The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Also known asThe Adventures of Super Mario Bros. (Australia)
Created byShigeru Miyamoto (original characters)
Developed byReed Shelly
Bruce Shelly
Directed byJohn Grusd
Voices ofWalker Boone
Tony Rosato
Tracey Moore
John Stocker
Harvey Atkin
Dan Hennessey
Gordon Masten
Michael Stark
James Rankin
Paulina Gillis
Stuart Stone
Tara Charendoff
Composer(s)Michael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Producer(s)John Grusd
Editor(s)Mark A. McNally
Sue Odjakjian
Warren Taylor
Running time24 minutes (2 11 minute segments)
Production company(s)DiC Animation City
Reteitalia S.P.A.
Sei Young Animation
Original networkNBC (United States)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 8 –
December 1, 1990
Preceded byThe Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)
Followed bySuper Mario World (1991)

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is an American animated television series, produced by DiC Animation City in collaboration with Italian studio Reteitalia S.P.A. and in association with Nintendo, and ran for 26 episodes during 1990, from 8 September to December 1. It is the second animated series to be based on the Mario video game, following on from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and preceding Super Mario World, and is loosely based upon the video game Super Mario Bros. 3. It was aired by NBC as part of a programming block titled "Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3", combining the series with that of the animated series Captain N: The Game Master.

Unlike its predecessor, the series dropped the use of live-action segments, involved a brand new cast with the exceptions of John Stocker and Harvey Atkin, who reprised their respective roles as Toad and King Koopa, established a level of continuity in stories, and featured the introduction of a set of characters called the Koopalings, based upon the same characters from the Mario games but with different names to their official counterparts. Episodes were divided into two segments of around 11 minutes each, always opened by a title card featuring world-map footage taken from Super Mario Bros. 3, and often featured the use of power-ups and other elements from the game.

On July 1, 2015, the show was re-released to Steam by Cinedigm.


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 King Koopa 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 Italian studio 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. Many episodes are set in the real world such as London, Paris, Venice, New York City, Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.. One episode titled "7 Continents for 7 Koopas" is 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 aired in 1992.

Voice cast[edit]

The TV series entered production before official names were given in the development process of the video game, so some of the names of the Koopalings differ.

Home Media releases[edit]

In 1994, Buena Vista Home Video released 4 VHS volumes of the series which each contained 2 episodes.

Sterling Entertainment released a VHS/DVD titled King Koopa Katasptrophie, which contained 6 episodes. The DVD release also contained 2 Sonic Underground episodes as a bonus feature. The DVD was re-released by NCircle Entertainment in 2007, excluding the Sonic episodes.

A DVD featuring one episode plus two Heathcliff episodes was released as a prize in Golden Grahams cereal in 2004.

Due to the success of the DVD sets of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Shout! Factory and Vivendi Visual Entertainment released a three-disc box set of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 with all twenty-six original 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.

The original broadcast version of Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 features covers of licensed songs on five episodes and two Milli Vanilli songs on one 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 three of these episodes with the original broadcast music still intact.

The show has also 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 three volumes (each with six episodes) in the UK, and the Netherlands

Title Ep # Release date
Super Mario Bros.: King Koopa Katastrophe 6 July 22, 2003
Super Mario Bros. / Heathcliff 1 2004
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series 26 June 26, 2007
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!: King Koopa Katastrophe 6 August 21, 2007
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Trouble with Koopas 6 January 6, 2009
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: What a Wonderful Warp 6 March 3, 2009
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Koopas Rock 6 June 1, 2010
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Complete Series Collector's Edition 26 May 14, 2013

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". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. 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" (PDF). Retrieved October 21, 2011. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS - Wendy O. Koopa - Nelvana

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