A Warp Whistle, sometimes called a Magic Whistle, is a rare item from Super Mario Bros. 3. Using it sends Mario or Luigi to the Warp Zone, where the player can skip ahead to the start of a later world. Using the Warp Whistle in World 1 will allow Mario to warp to World 2, 3, or 4; using it in a World from 2 through 6 will allow him to warp to World 5, 6, or 7; and using it in Worlds 7 through 9 will allow him to warp to World 8. (Therefore, if a second whistle is used while already in the Warp Zone, the player will be taken directly to the World 8 Pipe.)
There are a total of 3 whistles that can be collected in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its remakes, two in World 1 and one in World 2. However, in the Japanese version of the original Super Mario Bros. 3 release only, a glitch in World 5-1 allows the player to obtain a fourth whistle.
Obtained by holding the down button on the while standing on the white block at the end of the level, so that Mario drops behind the background, and then quickly getting behind the black curtain at the end of the level before the white block's effect wears off. Behind there, Mario/Luigi will enter a secret Toad House, whose single chest contains a whistle.
Obtained by flying to get on top of the ceiling at the end of the first room, where there is a door hidden above the top of the screen. The door leads to a small secret room where a treasure box contains a Warp Whistle.
Side note: Clearing World 1-Fortress in this way will not open its locked door on the map.
Obtained by defeating the Boomerang Bro on the map who gives out a Hammer upon being defeated. The Hammer must be used to break the rock at the top right of the map screen, opening a secret passage behind a palm tree. The passage contains a Toad House (with a Frog Suit) as well as a pair of Fire Bros. Defeating both Fire Bros. will award the player with a whistle.
World 5-1 (Japanese version only)
In the Japanese version of the original Super Mario Bros. 3 release only, a glitch in World 5-1 can cause the treasure chest to appear at the end of the level instead of in its usual location. The glitch is performed by reaching the end of the level, then turning around and flying above the stack of blocks there until the player hears the sound of a treasure chest appearing. After this, if the player returns to the goal, they will notice glitched graphics (as it is not supposed to be possible to activate a treasure chest and the goal simultaneously). If the player then hits the goal from the far left corner, the treasure chest will teleport to the goal, and picking it up will earn the player either five extra lives or a Warp Whistle.
The wall/stack of blocks at the end of the level was removed from international releases, as well as all releases of the Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 remakes, thus removing the glitch and no longer allowing players to obtain this Warp Whistle.
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