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New Super Mario Bros. 99 Lives Glitch Discovered After 30 Years

by Ron Duwell | June 22, 2014June 22, 2014 9:00 am PST

Super Mario Bros. will be 30 years old next October. Do you have any idea how old that is!? It’s crazy, because somebody else you might know, a certain writer whose article you are currently reading, will also be turning 30-years-old next October. Sigh…

Anyway, 30 years is a very long time, and it is certainly enough time to comb through and find every last secret and glitch in one of history’s most beloved games. In that time frame, we’ve found the Infinite Lives Trick and the fabled “Minus World,” and those are just the most famous ones. For being such an early masterpiece, part of Super Mario Bros.‘ lasting appeal is discovering how truly broken it is beneath the surface thanks to early programming.

Don’t think that we’ve uncovered just everything yet. We have a brand new 99 lives glitch just uncovered by Japanese super fans, and it’s a doozy of a glitch to pull off as described by RetroCollect. Once you get it right, no more worrying about dying! Not that the guys making this video had to worry about it in the first place. With skills like those…

“First, you must first take player one’s Mario to the second level of the game and throw away your first life. With Luigi taking over, player two must traverse all the way to World 5-2 and find the hidden beanstalk block halfway through the stage. Once there, Luigi must start climbing the vines, however, he must await —and take on the chin — an incoming projectile from one of the Hammer Bros. Upon being hit, once player one resumes control of Mario, the beanstalk from World 5-2 will start growing in World 1-2, providing all you need to infinitely kick shells for unlimited bonuses.”

Geez, now it makes perfect sense why this glitch took so long to undercover. It’s interesting to see that Super Mario Bros. still has secrets left to explore, but for practicality, you might just want to stick to the traditional Infinite Lives Trick.

On the other hand, I just got a sweet idea for a Mario Maker level. Man, I can’t wait to give that a try.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...