to fight, though his rider seems to be in a bit of a strange position, as this animation shows him standing upright. This suggests that either Yoshis were planned to be in a tower level, or players were able to carry Yoshi across levels during development (similar to Super Mario World).