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By Walton Dell
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"Land on a Sign 1"    Possible!

Everybody 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"    Possible!

Can 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"    Possible!

Can you read a sign, then immediately back flip, and land on the sign?  (Grabbing 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 not"  SomeGuy This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.
Date Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

SomeGuy says:

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 whatever reason.

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 original image.

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 that hard.

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!


"Poor Mario"  Jason Valasek This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Jason says:

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"  Jason Valasek This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Jason says:

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 that is...)

"Breathe Through Feet"  Jason Valasek 

Jason says:

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"  Jason Valasek  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Jason says:

...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.

"Inviso Kicker"  SweetTooth (Josh)  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

SweetTooth says:

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.

"Enemy Hopping"  "Doctor Kay"  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

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!

Dr. Kay
star2.gif (1196 bytes) "Land on a Dime"    Possible!

While flying, can you land on an item block without breaking it?


"Slippery Long Jump"  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Visitor says:  

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.

Visitor Says:
"Look Ma, No Hands!"  Scotty Hoag This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Scotty says:  

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.

Scotty says...
"Wall Kick Off Item Block"    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 breaking it!!


"Sideways Flip"  Ashley. This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Ashley says:

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.

Ashley says...
"Infinite Cap Music" 

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!!!

"Seeing Double Stars"    This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

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.

"Get Stars Backwards"    This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

Can you get all the stars in a course backwards?   How many courses can you do this in?  Note: [The visitor] knows of 8 courses.

Visitor Says...
"Sleepy Mario" 

If you wait a while, Mario will fall asleep.  If you wait even longer, he will start talking in his sleep about Italian food!


"Mario is Missing"  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.
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 view??  

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).


Visitor Says...
"Play Blindfolded"   This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.
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!"



"Play through Mirror"  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.
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?  



"Backwards Controller"  This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.
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 this way?

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 tree.
This trick has not yet been verified possible by Walton Dell.

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.



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