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Super Mario Bros.

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Title Screen

Super Mario Bros.

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: NES, Famicom Disk System
Released in JP: September 13, 1985 (Famicom), February 21, 1986 (FDS)
Released in US: October 18, 1985
Released in EU: May 15, 1987
Released in AU: 1987

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.

BugsIcon.png This game has a bugs page

Super Mario Bros. is a game so ubiquitous, people can't get rid of these carts once they have them.

Unused Music

Track 10

An alternate "Game Over" theme with different, plunkier sounding instruments.

Track 18

A "hurry up!" variation of the short clip that is played when Mario enters an underground or water level (such as World 1-2, 2-2, etc.). As the timer is reset between levels, this is never used.

(NSF rips: Chris Moeller)

Unused Objects


An object that Mario can climb up or down like a vine. It makes a "buzzing" sound as you climb, as though Mario is repeatedly hitting his head on something. It can still be placed in-game with a level editor. Although it appears as a brown flagpole ball, the actual 16×16 metatile that is used is unique to this object.

Unused Firebar Type

Enemy object 1E is a short Firebar that rotates counterclockwise quickly. However, unlike its clockwise counterpart 1C (used only in World 5-4), this type is never used in any valid levels.

Unlike most invalid enemies (such as glitch Firebars 20, 21, and 22), this type has a valid entry in the setting table:

      .db $28, $38, $28, $38, $28

      .db $00, $00, $10, $10, $00

The settings are stored in this order: Clockwise (1B), Speedy Clockwise (1C), Counterclockwise (1D), Speedy Counterclockwise (1E), and Long Firebar (1F). Firebar (1E) has both the faster speed ($38) and counterclockwise rotation ($10) programmed in.

(Source: doppelganger's SMBDis (Setting Table))

This firebar type also exists in the Game Boy Color remake.

Unused Spiny Egg Behavior

The Spiny eggs are thrown by Lakitu in a simple way, with no horizontal movement whatsoever. However, this is not the intended behavior; it's actually the result of a bug! The eggs are supposed to be thrown out relative to the player's speed, Lakitu's speed, the player's position, and a pseudo-random value, as well as bounce off of any blocks or walls that they hit on the way down. The following patch will fix the Spiny egg bug:

Download.png Download Spiny Egg Speed Patch
File: SMBSpinyEggPatch.ips (25 B) (info)

This patch is intended for the NTSC version of the game. The Bugs page has more information on the nature of this bug.

(Source: doppelganger's SMBDis (Spiny egg function), GoldS (patch))

Unused Timer Setting

The upper 2 bits of first level header setting byte determines the starting timer.

Value Bits Starting Timer
0 00xxxxxx 000
1 01xxxxxx 400
2 10xxxxxx 300
3 11xxxxxx 200

The timer starts at 200 if this setting is set to 3 (11xxxxxx), though no valid level actually uses it.

Likewise, the timer starts at 000 (causes instant death on normal levels) if this setting is set to 0 (00xxxxxx). While this setting is used by intros (such as the beginning of World 1-2), the game doesn't actually use the setting, since it completely disables the timer in these levels.

Duplicated Scroll Stop Object

There are two identical scroll stop objects: 46 and 47. Only 47 is used by the game's valid levels.

Unused Pointer

Map 01 (Worlds 2-2 and 7-2) has a third level pointer for World 3, which leads to the same place as the normal World 2 and 7 level pointers.

Unused Variable

RAM address 03F0 keeps track of the number of blocks hit, though no routine ever reads the value stored here.

Unused Pipe Behavior

L-shaped pipes (used for the beginning of underground and underwater levels) are enterable from the top like a regular pipe. However, since Mario automatically enters the side of the pipe, this behavior goes unused.

However, in the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, an L-shaped pipe appears in World 9-3, and it is possible to enter this pipe from the top.


Removed Tiles


The bricks and Bowser's bridge may have each used four unique tiles at some point in development, judging by the arrangement of existing tiles in the CHR data. The second and fourth tiles in each highlighted group are pieces of the block behind the title logo.

Above-Ground Bloopers

SMB 1000Bloopers.png

Although Bloopers normally appear only in water levels, they can be placed in non-water levels just fine and will award a whopping 1,000 points when stomped. Most other "impossible" ways to kill enemies, like hitting a Podoboo or Bowser with a Starman, only award the default 200 points, though Podoboos also have the stomp code defined.

Given that Bloopers appear in non-water levels (such as World 1-3) in the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 and award 1,000 points, this behavior was likely intended all along.