Pipe Cannon

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This article is about the cannons that can launch the player a certain distance. For information about the variant of Bill Blasters that appear in Super Mario Land, see Bill Blaster § Super Mario Land. For Luigi's Special Shot in Mario Tennis Aces, see Special Shot § Pipe Cannon.
Pipe Cannon
Cannon Pipe.png
A Pipe Cannon from New Super Mario Bros.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Effect Shoots players to another part of the level.

Pipe Cannons[1][2] are Warp Pipes that appear throughout the Mario franchise. When entered, they launch the player to another location (usually another part of the level).


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Mario being launched from a Pipe Cannon

Pipe Cannons first appear in Super Mario World, where they are always on a slant and fire the player to far places (about two or three screens away). These pipes cannot be entered and are always exited via a different pipe, usually from an underground area.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros., where they are similar to the Warp Cannons that are used to travel to a different world, except they fire the player within a much smaller range. To use these pipes, unlike in Super Mario World, players enter one and then are automatically fired off, often to an unreachable ledge, platform, or even a different area.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, retaining the same functionality from New Super Mario Bros. Another type of Pipe Cannon makes an appearance in the 1-up Blast mini-games, where the player(s) can enter these cannons and aim before they blast themselves and attempt to pop balloons to earn 1-Ups.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they function the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. A Pipe Cannon is also used to reach the Rainbow Course.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, where there are Pipe Cannons on the world map in each world, which are used as shortcuts to completed worlds, or to get to the Secret Island and Superstar Road. After the level Stone-Eye Zone is beaten and Nabbit is seen stealing Toad's power-ups, Toad uses a Pipe Cannon in order to quickly travel to Acorn Plains and give chase, unlocking Pipe Cannons for regular use in the world map.

In the levels themselves, Pipe Cannons function the same as in previous installments.

Pipe Cannons reappear in New Super Luigi U, where they function the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

A Clear Pipe Cannon in Sprawling Savanna
Main article: Clear Pipe Cannon

Cannons similar to Pipe Cannons appear in Super Mario 3D World, being Clear Pipe Cannons, having the ability to launch the player in a very similar manner to Pipe Cannons. Additionally, another similar cannon appears, called the Cloud Cannon, which, when jumped into, produces a white Pipe Cannon that launches the player into a Coin Heaven.

Super Mario Run[edit]

In the Remix 10 mode of Super Mario Run, on random occasions, when entering a pipe to go to the next area on the map screen, it may turn out to be a Pipe Cannon, launching the player into the sky.[citation needed]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

A black Pipe Cannon appears in Mario Kart DS in the course Airship Fortress which contains a Pipe Cannon, which shoots the player to the tower near the Airship.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

A Pipe Cannon to the left in Airship Fortress

A black Pipe Cannon reappears in Mario Kart 7 through the returning course DS Airship Fortress, having the same function as it did in Mario Kart DS.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

A golden pipe in Mario Kart Tour

Pipe Cannons reappear in Mario Kart Tour, where they are simply called "pipes" and serve as a main method of obtaining drivers, karts, and gliders. The player can spend 5 rubies to fire it once, or 45 to fire it ten times. The player fires a pipe by dragging it down and releasing it, causing it to shoot out a driver, kart, or glider. A green pipe can fire any item available in the pipe, including High-End items, but if the pipe appears as a golden one, the player is guaranteed to receive a High-End. Each pipe holds 100 drivers, karts, or gliders, with some pipes occasionally only holding 50 items instead of 100. A new pipe with different content is available each week.

Since the Baby Rosalina Tour, players could fire at least two free pipe pulls during the tour, and went up to four pipe pulls since the Flower Tour. Additionally, starting with the Wild West Tour, players can use an All-Clear Pipe that consists of a random High-End driver, kart, or glider after completing each cup within a tour, as well as the last two free pipe pulls being reserved for the second week's spotlight pipe.

Additionally, the black Pipe Cannon featured in DS Airship Fortress reappears in the game through the aforementioned returning course, having the same function as it did in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7.

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

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Pipe Cannons appear throughout a handful of areas inside Bowser's body, functioning the same as in the 2D platformer games.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

A Pipe Cannon appears in Mario Tennis Aces, where Luigi shoots out of a Pipe Cannon in his Special Shot.


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter:
    • "The pipe is bursting with a variety of drivers, karts, and gliders! Different combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders can help you earn more points in a race, so you can try to find the perfect combination for each course!"[3]
    • "Starting with the Wild West Tour, a High-End Pipe will appear after you clear every cup of a tour! Be sure to complete all of the cups for the chance to fire it once and get a guaranteed High-End!"[4]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大砲土管[5]
Taihō Dokan
Dokan Taihō
Cannon Pipe (Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros.)

Pipe Cannon (since New Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Chinese 大炮水管[7]
Dàpào Shuǐguǎn
Cannon Pipe
Italian Tubo cannone Cannon Pipe


  1. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 120.
  2. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 124 and 181.
  3. ^ mariokarttourEN (October 7, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  4. ^ mariokarttourEN (August 4, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 60 and 118.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 150, 200 and 216.
  7. ^ Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved March 6, 2020.