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New Super Mario Bros.

How do you unlock the cannon on World 1?

Games Guru: Great game! So, head over to the tower. Make sure to have the Blue Shell with you. Head into the first pipe that’ll shoot you up. When you start falling back, go in the gold door. Don’t be discouraged by the many moving platforms. See the one on the right near a gap that always stays the same size? Walk into it and notice three blocks. The Blue Shell will break them all. Keep breaking! Move right and finish the level to unlock your fancy Warp Cannon. It’ll take you to World 5!

Are there any other unlockable characters besides Luigi? On the touchscreen in my instruction booklet, it shows the worlds but on the actual touchscreen the worlds look different. Why is this?

Games Guru: Unfortunately, Luigi is the only unlockable character in the game. Regarding the difference between the booklet and the actual touchscreen worlds, sometimes the people who make the booklet get an earlier version of the game design document. They should have gotten one that looks like the real thing. But sometimes when deadlines are tight, some things fall through the cracks.

Are there any cheats or hidden characters?

Games Guru: I have not tried this myself, but as I understand it, if you press and hold the L and R shoulder buttons down and choose one of your saved game files on the select file screen, you can play as Luigi.

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116 Comments on New Super Mario Bros.

  1. i cant get past the timed bricks on the world 3 mini castle. help!

  2. how do you beat world 3 the tower with bowser jr.?

  3. star wars #1 fan // March 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm // Reply


  4. lego lover 29 ,to get the world 1 cannon you go to the mini castle and do you know the the pipe that shoots you and lets you get to that door with the moving blocks inside you can see a space with a fast block and a slow block jump on the slow one and wait for the fast block to go up and then you jump into the space (p.s you have to have a blue shell mario or luigi

  5. cheese burger // March 19, 2011 at 7:47 am // Reply

    hold L and R when selecting a file to play as luigi

  6. my R4 gives me cheats

  7. i love saving toad

  8. boppymister // March 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    if u beet the first 4 stages of level 2 a water stage wil show up.beet that stage and a pipe wil open.go through that pipe and u wil skip the minicastle and al the stages after it and go to the castle.

  9. LegoLover 29 // February 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm // Reply

    In World 1 how do you get to the Cannon?

    • isnt that through the ghost house

    • mathteamer101 // February 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm // Reply

      YOU WILL NEED THE SHELL MARIO FOR THIS. first, go to the middle castle(not the world 1 final boss) and go to the room with the moving stones in it. look in the upper right corner for the stone that is moving slowly. jump on it than move right. you will enter a hidden room. slide with your shell to break all the blocks. then enter the door on your right. after you hit the flag, you will unlock the cannon.

  10. cheese puff dude609 // February 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm // Reply

    i hate the last level because you kept going in a strait pattern i had to use the infinate time cheat to get through that part.

  11. I want to get this game.

  12. i think its fun

  13. supermariofan // February 1, 2011 at 9:19 am // Reply

    fun game.

  14. what button equals letter or number

  15. how do you type in codes for cheats

  16. How do I get thru the first World 8 castle level?


  18. Do you know what the mini pipe at the end of World 8-4 leads to?

  19. Y’know what they should make?…SUPER WARIO BROTHERS.

  20. I’m so happy that Petey Piranha is one of the bosses. He should have been for World 4 though, being in the ice world.

    PS, I heard there’s a world . If so, how do I get there?

  21. is there any codes for this game??? if there is plz tell me

  22. How do you be Wario?????

  23. how do u get 2 the w2 cannon?

  24. Anybody need any advice?

    • How do you get world 3-C?

      • Nerfplayer // January 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm //

        First, you have to go through the green pipe when you step onto the moving mushroom platform in W3-2. This will take you to a secret area with a Spin Block and a P button. Hit the P button if you want and soar through the air to collect the silver coins, then go through the next pipe. You’ll be in an area with mushroom platforms bending side to side. Once you get past that, hop onto the flagpole (the flag should be red) and an alternate route will open leading to W3-B. Once you conquer W3-B, a route to W3-C will open.

  25. hey, does anyone know how 2 get 2 the 4th and 7th worlds?
    it seems like they’re SECRET worlds and the game made me SKIP THEM!

  26. I know how to get world 5-A,5-B,and 5-C.

  27. Marioluigi790 // October 18, 2010 at 6:29 am // Reply

    My friend says that there is a secret way from the boo house on w5,Is this true?

  28. Marioluigi790 // October 18, 2010 at 6:19 am // Reply

    How do you get world 3-C on ds?

  29. dis game roks!

  30. Awesomedude // August 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm // Reply

    i have beat the game 8 times already

  31. Two of my favorite levels is 1-1( The 1 up lvl ) And 1-4 ( The Mini up lvl.)I Beat game!

  32. stuck on world 6

    • i know how to beet wolrd 6. If u r stuk on the catsle when u get to the end run all the way to bowser jr. then beat the mole in the tank (ground pound the mole 3 times when he comes out of the tank and sits in the top seat.)the u go to world 8!

  33. i beat the games

  34. I once played this game on a boy’s nintendo DS.and now my sister wants to get this game

  35. this game is so fun i beat it in a night

  36. PwnerofAll // July 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm // Reply

    pause on map and press in L R L R X X Y Y

    • if u do dat u get the secret challenge mode!

      • Pedro and Ordep of the galaxy // July 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm //

        Does secret challenge mode unlock anything because I completed every single level in the whole game as mario and then again as luigi in secret challenge mode, but I didn’t unlock anything!(P.S. It would help me out a lot if you’d tell me what am I supposed to do in secret challenge mode in each level!)

  37. awsome man // June 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm // Reply

    I beat the whole game!

  38. supermarioman // June 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    im stuck on w8

    • if ur stuk on w8 mega castle when u get to the end u must have bigge mushroom then use it to stomp bowser.then peach floats down then she kisses mario then the credits start! after the credits bowser jr. drags away dead bowser.the end then u must sav ur progress.happy gaming!

  39. Hi I might get this for my birthday!

  40. wd 8

  41. action replay has awesome cheats that nobody even said yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. how do you turn into luigi?

  43. littlewill // April 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm // Reply

    if u get every star coin from EVERY level u can unlock princess peach

  44. Is there really a world 9? I’ve heard that there is, and it’s a mixture of all the worlds…

  45. In world 2 in the third level there is a switch that makes the water level go up. There is an opening at the top of the area. Swim up there and you’ll see a switch. If you hurry, the water will rise higher. Then you can swim through a tunnel in that area at the top. That tunnel will take you to a red flag.

  46. Marioluigi 790 // February 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    How do you get world 4 and world 7 in the game?

  47. i have cheat book ask me for cheats

  48. Are there any cheats reply: at the map pause and click l,r,l,r,x,x,y,y

  49. Can u turn into wario or yoshi

  50. Okay,I have done just about every thing I can think of but I have not seen a secret “Wario Bros.” ending! Please somebody tell me what I have to do!

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