Warp Whistle

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Warp Whistle
SMB Mushroom World-Magic Whistle Art.PNG
Artwork of a Magic Whistle from Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World.
Description
A small whistle with three holes.

First Appearance

The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

Latest Appearance

Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016)

“One toot on this whistle will send you to a far away land!”
Toad, Super Mario Bros. 3

A Warp Whistle[1], also known as a Magic Whistle[2][3] or Recorder[4][5], is a rare item. It is originally from The Legend of Zelda; the six notes played upon use are identical, as is the whirlwind it summons that whisks the player to another location.

History[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 3, using a whistle summons a whirlwind that takes Mario or Luigi to the Warp Zone, where the player can skip ahead to the start of a later world. Using the whistle in World 1 will allow Mario to warp to World 2, 3, or 4; using it in Worlds 2 through 6 will allow him to warp to World 5, 6, or 7; and using it in World 7, 8, or 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 to the entrance of World 8.

There are a total of three whistles that can be collected from treasure chests: two in World 1, and one in World 2. However, in the original Japanese version, a glitch in World 5-1 allows the player to obtain a fourth whistle.

World 1-3[edit]

Mario obtaining a whistle from a Toad House.

Obtained by holding the down button on the +Control Pad 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.

World 1-Fortress1-SMB3.pngFortress[edit]

A whistle in World 1-Fortress1-SMB3.pngFortress

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 whistle.

Clearing World 1-Fortress in this way will not open its lock on the map.

World 2-FireBro-Map-SMB3.png[edit]

A whistle in World 2-FireBro-Map-SMB3.png

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)[edit]

The chest containing a whistle that appears inside the stack of blocks when the glitch is performed.

In the Family Computer release, 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 wall of blocks 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 whistle.

The level was shortened by replacing the Warp Pipe to this area (as well as a Buster Beetle) with the goal in international NES releases, as well as Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, thus removing the glitch and no longer allowing the player to obtain this whistle.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

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In Paper Mario: Color Splash, this item (now known as the Recorder, its original name from The Legend of Zelda) makes a reappearance after 28 years of absence and in time for its 30th anniversary debut. It is hidden in the Green Energy Plant, in a course specially dedicated to Super Mario Bros. 3. It is also given developer's notes in the game's digital manual.

References in other media[edit]

  • In The Legend of Zelda series, it reappears in the TV series and comic under the name "Magic Whistle"; in addition, its melody has been remixed throughout the series, most notably as the title theme of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • During the climax of The Wizard, Haley tells Jimmy to seek out the Warp Whistle (which she refers to as the "Magic Flute") in the World 1 Fortress, which he succeeds in doing. However, Super Mario Bros. 3 was a game that the characters had never played before, making it unknown as to how Haley even knew of its existence.
  • In the Nintendo Adventure Book Leaping Lizards, a Magic Silver Whistle is the prize of the International Mushroom Games, which is held in a neutral area of the Mushroom Kingdom every six years. Iggy Koopa is the whistle's current holder, and the heroes compete against him in order to reverse the spell placed on the Mushroom King, who was transformed into a rabbit.
  • Another flute is found in the game Mario is Missing!, stolen from the Teatro Colon by Koopa Troopas. Luigi had to return it to the opera house.
  • In the 2006 version of Nintendo Monopoly, the Warp Whistle is referenced by the Coin Block "Advance to Go" card.
  • Mystical Whistle, the name of a Sammer Guy in Super Paper Mario, is a reference to the Warp Whistle.
  • Warp Whistle is the name of the 9th track on the debut album by the band FartBarf: "Dirty Power".
  • In the Steven Universe episode "House Guest", an item called the Warp Whistle is used to activate warp panels.
  • The Warp Whistle is mentioned by Mike Mictlan in the Doomtree song Final Boss.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フエ[6]
Fue
Flute / Whistle / Recorder
Spanish Flauta Mágica Magic Flute
French Sifflet Magique Magic Whistle
German Zauberflöte Magic Flute
Italian Fischietto Whistle

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 111.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 24.
  3. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet, page 28.
  4. ^ The Legend of Zelda
  5. ^ Paper Mario: Color Splash
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 23.