The Hand Traps are three levels of Dark Land in Super Mario Bros. 3. On the map, there appear to be five traps, though only the ones on the left, center, and right are levels. They can be accessed after clearing World 8-Battleships and beyond them is World 8-Airship. When a player moves over them, Mario will either be dragged down by a hand or be allowed to pass. The player also has the option of playing the level on their own. Clearing any of the levels will reward the player with a Super Leaf at the end, and the player will not be able to re-enter the levels.
First Hand Trap
The first Hand Trap (on the left) starts off with the player facing against a Fire Bro, the only other one in the game since Desert Land. Afterward are some Brick Block formations with Hammer Bros on them, and a power-up can be found in one of the blocks on the bottom row. Using the blocks to get over a ledge, the player will then encounter a Boomerang Bro followed by a Sledge Bro before the Warp Pipe to the end of the level.
- Despite the levels being castle-themed, the underground music theme plays instead.