Special 8 is the eighth and final special world that appears in the 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land. It features 7 levels and a Toad House. Except Special 8 Crown, all levels in Special 8 must be unlocked by collecting a certain amount of Star Medals, with the amount growing by 10 with each level. Unlike other Special Worlds which feature the backgrounds from their original respective worlds at night and new arrangements of the themes for each one, the background is based on the design of a typical Super Mario Bros. 3 level instead of a lava wasteland, and new music (based on the Mario Drawing Song in Flipnote Studio) is played on the map. When Special 8-Crown is unlocked, that music is remixed, featuring more bass. It takes place in a light-yellow plain with Blocks, Coins, and Warp Pipes in the background. What sets this apart from the other Special Worlds is that while the others have all the levels available to begin with, the player must clear each level to access the next one (not unlike the progression of the regular worlds).
A level similar to Special 1-2, but the player starts near the exit and goes backwards. A Cosmic Clone also appears while the time starts at 30 seconds. 230 Star Medals are needed to unlock the level.
A level based on World 5-Castle, but the time starts at 30 seconds. A large Cosmic Clone also appears. 250 Star Medals are needed to unlock the course.
A level based on World 8-6, but the time starts at 30 seconds. 260 Star Medals are needed to unlock the level.
An Airship level with a large Cosmic Clone. It seems to be a harder version of the World 7 Airship, with faster spinning cylinders and a large Cosmic Clone. 270 Star Medals are needed to unlock the level.
A level based on World 8-Castle 1 where the time starts at 30 seconds. Blue +Clocks are scattered throughout the level. Hammer Bros. are scattered throughout the level, and Dry Bowser is faced at the end. 290 Star Medals are needed to unlock the stage.
The very last level of the game, it contains many colorful blocks and varied enemies and obstacles, similar to Super Mario Galaxy 2's Grandmaster Galaxy. There are no Star Medals but instead various Toads are scattered throughout the level. The beginning has Mario in an area composed of scattered colored blocks, two Hammer Bros., and a Boomerang Bro.. A Warp Box then takes Mario to an area with three more colored blocks, a smaller wooden block, and another colored block followed by scattered Used Blocks. After crossing two bridges of Used Blocks, Mario then lands on a large block platform with a Blokkablok. More scattered Used Blocks takes Mario to a Warp Pipe leading to a battle with Boom Boom and Pom Pom. Boom Boom, when using his spin attack, leaves a stream of fire behind him, and Pom Pom throws more boomerangs. After defeating them, Mario warps to an area with a Switchboard and Fuzzies. Soon after, Mario has to get on another Switchboard and head through a bombardment of Tail Bob-ombs and three Firebars, two of which are on level with the Switchboard (the third is in the air above and to the left of these). Afterward is a Warp Box that takes Mario to an area with several Donut Lifts and Firebars, and after that is a Warp Box leading to a short area with several constantly running rocket engines, Chain Chomps, and a large Cosmic Clone. Two Wallops guard the Warp Block leading to the next area, composed of a yellow platform and a Snake Panel switch; If the player finds crossing the Snake Panels too hard, they can use the yellow platform instead. Pressing the switch causes panels to appear as the player approaches the next set, eventually spelling "THANK YOU!!" On the second exclamation point is a Warp Box leading to a platform with numerous Toads, some stacked colored blocks, and the Flagpole.
When unlocked, this stage replaces the pipe going between Special 8 and World 8; as a result, the pipe in World 8 disappears. To unlock this course, the player must have five stars in his or her profile. In order to obtain the five stars, the player must do the following:
The stage is also the only stage in Super Mario 3D Land that has no Star Medals.