2. Overview

This page is currently up-to-date as of version 2.11. The latest version with significant additions is version 3.1.2.

This is a simple overview for Super Mario Bros. Crossover. It is designed to quickly teach newcomers the basics of the game.


Super Mario Bros. Crossover plays just about the same way as the original NES classic, Super Mario Bros. The main changes in gameplay are evident from the different characters abilities, e.g. Ryu's wall-climbing and Link's boomerang. The main objective of the game remains the same, as does the way the player reaches it. The player must progress through the level, taking care of or evading enemies until they reach the flag at the end.

On levels that end in -4, the player must dispatch Bowser to complete the World and get to the next one. All of this is done just as it was in the original, by moving to the right and jumping (or using the various characters' abilities) to take out the enemies. However, because of the multiple characters in the game with their own abilities and sprite sizes, some areas had to be tweaked in order for the player to advance.


The default controls are as follows:
  • Left: Left
  • Right: Right
  • Up: Up
  • Down: Down
  • Jump: Z
  • Attack: X
  • Special: C
  • Pause: Escape
  • Select: A (Tab prior to 3.0)
These can be changed from the options menu to suit a player's preferences.


When you start the game, you can choose one of five difficulties. Choose a difficulty that feels right for your skill level. For more info, see Difficulties.

Game Modes

There are a few different ways to play Super Mario Bros. Crossover. The default mode, 'All Characters', lets you choose your character after each level or whenever you die. There are several other modes that force you to use more strategy when choosing a character. For more details, see Game Modes.


The main feature of Super Mario Bros. Crossover is being able to play as many different characters. Each character has different strengths and weaknesses and significantly affects how you play the game. Be sure to try them all and find out which are your favorites. For more info on each character, see Characters.


There are many different kinds of tile in Super Mario Bros. Crossover. For a list with a few details on these, check Tiles.


There are several items you can get throughout the game that will grant you special abilities and other advantages. The most important of these are mushroom and fireflower, which grant you an extra hit. Some characters also have their own pickups. For more info, see Pickups.


You will face off against several different enemies throughout the game. Most enemies can be defeated by jumping on them, but beware of jumping on spiked enemies. For more info on each enemy and how to defeat them, see Enemies.


Cheats can be unlocked by meeting certain conditions in the game. The cheats menu can be accessed via the main menu. Each cheat that you have unlocked can be turned on or off at any time. The cheats that are still locked appear as a row of question marks. Select one of them and press the jump button to see the unlock requirements For more info, see Cheats.


There are several techniques you can use to make the game easier. For a list of tips, see Tips.

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