N-Mark Spade Panel

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N-Mark Spade Panel
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First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)

N-Mark Spade Panels,[1] also known as Matching Game Panels,[2] Card Matching Games,[3] Matching Game spaces,[4] or N-Spades,[5] are Spade Panels in Super Mario Bros. 3 that appear on the world map for every 80,000 points gained. Whenever Mario or Luigi move onto an N-Mark Spade Panel, they are automatically taken in, unlike other panels.

When drawn into an N-Mark Spade Panel, Mario or Luigi must play a card game hosted by a Toad titled the Matching Game.[6] The goal is to flip over two cards, each depicting an item, every turn to try and match a pair. For each card pair successfully matched, Mario or Luigi win that prize for their inventory, for a total of nine prizes per game. If Mario or Luigi mismatch twice, the minigame ends. Once all of the card pairs have been matched, the cards reset the next time around. Even if Mario or Luigi are unsuccessful at matching every card pair, the ones that they did match remain flipped over the next time they play the minigame.


All Combos[edit]

The game randomly selects one of eight predefined configurations. Here are the possible combinations. The fourth, fifth, and sixth cards from the left on the bottom row will always be a Super Mushroom, a Fire Flower, and a Starman, respectively.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Nマークスペードパネル[7]
N Māku Supēdo Paneru
N-Mark Spade Panel
Italian Mini-memory[8] -


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 22.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 10.
  3. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide, page 110.
  4. ^ The Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide, page 11.
  5. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 23.
  6. ^ NES Game Atlas Nintendo Player's Guide, page 41.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 43