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What happens when you exceed 999999 points in Super Mario Bros.?

I quickly checked in an emulator since I didn't know either. SMB1 stores the score in BCD encoding, using 6 bytes, one for each digit - excluding the units, since score granularity does not go below ...
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What happens when you exceed 999999 points in Super Mario Bros.?

Nothing special happens when going past 999,999 other than it just displays 7 digits instead. Source
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Are Waluigi and Wario brothers?

It's not really known, there are conflicting sources. According to the Super Mario Wiki, Waluigi and Wario's relationship has jumped between "brothers" to "just friends" and everything in between. ...
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Why do I turn into super Mario instead of fire Mario when I touch a fire flower AS SMALL Mario in Super Mario Bros 1?

For a technical explanation, if we look at the disassembled code for Super Mario Bros, we can see that the routine for collecting fire flowers and super mushrooms is exactly the same. ...
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In Super Mario Bros which button is used to run and to jump?

A is used to jump or swim up, whereas B is used to shoot a flame or run. Have a look at the current world record speedrun to see it in action. If you're actually asking how one would use both buttons, ...
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How many ways are there to defeat bowser in Super Mario Bros

No. Basically there are limited things you can do to enemies in the game; restricted to jumping on them, using fireballs, or colliding with them while using invincibility. Now since there is no ...
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Looking for more detailed explanation concerning SMB flagpole glitch

I've found a pretty good explanation of how to pull off this glitch in this thread: Okay so, to start off with, you need to have as close as possible to a perfect room 1 and room 2, you can still get ...
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What is the main difference between Super Mario Bros and The Lost Levels?

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was originally called Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan. The game was deemed to be 'Too hard' for US audiences, so Nintendo took another game named Doki Doki Panic, ...
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Is it faster to hit the flagpole in the original Mario Bros at the top compared to the bottom, or is there no difference?

I know I'm really late to answering this question, but both of the answers here are wrong. Its not actually faster to grab the bottom, its faster to grab it at the top. It turns out that mario spends ...
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In Super Mario Bros which button is used to run and to jump?

A is used to jump. I most of the game A is used to jump. B is used to run. On the NES gamepad (and gamecube) the buttons A and B are reversed compared to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other ...
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At what point do the number of lives turn into coins/crown?

The crown is a placeholder for a 1 in the tens digit place. From The Mushroom Kingdom, The WORLD x-x screen shown before starting a level shows Mario's extra life total. If you get more than 9 extra ...
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Why do certain events in the original Super Mario Bros. cause the music to distort?

What's causing the modulation is a bit difficult to explain. There's a whole mess of different ways for music/sound to fail during playback, but modulation usually happens when a group of notes is ...
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Is Super Mario Bros. in Nintendo World Championship 1990 the complete game?

The answer is yes, it is possible to finish a complete game Here is the end screen: After this the game repeats as in the original Mario Bros, that is, starting from World 1-1, with the ...
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Are toad's spots red or white?

Toad has always had a white hat with red spots in the games, and this is his canonical look. However, adaptations have occasionally shown Toad with a red hat and white spots (which may be the source ...
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How to do a high-jump on springboards?

You have to press A when the trampoline is fully compressed, before it sends you in the air. There's nothing else to it, just got to get the timing right. Source saying it's all about timing (...
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Have there been video games for which perfect speedruns were mathematically proven?

SMB best time was not proven - even small, simple, and scrutinized as it is, while a new discovery is unlikely, it's not impossible - the code is complex enough that unexpected emergent behaviors ...
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Illustrated list of differences between the arcade and NES versions of Super Mario Bros

A comprehensive collection of maps for every level of Vs. Super Mario Brothers can be found on the TheMushroomKingdom's Vs. SMB Map Page. The maps detail every last inch of every single level ...
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What is the difference between "Super Mario Advance 4/Super Mario Bros 3" and "Super Mario Advance" on the Game Boy Advance SP?

There were 4 Super Mario Advances released. The Advance games were simply renumbered in order of release on GBA and do not respect the order of the original games - they worked on the ports and ...
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How do I get the Princess?

If you look carefully, you'll notice Toad talking to you (Mario), telling you that the Princess is, in fact, located in another castle. Thank you Mario! But our Princess is in another castle! There ...
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original mario on nintendo switch - warp zone to 8?

It seems that the version of Super Mario Bros. you are playing isn't the beloved 1985 NES version, but a 1986 arcade version called VS. Super Mario Bros. Most likely because the NES version is only ...
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How can I tell which way mushrooms and powerups travel when hitting a ? block?

(Now that I see the other answer and confusion, I no longer know if this is right. But this is the way I always saw it, and I thought it was consistent.) It depends on where you hit the block. If you ...
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Have there been video games for which perfect speedruns were mathematically proven?

SMB is a very 'solved' game. Its an old game, short, that is run by a lot of runners. So there is no new strats that are found often. Also, SMB is a 'simple' game. There is no perfect routing for ...
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Wii Virtual Console -- Black screen

It turns out that you can only do this with the Nunchuck controller. Agh.
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How can I tell which way mushrooms and powerups travel when hitting a ? block?

There are two things that determine mushroom motion. Mushroom type Player location Since the original Super Mario Bros, a Red Mushroom will always move towards the player after it has fully emerged ...
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How can I tell which way mushrooms and powerups travel when hitting a ? block?

In my experience, I've noticed that there seems to be a moment right before beginning movement after the mushroom has fully exposed itself where it decides which direction it goes. Which direction it ...
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Can you put SNES roms on a Super Mario Bros Game & Watch?

This question was downvoted mostly because we do not help with modding, and that is very probably against the TOS of that collectible. My personal guess? Well you can't usually use the exact same ...
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Need help with controls

As each romhack is more and more unique (Super Orb Bros is a standout SMB3 romhack that does new VERY well), it takes very fine-grained understanding of the height of jumps and running. Some pointers ...
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I am playing GBA version of Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World. How to get normal koopas back?

According to the Super Mario Wiki, After the player beats every special level in the Special Zone, a game aesthetic change called Fall occurs, where the world map obtains a different palette and some ...
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