Cannon Box

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Cannon Box
Cannon Box (alt) - Super Mario 3D World.png
A black box with a Bill Blaster insignia on its sides.

First appearance

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Latest appearance

Super Mario Maker 2 (version 3.0.0) (2020)
Mario wearing a Cannon Box

The Cannon Box[1] is an item that appears in Super Mario 3D World. Cannon Boxes are first found as ? Blocks, but after being hit once, the actual Cannon Box is revealed. The player can then hit it once again, causing them to wear it over their body. The color of the Cannon Box changes to match the character that is wearing it. While using a Cannon Box, characters continually fire cannonballs from a cannon on the front of the box. If the player holds X Button/Y Button/One Button/B Button, the cannon can be charged, which increases the distance they travel and allows the player to hold their fire. Cannonballs fired can collect coins and other items, as well as break cracked walls and Rock Blocks. Unlike other items, the cannonballs can damage the other players unless they are in their Invincible form or Mega form.

Some Cannon Boxes, called Cannons, act as obstacles that keep shooting cannonballs to harm the player. These can be turned into wearable boxes if struck from below or hit with a cannonball. Cannon Boxes are similar to Propeller Boxes in how they are obtained and how they are used.

Cannon Boxes were added to Super Mario Maker 2 in the version 3.0.0 update released on April 22, 2020, appearing in the Super Mario 3D World style. Like in Super Mario 3D World, they can be charged for longer-ranged shots. However, they must be fired manually, rather than firing automatically.


Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (item): "While wearing this, Mario can fire cannonballs."
  • Instruction manual bio (form): "Fire a stream of cannonballs."
  • North American website bio: "Clear the way in a hurry by shooting cannonballs at enemies."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Killer Box[2]
Hōdai Bokkusu
Killer Box (Killer is also the Japanese name for Bullet Bill)

Cannon Box
Spanish Caja Cañón[citation needed] Box Cannon
French (NOE) Boîte canon[4] Box Cannon
Dutch Kanondoos Canon Box
German Kanonen-Box Cannon Box
Italian Cubo cannone[5] Cannon cube
Russian Ящик-пушка
Cannon Box
Korean 발사대박스
Balsadae Bakseu
Launcher Box
Chinese 炮台箱[6]
Pàotái Xiāng
Cannon Box


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 16.
  2. ^ Super Mario 3D World internal filename (BoxKiller)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 233.
  4. ^ European French electronic manual of Super Mario 3D World, page 20.
  5. ^ NintendoItalia (April 21, 2020). Super Mario Maker 2 - Modalità "Crea un mondo", Bowserotti e nuovi elementi! (Nintendo Switch). YouTube. Retrieved on April 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Nintendo (April 20, 2020). 《Super Mario Maker 2 (超級瑪利歐創作家 2) 》更新資料Ver.3.0.0介紹影片 YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2020.