3-Up Moon

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This article is about the item in Super Mario World. For information about the actual moon, see Moon.
3-Up Moon
3UP MoonNSMBU.png
A Moon that gives three extra lives.

First Appearance

Super Mario World (1990)

Latest Appearance

New Super Luigi U (2013)

Effect on Player

Gives three extra lives.

The 3-Up Moon is an item that first appeared in Super Mario World. It is a yellow, waxing crescent moon that sports eyes and a smile. An extremely rare item, the 3-Up Moon functions very similarly to the 1-Up Mushroom, but true to its name, it instead gives Mario or Luigi 3 extra lives instead of one.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]


The locations of the 3-Up Moons in Super Mario World are as follows. If the player replays the level, the moon will disappear from where it was until the game is reset. Most, but not all, 3-Up Moons are only accessible if Mario or Luigi is utilizing their cape form.

  • Yoshi's Island 1 - On a cloud near the middle of the stage, up and to the left of the row of clouds and block containing a 1-Up Mushroom.
  • Donut Plains 4 - On a cloud above the Galoomba area, near the item block.
  • Vanilla Dome 3 - On a ledge above the area with the hidden feather block.
  • Cheese Bridge Area - Between the regular exit and the secret exit - Mario or Luigi must use the cape or jump off a Yoshi to get it.
  • Forest Ghost House - In the exit screen of the secret exit, just before exiting the stage.
  • Chocolate Island 1 - On a cloud above the first bowl-shaped valley area (Mario or Luigi must take the first cannon).
  • Valley of Bowser 1 - Beyond an area with Munchers, above the place where Mario or Luigi starts from after touching the checkpoint.

Additionally, the moon seen in Star World of Super Mario World resembles a 3-Up Moon.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Japan, players could scan the Blue Switch e-Reader card and obtain 3-Up Moons in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

Game and Watch Gallery 4[edit]

Appears in the "FIRE" mingame, they come out of Yoshi eggs and give multiple points when bounced.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. 2 introduced Moon Coins, which are found in World Star and are unrelated to the 3-Up Moon except for bearing an emblem that appears almost identical to the 3-Up Moon.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U[edit]

3UP MoonNSMBU.png

3-Up Moons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. They are found within 3-Up Moon Blocks and a total of four 3-Up Moons can appear, though they can only be collected with the efforts of the GamePad player and Wii Remote player(s).

Mario Family[edit]

In Mario Family, there is a sewing design of a 3-Up Moon.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

This is the translation of the text from right to left:"It's a 3-Up Moon!!"
3-Up Mario

The 3-Up Moon makes an appearance in volume 3 of the Super Mario-Kun. It serves a different purpose, powering-up Mario rather than granting him 3 extra lives. This allows Mario to defeat a Buzzy Beetle-like enemy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 3UPムーン
3 appu mūn
3-Up Moon
Spanish Luna 3UP 3UP Moon
French Lune 3-Up 3-Up Moon
German 3-Up-Mond 3-Up Moon
Italian Luna 3-Up 3-Up Moon
Portuguese Lua 3 Vidas (Super Mario World instruction booklet) 3-Life Moon