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Concept artwork of an Autobomb with a regular Shy Guy riding on it, from Super Mario Advance.
Artwork of an Autobomb with a Shyguy driving it from Super Mario Advance
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)

Autobombs are large, gray, wheeled cannons which launch projectiles and can be ridden on. It is a personal favorite of Shyguys.[1][2]


Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic[edit]

Artwork of Autobomb with Shy Guy. The sprite scan shows them in an area they do not appear in the final game. Additionally, the "M" on it is smaller and red instead of white, which carried over to subsequent artwork.
Original artwork and sprite

In Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, Autobombs are utilized by red Shyguys as a means of transportation and offense. They pursue and shoot fiery projectiles at the player. It can travel down steps but not up. If the Shyguy is removed, the Autobomb stopss shooting and travels in a straight line. The player can then ride it, but not control it or pick it up. In some levels, riding an Autobomb is mandatory in order to cross large, spike-filled gaps. The Autobomb itself can be destroyed with a thrown object.

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

NES Autobomb
Super Mario All-Stars Autobomb
Super Mario Advance Autobomb

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Autobombs are still manned by red Shyguys and act the same way they do in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. In the NES version, they are black, white and red, in the Super Mario All-Stars version, they are teal, and in Super Mario Advance, they are gray.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]


An Autobomb from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Autobombs, never referred to by name, only made one appearance, in the episode "Koopenstein"; an Autobomb first appeared in the episode when Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool are captured by Mouser and a group of Shyguys. Later, Toad, when surrounded by Shyguys, manages to light the fuse of a nearby Autobomb using a Piranha Plant, causing it to blast the surrounding Shyguys, creating a distraction that allowed Toad to escape.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: Shyguy’s favorite ride. It is also referred to as a “bad dream machine.”[2]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: These cannons-on-wheels can be very helpful. Steal them away and use them to cross areas with spiked floors.[3]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 メカ族
性格 冷酷
登場ゲーム USA

Tribe: Mecha clan
Disposition: Ruthless
Game appearances: USA
Self-propelled cannon shooting fireballs
A cannon that shoots fireballs while moving. It has wheels and moves left and right. It is also possible to ride on it in motion. It has a Red Shyguy on top of its head. Its American name is Autobomb.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: ヘイホーレッドが乗っている。マリオに向かって炎を発射してくる。[5] (Red Shyguy is riding on it. It shoots flames at Mario.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ターボン[1][6]
Likely a portmanteau of "turbo" and「ボン」(bon, Japanese onomatopoeia equivalent to "kaboom")

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name
Chinese 移动炸弹[7]
Yídòng Zhàdàn
German Autobomb -
Italian Autobomba Autobomb


  • In the original instruction booklet, the "M" emblazoned on the side is red and a different shape on the sprite, whereas it is white in-game.[1][2] While the artwork is redrawn in later releases, it is still depicted as red instead of white. Said "M" may also stand for Mamu, the Japanese name of Wart, or Muu, the original name of Subcon.
  • The Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet states that the Autobomb shoots the shells of bad dreams, and that because of that, it is also known as a terrifying stroller.[2] This may be a remnant of earlier versions of the game where Autobombs shot Bullet Bill-like rounds instead of fireballs, which can be seen in pre-release material.[8] The Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet removes mention of projectiles and instead states that it is also known as a "bad dream machine."[2]


  1. ^ a b c 「ヘイホーの愛用者だ。悪夢砲弾つので恐怖のうばともばれている。」 ("Heiho's regular favorite. It shoots the shells of bad dreams, so it is also referred to as a terrifying stroller.") - Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 35 (ターボン).
  2. ^ a b c d e "Shyguy's favorite ride. It is also referred to as a “bad dream machine.”" - Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 26 (Autobomb description).
  3. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 12.
  4. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 101.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 67.
  6. ^ a b Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 225.
  7. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ TCRF. Prerelease:Yume Koujou: Doki Doki Panic. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved February 1, 2021.