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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 was a continuation of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! produced by DiC Entertainment. As its name suggests, it was based heavily on Super Mario Bros. 3. It originally aired on NBC Saturday mornings as part of an hour-length program titled Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, in which its episodes would bookend episodes of Captain N: The Game Master. It was succeeded by Super Mario World.

Because it was only based on Super Mario Bros. 3, many of the elements from the Super Show were dropped, which had been derived from Super Mario Bros. 2, such as the turnips, Mouser, Tryclyde, and Birdo. King Koopa's alter-egos and Luigi's Italian food exclamations are also dropped as well. Another element that differed was that a main plot of the Super Show was that Mario and Luigi were constantly seeking a way to get home to Brooklyn, whereas these episodes showed they had successfully found a way home, as several featured adventures in the "Real World". Futhermore, while John Stocker and the late Harvey Atkin stayed on as Toad and King Koopa, the Mario Bros. and Princess Toadstool were recast.

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  • While the preceding Super Show had featured multiple celebrity appearances, this series had featured only one celebrity appearance, Milli Vanilli in "Kootie Pie Rocks". Members Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus actually voiced their animated counterparts. Interestingly, two weeks after this episode aired Milli Vanilli was dogged by accusations of lip-synching, to which they surrendered their Grammy award they won one week prior.
  • Despite the fact that Nintendo had swapped the colors of Mario and Luigi's shirt and overalls by this point, DIC decided to keep the Super Show designs, although in "Princess Toadstool for President" onward, Mario's hair color is changed to brown to match his gaming counterpart, while Luigi's hair color stays black. Also, the characters' eye pupils are no longer drawn with the "pie-cut" shape they had in the Super Show, likely to make the animation easier. Oddly, the Shout Factory! DVD cover depicts Mario in his current color scheme from the video games.

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