Super Mario Bros. 3

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North American box art.

Super Mario Bros. 3 is an action platformer developed and published by Nintendo for the NES on 1988-10-23, and later emulated on several other platforms. The game is the third Super Mario Bros. title and continues the growing Mario universe. In the game, Princess Peach has once again been kidnapped by Bowser, but this time his eight children will help prevent Mario from rescuing her.

My brother bought this game from a friend of his shortly after it came out in the States. I remember seeing the box cover and being very excited to play the game. When we finally got it home and played it, I was blown away at how good it was. The game is both a technical marvel and very well designed. I pored over the manual, reading all about the new enemies, suits, and fixated on the "new weapon" of world 8.


I own this game for the NES and have beaten the game and every level within it.


  • Overall: 10/10
  • Best Version: NES


  • The game has fantastic cartoon art style with each stage having its own unique theme and feel.
  • The levels are nicely designed and have a huge amount of variety. Some stages use a traditional platformer style, some require good jumping skills, others are maze-like, some demand really good player control, etc.
  • There are dozens of enemies, many of which are very interesting both from their look and movement patterns.
  • Koji Kondo composed another wonderful soundtrack.
  • There are all sorts of hidden aspects of the game to discover like white mushroom houses, treasure ships, hidden parts of the map, and so forth.
  • The minigames in multiplayer add a competitive element to the game.
  • The manual is very well made.


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Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Super Mario Bros. 3
Japanese スーパーマリオブラザーズ3 Supa Mario Burazazu 3 Super Mario Bros. 3