Submission #3341: Masterjun's GBA Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World in 10:07.98

Console Game Boy Advance Emulator VBA
Game Version USA Frame Count 36479
ROM Filename Super Mario Advance 2 - Super Mario World (U) [!].gba Frame Rate 60
Branch Rerecord Count 5261
Unknown Authors Masterjun
Game Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
Submitted by Masterjun on 10/24/2011 11:21:13 PM

Submission Comments
Super Mario Advance 2 is a GBA remake of the game Super Mario World for the SNES. The levels and the gameplay are nearly the same, but there are some minor differences like if you drop an item, it stops and don't have horizontal speed.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: VBA rerecording v24 svn422
  • Aims for fastest time
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Abuses programming errors


This run aims for the fastest time to defeat bowser. This game has not much lag in general, that's why it's faster than the SNES game. I used tricks and glitches to be faster and sometimes to make this run more entertaining.

Tricks used in this run

The tricks are mostly the same as in the SNES game so you can look after them in the Game Resources.

Hopping glitch

Mario's sprinting speed oscillates like this: 48, 47, 48, 47, 49 and if you release "right" (or left) it will stop oscillating at the speed Mario has. If you release at the right frame, Mario will hold 49 speed, and if you jump at the first possible frame Mario will hold his speed.


This trick is used to keep sprinting speed after slowing down. A full explanation of this trick is here.

-1 Trick

If you are at speed 0 it is faster to press the first frame "left" and hold "right" than to hold "right" from first frame.

Oscillating flight speed

When you fly, your speed oscillates like this: 51, 50, 49, 48, 47 you can release right to stop that, like in the Hopping glitch.

Fast air-catching

To catch air it is faster to press 1 frame "left" then 1 frame "<nothing>" and then again "left" than holding "left" all the time.

Spin jump flying

It's the same as 6/5 but here you are longer in the air. :)

1/1 Swimming

Even Mario's swimming speed oscillates - between 15 and 17 (or 31 and 33 if carrying an item underwater). This can be abused by pressing back and forth when reaching the highest oscillation point. This way, swimming speed can be improved from (15 + 15 + 16 + 16 + 17) / 5 = 15.8 subpixels per frame, to (15 + 17) / 2 = 16 subpixels per frame. The technique works similarly when swimming with an item.

Corner Boost

If you jump in the bottom right corner of a block, you can gain speed because the block pushs Mario forward.


You can jump on a shell if it's thrown. It can help you in some cases.


If your speed is more than 32 you can catch the wall and you can jump off of it

Corner Clip

I used it one time in this run, in the scolling part of the castle. It's hard to explain so see here.

Stage by stage comments

Yoshi's Island 2

Nothing special.

Yoshi's Island 3

Nothing special in this level but sorry that you can't really see anything.

Yoshi's Island 4

I shelljumped to avoid jumping in the water and slow down.

#1 Iggy's Castle

You can't jump on the p-switch to save time here, because the p-switch will stop after you dropped it. I did't get the flower, because I would lose time.

Donut Plains 1

Getting a feather and fly around. :)

Donut Secret 1

Go in the other room to get a shell and using 1/1.

Donut Secret House

You can't go though the stairs, so I go around them. Big Boo fight is funny. :D

Star World 1

You can't glitch through the turn blocks.

Star World 2

Some music tricks and use of 1/1.

Star World 3

Using the p-switch to get the key earlier.

Star World 4

Using a shell to get the key earlier

Front Door

Fastest combination: Door 2 and Door 5.


Ending input as fast as possible.

Other comments

There are some useful addresses you might want to see:
03003FA9 - x speed
03003FAD - y speed
03003FD0 - x position
03003FD4 - y position
03003FE6 - p meter
03004035 - takeoff meter

Suggested screenshots

6844, 10492, 13552, 19294, 26666, 27927, 33103

DarkKobold: The majority of the audience felt this was too similar to the SNES run, with worse sound effects and music. I am inclined to agree, this seems to offer nothing new over the SNES version. Rejecting.

adelikat: Unrejecting this submission for consideration into the Vault tier

adelikat: Unlike when this run was originally judged, ports of the game game to different consoles is not a factor when judging the run. Therefore, accepting for publication. Due to the viewer response, this movie will be published to the Vault


Last Edited by natt on 12/21/2012 6:14 PM
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