You can switch to easy mode by entering the pipe room where you select your play file and pressing select.
A little known secret is that you can actually control the demo that appears if you leave the title screen open. Hold down ↑, SELECT and B (in that order) at the title screen and when the screen changes you will be controlling Mario, however the game will freeze after 60 seconds and you will have to restart.
Unlock Magician Mode
Complete the game, then start a new game and enter ‘FIREBALL’ as a name. If done correctly the word ‘Magician’ will appear on the Option screen. In this mode all trading cards will be available immediately under the DSS option.
Unlock Fighter Mode
Complete the game in Magician Mode and start a new game with ‘GRADIUS’ as a name. The word ‘Fighter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan is stronger and able to take more damage in this mode. Trading cards are not available in this mode.
Unlock Shooter Mode
Complete the game in Fighter Mode and start a new game with ‘CROSSBOW’ as a name. The word ‘Shooter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan will have a greater number of hearts, extra sub-weapon damage and can use the Homing Dagger sub-weapon in this mode.
Unlock Thief Mode
Complete the game in Shooter Mode and start a new game with ‘DAGGER’ as a name. The word ‘Thief’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan’s stats will be lower to begin with in this mode and will not increase as much when you gain a level apart from the ‘LCK’ (Luck) stat which will start at 1600 and will increase by an additional 160 LCK at each level.
While using the whip hold down the attack button to make it spin round in a circle. This will prevent small enemies from hitting you but you cannot move while performing this attack.
Defeat Dragon Zombies
An easy way to defeat the Dragon Zombies is to jump up to the platform by the door where you entered whenever you get hurt and activate the Jupiter + Mandragora DSS combo to heal yourself. Just watch out for the occasional fireball which may come your way.
To defeat Death easily activate the Jupiter + Manticore DSS combo. This prevents his sickles from hitting you.
DSS Card Locations
This is a list of DSS Card locations and the enemies that drop them.
|Mercury||Bone Head in Catacomb.|
|Venus||Slime in Catacomb, Abyss Corridor (hidden room), and Audience Room.|
|Jupiter||Heat Shade in Machine Tower.|
|Mars||Bloody Sword in Chapel Tower.|
|Diana||Man Eater in Underground Gallery.|
|Apollo||Arch Demon in Underground Storage.|
|Neptune||Ice Armor in Underground Waterway.|
|Saturn||Fallen Angel near the Battle Arena.|
|Uranus||Scary Candle in Golem Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).|
|Pluto||Trick Candle in Cerberus Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).|
|Salamander||Bomb Skeleton in Catacomb.|
|Serpent||Earth Demon in Catacomb.|
|Mandragoras||Axe Armor in Abyss, Corridor (in a hidden room), Audience Room.|
|Golem||Electric Skeleton in Audience Room.|
|Cockarice||Stone Armor in Machine Tower.|
|Manticore||Thunder Demon in Machine Tower.|
|Griffon||Skeleton Athletes in Audience Room (hidden room far to the right).|
|Thunderbird||Were-Panther in Chapel Tower.|
|Unicorn||White Armor in Battle Arena.|
|Black Dog||Devil Armor in Battle Arena.|
Unlock Advance Campaign
First buy the ‘Advance Campaign’ under Battle Maps which becomes available after completing the Campaign Mode. After you have bought it start a new Campaign while holding down the Select button. The words ‘Advance Campaign’ should appear in the upper left hand corner. This mode will make enemy AI tougher and some units stronger. Your opponent will also have more units while you will have less, but you will earn more cash for progressing.
Special Intel Tutorial
When you have finished the Field Training missions you will unlock a short tutorial called ‘Special Intel’ which gives you extra gameplay tips. It can be found at any time by going back into Field Training.
Unlock new COs
Olaf: Beat Campaign Mode.
Grit: Beat Campaign Mode and use Max in Mission 4. Buy from Hachi (on the Battle Maps section) for 50 coins.
Eagle: Beat Campaign Mode and use Sami for missions 15, 16, 17, 18 and then beat secret mission 22. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.
Kanbei: Beat Campaign Mode. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.
Drake: Beat Campaign Mode. Use Andy for missions 15, 16, 17 and 18. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.
Sonja: Beat Campaign Mode. Beat Mission 9 in 8 days (or less), Mission 10 in 10 days, Mission 11 in 12 days, then beat secret missions 12, 13 and 14. Then you can buy Sonja from Hachi for 60 coins.
Sturm: Beat Campaign Mode and unlock all other COs. You can then buy Sturm from Haichi for 100 coins. Note: Sturm can only be used in Vs. mode.
Sonja’s Secret Missions
Complete CO Kanbei’s missions in the following amount of turns to unlock Sonja’s secret missions:
Kanbei Arrives!: 8 turns or less
Mighty Kanbei!: 10 turns or less
Kanbei’s Error?: 12 turns or less
If you successfully complete the missions within these time limits you will continue into a hidden path in the story line.
Play As Luigi
To play as Luigi press select on the map screen before you start the level, press it again to change back to Mario. This works in both Classic and Challenge mode.
Play the “Lost Levels”
Complete the original game twice without warping to play “Super Mario Bros For Super Players”. This is in fact the version of Super Mario Bros 2 originally only released in Japan and known as “The Lost Levels” in the West.
To get a fireworks display at the end of a level you need to grab the exit pole when the number on the timer ends with either a one, three or six. The amount of fireworks you get will match the number and you will receive extra points for each one.
World 1-2: Towards the end of the level jump onto a lift going upwards and leap off onto the ceiling blocks. Keep running right across the top and you’ll go past the end of stage pipe to a different set of pipes, these will take you to various stages further along in the game.
World 4-2: Smash the blocks in the ceiling above the tall pipe before you reach the surface to find another warp zone.
Race Vs. Boo
When your points total reaches over 100,000 a new mode will unlock where Boo challenges you to race through levels.