The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Also known as The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. (Australia)
Genre Adventure
Format Animated series
Created by DIC Entertainment
Nintendo (characters)
Developed by Reed Shelly
Bruce Shelly
Directed by John Grusd
Voices of Walker Boone
Tony Rosato
Tracey Moore
John Stocker
Harvey Atkin
Dan Hennessey
Gordon Masten
Michael Stark
James Rankin
Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis)
Stu Stone (as Stuart Stone)
Tara Strong (as Tara Charendoff)
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Producer(s) John Grusd
Running time 24 minutes
Original channel NBC
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
First shown in September 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)
Original run September 8, 1990 – December 1, 1990
Preceded by The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)
Followed by Captain N & The New Super Mario World (1991)

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is an American animated television series based on the video game Super Mario Bros. 3. It aired on NBC with Captain N: The Game Master in a programming block titled Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 from September 8, 1990 through December 1, 1990. Unlike its predecessor The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, the series has no live-action segments. DIC Entertainment produced this series while Nintendo provided the characters and power-ups.


The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 focuses on Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool, who reside in the Mushroom World. Most of the episodes revolve around the four characters' efforts to prevent the attacks made by Bowser and his seven Koopalings to take over Princess Toadstool's Mushroom Kingdom.

Like The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, the animation was done by Sei Young Animation Co., Ltd.; however this show was co-produced by Reteitalia S.P.A., hence the slight differences in character design.

Since the show was based on Super Mario Bros. 3, the enemies and power-ups were also seen in the show. In addition to being more faithful to the Mario gameplay, the series was given an established sense of continuity, something that the previous series lacked. The show was also known for having many of its episodes set in "the real world", with "actual" human beings appearing from time to time. Episodes took place in locations such as London, Paris, Venice, New York City, Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and even Washington, D.C. One memorable episode entitled "7 Continents for 7 Koopas" was about the Koopalings invading each of the seven continents.[1]

This cartoon was originally shown in the hour-long Captain N and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 programming block along with the second season of Captain N: The Game Master on NBC. All further airings of the series separated it from Captain N when Weekend Today came on the air in 1992.

Voice Cast[edit]

This series is noted for its different (than the video game series') naming and age scheme for the Koopalings. This was due to the series going into production before official names were given in the game continuity.

DVD releases[edit]

It has been released on DVD in Australia in a full box set made by MRA Entertainment, Europe which one volume out of the four has only been released in Germany, the distributor Disky released 3 volumes (each with 6 episodes on each) in the UK and the Netherlands and there was one single DVD release in the US by Sterling Entertainment Group in 2003.

Due to the success of the DVD sets of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Shout! Factory and Vivendi Entertainment released a 3-disc box set of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 with all twenty-six episodes on June 26, 2007, which was released again in a double pack with Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog volume 1 as a double pack on December 4, 2007, as a tie-in with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. NCircle Entertainment (under license from Cookie Jar Entertainment) has also released the series in 4 volumes as well as the Collector's Edition of the complete series.

During its original run, Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 featured covers of licensed songs on 5 episodes and 2 Milli Vanilli songs on 1 episode. Due to copyright restrictions, the complete series DVD sets from both Shout! Factory and NCircle Entertainment use the song 'Mega Move' from Captain N: The Game Master in place of the licensed songs. However, the 'King Koopa Katastrophe' DVD from NCircle Entertainment features 3 of these episodes with the original broadcast music still intact.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series 26 June 26, 2007
  • Interactive The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Writers Bible
  • Learn the backstory of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3!
  • Meet the Marios & Koopas!
  • Visit the worlds!
  • View the artwork from concept to final!
  • Hear the original music!


Throughout the series, minor, yet noticeable colouring errors can be seen. In one episode, The colour of Cheatsy (Larry)'s skin changes multiple times, even in the same scene. On the Shout! Factory box set, the master for the final episode, "The Venice Menace/Super Koopa" has apparently been damaged, as dropouts occur briefly at certain points in the episodes. This dropout was never present in TV airings, which means the tape was damaged sometime after 1999. However, the original undamaged version of "Super Koopa" is seen on the VHS release of "Misadventures in Babysitting", released in the early 1990s. The original NBC broadcast copies are not used on the DVD boxset. Brian Ward of Shout! Factory, who compiled the set, said that the original masters do not exist, but came from Digibeta copies of the original masters.

Broadcast history[edit]

International broadcasting[edit]


  1. ^ Perry Martin (writer) (November 17, 1990). "7 Continents for 7 Koopas". The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Episode 22. Various.
  2. ^ Damian Inwood. "Pi Theatre, Independent Vancouver Theatre >> The Baroness and the Pig". Retrieved October 30, 2011. "That’s what Vancouver actresses Diane Brown and Tabitha St. Germain do with the delightful black comedy, The Baroness and the Pig. (...) St. German – better known to Vancouver audiences as Paulina Gillis – plays the Baroness as a naïve gentlewoman, full of prissy mannerisms and twittering, bird-like movements." 
  3. ^ "Tabitha St. Germain resume". Retrieved October 21, 2011. "SUPER MARIO BROTHERS - Wendy O. Koopa - Nelvana" 

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