Propeller Mario

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Propeller Mario
Used on Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad
Item needed Propeller Mushroom
Power(s) given Propel upwards, slow fall, Drill Spin
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (2018)
“I love the propeller hat!”
Mario, New Super Mario Bros. Wii Sound Board from Nintendo Australia
An early screenshot of Propeller characters in a level.

Propeller Mario (Propellerhead Mario in the original Prima Games guide[1]) is a power-up in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Mario gets this form after using a Propeller Mushroom. Its power is to propel up. When the Player shakes the Wii Remote in their hand, the character flies vertically up to get to high places, or escape from enemies. It can even blow away thick fog which can interfere the player's view.

Another player can pick up the player with the Propeller suit and then use them to launch themselves into the air as well, similar to the functions of a Propeller Block. After propelling themselves into the air, the character can fall gently back to ground by spinning around several times. If a Ground Pound is used at the same time as the recovery while falling, the character performs a Drill Spin which makes them fall faster to the ground and also act like a ground pound. However, it cannot be used while the player is holding onto a Toad that they are trying to save.

The Propeller Suit returns in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, functioning identically to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The suit can only be obtained in two types of places in New Super Mario Bros. U (only found in the Toad Houses of Superstar Road and in Challenge Mode), but the Propeller Mushroom is more common in New Super Luigi U, and can be found in most Toad Houses, as well as Enemy Courses. In these games, the player also can't spin in the air when shaking the controller as fast as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

In Mario Golf: World Tour, a costume, golf ball, and golf club set appear based on Propeller Mario. The ball and clubs are available after playing rounds, and the costume is unlocked by clearing all 18 holes in the One-On, One-Putt challenge.

The Propeller Suit returns in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, where it is exclusive to the New Super Mario Bros. U style, retaining its functions. Also, knocking on a Warp Door in the New Super Mario Bros. U theme may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form.


When either Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad or Yellow Toad uses a Propeller Mushroom, they appear with a helmet that has a propeller on top. The side of the helmets shows the emblem of the specific character as seen by the red 'M' for Mario, green 'L' for Luigi, and the yellow or blue mushroom for the two Toads. They also wear a flight suit, and the color of both the suit and the helmet depends on the character.


In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, although Propeller Mario himself doesn't appear in the game, there is a suit based on him that the player can unlock for their Mii to wear. It is one of the suits unlocked after paying 10 blank cards. The same costume appears in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In Mario Tennis Open, a Propeller Suit costume for Miis is unlocked after the player stars five characters. Additionally, the racket costs 1750 coins for Miis to use. A Mii costume based on the suit also appears in Mario Golf: World Tour, and is unlocked by clearing all 18 holes in the One-On, One-Putt Challenge for the Sky Island course.


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Propeller Mario SSB4TrophyPropellerMario.png Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)
Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U (11/2012)
You can tell just by the sound that there's something different bout the propeller on Mario's head. It must be because it's made of rubber! In any case, Propeller Mushrooms transform Mario into Propeller Mario. Shake the Wii Remote to send Mario zooming up into the air! The propeller on Propeller Mario's head makes such an awesome sound. Not like an engine or a motor - it's more like it's powered by an elastic band. Grabbing a Propeller Mushroom turns Mario into this form, letting you send him whirling waaaaay up into the air, making that awesome sound as he goes!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラマリオ
Puropera Mario
Propeller Mario
Spanish (NOA) Mario Aviador Aviator Mario
Spanish (NOE) Mario Helicóptero Helicopter Mario
French Mario Hélice Propeller Mario
Italian Mario Elica Propeller Mario
Chinese 螺旋槳瑪利歐[2]
Luóxuánjiǎng Mǎlì'ōu
Propeller Mario


  • In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, Propeller Mario appears as a playable skin.


  1. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Official Game Guide. Page 9.
  2. ^ Official Hong Kong New Super Mario Bros. Wii website