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Super Mario 3D World
Box NA - Super Mario 3D World.png
North American box art.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
1-UP Studio[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date Original Release
Japan November 21, 2013[2]
USA November 22, 2013
Canada November 22, 2013
Brazil November 26, 2013[3]
Europe November 29, 2013[4]
Australia November 30, 2013[5]
Nintendo Selects
Europe March 11, 2016
USA September 30, 2016
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 6.svg - Six years and older
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
Mode(s) Single-player
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)

Super Mario 3D World is a 3D platformer action game for the Wii U. It is a follow-up game of the Nintendo 3DS installment Super Mario 3D Land, the fifteenth title in the Super Mario series, the sixth original 3D Mario title, the seventh 3D Mario title overall, and the fifth 3D Mario title on a home console after Super Mario Galaxy 2. The game also received a prequel/spin off based on The Adventures of Captain Toad levels in this game titled Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which was first released on November 13, 2014 in Japan almost a year later.


Bowser captures the Green Sprixie Princess during the game's intro.

On an evening in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad come to view and enjoy the fireworks outside of Princess Peach's Castle, when they discover a slanted Clear Pipe along the path. Mario and Luigi fix the Clear Pipe with hammers and wrenches, causing the pipe to eject a large number of items as well as a Sprixie Princess[6], a fairy-like creature of the Sprixie species. The Green Sprixie Princess begins to explain that Bowser has kidnapped six of her fellow Sprixie Princesses and that she needs their help; thereafter, however, Bowser emerges from the pipe and traps the princess inside a bottle before disappearing back down the pipe with her. Peach, in trying to stop Bowser, falls down the pipe herself, and the others soon follow in order to assist her. The heroes soon end up in the Sprixie Kingdom, where the journey mainly takes place.[7]

After going through six worlds, the group encounter Bowser in World Castle, where he is keeping the Red Sprixie Princess; the only Sprixie Princess whom has not been saved yet. After the group successfully defeats Bowser, the Sprixie Princess is saved. However, the celebration is cut short by Bowser surprisingly returning, capturing all seven Sprixie Princesses in a large bottle, and escaping to World Bowser: a theme park modeled after the Koopa King.

The heroes make their way through this world, and encounter Bowser again in The Great Tower of Bowser Land. Here, Bowser makes use of a Super Bell, turning into Meowser, and initiating the final battle. The group manages to defeat Meowser after climbing the tower, and rescue all of the Sprixie Princesses. Now safe from Bowser, they thank the heroes as they go through a Clear Pipe back to the Mushroom Kingdom.


Super Mario 3D World is a platform game which plays very similarly to Super Mario 3D Land, being a 3D platformer with gameplay similar to the 2D games. This game retains its predecessor's similarity to Super Mario Bros. 3 (with colorful blocks, the Super Leaf, Spikes and the Lose a Life theme returning from that game); many elements from Super Mario World are returning as well, such as Chargin' Chucks and Kuribons, now with an official English name, Galoombas. Stages are once again open yet linear, have a time limit, and end by grabbing the classic Goal Pole at the end. Green Stars return from the Super Mario Galaxy games, taking the role of the Star Medals from Super Mario 3D Land. There are also various stamps that the player can find. There is one in each level and they can be used in Miiverse posts. The game also seems to be slightly more puzzle-focused than its predecessors. The path from the start of the level to the goal is no longer a straight shot, and the players would often have to use certain power-ups and items in order to find the way ahead. Additionally, the game also features a score system, the first time one has appeared in a 3D Mario game.

Mario and co., in their Cat suits, confronting Spikes.

Power-ups, like the Fire Flower and Super Leaf, make a return, along with almost every item from Super Mario 3D Land (excluding the Statue Leaf and P-Wing). The Mega Mushroom from New Super Mario Bros. also makes an appearance. There are also several new power-ups and suits; The most prominent of the new power-ups is the Super Bell, a power-up that grants the player a Cat Suit, allowing them to lunge at and claw enemies and climb up walls.

For the first time in a 3D Super Mario title the game supports up to four player simultaneous multiplayer, allowing players to control Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad and Rosalina; additional players can drop in at any time by pressing A Button/Two Button, and can drop out by pausing and pressing Minus Button on the pause menu, similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U; in this game, however, players can also switch characters before entering a stage. Each character has different abilities, much like they had in Super Mario Bros. 2. The multiplayer works similarly to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, in that players can enter a bubble at any time, pick each other up and throw each other, bounce on each others' heads, and so on. Players also share lives when playing in multiplayer, rather than each player having a separate life counter. The game uses a cooperative and competitive multiplayer system; each player works together to get to the end of the stage, but is ranked based on points earned out of the total score at the end. The player that scores the most points for one stage receives a crown, which can be stolen by the other players and gives the player wearing it at the end of the stage a score bonus.

Players' score results at the end of a stage. This is shown when there are at least two active players after a course has been cleared.

In addition to being the default player one controller, the GamePad can be used at any point during gameplay to interact with the environment, allowing players to stun enemies, momentarily reveal hidden objects (both in levels and on the map), hit blocks, stop moving platforms, and various other functions, similar to the Co-Star Luma from Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Boost Mode from New Super Mario Bros. U. The GamePad can also be used to control the camera during gameplay by pressing the button on the bottom corner of the GamePad screen and tilting the controller, in what is known as Free Camera Mode. It works in a similar fashion to the camera from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The GamePad can also be used for Off-TV Play at any point.

Super Mario 3D World features Nintendo Network support in the form of Miiverse integration and Ghost Miis. These features are first enabled on a given save file after progressing a bit into the game. With Miiverse, players can make a post at any point on the World Map or after completing a stage by tapping the "Post" icon; other players' posts can also be viewed on the World Map by walking up to their Miis and pressing A Button/Two Button, or on the top of the stage results screen. Ghost Miis are created after the player clears a course without losing a life, and they perfectly recreate the player's movements throughout the course, automatically distributing them to other players. Players who receive the data can play through an already cleared course with three Ghost Mii characters. While traveling through a course, the Ghost Mii characters occasionally carry gifts behind them that when caught can contain various items. The Nintendo Network settings for this title can be changed at any point by pausing the game and selecting the Nintendo Network icon button.

The title screen to Luigi Bros., a remastered port of Mario Bros.

As part of the Year of Luigi celebration, also included is another game that can be accessed from the title screen after beating the main game once (or immediately if New Super Luigi U save data is present).[8] The game, titled Luigi Bros., is a modified ROM of Mario Bros., but with Luigi as the only playable character. The game can be accessed by touching the Luigi button found in the bottom-left corner of the screen. As it is a modification of the original NES game, it makes use of the Virtual Console interface and allows the use of save/restore points. Also, similar to New Super Luigi U, multiple 8-bit Luigi sprites can be found throughout the game.


Action(s) Input(s)
Wii U GamePad
Wii U Pro Controller
Wii Classic Controller (Pro)
Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Remote + Nunchuck
Stage controls
Move Classic Controller Left Control Stick / +Control Pad +Control Pad Nunchuk Control Stick
Dash (while moving), hold items (release to throw), attack (power-ups) Y Button / X Button One Button B Button
Jump, swim, wall jump (against wall) A Button / B Button Two Button A Button
Crouch, ground-pound (while in mid-air), go down pipe, slide (on a slope) ZL Button / ZR Button B Button / Shake Nunchuk Z Button
Roll ZL Button / ZR Button + Y Button / X Button B Button / Shake + One Button Nunchuk Z Button + B Button
Long jump (while moving) ZL Button / ZR Button + B Button / A Button B Button / Shake + Two Button Nunchuk Z Button + A Button
Rolling long jump (during a roll) Crouch + Roll + Jump
Somersault Classic Controller Left Control Stick / +Control Pad (in reverse direction) + A Button / B Button +Control Pad (reverse direction) + Two Button Nunchuk Control Stick (reverse direction) + A Button
Enter horizontal pipe Classic Controller Left Control Stick / +Control Pad (in the direction of the entrance) +Control Pad (in the direction of the entrance) Nunchuk Control Stick (in the direction of the entrance)
Bubble (multiplayer only) L Button / R Button A Button Nunchuk C Button
Pause Plus Button Plus Button
Use inventory item Minus Button Minus Button
Camera Classic Controller Right Control Stick (Tilt GamePad in Free Camera Mode) N/A +Control Pad
World Screen controls
Move Classic Controller Left Control Stick / +Control Pad +Control Pad Nunchuk Control Stick
Dash (while moving) Y Button / X Button One Button B Button
Jump A Button / B Button Two Button A Button
Menu Plus Button Plus Button
View map, drop out (pause menu) Minus Button Minus Button
Enter stage A Button Two Button A Button
Menu controls
Select option Classic Controller Left Control Stick / +Control Pad +Control Pad Nunchuk Control Stick
Confirm A Button Two Button A Button
Cancel B Button One Button B Button


The game features a large world map, consisting of 8 worlds, in a similar vein to Super Mario Bros. 3, with 4 unlockable bonus worlds. Each world is connected by Clear Pipes.[9] Unlike previous games, where players follow a simple path through the maps, the map here can be freely roamed with full control of the characters, except with a limited jump. Each world features a set of levels along with Enemy Blockades, Toad Houses, Sprixie Houses, Lucky Houses, and either Mystery Houses or a puzzle-focused series of levels called "The Adventures of Captain Toad" with Captain Toad playable. The maps also contain items such as coins and 1-Up Mushrooms and other secrets.

When the player finishes a course with all Green Stars, the ball ornament on the flagpole will be replaced with a Green Star, which can even become gold when the stage is cleared with all five characters, the stamp from that stage is collected (if any), and at least one character touches the top of the flag at the end of the stage. Upon reaching World Crown, the player can also see which stage has been cleared with which characters on the Map Progression screen or when approaching a stage. When all the stages in a world have been cleared with every character, a paw print mark will be shown on the upper-right corner of the Map Progression screen.

World Preview Description
Main Worlds
World 1 World 1 - Super Mario 3D World.png A simple grassland world, where the Green Sprixie Princess is captured. The boss is the first encounter with Bowser.
World 2 World 2 - Super Mario 3D World.png A desert-themed world, where the Yellow Sprixie Princess is captured. The boss is Boom Boom.
World 3 World 3 Map SM3DW.jpg An ice-themed world, where the Blue Sprixie Princess is captured. The first boss is Pom Pom, and the second boss is Hisstocrat.
World 4 SM3DW 4-Map Luigi.jpg A canyon and mountain themed world, where the Orange Sprixie Princess is captured. The boss is Boss Brolder.
World 5 World 5 Map SM3DW.jpg A beach and ocean world, where the Purple Sprixie Princess is captured. The boss is King Ka-Thunk.
World 6 3DWorld6MapLuigi - alt.jpg A cloud-themed world, where the Cyan Sprixie Princess is captured. The first boss is a second encounter with Boom Boom, and the second boss is Motley Bossblob.
World Castle World Castle SM3DW.png A large castle submerged in lava, where the Red Sprixie Princess is captured. The boss is a second encounter with Bowser.
World Bowser World Bowser SM3DW.jpg The eighth and final world, which is a large amusement park modeled after Bowser. Prior to the player arriving at this point in the game, they encounter news that Bowser makes a surprise return at the end of World Castle, and captures all seven Sprixie Princesses again; they are now being held hostage in this world.

The first three bosses are Pom Pom, Queen Hisstocrat, and Motley Bossblob, and the final boss is a final encounter with Bowser.

Bonus Worlds
World Star World Star SM3DW.png The first bonus world with Lumas and Star Bits. Rosalina is found in the second level in this world.
World Mushroom World Mushroom SM3DW.png The second bonus world. These worlds contain levels from previous worlds, with a twist, such as making it a night level or a speed run. For this reason, there are no stamps in these worlds.
World Flower Super Mario 3D World - World Flower.png The third bonus world.
World Crown WiiU screenshot TV 0145C.jpg The final bonus world. This is the shortest world in the game, containing one main level (Champion's Road), a Captain Toad level (Captain Toad's Fiery Finale), and a Mystery House containing 30 Green Stars (Mystery House Marathon). This world also contains the last Sprixie House, where the player can obtain a stamp of a pixelated Luigi.


Playable and abilities

Character Advantages & Abilities Disadvantages Unlocking Criteria
Mario Balanced
Playable from start
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Speed: ★★★☆☆ Sprint: ★★★☆☆ Jump: ★★★☆☆
Luigi Jumps high

Scuttles when jumping
Sprints later

Low traction
Playable from start
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Speed: ★★★☆☆ Sprint: ★★☆☆☆ Jump: ★★★★★
Princess Peach Can hover briefly after jumping

Sprints sooner
Runs slower Playable from start
Princess Peach Artwork (alt) - Super Mario 3D World.png
Speed: ★★☆☆☆ Sprint: ★★★★☆ Jump: ★★★☆☆
Toad Runs quickly Falls the fastest

Sprints the latest
Playable from start
Toad Running Artwork (alt) - Super Mario 3D World.png
Speed: ★★★★★ Sprint: ★☆☆☆☆ Jump: ★★☆☆☆
Rosalina Can use her signature Spin attack that gives her an effective double jump. Also lets her defeat enemies and break blocks.

Has a high jump with normal traction

Sprints the soonest
Runs the slowest

Loses her Spin attack when she gains a power-up (not including the Super Mushroom, the Double Cherry and the Super Star)
Complete World StarWorld Star-2, Super Galaxy
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Speed: ★☆☆☆☆ Sprint: ★★★★★ Jump: ★★★★★
Captain Toad Sprints the soonest, like Rosalina Cannot jump[10] Playable only in The Adventures of Captain Toad levels
Toad Brigade Captain Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Speed: ★★★☆☆ Sprint: ★★★★★ Jump: ☆☆☆☆☆


Small Mario
Small Mario
Super Mario Cat Mario Tanooki Mario Boomerang Mario Fire Mario
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Boomerang Mario Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
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Super Mushroom Super Bell Super Leaf Boomerang Flower Fire Flower
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Double Mario Mega Mario Invincible Mario White Tanooki Mario Lucky Cat Mario
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Double Cherry Mega Mushroom Super Star Invincibility Leaf Lucky Bell
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Invincibility Super Leaf
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Supporting Cast

Enemies and obstacles

A new enemy, Cat Goomba.



* - Only appears in Luigi Bros.


This is a list of all the bosses in the game. There is a total of 22 boss battles in the game.

Items and objects

A Super Bell.

New power-ups

Returning power-ups

Support items


Luigi sightings

A 8-bit Luigi appears on the moon the last 30 seconds of the timer at the end of A Beam in the Dark
Main article: List of Luigi sightings in Super Mario 3D World

Like with New Super Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World features 8-bit Luigi sprites hidden in various parts of the game, not just restricted to levels.


Early in development and according to Koichi Hayashida, Peach was planned to reprise her role as damsel-in-distress which also meant that she wasn't meant to be a playable character originally; however, after Yoshiaki Koizumi suggested to the development team that she should be a playable character like how Peach did in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D World ended up being the first and so far only 3D Mario platformer in which Princess Peach is playable and not kidnapped, as well as the second and latest Super Mario game after Super Mario Bros. 2 and the fourth and latest platformer overall after her own game and Super Paper Mario.[14]


Super Mario 3D World received widespread critical acclaim. IGN gave the game a 9.6, criticizing its four-player camera, but praising its "phenomenal level design, art direction, and multiplayer". [15] Destructoid gave the game a perfect 10/10 score, praising specially the Cat Suit mechanism and the addition of Princess Peach as a playable character.[16] GameXplain gave the game's single and multiplayer modes a 4.5/5 stars. Joystiq also gave the game a perfect score of 5/5 stars.[17] The Official Nintendo Magazine gave it a 93 out of 100, praising its gameplay and multiplayer, while criticising the small level size.[18]

The game has been praised for its gameplay, visuals, music, level design, the Cat form's usefulness, and its improved 4-player co-op compared to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. However, its few negatives vary from its camera issues with co-op to some control issues.

As of March 31, 2014, Super Mario 3D World is the 4th best selling game for the Wii U, having sold about 2.17 million copies worldwide.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario 3D World.

Original soundtrack

Main article: Super Mario 3D World Original Soundtrack

The game's official original soundtrack, "Super Mario 3D World Original Sound Track" has been released to Club Nintendo members in Japan, Europe, and Australia, and has been performed by the Mario 3D World Big Band.


Main article: List of Super Mario 3D World staff

The game producer is Yoshiaki Koizumi, and the game direction is done by Koichi Hayashida and Kenta Motokura. The main characters' voices are done by Charles Martinet, Samantha Kelly and Laura Faye Smith. General game production is done by Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto.

Pre-release and unused content

Main article: List of Super Mario 3D World pre-release and unused content

Early concept artwork reveals that Cat characters were going to have five fingers, and that Princess Peach's Cat Suit was going to incorporate her brooch. The levels shown off in the E3 demo also have different world and number placements than the final game. Additionally, several sound clips were changed to brand new ones when they were reused ones from previous games in the demo, and several pieces of music were changed to being orchestrated in the final product.


The glitch in action
Main article: List of Super Mario 3D World glitches

Long Jump glitch

The glitch only occurs when the player is Small Toad. If while holding the snowball the player perform a Long Jump, Toad will be pushed backwards.


Main article: List of Super Mario 3D World quotes
  • It's-a Me, Mario! (Mario being selected)
  • Oh, nooooo! (Peach while falling)
  • Let's go! (Rosalina while the level starts)
  • He he he, gotcha! (Luigi while collected a stamp/green star)
  • Gotcha! (Toad getting a stamp)


Audio.png Super Mario 3D World - Theme as heard in the E3 2013 trailer.
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Audio.png Super Mario 3D World - Main theme without sound effects.
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Audio.png Super Mario 3D World - Champion's Road Theme, the Gusty Garden Galaxy Theme Remix.
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Audio.png Super Mario 3D World - Captain Toad's Theme Song
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References to other games

  • Mario Bros.: There is a bonus game starring Luigi available on the title screen, called Luigi Bros. It is played similarly to this game, except both playable characters are Luigi.[19] Also, the big POW Block on the very top of The Great Tower of Bowser Land must be hit multiple times, getting flatter every time it's hit, just like it does in Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Some levels have tiles that resemble the ground tiles from this game. The main theme from Super Mario Bros. is covered for bonus areas and Coin Heavens (whose theme comes from Super Mario 3D Land). An 8-bit Luigi sprite from this game can be seen swimming in the background in Bowser's Highway Showdown.[20] Additionally, Beep Block Skyway has 8-bit Luigi, Coin and Super Mushroom sprites moving along the walls of the stage. Likewise, all of the Luigi sightings are based on his sprite from this game. In addition, the bonus area in Bob-ombs Below resembles Mario's 8-bit sprite from the game.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's 8-bit sprite from the game can be found in the secret area of Rainbow Run.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad are playable characters. The Mario Bros and the Princess's abilities are based off of theirs from this game, as well as Toad's speed advantage. In addition, Toad having blue spots is possibly a reference to Toad in the original NES version of this game, in which his sprite appears blue. Doors have the same design and color. A cover of the character select music from this game plays in the casino slot minigame [21], as well as in the Coin Bonus areas of the game.[22] Bombs also appear and are used in the same way they were used in Super Mario Bros. 2. Rocket Ships make an appearance. The two game's stories are also similar, with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad going to another land and saving it from an evil villain in both games.
    • Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic: The player is required to beat all levels with all of the characters (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina, the last one being a secret character) in order to unlock all the stamps and all five profile stars, mirroring how it was required that all characters in the game were required to beat all the levels to unlock the true ending.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Like its predecessor, Super Mario 3D World shares some similarities to this game. The "Too Bad!" music is a cover of the death jingle from this game.[23] Tank levels return from this game. In American and some European versions of the game, when first visiting a Toad House, the Toad will instruct the player to "Pick a box. Its contents will help you on your way." which is a direct quoting from this game's Toad Houses.
  • Super Mario World: Chargin' Chucks and Galoombas return, and in the case of the former enemy, use the same sound effects for running and being defeated as in this game. Trampolines also use the same sound effect as in this game. The Beach Koopa artwork is also reused as a Stamp. World Bowser has neon lights like Bowser's Castle did in the Valley of Bowser. Additionally, hitting the Bowser Mobile at the beginning of The Great Tower of Bowser Land occasionally causes Super Mario World sound effects to play.
  • Super Mario Kart: The level Mount Must Dash contains Dash Panels, asphalt, and blocks that reference Mario Circuit courses from this game. Also, the music is a cover of Mario Circuit. [24]
  • Mario Paint: The Cat Goombas make a similar meow to the cat notes from this game.[25]
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins: Bowser uses a Super Bell and Double Cherries in the same way Wario used a Carrot and a Fire Flower in his battle with Mario.
  • Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS: In levels when players are riding Plessie, the music that plays is a cover of that of Rainbow Ride, Tick Tock Clock, and The Princess's Secret Slide from this game.[23] In Shifty Boo Mansion, the first Green Star is found by jumping into a painting, similar to how Mario enters areas in this game and its remake. When the player catches a rabbit, the rabbit will give an item to the player, similar to how the rabbit gives Mario an item right after getting grabbed.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee / Super Smash Bros. Brawl: There are two Mystery Houses named Mystery House Melee in World 2 and the one in the later World Mushroom named Mystery House Brawl. Their objectives are to defeat all enemies to advance and go forth. This is a reference to both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Super Mario Sunshine: Characters can do a spin jump similar to the one in this game.
  • New Super Mario Bros.: The player can jump on Koopa Troopas to steal their shells and ride in them, similar to the Blue Shell power-up. The sound that plays when the character jumps while riding in the shell is similar to New Super Mario Bros. jump sound effect as well.
  • Super Princess Peach: The Super Bell Hill theme has similarities to this game's Ladida Plains music.
  • Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2: Green Stars make an appearance, replacing Star Medals from Super Mario 3D Land. The Captain Toad returns and the levels where Captain Toad is playable contains the Toad Brigade theme from the Super Mario Galaxy games. There are secret underground rooms where the player can collect sequences of Coins for a limited time and receive a prize if all Coins are collected. Rosalina's special ability is the Star Spin attack. Rosalina's emblem is a Grand Star. Super Galaxy, a stage based off of the Super Mario Galaxy games appears, and so do Octoombas, Fizzlits and the Comet Observatory. The Comet Observatory theme (3rd version) plays in the World Crown map area, while a cover of the Gusty Garden Galaxy theme can be heard in Honeycomb Starway, Honeycomb Skyway and Champion's Road[26] A remix of the Purple Coins theme plays in World Mushroom and World Flower.[27]. The final boss themes (and the Meowser defeated fanfare) have portions of the Battlerock Galaxy, Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, and Bowser's Galaxy Generator themes. The overworld map of the Star World has Star Bits in the background. Also, Grumblumps have a similar appearance to Rhomps. The Beat Block mechanic returns under the name "Beep Block", and the Beep Block stages return to the "beep-beep-beep-switch" rhythm as in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with the same tempo as the Beat Block Galaxy theme as well. The level Cookie Cogworks resembles Clockwork Ruins Galaxy. There is additionally a level called Boss Blitz; this is in reference to the Boss Blitz Galaxy.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii / New Super Mario Bros. U: The abilities to do a simultaneous Ground Pound with multiple players, pick up other players, and place their character in a bubble make a return. The rolling hill platforms from World 1 return. Assist Play is similar to Boost Mode from the latter game in that the player can stop/hinder enemies with the Gamepad, as well as pause stage obstacles like the rolling hills. In Snowball Park, the night-time setting with the background aurora mirrors Spinning-Star Sky.
  • Super Mario 3D Land: The installment is the follow-up game of this title, and thus has some similarities to said game. The game's cover of the Super Mario Bros. theme is reused, and a cover of the jazz variation of the main theme plays in Super Block Land. The snow theme and castle theme return in this game, but they are now orchestrated. Warp Boxes, Mystery Boxes, Peepas, Coin Coffers, Goomba Towers, Stingbies, Biddybuds, and Para-Biddybuds all return.
  • Mario Kart 7: Princess Peach's portrait from this game, located in Sherbet Rink, is reused.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2: There are multiple levels/rooms that contain hordes of Coins, like the secret Coin Express stage, Conkdor Canyon Coin vault, and other various locations. Also, three bonus worlds are called World Star, Mushroom, and Flower, just like the bonus worlds in this game. Golden Koopa Troopas and wearable coin blocks return in Golden Warp Pipes.

References in later games

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオ 3Dワールド
Sūpā Mario 3D Wārudo
Super Mario 3D World


  • If one counts the wearable items (such as boxes and shoes), Super Mario 3D World has the most power-ups in any Mario platformer thus far, with seventeen power-ups (compared to Super Mario Bros. 3, which has nine).
  • The character icons from this game (with the exception of Rosalina and Captain Toad's icons) are used in Club Nintendo prizes.
  • If one looks closely, the plants dance to the background music, changing animations based on part of the song.

External links


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