Bumper (Super Mario series)

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New Super Mario Bros. U theme Bumper in Super Mario Maker
A Bumper from the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)

Bumpers are objects in the Super Mario series. Making contact with one bounces Mario away.


New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., they appear in the underwater sections of World 1-A and World 8-3. They appear as translucent yellow bubbles with an eight-spoked plantlike symbol on or inside them. Bumpers will bounce Mario in the opposite of the direction he ran into them from.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Floating bumpers[1] (also localized as inflatable bulbs)[2] appear in Bubble Blast Galaxy, a course lined with electric rails. Mario traverses the course within a bubble, and making contact with a bumper bounces him back in the opposite direction. Pieces of meat[3] are floating bumpers found in Ghostly Galaxy, where they bounce back Mario in areas navigated with Pull Stars.

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

Bumpers in Super Mario Maker
New Super Mario Bros. U-style Bumpers as seen in the Super Mario Maker update trailer

In Super Mario Maker (v1.30 or later) and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Bumpers can be created by shaking a Grinder in editing mode. They are donut-shaped balloons that stay still in the air. When Mario jumps on one from above, it can bounce him higher similar to trampolines and Note Blocks; if Mario bumps into one from the side or below, it bounces Mario away. Enemies, objects, and projectiles are not affected by Bumpers and will freely pass through them.

In the Super Mario Bros. game style, Bumpers are striped light and dark green, with eyes similar to that of Mr. Eraser. In the Super Mario Bros. 3 style, they are checkered green and white similar to the Jump Blocks from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with the same type of eyes. In the Super Mario World style, they are white with pink diamonds and beady eyes. In the New Super Mario Bros. U style, they retain the beady eyes and are yellow with an orange star pattern, resembling Lemmy's balls from the New Super Mario Bros. series.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Bumpers reappear in Super Mario Maker 2 as objects under the Gizmos category, and act and look just like they did back in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. They are now separate from Grinders and they are absent in the Super Mario 3D World game style.


Super Mario Maker[edit]

  • Play Nintendo: "This bouncy donut-shaped object sends Mario bounding away when touched."[4]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おじゃま[5]
Ojama Awa
Obstacle Bubble (New Super Mario Bros.)

Round (Super Mario Maker)
Chinese 圈圈
Dutch Bumper[6] -
French Bumper -
German Rückprallring Rebounding-Ring
Italian Bolla Fastidiosa[7] (NSMB)
Ruota di gomma (SMM series)
Annoying Bubble
Rubber Wheel
Korean 통통동글
Combination of 통통 (tong-tong, onomatopoeia for bouncing) and 동글 (donggeul, round)
Portuguese (NOE) Roda de Borracha[8] Rubber Wheel
Russian Бампер
Spanish (NOA) Rueda elástica Rubbery Wheel


  1. ^ Fletcher Black. Super Mario Galaxy: PRIMA Official Game Guide (Collector's Edition). Roseville: Prima Games, 2007. Page 311. ISBN: 978-0-76155-713-5.
  2. ^ Black, page 310
  3. ^ Black, page 145
  4. ^ December Super Mario Maker Update. Play Nintendo. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. section, page 118.
  6. ^ Nintendo Nederland (December 17, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Nieuwe functies! (Wii U). YouTube. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 118
  8. ^ Nintendo Portugal. (December 17, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Novas funcionalidades! (Wii U). YouTube. Retrieved January 11, 2021.

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