While they’ve fallen out of popularity in recent years, video game cheats and secrets were the topic of discussion on the playground in the ’80s and ’90s. Some tricks, like the Konami code and Super Mario Bros’ Warp Zones became almost universal knowledge, but other cheats never quite gained the same kind of traction. Today a game’s secrets are all discovered and posted on a well-formatted web page within hours of its release, but back in the day cheats could actually fall through the cracks.
So, here are a few secrets you may not know about games you might’ve been playing for 25 years or more. Some of these cheats could have saved your younger self a lot of frustration, but hey, better late than never, right? Let’s start playing these classic games right…
Super Mario Bros.
You Can Continue After a Game Over, And Select Stages From the Intro Screen
Everyone knows about the infinite lives Koopa Troopa trick, but all those lives wouldn’t be so necessary if Super Mario Bros. actually had continues. Well, lo and behold, it turns out it actually does.
When you die in Super Mario Bros. just hold down A on the Game Over screen, then just press start like usual on the title screen (while still holding A) and you’ll start back at the beginning of whatever world you were on. So, if you lost all your lives on World 8-3, you’d can continue at World 8-1. Not perfect, but it basically means you can continue battling away at level 8 without repeatedly having to play through early stages to access Warp Zones.
Oh, and once you beat the game and unlock hard mode, you can select your level from the intro screen by holding down the B-button for a second.
No need for this nonsense any more.