Bob-omb Car

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Bob-omb Car in Mario Kart Tour
A Bob-omb Car in Mario Kart Tour

A Bob-omb Car[1] (alternatively formatted as Bob-omb car),[2] also known as a Bomb-car,[3] is an explosive vehicle resembling a Bob-omb in the Mario Kart series. Unlike all other types of vehicles, Bob-omb Cars can be fully destroyed for a short while. Bob-omb Cars will blow up when they collide with a player or are hit with almost any kind of item; the only items that can hit a Bob-omb Car without detonating it are Bananas and Fake Item Boxes.

The Bob-omb Car also bears a resemblance to the Mini Bomb Kart, which appears in Mario Kart 64.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash![edit]

Bomb-car model from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Model from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Bomb-cars first appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, on Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City. Hitting a Bomb-car has the same effect as getting blown up by either a Bob-omb or a Spiny Shell, causing the player to lose their item. After exploding, Bomb-cars respawn from certain hidden passages. On Mushroom Bridge, Bomb-cars appear from the pipe shortcut's entrance. In Mushroom City, the Bomb-car comes out of the alleyway on the left when players go down the hill and onto the left when someone hits the existing bomb on the lower level, and in the "Do Not Enter" alleyway on the upper level. If the player attempts to block the Bomb-car from coming out multiple times, it will reprogram itself to come out in an area that will evade the player, assuming they do not move their kart. The Bomb-car is also invincible from blowing up within the first three seconds of its respawn. Despite having a lit fuse, a Bomb-car never explodes on its own.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

A Bob-omb Car from Mario Kart Wii
A Bob-omb Car in Mario Kart Wii

Bob-omb Cars are obstacles in Mario Kart Wii. They are encountered in Moonview Highway. Their base has been simplified, and windup keys have been added on the backs of these cars to resemble actual Bob-ombs. Unlike in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, they respawn on the track itself, and they can now blow up immediately after respawning. If a player hits a Bob-omb Car, they will lose their item. Bob-omb Cars also appeared on N64 Skyscraper in the first September 2008 tournament, and on Luigi Circuit in the first May 2009 tournament. In both cases, they all drove against the player and were the only obstacles for the player to evade.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Bob-omb Cars also appear in Mario Kart Tour on GCN Mushroom Bridge (though not in said course's Mario Kart DS iteration), Wii Moonview Highway, and both courses' T variants. In this game, they have their original Mario Kart: Double Dash!! appearance but with windup keys like in their Mario Kart Wii appearance. If a player lands on top of a Bob-omb Car, they can perform a trick. This detonates the Bob-omb Car without hurting the racer in question.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Model of a Bob-Omb Car From Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Model from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Bob-omb Cars also appear in Wii Moonview Highway in Wave 5 of the Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, using their Mario Kart Tour appearance with reflections on their sides.[4] In this version, Bob-omb Cars can only be found in the right lane going against the player. If a player uses a Boo item, they can pass right through Bob-omb Cars without detonating them.

Prior to the Bob-omb Cars' inclusion in the Booster Course Pass, a model for the Bob-omb Car existed within the game files of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, though it was removed in the 2.0.0 update. Unlike the Bob-omb Cars in the DLC, this Bob-omb Car was based on the design from Mario Kart Wii.[5]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボムへいカー
Bomuhei Kā
Bob-omb Car

Chinese (simplified) 炸弹兵车
Zhàdàn Bīng Chē
Bob-omb Car

Chinese (traditional) 炸彈兵車
Zhàdàn Bīng Chē
Bob-omb Car

French Voiture Bob-omb
Bob-omb car
German Bob-omb-Mobil
Bob-omb Mobile
Italian Auto Bob-omba
Bob-omb car
Korean 폭탄병 카
Poktanbyeong Ka
Bob-omb Car

Portuguese Bob-bóvel
From Bob-bomba ("Bob-omb") and móvel ("mobile")
Spanish (NOA) Carro Bob-omba
Bob-omb Car
Spanish (NOE) Coche Bob-omb
Bob-omb car


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S. J. (April 27, 2008). Mario Kart Wii Premiere Edition. ISBN 0-7615-5970-1. Page 33.
  2. ^ "Fixed an issue where no Bob-omb car blows up in Wii Moonview Highway, but a Bob-omb car blows up for someone you are playing with online." – How to Update Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Nintendo of America. Retrieved November 10, 2023. (Archived November 10, 2023, 08:05:41 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  3. ^ Grimm, Steven. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1930206-42-9. Page 41.
  4. ^ 任天堂ホームページ (July 6, 2023). Wii ムーンリッジ&ハイウェイ. YouTube (Japanese). Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  5. ^ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe/Unused Models. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved June 27, 2024.