Super Mario Bros. 3 [Model HVC-UM]

Nintendo Famicom cart. published 34 years ago by Nintendo

Super Mario Bros. 3 [Model HVC-UM] screenshot

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Super Mario Bros. 3 © 1988 Nintendo.

Just when it was safe to be at the Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser returns to bring mass chaos and panic. Adding to this is that he has brought along his koopalings to help him do his dirty work. now it's up to Mario and Luigi to stop them in their tracks once again, only their skills and with all new power-ups will the Mario Bros. Face Bowser on their biggest adventure yet.

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Cartridge ID: HVC-UM


Super Mario Bros. 3 was released on October 23, 1988 in Japan. It was considered by many as the best in the series.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was previewed in the movie 'The Wizard', starring Fred Savage. And it was also previewed in the US market via the PlayChoice-10 machine BEFORE its Nintendo NES release.

During the game, Mario can find Warp flutes (see Tips and Tricks section for more information), which will take him to a new area of the game. When using the flutes, the tune played is the exact melody used from the flute in "The Legend of Zelda".

During a 2-player game, the Battle Mode (a variation on the original "Mario Bros." arcade game from 1983) can be accessed when Mario and Luigi occupy the same spot on the map screen.

The names of the Koopalings were influenced by many pop culture icons as well as one historical icon :
* Ludwig Von Koopa is named after composer Ludwig Von Beethoven
* Lemmy Koopa is named after Lemmy Kilmeister (the lead singer of Motorhead)
* Morton Koopa is named after controversial talk show host Morton Downey Jr.
* Iggy Koopa is named after Iggy Pop
* Larry Koopa is named after talk show host Larry King
* Roy Koopa is named after singer Roy Orbison
* Wendy O. Koopa is named after shock rocker Wendy O. Williams

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* Continue game play : Use two controllers and start the game in two player mode. After Mario loses all lives, the game can be continued as Luigi using the other controller.

* Getting the flutes : In World 1, Level 3, go to the white block toward the end. Jump in and hold Down until your character falls. Then, run to the end and you should end up behind the black wall object. Move back as far as you can and press Up. You will appear in a room with a chest like object in mushrooms. Open the chest and collect the flute.

Another flute can be found in the first semi-castle. Go to the location where you can go through the door to get to the room with the 'up-down' ceiling, but do not go through the door. Fly over where the screen ends. Then, keep running and press Up. Your character will end up in a room with a chest. Open the chest to get another flute.

Another flute can be found in World 2. Defeat one of the camels to get a hammer. Then, go to the top right of the world to find a rock. Break the rock to open a path. Go through the path and defeat the camel to get the third flute. There is also a frog suit in the mushroom room. You can use the flute to warp to farther worlds.

* 28 P-Wings : Complete the game, then press Start at the ending screen. The next game will begin with 28 P-Wings per brother.


1. Mario Bros. [No. TMA1-UP] (1983)
2. Super Mario Bros. [Model HVC-SM] (1985, Famicom)
3. Super Mario Bros. 2 [Model FMC-SMB] (1986, Famicom)
4. Super Mario Bros. 3 [Model HVC-UM] (1988, Famicom)
5. Super Mario Land [Model DMG-MLA] (1989, Game Boy)
6. Super Mario World - Super Mario Bros. 4 [Model SHVC-MW] (1991, Super Famicom)
7. Super Mario Land 2 - 6-tsu no Kinka [Model DMG-L6J] (1992,Game Boy)
8. Wario Land - Super Mario Land 3 [Model DMG-WJA] (1993, Game Boy)
9. Super Mario - Yossy Island [Model SHVC-YI] (1995, Super Famicom)
10. Super Mario 64 (1997, Nintendo 64)
11. Super Mario Sunshine (2002, Gamecube)
12. Yoshi's Island DS (2006, DS)
13. New Super Mario Bros. (2006, DS)
14. Super Mario Galaxy (2007, Wii)
15. New Super Mario Bros. Wii [Model RVL-SMNJ-JPN] (2009, Wii)
16. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010, Wii)
17. Super Mario 3D Land (2011, 3DS)
18. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012, DS)
19. New Super Mario Bros. U (2012, Wii U)
20. New Super Luigi U (2013, Wii U)
21. Super Mario 3D World (2013, Wii U)


Designed by: Shigeru Miyamoto
Music by: Koji Kondo


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Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] [JP] (dec.11, 2007) [Model FCWJ]
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Nintendo Wii U [Virtual Console] [JP] (dec.25, 2013) [Model FABJ]

[JP] Nintendo GBA (jul.11, 2003) "Super Mario Advance 4 - Super Mario 3 + Mario Brothers [Model AGB-AX4J-JPN]"
Nintendo 3DS [Virtual Console] [JP] (jan.1, 2013) [Model TABJ]


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