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This article is about the actual moon. For the moon in Super Mario Maker 2, see Moon (Super Mario Maker 2). For the item from Super Mario World, see 3-Up Moon. For the collectible in Super Mario Odyssey, see Power Moon.
Mario landing on the Moon
Mario landing on the moon in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū (1984)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 3) (2022)
Inhabitants Astro-Lanceurs
Bodyslam Koopas
Little Mousers
Moon Clefts
Walking Turnips
“When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's Amore!”
Mario's face, Mario Teaches Typing 2

The moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet, often depicted as Earth's natural satellite. It has made several appearances in Super Mario games, either as decoration for a background or as a setting for a particular level.


Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū[edit]

In Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū, the Earth's moon and other moons appear in several backgrounds, seeming to fit within a general space theme.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

The Moon and a star from Space Zone in the Japanese commercial for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Space Zone
The moon in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

The moon, also smiling (although its expression could be changed based on completion of a secret level) and in a waxing crescent phase, appears as a playable area in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, in which it is one half of Space Zone (two thirds if one counts the aforementioned secret stage). It is populated by many Bomubomus, and this was the first time any character ever explored it; when on the moon (and anywhere in the Space Zone) Mario is wearing a spacesuit, and the moon has more gravitational affect on Mario than the star where Tatanga was fought did.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A moon from Super Mario Galaxy in the Sand Spiral Galaxy
Kamella coming down from the Moon.
Kamella coming down from the moon

In Super Mario Galaxy, some moons appear in the various Galaxies. The boss Kamella comes from the moon on the Deep Dark Galaxy the second time she is fought.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

The moon planet from Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, six moons are shown. There are two green moons, a brown moon with holes through it, a small white moon, a small green moon and a small dark red moon. A similar body serves as a planet in Boo Moon Galaxy. There are no enemies on it but will lean to whichever side Mario stands on. Mario must collect the Star Chips on it to progress.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, the moon appears as the location of three kingdoms, being the Moon Kingdom, the Dark Side, and the Darker Side. The Broodals, recurring antagonists from this game, originate from here. The moon's importance to the plot extends to the Power Moons Mario must collect in this game, as well as the fact that the Moon Kingdom was where Bowser intended to force Princess Peach to marry him. The moon also appears in the backgrounds of all of the kingdoms, floating high up in the sky. While the moon's maria look the same, unlike the moon in real life, the moon in the game is much larger (roughly about the size of either the planets Mars or Mercury), orbits much closer to the Earth, and its maria are located on its southern hemisphere instead of on the hemisphere facing Earth.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In Super Mario Maker 2, a level known as Tunnel to the Dark Side of the Moon is heavily based on the moon. The course description also states that the course creator Mischievous Mole dug all the way to the other side of the moon.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Count Koopula" showed that, if a Koopa Troopa stared at the moon when it was full, they would make the horrific transformation into a Wereturtle.

Mario's Time Machine[edit]

The Moon in the NES release of Mario's Time Machine
The moon in Mario's Time Machine.

In the NES release of Mario's Time Machine, Bowser steals the American Flag from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 to put in his museum. Mario must return the flag to the Apollo Lunar Module. In this stage, Koopas are given space helmets and the Bird is replaced with a UFO. This is the only area in the game where enemies go through cosmetic changes befitting the location. An unnamed astronaut also wanders in front of the lunar module.

Mario Kart series[edit]

In addition to appearing in the Mario Kart series as the setting for several race and battle courses, the moon also appears in the background of many courses set during the night, such as Moonview Highway in Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Cheese Land's Moon-like surface in Mario Kart: Super Circuit

In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the course Cheese Land seems to be on a moon made out of cheese, due to the amount of moon-like craters; it also has a moon in a starry sky. Little Mousers can be found here. The track returns in the DLC for Mario Kart 8 (as well as the base version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe); however, it is no longer moon-themed, due to the daytime sky, as well as a more desert-like look and plateau-like layout.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

In Mario Kart 7, part of the Rainbow Road course goes over the moon. When the player drives over it, the music changes into a softer variation of the Rainbow Road theme.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

3DS Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
3DS Rainbow Road's Moon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the battle course Lunar Colony takes place on the moon and once again features low gravity and craters that the player can trick off of. 3DS Rainbow Road returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the third wave of the Booster Course Pass DLC; as such, the Moon segment returns in that course.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

In Mario Kart Tour, the moon appears in the background of GBA Sunset Wilds during the night segment and the returning course 3DS Rainbow Road.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

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

The moon as seen during the fight with Raphael the Raven in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
The moon from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

A much smaller moon also appears in Raphael The Raven's Castle, which is World 5-8 of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Raphael the Raven was combated on the moon (Ravens also used moon-like planetoids as their native turf). Also never appearing in-game, an artwork released for Tetris Attack shows Raphael on the same moon. In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, after Baby Bowser is defeated and returns to his normal size, Kamek takes him and flies to the moon for some unknown reason. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island's moon also appears in the background of the Yoshi's Island stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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

The moon appears several times in Yoshi's Woolly World and its 3DS port. At the end of Wonderful World of Wool, Yoshi is launched over the moon which has three Red Shy Guys on it.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

The moon reappears in Yoshi's Crafted World, where it appears in the second portion of the course The Countdown Begins.

Mario Party 8[edit]

Test for the Best completed with a score higher than 9800 in the game Mario Party 8.
The moon from Mario Party 8

In Mario Party 8, the moon appears in Test for the Best, where the players can reach it if they have a score of 9800 points or more. Various Captain Shy Guys are seen on it.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

The moon's sprite from outer space.
View of the X-Naut Fortress exterior from the moon in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
The exterior of the X-Naut Fortress on the moon in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario and co. have to go to the moon in order to obtain the Crystal Star, which is located in the X-Naut Fortress. The X-Naut Fortress itself was located on the moon, as well. The only way Mario could get to the moon was to fire himself out of the big bomb cannon in Fahr Outpost. Once landing on the moon, Goombella also mentions how a Goomba landed on the moon in '69, which is a reference to the Apollo 11 landing (the first manned landing on the Earth's moon) in 1969. The moon in this game is shown to contain no land features other than craters and rocks.

The moon is also consistently visible throughout Twilight Town - it is an apparently significant object to the villagers there, who believe it has the power to grant wishes. One of the Twilighters even foreshadows the fact that Princess Peach is being held captive on the moon; if Mario speaks to him after his name and body are stolen, he exclaims that someone living on the moon must have heard his wish to not be turned into a pig before asking Mario who he thinks lives there, to which there are two possible answers - "little green men" or "Princess Peach."

On the moon, with its low gravity, Mario and co. jump much higher than normal but also move more slowly, making it difficult to avoid enemies such as Moon Clefts. The moon spans six areas, which loop unlike other areas in the game. Interestingly, when approaching the X-Naut Fortress from the foreground, a high-pitched sound can be heard.

Main article: List of enemy formations in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door#The Moon
Item Icon Found In
Courage Shell Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door In the screen to the left of the landing screen, it is in the cracked rock in the south.
Power Punch A Power Punch from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. In the screen with the X-Naut Fortress, it is in the cracked rock in the southeast.
Ruin Powder Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door In the screen to the right of the X-Naut Fortress screen, it is inside the cracked rock in the center.
Star Piece A sprite of a Star Piece. In the screen with the X-Naut Fortress, it is behind a rock to the southeast of the pipe.
Stop Watch Stop Watch. In the landing screen, it is in the cracked rock in the northwest.
Volt Shroom A Volt Shroom in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. In the screen to the east of the landing screen, it is in the cracked rock in the middle.
RogueportPetalburgPetal MeadowsHooktail CastleThe Great TreeBoggly WoodsPirate's GrottoKeelhaul KeyTwilight TownTwilight TrailFahr OutpostCreepy SteepleMoonX-Naut FortressGlitzvillePoshley SanctumRiverside StationPoshley HeightsA map of Rogueport and the surrounding areas visited during Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Click an area to open the relevant article.
Area Tattles[edit]
  • "We're on the moon! Awesome! The moon I always look up at, can you believe it? I mean, I heard they'd put a Goomba on the moon in '69, but who knew WE'D get here? Boy, nothing's impossible on your adventures, Mario! You are the COOLEST!"
  • "Boy, I guess there are pretty much just rocks on the moon. I guess I knew that, but it's still kind of disappointing. Bummer..."
  • "The stars sure are pretty here. I wonder if I can find my favorite constellation... I'm such a totally shameless romantic, it's not even funny."
  • "There's a weird-looking building off in the distance. Why would THAT be there? Looks like we'll need to find a pipe to get there, though. So...let's look for a pipe."
  • "You see the Moon Clefts that live up here? You think they live on green cheese, Mario? ...You know I'm kidding, right? I'm not that much of a cheeseball...get it? I'm still bummed there are only rocks here."
  • "Hey, Mario! Did you see that? I saw a comet or something! It was all, like, "PSHOOWEE!" Should I try and make three wishes, do you think? I wish for... Hee hee hee! That's TOP SECRET!"
In-game map description[edit]
  • The best place in the world for stargazing, but also a place pocked with craters large and small. In contrast to the world where Mario and his friends live, it's very difficult to traverse.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

A version of the moon appears in Luigi's Mansion, in the background of the Observatory. Luigi, while progressing through the mansion, blows the moon up with a Shining Ghost shot from his Poltergust 3000, creating a path of debris that leads to the Star he is looking for.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

The moon also appears in each of the possible but similar endings for Donkey Kong Country Returns, depending on the characters remaining. After defeating Tiki Tong, the Kongs are blasted high in the sky and fall down to the moon. If only Donkey Kong defeats Tiki Tong, Donkey Kong uses his fist to punch the moon into the atmosphere and slam into Tiki Tong Tower in the Volcano. If Tiki Tong is defeated by Diddy Kong, Diddy attempts to escape the gravitational pull of the moon to no avail and lands on his head. However, the force of the impact also results in Diddy unintentionally causing the moon to fall and slam into the tower. If Tiki Tong is defeated while both Kongs are active, Donkey Kong has Diddy Kong speed him toward the moon with his jetpack, accelerating Donkey Kong as he punches the moon, which causes it to fall onto the tower. After the moon crushes Tiki Tong Tower, the volcano erupts the banana hoard, sending the moon back into its original position.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 月亮
Dutch Maan Moon
French Lune Moon
German Mond Moon
Italian Luna Moon
Portuguese Lua Moon
Romanian Lună Moon
Russian Луна
Spanish Luna Moon