Cannon Box

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Cannon Box
Artwork of the Cannon Box from Super Mario 3D World
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Artwork of Mario with a Cannon Box from Super Mario 3D World.
Mario wearing a Cannon Box

A Cannon Box is an item that appears in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Cannon Boxes are first found as ? Blocks, but after one is 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, the character continually fires 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 cannonballs 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 forms or Mega forms.

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. Their operation has been slightly modified and now resembles that of Fire Koopa Clown Cars, in that pressing the dash button fires a short-ranged shot, while they can still be charged for longer-ranged shots by holding the button, though unlike a Fire Koopa Clown Car, charged shots cannot break Hard Blocks. A normal shot travels approximately six blocks far, while charged shots travel approximately 12 blocks far. If the player shoots a ! Block with a Cannon Box, the blocks appear all at once as if it were ground-pounded. A single shot is equal to a single stomp against Boom Boom, Pom Pom, and Bullies, and Meowser can be defeated by seven shots.


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[1]
Hōdai Bokkusu

Killer Box (Killer is also the Japanese name for Bullet Bill)

Cannon Box

Chinese 炮台箱[5]
Pàotái Xiāng
Cannon Box

Dutch Kanondoos
Canon Box
French (NOE) Boîte canon[3]
Box Cannon
German Kanonen-Box
Cannon Box
Italian Cubo cannone[4]
Cannon cube
Korean 발사대박스
Balsadae Bakseu
Launcher Box

Portuguese Caixa canhão[6]
Caixa-Canhão (Super Mario 3D World manual)
Cannon Box
Russian Ящик-пушка
Cannon Box

Spanish Caja Cañón[2]
Box Cannon


  1. ^ Super Mario 3D World internal filename (BoxKiller)
  2. ^ North American Spanish electronic manual of Super Mario 3D World, page 20.
  3. ^ European French electronic manual of Super Mario 3D World, page 20.
  4. ^ NintendoItalia (April 21, 2020). Super Mario Maker 2 - Modalità "Crea un mondo", Bowserotti e nuovi elementi! (Nintendo Switch). YouTube. Retrieved on April 23, 2020.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Nintendo Portugal (January 13, 2021). Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury! - Explorem um mundo de diversão Mario em conjunto. YouTube. Retrieved January 13, 2021.