Mega Mushroom

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This article is about the Mushroom that enlargens the player. For the Battle Card from Paper Mario: Color Splash, see Battle Card (Paper Mario: Color Splash) § Mega Mushroom.
Mega Mushroom
Mega Mushroom - MTUS.png
Artwork of a Mega Mushroom from Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.
A big amber, red, and beige mushroom with beady eyes.

First appearance

Mario Party 4 (2002)

Latest appearance

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)

Effect on player

Turns Mario into Mega Mario.
“Livin' Large: The Mega Mushroom transforms Mario into an impervious behemoth who obliterates every enemy or obstacle in his path.”
New Super Mario Bros. official website

The Mega Mushroom is a rare variety of mushroom found in the Mushroom Kingdom. It temporarily enlarges the user, allowing them to walk over and destroy everything in their path, including the largest and most powerful enemies. Mega Mushrooms made their debut in Mario Party 4, where they were depicted as normally proportioned mushrooms with green caps; however, their current appearance is quite different and unique among the Mushrooms of the Mario franchise.

Introduced in New Super Mario Bros., the current Mega Mushrooms are now much bigger, with bulbous, red-spotted orange-yellow caps, and while all other mushrooms slide along the ground, the Mega Mushrooms hop. Originally, they would actively flee from Mario, and if the player jumped over one, it would even change directions, although this trait was omitted from the Mega Mushroom's New Super Mario Bros. 2 appearance. Its opposite counterpart is the Mini Mushroom, which shrinks the player.


Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

Mario holding a Mega Mushroom, as seen in Mario Party 4.

Mega Mushrooms first appear in Mario Party 4, with a light green cap (resembling a 1-Up Mushroom). It can be obtained by landing on a Mushroom Space, purchasing it from an item shop, getting it from an Item Bag, or winning a mini-game on the board. They let the player roll two Dice Blocks (and move 2-20 spaces), making the player grow to an overwhelmingly gigantic size and flatten other players as they stomp across the board, stealing ten coins from them. However, board events will be bypassed (except for events involving Bowser at Bowser's Gnarly Party). If the player rolls the same number on both Dice Blocks the player gets 10 coins (30 coins for two "7's"). Additionally, a Super Mega Mushroom is available, colored entirely translucent blue. It does the same thing but with three Dice Blocks instead of two.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Mega Mushrooms make a comeback in the series for Mario Party 10. Mega Mushrooms only appear in the amiibo Party mode and act similar to how they did in Mario Party 4, where it'll make the user grow and cause the others players to lose some coins upon passing them.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

In Mario Party: Star Rush, Mega Mushrooms appear in the Boss Battle minigame Bowser's Space Race, where grabbing it causes the player to become giant and earn three points from throwing their bomb at Bowser.

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

In Mario Party: The Top 100, Mega Mushrooms appear in the updated minigame from Mario Party 3, Mush Pit, replacing the Mushrooms from the original game.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

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While the Mega Mushroom does not make an appearance in Super Mario 64 DS, the Super Mushroom has the same effect as the Mega Mushrooms of later games, as it temporarily makes the characters giant, greatly reduces their jumping abilities, and allows them to destroy nearly anything in their path. The player will earn an extra life for every object destroyed from the eighth onwards.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

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Mario under the effect of a Mega Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros.

Mega Mushrooms later reappear in New Super Mario Bros., where they again make Mario grow to a giant size. In this colossal form, Mario can stomp across the level and crush anything in his path - enemies, blocks, Warp Pipes, and even the flagpole at the end of the level.[1] When items are crushed by Mario, the bar at the top (referred to as the Mega Meter in the instruction manual) starts to fill up with yellow. As the yellow line reaches the end of a segment, that segment turns green. After Mario's size reduces again, a 1-Up Mushroom appears for each green segment filled, with a maximum of five 1-Ups. These mushrooms are rarely found, and almost always come from Orange Toad Houses or Red Flying ? Blocks. Besides the Toad Houses, they only appear in four levels: Worlds 1-1, 1-2, 4-4 and 7-5. If Mario or Luigi ground pounds a block containing a Mega Mushroom, it still appears from above. The player is not completely invincible in this form, however; if the player is to jump and land on a hole covered with bricks, the player falls through, thus, losing a life, if the hole is big enough. In other cases, Mario, or Luigi, lose a life if they fall in lava or poison. Additionally, if Mario or Luigi are to do a Ground Pound after eating a Mega Mushroom, a group of Goombas or coins (or both) falls from the sky.

In the E3 2005 trailer build and at least one of the 2005 demo builds of New Super Mario Bros., the Mega Mushroom had the same colors as the Super Mushroom, but it was changed to orange and red in the final version. This was possibly meant to resemble the original colors of a Super Mushroom from Super Mario Bros..

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Mario under the effect of the Mega Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

After being absent from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Mega Mushroom returns in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They retain the same function as in the first New Super Mario Bros. Like in New Super Mario Bros., they are very rare, only appearing by launching some fireballs in an ! Pipe from World 1-2, World 5-6, and World MushroomMushroomicon.png-3, though two in a ? Block do appear each in the third level of the Gold Rush Pack and the first level of the Coin Challenge Pack C. In addition, though Mario cannot gain 1-Ups for the destruction he causes, he can get three 1-Up Mushrooms by destroying the Goal Pole; this can only be done in World 5-6. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros., Mega Mushrooms are not found in Toad Houses and cannot be put in reserve.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Mega Mario & Co. in Super Mario 3D World.

The Mega Mushroom makes a return in Super Mario 3D World, making it the item's first appearance in a 3D Mario title. It works as it did in New Super Mario Bros. 2. However, if someone ground pounds, they now create a small shockwave that hits all nearby blocks and enemies. As in the other games, Mega characters can destroy Warp Pipes.

Just as the Mega Mushroom is about to wear off, unlike in New Super Mario Bros. or New Super Mario Bros. 2, where the character would emit a green light, the music instead speeds up.

Mega Mushrooms can be found in seven levels: Super Bell Hill, The Bullet Bill Express, Tricky Trapeze Theater, Rainbow Run, Super Block Land, Gargantuan Grotto and Gigantic Seasick Wreck.

Super Mario Run[edit]

In Super Mario Run, a Mega Mushroom makes a cameo appearance as a statue in Kingdom Builder. It can be won from the Bonus Game in Remix 10 mode as a 4★ item.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP[edit]

In Mario Kart Arcade GP, the Mega Mushroom appears under the name Giant Mushroom. It is an item obtainable from the Item Box. When players use this item, they and their kart temporarily grow bigger.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2[edit]

In Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, the Giant Mushroom has the same role as it does in Mario Kart Arcade GP.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Mario using a Mega Mushroom in Mario Kart Wii.

In Mario Kart Wii, the Mega Mushroom returns as an item obtainable from the Item Box. In addition to growing bigger, this item causes the player character's voice to get much deeper. Furthermore, it now offers the players the ability to squash other players for a certain amount of time, reducing their speed and making them lose their items. While this item is active, the players receive a speed boost and cannot slow down when going off-road, and they are invincible to all dangerous things, except for the Star, Bullet Bill, and Blooper, giving them the power to destroy any items or any course obstacles, except those that are big and metallic (such as Chain Chomps). If players get hit by Lightning while they are big, they shrink back to normal size rather than becoming tiny. The effect also ends prematurely if players fall off the course. The Mega Mushroom's theme music from New Super Mario Bros. is played for the duration of the item's effect.

Trading Card Info[edit]

Description: "The Mega Mushroom is a new item this time around in the Mario Kart series. When activated, you and your vehicle will become super-sized for about 10 seconds and will be immune to all attacks from other racers...except those wielding Star power, Bullet Bill or Lightning. While under the influence of Mega Mushroom power you can run over your rivals and flatten them like a pancake!"

Game Tip!: "If you have a Mega Mushroom & you think another racer is going to uncork Lightning, use the Mega Mushroom and you'll only shrink to normal size."

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the Giant Mushroom has the same role as it does in Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

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The Mega Mushroom reappears in Mario Kart Tour and works the same way as in Mario Kart Wii.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Mega Mushroom appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It raises food effect by 4.

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Mega Mushroom Mega Mushroom Sticker.png New Super Mario Bros. Food Effect +2

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Broque Monsieur about to use a Mega Mushroom, in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, during his Vacuum command tutorial, Broque Monsieur sometimes attacks by using a Mega Mushroom to make himself giant. Bowser needs to punch his body to avoid being rammed. This will knock Broque Monsieur's (still giant) head off, so Bowser can punch it to earn extra coins until his body picks it up again. In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, along with Broque Monsieur using the Mega Mushroom, Bowser Memory M uses the Mega Mushroom as a part of one of its attacks (replacing the Super Mushroom from the original game).

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

A Mega Mushroom appears as a part of Luigi's Bros. Attack Mega Thwonk in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where Luigi eats one to become giant.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Mega Mushroom appears in Dream Curling and Balloon Blast. The actual item does not appear, but there is an Item Box that it could be obtained from. The Mega Mushroom makes the character two times his or her original size.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash[edit]

Mega Mushrooms appear once again in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, where they make characters big, allowing them to hit the ball more easily. Instead of the original music from New Super Mario Bros., a rock cover of the original tune plays when using the Mega Mushroom. The effect lasts for 30 seconds, but can end prematurely if the player endures a Body Shot. Three seconds before the item wears off, the character flashes white before shrinking back to normal size.

Other appearances and references[edit]

The Mega Mushroom was originally going to return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but was removed from the final game for unknown reasons.

The Mega Mushroom makes a cameo appearance in the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as part of its exclusive content.

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, a small Toad in the Sacred Forest asks Mario if he had eaten a Mega Mushroom.

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, artwork of a Mega Mushroom can be found on a poster in the laboratory in the introductory cutscene.

Official profiles[edit]

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Instruction manual description: "Transforms Mario into Mega Mario."



Sprites and models[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デカキノコ[2]
Deka kinoko
Mega Kinoko
Kyodai kinoko
Huge Mushroom (Mario Party 4)

Mega Mushroom (Super Mario Ball)

Giant Mushroom
Spanish Mega Champiñón
Champiñon Grande
Mega Mushroom
Big Mushroom
French Méga champignon (Super Mario Run)
Méga Champi
Mega mushroom
Mega Shroom
Dutch Megapaddenstoel Mega mushroom
German Mega-Pilz
Maxi-Pilz (Mario Party 4)
Mega Mushroom
Maxi Mushroom (Mario Party 4)
Italian Megafungo
Mega fungo (Mario Kart Wii)
Mega Mushroom
Portuguese Megacogumelo (Super Mario Run)
Mega Cogumelo
Mega Mushroom
Russian Мегагриб
Mega Mushroom
Korean 거대버섯
Geodae Beoseot
Huge Mushroom

See also[edit]



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  2. ^ The Japanese Mario party 4 website (Accessed January 26, 2012)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Super Mario Ball Shogakukan book
  5. ^ The Japanese New Super Mario Bros. website (Accessed January 26, 2012)
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku, New Super Mario Bros. section