Music Box

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Music Box
Music Box
Super Mario Bros. 3 sprite
MusicBox SMB3.png
Super Mario All-Stars sprite
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (cameo) (2023)
Effect Causes enemies on the world map to fall asleep

A Music Box[1] is an item that first appears in Super Mario Bros. 3. Here, it is a white square depicting two beamed notes, and it has a sand-colored pad on the top and a crank to the side. Music Boxes somewhat resemble Jump Blocks.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 3, a Music Box is a common item that causes all Hammer Brother, Fire Brother, Boomerang Brother, and Sledge Brother Enemy Courses, as well as the Piranha Plant stages in Pipe Land, to fall asleep so that Mario and Luigi can sneak past them. After one clears a level and/or loses a life twice, they wake up again. The song that is played is a soothing version of the Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme. The pitch level of the music was adjusted for both Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In the book Koopa Capers from the Nintendo Adventure Books series, Luigi tries to whistle the tune from the Music Box to escape the Sledge Brothers. While it does make them drowsy, they avoid falling asleep completely.

Wario Land 3[edit]

In Wario Land 3, their name is formatted as music boxes.[2][3] Music boxes have a large role in the game, which is even set within an enigmatic music box with an entire world inside of it. Wario's journey is focused on the collection of five different music boxes, which, if all played, can free a hidden figure claiming to be the music box world's unjustly accursed leader, helps Wario through his quest. Wario, in the end, collects the five music boxes scattered around the larger one and frees the figure, only to discover that he is evil; Wario then defeats him and saves the music box, which he is permitted to leave.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

In WarioWare: Twisted!, the music box from Wario Land 3 makes a cameo in Wario's House.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

In the teaser posterMedia:The Super Mario Bros Movie teaser poster.jpg for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, voxelated Music Boxes resembling their original sprite can be seen being sold at the antiques store for six coins each.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: "Use this item to make enemies on the map screen fall asleep temporarily."
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "Allows Mario to put the Hammer Bros. and other map-screen enemies to sleep."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オルゴール
Orgel (Dutch for "music box")
French Boîte à Musique Music box
German Musikbox Music Box
Italian Carillon
Nota Musicale[4]
Music Box
Musical Note


  • The tune was remixed in Mario Party 10 as the results music when a Bowser Party is finished.


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 11, page 8.
  2. ^ "Inside the cave, he found a beautiful music box, but no matter how much Wario wound it up, no song could be heard." - Wario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 2.
  3. ^ "Wario soon awoke to very different surroundings, and it wasn't long before he realized he was inside the music box." - Wario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 3.
  4. ^ Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, Italian manual, pag. 19