The indomitable brothers, Mario and Luigi are back with their hopping antics in the second sequel to one of the most spellbinding video games in the world, Super Mario Bros. 3.
An Odyssey Through Eight Worlds
In "Super Mario Bros. 3", Mario and Luigi are faced with the ultimate challenge of venturing into eight new worlds with more than 80 areas to save Princess Peach from the evil hands of the sorcerer Kuppa King. Each world has a ruler who has been transformed by a magic spell into some creature or another.
Only the magic wand possessed by the fierce, gargantuan guardian at the end of each world can restore each ruler back to his original human form. It is up to Mario or Luigi to wrest this magic wand from the wild and savage guard to bring normalcy back to each world.
A Snapshot of the Eight Worlds
The first world is the Grass Land with its lush, green terrain. The ruler has been changed by sorcery into a humble dog. Mario and Luigi have to comb eight areas to retrieve the magic wand.
The second world is Desert Hill, replete with swaying date palms, pyramids, and the beat of jungle drums. The brothers have to fend off fireball-spitting piranha plants, the menacing killer sun, and flying boomerangs whizzing overhead. The ruler of Desert Hill has been turned into an ugly spider. There are nine areas in this world.
The third world is a watery adventure in Ocean Side, where the brothers are surrounded by deadly Spiny's Eggs, poison-spitting Lotus flowers, and lurking hungry giant fishes. Mario and Luigi must clear the course of its obstacles before the ruler can change back from a slimy, old toad to his royal highness. There are 11 areas of difficulty to cover.
Everything is double its size in Big Island, the fourth world. Here, Mario and Luigi have to survive against the deadly jaws of greedy carnivorous plants, Spiny's Eggs, coral reefs, and the hammer-wielding Hammer Brothers. The royal ruler has been transformed into a hideous reptile by black magic. Mario and Luigi will have to journey through eight areas before reaching the ship which houses the guarded magic wand.
In the fifth world, Mario and Luigi are transported into The Sky. They have to venture through 11 different areas, as they make a tortuous climb along a zig-zagging bridge of bricks to the heavens. Hopping, skipping, and jumping over moats of bubbling molten lava, the brothers once more show their prowess against voracious piranha plants and flying turtles. With the aid of staircasing drifting logs, the brothers are able to escape from their adversaries. The ruler of The Sky has been changed into a bird.
The sixth world, Iced Land, has a ruler who has been transformed by the Kuppa King into a seal. In order to break the spell, Mario and Luigi have to journey through 13 areas of freezing temperatures, hopping over blocks of ice, and "moonwalking" over slippery grounds. With the help of a frog suit, they are able to escape from their aquatic enemies.
The seventh world is the Pipe Maze, a convolution of pipes of every imaginable shape and size. Lurking in the pipes are the much-dreaded piranha plants, snapping their razor-sharp teeth in unison. The mighty ruler of this world has been turned into a piranha plant himself. The brothers must endure the 12 most difficult areas in this game in seeking the magic wand. By hopping on the box marked with an arrow, Mario or Luigi can maneuver the box to move in the direction he pleases to avert the advances of the pesky enemies. There are also blocks with musical notes that serve as spring boards for quick escape.
The eighth world is the Kuppa Castle where the brothers are besieged with tanks, cannons, and boomerangs. Princess Peach is only within an arm's reach to safety, so the Mario brothers cannot fail her now. While evading the laser-emitting gargoyles in the dank and dark dungeon, Mario and Luigi have to duck from the ghosts in hot pursuit. And then there are the blowtorches, and the moats of molten lava along the way. After going through 10 areas of wits versus weaponry, Mario and Luigi finally come face to face with the fireball-breathing Kuppa King. He is a nasty giant of a king with a disposition to match. A fierce battle ensues, and the Mario brothers are victorious. Princess Peach is saved. The curtain falls.
Touches of a Super Game
There are some new characters to the line of original enemies who try to make the brothers' life miserable as they journey through a maze of obstacles. The music and sound effects of this game set a mood for each world, from a honky-tonk beat to eerie, suspenseful music. The Super Mario Bros. 3 gamepak is equipped with a map screen for each world that shows which areas one must complete before eliminating the Kuppa guardian who is holding the magic wand. Along the way the brothers will find bonus rooms which give extra lives and items to use. On the map screen there is an item sub screen. Mario and Luigi can hold many items like mushrooms, flowers, stars, leaves, and other power-ups that they can use before the level has started so survival will be easier against these enemies. Not only can Mario and Luigi run and jump, they can also fly with the leaf that transforms them into raccoons. By flying high in the sky they can find secret pipes and power-ups. All these nice options help the brothers complete their quest to defeat the Kuppa King. This game is not for amateurs, but it is for all adventurers. Are you ready for the ultimate challenge of Super Mario Bros. 3?
ProTip: Drop into this bonus room for corns, extra lives, etc.
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