The original “Super Mario Bros.” is more than just the 32 or so levels you’ve played. The original “Super Mario Bros.” actually has hundreds more levels. Hundreds!Those levels, however, are messed up.
They’re broken, contain enemies that have no place within them (a Goomba underwater?!), and look completely bananas. They’re the forgotten children of Nintendo’s most revered game, hidden away in the annals of each cartridge’s aging chips. These are levels Nintendo never intended anyone to see, and the company’s never really spoken about them as a result.
But guess what? Intrepid Nintendo enthusiasts have cracked a crazy secret process for unlocking these hidden levels.
Here’s how to do it.
It’s just one of many of the hidden levels contained in “Super Mario Bros.,” and it’s perhaps the most widely known. You can reach it by performing an awkward backwards jump in the game’s second level, 1-2, like so:
It’s so-named because of the ‘-1’ seen in the ‘World’ area of the screen:
The level itself is just a standard underwater level, though it’s impossible to progress beyond it. Exiting the level results in a loop.
And a copy of ‘Tennis’ for the original Nintendo Entertainment System:
And a top-loading Nintendo Entertainment System:
First things first, insert ‘Super Mario Bros.’ into the NES and start playing.
Like this guy, but with a top-loading NES instead of an original model.
At any point during the first level, 1-1, pull the cartridge out of the system while the system remains powered on.
BEWARE: Yes, this might break your NES, and your game. Try this at your own risk.
Start a one-player game and get moving around.
When ‘Super Mario Bros.’ reloads, it will load into one of the hundreds of secret levels in the game. Just look at this:
Even crazier? Every time you do the trick, you get a different secret level:
If you can get your hands on a working Game Genie — a device for hacking “cheats” into games —there’s an even easier way to just input a code and access all these levels.
And for more information on the hundreds of secret levels in ‘Super Mario Bros.,” check out this episode of ‘Pop Fiction’ from GameTrailers.com!
Source Business Insider