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New Super Mario Bros. 3
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North American New Super Mario Bros. 3 Box Art
Developer(s) Nintendo EPD

Thuldor Inc.

Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Genre(s) Platforming
Release Date(s) Flag of Japan.pngFlag of North America.pngFlag of Europe.png May 25, 2021
Mode(s) Singleplayer

Local Multiplayer

Online Multiplayer

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Media Included Nintendo Switch Gamecard

New Super Mario Bros. Art Booklet

New Super Mario Bros. 3 is a side-scrolling 2.5D platform game released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on May 25, 2021. It is the latest entry in the long running New Super Mario Bros. series of games, and was released to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the original's Japanese release on the Nintendo DS. Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, Blue Toad, and Toadette all return as playable characters from previous titles. Additionally, this game sees the introduction of various unlockable characters, a first for the series. All characters (besides Mario) feature some characteristic that makes them control uniquely, similarly to Super Mario Bros. 2 USA and Super Mario 3D World. The player is given the option to turn these traits off and revert each character to Mario's original physics.

Apart from characters, this game differentiates itself from past New Super Mario Bros. titles thanks to its prolific variety of power-ups, enemies, locales, and general new content. In addition to an online multiplayer component akin to the one introduced by Super Mario Maker 2 just a few years prior, this game also features online minigame and battle modes. The game features a large variety of new power-ups that players can utilize on their quest to rescue the princess from Bowser's clutches. These include returning abilities, such as the Frog and Penguin Suits, as well as abilities never before seen in a side-scrolling setting, such as the Boomerang and Cloud Flowers. Finally, brand new power-ups like the Bomb Flower and Goomba Suit appear, adding brand new mechanics for players to use. One of the most significant changes that this game brings to the series is the departure from the traditional eight world structure that previous entries had followed. Not only do the Koopalings not occupy the end castles of each world (as they are instead delegated to Airships and other locations), but new settings such as autumnal forests, cities, and pipe mazes make up large parts of the experience. 

Playable Characters

The game, while still featuring the traditional cast from previous games, also features multiple unlockable characters from which players may choose after completing various story objectives. These include:


Though the adventure still takes players through familiar territories in and around the Mushroom Kingdom, this game also features multiple new locales to explore. The worlds present in this game include:

Character Character Name Description

Special: None

Flaw: None

Unlockable: No

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Special: Flutter Jump

Flaw: Slipperiness

Unlockable: No

Blue Toad

Special: Fast Speed

Flaw: Low Jumps

Unlockable: No

Yellow Toad

Special: Fast Speed

Flaw: Slipperiness

Unlockable: No

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Special: Pirouette Dash

Flaw: Low Jumps

Unlockable: No

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Princess Peach

Special: Float Jump

Flaw: Low Speed

Unlockable: Yes (Bowser's Castle)

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Princess Daisy

Special: Float Jump

Flaw: Slipperiness

Unlockable: Yes (Evershade Valley)

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Special: Super Ground Pound

Flaw: Low Speed

Unlockable: Yes (Gemstone Temple)

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Special: Dive Jump

Flaw: Slipperiness

Unlockable: Yes (Capital Casino)

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Special: Spin Jump

Flaw: Low Jumps

Unlockable: Yes (Galactic Gateway) SECRET CHARECTERS

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Special: Float Jump, Dive Jump

Flaw: Slipperiness, Low Jumps

Unlockable: Yes (New Donk City)|

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Sonic The Hedgehog

Special: Spin Dash, Super Peel Out, Insta-Sheield, Super Sonic (All Chaos Emeralds), Fastest Speed, ? Blocks are Monitors, Coins are Rings

Flaw: Super Slippery,cannot brake once at full speed

Unlockable Yes (Green Hill Zone)

Image Name Fortress Boss(es) Castle Boss Airship Boss
1 GrassNSMB3.png Mushroom Meadows Boom Boom Goomboss N/A
2 DesertNSMB3.png Dustbowl Dunes Pom Pom Mummipokey N/A
3 AutumnNSMB3.png Autumnal Acres Reznor Prince Bully Iggy Koopa
4 TropicalNSMB3.png Sunshine Shores Clawgrip Gooper Blooper Wendy O. Koopa
5 SnowNSMB3.png Twinkling Tundra Mouser Baron Brr Larry Koopa
6 PipeNSMB3.png Pipework Palace Boss Sumo Bro Petey Piranha Lemmy Koopa
7 ForestNSMB3.png Jazzy Jungle Boom Boom & Pom Pom Tryclyde Roy Koopa
8 MountainNSMB3.png Pagoda Peaks

Reznor, Mouser

Gobblegut Morton Koopa Jr.
9 SkyNSMB3.png Sunlit Skies

Fryguy, Petey Piranha

Lakithunder Ludwig von Koopa
10 CastleNSMB3.png Bowser's Castle *See Note 1* Bowser N/A
11 Gemstone Temple N/A Knucklotec N/A
12 Capital Casino N/A Nabbit N/A
13 GhostHouseNSMB3.png Evershade Valley N/A King Boo N/A
14 SpaceNSMB3.png Galactic Gateway N/A King Kaliente N/A
15 New Donk City N/A Donkey Kong N/A
16 Green Hill Zone N/A N/A Dr. Eggman
17 Star Road N/A N/A *See Note 2*

Note 1: Each level in World 10 is classified as a "Fortress" because the world itself is entirely contained within the walls of Bowser's Castle. Given this, each level ends with a different boss fight. These include:

  • Boom Boom & Pom Pom
  • Reznor
  • Goomboss
  • Prince Bully
  • Boss Sumo Bro
  • Lakithunder
  • Kamek
  • Bowser Jr.

Note 2:  Though Star Road does not feature any traditional Fortresses, the world does feature a boss rush level, where the player must sequentially defeat every boss battle in the game, beginning with Fortress bosses, moving to Castle bosses, then ending with the Koopalings, Bowser Jr., and Bowser.


During their quest, players will face a diverse set of foes who seek to stop their advancement toward Bowser's Castle. These baddies include:


Fortress/Airship Bosses:

Castle Bosses: