Giant cannon

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Giant cannon
Giant cannonball
A giant cannon shooting in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Variant of Cannon

Giant cannons[1] are mega-sized cannons that fire giant cannonballs. They appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. U as large horizontal cannons that resemble dark pipes; however, in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 2, they have been redesigned and can also face eight directions.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, these cannons appear in World 8-Tank and World 8-Ship. In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3's World-e, they also appear in Bombarded by Bob-ombs, Bowser's Airship 1, and Bowser's Airship 2.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, giant cannons appear in World 8-Airship. In New Super Mario Bros. U, they appear in The Mighty Cannonship, as well as the challenge called Bowser's Airship Sneak.

In the Super Mario Maker games, the giant cannonballs shot by giant cannons no longer move at an inherently faster speed than their regular-sized counterparts. This functionality has been moved to red cannons, which can be regular or giant-sized.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大きな砲台[2]
Ōkina hōdai
Large artillery

Italian Cannone gigante[3]
Cannone Gigante[4]
Giant cannon
Giant Cannon


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 75. "Bring Out The Big Guns! This giant cannon shoots two huge bullets in rapid succession. Either jump on its barrel or duck quickly!"
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 41, 149, and 215.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pagg. 41, 215
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 149