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Free mobile port of a classic arcade game

Super Mario Bros 3 is a free-to-play adventure game that brings the classic Nintendo game to your mobile devices. This platforming game features Mario and Luigi, plumbers sent to another world and tasked with saving Princess Toadstool across eight different worlds. Aside from clearing obstacles, you can beat monsters through a variety of powers such as shooting fireballs or spinning your raccoon tail on them.

By recreating the graphics and soundtrack, Super Mario Bros 3 is a faithful recreation of the 1988 game. Similarly, you can also check out Super Mario Run or LEGO Super Mario for modern entries.

Relive a video game classic

Originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1988, Super Mario Bros 3 is a critically acclaimed entry often cited as one of the greatest video games of all time. Here, you try to save Toadstool and the rest of The Mushroom World from the Koopalings—seven children from Koopa or Bowser, the original antagonist. With an intuitive touchscreen controller layout, you’ll definitely enjoy playing across its worlds.

One key feature of this game is the introduction of various costumes that grant powers. Aside from the Super and Invincible forms, you can acquire a Frog Suit, Hammer Suit, as well as Raccoon and Tanooki costumes—each with their own powers accompanied by unique animation. Also, as mentioned, the graphics and the soundtrack are directly lifted from the original. This creates an authentic retro experience.

Of course, like most old games, it offers increasing difficulty levels. Certain stages require a level of skill, particularly timing and precision, that could prove challenging for casual players. A good example would be any of the Airship stages that lead you to the boss fights. It’s a long continuous run that doesn’t offer any stops unless you pause the game, usually with checkpoints far apart.

A must-have Mario game

As any Super Mario fan would tell you, Super Mario Bros 3 is a definite must-have. Now that it’s ported to mobile with the exact same graphics and sounds, you can experience what made it a hit or simply revisit its extremely challenging levels. More than trying to complete the game and beat the bosses, fans of the franchise can find where certain recurring elements originally started.


  • Faithful graphics and soundtrack adaptation
  • Features eight differently-themed worlds
  • Introduces a number of original powerups


  • Some levels are very difficult

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