Mega Mushroom

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This article is about the Mushroom that enlarges the character. For the Battle Card from Paper Mario: Color Splash, see Battle Card (Paper Mario: Color Splash) § Mega Mushroom.
Mega Mushroom
Artwork of a Mega Mushroom in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Artwork of a Mega Mushroom from Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
First appearance Mario Party 4 (2002)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, cameo) (2022)
Effect 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

A Mega Mushroom is a variety of a 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. A Mega Mushroom was first seen in Mario Party 4, where it was depicted as a normally proportioned mushroom with a turquoise cap; in New Super Mario Bros., it received a more distinctive design, being much bigger with bulbous, bearing a yellow cap with red spots. A Mega Mushroom hops along the ground and, in their initial appearance, would actively flee from Mario. Its opposite counterpart is the Mini Mushroom, which shrinks the character.

In Super Mario 64 DS and the Super Smash Bros. series, the mushroom has the same effect as Mega Mushrooms in later games.


Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

Artwork of Mario for Mario Party 4
Mario holding a Mega Mushroom, as seen in Mario Party 4

A Mega Mushroom first appeared in Mario Party 4, with a turquoise cap somewhat similar to a 1-Up Mushroom, but with a brighter and less saturated contrast. 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. A Mega Mushroom allows the character to roll two Dice Blocks (and move 2-20 spaces), and enlarge them to a gigantic size that lets them flatten other characters and steal ten coins from them as they stomp across the board. However, board events will be bypassed (except for events involving Bowser at Bowser's Gnarly Party). If the character rolls the same number on both Dice Blocks, they get 10 coins (30 coins for two "7's"). Additionally, another variant titled the Super Mega Mushroom is available, bearing a translucent blue cap. It has the same effect, although it gives the user three Dice Blocks instead of two.

Mario Party 10[edit]

A Mega Mushroom made a second appearance in the series in Mario Party 10, using their modern design as depicted from the New Super Mario Bros. game. A Mega Mushroom will only appear in the amiibo Party mode, and act similar to how it did in Mario Party 4, where the user will become giant and steal coins from opponents upon passing them.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

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

Mario Party: The Top 100 / Mario Party Superstars[edit]

In Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars, a Mega Mushroom appears in the updated minigame from Mario Party 3, Mush Pit, replacing the Mushrooms from the original game.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

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

A Mega Mushroom appears in New Super Mario Bros., where it would be given its current design. It is now orange with red spots, and is much bigger than before. Like its past incarnations, it causes Mario to grow to Mega Mario. In this colossal form, Mario can stomp across the level and crush near anything in his path - enemies, blocks, Warp Pipes, and even the flagpole at the end of the level. Additionally, Ground Pounding in Mega form occasionally causes a group of Goombas or coins (or both) to fall from above. Destroying items and objects fills the Mega Meter at the top with yellow. Each segment turns green as it is fully filled; when Mario shrinks back to Super Mario, a 1-Up Mushroom appears for each green segment filled, up to a maximum of five 1-Ups.

This type of mushroom is rarely found, and can come from Orange Toad Houses, Red Flying ? Blocks, or Hammer Bros. on the World Map. Besides the aforementioned methods, it only appears 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. They are not completely invincible in this form, however; landing on bricks that cover a large enough gap risks Mega Mario smashing through and falling, while lava and poison still instantly cost them a life on contact.

A Mega Mushroom is also available as a power-up in the Mario vs. Luigi mode, serving a similar function. Mega Mario and Luigi can damage their opponent and knock out a Big Star upon contact. A Mega Mushroom can appear if a player collects eight coins, but this will only happen to the player with the fewest Big Stars.

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 a yellow cap with red spots 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]

Mega Mushroom
Mega Mario
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. It retains the same function as in the first New Super Mario Bros. Like in New Super Mario Bros., it's hard to come by, only appearing by launching some fireballs in an ! Pipe from World 1-2, World 5-6, and World MushroomNSMBW Mushroom Icon Sprite.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, and another one appears in the first level of the Gold Classics Pack. In addition, though Mario cannot gain 1-Ups for the destruction he causes, he can obtain three 1-Up Mushrooms by destroying the Goal Pole; this can only be done in World 5-6. Despite there being two players, only one Mega Mushroom will appear in co-op mode, allowing only one player to turn into their Mega form. Unlike New Super Mario Bros., a Mega Mushroom is not found in Toad Houses and cannot be put in the reserve box.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Mega Mario, Luigi, Peach and Blue Toad in Super Mario 3D World.
Mega Mario and other characters in Super Mario 3D World

A Mega Mushroom makes a return in Super Mario 3D World along with its enhanced Switch port, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (in the Super Mario 3D World mode only), making it the item's first appearance in a 3D Super Mario title. It works as it did in New Super Mario Bros.. However, if someone ground pounds, they now create a small shockwave that strikes all nearby blocks and enemies. As in the other games, Mega characters can destroy Warp Pipes. Mega characters will also revert to Super form upon entering a Warp Box. Also, the characters' voices now become slightly lower-pitched while the power-up is active, a similar mechanic in Mario Kart Wii, and the Super Mushroom in the Super Smash Bros. games.

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, similar to the Super Star in the same game and Super Mario 3D Land, and the Rainbow Star in the Super Mario Galaxy games.

A Mega Mushroom 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.

Although this power-up is absent from the Bowser's Fury mode of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, there is an unused power-up in its coding called the KinokoGiga, which translates to "Giga Mushroom". It is almost identical in appearance to the Mega Mushroom, but is larger and has its colors inverted (it has a red cap with yellow spots). It also has a similar albeit more extreme effect on Mario: it transforms Mario into a state that is identical to when he takes damage as Giga Cat Mario.

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.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

The Mega Mushroom-like mushrooms in Goomba Woods

Although the Mega Mushroom does not appear in Super Mario Odyssey, some mushrooms in the Mushroom Kingdom closely resemble the design of a Mega Mushroom.

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, their player character and 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]

Mega Mario
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, making its console Mario Kart series debut. Racers can obtain it if they are anywhere from 4th to 8th place, with them also being able to obtain it in 9th place in VS races. The best chance of obtaining this item is in 6th place, with a 10 percent (4 out of 40) chance of obtaining it in that position. In addition to growing bigger, this item causes the player character's voice to become deeper and lower-pitched. Furthermore, it now offers the ability to squish opponents for a certain amount of time (similar to Thwomps), causing them to reduce their speed and lose their items. While this item is active, controlled characters 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 ability to destroy any items or any course obstacles, except those that are big and metallic (such as Chain Chomps). If racers get hit by Lightning while they are big, they shrink back to normal size rather than become tiny as the effect cancels it out. The effect also ends prematurely if they 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.

Players with a Star can knock Mega Mushroom players aside without any adverse effects themselves. A player under the effects of both a Mega Mushroom and a Star can knock most other players aside (normal-sized Star users included). Up to two Mega Mushrooms can be in play at a time.

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]

The Mega Mushroom reappears in Mario Kart Tour and works the same way as it did in its appearance Mario Kart Wii. It is the only item introduced in that game to return in Mario Kart Tour. However, Mega characters are vulnerable to rival racers' items, reverting to normal size if hit, and they do not gain speed nor off-road advantages. Also, the music does not change while the item is in effect. Starting from the version 2.12.0 update, players will receive points for hitting Mega opponents.

If the player runs into an Item Box as they crash and they have Auto Item activated, the growth caused by any Mega Mushroom used up from their inventory instantly recovers their driver from the crash.

Artwork of a Mega Mushroom appears on a billboard for a clothing brand, also called Mega Mushroom, in Wii Coconut Mall.

The following gliders increase the chance of getting Mega Mushrooms and points for hitting racers while under the effects of one.

Special skill Gliders
Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mega Mushroom Plus
Increases your chances of getting a Mega Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.
+10 points
Piranha Plant Parafoil from Mario Kart Tour
+20 points
8-Bit Jumping Mario from Mario Kart Tour
+30 points
Full Flight from Mario Kart TourRainbow Starchute from Mario Kart TourButterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Glider from Mario Kart TourToe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart TourGalaxy Glider from Mario Kart TourPretzel Glider from Mario Kart Tour8-Bit 1-Up Mushroom from Mario Kart TourThe White Waves Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourYellow Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart TourMosaic Starchute from Mario Kart TourNinja Scroll from Mario Kart TourWaluigi's Mustache from Mario Kart TourPeach Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourCape Mario Hanafuda from Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Coconut Mall returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the Booster Course Pass DLC. Towards the end of the course, the large billboard advertising the Mega Mushroom clothing brand appears here, like in Mario Kart Tour, complete with the large vector art of the mushroom.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Mega Mushroom appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker. In The Subspace Emissary, it can be used by any fighter to raise the amount of damage healed by food by 2 percent.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

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

Mega Mushroom Sprite of a Mega Mushroom from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
Sprite of the Mega Mushroom used during the battle with Bowser Memory ML from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
Screenshot of a Mega Mushroom, from 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. The effect wears off after the attack is performed.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Mega Mushroom appears in Balloon Blast, where they can be obtained from an Item Box and makes the character twice their original size. It also appears as an item in Dream Ice Hockey, where it increases the size of the character along with their defense and speed, and Dream Curling, where they increase the size of the stone. A Mega Mushroom also appears as an item in Dream Snowball Fight, where it increases the size of the character and cause all of their snowballs to deal double damage, while halving the amount of damage the character takes. In the Nintendo DS version, a Mega Mushroom appears as a panel in Curling Bowling, which causes the stone to increase in size when it slides over, giving it more power but making it harder to curl.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash[edit]

A Mega Mushroom appears once again in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, where it turns the character giant, allowing it 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 being powered up from the Mega Mushroom. The effect lasts for 30 seconds, but can end prematurely if the character endures a Body Shot. As in Mario Kart Wii and Super Mario 3D World, the characters' voices will become slightly lower-pitched and echoing while the power-up is active. Three seconds before the item wears off, the character flashes white before reverting back to normal size.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

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

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

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

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

Toad launches Super Toad Strike!”
Toad, Mario Golf: Super Rush

A Mega Mushroom makes its first Mario Golf appearance in Mario Golf: Super Rush. It is used in Toad's special strike, Super Toad Strike, where the ball is affected by the Mega Mushroom.

Unused appearances[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

The Mega Mushroom was originally going to return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but was removed from the final game due to causing a problem with multiplayer: the character would be able to destroy everything while taking up space on the screen.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The Mega Mushroom was originally slated to return in Mario Kart 7, along with the Fake Item Box, but both were omitted from the official release.

Other appearances and references[edit]

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


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • North American website bio: This rare mushroom lets you cause maximum destruction—busting down pipes, unbreakable blocks, and any foes in your path. The whole level becomes your stomping ground!
  • European website bio: Mario becomes whopping great Mega Mario if he scoffs a Mega Mushroom – you'd best stomp everything in your path while you're jumbo size!

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Digital instruction manual bio: Transforms Mario into Mega Mario.
  • North American website bio: Take one of these to become (you guessed it) mega-sized Mario.

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Mega Mushroom Statue description: A statue of the Mega Mushroom, which makes Mario really, really grow!

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

The Mega Mushroom card from the Mario Kart Wii trading cards
  • Trading card bio: 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 Tour[edit]

  • Tips & Tricks: Increases your kart's size, allowing you to crash any opponents you hit. You'll return to regular size after some time or when you're hit by an item.
  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: Mega Mushroom increases your kart's size for a set amount of time and gives you a small speed boost. Plus, you can bump into your opponents to make them crash! Be careful—if you're attacked while giant, you'll return to normal size.[1]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Mega Mushroom A sticker of Mega Mushroom in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. New Super Mario Bros. Food Effect +2



Sprites and models[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デカキノコ[2] (Mario Party 4)
Deka Kinoko
メガキノコ[3][4](Super Mario Ball)
Mega Kinoko
巨大化キノコ[5][6] (Mario Kart Arcade GP / Mario Kart Arcade GP 2)
Kyodaika Kinoko
Kyodai Kinoko
Huge Mushroom

Mega Mushroom

Giant Form Mushroom

Giant Mushroom
Chinese 巨大蘑菇
Jùdà Mógu
Giant Mushroom
Dutch Megapaddenstoel Mega mushroom
French Méga champignon
Méga Champi
Mega mushroom
Mega Shroom
German Mega-Pilz
Maxi-Pilz (Mario Party 4)
Mega Mushroom
Maxi Mushroom
Italian Megafungo
Mega fungo (Mario Kart Wii)
Mega Mushroom
Korean 거대버섯
Geodae Beoseot
Huge Mushroom
Portuguese (NOA) Megacogumelo Mega Mushroom
Portuguese (NOE) Mega Cogumelo
Mega Mushroom
Russian Мегагриб
Mega Mushroom
Spanish (NOA) Mega champiñón Mega Mushroom
Spanish (NOE) Megachampiñón Mega Mushroom

See also[edit]




  1. ^ mariokarttourEN (September 9, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  2. ^ The Japanese Mario Party 4 website. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Super Mario Ball Shogakukan book
  5. ^ Mario Kart Arcade GP official site items page. Bandai Namco. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 official site items page. Bandai Namco. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  7. ^ The Japanese New Super Mario Bros. website. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku. New Super Mario Bros. section.
  9. ^ Mario Kart Wii game manual. Page 31.