Super Mario Bros. 3 (スーパーマリオブラザーズ3 or Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Surī, (sometimes referred to as Mario 3, SMB3, or Super Mario 3)) was the third game in the Super Mario Bros. series. It was originally released in Japan on 23 October 1988, and was developed and published by Nintendo. It was the official Masterpiece game and is the second best selling video game, right after Super Mario Bros.. It was a return to traditions after the very different Super Mario Bros. 2. It was the first game in the series to give Mario the ability to fly. It was one of the most popular games on the Wii's Virtual Console. It was available for 500 Wii points. It is still available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $4.99.
Bowser is back and he's sent out his seven children, The Koopa Kids to terrorize and take over seven kingdoms of the Mushroom World. The kings of each kingdom are then transformed into helpless animals. Each koopaling has stolen a magic wand from a king, and now wield them to destroy Mario and Luigi. Peach is safe and sound in the Mushroom Kingdom, and she wishes Mario and Luigi luck as they go off to save the day.
Each world is littered with enemy outposts, hammer brothers, fortresses and various traps. The duo travels through a grassy land, a desert, an island archipelago, an island of giants, a realm in the clouds, a frozen wasteland, and a maze of pipes. Mario, upon freeing the seventh king, discovers that Bowser and his army have kidnapped Peach and retreated to Bowser's underworld hideout called Dark Land. Mario and Luigi encounter tanks, warships and airships and hordes of baddies before reaching Castle Koopa.