Super Mario Bros. 3

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Super Mario Bros. 3 is a platform game created and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was first released in Japan on October 23, 1988, followed by North America on February 12, 1990, and Europe on August 29, 1991. The game was developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development, led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.
In Super Mario Bros. 3, players take control of either Mario or Luigi as they embark on a mission to save Princess Toadstool and the rulers of seven different kingdoms from the villainous Bowser. Similar to previous Mario games, players can defeat enemies by stomping on them or using power-up items that grant special abilities. This installment introduces new features, including the ability to fly and slide down slopes. Super Mario Bros. 3 also introduces iconic elements such as Bowser's children, known as the Koopalings, and a world map to navigate between levels.

Critics praised Super Mario Bros. 3 for its challenging gameplay, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time. With over 17 million copies sold worldwide, it is the third best-selling NES game. The game even inspired an animated television series called The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, produced by DIC Entertainment.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was later remade for the Super NES as part of Super Mario All-Stars in 1993 and for the Game Boy Advance as Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 in 2003. It has been rereleased on the Virtual Console service for the Wii U and 3DS, and included on the NES Classic Mini. On September 19, 2018, it was rereleased on the Nintendo Switch Online service with added netplay.

Super Mario Bros. 3 is a two-dimensional, side-scrolling platform game where players control either Mario or Luigi. The game shares similar gameplay mechanics with previous titles in the series, such as Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan), and Super Mario Bros. 2 (international), while introducing several new elements. In addition to the running and jumping abilities, players can now slide down slopes, pick up and throw special blocks, and freely climb vines. Mario can also fly and float using the Super Leaf and the Tanooki Suit. The game world consists of eight kingdoms, each containing multiple levels. These worlds have distinct visual themes, like the desert-themed "Desert Land" or the obstacle-filled "Giant Land.

Players navigate through the game using two screens: an overworld map and individual courses. The overworld map displays an overhead view of the current kingdom and features paths leading to castles, action panels, fortresses, and other map icons. These paths allow players to take different routes to reach the goal of each kingdom. By moving the on-screen character to an action panel or fortress, players can access linear stages filled with obstacles and enemies. The majority of the game takes place in these levels, where players must dash, jump, fly, swim, and defeat enemies to progress. Players start with a set number of lives and can earn more by collecting 1-Up mushrooms, coins, or defeating enemies. Losing a life occurs when Mario or Luigi sustains damage while small, falls into hazards like lava or bottomless pits, or runs out of time. If all lives are lost, the game ends, but players have the option to continue from the beginning of the world they last completed. Continuing allows players to retain progress in fortresses and enemy courses, as well as keep their collected items.

Completing stages allows players to advance through the overworld map and unlock new worlds. Each world culminates in a final stage with a boss to defeat. The first seven worlds feature airships controlled by the Koopalings, while the eighth world features Bowser's castle as the final challenge. Other map icons, such as boulders and locked doors, create obstacles along the paths. Mini-games and bonus screens on the map provide players with opportunities to obtain power-ups and extra lives. Power-ups obtained in these mini-games are stored in a reserve and can be activated by the player from the map screen.

Super Mario Bros. 3 introduces new power-ups alongside classic items like the Super Mushroom, Super Star, and Fire Flower. The Super Leaf and Tanooki Suit transform Mario into a raccoon or tanooki, granting the ability to fly temporarily. The Tanooki Suit also allows Mario to turn into a statue and avoid enemies for a short duration. By jumping while in statue form, Mario can perform a "ground pound" move for the first time in the series. Another new power-up, the Frog Suit, enhances the character's underwater speed and agility, as well as boosting jumping height on
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