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Super Mario Bros. 3 - Infinite 1-up Techniques

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Published on Feb 29, 2008

Super Mario Bros. 3 is not known for its exceptional difficulty, but any player will recognize the value in acquiring as many extra lives as possible. Super Mario Bros. 3 provides the player with many opportunities to acquire "infinite" 1-ups. Typically, the player can acquire many 1-ups quickly with these techniques but either has to stop at some point to finish the level or keep collecting the 1-ups until time runs out.

This video shows six different locations to perform an "infinite" 1-up trick. The locations and methods are as follows:

1) 1-2: Stomping on endless Goombas as they come out of a pipe, using a Raccoon tail to stay in the air long enough for more to come out of the pipe.

2) World 2 Fortress: A technique similar to #1, stomping on three Dry Bones (who come back to life after a few seconds) endlessly.

3) 3-4: Luring Lakitu back to an earlier part of the level, fetching a turtle shell, and kicking it between two indestructible blocks. Lakitu will drop Spiny eggs that will miss the player (usually) and the turtle shell will defeat them endlessly.

4) 3-9: Taking a turtle shell from the start of the level, kicking it between two Bullet Bill cannons, and getting to a safe place. The shell will defeat Bullet Bills endlessly.

5) 4-1: Similar to #2, stomping giant red Koopas endlessly.

6) World 7, first fortress: The famous P-Switch room allows the player to turn hundreds of blocks into coins, only to leave the room and come back, resetting all the blocks and allowing the player to do the whole thing over again.

I let the video for each portion run a little longer than would be necessary to get the basic technique across, but I wanted to make it clear that these techniques can generate lots of 1-ups for the player in a short time.

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