- “I'm goin' nuts here! We're gettin' more and more boxes of junk every day! Do me a favor and burn all of these up right quick. Whaddya say?”
- —Gearmo, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Crate Burning is a minigame playable in Super Mario Galaxy 2. As the name implies, it involves Fire Mario or Fire Luigi burning the crates on the arena. The minigames can be played only in Rightside Down Galaxy in the mission The Great Crate Incinerator and in Upside Dizzy Galaxy in the mission Burning Upside Dizzy. The objective of the minigame is to use the Fire Flower abilities (the effects last for the entire minigame) to burn all the crates on the arena (a similar arena to the Bob-omb Blasting minigames from Super Mario Galaxy) within the time limit of 20 seconds. If all of the crates are burned before time is up, the Gearmo rewards Mario or Luigi with a Power Star. Losing the minigame does not result in losing a life, instead making the player start the minigame over.
- This minigame is found only in galaxies based around multiple areas of frequent gravity-switching. This is parallel to the Bob-omb Blasting minigame from Super Mario Galaxy appearing only in the Battlerock Galaxy and the Dreadnought Galaxy, which share common characteristics as industrial-themed galaxies.