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Super Mario Bros 3: Ultra Edition

Hack of Super Mario Bros. 3


Built off of Action Gamer’s Super Mario Bros. 3 (Definitive Edition), This hack attempts to push the envelope even further and create an even more definitive Mario 3 Experience. Among the changes this version adds to the original hack are:

Various graphical updates (Pipes, enemies, and airship tilesets saw the biggest changes)

The removal of the Athletic theme on the Title Screen

A slightly darker HUD to create a better contrast

Small Mario’s jump now has his own distinct sound effect much like in SMB

Palette fixes (Most notably to the water and sky stages to fix the ugly pipe colors)

Usage of unused sandstone blocks in Desert stages, replacing the wood

And most importantly…


Yes, Luigi now has his own unique graphics for Player 2, taken directly from All Stars.

Use the Super Mario Brothers 3 PRG0 rom as a base, not the Definitive Edition

Note: Future updates will hopefully include brand new title screen music based on the Super Mario All Stars to bring some much-needed music to the title screen. The author chose to remove it because it is the athletic theme, and it felt somewhat off to have level music playing on the title screen, but he totally understands people’s confusion with the decision to remove it.

For those who want the athletic theme removed, go to 0×033563 in the ROM File, and overwrite “A9 90 8D F5 04″ to “EA EA EA EA EA”

The author is very happy to take and consider feedback for updates. For further concerns and critiques, contact him on Discord at Doodle Dangernoodle#4005.

1.2 Changes:

Removed dithering as per request

Reinserted the athletic theme to the title screen

Coin to replace the $ sign in the HUD

Updated All Stars Font

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Super Mario Bros. 3 (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: A03E7E526E79DF222E048AE22214BCA2BC49C449
  • File CRC32: 85A79D9C
  • ROM SHA-1: A611B90B4833B20A364BF06EE3BE3B9093EA4DF9
  • ROM CRC32: A0B0B742




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GMario37GraphicsCertain graphics drawn from his downgrade of the Super Mario Advance sprites
Quick CurlyHackingHelping me with getting the Luigi Graphics to work, by ironing out the bugs
ActionGamerOriginal WorkFor the original hack

User Review Information

Probably the best way to play Bros. 3 - Even for a non-casual playthrough!

Reviewed By: cornholio309 on 13 May 2022

Even in this hack’s current state (with the lack of the introduction music taken from the SNES/GBA ports), I’d still highly recommend this hack either for casual playthroughs or for someone familiar with the game. I’d go as far as to say that this is my favorite way to play vanilla Bros. 3 now!

A lot of the graphical adjustments are all things I find enhance the experience. The coin and block animations are silky smooth and look amazing in action. You seriously have to see why this is such a big deal. I also enjoy the other minor touchups, like Big Mario’s sprites now having the soles of his shoes recolored to create some nice contrast, as well as stuff such as the removal of the odd dollar sign in the HUD to feel more Mario-esque. It feels like it enhances the feel of the NES visuals without taking away from them outright. It’s a nice middle-ground if you weren’t too huge of a fan of the SNES visuals but still wanted some sprucing up.

Being able to save without the use of savestates is lovely to have for those playing on real hardware and makes the NES version much more comparable to the GBA and SNES ports. Bros. 3 is significantly larger than Bros. 1 and 2 in terms of length and content, so I’m all for this being added. The feature is also significantly more handy than the one in say Mario World, as lives and the Powerup Inventory you can access on the overworld are saved.

The addition of the Item Reservation box from Mario World is great to have here. While I love Bros. 3’s powerup variety compared to World, it always felt slightly hampered to me due to the difficulty in retaining items. Typically, powerups such as the Hammer Brothers Suit or the Frog Suit were not found in levels too often. When they were, I found it was fairly difficult to keep them for extended periods of time. The Item Reservation box means you can now store them away for levels better suited for their abilities or hold onto them for a bit and play around with less rare powerups.

I don’t really have any further criticisms or suggestions with the hack that weren’t already issues I had with the original Bros. 3. Replayable stages, which would allow extreme cheesing in terms of powerup/life grinding, would be nice to have. I also feel some of the levels are a bit odd in terms of progression (World 7 Fortress #1 with more time or a bigger hint towards the pipe in the main hallway would be nice). I can understand if the author wishes to not touch those to retain the purity of the level design, however.

Well worth the download. This is better than the original experience in my eyes with the conveniences and tweaks added.

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Probably the best way to play Bros. 3 - Even for a non-casual playthrough!cornholio30913 May 20221.2Yes
Probably the best way to play SMB3starlightbotanist09 May 20221.2Yes
Huge differencezstandig29 May 20211.2Yes
SMB3 Ultra Edition is my favorite hack.Vallenatero201524 May 20211.0Yes
Ugly dithering and arbitrary changesDr. Dreadhawk24 May 20211.0No
A solid SMB3 hackbrownjacket22 May 20211.0Yes
Fantastic, but WHY remove the intro music?!ifightdragons21 May 20211.0Yes
This is everything you fans want in SMB3 and moreActionGamer21 May 20211.0Yes