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** The original mix of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GK41pLUuP0 overworld]] theme is pretty catchy.

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** The original mix of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GK41pLUuP0 overworld]] theme is pretty catchy.catchy; bonus points for starting with a mock-chiptune theme harking back to the NES-era titles before quickly switching to more modern sequenced instruments.



* WinBackTheCrowd: Up until the release of New Super Mario Bros., [[PlatformGame 2D platforming games]] were mostly relegated to indie PC games. With console gaming, platformers in general were starting to fall out of fashion. 2D platformers were [[PopularityPolynomial all but dead]] and the number of 3D platformers considerably shrunk. NSMB was such an unexpected success that Nintendo decided to release a [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii Wii sequel.]] That one was also a huge commercial success and led to 2D platformers returning to the mainstream in the console market.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: Up until the release of New ''New Super Mario Bros., '', [[PlatformGame 2D platforming games]] were mostly relegated to indie PC games. With console gaming, platformers in general were starting to fall out of fashion. 2D platformers were [[PopularityPolynomial all but dead]] and the number of 3D platformers considerably shrunk. NSMB was such an unexpected success that Nintendo decided to release a [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii Wii sequel.]] That one was also a huge commercial success and led to 2D platformers returning to the mainstream in the console market.


* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he gets a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath by KillItWithFire[=/=]StrippedToTheBone. Next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself. Lastly, he [[CameBackStrong Comes Back Strong]] anyway... just to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time (even worse if beat Jr. first - and get a PapaWolf rise from poor Bowser).

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* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he gets a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath by KillItWithFire[=/=]StrippedToTheBone. Next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself. Lastly, he [[CameBackStrong Comes Back Strong]] anyway... just to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time (even worse if you beat Jr. first - and get a PapaWolf rise from poor Bowser).


* MemeticBadass: Bowser. Not even death followed by being DeaderThanDead can keep him down, evidently.

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* MemeticBadass: Bowser. Not even death followed by being '''''and''''' DeaderThanDead can keep him down, evidently.apparently.


* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he endures a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath via KillItWithFire and StrippedToTheBone; next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself; and finally, he still manages to invoke CameBackStrong... only to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time. Bonus points if you ultimately finish off Bowser Jr. first, thus triggering Bowser's PapaWolf UnstoppableRage.

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* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he endures gets a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath via KillItWithFire and StrippedToTheBone; next, by KillItWithFire[=/=]StrippedToTheBone. Next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself; and finally, himself. Lastly, he still manages to invoke CameBackStrong... only [[CameBackStrong Comes Back Strong]] anyway... just to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time. Bonus points time (even worse if you ultimately finish off Bowser beat Jr. first, thus triggering Bowser's first - and get a PapaWolf UnstoppableRage.rise from poor Bowser).



** World 8 in general. It's not just a LethalLavaLand or a {{Mordor}}; it downright resembles {{Hell}} itself, and the eerie music (especially after the second half of the world is unlocked) reflects this.

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** World 8 in general. It's not just a A LethalLavaLand or a {{Mordor}}; it downright resembles {{Mordor}} that may as well be {{Hell}} itself, and the eerie music (especially after the second half of the world is unlocked) reflects this.


** Given that it's not the first time they've defeated Bowser or even chucked him into lava, they probably know the Koopas have ways of bringing him back.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: The player character turning giant and destroying everything in their path first appeared in Bowser's sidescrolling level intermissions in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' if he got enough meat from ? Blocks.

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** Given that it's not the first time they've defeated Bowser or even chucked him into lava, they probably know the Koopas have ways of bringing him back.


* AntiClimaxBoss: Bringing a Mega Mushroom to any boss will squash them in a single hit. [[spoiler: Even the final boss can be defeated in two stomps!]]
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* AntiClimaxBoss: Bringing a Mega Mushroom to any boss will squash them in a single hit. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even the final boss can be defeated in two stomps!]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: This game's soundtrack stands out because basically ''none'' of it was used in later ''New Super Mario Bros.'' installments; the vast majority of tracks from this game were dropped entirely, and the few that did get reused were all rearranged and remixed starting with ''[=NSMBWii=]''. A shame, because there are several great tracks in this mix:



** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GK41pLUuP0 overworld]] theme is pretty catchy.

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** The original mix of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GK41pLUuP0 overworld]] theme is pretty catchy.



** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rvMRbcqTfk athletic theme]], which was later remixed for ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''.

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** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rvMRbcqTfk athletic theme]], which was later remixed for ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''.another track that did make it to the sequels.


* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he endures a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath via KillItWithFire and StrippedToTheBone; next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself; and finally, he still manages to invoke CameBackStrong... only to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time. Bonus points if you ultimately finish off Bowser Jr. first, thus triggering Bowser's PapaWolf UnstoppableRage. [[ThrowTheDogABone Thankfully, he's still intact, if a bit unconscious, at the end, when Bowser Jr drags him across the castle ground.]]

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* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he endures a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath via KillItWithFire and StrippedToTheBone; next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself; and finally, he still manages to invoke CameBackStrong... only to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time. Bonus points if you ultimately finish off Bowser Jr. first, thus triggering Bowser's PapaWolf UnstoppableRage. [[ThrowTheDogABone Thankfully, he's still intact, if a bit unconscious, at the end, when Bowser Jr drags him across the castle ground.]]


* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he endures a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath via KillItWithFire and StrippedToTheBone; next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself; and finally, he still manages to invoke CameBackStrong... only to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time. Bonus points if you ultimately finish off Bowser Jr. first, thus triggering Bowser's PapaWolf UnstoppableRage.

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* JerkassWoobie: Bowser. First, he endures a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath via KillItWithFire and StrippedToTheBone; next, he's beaten DeaderThanDead as a zombified version of himself; and finally, he still manages to invoke CameBackStrong... only to get his ass kicked a '''''third''''' time. Bonus points if you ultimately finish off Bowser Jr. first, thus triggering Bowser's PapaWolf UnstoppableRage. [[ThrowTheDogABone Thankfully, he's still intact, if a bit unconscious, at the end, when Bowser Jr drags him across the castle ground.]]


** World 1 boss, when you jump on the button, it sends Bowser down to the lava, then swimming upwards, and ''[[KillItWithFire burning alive]]'' ''[[StrippedToTheBone to]]'' ''[[DemBones the bone]].''

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** The World 1 boss, when boss. When you jump on the button, it sends Bowser down to the lava, then swimming upwards, and ''[[KillItWithFire burning alive]]'' ''[[StrippedToTheBone to]]'' ''[[DemBones the bone]].''

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** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKDnAGloaDg unique melody]] used in Levels 8-5, 8-6, and 8-8, which was not carried over to any of the later ''NSMB'' titles.


* FridgeLogic: Why does Bowser Jr. keep screwing time waiting for Mario to beat each world boss to drag Peach to the next world when he could just run all the way to the last castle without wasting time?



* PowerupLetdown: The Mega Mushroom looks awesome, but if you break a pipe, you can't go down it, ruining your chances of potentially finding a Star Coin. Also, the Blue Shell handles awkwardly with its sliding mechanic, though it does improve your swimming. The Mini Mushroom, meanwhile, lets you jump higher and with (much) floatier physics, as well as access certain areas otherwise inaccessible, with the drawback that it has zero hit points; one hit from anything will kill you. When you're going for all the Star Coins and have to use it in the later levels where things get hectic...all those lives you accumulated in the early levels are going to come in handy.


* WinBackTheCrowd: Up until the release of New Super Mario Bros., [[PlatformGame 2D platforming games]] were mostly relegated to indie PC games. With console gaming, platformers in general were starting to fall out of fashion. 2D platformers were [[DeaderThanDisco all but dead]] and the number of 3D platformers considerably shrunk. NSMB was such an unexpected success that Nintendo decided to release a [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii Wii sequel.]] That one was also a huge commercial success and led to 2D platformers returning to the mainstream in the console market.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: Up until the release of New Super Mario Bros., [[PlatformGame 2D platforming games]] were mostly relegated to indie PC games. With console gaming, platformers in general were starting to fall out of fashion. 2D platformers were [[DeaderThanDisco [[PopularityPolynomial all but dead]] and the number of 3D platformers considerably shrunk. NSMB was such an unexpected success that Nintendo decided to release a [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii Wii sequel.]] That one was also a huge commercial success and led to 2D platformers returning to the mainstream in the console market.


* UnexpectedCharacter: If you decide to go through every world in order, then besides Bowser and Bowser Jr., the bosses are all new. In World 5, the boss is ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Petey Piranha]]''. He's a WarmUpBoss in almost every other game, and is the ''ice world'' boss, which makes it all the more unexpected.

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* UnexpectedCharacter: If you decide to go through every world in order, then besides Bowser and Bowser Jr., the bosses are all new. In World 5, the boss is ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Petey Piranha]]''. He's a WarmUpBoss in almost every other game, and is the ''ice world'' boss, which makes it all the more unexpected.unexpected, since [[ViolationOfCommonSense plants and ice usually don't go together]].

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