Magic carpet

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A Pidgit riding atop a magic carpet
“Ahhhhhh, how romantic! Who would guess that my raunchy little game had such a mood-inspiring vehicle? Be careful not to fall off! P.S. I’d like to ride that carpet with little miss you-know-who!”
Wario, Wario Land 4 instruction booklet

Magic carpets[1] (also spelled Magic Carpets),[2] generally also known as flying carpets[3][4] or just carpets,[4] are magic flying carpets that have appeared in several games in the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Pidgit’s carpets[5] are used by Pidgits to fly around. If the playable character grabs and throws or defeats the Pidgit, they are able to briefly ride it before it vanishes (Lakitu's Cloud would later act the same way, as of Super Mario World). Pidgit's carpets are colored black and red in the NES version, yellow and white in Super Mario All-Stars, and red and white in Super Mario Advance; they are also stretched in the latter version, and thus appear larger than they were in prior versions. In the game's data, however, they are still the same size.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Rainbow Ride carpets in Super Mario 64
Rainbow Ride carpets in Super Mario 64 DS

Magic carpets are found in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, appearing only on the stage Rainbow Ride. Unlike in the last game, these carpets are not ridden by Pidgits and remain in place until the player steps on them. When stepped on, the carpet will follow a set rail, which is styled like a rainbow. If the player remains off the carpet for too long, it will disappear and respawn back in its original position. Once it gets to the end of the line, it will fall into the abyss and then respawn back at where it started.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, magic carpets appear as a recurring mode of transportation. Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad and other characters use these carpets sometimes.

In the episode "Mario's Magic Carpet", magic carpets appear to have a car-like protrusion on them. However, in the episode "Mario and the Red Baron Koopa", different carpets are seen. King Koopa is seen flying a magic carpet that has a warplane protrusion, while Mario and Luigi fly around on normal-looking carpets that have steering wheels. Later on in the episode, Mario, Luigi and Toad use two ordinary magic carpets together to construct the wings of the flying carpet biplane.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

A flying carpet is used by Princess Toadstool, Mario, Toad, and (depending on which route the reader takes) possibly Luigi to enter Iggy Koopa's secret laboratory in Water Land in Leaping Lizards. Three weeks later, some flying carpets are used in the first event in the International Mushroom Games, the obstacle course.

In Koopa Capers, Bowser sends a magic carpet to Mario Brothers Plumbing to kidnap the Mario Bros., whom he is desperate enough to ask to help in the search for his missing daughter. The carpet captures only Luigi (who had at first assumed the carpet was a gift and "a Goomba pattern rug") and proceeds to bring him to Bowser's Castle through the Mario Bros.' personal Warp Pipe.

In Brain Drain, if Luigi punches the correct code into the KoopaFone in the Koopa Command Center's cafeteria, he will order a pizza from Magic Carpet Pizzas, a business run by Pidgits who deliver pizzas with their magic carpets.

Wario Land 4[edit]

A flying carpet in Wario Land 4
Flying carpet from Wario Land 4

In Wario Land 4, flying carpets[6] are found in the level Arabian Night. Wario can step on a carpet and fly by repeatedly jumping from it. Flying carpets can be maneuvered in a certain direction by walking on their edge. They disappear when they touch water but will respawn if Wario exits and re-enters the area. They are necessary to use throughout the level.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Two different Super Mario-themed stages featured magic carpets in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In Mushroom Kingdom II, 2D Pidgits sometimes briefly fly across the stage, but their red carpets are 3D and can be used as an extra platform. Since they come and leave from the left and right sides of the stage, it is very easy to self-destruct while riding one. They also appear in the Rainbow Ride-themed Rainbow Cruise, working as they do in Super Mario 64, though without the rainbow trails. However, more than one player can stay on a carpet, and as long as one player is on one, it won't vanish prematurely.

As both stages return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (with the latter also returning in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), their respective magic carpets also come back, though the ones in Mushroom Kingdom II are now yellow (due to the stage's more Super Mario All-Stars-themed graphics).

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

In the minigame Random Ride from Mario Party 5, players can choose to ride a magic carpet from a list of machines.

Mario Party 9[edit]

A magic carpet simply titled the Flying Carpet is the starter vehicle of the Boo's Horror Castle board in Mario Party 9.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

In Mario Party: Island Tour, players use magic carpets to move through the Kamek's Carpet Ride board.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Some magic carpets in Mario Kart Tour

In Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour, Flying Shy Guys use magic carpets to move around the Shy Guy Bazaar course. In the latter game, magic carpets appear on their own in the Do Jump Boosts bonus challenge set in the same course, where the player can jump off of one for a Jump Boost.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

In Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, the magic carpet only appears in Flying-Carpet Cruise where there are a variety of carpets by color and size. All kinds have arrows on them pointing left and right, and standing on one side causes the carpet to move in that direction, similar to Switchboards. If Yoshi jumps off of it, it floats upwards, and if he crouches while on it, it floats downwards. One carpet requires a yarn ball to be thrown at it to be usable.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 空飛ぶじゅうたん[7][8]
Soratobu Jūtan
Flying Carpet
French tapis volant[9] Flying Carpet
German Fliegender Teppich[10]
Flying Carpet
Italian Tappeto magico
Tappeto volante[11]
Magic Carpet
Flying Carpet
Spanish alfombra mágica[12]
Magic Carpet


Gliding over Dinohattan on a mattress in the Super Mario Bros. film
  • In "Mario's Magic Carpet", it was established that carpeting is the favorite food of Pidgits.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Sam Shalam of Cloud Land is a used magic carpet dealer.
  • Yoichi Kotabe's first assignment as an employee of Nintendo was to animate the magic carpets ridden by the Pidgits in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • The carpets are alluded to in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film, when Mario, Angelica, Daniella, and four other women escape on a mattress out of Koopa's Tower. The mattress gently floats and glides down over Koopa Square before it makes a sliding landing.


  1. ^ Super Mario Advance North American instruction booklet, page 31.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 119 and 120.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 NES instruction booklet, page 25.
  4. ^ a b Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 8.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Inside Out, Part II. Pages 9 and 10.
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.3, page 66.
  7. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 34.
  8. ^ Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara Japanese instruction booklet, page 11.
  9. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 48.
  10. ^ a b Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 28.
  11. ^ a b Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 108.
  12. ^ a b Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 88.