Tidbits of Super Mario Bros 3 Trivia...
Examining a few of the intriguing little details that help keep me fascinated with Super Mario Bros 3... Some of them I've known about forever, some of them I'm just learning about now...
There Be Treasure!
|Turning a Hammer Brother into a ship full of coins was always one of my favorite things to do in SMB3. And it's neat to learn that the symbol found on the sail of the coin ship is actually an Oriental character meaning "Treasure". Arr Matey!|
It's always been additionally strange that all of the Koopa Kids even had completely different names on "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" TV show. I assumed it had something to too with licensing the characters, but apparently when the first episodes were being made, the Koopa Kids themselves had yet to be named, hence a completely different set of names was used in the North American TV show.
|Koopaling's Name||SMB3 TV Show Name||Namesake|
|Larry Koopa||Cheatsy Koopa||Larry Mullen from U2|
|Morton Koopa Jr.||Big Mouth Koopa||Morton Downey Jr|
|Wendy O Koopa||Kootie Pie||Wendy O. Williams|
|Iggy Koopa||Hip Koopa||Iggy Pop|
|Roy Koopa||Bully Koopa||Roy Orbison|
|Lemmy Koopa||Hop Koopa||Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead|
|Ludwig Van Koopa||Kooky Van Koopa||Ludwig van Beethoven|
(When your're stuck guarding a castle all day, the only way to stay sane is to crank some tunes and rock out.)
Grey Boom Boom
Red White and BooSometimes in a Fortress, Boo Diddly appears to be red...I once thought that it was a scarier, more intimidating and possibly aggressive variety of Boo ghost... Especially after witnessing the behavior of the red "heat seeking" Bullet Bills known as Missile Bills. Of course, the behavior of the "red" ghosts is no different than their white counterparts. I believe that it's just an lighting effect to make the castles seem scarier.
Red Like The Fires of Hell...
Hail to the King?
Somehow, a few of the Kings from each Kingdom don't seem to fit with the world they're in...
|I've always thought the King of World 4 wears an almost pharoah-like turban that seems more fitting for a desert world... World 2 is the Desert world...|
|The King of World 7 has a Viking Helmet... An odd fashion statement. |
Somehow, his choice of headgear would have made a bit more sense in World 6, which is Ice World.
Hammer Brother and Koopa Troopa minigames?
|Toad hosts various Mini Games in SMB3 where Mario can win lives and prizes, but evidence suggests there may have been intentions to feature a Hammer Brother and/or Koopa Troopa as the host of other mini-games... The games are unfinished, but apparently do have some functionality. Read more here: http://www.themushroomkingdom.net/smb3_lost.shtml|
Defeat Bowser as Fire Mario or Hammer Brother Mario...
Traditionally, Mario weathers the storm and lures the tubby turtle to the bridge's weakest point... Bowser slams himself down in an attempt to crush Mario... Eventually, he smashes through all the bricks, falling to his death.
Turns out that Mario's Hammers can easily knock out Bowser, defeating the Koopa King by hitting him with just a few hammers. Of course, Fire Mario can also defeat Bowser... It just takes a considerable number of fireballs to KO Bowser.