Small pipe

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Small pipe
A small pipe sprite from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Effect Allows Mini Mario to reach secret areas usually containing a Star Coin

Small pipes[1][2][3] (or mini pipes)[4] are tiny Warp Pipes that require the player to be tiny in order to enter. They first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 3, small pipes first appear in World 2-1. They appear with a purple coloration and do not serve any purpose other than being decorative structures. Small pipes also appear in World 7, where they are green and may have Munchers pop out of them. Horizontal cannons and a type of forward-facing Rocket Engine resemble dark small pipes.

Super Mario World[edit]

Small pipes reappear in Super Mario World, serving the same purpose as in Super Mario Bros. 3. They are occasionally seen supporting Pipe Cannons.

New Super Mario Bros. series[edit]

Small pipes make their first functional appearance in New Super Mario Bros. They serve the same purpose as Warp Pipes, but can only be used by players in their Mini form. Star Coins are often hidden inside rooms that can only be accessed via these pipes. Usually, they also contain shortcut rooms with coins that can be used to skip some parts of the level. In New Super Mario Bros. U, a small pipe is required to reach the secret exit in Grinding-Stone Tower.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Small pipes reappear in Super Mario Maker 2 in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game style as the ground tiles in the forest and desert themes, being green and purple respectively.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Small pipes appear in Super Paper Mario. The player has to use Dottie to shrink their character so they can enter them, similar to the use of Mini Mushrooms in the New Super Mario Bros. games.

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

A single small pipe appears along Bowser Path in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake. Mario must use the Mini-Mario technique to enter it and reach the ? Block containing the POW Mush Jam.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Nonfunctional small pipes appear on the Yoshi's Island stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, supporting a larger diagonal Warp Pipe. Their appearance is based on Super Mario World.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マメ土管[5]
Mame Dokan
Bean Pipe, referring to its mini size.

Italian Mini Tubo[6]
Mini Pipe


  • In New Super Mario Bros. Wii and all subsequent New Super Mario Bros. games, when a mini character enters a small pipe, they exit out of a normal-sized one. This is likely due to the fact that other players not in the correct form can exit the same pipe in multiplayer.


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. English instruction booklet. Page 24.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii English instruction booklet. Page 16.
  3. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Pages 88.
  4. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Pages 89 and 93.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Pages 119, 151, 201, and 217.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Pages 119 and 151.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Pages 201 and 217.