Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (Gameboy Colour) game information, story and media
Game Boy Colour

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe title screen

Release dates

Australia Unconfirmed
Europe July 1st, 1999
Japan March 1st, 2000
N.America May 10th, 1999

General information

Platform: Game Boy Colour

Developed by Nintendo

Published by Nintendo

Players: 1-2

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Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is a remake of the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System platformer that everyone knows and loves: Super Mario Bros. as well as the 1986 Japanese sequel Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Originally released in 1999 on the Game Boy Color handheld device, and more recently the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, it has been met time and time again with great praise. They earned it by allowing a new generation of video gamers to experience the thrill of the classic titles, while making subtle changes in game features, and adding all kinds of new unlockable content to keep the older generation as entranced as ever.Mario and Luigi shaking hands

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. is highly regarded as being one of the greatest games of all time for its game play, commercial success around the world, revolutionizing the side-scrolling platform genre, and aiding in the resurrection of the video game market after the market recession in the early 80s

Here, you play the role of the lovable Italian plumber, and protagonist extraordinaire, Mario in the single player mode. Alternatively you can play as his equally lovable brother Luigi in the two player mode. When the evil king of the Koopa, Bowser, kidnaps the princess of The Mushroom Kingdom, the two set out on a journey across 32 levels in order to save her.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was originally released in Japan as a direct follow up to The Super Mario Bros., which should not be confused with the American released Super Mario Bros 2 which is based off of the fellow platformer (and Japanese-only) Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.

With updated graphics, new features such as wind (which may help or hinder), and more power-ups than you can shake a stick at; Mario and Luigi team up to once again, traveling across 13 new worlds within the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach from the clutches of the king of the Koopa, Bowser.
Group Art from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Many improvements were made over the first game and numerous additions and tweaks included, such as invisible power up blocks, upside down warp pipes, trampolines, and even some hidden features such as the elusive World 9 which can only be accessed if the player beats the entire game without using a warp pipe.

You Vs. Boo
Once the player collects 100,000 points, iconic game enemy Boo challenges Mario and Luigi to a race. The brothers must race Boo through various courses and defeat him in order to progress within the You Vs. Boo game.

Once defeated, the Boo floats off only to be replaced by a green Boo, whom is in turn replaced by a red, and eventually a black Boo upon defeating the respective previous Boo. Each Boo being faster than the last, with the black boo replicating your previous playthroughs.


The Story


Once upon a time, the peaceful Mushroom Kingdom was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their dark magic. These terrible terrapins transformed the peace-loving Mushroom People into stones, bricks, and ironically, mushrooms, then set their own evil king on the throne. In the wake of the ghastly coup d'etat, the beautiful Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin and disrepair. It is said that only the daughter of the Mushroom King, Princess Toadstool, can break the evil spell and return the inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom to their normal selves.

But the King of the Koopas, knowing of this prophecy, kidnapped the lovely Princess and hid her away in one of his castles. Word of the terrible plight of the Mushroom People quickly spread throughout the land, eventually reaching the ears of a humble plumber. The simple, yet valiant Mario [and Luigi!] vowed to rescue the Princess and free her subjects from King Koopa's tyrannous reign. But can Mario really overcome the many obstacles facing him and become a true hero?


Mario and Luigi bustin a sweat in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe

Game Modes

Original 1985
This game mode will be the first you will play, and is almost exactly like the original 1985 version of Super Mario Bros. The play through still has the same four levels for each world, and there are still eight worlds in the game. One convenient feature in this version is you can save your progress or quit the game by pressing the start button.

Differences Between Super Mario Bros. and the Port

  • A lot of the fun glitches like World -1 and Small Fire Mario have been removed from the game.Peach kissing Mario

  • You can save the game whenever you please.

  • The Lava and Water are now animated.

  • You can now switch between Mario and Luigi whenever you want by pressing select on the overworld.

  • There is now a world map that you can view for each world to show your progress.

  • Players start the game with five lives at their disposal, instead of three lives. You can also start with ten lives instead of five with the Fortune Teller.

  • You have a smaller screen, which doesn’t show all of the level. They did allow you to move the camera back a little by pressing up and down on the control pad.

  • Toad’s dialogue has been corrected to “Thank you, Mario!” (adding the comma after “you”).

  • Toad and Princess Toadstool now have animations showing them “talking”.

  • When you save Peach in the last castle levels, she thanks her hero and gives him a kiss.

  • Luigi’s sprites have been remastered. In the NES version, Luigi was wearing white overalls and a green shirt, but the Fire Luigi looked exactly like the Fire Mario sprite. To remedy this Luigi’s sprites were changed. In Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Luigi wears green overalls with a brown shirt, and Fire Luigi wears the normal green shirt and white overalls.

  • A lot of new sound effects were added to the game that were not in the NES version. The most noticeable one is on the castle levels, a specific sound effect will be played depending on if you take the right or wrong path.

ChallengeChallenge mode, finding the hidden Yoshi egg

This game type that allows you to go back to all 32 levels of the game, but this time special items called “Yoshi Eggs” and “Red Coins” were added to each level that must be collected. Scores in this game mode greatly differ based on how well you perform in the challenges. Each stage contains one Yoshi Egg and Five Red Coins.


Super Mario Bros. For Super Players

Super Mario Bros. For Super Players, is a port of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and is unlocked after you collect a total of 300,000 points in Original 1985 mode. The port is not exactly like the original game, and some noticeable changes have been made. The wind was removed from the game, which made some of those crazy impossible jumps actually doable. Strangely enough, they also left Worlds eight through D unused.


Versus Mode

This game mode is very similar to You vs. Boo. In order to play you have to have two Game Boy colors linked together. You both will then face off in an epic head to head race on a particular level. The levels you will face off on are exactly like the levels you play in You vs. Boo mode. There are only two differences you will notice between You vs. Boo and Versus game modes.


  • Obviously, Boo is not in any of the levels.

  • You can mess with the other player by rearranging blocks, adding to the fun.Highscores "mode" screenshot

High Scores
Honestly, this is not so much of a game mode as it is bragging rights. You can hook up your Game Boy Color to another and view each other’s high scores on specific game modes and levels.

You vs. Boo
Once you have collected a total of 100,000 points in Original 1985 mode, you will automatically unlock You vs. Boo mode. The gameplay is extremely similar to Versus mode, but this time you have to race off against a Boo. At the start of the race, you get the choice to play as Fire Mario or Super Mario by pressing select. In this game mode, Boo is a little bit of a cheat, he can pass through all obstacles without slowing down at all.

Toy Box
The Toy Box mode has a lot of fun features containing different toys for the player to use. Most of the Toy Box features must be unlocked through gameplay.

Fortune Teller
You can visit the Fortune Teller mode without having to unlock it, and is available at the start of the game. Players can choose a random card that will reveal your fortune. There are five different fortunesFortune Teller screenshot you can get from the Fortune Teller: Extremely Unlucky, Unlucky, Lucky, Very Lucky, and the best of the bunch Extremely Lucky. The Extremely Lucky fortune is the only one that actually does anything to you, and it gives you 10 lives to start the game instead of five.

Mystery Room
The Mystery Room (or better known as the “? Room”) rewards you with unlockables when you rescue the captive friends at the end of each world in Original 1985 mode. These include :-


  • World 1-4 Toad: Allows you to print certain banners on the Game Boy Printer.

  • World 2-4 Toad: Plays some animations.

  • World 3-4 Toad: Allows you to print certain banners on the Game Boy Printer.

  • World 4-4 Toad: Plays some animations.

  • World 5-4 Toad: Allows you to print various graphics on the Game Boy Printer

  • World 6-4 Toad: Players are shown a game mode that allows them to create a sort of story.

  • World 7-4 Toad: Allows you to print certain banners on the Game Boy Printer.

  • Princess Peach: This unlocks a cool feature that allows you to edit the image, text shown and the music played on the title screen.

Some of the printables you could unlock included things like the reward medals that you can see below but there was also a selection of printable banners, icons and other art. Check them all out in the Gallery.


Mario reward medal Bowser reward medal Yoshi reward medal Princess Peach reward medal Toad reward medal


eShop release


Super Mario Bros. Deluxe eShop release image from Nintendo


Super Mario Bros. Deluxe was re-released on the Nintendo 3DS virtual console on 27/02/2014 check out its official description from the eShop below:-


This souped-up version of the all-time classic was originally released on Game Boy Color. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe features all 32 original levels from the 1985 classic, plus a whole lot more!

In Challenge mode, revisit classic levels and collect special red coins and Yoshi eggs to beat the high score. Or race against a familiar foe through eight special courses in You Vs Boo mode! There are even challenging secret levels to be discovered, for a true test of your Super Mario Bros. skills!




Super Mario Deluxe has received high ratings from just about every magazine, website, and game reviewer in the industry. The game has been generally praised for balancing the gameplay of the NES version, with the extras added in the port. It currently holds the second spot on GameRankings for highest rating on Game Boy Color as well as numerous other laurels for great achievements. The only drawback reviewers agree upon is when Mario jumps, the camera moves with him, which is rather good when you consider the amount of content. Overall, this game collection is one of the greatest additions to the Mario franchise until the rise of the Nintendo 64.

Videos - Gameplay, Trailers & Commercials



A North American TV Commercial for Super Mario Bros. DX



A KoolAid commercial promoting the Game Boy Colour and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe as prizes if you collect enough points!


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