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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 was an American animated television series based on the video game Super Mario Bros. 3. It aired on NBC as a part of Captain N: The Game Master, from September 8, 1990 through December 1, 1990.


The cartoon shows Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad fighting against King Bowser Koopa and his Koopalings, whose names differed from their original names in the video game. On the show, the Koopalings were called:

  • Cheatsy Koopa (Larry)- a diminutive Koopa, yet a pure schemer to his core
  • Bigmouth Koopa (Morton)- had a tendency to constantly yammer on and on about any and all situations
  • Kootie Pie Koopa (Wendy)- the only female, and a spoiled brat
  • Hop Koopa (Iggy)- the youngest of the twins, loved getting into trouble
  • Bully (Boy) Koopa (Roy)- sported a constant pair of sunglasses, and was basically the bully of the group per his name
  • Hip Koopa (Lemmy)- the second twin, basically prone to mischief like Hop
  • Kooky Von Koopa (Ludwig von Koopa)- Apparently the eldest of the kids, and had somewhat of a mad scientist persona, and reveled in creating inventions to bring disdain to the Mushroom Kingdom.
The Koopalings
official explanation was ever given to the name change. While its reason is disputed among fans, most agree that the likely explanation is that DiC, the company that made the show, did not have access to their real names during production of the show as they were using the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3 as reference. In the game, the Koopa Kids were not originally named (usually being called simply as "koopa kid" or "little koopa") until it was brought over into the US for English localization, shortly before The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 went on air. Given the vast amounts of time it takes to animate a cartoon, it would be very difficult to make the cartoon in such a short time, needing more than a year. To accommodate this, the made-up names were added in place, each fitting their personality or a play in sound. When viewing the cartoon, it appears that DiC was never informed of the add-on. Oddly enough, names from the American version of the game were inserted ("Kooky von Koopa" or referring to King Koopa as "Bowser"), which may have been a last minute attempt to make the cartoon feel more like the US version of the game. DiC likely retained the show names to avoid confusion among viewers and to avoid the large amount of expenses of to re-animate the whole show to accommodate this.

Like the previous Mario cartoon series, 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, Venicemarker, New York City, Cape Canaveralmarker, Los Angeles and even Washington, D.C.marker One memorable episode entitled "7 Continents for 7 Koopas" was about the seven Koopa Kids invading each of the seven continents.

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. All further airings of the series separated it from Captain N.

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DVD releases

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 released a 3-disc box set of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 on June 26, 2007 (distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), which was released again in a double pack with The 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.

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!


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