World 8-Big Tanks

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World 8-Tank
SMB3 SNES Tank Screenshot.png
Level code World 8-Big Tanks[1]
World Dark Land
Game Super Mario Bros. 3
Time limit 300 seconds
Boss Boomerang Brother
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World 8-Tank is the first of two tank levels in Dark Land, being followed by World 8-Super Tank, and is the first level of Dark Land overall, in Super Mario Bros. 3. It is the only level accessible after clearing Pipe Land and its own completion unlocks World 8-Sprite of a navy ship from Super Mario Bros. 3. It is entered automatically upon touching the icon on the map.


This is a horizontally autoscrolling level, though it is only the tanks that move; the player will not move with the screen if they are standing on the ground. The player starts at the forefront of a battalion of moving tanks. The tanks are lined with cannons that fire either cannonballs or Bob-ombs, some have Rocket Engines on the front, and others have Rocky Wrenches. There is also a cannon that fires giant cannonballs before the Warp Pipe at the end of the level, which leads to a chamber with a lone Boomerang Brother that will end the level upon being defeated.

Version differences[edit]

In the original game, the airship theme continues playing during the Boomerang Bro fight, while in remakes, the Hammer Bro battle theme plays instead. Additionally, the original Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Super Mario All-Stars remake have thirteen tanks, whereas Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 has ten.


Name Count
A Cannon from Super Mario Bros. 3.
16 (diagonal-left)
11 (pipe)
1 (giant)
A Cannonball from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Infinitely spawned by Cannons
A Cannonball from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Giant cannonballs
Infinitely spawned by giant Cannons
A Bob-omb from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Infinitely spawned by Cannons
This red Rocky Wrench only appears in the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 3
Rocky Wrench
A Burner from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Rocket Engine
Sprite of a Boomerang Bro from Super Mario Bros. 3 using the unique palette associated with their encounters as vehicle operators
Boomerang Brother

Level statistics[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワールド8-戦車1[2]

World 8-Tank 1

German W8-Panzer 1
World 8-Tank 1


  1. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pages 115 & 116
  2. ^ 「スーパーマリオコレクション新装復刻版―任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Sūpā Mario Korekushon-Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 268.