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Super Mario Bros. 3 (PlayChoice-10)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (c) 1988 Nintendo.


Nintendo PlayChoice-10 hardware

Game ID : UM

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz), N2A03 (@ 1.789772 Mhz)

Sound Chips : N2A03 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), DAC (@ 1.789772 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 320

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


Super Mario Bros. 3 was previewed in the movie 'The Wizard', starring Fred Savage. And it was also previewed in the US market via the PlayChoice-10 machine BEFORE its Nintendo NES release.

During the game, Mario can find Warp flutes (see Tips and Tricks section for more information), which will take him to a new area of the game. When using the flutes, the tune played is the exact melody used from the flute in "The Legend of Zelda".


* Continue game play : Use two controllers and start the game in two player mode. After Mario loses all lives, the game can be continued as Luigi using the other controller.

* Getting the flutes : In World 1, Level 3, go to the white block toward the end. Jump in and hold Down until your character falls. Then, run to the end and you should end up behind the black wall object. Move back as far as you can and press Up. You will appear in a room with a chest like object in mushrooms. Open the chest and collect the flute.

Another flute can be found in the first semi-castle. Go to the location where you can go through the door to get to the room with the 'up-down' ceiling, but do not go through the door. Fly over where the screen ends. Then, keep running and press Up. Your character will end up in a room with a chest. Open the chest to get another flute.

Another flute can be found in World 2. Defeat one of the camels to get a hammer. Then, go to the top right of the world to find a rock. Break the rock to open a path. Go through the path and defeat the camel to get the third flute. There is also a frog suit in the mushroom room. You can use the flute to warp to farther worlds.

* 28 P-Wings : Complete the game, then press Start at the ending screen. The next game will begin with 28 P-Wings per brother.


1. Mario Bros. (1983)

2. Super Mario Bros. (1985, Nintendo Famicom)

3. Super Mario Bros. 2 (1986, Nintendo Famicom)

4. Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Nintendo Entertainment System) : remake of Yumekojo Doki Doki Panic (1987, Nintendo Famicom)

5. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, Nintendo Famicom)

6. Super Mario Land (1989, Nintendo Game Boy)

7. Super Mario World (1991, Nintendo Super Famicom)

8. Super Mario Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins (1992, Nintendo Game Boy)

9. Super Mario Land 3 - Wario Land (1993, Nintendo Game Boy)

10. Mario Clash (1995, Nintendo Virtual Boy)

11. Yoshi's Island - Super Mario World 2 (1995, Nintendo Super Famicom)

12. Super Mario Land 4 (1997, Nintendo Game Boy)

13. Super Mario 64 (1997, Nintendo 64)

14. Yoshi's Story (1998, Nintendo 64)

15. Super Mario Sunshine (2002, Nintendo Gamecube)

16. Super Mario 64 DS (2005, Nintendo Dual Screen)

17. New Super Mario Bros (2006, Nintendo Dual Screen)

18. Super Mario Galaxy (2007, Nintendo Wii)


Designed by : Shigeru Miyamoto

Music by : Koji Kondo


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1990)

Nintendo Super Famicom (1993, Super Mario Collection)

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2003, "Super Mario Advance 4 - Super Mario Bros 3")