Super Mario: A Hero Through Time
Developer(s) Zodiac Games
Publisher(s) NintendoLogo
Platform(s) Wii U and 3DS
Release Date(s)
February 2014
Age Rating(s)
Rated E for Everyone
Genre(s) Platformer
Super Mario: A Hero Through Time is a game developed by Zodiac Games for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It features Mario alongside a younger Classic Mario, as they travel through time to save their friends and defeat Bowser. The game is inspired by Sonic Generations, and as such, a Sonic themed DLC has been released for the game.


Princess Peach has invited Mario to the castle to celebrate his birthday. All his friends are waiting for him, but once he arrives, Bowser bursts through the wall of the castle. Vowing to defeat Mario once and for all, he pulls out a strange device from his Koopa Clown Car which causes strange rips in time to appear, sucking all of Mario's friends in. Mario resists, and attempts to fight back against Bowser, but is knocked out. He wakes up in a strange void, near what appears to be the Mushroom Kingdom in it's early days, only missing it's colour. He goes in to investigate. After completing the level, he frees his brother Luigi, who notes that the area Mario just went through looks very familiar. After clearing a few more levels, Mario finds a younger Bowser, only to have this Bowser be taken down by a younger Classic Mario. Since both the past and the present are in danger because of Bowser, Mario and his younger self decide to team up to clear the levels and save their friends.

In the 3DS version, the story begins differently. Mario and Luigi are both in Mario's house, when a letter arrives for Mario, inviting him to the Princess's castle for his birthday party, but before he can go, the brothers are attacked by Bowser, and the story continues as normal, except Luig is the only of Mario's friends that needs saving.


Classic Mario plays in the standard 2D Mario form, moving side to side and having his height be a representative of his health. When playing a Classic Mario, the end of the level is a flagpole.

Modern Mario's playstyle depends on which version of the game you are playing. In the Wii U version, he plays like in the 3D mario games like Super Mario Sunshine or Super Mario Galaxy, with a health bar and a camera moving about behind you. In the 3DS version, he plays like Super Mario 3D Land, with a fixed camera for the level, but still being able to move around forwards and backwards. When playing as Modern Mario, the end of the level is a Power Star.

In the Wii U version, the are 3 levels per era, though since they are playable by both Marios, the total is really 6, and a boss level. To unlock the boss level, a bonus stage must be played with both Marios to unlock the key. There are five bonus levels for each Mario, and they are generally shorter than the main levels with specific goals, and based on spinoff games from the era. There is also a rival battle in each area which will unlock a Shine Sprite, needed to complete the game.

In the 3DS version, there are 2 levels per era, except for the first which has 3. The rival battle is placed right before the boss battle. There are no bonus levels in the 3DS version of the game.


Wii U Version

Classic Era

Classic Era levels are based on games from the NES and SNES.

  1. Mushroom Kingdom - Super Mario Bros. (NES)
  2. Subcon - Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
  3. Yoshi's Island - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)

Bonus Levels

  1. Construction Site - Donkey Kong (NES) (Reach the top!)
  2. Virus Beaker - Dr. Mario (NES) (Reach the top!)
  3. Pipe Sewer - Mario Bros. (NES) (Get more points!)
  4. Music Score - Mario Paint (SNES) (Reach the end!)
  5. Donut Plains - Super Mario Kart (SNES) (Win the race!)

Rival Battle - Wario

Boss Battle - Classic Bowser

Gamecube Era

Despite being called the Gamecube Era, the levels here are based on games from both the Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube.

  1. Bob-omb Battlefield - Super Mario 64 (NIntendo 64)
  2. Luigi's Mansion - Luigi's Mansion (Gamecube)
  3. Noki Bay - Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube)

Bonus Levels

  1. Banshee Boardwalk - Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64) (Win the race!)
  2. Peach's Birthday Cake - Mario Party (Nintendo 64) (Get more coins!)
  3. Shy Guy's Toy Box - Paper Mario (Nintendo 64) (Reach the end!)
  4. Lakitu Valley - Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (Gamecube) (Don't drop the ball!)
  5. Mushroom Bridge - Mario Kart: Double Dash (Gamecube) (Win the race with Toad!)

Rival Battle - Shadow Mario

Boss Battle - King Boo

Modern Era

Modern Era levels are based on games from the Wii and Wii U.

  1. Gusty Garden Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
  2. Frosted Glacier - New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
  3. Shadow-Play Alley - Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

Bonus Levels

  1. The Bitlands - Super Paper Mario (Wii) (Reach the end!)
  2. Goomba's Booty Boardwalk - Mario Party 8 (Wii) (Get more coins!)
  3. Rainbow Road - Mario Kart Wii (Wii) (Win the race!)
  4. Boss Blitz Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) (Reach the end!)
  5. Soda Jungle - New Super Luigi U (Wii U) (Win the race!)

Rival Battle - Nabbit

Boss Battle - Giant Bowser

Final Area

Boss Battle - Bowser

3DS Version

Classic Era

  1. Mushroom Kingdom - Super Mario Bros. (NES)
  2. Sarasaland - Super Mario Land (Gameboy)
  3. Space Zone - Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Gameboy)

Rival Battle - Wario

Boss Battle - Tatanga

Gamecube Era

  1. Dire Dire Docks - Super Mario 64 DS (DS)
  2. Yoshi's Island - Yoshi's Island DS (DS)

Rival Battle - Shadow Mario

Boss Battle - Kamek

Modern Era

  1. Toxic Jungle - Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
  2. Cloudy Heights - New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

Rival Battle - Nabbit

Boss Battle - Dry Bowser

Final Area

Boss Battle - Bowser

Mario's Friends

After completing a level as both Classic and Modern Mario in the Wii U version of the game, one of Mario's friends is freed. In the 3DS version, only Luigi is freed after completing Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Luigi (Mushroom Kingdom)
  • Peach (Subcon)
  • Yoshi (Yoshi's Island)
  • Toad (Bob-omb Battlefield)
  • Daisy (Luigi's Mansion)
  • Toadsworth (Noki Bay)
  • Rosalina (Gusty Garden Galaxy)
  • Donkey Kong (Frosted Glacier)
  • Starlow (Shadow-Play Alley)


Most levels have their own powerup to help Mario out through the level, but powerups cannot carry out of the level.

  • Mushroom Kingdom - Fire Flower
  • Yoshi's Island - Yoshi Egg (You can hatch and ride a Yoshi on this level)
  • Bob-omb Battlefield - Wing Cap
  • Luigi's Mansion - Poltergust 3000
  • Noki Bay - FLUDD
  • Frosted Glacier - Ice Flower
  • Shadow-Play Alley - Super Bell

Bonus Levels

Most bonus levels have their own goal. More often than not, it simply involves completing the level, but with an added challenge.

  • Reach the top!/Reach the end! - Reach the end of the level. If it says top, you'll be climbing upwards mostly instead of sideways.
  • Get more points! - Both Mario and Luigi will be on the stage. In order to win, you must have more points than Luigi by the time the timer runs out.
  • Win the race!/Win the race with Toad! - In these levels, other characters will start alongside you, and you must make it to the end before they do. On Mushroom Bridge, you must carry Toad to the finish with you. This is mostly used for Mario Kart levels, but is also used for a New Super Luigi U level, where the only character you are racing against is Luigi.
  • Get more coins! - There will be three other characters on the stage with you, and to win, you have to have the most coins by the time the timer runs out. Unlike points, coins can be stolen by attacking other players.
  • Don't drop the ball! - You have to carry the ball to the end of the level and drop it in the hole before you can finish.


4 packs of DLC have been announced so far, with 3 levels and a boss battle in each.

Mario Spinoffs DLC

  1. 75m - Donkey Kong
  2. Keyhaul Key - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
  3. Pump Works - Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Boss Battle - Shadow Queen (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)

Nintendo Hits DLC 1

  1. Green Greens (Kirby)
  2. Planet Zebes (Metroid)
  3. Hyrule (The Legend of Zelda)

Boss Battle - Master Hand (Super Smash Bros)

Nintendo Hits DLC 2

  1. Skyworld (Kid Icarus)
  2. Victory Road (Pokemon)
  3. Forest Navel (Pikmin)

Boss Battle - Tabuu (Super Smash Bros Brawl)

Sonic Generations DLC

  1. Green Hill Zone
  2. City Escape
  3. Rooftop Run

Boss Battle - Time Eater (Sonic Generations)

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