The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros 3 DIC.jpg
Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 24 minutes (12 minutes per segment)
Country: United States
South Korea (animation production)
Release Date: September 8 – December 1, 1990
Created by: Shigeru Miyamoto (original characters)
Distributed by: John Grusd
Starring: Walker Boone
Tony Rosato
Tracey Moore
John Stocker
Harvey Atkin
Dan Hennessey
Gordon Masten
Michael Stark
James Rankin
Paulina Gillis
Stuart Stone
Tara Charendoff
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 26
Previous show: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Next show: Super Mario World

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is an American/Canadian/Italian animated television series. It was the second Mario cartoon made by DIC Entertainment, the first being The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. The show first aired on Saturday mornings on NBC in 1990-1991. Whilst TSMBSS was based on the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, this was based on Super Mario Bros. 3.

Why It's A Legend No One Will Forget

  1. Decent voice acting. Walker Boone and Tony Rosato are good replacements for Captain Lou Albano and Danny Wells, to voice Mario and Luigi, respectively.
    • Tracey Moore voiced Princess Toadstool very nicely.
    • John Stocker reprised his role as Toad, and this is where Toad’s voice started to improve and became less annoying.
    • Harvey Atkin reprised his role as King Koopa, and he still voiced the character greatly.
    • James Rankin, Dan Hennessey, Tabitha St. Germain (Paulina Gillis), Gordon Masten, Michael Stark, Stuart Stone, and Tara Charendoff all voiced the Koopalings good.
      • Tabitha St. Germain (Paulina Gillis) did a decent job voicing Kootie Pie except when she’s whining.
  2. Great characters, just like the previous Mario show, most notably Mario and Luigi.
    • Princess Toadstool is still an active character who fights back instead of being a damsel in distress who has be to saved all the time. She still gets kidnapped, but does manage to fight back sometimes.
    • Toad manages to become more likable thanks to his improved voice. Also, he’s a lot better portrayed than he was in the first Super Mario show, and he even allowed his friends to live in his house, which was very nice of him.
    • King Koopa is still a great and hilarious villain.
    • The Koopalings all have unique personalities that make them stand out from each other, and are just as great and hilarious as their dad, King Koopa, himself.
  3. The first appearance of the Koopalings in the Mario DiC cartoons, and they managed to be great characters.
  4. Awesome animation as of 1990s standards, which was an improvement to it's predecessor, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  5. Has some catchy songs with lyrics, like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", and "Super Plumber".
  6. It feels more based on the Mario series in general than just Super Mario Bros 3.
  7. Features a variety of remixed music from Super Mario Bros.3, for example, the end credits music of the original game sometimes plays during the ending of an episode, and adds an ending note when the episode ends.
  8. More areas and backgrounds are shown that are not the Mushroom Kingdom and they are: Brooklyn, where the Mario Bros are originally from, and several contents that are based on off the real world.
    • This includes people that aren't the Mushroom people nor monsters.
  9. It spawned a successor to another sequel series titled Super Mario World, based off the games in order.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some songs with lyrics can be cheesy at times.
  2. The Koopalings have different names compared to their official names (e.g. Wendy being called Kootie Pie)
  3. While Mario's voice (Walker Boone) in this cartoon is good, sounds too gruff, compared to what we heard in Super Show with Captain Lou Albano.
  4. While the animation style is passable, the show was made on a low budget akin to other DiC shows at the time, meaning a lot of animation errors happen throughout episodes (one of the most noticeable is Luigi in Mario’s clothing in the first episode).
  5. Some bad episodes, such as "Oh Brother!", "Life's Ruff", 7 Continents for 7 Koopas, and "Kootie Pie Rocks" (depending on your view). The latter episode featured Milli Vanilli, a duo who only lip-synced while Charles, John and Brad sang.
  6. There are some annoying moments at times:
    • Toad still has a few annoying moments, like complaining about always being left behind in the adventures. Thankfully, though, it’s not too many unlike the first Super Mario show.
    • Kootie Pie's whining can sometimes get on your nerves.
  7. Some scenes can be innapropriate for a kids show.
    • In the lowest rated episode of the show, Life's Ruff, has a scene where luigi (as a dog) gets his butt bitten by a lakitu's spiny.



  • Tabitha St. Germain and Tara Charendoff (Tara Strong) have worked on this show as Kootie Pie (Wendy O. Koopa), Hip (Lemmy Koopa) and Hop (Iggy Koopa).
  • This show spawned the very first YTP. It was known as "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 REMIXED!!!" and was uploaded onto SheezyArt in 2004 by user SuperYoshi. It was then uploaded to YouTube by the same person in 2006 under the name "I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL".


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