Bull's-Eye Bill

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Bull's-Eye Bill
Bull's-Eye Bill SMR.png
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Parent Species Bullet Bill
Related Species
King Bill (Banzai Bill)
Targeting Ted

Bull's-Eye Bills[1][2][3], formerly known as Missile Bills[4], are the red heat-seeking variants of Bullet Bills. They attack by homing in on the player.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Their first appearance is in Super Mario Bros. 3. In this game, a Bull's-Eye Bill turns around once if it misses its target, but continues going forward without turning around after missing twice.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

A Purple Bullet Bill from Super Mario Sunshine.

Bull's-Eye Bills (here called Purple Bullet Bills[5]) make another appearance in Super Mario Sunshine at Pinna Park's beach. In this appearance, they are purple with a blinking red nose, and are shot from the Monty Mole's cannon. They always home in, so there is no way Mario can easily outrun them. However, he can dodge out of their way fairly easily, as they often take several seconds to turn around. They are required to break open the baskets on the beach which hold Blue Coins. Purple Bulle Bills explode when they make contact with an object, or if Mario squirts water at them. There is a gold version that will make coins appear if Mario jumps on it. During the final battle, Bowser Jr. sends some regular ones and also a blue type that will let out a 1-Up Mushroom or a Water Bottle if stomped on.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Bull's-Eye Bills, from New Super Mario Bros Wii.

Bull's-Eye Bills reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They resemble normal Bullet Bills, but when one sees Mario, it will make a beeping noise and start flashing red. Here, they have a similar attack pattern to the one they did in Super Mario Bros. 3. However, in this game, they can change the angle they are flying at and will not stop pursuing the player until they are defeated or the player has gotten far enough away. They can be defeated the same way as normal Bullet Bills. They only appear in World 9-3, alongside Mario-seeking Banzai Bills.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Bull's-Eye Bills make a comeback, appearing only during the Roy Koopa battle at the Rock-Candy Mines. They are seen being shot out of Roy's Bullet Bill cannon. In this case though, after some time of unsuccessfully chasing Mario, it self-destructs, blowing up like a Fire Chomp.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Bull's-Eye Bills reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. As they did not appear in the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, new sprites were created for those two games. While they do operate similar to their appearances in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Bull's-Eye Bills in this game don't turn as sharply, and they'll only chase after Mario for a limited time period, instead of relentlessly pursuing him.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Bull's-Eye Bills appear in Super Mario Run, exclusively in Bullet Bill Barrage. Bull's-Eye Bills appear from the left of the screen and position themselves behind Mario if they are level with him. After a few seconds they will charge forward, whether or not Mario is in front of them. Like the similar Bullet Bill, they cannot be vaulted over.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

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Bull's-Eye Bills are unused in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island; however, they do appear in Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 in the final secret level, Endless World of Yoshis. In this game, they are shot from red Bill Blasters. They also appear to make a biting motion as they fly—however, this is merely aesthetic, as they do not actively try to eat Yoshi. As they fly, they gradually slow down, eventually shrinking away in blue and vanishing with a generic pop. They can be defeated by simply stomping or swallowing them; they look like regular Bullet Bills if spat back out, but they fly downwards.

This is the first game to have them be able to follow the player at any angle, due to the ones in Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Sunshine being restricted to lateral movement.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Bull's-Eye Bills make their non-remake debut in the Yoshi franchise in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. They are made out of red wool and are launched from red Bill Blasters. They can only be found in Knot-Wing the Koopa's Sky Fort in the second half of the level and during the boss fight with Knot-Wing the Koopa himself.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 8[edit]

Mario Party 8 introduced red Bullet Bills that do not home on the player. In the third round of the minigame Superstar Showdown, Bowser's Koopa Clown Car "spits" them. They move much faster than the ordinary Bullet Bills in the previous round.

Mario Party 9[edit]

Bull's-Eye Bills make a comeback in Mario Party 9 in the minigame, Billistics, where they appear alongside Bullet Bills. In this game, Bull's-Eye Bills make beeping radar noises. This is a way to tell if a Bull's-Eye Bill is coming. Like in other appearances, Bull's-Eye Bills will home in on the player, but when a Bull's-Eye Bill misses, it will not turn around, similar to Super Mario Bros. 3 when a Bull's-Eye Bill misses twice.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

A Bull's-Eye Bill, as seen in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Bull's-Eye Bills reappear Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Unlike standard Bullet Bills, Bull's-Eye Bills are fired from red blasters. They behave like in past games and similarly to the Cat Bullet Bills in Super Mario 3D World, homing in on Captain Toad or Toadette and chasing them.

Official profile[edit]

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "A friend of Bullet Bill, this foe will try to seek you out from behind. You can jump over it with careful timing."

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 1988 NES
Super Mario Sunshine Enemy 2002 GameCube
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Enemy 2003 Game Boy Advance
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
Mario Party 9 Enemy 2012 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. U Enemy 2012 Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Enemy 2014 Wii U
Yoshi's Woolly World Enemy 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2016 3DS
Super Mario Run Enemy 2016 iOS
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Enemy 2017 3DS

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キラー[6][7]
Kirā
キラー(紫)[8]
Kirā (murasaki)
サーチキラー[9][10]
Sāchi Kirā
Killer; same as Bullet Bill (Super Mario Bros. 3 and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3)

Killer (purple) (Super Mario Sunshine)

Search Killer (New Super Mario Bros. Wii onwards)
Spanish (NOA) Bill buscablancos Target searcher Bill
Spanish (NOE) Bill Bala Buscador Searcher Bullet Bill
French Auto Bill Balle
Dutch Bull's-Eye Bill -
German Vefolgungs-Willi
Treffer-Willi
Pursuit Bill
Bill that meets (the target)
Italian Pallottolo Segugio Sleuth Bullet
Portuguese Busca Bill Search Bill
Russian Билл-яблочко
Bill-yablochko
Bull's-Eye Bill

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Qjqt2K_MM&t=1m30s
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b88eKjjQbeg&t=17m45s
  3. ^ Scrapbook Theatre, Yoshi's Woolly World
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 9.
  5. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 19.
  6. ^ 「キラー砲台から発射され、まっすぐに飛んでくる。Uターンするタイプもいる。」 ("Fired from Killer Cannons, they fly straight ahead. There is also a U-turning type.") - Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, page 36.
  7. ^ 砲台固定式で、黄色砲台回転式いキラーは ヨッシーをいかけ、黄色いキ ラーはかべにたるとはねる。砲台すならアイス攻撃で。」 ("Green and red cannons are a fixed type, while yellow cannons are a rotatable type. Red Killers pursue Yoshi, and yellow Killers bounce off walls. The cannons can be defeated by an ice attack.") - 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, page 99.
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, page 145.
  10. ^ Omoide Theatre, Yoshi Wool World (Japanese)
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-37zpihW8E&list=PLraFbwCoisJAU66Ux-XYd1c8NHE4tBI46&index=12