Super Mario 3D World (JP) (often abbreviated as SM3DW) is the sequel to Super Mario 3D Land. It was announced during E3 2013 and is the first 3D Mario game to have full multiplayer.

The playable characters include Mario, Luigi, PeachToad, and Rosalina. This marks the first time that Peach and Toad two have been playable in a mainstream Mario game since Super Mario Bros. 2 in 1988, which was 25 years earlier and the first time that Rosalina has been playable in a mainstream Mario game.


The story starts with Mario and crew taking an evening stroll when they discover a clear pipe. After the Mario Bros. fix it, a green fairy-like creature called a Sprixie pops out and says that her Sprixie friends have been captured.

Out of nowhere, Bowser comes out of the pipe and grabs the fairy in a bottle. The four of them chase after him into the pipe leading them to Sprixie Kingdom where they must stop Bowser and rescue the 7 Sprixies from his clutches.


The game plays identically to Super Mario 3D Land. You move with the left analog stick or directional pad and there is a dedicated run button. However, now the running has 2 phases, a faster run which leads into a sprint with smoke behind the player before going even faster. It's a bit hard to control at this phase.

The run button also serves as the pickup objects button so to pick up an object like a baseball, you cannot be running. The game is playable up to 4 players and each player is a different character that plays differently.

Like the New Super Mario Bros. series, players can interact with each other like picking each other up or bouncing off each other. Also from New Super Mario Bros., is the return of bubbling where off-screen players are put in a bubble to catch up with the rest of the players.

This can also be triggered within the range of the other players by using the shoulder buttons.  The invincibility from a Star is passed through just touching each other this time. The entire team shares lives in this game.

There are several new power-ups in this game. There is the Super Bell that has the power for the player to turn into a cat and with this form, you can crawl up things like the flagpole at the end to get a high score. Other power-ups like the Goomba Mask can turn you into one of the enemies to deceive them. Also, this game includes a magic cherry that is the Double Cherry power-up. Simply put, it will double the player. With each one you find, you will receive another clone of the player.


Some of the levels have this new dinosaur named Plessie. These levels or even portions of levels play drastically different from the rest of the game. The players are riding down a river, directing Plessie's movement with the stick. Each of the players influence its movement so, cooperation is necessary to get through them and get the collectibles.

Gamepad Functionality

The game is almost completely beatable without the use of the Wii U gamepad. The first function of the gamepad is that it can move the camera around a bit. It is helpful in looking for Green Stars.

The second functionality is using the touchscreen similar to co-star mode from Super Mario Galaxy 2 in that it stops enemies. It can also be used to defeat certain enemies if the timing is right. It can also hold switching platforms in place and activate switches. It is also used to send out certain platforms. 

The third functionality is blowing. The blowing can activate certain moving platforms, push away smaller enemies and reveal hidden blocks which can be made visible with rubbing.

Playable Characters

List of Power-ups

Support items

Online Functions


After each level, Miiverse posts about the level just completed show up on screen. Miiverse posts also appear randomly on the world map from a player at those points. 
There is also a collection of stamps players can get. Stamps can be used from within the game's miiverse community with the game on. In total, there are 85. 80 of those can be obtained from a normal play-through mostly within each level and in the Sprixie houses.  

They don't appear in World Mushroom and World Flower. 5 of them, however, only appear, if the player has completed every course and touched the flagpole with each character, with the stamp being of the respective character who completed every course.  

Ghost Miis

When replaying a level, Miis from Miiverse with similar times to the last playthrough show up and follow the path the player took. These can help indicate secrets players might have missed the first time through. They can be disabled if the player wants to explore on their own.



Level Name
World 1
1-1 Super Bell Hill
1-2 Koopa Troopa Cave
1-A Chargin' Chuck Blockade
1-3 Mount Beanpole
1-4 Plessie's Plunging Falls
1-5 Switch Scramble Circus
1-Toad Captain Toad Goes Forth
1-Castle Bowser's Highway Showdown
World 2
2-1 Conkdor Canyon
2-2 Puffprod Peaks
2-3 Shadow-Play Alley
2-A Big Galoomba Blockade
2-4 Really Rolling Hills
2-5 Double Cherry Pass
2-Mystery House Mystery House Melee
2-Castle Bowser's Bullet Bill Brigade
World 3
3-1 Snowball Park
3-2 Chain-Link Charge
3-3 Shifty Boo Mansion
3-4 Pretty Plaza Panic
3-A Magikoopa Blockade
3-5 Pipeline Lagoon
3-6 Mount Must Dash
3-7 Switchboard Falls
3-Toad Captain Toad Makes a Splash
3-Castle The Bullet Bill Express
3-B A Banquet with Hisstocrat
World 4
4-1 Ant Trooper Hill
4-2 Piranha Creeper Creek
4-A Brolder Blockade
4-3 Beep Block Skyway
4-4 Big Bounce Byway
4-5 Spike's Lost City
4-B Fire Bros. Hideout #1
4-Mystery House Mystery House Mad Dash
4-Castle Lava Rock Lair
World 5
5-1 Sunshine Seaside
5-2 Tricky Trapeze Theater
5-3 Backstreet Bustle
5-A Chargin' Chuck Blockade is Back
5-4 Sprawling Savanna
5-5 Bob-ombs Below
5-6 Cakewalk Flip
5-7 Searchlight Sneak
5-B Fire Bros. Hideout #2
5-Toad Captain Toad Plays Peek-a-Boo
5-Castle King Ka-thunk's Castle
5-Train (No official name)
World 6
6-B Fire Bros. Hideout #3
6-1 Clear Pipe Cruise
6-2 Spooky Seasick Wreck
6-3 Hands-on Hall
6-4 Deep Jungle Drift
6-5 Ty-Foo Flurries
6-A Prince Bully Blockade
6-6 Bullet Bill Base
6-7 Fuzzy Time Mine
6-Mystery House Mystery House Throwdown
6-Castle Bowser's Bob-omb Brigade
6-C Motley Bossblob's Big Battle
World Castle
Castle-1 Fort Fire Bros.
Castle-2 Switchblack Ruins
Castle-3 Red-Hot Run
Castle-4 Boiling Blue Bully Belt
Castle-A Brolder Blockade is Back
Castle-B Prince Bully Blockade is Back
Castle-C Fire Bros. Hideout #4
Castle-5 Trick Trap Tower
Castle-6 Rammerhead Reef
Castle-7 Simmering Lava Lake
Castle-Toad Captain Toad Gets Thwomped
Castle-Castle Bowser's Lava Lake Keep
World Bowser
Bowser-1 Spiky Spike Bridge
Bowser-2 Plessie's Dune Downhill
Bowser-3 Cookie Cogworks
Bowser-Train The Bowser Express
Bowser-4 Footlight Lane
Bowser-5 Deepwater Dungeon
Bowser-6 A Beam in the Dark
Bowser-7 Grumblump Inferno
Bowser-Mystery House Mystery House Claw Climb
Bowser-A Motley Bossblob's Encore
Bowser-B Hisstocrat Returns
Bowser-Castle The Great Tower of Bowser Land


Level Name
World Star
Star-1 Rainbow Run
Star-2 Super Galaxy
Star-3 Rolling Ride Run
Star-4 The Great Goal Pole
Star-5 Super Block Land
Star-6 Honeycomb Starway
Star-7 Gargantuan Grotto
Star-8 Peepa's Fog Bog
Star-9 Cosmic Cannon Cluster
Star-Toad Captain Toad Takes a Spin
World Mushroom
Mushroom-1 Night Falls on Really Rolling Hills
Mushroom-2 Spiky Mount Beanpole
Mushroom-3 Deep-Black Jungle Drift
Mushroom-4 Trouble in Shadow-Play Alley
Mushroom-5 Back to Hands-on Hall
Mushroom-6 Gigantic Seasick Wreck
Mushroom-7 Broken Blue Bully Belt
Mushroom-Mystery House Mystery House Brawl
World Flower
Flower-1 Switch Shock Circus
Flower-2 Floating Fuzzy Time Mine
Flower-3 Piranha Creeper Creek After Dark
Flower-4 Faster Fort Fire Bros.
Flower-5 Sprawling Savanna Rabbit Run
Flower-6 Shiftier Boo Mansion
Flower-7 Pipeline Boom Lagoon
Flower-8 Blast Block Skyway
Flower-9 Towering Sunshine Seaside
Flower-10 Honeycomb Skyway
Flower-11 Spiky Spike Bridge Sneak
Flower-12 Boss Blitz
World Crown
Crown-Crown Champion's Road
Crown-Toad Captain Toad's Fiery Finale
Crown-Mystery House Mystery House Marathon


Unlike the music of its predecessor which is digitally created, Super Mario 3D World uses live recorded music, and much of the music is focused on band-style music, including jazz, rock, and orchestra.




  • The Double Cherry was a product of a glitch producing another Mario. The development team decided to run with it, incorporating it into various parts of the game.
  • This is 1-Up Studio's second Mario collaboration, which they previously worked on the predecessor, Super Mario 3D Land. The studio will later work in the spin-off Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Super Mario Odyssey.



  • To date, 3D World is the second best-selling game for the Wii U system, next to Mario Kart 8.
  • 3D World is the series' last 3D game to use a "linear"-style gameplay before the return of the "exploration"-focused gameplay as featured in Odyssey.

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