|"Land on a Sign 1"
can do "Stand on a Sign".
Can you back flip off of a sign, then land on the sign? (Grabbing
onto the sign doesn't count.)
|"Land on a Sign 2"
you fly toward a sign, then butt
stomp, and land on the sign? (Grabbing
onto the sign doesn't count.)
|"Land on a Sign 3"
you read a sign, then immediately back flip, and land on the sign?
onto the sign doesn't count.) This one is tricky because you
flip away from the sign. If you mess up (you will!), then
you have to read the sign again to try again.
|"They come and go - I think
Date Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001
In some parts of the game, there are objects that appear out of
thin air or disappear into thin air. They are programmed to always
be out of sight when they do so. But if you're sneaky, you can catch
them doing it. You don't have to be very sneaky, just kind of
sneaky. A perfect example is in Bob-omb Battlefield. There's a
secret to that water balloon cannon. If you kill the idle bob-omb
next to it and stand where it was, or if you stand closer than that
with or without killing the bob-omb, you can look around with C and
keep a good watch on the water balloons it shoots. You will see them
going up far, but then just disappearing. It's not because of the
distance. That's just what they do. Then, when you're out in the
field below, if you get really, really sneaky (I'm not sure exactly
how but I've done it) you will notice that the water balloons then
appear out of thin air and fall on you. That's not distance either.
The programmers just set up the two things separately so it'd seem
like they'd apparently be parts of a whole. So what if a water
balloon tries to appear where another object already is, you ask?
The water balloon will appear underneath that object. That almost
always works, but it's also a great alternative to being sneaky in
order to see the water balloon appear. Just get under an object, and
since the water balloons are programmed to appear near you, they'll
go under that object. If you use the floating isle for the object,
that'll be great. If you get under a tree, on the other hand, the
water balloon (what would you predict?) will appear right there and
hit you. Another perfect example is Chain Chomp, also in Bob-omb
Battlefield. When you let him go, after he breaks the gate, he jumps
over the top and out of sight. There, he disappears. I have not yet
been sneaky enough to see him disappear over there, but I'm sure he
does. Yet another perfect example is Yoshi on top of the castle.
After you talk to him, he goes and jumps over the edge out of sight,
then just disappears. But if you're really, really close to the
edge, he'll still be in sight when he just suddenly disappears.
There are a gazillion different objects that will do this for
Some objects don't go anywhere, but they do do things. That seems
to be beside the point, but some of these objects will appear or
disappear as described above. But the programmers intended you to
see these objects doing that, so they made them appear with logical
animations. A good example is the snowmen. They pop up out of the
snow when you come close. Such objects always exist, whether
apparently there or not. When they don't seem to be there, they are
objects of completely transparent images. You'd think that'd be good
enough, but not really. Not if you're tricky with them. One thing is
that you can still see their shadows. Another thing is that (not
with the snowmen because you can't get close enough) you can be
blocked by them.
Sometimes an object that DOES move will disappear and then
reappear somewhere else. If you observe the shadow, you'll see that
the object actually moves in a straight line (even if that means
going through something) to the new location, then does what seems
like reappearing. A good example of that is Bowser in the Fire Sea.
If he walks up to you when you are facing him, he will become
completely transparent, go to the other side of you, and resume his
This knowledge will help you make up tricks. Here is one I made
up involving this long, long piece of precious facts you see above:
Go to Bowser in the Fire Sea. When he walks up to you, becomes
completely transparent and moves, before he resumes his original
image, get in front of where his head would be and face away from
him. Press B. As described in a different code on this website, you
will find yourself holding him by (what would be) his tail. He will
still be a totally transparent image. Swing him around. When he's
facing you, you will see that he appears to be using all his
strength to hold nothing. It looks pretty funny. Anyway, the
challenge here is to throw him into a bomb. You will still not see
his original image, just completely transparent. You will, however,
see his shadow at all times during this battle no matter what. If
you get him to hit the bomb while just transparent, you will see the
bomb explode, and he will fall on to the platform dead - still
completely transparent. Walk up to him (you'll know by the shadow
where he is) and talk to him. Isn't it so funny how you see his
message but you don't see him? At the end of the message, he will
(you guessed it) fly into the air while STILL transparent. Then you
will see the key burst out of Bowser. You will not see Bowser
bursting apart, but you will see the key falling down from there
onto the ground. You never saw Bowser after you grabbed him when he
was transparent. There is that saying, "you can't fight what
you can't see". Well, with a shadow to watch, it's really not
Anyway, this little jewel probably takes up most of the page.
What's wrong with that, though? Really! Think about it! Nothing is
wrong with that. Not unless you're in a big hurry, in which case you
shouldn't be on this site anyway. Just don't forget to read the
other codes, too. You'll like them!
The whole time I've had the game I've been trying to get ALL the
coins. But for the past couple days, I've tried to get NO coins at
all. It is possible not only to beat the game, but also collect a
total of 80 stars without touching a single coin. Sure, you need to
get the 8 red coins in the cap levels and Bowser worlds, but that
doesn't show up when you check the Score when you turn the game on.
SO, essentially, when I turn the game on and go to my game with 80
stars, I go to score and all for every level it says I have
collected 0 coins. Some stars are easy to get like this, while
others are more difficult. Obviously, you can't get any of the 8 red
coins stars in the 15 levels, nor can you get ones that involve the
collection of special coins, like in levels 1 or 8.
In short, I can beat the game with 80 stars without having
collected a single coin in any of the 15 main levels.
My comments: Cool idea!!
Update: Another visitor has reported getting
84 stars without collecting a coin.
|"Only Four Levels"
I've played through the game again, and I noticed that it is
possible to get a reasonable amount of stars (at least 37) by only
entering four levels. If you do levels 1, 3, 6 and 9, along with any
secret stars that you find along the way, you can get a lot of stars
for only entering four levels. (I don't really know how remarkable
|"Breathe Through Feet"
Here's something you can do wherever there is water... breathe
through your feet! Just stay at the surface then push the control
stick down. Mario's entire body will be underwater except for the
bottoms of his feet, but his life won't go down...
|"Drown Above Water"
...By the same token, Mario can appear to drown while on the
surface of the water. I did this in level 6 in the cavern of the
swimming beast. Get your life down to two sections, then jump off
the ramp from high up and try to land at the point where the ramp
meets the water. You'll hit the ground, lose the last two slivers of
life, bounce into the water, and then die. But since you're in the
water, the game shows animation that looks like Mario drowning, even
though his head is above water.
Can you wall kick off of an invisible wall? It is
verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy hard. In fact, it should
belong in the new difficulty of inhumanly difficult or virtually
impossible. I'm not even sure how I did it. I just know
I did it one time on accident.
Dr. Kay says:
After Yoshi gives you the 'twinkly' triple jump, it will make
Mario make a small bounce after he has landed. In addition, if Mario
squashes an enemy during the jump he will do an extra bounce after
he hits the ground. How many enemies can you squash in one triple
jump using the special bounce? I can do FOUR.
My comments: Some of you that are old
enough to remember 2D games (or have a GameBoy) might remember that in
many 2D Mario games you could rack up points by knocking off multiple
baddies without touching the ground. After a few hits, you would
start getting a 1-UP for every hit. In some games, you could do
this continuously, and rack up many dozens of 1-UPs. What fun!
"Land on a Dime"
While flying, can you land on an item block without
|"Slippery Long Jump"
This is the easiest trick there is. All you
have to do is long jump on a slope. Don't long jump going down or up
it, long jump while your running across the slopes long-ways.
|"Look Ma, No Hands!"
For a real fun challenge, put your controller on
the ground and try playing with your feet! I have successfully
collected all of the stars on Bob-omb Battlefield while doing this
(That includes the Chain-Chomp's star, even though the Z button is
almost unreachable). This gets really funny when friends are over, as
long as your feet don't stink.
|"Wall Kick Off Item
Josh, and an anonymous visitor
This was submitted by a couple visitors, and I can't believe I didn't
think of this first! Try to wall kick off of an item block, without
You can do this anywhere there is a wing cap. Get the wing cap. Do
a triple jump or launch yourself from a cannon. Then do a tight circle
above some ground. Make sure Mario is sideways, then press Z. He
should do a sideways flip. The game will correct him after the flip
and he will land flat.
In any level, get a cap and read a sign. The cap will last forever,
unless you stop reading the sign. The best music, (I think) is
listening to the metal cap. If you listen to it for 3 minutes, it
sounds really cool!!!
It is possible to get two stars at one time. Simply make the last
red coin your hundredth coin and a real star will appear, along with a
power star, unless you have already got the hundred coin star.
Can you get all the stars in a course backwards? How
many courses can you do this in? Note: [The visitor] knows of 8
If you wait a while, Mario will fall asleep. If you wait even
longer, he will start talking in his sleep about Italian food!
Submitted as an IDEA, which means
the visitor has never done this trick, and
I have never done it either:
Can you beat any boss without being able to see Mario in the
This would require tricky manipulation of the
camera. You could go behind a large object, then lock down the
camera by holding the "R" button (set it to lock mode by
pausing the game and setting the option).
I had the following IDEA, inspired by "Where's Mario",
but I have never tried this trick:
Can you play any level and get any star without looking at the screen
at all during the whole level?
If you want to make this much easier, you could have a friend try to
tell you what you need to do. I can hear your friend now, "go
left, no right, JUMP!, go back, no I said go BACK!"
This trick is inspired by the "blindfolded" trick above, but
I have not had the time to try this yet:
Can you play the game by looking at the TV through a mirror? I
hope you have a big enough mirror. Can you beat any of the bosses
this way? How about Bowser?
This trick is inspired by the "mirror" trick above (which was
inspired by the "blindfolded" trick), but
I have not had the time to try this yet:
Can you play the game by holding the controller backwards (joystick
up, but cord facing you)? Which stars, bosses, etc. can you get
How about holding the joystick upside-down (cord facing away like
normal, but joystick facing down)?
Can you do a triple jump, then land on a Goomba?
Stand on a sign.
Stand on a block. (Try using a back-flip!)
Can you swoop down onto a Goomba (or other enemy) while flying?
Can you long jump (yahoo!) onto a Goomba or other enemy? It is
pretty cool when you bounce off!
Try to do a long jump and land behind the place where you
started the jump!!
Jump out of a tree, then land in the same
A visitor suggested the idea of trying
to beat the whole game without being hit once. Losing
"air" when swimming would not count as being hit, but anything
else that makes your health go down would count as a hit. I
have not even tried this (nor has the visitor),
but I'm sure it is possible.