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This article is about the item in general. For other uses of the word "boomerang", see Boomerang (disambiguation).
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A boomerang of varying colors.

First appearance

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003)

Latest appearance

Mario Kart Tour (2019)

Effect on player

Defeats enemies or hurts Mario

Boomerangs are a type of weapon that have made numerous appearances throughout the Mario franchise. When thrown, a boomerang will fly forward, harming any foes who happen to be in its path, then circle back to the user. They are the weapon of choice of the Boomerang Bros, but can also be used by Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, and Rosalina upon grabbing a Boomerang Flower.


Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Cape Mario using a boomerang in World 1-3.

A special blue boomerang makes an appearance in some of the World-e levels of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. When thrown, this boomerang defeats most enemies it hits. It briefly flies forward before turning around, though it only does so once; as such, Mario must catch it (by holding B Button) if he hopes to re-use it. However, it disappears upon level completion, much like a Goomba's Shoe.

Certain Boomerang Bros are also shown using these boomerangs in Slidin' the Slopes, Bowser's Last Stand, and Bowser's Airship 2, and if they are defeated while one of their boomerangs is out, it drops for the player's use.

There is also an e-Reader card released only in Japan that uploads this boomerang to the player's inventory, allowing Mario to use it in any stage.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Boomerangs appear as items in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The boomerang that appears in these games is said to be and designed after the one used by Boomerang Mario in Super Mario 3D Land. They function like standard boomerangs in that they are thrown to attack opponents and return to the thrower, though for every time the player catches it, the boomerang's attack becomes stronger.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Toad with a boomerang in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, racers can get a boomerang to throw up to three times, via a Boomerang Flower. Opponents can steal one by pressing ZL Button while near one, boosting into a boomerang holder with a Mushroom, or using a Boo (Deluxe version only), however.

A single blue boomerang with a red stripe appears on the logo for the sponsor Boomerang Bros. International Airlines, though the color changes in some of the logo's variations.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Boomerangs also appear in Super Mario Party as the weapons the players use to take out the Pokeys in the minigame Home on the 'Rang.

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

Name Image Appears in American English Description British English Description
Boomerang SSB4TrophyBoomerang.png 3DS Super Mario 3D Land (11/2011) Boomerang Mario would use this item to collect faraway items and defeat distant enemies. In Smash Bros., it can be thrown up, down, left, or right. If you throw it, you can catch it again on the return trip. The boomerang gains power with each throw, so try to keep catching it! As thrown by Boomerang Mario! He used this to hit enemies and collect faraway items. Here, though, you can throw it up, down or to the side, then touch it when it flies back to catch it. Simple! And as long as you don't drop it, it'll get more and more powerful with every throw, so make sure you do catch it, all right?

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブーメラン
German Bumerang Boomerang
Russian Бумеранг
Chinese 飛旋鏢 (Traditional)
飞旋镖 (Simplified)
Fēixuán biāo

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