Super Mario 3D Land cheats

The first fully 3D Mario for handhelds captures that Mario magic again with a stunning mix of nostalgia and new ideas.


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Play as Luigi: Clear Special World 1

Unlock Special World: Clear World 8

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Unlimited Lives

World 1-2

In World 1-2, after the checkpoint, walk off the long question mark block onto the Koopa Troopa. If timed correctly, Mario can continuously bounce on the Koopa shell to earn unlimited lives.

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Star Medal Level Unlocks


Collect Star Medals to unlock the following levels:

W1-4: 3 Star Medals

W3-5: 15 Star Medals

W4-3: 30 Star Medals

W5-3: 40 Star Medals

W5-Bowser: 50 Star Medals

W6-5: 60 Star Medals

W7-3: 70 Star Medals

W8-3: 80 Star Medals

W8-Bowser 1: 90 Star Medals

W8-Bowser 2: 100 Star Medals

S1-Bowser: 110 Star Medals

S2-Airship: 120 Star Medals

S3-Airship: 140 Star Medals

S4-Airship: 160 Star Medals

S5-Bowser: 180 Star Medals

S6-Airship: 200 Star Medals

S7-Bowser: 220 Star Medals

S8-1: 230 Star Medals

S8-2: 240 Star Medals

S8-3: 250 Star Medals

S8-4: 260 Star Medals

S8-5: 270 Star Medals

S8-Bowser: 290 Star Medals

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How to Get 5 Shiny Save File Stars

Here's how you can get five shiny stars next to your save file name: 

Star 1 - Beat Bowser in World 8

Star 2 - Beat every level as Mario

Star 3 - Beat every level as Luigi. An L appears on the on the map screen (top screen) for each level you've beat with Luigi so you can keep track.

Star 4 - Get the Gold Flag (land on the very top of the flag pole) on every level, including the Special World. You can see a Gold Flag on the map screen (top screen) once you attain it so you can keep track.

Star 5 - Get every Star Coins in the game, including the Special World

Shiny Stars - Never die more than 5 times in a level - if you see the help box appear, simply restart your 3DS. You will return to the map screen outside the last level you beat. You will have to play the level you were working on again, but you won't be punished by losing your shiny stars.

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Unlocking Additional Photographs

When you arrive at World 3, you'll notice a special blue Toad house with a unique icon. This Toad house contains an album of pictures seen throughout the entirety of the game. You only have access to a few, but you can unlock more by fulfilling specific certain conditions: 

Photograph #1 - Unlocked by default.

Photograph #2 - Finish World 1.

Photograph #3 - Finish World 2.

Photograph #4 - Finish World 3.

Photograph #5 - Finish World 4.

Photograph #6 - Finish World 5.

Photograph #7 - Finish World 6.

Photograph #8 - Finish World 7.

Photograph #9 - Beat the game with Mario.

Photograph #10 - Beat the game with Luigi.

Photograph #11 - Unlock the Special World after beating the game once.

Photograph #12 - Complete all of the Special Worlds, then beat the game again.

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Shake Up a Picture

If you tilt or shake the 3DS during cutscenes, you can affect gravity and cause characters to perform unique animations. Try it out! You can view all of the images in the World 3 Mushroom House.

In the picture where Princess Peach is hitting Goombas with her Umbrella, shake the 3DS and you will see Princess Peach hitting the Goombas faster, shake the 3DS for a several seconds, and you will hear the 1-Up sound. 

Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 550 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.