Diagonal cannon

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Diagonal cannon
Foreground tiles of a diagonal cannon in Super Mario Bros. 3Foreground tiles of a diagonal cannon in Super Mario Bros. 3
Both diagonal cannon types
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Variant of Cannon

Diagonal cannons[1] are double-barreled cannons that fire cannonballs out of either end and are mounted on background elements such as semisolid metal bays. They are not to be confused with grounded regular cannons, which can also be found facing diagonally. Despite having two sides, they are only capable of firing out of one end.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, diagonal cannons appear in World 2-Airship, World 3-Airship, and World 5-Airship. In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3's World-e, they also appear in Armored Airship, Bowser's Airship 1, and Bowser's Airship 2.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 2万向斜め砲台[2]
2 mankō naname hōdai
2-directional diagonal artillery

Italian Cannoni diagonali bidirezionali[3]
Bi-directional diagonal cannons


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 53. "BULLET BILL OF RIGHTS The next section is simply a matter of zigzagging to the bottom and running right, avoiding the cannon balls and a Bullet Bill. Note the diagonal cannon placements that fire out of either end. Don't get caught by a Bullet Bill on the right as you attempt to nab that Super Leaf!"
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 41.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 41