Fight monsters and mini-bosses, avoid ghosts and the burning sun. Make your way through water and quicksand. Dodge cannon balls and bullets and rescue the King's wand! In Super Mario Bros. 3 there are more warps, more chances at extra lives, and new special suits! The raccoon suit lets you fly and knock out blocks. The frog suit helps you out-swim deadly fish. There are suits for every occasion! Store up flowers and mushrooms to use later on. Play game-show type bonus rounds! Go back to that last screen and get a mushroom! Pause to take a break, then continue where you left off! Super Mario Bros. 3 is fun to play alone, or team up with a buddy to prolong the adventure!

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese スーパーマリオブラザーズ3
Korean 슈퍼 마리오 브라더스/형제들 3

Release timeline

Console Country of origin Date
NES Japan October 23, 1988
NES USA February 12, 1990
NES South Korea 1990
NES UK August 29, 1991
Wii USA November 5, 2007
Wii UK November 9, 2007
Wii Japan December 11, 2007
Wii South Korea May 26, 2008
Nintendo 3DS Japan January 1, 2013
Wii U Japan December 25, 2013
Nintendo 3DS/Wii U UK December 26, 2013
Nintendo 3DS/Wii U USA April 17, 2014

As an .NES ROM file

April 3, 1997 U.S. version (V1.1)
March 18, 1999 Spanish version
December 10, 1999 European (PAL) version
December 10, 1999 Original Japanese version
December 10, 1999 U.S. version (V1.0)
April 5, 2000 Portuguese version
January 24, 2001 French version


Sequence Title Original MIDI Release Date
1 World 1: Grass Land November 11, 1996
2 World 2: Desert Hill November 11, 1996
3 World 3: Ocean Side November 11, 1996
4 World 4: Big Island November 11, 1996
5 World 5: The Sky July 17, 1998
6 World 6: Iced Land July 17, 1998
7 World 7: Pipe Maze November 11, 1996
8 World 8: Castle of Koopa November 11, 1996
9 Overworld February 14, 1997
10 Overworld 2 January 27, 1997
11 Underwater December 23, 1998
12 Underworld January 27, 1997
13 Coin Heaven/Warp Zone November 11, 1996
14 Music Box 1997
15 N-Spade Game 1998
16 Toad's House July 2, 1998
17 Fortress March 6, 1999
18 Hammer Bros. Battle November 11, 1996
19 King's Castle August 15, 1999
20 Airship June 27, 1999
21 Mini-Boss December 23, 1998
22 Victory Fanfare August 15, 1999
23 King Restored August 15, 1999
24 Course Clear March 17, 2002
25 Game Over March 17, 2002
26 Bowser August 15, 1999
27 Ending December 23, 1998

The Star Invincibility and death music are not listed here, as they sound a lot similar to in the first Super Mario Bros. game.

Regional differences

The following only apply to the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3:

  1. As soon as you start a level by pressing A, the screen will fade in for 1 1/2 seconds. Confirmed on July 22, 2000.
  2. If Super/Fiery/Raccoon/Frog/Tanooki/Hammer Mario gets hit by any enemy, he will revert to regular Mario. Confirmed on July 22, 2000.
  3. You don't have to wait until Toad is done to select an item in the Mushroom House. Confirmed on January 29, 2007.
  4. The second room in the Grass Land Fortress has its end door moved a little. Confirmed on March 15, 2001.
  5. When we find out that the king has been transformed, Mario is several more steps away from the throne. In addition, it is colored blue instead of gold. Confirmed on September 26, 2000.
  6. If Frog/Tanooki/Hammer Mario gets hit by an enemy, the suit that he is wearing will fly off. Confirmed on September 26, 2000.
  7. An additional pipe exit is added in Sky 1. With this, the Card Roulette is enabled on the darkness of the bonus room's end. Confirmed on September 26, 2000.
  8. If Mario is wearing Goomba's shoe, and suddenly bumps into an enemy, it'll turn red and fly off, and Mario will come out small from any form. Confirmed on September 26, 2000.
  9. In Koopa Tank 2, one block is added, therefore Mario cannot climb back up. Confirmed on July 1, 2003.
  10. In the Japanese version, the Princess says, "Thank you! Finally, peace returns to the Mushroom World. The end!" After that, the credits play in the levels' true names. In the English version, they were all "____ Land". Confirmed on July 22, 2000.

And of course, the end of the World 3 map shows an island shaped like the country of Japan, and the King's castle is where Nintendo's headquarters would be located. This was discovered by many Mario fans since May 23, 2003.


  • In Version 1.0 (PRG0) of the game from early 1990, the N-Spade matching game message concluded with "Miss twice and you're out!", instead of "You can only miss twice!" from Version 1.1 (PRG1). This was revealed at TMK on September 5, 2001.
  • The Princess's second letter had the words "Kuribo's shoe" instead of "Goomba's shoe". This was revealed at TMK on July 23, 2003.
  • The back of the box art has the original's second screenshot and two more "unused" ones -- one is the World 1 map screen and the other is a screenshot that looks different to any level. This was revealed at TMK on May 22, 2004.
  • This game is featured in the motion picture "The Wizard". Since the film was released in 1989, it is pretty likely that the kids were playing the Japanese version.
  • On July 10, 1997, an MS-DOS version of the N-Spade game was made available for download at The Mushroom Kingdom fansite.




These screenshots were uploaded to TMK on September 17, 1999. More screenshots from there were uploaded on August 28, 2003.



Nintendo eShop - Super Mario Bros. 3 on the Wii U Virtual Console

See also

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