Play as Luigi
To play as Luigi in single player mode, hold L + R and press A when selecting a saved game file. Once loaded, you will control Luigi instead of Mario.
In World 2-4, just past the two Piranha Plants (after the mid-level point) you will come to a staircase with a turtle coming down it. Jump on the turtle just as it is about to go off the third stair (third from the bottom). If done correctly, Mario will continue to jump on the turtle and earn up to 99 lives. If you miss the turtle, go back towards the left and return to the staircase and the turtle will respawn. This is a reference to the original Super Mario Bros., in which you could do the same trick to get unlimited lives.
Collect 100 Gold Coins to earn Mario an extra life. Additionally, at the end of a stage, jump up and land on top of the flagpole to earn an extra life.
Successfully complete the game to add a star icon next to your save file. Successfully complete all World maps by finishing all stages and locating all secret exits to add another star icon next to your save file. Spend all Star coins to add another star icon next to your save file.
Save Anywhere in the Game
Suuccessfully complete the game to get the option to save your game anywhere. When you start a new game, the "Save" option will be available under your menu in the map screen.
Infinite / Unlimited Toad House Items
Successfully complete all stages, including the lettered bonus stages, then load the saved game file and Toad Houses will no longer disappear after you take the items. The only exception are the ones that appear based on your timer when you finish a stage.
Toad House Bonuses
Successfully complete a stage with the time having the last two digits of the same number to have a different color Toad House with bonus at the start of the next World:
Have a time ending in 11, 22, or 33 for a red Toad House that awards items.
Have a time ending in 44, 55, or 66 for a green Toad House with a mini-game for an extra life.
Have a time ending in 77, 88, or 99 for an orange Toad House with a Mega Mushroom.
Original Mario Bros. Theme and Fireworks
If you beat a level with a time left of x11, x22, x33, x44 etc you get fireworks and the original Mario level completion song will play.
Special Background Patterns
Successfully complete the game, then load the completed saved game file to find a new blue Toad House at the beginning of World 1. Inside are four background patterns you can choose for the touch screen. You can purchase these with Star Coins. The fifth and final pattern appears when you have collected all Golden Star coins in all stages.
Secret Exit In World 7-4
To locate the secret exit in World 7-4, you will need a mini-Mushroom (in storage, if possible). Make your way past the mid-level point and upwards to the left side of the screen (high up). You will eventually come to a flying "?" block. Use the mini-Mushroom to make Mario smaller and jump onto the block to stop it. Then, use the block to jump into the little opening in the brick wall. Make a "C" jump (backwards C) and jump up and to the left to land at the top of the wall. Go over and you will see a small pipe that only mini-Mario can fit in. Take this pipe to reach the red flag secret exit.
Secret Exit In World 7-5
Just before you reach the giant Bullet Bill, you will see a pipe that is covered in blocks. Use the Bob-ombs to blow up the blocks and then access the pipe to reach the red flag secret exit.
Secret Exit In World 7-6
After you reach the mid-level point, you will come to an area with two rows of bricks. You must be big, but not mega-sized to perform this trick. Knock out the middle brick on the top row, then knock out the third brick in the bottom row. This will cause a vine to grow. Climb the vine and make your way to the end of the level above to reach the red flag secret exit.
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