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This article is about the letters characters receive in various Mario games and media. For other uses of the term "Letter", see Letter (disambiguation).
“Thank you so much. Here is a letter from the princess.”
Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario reading Bowser's letter.
Mario reads Bowser's letter in Hotel Mario

Letters as in-game collectibles have made various appearances in the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Letter from Princess Peach in the 25th Anniversary Super Mario All-Stars
Peach's 25th Anniversary Letter

Letters first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. Every time Mario clears a world, he will receive a letter from Princess Toadstool, which usually contain a helpful item and an adventure tip. However, the last one is not from Toadstool, but from Bowser, saying he kidnapped the princess. That one was the only one in the NES version to have any musical cue, which had bars from the Boss theme music of the game accompanied by a red flash. In the remakes, however, a calming musical cue can be heard with the letters from Toadstool. In the GBA remake, an extra letter was added into the game for the intro in which it is from Toad, being sent to the princess, where it is addressed to her as "Princess Peach" rather than the older "Toadstool" moniker. However, the princess's letters still retain the Toadstool moniker as opposed to using the original Japanese and the current universal "Peach" name. In the 25th Anniversary version of Super Mario All Stars, her sending letters was referenced with a letter sent by Nintendo with Peach as the in-universe author of the letter.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A letter appears in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. Mario receives one from Princess Peach at the very beginning of the game, telling him to come to the castle to meet her, but as soon as he arrives, he finds that Bowser has stolen the Power Stars and kidnapped Peach.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

At the beginning of Super Mario Galaxy, Princess Peach sends Mario a invitation to the Star Festival. Later in the game, letters are sent to Mailtoad, who then notifies Mario or Luigi when they arrive. In Super Mario Galaxy, letters are primarily sent from Luigi when he has become stuck in a certain galaxy and cannot get back without the player's help. The player will occasionally receive letters sent from Princess Peach, which express her concern at being kidnapped (though she is sure that Mario or Luigi will rescue her), and also contain 5 or 20 1-Up Mushrooms.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy 2 also starts with Princess Peach sending Mario a letter to watch the Star Bits fall while they eat cake together. Later, letters are sent from a much wider range of characters than the first game, such as Gearmos and Jibberjays. They are used to accomplish a number of objectives, including notifying the player of any of The Chimp's challenges, giving the player tips on how to perform certain moves more expertly, advising the player of a special Power Star opportunity in a particular galaxy, offering the player advice and encouragement, challenging the player to a race, or making the player aware of any other special events or occurrences that may arise periodically as the game progresses.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

The beginning of Super Mario 3D Land has Bowser sending a letter stating that the latter had kidnapped Princess Peach, thus serving as the main reason for the game. Between levels, Peach sends letters of her own, which reveal that she made efforts to escape from Bowser and his forces, although by the penultimate level, Bowser had her recaptured, and sent a letter taunting Mario about how he has her (also placing her cage near his throne to ensure she cannot escape his grasp). After the ending, a letter is shown of Mario sitting with Peach on the Tail Tree. In addition, another letter is sent by Luigi requesting that Mario rescue him. If the player beats the game as Luigi, the letter shown will be the same as before, only Luigi replaces Mario as who Peach is sitting with. After completing the game fully, a letter is shown depicting Peach accidentally getting a Tanooki dress.

Unlike most instances of letters in the Super Mario franchise, there is no actual text given for the letters, just a photograph and various sound effects that imply the contents of the letter.

Hotel Mario[edit]

In Hotel Mario, the intro has Mario and Luigi finding a letter left for them by Bowser, stating that he and the Koopalings have taken over the Mushroom Kingdom and kidnapped Princess Toadstool. The letter is read aloud by Mario as follows:

Dear pesky plumbers,

The Koopalings and I have taken over the Mushroom Kingdom! The Princess is now a permanent guest at one of my seven Koopa hotels! I dare you to find her if you can!

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Main article: List of letters in Paper Mario
Letter Luigi PM.png
A letter
"A letter to [individual] in [location]."
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)

At the start of Paper Mario, Princess Peach sent a letter inviting Mario and Luigi to her castle for a party, delivered by Parakarry, the Mushroom Kingdom's primary mail carrier.

Later on, Letters appear for the first time as items. Parakarry dropped them all over the Mushroom Kingdom during delivery. In Chapter 2, he requests that Mario help him find the three letters he has dropped on Mt. Rugged. After Mario finds them all and gives them to Parakarry, Parakarry joins his party. Mario can find other letters Parakarry has dropped during his adventure. Delivering them to whoever the letter is written to usually rewards Mario with a Star Piece.

A large chain letter sequence appears as a long side quest. A letter at the end of Mt. Rugged starts the whole thing which will last until Chapter 7. At the end, the player will get the Lucky Day Badge. The player must have Parakarry out when giving a letter.

Mario and his partners also get letters from people all throughout the game, which can be checked at Mario's house and the Toad Town Post Office. Mario receives ten from the various characters he meets.

In the ending, Mario and Luigi, alongside the various party members, are given letters inviting them to the celebrations regarding Bowser's defeat and the retrieval of the Star Rod.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Mailbox SP TTYD.png

In this game, Mario no longer receives letters from people he meets. Instead, he receives e-mails on his Mailbox SP. He does, however, receive a letter prior to the start of the game from Princess Peach via Parakarry, with Peach requesting that Mario head over to Rogueport regarding something she discovered.

Before Chapter 5 of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Podley has a letter for Admiral Bobbery written by Bobbery's deceased wife, Scarlette, who wrote it as she was lying on her deathbed. Delivering the letter to Bobbery strengthens his resolve and he agrees to accompany Mario to Keelhaul Key.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Although not an actual item in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, a certain part of Shy Guy Jungle has several ounces of junk documents present that Mario has to sift through. Some of them were letters, including one from Goombella titled "Observations on the Ancient Civilization of the Chomp Ruins."

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, letters can be received at Prisma Postal Toad in Port Prisma. Holo-Peaches are holographic messages that Princess Peach sends to Mario, and they are stored at Prisma Postal Toad.

Mario finds a letter in a treasure chest on Fortune Island from the Snifit or Whiffit crew informing him that they had taken the Instant Camera Thing for a prize for their show.

Although not a true letter, Peach does hand him an envelope that had been sent to her by someone that had been made out of the drained remains of a hapless Toad, which resulted in her and Mario heading over to Prism Island to investigate due to the postage stamp indicating where it was sent from in the beginning of the game.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

Main article: Mario's Letter

A letter also appears in Luigi's Mansion, which is one of Mario's missing items. It reads, "L-o-o-k--o-u-t--f-o-r--B-o-o-s,--L-u-i-g-i-!".

Super Mario Run[edit]

At the beginning of Super Mario Run, Princess Peach sends Mario a letter inviting him to a party with cake, similar to Super Mario 64.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

NES version[edit]

Super Mario All-Stars version[edit]

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てがみ[1]
Letter. Sometimes written with kanji as 「手紙」.
Chinese [2]
Letter (in iQue's localization of Paper Mario)
Dutch Brief Letter
French Lettre Letter
German Brief Letter
Italian Lettera Letter
Portuguese Carta Letter
Russian Письмо Letter
Spanish Carta Letter


  1. ^ "Paper Mario: From Japanese to English". (June 17, 2013). The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.bilibili.com/video/av75169038 (37:45)