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Super Mario Bros. 3 is the third installment in the Super Mario series and is the successor to Super Mario Bros. 2. Super Mario Bros. 3 was the last game in the Super Mario series to be released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka the development team of Nintendo R&D4 introduced many new elements that became Mario series staples, such as Bowser’s children (the Koopalings), a world map to transition between levels and new abilities such as flight.

During 1988, a shortage of ROM chips, along with Nintendo of America’s preparation of a version of Super Mario Bros. 2 for Western gamers, prevented Nintendo from performing various North American game releases according to their original schedules. The delayed products including Super Mario Bros. 3 presented Nintendo with an opportunity to promote the game in a feature film. Before its North American release, gameplay footage from Super Mario Bros. 3 appeared in the Universal Studios film The Wizard, which helped to fuel anticipation amongst fans.

Takashi Tezuka Editing Super Mario Bros 3 Sprites

The game was an instant commercial success, ultimately becoming one of the best-selling video games of all time. Super Mario Bros. 3 is acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest video games of all time. It is the third-best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System game, with more than 17 million copies sold worldwide. It also inspired a short-lived animated television series called The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

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Developer(s)Nintendo R&D4
SeriesSuper Mario
PredecessorSuper Mario Bros. 2
SuccessorSuper Mario World
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
Media TypeCartridge
ReleaseJP: October 23, 1988
NA: February 12, 1990
EU: August 29, 1991
Development Time2 Years
RatingCERO: A
PEGI: 3+
Rereleased Platform(s)Ports
Super Nintendo (Mario All-Stars Compilation) -1993
Game Boy Advance -2003

Virtual Console
Wii -2007
Nintendo 3DS -2013
Wii U -2014
Nintendo Switch (Online Service) -2018

Game Screenshots:

The Story of Super Mario Bros. 3


The Gaming Historian

The Gaming Historian is a documentary series all about the history of video games.  The show is researched, written, edited, and created by Norman Caruso.

Hiroshi YamauchiHiroshi YamauchiExecutive Producer
Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru MiyamotoProducer
Takashi TezukaTakashi TezukaDirector
Level Designer
Character Designer
Hideki KonnoHideki KonnoAssistant Director
Level Designer
Character Designer
Toshihiko NakagoToshihiko NakagoMain Programmer
Kazuaki MoritaKazuaki MoritaProgrammer
Toshio IwawakiToshio IwawakiProgrammer
Shigehiro KasamatsuShigehiro KasamatsuProgrammer
Katsuya EguchiKatsuya EguchiLevel Designer
Kensuke TanabeKensuke TanabeLevel Designer
Hiroyuki KimuraHiroyuki KimuraCharacter Designer
Koji KondoKōji KondōComposer

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Famicom (Japanese Release)

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