The NES Classic Edition is out now, and if you were lucky enough to nab one while they were on store shelves, then you’re probably already knee deep exploring the vast dungeons of your childhood. Today we’re going to take a look at Super Mario Bros. and go over some of the coolest secrets and cheats available for the game.
How to Get Unlimited 1-Ups
First up on our list is a secret way to acquire an unlimited amount of 1-Ups. Nobody likes to die, and being able to achieve this little secret will allow you to keep playing Super Mario Bros. until your heart is content. To make use of this little secret, though, you’re going to have to play the game a little.
Make your way through the game to World 3-1 and acquire the Super Mario power-up. Then, at the end of the level, just beside the staircase that leads to the end flag, you will spot two Koopa Troopas waltzing down the stairs. Jump over the first Koopa and land on the second Koopa. This will bounce you back down the steps, and the Koopa will recede into his shell. Get on the step just below the hibernating Koopa and jump up, landing on the edge of the shell. This will knock it back into the stair where it will rebound and hit Mario, causing him to constantly jump again and again without touching the ground. After a moment your points will begin to add up, and then you’ll suddenly receive 1-Up after 1-Up until you stop the process.
Level Warp Locations
In Super Mario Bros. you can easily warp to Worlds 2, 3, or 4 from World 1-2. This can be accomplished by following the instructions we listed below.
While playing through World 1-2, make your way to the end where the two platforms rise up in the air. Hop on the first platform and then jump to the highest structure in the center. Now jump to the second platform and wait until it reaches the top. From here, you can jump onto the top of the level. This will allow you to walk forward and drop down a small drop where you can enter the desired tube to instantly warp to Worlds 2, 3, or 4.
You can also warp to Worlds 6, 7, and 8. To do so, you will need to make your way through the game to World 4-2. You can get there easily by using the steps above to warp to World 4-1. Continue through World 4-2 to the area where three breakable blocks can be seen suspended in air, just before the two pipes with the Koopa Troop between them; this is also right after the first elevator platforms. Jump to discover two invisible blocks, then break the two blocks to the right. Now hit the final block to spawn a vine that you can climb up and out of the level. This leads you to a special area with three Warp Zone pipes.
To warp to World 5, you will need to continue on towards the end of the level in World 4-2. Near the end of the stage, you can ride an elevator platform to reach the top of the level. From here, simply run across the top of the level to enter the Warp Zone that leads to World 5. Note that because these Warp Zones are both located in World 4-2, you can only choose to take one of them.
How to Continue the Game After you Die
So, you ran out of 1-Ups. If you find yourself in this precious situation, and chances are that you will, you can easily continue the game from your previous level. To do this, you’ll need to wait for the Game Over screen to appear, then press and hold A. Press Start and choose your amount of players. This should spawn you back at the beginning of the World that you died in, allowing you to simply continue the game from your last point.
The NES Classic Edition is a great way to enjoy the best video games of your childhood, and it’s great to see the timeless secrets and cheats make their way back to the games. We’ll have even more tips coming for the games included in the Classic Edition, so be sure to check out our NES Classic Edition guide to see what other secrets and cheats your favorite old-school games might be hiding.