Posted on 2008-08-14, last modified 2008-08-15.
The game and level designers at Nintendo truly brilliant every now and then.
When looking for a way to make the New Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo DS
more challenging I decided to try playing it with only one of the two primary buttons
given to maneuver the little rotund plumber about. I figured that by only jumping and never
pressing the dash button that I might be able to beat the game
but that most of the secrets would be out of reach.
In fact, all the levels can be completed, 98% of the coins collected and 83% of the secret
level exits accessed without ever pressing dash. And the game is much harder (it
really was too easy to start with.)
Coins and exits I couldn't reach (non-spoiler version):
- World 1-Tower 1: secret exit
- World 3-Ghost House: secret exit
- World 3-Ghost House: 3rd coin
- World 4-Tower 1: 1st coin
- World 5-Level B: secret exit
- World 7-Ghost House: 3rd coin
- World 8-Level 1: 1st coin
If you find a way to get any of these with only the jump button and power ups, please send me an email.
Really hard to reach/tricky coins (WITH SPOILERS):
Most of the coins that are out of reach without dash can be grabbed with Mega-Mario or Mini-Mario,
but these are a few that deserve special mention.
- World 2-Level 2: 1st coin
Steal the cloud with a turtle shell at the beginning of the level and float up and right.
You will have to lure the cloud-dwelling creature back from the right and quickly jump
up and kick the turtle before he flies away.
- World 3-Level 3: 3rd coin
Use regular Mario (not powered up, not Mini-Mario) to jump into the upward facing pipe
from the right side. Use the leaping fish to lose any power ups you have.
- World 5-Level 2: 2nd coin
Use a bat from earlier in the level to leap into the upward-facing pipe with the 2nd coin.
Try to make the bat swoop as low as possible to leave room to jump on top.
- World 6-Tower 1: 3rd coin
Use Mini-Mario to bounce off walls to reach the coin room. Not a major trick, but really
hard to get the timing right and make it out of the level alive.