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Super Mario Bros. 3

by Nintendo
Nintendo NES
Everyone
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews) 3 answered questions


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  • Classic action game
  • Save the Mushroom Kingdom from Bower's Koopa Kids
  • Run, jump, and smash your way to victory
  • Lots of hidden treasure and power-ups
  • For 1 or 2 players


Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004SVV9
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best on the NES May 9, 2003
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Super Mario Bros 2 is my favorite game of the series and the original SMB is a legend. So where does this leave Super Mario Bros 3? This was the last Super Mario game on the old NES and while I might like some of the other games more, this might be the class of the series on the NES. With the strange direction that SMB2 went, this was a trip back to the roots of Mario. This is a true side scrolling game and features many of the same enemies from the original. You still jump, stomp and throw fire to make your way through the game. But there are new features now. First, there is now a world map and you can select which level you want to enter next. Some levels are avoidable, some are not, but you can also do special areas (several mini-games and an area where you get bonus items). You are able to get items throughout the game, and you can use them before levels to be stronger. There are also several different suits that augment your abilities. The most common is the Racoon suit which allows you to kill the enemies by flicking your tail at them, and also giving you the ability to fly for short periods of time. There is also a frog suit (allowing swimming to be easier), a Tanooki suit (much like the raccoon suit, but you can briefly turn to stone to avoid enemies...rare), and I believe there is a Hammer Brothers Suit (but I could be wrong about this one....my memory is a little hazy). This is one of the best games released for the NES and is essential gaming for a Mario fan.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
SUPER MARIO BROTHERS 3, one of the most famous games Nintendo has ever produced, came out toward in the middle of the NES console's life cycle, and brought renewed life to the aging console. Like the original Super Mario Brothers, SMB3 became one of the biggest selling games ever. SMB3 also brought a lot of new innovations to the Mario series, many of which can still be found today. SMB3 regularly charts both player and critic polls as being among the best video games ever released.

Released [in at the end of 1988] October 3, 1988 in Japan, SMB3 became one the Famicon's biggest sellers. America had to wait for over a year from when Japan got it. Originally released in some Nintendo arcade machines before it even hit stores, the buzz soon spread about the game. This buzz was helped by the ninety minute commercial known as THE WIZARD (some people insist that it is a movie proper, but it's little more than a Nintendo advertisement) in which the climax of the movie - er, commercial - is the unveiling of SMB3, as well as revealing the secret location to the one of the warp whistles. America finally got its hands on the game in released February 12, 1990.

The game went on to sell approx. eighteen million copies, and when you include the reissues and rereleases with SUPER MARIO ALL STARS and SUPER MARIO ADVANCED, this figure swells to over thirty three million copies. And what makes SMB3 such a successful, highly regarded title? Read on.

For the second* officially released sequel to the biggest selling game of all time, Nintendo didn't pull any stops when it came to crafting this game.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchantment heaven! October 30, 2001
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Super Mario Bros. 3 is the third game in Nintendo's long-running Super Mario series. It was released back in 1990, during the prime of the NES. It was a game that proved that "hi-fi" technology (like the Sega Genesis) wasn't needed to make a game great. Shigeru Miyamoto managed to utilise every inch of the NES hardware to produce what is probably the best-selling video game cartridge of all time. So enchanting and addictive is Super Mario Bros. 3, that in EGM magazine's 100th issue four years ago, it was chosen as the second best video game of all time!
After failing to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser has started creating turmoil in the Mushroom World. He has used a flying ship to travel through the seven lands of the world and transform the ruler of each land into an animal by means of a magic wand. So Mario & Luigi have not only to travel to the Dark Land where Bowser lurks, but also to transform the kings back to normal. For the first time ever, the game makes use of a "land map" in which levels are spread out, so that it's easier to follow the progress you make. Each land has it's own unique map complete with action scenes, bonus games which help you by providing items for the road and a fortress at the end. In each fortress reside each of the Koopa kids with the magic wands. Although this was the biggest Mario adventure till Super Mario World was released a year later, it's not necessary to complete each and every level. If you manage to find an elusive flute, you can warp between each land. But only three lands per flute, otherwise it would become cheap.
The visuals were splendid for its day. I only find fault with the underground areas, because they can get a bit tedious and monotonous. The music is memorable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless NES title November 29, 2008
By Kaine
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
SMB3 is the 3rd game in the Super Mario series on the NES. This title returns the game to its roots unlike SMB2 with Bowser not only threatening the Mushroom Kingdom, but the mushroom Worlds as well. To assist Bowser, he enlisted the help of his Koopa Kids to take over all of the worlds.

Each world is different. One may be desert-based, another is mostly water, one in the sky, and even a giant world with giant Goomas and Koopas that make Mario look tiny! To help even the playing field, Mario has his usual attacks long with new abilities as Raccoon Mario, Frog Mario, Hammer Bros. Mario and even Tanooki Mario.

SMB3 is a game that will get a lot of playtime as you discover which abilities work best in each level, as well as discovering the mystic Warp Whistles.
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