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This article is about the enemy known as "Cannon" in Super Princess Peach. For other uses, see Cannon (disambiguation).
Kaboomba Official art
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)

Kaboombas[1] are walking cannon enemies first appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. In all of their appearances, they attack by shooting heavy cannonballs that fall to the ground and explode after a few seconds. Their name seems to be a portmanteau of "kaboom" and "Goomba", despite Kaboombas having no relation to Goombas other than being walking enemies.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

In the Yoshi's Island games, a Yoshi can safely stand on a Kaboomba, and while he cannot eat it, Yoshi can defeat it with an egg or a Ground Pound.

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Kaboombas appear only in The Cave Of The Mystery Maze and Raphael The Raven's Castle, while in Yoshi's New Island, Kaboombas appear in Bowser's Castle Break-In.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to include more information. Reason: add level appearances

Kaboombas also appear in Super Princess Peach, where they are named Cannons. The Calm Cannon, a sleeping variety, also appears.

Unused appearances[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Kaboombas and an unused big variant were originally designed during the development of Super Mario World,[2] where they would have shot Green Shells.[3] They would have had white shoes, which also appear in early assets of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.[4]


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 歩きながら弾をポロポロ落とす、しまりのないヤツ。近よると危険。[5](A clumsy guy who drops projectiles while walking. Dangerous to approach.)
  • Player's Guide: He strolls slowly, but unleashes a painful payload. It's pretty easy to evade this cantering cannon.[1]
  • Shogakukan guide (Game Boy Advance version): 発射された弾は飲みこめないので要注意。上に乗ることもできるが、弾に当たりやすくキケンだ。タマゴで倒すか、逃げよう。[6](Be careful, as the fired projectiles cannot be swallowed. You can ride on top of it, but it is dangerous because it is easy to get hit by a projectile. Use an egg to defeat it or run away.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 正面の斜め上に弾を放ちながら、ゆっくり歩く。弾は山なりに飛ぶが、飛距離は短い。弾がじゃまになって動きにくいので、本体をヒップドロップで倒そう。[7](They walk slowly while shooting projectiles diagonally up in front of them. The projectiles fly in a steep angle, but the distance is short. Since the projectiles are a nuisance and make it difficult to move, Hip Drop the main body to defeat it.)

Super Princess Peach[edit]


63: An annoying enemy that attacks with cannonballs.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大砲くん[5][6] / たいほうくん[7]
Compound of「大砲」(Taihō, Cannon) and「くん」(Japanese honorific -kun)

Italian Cannone Jr.
Cannon Jr.


  • The Player's Guide description for the Kaboomba is erroneously accompanied by an image of a cannonball fired from a Kaboomba, instead of the enemy itself.


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent; Munson, Terry (1995). Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 127.
  2. ^ Frieze (July 24, 2020). Twitter post showing pre-release Super Mario World assets. Twitter. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  3. ^ lx5 (July 24, 2020). Twitter post showing an object viewer for pre-release Super Mario World tiles. Twitter. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  4. ^ Development:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/Sprites#Kaboomba. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  5. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 7.
  6. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 17.
  7. ^ a b 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 20Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P20.jpg.