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A Hot Foot and its Candle

First appearance

Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

Latest appearance

Luigi's Mansion (3DS) (2018)

Effect on player

Super Mario Bros. 3: Can release Hot Foots to attack Mario/Luigi.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series: Can harm Mario on contact.
Super Paper Mario: Can shoot fireballs at the heroes.

Candles are objects in the real world that have sometimes made appearances in Mario games as enemies.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Candles[1] first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they would sometimes be used as a hiding place for Hot Foots. Candles sometimes appear as background items in many games as well.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

In Luigi's Mansion, Candles[2] are often used to light the hallways of the mansion, often times they would be used to solve certain puzzles. Candle lamps were one of the many sources of Fire Elemental Ghosts, if Luigi used the Poltergust 3000 on a candle lamp it would release a Fire Elemental Ghost which Luigi could capture in order to turn the Poltergust 3000 into a flamethrower.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, a candle appears in Joke's End, on the third floor. It appears useless, but if the player fills Mario with water on floor four and brings the bros. back down to the candle, they can hit Mario over the head with Luigi's hammer to cause Mario to spit water at the candle, extinguishing it. This causes a hidden ? Block to appear in the room below, which contains seven Hoo Beans.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

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In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, candles appear as enemies in the Spooky House where if Mario touches one, he will burn and lose a life. Candles also have the ability to float up and down.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, candles[3] appear as enemies once again, with the same attack pattern as in the previous game. If a Mini Mario touches one it will instantly be defeated.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, candle lamps appear as enemies in Merlee's Basement, when Mimi chased Mario and Princess Peach through the mansion. The candle lamps shoot fire at either hero, and it is invincible. There are also candles in The Underwhere and Castle Bleck that Bowser can light.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Candles appeared in the episode, "Princess Toadstool for President" where one Hot Foot leaped out and chases Mario and Luigi.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ろうそく



  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet. Page 24.
  2. ^ Hodgson, David S. J., and Bryan Stratton. 2001. Luigi's Mansion Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 7.
  3. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis object graphics filename (data/data/anims/candle_anim.bin)