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This article is about the Burner in Super Mario Bros. 3. For information about other uses, see Engine.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)

Burners[1] (also known as Thrusters[citation needed] and Rocket Engines[2]) are hazards found on the Airships (and in one case, tanks) in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Burners have a similar design to Bill Blasters; however, Burners emit flames instead of Bullet Bills. The flames stay blowing for a few seconds, then stop for a while. Mario and Luigi must use this time to navigate through or around them. In addition, Burners can be mounted on either walls, floors, and/or ceilings, so their flames can blow in any direction. Tanooki Mario, in statue form, can temporarily disable the flames, but only until the next time. Besides their use on Airships, one tank within the first tank level in Dark Land was shown with a Burner, although its position (being one of the pipe-cannons) implies that its use was closer to a flamethrower.

Burners appear in the game Mario Kart DS on the Airship Fortress level. If a player comes in contact with one, they will spin out of control on fire and lose some time. They also appear in a mission where coins have to be collected and if the player hits one, they automatically lose.

Burners in World 4-Ship from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Burners also are in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In the former, they are stationary, while they can turn in the sequel.

In Super Mario Galaxy, four Burners appear on the Saucer Planet of Good Egg Galaxy. Here, they act just like Bill Blasters, but shoot out a small explosion. If Mario is standing directly over the opening when it fires, he will get hurt.

Burners with blue flames also appear in the Nintendo 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land. They appear on Airship levels, just like they did in Super Mario Bros. 3, and in some ground levels, like World 8-2. Additionally, they can now be destroyed with a Statue Leaf.

Burners reappear in Mario Kart 7 on the course Airship Fortress, where they operate as in Mario Kart DS burning the player if they come into contact with them.

Burners reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They are found in several castles and fortresses.

Burners also appear in Hazard Hold, from Mario Party 9, being obstacles that the solo player can control.

Burners appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, and are present in courses like Boarding the Airship and Larry's Torpedo Castle.

Burners reappear in Mario Party 10 replacing Skewers in Chaos Castle in Bowser Party mode as a trap.

Burners make a minor appearance in Mario Kart 8 in Bowser's Castle on top of the checkered flag.

Burners reappear in Super Mario Maker. Their default form is "on," while shaking them turns them off when they appear on-screen.

Burners reappear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as obstacles in the Papercraft Fire Mario segment.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バーナー


  1. ^ Super Mario Maker spoken name
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, page 9.