Big Island (known as Giant Land International NES revision, and Land of the Giants in the Nintendo Power Strategy Guide) is the fourth world of Super Mario Bros. 3. This world contains six levels, three Sledge Bros., two Fortresses, two Spade Panels, four Toad Houses, and a Mushroom King's palace. Everything in this world is huge, including the ? Blocks and Goombas, hence the name. Power-ups, Cheep Cheeps, Spinies, Buzzy Beetles, Venus Fire Traps, and Bullet Bills are exceptions to this and thus remain in their original size. The island is shaped like a giant Koopa Troopa.
This is the first level of world 4, and introduces many huge versions of otherwise regular enemies like Goombas or Koopa Troopas. However, their size does not improve their stamina or other physical stats, so they can just be defeated like their smaller counterparts. The player will also encounter some big ? Blocks, which can be hit just like normal ones. If Raccoon Mario flies up in the area with the waterfall, he can access a hidden area guarded by a Venus Fire Trap. This room features two Big Berthas and two 1-Up Mushrooms. The level is plain-themed.
This level is similar to the second level of Sea Side. The whole stage rises up and sinks down frequently, so some parts of the stage may submerge occasionally. If Mario falls in the Water, a Cheep Cheep will come by and try to hurt him, so the player should get out as fast as possible. The Cheep Cheep can be defeated with a well aimed Ice Block, but it will quickly pop back up again after a few moments, and it cannot be defeated permanently. The goal is reached through a Warp Pipe at the end of the level. If Mario collects at least 24 coins in this level, a White Toad House will be available.
This level introduces the Sledge Bros. which is just a bigger version of a regular Hammer Bro.. Just like their smaller versions, they throw hammers at Mario, but they are also capable of a shockwave-creating jump that will stun Mario, making it likelier to get hit by a hammer. After crossing a plains section, the player will get access to the second part of the level through a Warp Pipe. The second half features many Buzzy Beetles and Spinies, as well as some bottomless pits which have to be jumped over using a Paratroopa as stepping stone sometimes. If Raccoon Mario is to fly up about halfway through the level, he can access a hidden stretch with coins.
World 4-Fortress 1
The first fortress of Big Island features a new type of enemy: The Hot Foots. These flame-like enemies lurk on top of candles, waiting for Mario to turn his back to them. When unobserved, they hop off of their resting place and follow Mario, until he turns around. There are Thwomps that move horizontally and vertically. During his traverse of the fortress, Mario can uncover a secret underground section of the castle, filled with Boos and Dry Bones, through a Warp Pipe. At the end of the caste, Boom Boom awaits.
This level is similar to the underwater courses 3-1 and 3-5 of Sea Side, but the environment looks enlarged to match with the theme of the overall world. Also, Lakitu appears in this level, throwing Spiny Eggs at Mario. The player has to dodge the Spiny eggs while navigating through the water. If the player gave the Frog Suit power to Mario before entering the level, he can enter a pipe that ejects water and would otherwise wash him away. The pipe leads to a bonus area. Another Warp Pipe at the end of the level transports Mario to the goal.
This level features many Bill Blasters and also introduces a new projectile type, the Missile Bill. Unlike regular Bullet Bills, the red colored Missile Bills will turn around if they are dodged and fly towards Mario once again. A block with a Magic Vine can be found in this level, which is accessible by bouncing off of a Missile Bill. Up the vine, Mario will find a Tanooki Suit, as well as a P-Switch which makes many coins appear. A pipe transports Mario to the level exit.
This level resembles the other plain-themed levels of Big Island, but it features magical doors which will alter the environment if entered. The player can swap between an enlarged version and a more regular version of the level. However, this provides actually no advantage and the level can be cleared in both versions. Some Starmen and even some 1-Up Mushrooms are hidden at certain places throughout the course.
The concept of this stage might have inspired the concept of Tiny-Huge Island in Super Mario 64, where the player needs to travel between a large and a small version of the level to make progress. The size proportions are swapped by entering special Warp Pipes located throughout the course.
World 4-Fortress 2
The Donut Lifts here might be very dangerous. Mario must jump up and down on them to keep from falling. A secret is here after the lava stretch. In the narrow corridor, a block has a P-Switch inside. The Switch will expose some Silver Coins. In the middle of them, Up on the D-Pad should be pressed to enter a secret room (however, the Silver Coins need not be revealed in order to use the door, if the player knows the door's location). The platforms here are all different. The ones with arrows on them will automatically go a certain way, but the one with the exclamation point, whenever jumped on, will change direction. Skillful use of these and the many pipes will lead Mario to a pipe to a secret room, where, starting at the exit pipe, invisible blocks form a staircase to a block with a 1-Up. Afterward, a big ? Block has three 1-Ups, and Raccoon or Tanooki Mario can fly up to a little room above with quite a few coins. The exit pipe leads right to where Mario left off, and afterward is the fight with Boom Boom.
The airship of Iggy Koopa is largely fire-based. It is mainly composed of Rocket Engines which shoot flames towards the Mario bros. The player has to navigate them safely through the course without getting burned, by timely passing the traps in the instant they become inactive. A ? Block with a Fire Flower awaits at the end, as well as a gray pipe that leads to the boss battle.
In battle, Iggy Koopa utilizes a similar strategy as Larry Koopa and Morton Koopa Jr. by blasting energy rings from his Magic Wand. He is however a lot more jumpy and will bounce around more than his brothers. After his defeat, he drops the Magical Rod and the King of Big Island is turned back to his previous form.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Giant Land appeared in two episodes of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and was mentioned in two others. It was shown to be similar to the game in appearance, with oversized blocks and pipes. However, the citizens of Giant Land were shown to be actual giants. Giant Land is ruled by Prince Hugo the Huge, who was stated to be the "new ruler" by Big Mouth Koopa.
Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas: Bowser wants to take over Giant Land, so he transforms Bully, Big Mouth, Cheatsy and Kooky into Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas, enabling to storm through Giant Land and capture Prince Hugo the Huge. Mario and his friends show up at Prince Hugo's castle to offer their help, but Prince Hugo the Huge's Parrot dismisses them due to their small size. Mario and Luigi explore Giant Land to find a Super Leaf, evading an Angry Sun in the process. As Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi, the brothers head back to the castle, but are unable to stop the Koopalings. They both lose their Raccoon Power and Luigi gets captured, along with Princess Toadstool, Toad and Prince Hugo. Mario manages to avoid capture by flying away on Prince Hugo's parrot. He later rescues Prince Hugo and his friends from Kastle Koopa.
Princess Toadstool for President: Although Giant Land does not appear, Bowser and Cheatsy unleash a pack of hungry Giant Land Paragoombas upon a crop in the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario and Luigi then show up and defeat the Paragoombas.
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