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Super Mario Bros. 3
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii, 3DS)
Release date(s) Famicom/NES
JP October 23, 1988
NA February 12, 1990
PAL August 29, 1991
Virtual Console (Wii)
NA November 5, 2007
PAL November 9, 2007
JP December 11, 2007
Virtual Console (3DS)
JP January 1, 2013
Genre(s) Platformer, Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A
ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: 3+

Super Mario Bros. 3 is a 1988 platform game made by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System game console. It was a big hit and sold 40 million copies, and is often said by critics as the best game on the NES. It precedes Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) and was followed by Super Mario World in 1990. It is one of the games in Super Mario All-Stars.


Bowser has taken over the Mushroom Kingdom again. This time he and his seven children, called the Koopa Kids, have each have taken over one of the worlds, So Princess Toadstool asks Mario and Luigi to help again.


This game goes back the original platform conventions of Super Mario Bros.. Like that game, Mario jumps, runs, and hits enemies. However, he does not touch a flag and reach a castle. At the end of the level, he hits a spinning block, which will yield a flower, mushroom, or star block. When he gets three blocks, he will be rewarded. Three stars will result in five lives. If he gets a mix, he will get one extra life.

A new item is a box. The box enables Mario or Luigi to store items that they acquire. Before entering the level, Mario or Luigi can select the item and use it. One such item is the Starman. It will make them super strong and everything they touch will die, for a short time. Another item is the anchor. All seven bosses float around in large ships. If Mario tries to beat them and loses, the ship will move around the world. If Mario uses the anchor, however, the ship will stay still and will not move.