10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Super Mario World

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You’ve loved it for over two decades, but do you know all there is to know about Super Mario World?

A new-look Luigi1. A new-look Luigi

The version of Super Mario World that was included in special editions of the Mario All Stars compilation appeared identical at first. But, among a number of tiny changes, there was one difference that’s so glaring you’ll wonder how you never noticed: the All Stars version contains a different sprite for Luigi. In the original, Luigi was simply a green Mario, but in All Stars, Luigi got his own artwork.

The hidden demo

2. The hidden demo

A demo VERSION of Super Mario World was tucked away in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Nintendo’s all-star fighter for Wii. The snippet of SNES classic could be unlocked within the game’s Masterpieces mode, which offered several bite-size chunks of retro Nintendo games. To unlock the Super Mario World demo, you had to Brawl on the Yoshi’s Island stage three times. Simple.

Mario gets a voice3. Mario gets a voice

n Among the many differences in the GBA version of Super Mario World, one of the cooler enhancements was the introduction of Mario and Luigi’s voices. The previously speechless plumbers were given voices in the handheld remake, performed by Charles Martinet, the now-famed ‘Voice of Mario’. The GBA game also got a full intro in which Mario and Luigi showed Peach their mad cape flying skills.

the better brother4. The better brother?

In the original Super Mario World, both brothers perform identically, despite their different taste in colours. In the GBA port, however, Luigi discovered his now-iconic jump height advantage. While harder to control, if players encountered a tricky jump they could use Luigi, who could bound that bit higher. Purists would argue that this is not how the levels were originally designed to be played.

glitches galore5. Glitches galore

Mario fans HAVE uncovered a large number of quirky tricks and glitches in Super Mario World. For example, did you know you can trick the game into letting you hold a shell while climbing a vine? Or use Yoshi to create a glitch reserve item that would offer you a floating-cloud item used to make the final Bowser boss fight easier? If you didn’t, search for speed run videos by YouTuber ‘dram551’.

all in a days work6. All in a day’s work

There are a total of 96 exits in the game, but of course, you knew that already, right? What you may not have known is that, going directly via the Star Road secret world, it’s possible to reach the end of the game in just 12 stages, and speed runners have perfected this route to crank out completion times under the ten-minute mark without using any tool-assists.

special zones musical secret7. Special Zone’s musical secret

The thrill of discovering the Special Zone in Super Mario World is a fond memory for many long-time fans, but the secret world harboured more surprises. If you left the game to play the Special Zone’s overworld music through a couple of loops, you will then be treated to a remix of the original Super Mario Bros. theme. It only took 30 seconds of waiting to hear it, so it doesn’t take much patience.

the yoshi beat

8. The Yoshi beat

One of the lesser appreciated firsts was the bongo-drum remixes of background tunes whenever Mario saddled up on Yoshi. This has, over the years, become a tradition for Yoshi now, with the concept having stood the test of time with appearances in Super Mario Sunshine and, more recently, Super Mario Galaxy 2. Wherever there’s Yoshi, a mystery man with set of bongo drums is sure to follow.

sing-along song9. Sing-along song

We’ve loved the Super Mario World soundtrack for years, but as kids we were far too engrossed in trying to beat the game to notice that a large number of the game’s background tracks are actually just remixed versions of the same melody. Legendary Nintendo composer Koji Kondo is said to have played the notes out manually, before coming up with several themed alternatives.

10. Stuck in the third dimension

stuck in the third dimensionSuper Mario World may have marked the start of a new console generation, but it would also mark the end of era for the porky plumber. No one would have predicted that it would be the last traditional 2D Mario platformer for some 15 years – New Super Mario Bros. for DS brought its 2D platforming hiatus to an end in 2006, followed by 2009’s New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Then there’s this guy playing Super Mario World using a flute with his nose… So that’s a thing too.

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