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A Treasure Ship (also known as Coin Ship) is a large, flying vessel that appears in Super Mario Bros. 3. If Mario or Luigi venture onto a Treasure Ship, they will find dozens of coins that they can collect, plus an invisible blue 1-up mushroom for the NES version. Not including the ones battled at the end, there are no enemies found on the ships. However, they can still lose a life either by getting crushed by the scrolling screen, falling off the ship, or letting the timer run out. If a player dies while on board a Treasure Ship, it reverts back to the Hammer Bro icon. The Treasure Ship was inspired by the Takarabune of Japanese folklore, as well as the Baochuan (寶船/宝船) that were believed to exist in Ancient China.
Treasure Ships are summoned through a trick that must be performed by following a specific method:
For instance, if the above criteria are met, and the player ends a stage with 44 Coins and a score 0246240, they will successfully trigger a Treasure Ship. Note that this trick will only work once in any given world.
At the end of the ship, two Boomerang Bros. are fought. The reward for defeating them would be whatever item the Hammer Bro that got replaced by the ship would've normally given (ie, a Starman for Grass Land, a Hammer/Starman for Water Land, a P-Wing/Starman/Music Box for Sky Land, and a Hammer/Jugem's Cloud/Starman for Ice Land).