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Release year: 1988 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nintendo (Nintendo R&D4)

Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (AKA SMB3, スーパーマリオブラザーズ3 or Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Surī), produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, is the last Mario Bros saga game for the Nintendo NES console. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the third-best-selling NES game, having sold over 17 million copies worldwide. Its popularity also inspired a short-lived (terrible) animated TV series.

SMB3 is a wonderful platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console. It was first released in Japan in 1988, and later in USA in year 1989. Haven’t you played this game?

New different worlds! New exciting levels! Amazing graphics and audio!

Super Mario Bros 3 cover

The third installment to the superb Super Mario Bros, saga added a new, albeit weird, power to the beloved Italian plumber. He can still eat mushrooms to grow big or gain another life. He can pick flowers to shoot fireballs, and now grab a leaf to grow a tail that could make him fly a short distance. This last addition expanded the way the game can be played as he is now able to traverse horizontally and vertically.

Predecessors: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2

To put the story line in a nutshell, Bowser is now a father to seven Koopa Kids who have invaded castles in the Mushroom Kingdom and cast a spell on the King. Mario and Luigi are now tasked to take the castles back, get the magic wands of transformation and cure the King.

Like the previous two incarnations of the Super Mario Bros game, the third one is based on Shigeru Miyamoto’s side-scrolling platform but expanded in every way. Levels are more open and players can now choose locations on the map that can be accessed. There are also mini-games that give out power-ups and additional lives.

Graphics wise, Super Mario Bros 3 is an achievement for the NES and shows what this aging system can still do. Movement is fluid, background animations are aplenty. It’s a wonder how all of these can fit into the old NES cartridge. The developers of the Super Mario Bros series have really outdone themselves on this one.

SMB3 gameplay NES

Super Mario Bros 3 is the best installment in the series and even now with more advanced graphics engines running 3D and virtual games, this side-scrolling game is still a joy to play. It’s perhaps the best game to ever come out of the NES and something that can still be enjoyed by young and old generations.

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Super Mario Bros. 3 has been ported (enhanced remakes) to Super NES (Super Mario All-Stars), Game Boy Advance, and Virtual Console (3DS, Wii & Wii U).

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