Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Brothers 3 Screenshot Super Mario Bros 3 Cover Art

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
NA Release date: Feb. 12, 1990
Genre: Platformer
Media: 3-megabit cartridge

Mario pipe Overview:

Super Mario Brothers 3 for NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was first released on February 12, 1990 in North America. The game was directed by Super Mario Bros 3 screenshotShigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, and the music composed by Koji Kondo.

This installment in the Super Mario series introduces a few new features including a new map screen, minigames, plus new power-ups and enemies. It features the first appearance of Bowser’s children, the Koopalings who act as bosses of the first seven worlds, with Bowser the boss of the final eighth. The game was first seen to the American public during the NES-themed movie ‘The Wizard’ starring a young Fred Savage.

All seven of the kings had their magic wands stolen by the Koopalings who then turned them into different types of animals. The goal of the game is for Mario and Luigi to rescue the seven kings of the seven worlds which neighbor the Mushroom Kingdom, eventually destroy Bowser and save the princess. The game is divided into 8 worlds, named Grass Land, Desert Land, Water Land, Giant Land, Sky Land, Ice Land, Pipe Land and Dark Land. Each level in the world has a characteristic of the world it is located in.

Typical world map in SMB3:

Super Mario 3 World Map

Super Mario Bros 3 mushroom Secrets:

  • 28 P-Wings
    Finish the whole game and watch the ending. Now start a new game. and you should have 28 P-Wings.

  • Infinite 1-UpsSMB3 Tanooki suit
    First make sure you have a racoon suit from Level 1-1. Now after you start World 1-2, climb the first hill. Stay there while the Goombas just keep coming out of the pipe. Wait for as many as you can to come on the screen. Now jump on one of the Goombas and hold the jump button to get mazimum height. Once you reach Mario’s peak height, continue swinging your racoon tail for a slow landing. Make sure you land on another Goomba and repeat.

  • 28 P-Wings
    Finish the whole game and watch the ending. Now start a new game. and you should have 28 P-Wings.

  • Alternative Thank You letter from the King
    Get through an airship and defeat the boss as a frog, Hammer Mario or Tannooki, and you’ll receive a letter from the King that will read different.

  • Warp Whistles
    Whiste 1 Location: World 1-3
    Find the white block near the end of level 3 and duck on the top of it for about 5 seconds. You will fall behind the blocks. Now proceed to the goal, and keep running. You will find a Mushroom house with a Whistle.

Mario frog suitWhistle 2 Location:
World 1 Fortress
After you get a racoon suit, fly up between the lava pit and the wall. Keep flying up and hold down right. Eventually you will come to a door. Push up and go through it and the second whistle awaits.

Whistle 3 Location:
World 2 Hammer Brother
Get the Hammer from one of the Hammer Brothers here and use it to destroy the rock at the upper right corner of the World 2 Map. Then engage the hammer brother on the other side. You should get a chest with a Warp Whistle.

  • White Mushroom Houses
    If you get enough coins in a certain course, you can get a White Mushroom House!

A White Mushroom House in worlds 1,3,5,7 have P WingsA White Mushroom House in worlds 2,4,6 have Anchors

Levels and required coins:

1-4 (44 coins) 2-2 (30 coins) 3-8 (42 coins) 4-2 (22 coins) 5-5 (28 coins) 6-7 (78 coins) 7-2 (42 coins)

Super Mario Brothers 3 Mario flying

Super Mario Bros 3 castle Review:

Every once in a while there comes a game that is so good that it sets the standard of what amazing games should be like. Super Mario Bros. 3 is that game. It introduced many new elements to the Mario franchise which made it even more exciting then the previous Mario games. It introduced eight new larger worlds, each world with its own theme and many levels. It also introduced new Mario moves. In the past, Mario was limited to only a couple of ways to defeat enemies but this game has many more. It’s the type of game that you can pick up any time and never get bored with.

Super Mario Brothers 3 sports some of the best graphics seen on the NES. In 1990 it was hard to find a better looking game on a Nintendo. Because it was released towards the end of the NES lifespan, the graphics are pushed just about as far as the NES would let them be. The overworld screen has some simple but nice, elegant animation. The levels have more detail over the previous Mario games. They also have some nice textures in the background and foreground.

Mario fighting koopa kidAs far as the story goes, nothing too new here. Mario goes off to save the Princess and defeat Bowser. The new twist to the story is that at the end of each level one of the Koopa kids awaits. Each Koopa kid has stolen the Kings magic wand and turned him into an animal. This game introduces a ton of new enemies too. A lot of the old ones are back but he new bigger enemies are what really stand out.

Like on the previous Mario games, the controls are solid. With new character abilities comes new controls. This is the first game where Mario is given the ability to fly so Nintendo had to work that into the NES’ two-button controller and they did it well. The select button also comes into play more as it’s used to select power cards on the world map screen.

Overall I’d say Super Mario Bros. 3 gets a perfect 10/10 score. It’s really difficult to rate a game this high because you can’t give that score without saying the game is perfect. But with this game I have to say it really is perfect. It’s built on a formula that works which gives it an advantage right away but when you throw in all the new features, graphics, enemies and power-ups you have a real winner.