Water Land

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This article is about the world from Super Mario Bros. 3. For the fourth world of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, see Seaside. For the similarly named galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy, see Sea Slide Galaxy. For the similarly named kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey, see Seaside Kingdom.
Water Land
Sea Side.png
Greater location Mushroom World
Ruler Unnamed King
Inhabitants Bloopers, Blooper Nannies, Cheep Cheeps
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)

Water Land[1][2][3] (alternatively Ocean Side[4], the Island World[5], Sea World[6], or Sea Side[7]) is a water-themed world, and the third world in Super Mario Bros. 3. Water Land has nine stages, two Hammer Bros., two fortresses, five Toad Houses, five Spade Panels, and a castle. Cheep Cheeps and Bloopers are common enemies in this world, and the hard-to-dodge Boss Bass also lives here. This is the first world in Super Mario Bros. 3 to have more than one fortress.

The ruler of the swift tides of Water Land is Wendy O. Koopa. The real king of the land (who bears a resemblance to Mario and Luigi) resides in a castle on an island chain. The chain of islands is in the shape of Japan, with the castle being located where the city of Kyoto would be, the city in which the Nintendo headquarters is located. During the events of the game, the Water Land king is turned into a kappa; the SNES and Game Boy Advance versions of Super Mario Bros. 3 see him transformed as a Dino Rhino.

The map of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 shows that it is located to the south of Desert Land, and west of Giant Land.

Level information[edit]

Level Preview Summary
World 3-1 SMAS 3-1.png The first level is set at in an underwater area with many Bloopers.
World 3-2 SMAS 3-2.png This level has the player jumping on scattered and moving platforms while avoiding Cheep Cheeps.
World 3-3 SMAS 3-3.png This level introduces Boss Bass and the stage moves up and down in the water.
World 3-Fortress1-SMB3.png 1 SMAS 3-C1.png The first fortress level of Water Land has the player figure out which door leads to Boom Boom.
World 3-4 SMAS 3-4.png The fourth main level has the player avoiding Lakitu while jumping over hills.
World 3-5 SMAS 3-5.png Another underwater level, with Big Berthas and Jelectros.
World 3-6 SMAS 3-6.png An auto-scrolling stage with small platforms and Donut Lifts.
World 3-7 SMAS 3-7.png A standard level with Semisolid Platforms and Spikes.
World 3-Fortress1-SMB3.png 2 SMAS 3-C2.png The second fortress level, which is entirely underwater and introduces Stretches.
World 3-8 SMAS 3-8.png Another level similar to World 3-3, but with smaller and lower platforms.
World 3-9 SMAS 3-9.png A stage that takes place both above land and underwater.
World 3-Airship.gif SMAS 3-A2.png Wendy O. Koopa's Airship, armed with many cannons and Turtle Cannons.
World 3-HammerBro-Map-SMAS SMB3.png SMAS 3-HB.png Two Hammer Brothers patrol the map. Running into either one will result in a battle with two Hammer Brothers with two rows of seven breakable blocks each. The arena differs depending on where they are fought on the map. If encountered on land, they will be fought in an area with a hill to the left as well as a row of bushes extending to the right. If encountered in the water, the floor will be submerged. Defeating one of the Hammer Brother pairs will award the player with a chest containing a Hammer, while the other will yield a Starman. If the player met the unlock conditions for the Treasure Ship, one of the Hammer Brothers will be replaced with the ship.
SMAS 3-HBWater.png

Canoe[edit]

If the player has a Hammer in their inventory, they can break a rock to gain access to the canoe. The player can then control the canoe across the water to an island with two Toad Houses and two Spade Panels and a second island with a third Toad House.
It is possible to do the glitch in the Japanese version of the game; to do that, the player must stay on the canoe and get a Warp Whistle. It will result in walking on water, and getting into a glitched map. It can also gain access to all the other worlds.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Water Land was only mentioned in one episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas: Bully (though speaking through Kooky's mouth due to an animation error) suggested that they could take over Water Land after having conquered Giant Land.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Water Land is the setting of the Nintendo Comics System story Fins and Roses, which has a heavily armed Wendy O. Koopa set up an ambush for Mario, only to be annoyed by Stanley the Talking Fish while waiting for the plumber's arrival.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Leaping Lizards, Morton and Iggy Koopa have both set up bases in Water Land, a filthy houseboat and an underground laboratory, respectively. After the Mushroom King is transformed into a rabbit by Morton and no one can figure out how to change him back, Luigi and Toad head to Water Land to find Morton and get answers, with some of the creatures they encounter being Cheep Cheeps, Bloopers and Jelectros.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワールド3 [8]
Wārudo3 Umi no Kuni
World 3: Ocean Land / Sea Land
(Ocean Side[9] / Sea Side[10] in-game)
Spanish Costa Marina Marine Shore
French Bord de mer Seaside
German Wasserwelt Water World

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 31
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 North American revision, PAL NES and worldwide VC distribution ending
  3. ^ "The Dino Rhino sprite was re-used in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3, where the Water Land king has been transformed into a purple Dino Rhino." - Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World 16 Bits Tab.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 original North American release ending
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, pages 3 & 25-34
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 11, page 15
  7. ^ Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 International version ending
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 31
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Family Computer and Japanese VC ending
  10. ^ Super Mario Collection and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario 3 + Mario Bros. Japanese ending
  11. ^ "Wendy O. Koopa is the only girl of the Koopa family, and she’s one ferocious female. As the ruler of Big Island, Wendy is known as an unbearably bossy Koopa with a sweet tooth. Get ready to dodge some candy!" - Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, page 52