- This article is about the kings in Super Mario Bros. 3. For other uses of the term, see King.
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)|
|Latest appearance||Ultimate NES Remix (2014)|
- “Oh thank heavens! I’m back to my old self again. Thank you so much. Here is a letter from the princess.”
- —Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3
The kings are the monarchs of the various lands of the Mushroom World. Seven of them are featured in Super Mario Bros. 3, and each was turned into a different creature by the Koopalings. The kings are unnamed individually, although The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 gave some of them unique identities, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! even introduced several similar characters and territories. Like Princess Toadstool, they have Toad helpers.
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Koopalings invaded seven kingdoms of the Mushroom World, stealing the royal magic wands and using them to transform their kings into various creatures. With the king in his vulnerable state, the evil Koopaling then ruled over the world in the king's place, with Boom Boom and the Koopa Troop forces placed all over the kingdoms. Renowned heroic brothers Mario and Luigi of the Mushroom Kingdom arrived to help them, first starting with Grass Land.
To save a king, the Mario Bros. have to go to his castle, where the Toad pleads the heroes to restore the king by taking the magic wand back from the Koopaling. After that, Mario and Luigi must assault the airship, defeat the Koopaling, and return the king back into his human shape. He thanks the Mario Bros. for saving him, and he delivers a letter from Princess Toadstool enclosed with a "jewel" (or power-up). If the player manages to restore the kings to their human forms while wearing a special suit, then they get different rescue dialog for each different suit. This continues until the brothers reach the forbidden kingdom of Dark Land, where Bowser ended up holding the princess hostage.
In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, if the player defeated Bowser before saving the kings, upon selecting the castle, the player is treated to a cutscene where it shows the Koopaling of the respective world invading the castle, snatching the magic wand and using it to transform the king, and then escaping seconds before Mario arrives. In addition, because Princess Toadstool has already been saved beforehand, the king does not give the player a letter from her.
Each king had been transformed into a creature of some sort by the Koopalings:
- Grass Land king – Turned into a dog (a Cobrat in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
- Desert Land king – Turned into a spider (a Hoopster in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
- Water Land king – Turned into a Spike-like kappa (a Dino Rhino in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
- Giant Land king – Turned into a dinosaur (Donkey Kong Jr. in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
- Sky Land king – Turned into a bird (an Albatoss in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
- Ice Land king – Turned into a seal (a Monty Mole in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
- Pipe Land king – Turned into a Piranha Plant (a Yoshi from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island in the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes).
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 created personalities for several rulers. Many, if not all, of them also looked different.
- Prince Hugo – the new ruler of Giant Land (likely making him different from the king seen in Super Mario Bros. 3)
- The Sultan – the ruler of a palace that may be in Desert Land
- King Mackerel – the ruler of Mertropolis, a domed underwater city
- Wizard King of the West – the wizard of an unknown location that resembles Sky Land
- King Windbag – the ruler of a domain implied to be Ice Land
- Emperor Ed – the ruler of Sky Land
Super Mario Kodansha manga
- “"スーマリ3には七人も王さまが出てくるからどれがほんものかわからないのよ" ("In Super Mario Bros. 3, there are seven kings, so who knows which one is the real one.")”
- —Princess Peach, Super Mario Kodansha manga
The kings can be seen in the first 4koma volume of the Super Mario Kodansha manga. They appear only in the "7 Kings" (7人の王さま) strip, in which Peach states that one of the seven kings is her father. It is never fully confirmed which king is truly her father, though Peach wishes that the king from Water Land would be him. The kings' transformed states are the same as in Super Mario All-Stars.
Nintendo Power artwork of the Water Land king
King of Grass Land
King of Desert Land
King of Water Land
King of Giant Land
King of Sky Land
King of Ice Land
King of Pipe Land
Names in other languages
|Italian||Regnanti del Mondo dei Funghi
|Mushroom World's rulers|
- If Mario defeats a Koopaling as Frog Mario, Tanooki Mario, or Hammer Mario, the king says one of the following:
- "Oh me, oh my! You've been transformed! Shall I change you back with this wand?" (to Frog Mario)
- "Thank you, kind raccoon. Please tell me your name." (to Tanooki Mario)
- "Hey you! How about lending me your clothes? No dice?! What a drag." (to Hammer Mario)
- The king of Water Land bears a striking resemblance to Mario. Also, the castle's island resembles Japan, with the castle itself placed where Kyoto, Nintendo's headquarters, would be.
- All of the transformed kings are depicted with generic crowns either on or near them, despite the fact that only four of the non-transformed kings wear crowns.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, pages 5 & 25
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, pages 2 & 24
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 2 (Larry's speech balloon)
- Official Chinese website for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 page on Nintendo.it
- Super Mario Bros. 3, Italian booklet, pag. 5
- Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual, pag. 15
- Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual, pag. 17
- Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 european booklet, pag. 106
|Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3|
|Protagonists||Mario • Luigi • Princess Toadstool • Toads • Kings|
|Bosses||Boom Boom • Big Boo* • Fake Bowser* • Koopalings (Larry Koopa • Morton Koopa Jr. • Wendy O. Koopa • Iggy Koopa • Roy Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Ludwig von Koopa) • Bowser|
|Items||1-Up Mushroom • 3-Up Moon* • Advance Coin* • Anchor • Blue Coin • Boomerang* • Cape Feather* • Card • Coin • e-Coin* • Fire Flower • Frog Suit • Goomba's Shoe • Hammer • Hammer Suit • Lakitu's Cloud • Magic Ball • Magic Wand • Magic Whistle • Music Box • P-Wing • Poison Mushroom* • Starman • Super Leaf • Super Mushroom • Tanooki Suit • Vegetable*|
|Objects||Main game||? Block • Beanstalk • Big Block • Bolt Lift • Brick Block • Buzzy Beetle Shell • Cloud Block • Cloud Lift • Coin Block • Coral • Directional Lift • Donut Lift • Empty Block • Flimsy Lift • Frozen Coin • Giant Green Shell • Giant Red Shell • Goal • Green Shell • Hidden Block • Ice Block • Jump Block • Lift • Magic Door • Magic Note Block • Magical ball • Mega ? Block • Mushroom Coin* • P Warp Door • Quicksand • Red Shell • Rotary Lift • Semisolid Platform • Spiny Shell • Switch Block • Track • Treasure box • Warp Door • Warp Pipe • White Block • Wood Block|
|World-e*||!-Switch • Axe • Balance Lift • Bubble • Control Coin • Dotted-Line Block • Flagpole • Flipper • Giant Gate • Grass • Gray Brick Block • Jumping Board • Key • Key Door • Power Meter Block • Rotating Block • Roulette Block • Seesaw • Snake Block • Soft sand • Stretch Block • Triangular Block • Vanishing Block|
|Forms||Small Mario • Super Mario • Fire Mario • Raccoon Mario • Frog Mario • Tanooki Mario (Statue Mario) • Hammer Mario • Invincible Mario • Caped Mario*|
|Switch Cards*||1UP Kinoko ga 3UP Moon ni kawaru! • Blue Green Switch • Luigi Power Up! • Orange Switch • Sugu ni mantan! Power Meter!! • Teki Power Up! Tokuten x2!! • Timer yukkuri!|
|Worlds||Grass Land • Desert Land • Water Land • Giant Land • Sky Land • Ice Land • Pipe Land • Dark Land • Warp Zone • World-e*|
|Locations||e-Coin Castle* • Enemy Course • Panel (N-Mark Spade Panel • Spade Panel • Start Panel) • Toad House • Treasure Ship|
|Enemies||Main game||Angry Sun • Baby Cheep • Big Bertha • Bloober • Bloober baby • Bloober with kids • Bob-omb • "Boo" Diddly • Boomerang Brother • Boss Bass • Bullet Bill • Buster Beetle • Buzzy Beetle • Chain Chomp • Cheep-Cheep • Colossal Koopa Paratroopa • Dry Bones • Fiery Walking Piranha • Fire Brother • Fire Chomp • Firesnake • Giant Koopa • Goomba • Grand Goomba • Hammer Brother • Hot Foot • Jelectro • Koopa Paratroopa • Koopa Troopa • Kuribo's Goomba • Lakitu • Lava Lotus • Micro-Goomba • Missile Bill • Muncher • Para-Beetle • Para-Goomba • Pile Driver Micro-Goomba • Piranha Plant • Piranhacus Giganticus • Podoboo • Ptooie • Rocky Wrench • Scattering Bloober • Sledge Brother • Spike • Spiny Cheep-Cheep • Spiny • Spiny Egg • Stretch • Thwomp • Venus Fire Trap • Walking Piranha|
|World-e*||Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brother • Big Boo • Bony Beetle • Bowser Statue (Super Mario World) • Bumpty • Chargin' Chuck • Flurry • Goomba (Super Mario World) • Hoopster • Hothead • Jumping Piranha Plant • Lil Sparky • Magikoopa • Monty Mole • Para-Goomba (Super Mario World) • Porcupo • Rip Van Fish • Spike Top • Thwimp • Wiggler|
|Obstacles||Bowser Statue • Candy ring • Cannon • Cannonball • Falling spike* • Fire-Bar* • Giant cannonball • Lava • Pit • Rocket Engine • Roto-Disc • Spike • Tornado • Turtle Cannon|
|World-e mini-games*||Blue Mushroom House • Orange Mushroom House • Red Mushroom House|
|Miscellaneous||Game Over • Extra life • P-Meter • Time Limit|
|Further info||Completion • e-Reader* • e-Reader cards* • Glitches (Super Mario Advance 4) • Media • Pre-release and unused content (Super Mario Advance 4) • Quotes • References • Staff • Unwinnable state|
|*Exclusive to Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3|