Pipe Cannon

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This article is about the cannons that can launch the player a certain distance. For information about the variant of Bill Blasters that appear in Super Mario Land, see Bill Blaster § Super Mario Land. For Luigi's Special Shot in Mario Tennis Aces, see Special Shot § Pipe Cannon.
Pipe Cannon
Cannon Pipe.png
A Pipe Cannon from New Super Mario Bros.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Effect Shoots players to another part of the level

Pipe Cannons[1][2] are Warp Pipes that appear throughout the Super Mario franchise. When entered, they launch the player to another location (usually another part of the level).


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Mario being launched from a Pipe Cannon

Pipe Cannons first appear in Super Mario World, where they are always on a slant and fire the player to far places (about two or three screens away). These pipes cannot be entered and are always exited via a different pipe, usually from an underground area.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros., where they are similar to the Warp Cannons that are used to travel to a different world, except they fire the player within a much smaller range. To use these pipes, unlike in Super Mario World, players enter one and then are automatically fired off, often to an unreachable ledge or platform or even a different area.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, retaining the same functionality from New Super Mario Bros. Another type of Pipe Cannon makes an appearance in the minigame 1-up Blast, where the player(s) can enter these cannons and aim before they blast themselves and attempt to pop balloons to earn 1-Ups.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they function the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. A Pipe Cannon is also used to reach the Rainbow Course.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, where there are Pipe Cannons on the world map in each world, which are used as shortcuts to worlds the player has entered before, or to get to the Secret Island and Superstar Road. After the level Layer-Cake Desert-1 (Soda Jungle-1 if the player cleared Blooper's Secret Lair / Cheep Chomp Chase) is beaten and Nabbit is seen stealing Toad's power-ups, Toad uses a Pipe Cannon in order to quickly travel to Acorn Plains and give chase, unlocking Pipe Cannons for regular use on the world map.

In the levels themselves, Pipe Cannons function the same as in previous installments.

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Luigi U, where they function the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Main article: Clear Pipe Cannon
Screenshot of Super Mario 3D World.
A Clear Pipe Cannon in Sprawling Savanna

Cannons similar to Pipe Cannons appear in Super Mario 3D World, being Clear Pipe Cannons, having the ability to launch the player in a very similar manner to Pipe Cannons. Additionally, another similar cannon appears, called the Cloud Cannon, which, when jumped into, produces a white Pipe Cannon that launches the player into a Coin Heaven.

Super Mario Run[edit]

In the Remix 10 mode of Super Mario Run, on random occasions, when the player enters a pipe to go to the next area on the map screen, it may turn out to be a Pipe Cannon, launching the player into the sky.[citation needed]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

A black Pipe Cannon appears in Mario Kart DS in the course Airship Fortress, which contains a Pipe Cannon, which shoots the player to the tower near the airship. It functions identically to other cannons.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

A Pipe Cannon to the left in Airship Fortress

A black Pipe Cannon reappears in Mario Kart 7 through the returning course DS Airship Fortress, having the same function as it did in Mario Kart DS.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

A golden pipe, about to be fired
A golden pipe in Mario Kart Tour

Pipe Cannons reappear in Mario Kart Tour, where they are simply called "pipes" and serve as a main method of obtaining drivers, karts, and gliders. The player fires a pipe by dragging it down and releasing it, causing it to shoot out a driver, kart, or glider. A green pipe can fire any item available in the pipe, including High-End items, but if the pipe appears as a golden one, the player is guaranteed to receive a High-End. There are multiple types of pipes in the game, including the Today's Challenge Pipe, the All-Clear Pipe, the Multiplayer Pipe, and Token Shop pipes.

Since the Baby Rosalina Tour, players could fire at least two free pipe pulls during the tour, and the number went up to four pipe pulls since the Flower Tour. Additionally, starting with the Wild West Tour, players can use an All-Clear Pipe that consists of a random High-End driver, kart, or glider after completing each cup within a tour, as well as the last two free pipe pulls being reserved for the second week's spotlight pipe.

Up until the Battle Tour and the Version 3.0.0 update, the player could spend five rubies to fire a pipe once or 45 to fire it ten times. Each pipe held 100 drivers, karts, or gliders, with some pipes occasionally holding only 50 items instead of 100. A new pipe with different content was available each week. The pipes which can be pulled using rubies, including the free pipe pulls, were removed in the Version 3.0.0 update,[3] and would be replaced with the Spotlight Shop and pipes available in Tour Gifts.

Additionally, the black Pipe Cannon featured in DS Airship Fortress reappears in the game through the aforementioned returning course, having the same function as it did in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Pipe Cannons appear throughout a handful of areas inside Bowser's body, functioning the same as in the 2D platformer games.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Luigi performing the Pipe Cannon Special Shot from Mario Tennis Aces

A Pipe Cannon appears in Mario Tennis Aces, with Luigi shooting himself out of it in the animation for his Special Shot.


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter:
    • "The pipe is bursting with a variety of drivers, karts, and gliders! Different combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders can help you earn more points in a race, so you can try to find the perfect combination for each course!"[4]
    • "Starting with the Wild West Tour, a High-End Pipe will appear after you clear every cup of a tour! Be sure to complete all of the cups for the chance to fire it once and get a guaranteed High-End!"[5]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大砲土管[6]
Taihō Dokan
Dokan Taihō

Cannon Pipe (Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros.)

Pipe Cannon (since New Super Mario Bros. Wii)

Chinese 大炮水管[8]
Dàpào Shuǐguǎn
Cannon Pipe

French Tuyaux Canon[9]
Canon Pipe
Italian Tubo cannone
Cannon Pipe


  1. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 120.
  2. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 124 and 181.
  3. ^ @kart_tour (September 1, 2022). [1]. Twitter. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  4. ^ mariokarttourEN (October 7, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  5. ^ mariokarttourEN (August 4, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 60 and 118.
  7. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 150, 200 and 216.
  8. ^ Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Super Mario Manga Adventures Volume 2, page 85