This is what happens when you get one million coins in New Super Mario Bros 2

New Super Mario Bros. 2 runs and jumps onto shelves across Europe today, so to celebrate its release we've dug up a video of one dedicated player reaching a total of one million collected coins in the Japanese version of the game.

Nintendo are encouraging players to amass one million coins in NSMB2, with a running counter keeping track of players' tallies on the over-world screen. However, you might be wondering just what the reward is for accomplishing such a feat. Well wonder no longer, YouTube user NiNTENDOMiNATi0N has already completed the gruelling task. This is what happens [We surely don't need to point it out but we will anyway... !!!!SPOILERS!!!!]:

If you were hoping to see Nintendo's mascot dive head first into a vault full of money, Scrooge McDuck-style, we're sorry to disappoint. Instead, players are treated to a brief congratulatory message and a new title screen – a little anti-climactic, no? There don't appear to be any changes to the game itself, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled in case any secrets come to light.

Ah well, at least we can go to sleep safe in the knowledge that the Mushroom Kingdom is recession-proof.

If all this gold talk has left you with a hankering for more of the virtual shiny stuff, go have a look at our New Super Mario Bros. 2 review and Star Coins walkthrough. And should you fancy going for the big million yourself, Official Nintendo Magazine has got a few tips that should help.

This article was written by Jonathan Branney who is currently completing an internship at Future Publishing.


  • into the sound - August 17, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Midas Mario
  • Z-man427 - August 17, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    That's so dumb
  • ObliqueZombie - August 17, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    That's it? Talk about underwhelming. At least you can show it off to your friends.
  • GR_LucasSullivan - August 17, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Ugh. I'd probably be done with Mario games for life if I went through all that for this.
  • XanderGC - August 17, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Oh yeah, I agree with you there. Man Nintendo doesn't understand the point of effort and reward lol.
  • talleyXIV - August 17, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    And other companies do? Man Activision really gets me, those trophies they gave me for playing Call of Duty really made me feel good about myself. The reward should be satisfaction of completing a game entirely. Much like collecting a set of something. These days people need a fake reward telling them that they did something correct. "Trophy Unlocked/Achievment Unlocked: You collected 1 million coins." That would make it worth it right?
  • Meleedragon27 - August 18, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Comparing one creatively bankrupt game to another? Classy. You obviously don't understand just how time-consuming it is to get a million coins in this game, do you? Did you even read Henry's review? You know, where he specifically mentioned that beating all the levels (some multiple times) would only get you less than a tenth of the ultimate goal? I don't know about you, but if I'm expecting to play through a game 10+ times to get the game's final reward, I expect it to be something at least relatively neat. When all you get is a message that pretty much says "good job, dude", then the "satisfaction" you mentioned in greatly diminished. Also, stop assuming that just because we're unhappy with the reward that we're all suddenly brain-dead CoD fanboys who demand achievements for everything we do (I've read these comments and I didn't see even one person demanding achievements). That's horribly insulting and you only make yourself look like a stupid Nintendrone for jumping to such conclusions.
  • iprogramdaslam - August 18, 2012 11:58 a.m.

  • tehtimeisnow - August 17, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    ha ah thats it nitedno sucks this game is garbege they give u a stuped reward cuz only 3 year olds play this gane and they figure that the wont notice
  • Meleedragon27 - August 17, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Yeesh, the GR review wasn't kidding about the reward for getting a million coins being underwhelming. Also, watching this video, I couldn't help but notice that the game used not only the same level themes and art direction as previous NSMB game, but even the same melodies for its levels. Come on, Nintendo, that's just lazy on so many levels.
  • garnsr - August 17, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Yeah, that sucks, but it doesn't seem out of line with what Japanese games have given us for all the things we've had to do in games over the years. They expect the game to be its own reward.
  • Daikirai - August 17, 2012 10:34 a.m.

  • Kwilliams - August 17, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Isn't this just like DK's banana cave in Donkey Kong Country? We loved that, why are we hating this? It seems like classic Nintendo achievements. Or did you all want 50 gamerpoints? -.-
  • Meleedragon27 - August 17, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    You're also forgetting that Donkey Kong Country came out in 1994 - just because it was a neat touch back then doesn't mean it's gonna be neat later on. This is 2012, friend; we expect a little more reward for our efforts, especially considering how gathering a million coins is no small feat in this game (in the GR review, Henry said beating all the levels in the main game - in some cases a half dozen times - will only garner a mere forty thousand coins). We're hating on this because in this day and age, we expect more from Mario. Sadly, Nintendo doesn't really seem interested in delivering, instead opting to pretend it's still the 90's, shoving nostalgia in our faces hoping we won't notice how sterile and unimaginative the series has gotten, and clinging to outdated gameplay mechanics like lives and rewards that don't really seem worth the effort.
  • Pinbot95 - August 17, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    I don't necessarily disagree with what you said, but keep in mind that NSMB 2 was developed by Nintendo's more junior developers. The senior developers are working on NSMB Wii U.
  • talleyXIV - August 17, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    What is wrong with you? Whatever happened to just getting bragging rights? Seriously... these days people get angry because they accomplish a huge feat and Nintendo doesn't mail them a million dollars. You should do it because you love the game and wanted to complete the challenges set before you. When people beat Ocarina of Time back in the day, did they get angry because the game didn't offer anything else? No, because they were happy with the experience and they could tell all their friends that they had finished it. BUT IT IS 2012 AND I DEMAND A DIGITAL TROPHY OR ACHIEVEMENT POINTS. I ask you as you have also asked. What is the point of getting a reward that means nothing?
  • Meleedragon27 - August 17, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    Yeah, how dare I request that we get something a little more substantial for all our hard work in getting %100? Funny how you automatically think I wanted something like achievement points or a trophy when I never such a thing. Nice job jumping to conclusions, buddy - I'll have you know that I find stuff like that only slightly more rewarding than just a simple congratulatory message and too many developers use them as an unfitting substitute for real rewards. Bragging rights is one of the laziest excuses I've ever heard for unrewarding gameplay and is pretty much the developer telling you to make up your own reward in your head (read: do the developer's job for them). Next thing you're gonna tell me is that I should make up the challenges themselves, or maybe make up the levels too? After all, it's just so super-rewarding to do it yourself even though the developer had no real excuse not to put a little extra thought into these kinds of things. Your Ocarina of Time comparison is idiotic: when people beat Ocarina of Time back in the day, they had a character that had maximum health, a massive stock of equipment, a huge-ass wallet overflowing with rupees, and - upon beating the final boss - actual closure for the story. It may seem hard to believe, but those are actual rewards and not some stupid, lazy bragging rights. Funny how a game that Ninty made almost 15 years ago manages to be more rewarding than Nintendo's latest offerings. You ask me what I also ask...? NO. NO NO NO. You don't get to ask that question! You just took time out of your life to gleefully defend unsubstantial rewards (cheevos and trophies among them), you have no grounds to ask that question.
  • cokelogic - August 17, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    "Remember to drink your Ovaltine" seems more rewarding.
  • amagasakiseb - August 18, 2012 5:34 a.m.

    well i guess if they made the reward too good then people would just end up cheating to get the reward.. not sure but that's my take on it lol
  • Funkzillabot - August 29, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    What, that wasn't a spoiler! 5 minutes and 50 seconds could (and should) have been cut out of that video. Giving the same result, nothing happened. Now at least, I know not to expect anything big if I happen to make a million coins.

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