Propeller Box

From the Super Mario Wiki
Not to be confused with Propeller Block.
Artwork of a Propeller Box, from Super Mario 3D World.
Screenshot of Mario using the Propeller Box in Super Mario 3D Land.

A Propeller Box is a power-up that first appears in Super Mario 3D Land. It is an orange block with eyes and a yellow propeller that player can wear over their body. The blades of the propeller can be used to rapidly fly into the air to a great height, and then slowly fall back down towards the ground. The Propeller Box is lost once the player is hit by an enemy or finishes a level, but an extra life is rewarded in the latter case. While wearing a Propeller Box, Mario or Luigi cannot throw fireballs or boomerangs, or turn into a statue, but are still able to perform a tail swipe.

Propeller Boxes also appear in Super Mario 3D World, where they act in a way similar to the predecessor, though the box color now changes depending on which character is wearing it. While Mario retains his orange box, Luigi now has a green one, Princess Peach has pink, Toad has blue, and Rosalina has cyan. The same power-up limitations from Super Mario 3D Land apply (including the inability to turn into a statue), though the player can also still perform a claw swipe.

Official profiles[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • North American Website Bio: "When Mario dons one of these nifty blocks, he can perform an extra propeller-fuelled leap with every jump he makes. Having one of these handy makes those dizzying heights a bit easier to manage."
  • European Website Bio: "When Mario wears a Propeller Box on his head, the blades start spinning and Mario soars into the sky! A Propeller Box also lets Mario float slowly back to earth."

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Instruction manual description (item): "While wearing this, Mario can fly upward."
  • Instruction manual description (form): "Fly high into the air."
  • North American Website bio: "Fly up to hard-to-reach spots by jumping with this power-up."

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Mario (With Propeller Box) PropellerBoxTrophy3DS.png Mario with his head in a Propeller Box. He looks like something you'd see in a parade. But wait! That propeller isn't just for show—Mario can use it in the middle of a jump to go even higher. And it'll slow his fall back to the ground too! It's Mario, but with a Propeller Box on his head. It looks like some kind of weird parade costume... Unlike a parade costume, though, the propeller isn't just for show - Mario can use it mid-jump to send himself soaring into the air, and then float gently back down to the ground afterwards!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラボックス
Puropera Bokkusu
Propeller Box
Spanish (NOA) Caja de Helice Propeller Box
Spanish (NOE) Caja helicóptero Helicopter Box
French (NOE) Boîte à hélice Propeller Box
Dutch Propellerdoos Propeller Box
German Propeller-Box Propeller Box
Italian Cubo Elica Propeller Cube
Portuguese Caixa-hélice Propeller Box
Russian Ящик с пропеллером
Yashchik s propellerom
Box with a Propeller
Korean 프로펠러박스
Peuropelleo Bakseu
Propeller Box
Chinese (Simplified) 螺旋桨箱
Luóxuánjiǎng Xiāng
Propeller Box
Chinese (Traditional) 螺旋槳箱
Luóxuánjiǎng Xiāng
Propeller Box