Game Trivia

  • This is the only game to feature the Superball power-up. Unlike regular fireballs, they can bounce off of walls and collect coins.

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  • Unlike the previous Mario games, this game was created by Gunpei Yokoi, rather than Shigeru Miyamoto.

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  • Tatanga is the first extraterrestrial villain in the Super Mario series.

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  • This is the first game to feature Princess Daisy.

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  • The Muda Kingdom features the only use of the Marine Pop submarine in the entire Super Mario franchise.

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  • The original instruction booklets left all names in Japanese, even for enemies based on ones from existing games -- "Pakkun Flowers" are actually supposed to be Piranha Plants. This was fixed for the 3DS Virtual Console release, but only for certain countries/languages.

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Connection to Other Media

  • When you pick up a Super Star, the musical theme that plays is completely different from those heard in other Mario games. It's actually two loops of an excerpt from Infernal Galop, a famous song from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. The song is commonly associated with the can-can, an iconic French dance.

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  • The Pionpi enemies in the Chai Kingom are based on jiangshi, a type of vampire or zombie in Chinese folklore.

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  • The Birabuto Kingdom is based on ancient Egypt. It features pyramids, a desert, and its final boss is modeled after the Great Sphinx of Giza.

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  • The Easton Kingdom is based on Easter Island. Much like its real-world counterpart, features Moai statues in the background.

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