Just playing Super Mario on the Virtual Console, and was perplexed by this.
Sometimes, when hitting a ? block or secret block that has a mushroom or a 1-up, it is very hard to tell which way the 'shroom will go once it pops up. Sometimes, it has a tendency to move to the right, and sometimes, it will move to the left.
A bigger offender is the 1-up mushroom blocks, that when you expect them to move towards you, they tend to move off the opposite direction, usually into a pit or a death trap.
I'd like to be able to accurately and scientifically figure out the patterns of mushrooms, but I'll need some help.
How can I tell which way powerups and mushrooms will go?