World 6-A is the first bonus level of World 6 in New Super Mario Bros.. It is unlocked when first accessing World 6, as it can be bought with five Star Coins. Completing this level will unlock World 6-2.
This level mostly takes place in the desert. After a Question Block and a row of three blocks, the first Lakitu will appear and chase Mario on screen. After a few jumps over quicksand, Mario will soon approach a tornado, which will propel him high into the air. Mario can simply move forward towards some coins that lead him to the first Star Coin. Soon approaching a high pile of quicksand, Mario can sink down to enter an underground area with the second Star Coin. If the player chooses to continue moving forward, they will navigate a few more jumps over quicksand before reaching the checkpoint. Another tornado is soon after, to propel Mario further, with coins leading a path forward. The player can then find a Question Block containing a star. Soon after are multiple Warp Pipes. A green and yellow pipe are located over quicksand. Invisible blocks are above the two aforementioned pipes, so if the player lands in that area, they will be forced to go down the yellow pipe, which houses an underground area containing a Super Piranha Plant and the Star Coin. The red pipe leads back to the main level. Mario must enter the green pipe directly next to it to move forward, as that cannon will launch him over the invisible blocks. After a few more jumps, Mario will enter a pipe that leads him to the flagpole.
- Star Coin 1: The first tornado in the level will launch Mario into the air. Moving to the right will lead to coins, as well as the first Star Coin.
- Star Coin 2: Just after the first Star Coin, the player can find a pile of quicksand higher than the rest. Sinking into that pile will lead to an underground section, where the second Star Coin is located. After falling, a Wall Jump must be executed to reach it.
- Star Coin 3: The player will find a section of multiple Warp Pipes. A green pipe and a yellow pipe are located over quicksand. Entering the yellow pipe will lead Mario into an underground section, where the third Star Coin is located above a Super Piranha Plant.
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