|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)|
|Variant of||Buzzy Beetle|
Buster Beetles are strong and quick-moving bipedal Buzzy Beetles who throw White Blocks at Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 3. The player can use any attack to instantly defeat these enemies, as unlike most other members of the Buzzy Beetle family, Buster Beetles are not impervious to fireballs, nor do they hide in their shells when stomped. They appear in most underground cavern levels, especially in Ice Land. However, the first one that appears is at the beginning of World 5-1, which is completely devoid of White Blocks, and as such, the Buster Beetle simply appears as a quick-moving enemy.
A Buster Beetle appears on the box art for Super Mario Bros. Print World.
Although Buster Beetles never return outside of remakes, shell-less Blue Koopa Troopas from Super Mario World and Outmaways from Super Mario Bros. Wonder both attack in a similar way, by kicking blocks and other objects at the player.
Tribe: Turtle clan
Game appearances: 3
Block-throwing Buzzy Beetle
When Mario approaches, it throws White Blocks at him. Despite this aggressiveness, its defense is weak. It is the only one among the Buzzy Beetle series that can be attacked by a stomping attack. Let's defeat it by stomping on it.
A Buster Beetle picking up and throwing a White Block (NES version)
Super Mario All-Stars sprite
Mario kicking an Ice Block at a Buster Beetle
A Buster Beetle in an issue of Nintendo Power
Names in other languages
|Lift Buzzy Beetle|
|Italian||Lancianella||Toss-Buzzy Beetle/Buzzy Beetle Tosser|
- Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 8.
- M. Arakawa. NES Game Atlas. Page 38.
- Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 231.
|Characters||Butametto and Ushimetto • Chan • Metto Oyakata • Paper Mistake Buzzy Beetle • Spiky Joe • Tiny Spinies • Torque|
|Species||Big Bony Beetle • Big Buzzy Beetle • Bony Beetle • Buster Beetle • Buzz-Bomb • Buzzy Beetle • Buzzy Beetle Gang • Buzzy Beetle Tower • Dark Spike Top • Dark Stone Buzzy • Heavy Para-Beetle • M. M-Spike Top • Magmite • Magmus • Nattō • Noko Bombette • Para-Beetle • Paper Macho Buzzy Beetle • Red Spike Top • Shiny Buzzy Beetle • Small Buzzy Beetle • Small Buzzy Beetle Gang • Spike Top • Spiky Parabuzzy • Stone Buzzy • Thorny|
|Related items||Buzzy Shell • Flashy Shell|