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First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (2015)
Derived Species
Giant Cannonball

Cannonballs are heavy metal spheres that are launched from cannons at hypersonic speeds. Mario and Luigi were able to stop the lethal shots by stomping them in mid-air; they could also be dodged relatively easily.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Two cannons on the ground from Super Mario Bros. 3 and its Super Mario All-Stars remake.

They appear most prominently in Super Mario Bros. 3 where they are fired from cannons mounted on Bowser's tanks, boats, and airships.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Cannonballs reappear in Super Mario Galaxy with a more technological appearance. These newer projectiles sport a white line around their center and two yellow circles on opposite sides. In this most recent appearance cannonballs are still fired from cannons, most of which are located in Battlerock Galaxy and Dreadnought Galaxy. One notable difference with these cannonballs is that rather than simply colliding with the hero they explode upon impact. This will hit Mario and knock him down; it may also result in him being thrown off a platform or into a Black Hole. Only Star Bits are useful against cannonballs. Sometimes, when a cannonball is blown up by a Star Bit, it will produce a coin, but sometimes they will blow up into nothing.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Cannonballs make another return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and they only appear in World 8's airship. The giant cannonballs also return from Super Mario Bros. 3. Since the cannons are always found in a group, there is a high chance for the player to earn endless 1-Ups by jumping on each cannonball consecutively without touching the ground.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Cannonballs also appear in the Wii U title, New Super Mario Bros. U, where they act just like the ones in the predecessors. They can only be found in The Mighty Cannonship, from Soda Jungle. There is also a Challenge, consisting of jumping on many Cannonballs without falling to make many 1-Ups; the challenge is called Airship 1-Up Rally. Cannonballs don't reappear in New Super Luigi U.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Mario shooting a cannonball out of a Cannon Box.

Cannonballs appear again in Super Mario 3D World being fired out of cannons and Cannon Boxes.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

A Super Mario Bros.-styled Cannonball.
A Super Mario Bros.-styled Red Cannonball.

Cannonballs reappear in Super Mario Maker, where they will be fired from cannons. Shaking a cannon will make it produce red cannonballs, which are much faster than normal ones. When a Mushroom is dragged onto a cannon, it will shoot Giant Cannonballs.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Cannonballs are again used in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where they are fired at the Mario brothers by Gunner Guys in battle.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Cannonballs occasionally appeared in several episodes of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Mario is Missing![edit]

In the game Mario is Missing!, Luigi had to return the cannonball of the Emperor's Cannon to the Kremlin. It had been stolen by Koopa Troopas.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: Clown Cannon

Cannonballs serve as Bowser Jr.'s neutral special move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, with his special being named Clown Cannon. When Bowser Jr. uses it, a cannon appears from the mouth of his Junior Clown Car and he must charge. He then shoots a cannonball. The more it charges, the more distance it travels and powerful it becomes. Depending on the range, it deals more or less damage.

Bowser Jr. has two alternate custom moves for Clown Cannon: Piercing Cannon and Air Cannon. Piercing Cannon can go through multiple targets at the cost of damage. Air Cannon makes a wind that pushes opponents, but it has less range than his standard special move.


  • In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario will not get struck by a cannonball if he makes contact with one during certain frames of the backflip animation.

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