Propeller Box

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Not to be confused with Propeller Block.
Propeller Box
Artwork of a Propeller Box from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

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 characters 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.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Screenshot of Mario using the Propeller Box in Super Mario 3D Land.
Mario using a Propeller Box in Super Mario 3D Land

While Mario or Luigi wears a Propeller Box, the player can press the jump button to make them fly up to a certain height. The player can then hold the button to make them descend slowly. The Propeller Box can be used to fly again once the character reaches ground. It is lost if 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.

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

Propeller Boxes also appear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, 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 and ride in an Ice Skate. In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Mario will lose his Propeller Box as soon as he starts swimming or hops on Plessie's back.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

A Propeller Box from Super Mario Maker 2.
A Propeller Box with three lights, one of them off to indicate Mario used it once

Propeller Boxes were added to Super Mario Maker 2 in the version 3.0.0 update released on April 22, 2020, appearing exclusively in the Super Mario 3D World style. While wearing one, the player is able to raise their elevation three times while jumping. In this game, the Propeller Box once again changes color depending on who wears it (with Mario now gaining a red one instead of it keeping its orange color), and it has three lights on the side to indicate how many times the player can use it before landing. Also, inactive boxes can no longer be stood on; instead, the player wears it instantly upon touching it.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

A trophy of Mario wearing a Propeller Box appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.


Super Mario series[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[edit]

Mario (With Propeller Box)
Game(s): Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS only
Category: Series Related
How to unlock:
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! (American English)
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! (British English)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラボックス
Puropera Bokkusu
Propeller Box

Chinese (simplified) 螺旋桨箱
Luóxuánjiǎng Xiāng
Propeller Box

Chinese (traditional) 螺旋槳箱
Luóxuánjiǎng Xiāng
Propeller Box

Dutch Propellerdoos
Propeller Box
French (NOE) Boîte à hélice
Propeller Box
German Propeller-Box
Propeller Box
Italian Cubo elica
Propeller Cube
Korean 프로펠러박스
Peuropelleo Bakseu
Propeller Box

Portuguese Caixa-hélice
Caixa hélice[1]
Caixa-Hélice (Super Mario 3D World manual)
Propeller Box
Russian Ящик с пропеллером
Yashchik s propellerom
Box with a Propeller

Spanish (NOA) Caja de Hélice
Propeller Box
Spanish (NOE) Caja helicóptero
Helicopter Box

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nintendo Portugal (January 13, 2021). Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury! - Explorem um mundo de diversão Mario em conjunto. YouTube. Retrieved January 13, 2021.