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Remember Super Mario Bros. 3?  Widely regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time?

Recently (as in this week, recently), someone discovered a new secret for this 20-year-old game.  No way, you say?  Way.

See for yourself.


When you wear the Tanooki suit and turn into a statue, you can apparently destroy both the glowing orbs and the flames shot out of the cannons.  This game has been out (in Japan) since 1988 and someone just this week discovered this potentially game-altering secret?!


It makes me wonder what other quirks we can find in high profile games that have been out for years and years.  Sure, there are plenty of glitches to be discovered… but I think this may have been intentionally included in the game.  You even get points for killing the flames, so that makes it seem like there might be other ways to dispatch them, as well.

Anyone know of any other crazy tricks like this?

Source: YouTube

  1. Hahaha, that is so awesome. Time to go replay….
    But seriously that can’t be new can it?

  2. I hope it is! Because I said it was new. I don’t want to look like a doofus.

  3. avatar Poh

    I’ve checked all of the GameFaqs article regarding Mario 3, I can not find a reference to this. LOL

  4. I didn’t know about the fire, but I used to do it to the orbs all the time…I just thought it was a known thing.

  5. Guess I never tried taking a Tanooki suit into a castle or onto an airship…

  6. It’s still awesome.

    And if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!

  7. Well I discovered the orb thing on accident…one was swinging at me and I panicked and hit the button to turn and it died…surprised I never did it with fire though.

    I think, but I’m not sure, you can drop onto hammers/fire etc by bosses with it too.

  8. avatar Sarah

    I knew about this. I figured it was a known fact. My brother and I played this game to death when we were young…. We did the craziest crap :P Like swim underneath all the warships in World 8 instead of trying to go over the top of it.

  9. I’ve beaten Mario 3 probably twenty times, and I hardly ever use the Tanooki suit out of fear of losing it. Time to pop it back in!

  10. I never knew about this! D:
    How could I not know! Time to replay Super Mario bros 3 on my Virtual Console :3

  11. avatar Quraishi

    That was like the main point of that suit…people now finding that out?

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  12. @Quraishi

    The main point of the suit was to avoid fireballs and projectiles by “blending in”, like a “real” Tanuki.

  13. I love the Tanooki suit, this just makes it even better.

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