Super Mario Advance

Super Mario Advance
System Game Boy Advance
Developer Nintendo
Genre Platformer
Series Super Mario Series

A launch title for the Game Boy Advance, this remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 combines updated graphics and sound with all new gameplay elements, such as giant enemies and items, new boss battles and new stage clear challenges.

Also included is Mario Bros. Classic, a multiplayer game based on the arcade Mario Bros.

Release Information

Region Name Release
Japan スーパーマリオアドバンス Super Mario Advance 21 Mar 2001
US Super Mario Advance 11 Jun 2001
Europe Super Mario Advance 22 Jun 2001


System Japan U.S. Europe
Wii U Virtual Console 16 Jul 2014 06 Nov 2014 10 Mar 2016

Super Mario Advance Changes

Super Mario Advance on Game Boy Advance introduced many changes and features that weren't in earlier versions of the game. This is by no means a definitive list, but includes the most notable alterations:

  • The game has a score. You receive bonus points for knocking out more than one enemy, and you can now earn 1UPs by knocking out multiple enemies simultaneously.
  • You are no longer limited to two extra hearts per level. Some levels have multiple Mushrooms hidden in Sub-Con, giving you an even larger life bar.
  • You can find larger versions of certain enemies that take longer to pick up than typical enemies.
  • The boss of World 3 is no longer Mouser, but the all-new Robirdo.
  • The small hearts that floated up from the ground after you defeated enemies in the original have been replaced with large hearts that can be found all over the game. Some are just floating in the air, some are buried as vegetables, you can earn them by defeating more than one enemy, and you also get them by throwing around large enemies or hitting enemies with a Shell.
  • There are five Ace Coins hidden in each level. Collecting all of them in a stage rewards you with a 1UP. There is an additional challenge for finding every Ace Coin in the game.
  • Some items are trapped in bubbles. Throw things at the bubble until it bursts.
  • A rare random item ball can be found hidden away in certain areas of the game.
  • You may occasionally find springy platforms, and certain Jars contain carousels instead of the usual platforms. Many stages have also received small tweaks in how they are laid out.


Super Mario Advance: Clawgrip

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Super Mario Advance includes short introductions to each of the boss battles. At the start of the World 5 boss battle against Clawgrip, he starts out as a Sidestepper, the crab enemy from Mario Bros.

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