Video Game: Super Mario All-Stars

Super Mario All-Stars (1993), for the Super Nintendo, is a remake of four Mario games from the NES. The four games on one cartridge are Super Mario Bros. 1, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. For players outside Japan, this was the first chance to play The Lost Levels, which had been a Japan-only Famicom Disk System game.

Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994) has those four games and Super Mario World. As World is already a SNES game, this version only adds a few tweaks, especially the new Luigi sprite.

For those players who missed the NES era, All-Stars became their introduction to four classic games. All-Stars upgraded the graphics and sound to Super NES quality, as good as Super Mario World. (All-Stars is not for players who prefer the original NES colors and beeps.) The gameplay remains almost the same as in the original NES games.

For 2010, Nintendo released Super Mario All-Stars again, as a Wii disc, to mark the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. 1 (1985). This version uses emulation to run the SNES game in the Wii. To justify this as a Wii disc and not a Virtual Console download, Nintendo put a few Feelies in the boxed set. This one is playable with just the Wii remote, though there is the option to play with a Classic or GameCube controller.

This game provides examples of:

  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • The Lost Levels has some of the hidden coin boxes removed, and makes unlocking World A through D somewhat easier. Instead of beating the game 8 times without warps, you just have to beat it once. Getting to world 9 still requires using no warps though.
    • The looping "maze" castles in some of the games now include a chime that plays when you've chosen the correct path and a low buzz when you choose the wrong one.
  • Battle Theme Music: All-Stars introduced a new theme for the Bowser battles in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels. The original games (for NES or FDS) had no battle theme, but kept playing the castle theme.
  • Cap: All-Stars kept the cap of 127 lives in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels, but fixes some glitches. The counter can now display the number 127, and can no longer overflow into negative numbers.
  • Compilation Re-release: Four NES games (and, in the SMAS+SMW rerelease, an SNES game) in one SNES cartridge.
  • Copy Protection: If All-Stars detects an illegal copy, it displays a warning message and refuses to start. A dirty cartridge might trigger the message, but SNES emulators do not trigger it.
  • Digitized Sprites: The game selection screen shows the box art for the games this way. Because no action is going on other than panning or opening up a dialog box, the system was able to show the pictures at very high quality for the SNES.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: All-Stars added new sprites for Luigi, who is no longer a Palette Swap of Mario. SMAS+SMW also added new sprites for Luigi in World.
  • Dummied Out: The All Stars ROM has a lot of unused sprites and text that suggest these ports were originally planned to be more straightforward and closer to their 8-bit originals.
  • Feelies: The Wii version has an artwork book and a soundtrack CD.
  • Hearts Are Health: All-Stars switched the health meter in Super Mario Bros. 2 from red hexagons to hearts. Super Mario Advance kept the hearts.
  • Lost Forever: In Lost Levels, your save file is permanently locked out of World 9 if you used a warp zone prior to when you would start World 9, even if you warped backwards. Not only that, but if you ever use a warp zone after getting World 9, you retroactively lose it for that save file. If you're unfortunate enough to save, that is.
  • Minus World: Averted. All-Stars fixed some old glitches, and prevents reaching the minus world in Super Mario Bros.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 adds the subtitle For Super Players for this version, which is the slogan in its FDS box art. Since there was already a Super Mario Bros. 2 in the West, the international versions changed the FDS game's title to Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.
  • Poison Mushroom: In the original Famicom Disk System version of The Lost Levels, the Poison Mushroom was just a Palette Swap of a normal mushroom, with almost the same colors. The All-Stars version made the Poison Mushrooms a completely and totally unmistakable solid purple with a skull on the cap of the mushroom and gave them angry eyes. If you still picked one of these up, you deserved it.
  • Save Game Limits: All-Stars has a save feature, which the other games lacked (at least in their NES care forms). Players no longer need to complete all seven or eight worlds before they switch off the system. The limit is that it only saves the current world, or level for The Lost Levels.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: Remake in this case. Lost Levels is easier than the famicom original game, while still being the hardest of the compilation (which is why saves are per level instead of world).
  • Video Game Remake: With SNES graphics and sound.
  • V Sign: The Bros. now do this in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels when entering a pipe, or before entering a castle. The box art for The Lost Levels on the game selection screen also shows Mario doing this.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The Trope Namer naturally shows up in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels. This time there's an animation where Toad comes out of a bag. More Toads come out depending on what World it is.