When loading up the game you will first be prompted to choose a language to play the game in:
- Start game
- Alter Difficulty (easy/medium/difficult)
- Music/Sound test (to listen to the 16 pieces of music or the 28 different sounds)
In terms of the difficulties there are not much differences between them. On easy there are more magic wands around (which, once collected, provide you with a shield), and more 1UPs to collect, plus more golden clipboards too (which are continues). As you move up the difficulties the wands and 1UPs become less but other than that the rest (like placement and number of enemies) is the same.