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|Developer(s)||Nintendo, Power Paintbrush Productions|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo 4D Viewer, V²|
The tale begins at a party in Peach's castle. During the party, however, Mario and Luigi get bored and decide to take a look at the plumbing. There, however, they find Blue Toad and Yellow Toad, who are staring at the Super Star - a Power Star that fuels the Mushroom Kingdom itself, and can grant any wish to any living being.
"Bowser may be trying to steal this star!" The Toads tell the Bros. "Will you help us stop him?" Mario and Luigi nod in approval, and the four rush out the castle (but not before giving Peach a birthday present) in order to defeat Bowser.
Right near the end of the game, it is revealed that Bowser had stolen the Super Star and kidnapped Princess Peach while the heroes were travelling. Mario, Luigi and the Toads manage to retrieve the star and rescue Peach before Bowser can make his destructive wish come true.
The gameplay is very similar to that of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The main goal is to collect Stars - there's one that marks the end of every stage, and up to three extras hidden in each stage.
Multiplayer gameplay is also available, allowing up to four players to play the game at once. Player 1 controls Mario, Player 2 controls Luigi, Player 3 controls Blue Toad and Player 4 controls Yellow Toad.
Yoshi can be found in one stage throughout every world except Bowser's Castle. Yoshi comes in four colours - green, yellow, light blue and pink. In Multiplayer Mode, one Yoshi appears for each player.
The following table describes Yoshi's abilities and what he needs to eat to obtain them.
At the start of the game, the only available world is Nature Way. Other numbered worlds can be unlocked by completing the previous world. An exception to this rule is Mystery Land. The player can travel to Mystery Land after completing Chocolate Canyon OR Water Park. Also, Rainbow Land can only be unlocked by collecting the five Silver Stars after beating the game.
To unlock a world with a Letter in place of the world number, the player must find it on the World Map. World A can be accessed from World 1, World B can be accessed from World 2, World C from World 4, World D from World 6, and finally World E can be accessed from World 7.
|Nature Way||1||Mostly grassy, with some caves and underwater stages.||
|Chocolate Canyon||2||Desert and canyon stages, as well as underground areas.||
|Water Park||3||The world is mostly water, with beaches, jungles and streams.||
|Mystery Land||4||Takes place in jungles, as well as ancient ruins||
|Frosted Fields||5||Tends to include snow and ice, as well as underground stages.||
|Mechanical Works||6||A factory with various mechanical stages.||
|Misty Skyline||7||Takes place in mountains and high in the sky.||
|Bowser's Castle||8||Takes place on the road to and inside Bowser's castle.||
|Rainbow Land||9||A secret world, split into several themes.||
|Autumn Isle||A||A grassy world that takes place in the Autumn.||
|Rusted Ruins||B||Takes place in ancient ruins and watery caverns.||
|Winter Way||C||Takes place in the Winter, and features snowy stages along with water.||
|Cloudy Way||D||Takes place high in the sky, with various stages to suit the weather.||
|Spirit Valley||E||Mostly grassy, but covered in mechanical areas.||
|Larry Koopa||1-Tower, 1-Castle||
|Reznor||1-Castle, 3-Castle, 6-Tower 2, 7-Castle, 8-Tower 2||Each Reznor shoots fireballs. You must hit the blocks they're standing on from below to defeat them.|
|Morton Koopa Jr.||2-Tower, 2-Castle||
|Giga Thwomp||2-Castle||Moves left and right, and drops down to crush the player. Trick him into falling into a pitfall to win!|
|Wendy O. Koopa||3-Tower, 3-Castle||
|Iggy Koopa||4-Tower, 4-Castle||
|Shiverburn Spirits||4-Castle||Shiver Spirit shoots ice balls, whilst Burn Spirit shoots fireballs. Use Yoshi to throw an ice ball at Burn Spirit or a fireball at Shiver Spirit to deal damage.|
|Bowser Jr.||4-Airship, 6-Airship, 8-Airship||
|Lemmy Koopa||5-Tower, 5-Castle||
|Boohemoth||5-Castle, 6-Castle||Advances towards the player. Throw Bulb Blocks at him to knock him back, and press the Switch at the far end of his arena to defeat him.|
|Roy Koopa||6-Tower, 6-Castle||
|Ludwig von Koopa||7-Tower, 7-Castle||
|Kamek||8-Tower||Warps around the area whilst shooting red fireballs which leave flames on the ground, alongside green fireballs which turn into enemies once they touch the ground.|
|Bowser||8-Final||Jumps around and shoots homing blue fireballs, as well as sets of red fireballs.|
|Bowser (Part 2)||8-Final||Chases the player along an obstacle course in his Clown Car, launching various attacks.|
One star can be found at the end of the stage, and one to three more stars can be found hidden throughout the stages. In total, there are 300 Stars to collect.
Types of Star
Super Mario Chess
Super Mario Chess is a Minigame in Super Mario Bros. and the Secret of the Super Star. It can be played from the Title Screen, and winning will grant rewards that can be claimed in the main game.
The possible rewards are altered by the difficulty setting. The computer AI also increases.
- Easy: Rewards - Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Hammer Suit
- Normal: Rewards - Mini Mushroom, Ice Flower, Super Leaf
- Expert: Rewards - Penguin Suit, Spark Flower, Invincible Star
- Super Expert: Rewards - Fire Flower, Ice Flower, Spark Flower, Super Leaf, Hammer Suit, Invincible Star
Super Expert Difficulty must be purchased as DLC first, for 59p on one version and 69p on both versions.
Each side has 16 pieces. Mario's Team always goes first. You can choose if you want to play as Mario's Team or Luigi's Team just before every game.
"Castling" is a special move performed with the King and one Rook. For this move, the King moves two spaces towards the Rook, and the Rook moves two (if you're castling on the "Kingside") or three (if you're castling on the "Queenside") spaces the other way. This move can only be used once per game, and must be the very first move for both pieces involved in the Castling Process. Also, there must be no pieces in the way of the King and Rook.
Pawns have a very special movement system, as they can move either two or one spaces forward on their first turn but only one on every other turn, but move diagonally when capturing. This move allows a Pawn to capture an enemy pawn who had moved two spaces on its first turn as if it had only moved one.
- The Star System is an allusion to Super Mario Galaxy.
- This is the only New Super Mario Bros. Game not to have the word "New" in its title, the only one to have fourteen worlds (the others have nine, save for the original NSMB on the DS, which has eight worlds), and the only one to not have Star Coins (the Star System takes the place of the Star Coins).
- This is also the first side-scrolling Platformer since 1990 where Yoshi can gain special powers by eating certain objects.