Propeller Mushroom

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Propeller Mushroom
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A Mushroom with an orange and yellow cap and a propeller on the top.

First appearance

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)

Latest appearance

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)

Effect on player

Turns Mario into Propeller Mario.
Mario after using the Propeller Mushroom, transforming him into Propeller Mario

The Propeller Mushroom (also known as Propellerhead[1] or Propeller Suit[2]) is an item which was introduced to the Mario franchise in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. As the name implies, the item is used to let the player fly through the air, spinning like a propeller until gently floating to the ground. Descent can be delayed if the player shakes the Wii Remote while falling. If left stationary, the Propeller Mushroom will fly out of the stage. In order to activate the propeller, the player must shake the Wii Remote. Holding the down button will make the player drill down for an attack with the same effects as a Ground Pound. Propeller flight is not continuous, but after the player lands, they will be able to take flight again. The Propeller Mushrooms's appearance is an orange-capped Mushroom with two light-yellow spots and a yellow propeller atop the cap. Obtaining a Propeller Mushroom turns the player into their Propeller form, adding a jumpsuit (in color of the character) with a large helmet-like cap that has a propeller sticking out of it and the player's emblem emblazoned on its sides. It debuts in World 1-1, and it is one of the main powerups of the game, alongside the Penguin Suit. Propeller Blocks and Propeller Boxes have a similar effect.

A player can grab onto another user who currently has the Propeller Mushroom. To do this move, the player must hold One Button and shake the Wii Remote. Then the player that is holding on to the other player can shake the Wii Remote again, making both of them fly. If the player shakes the Wii Remote when someone else is holding on, the player that was holding on will fall off. If the player gets swallowed by a Yoshi, they can shake the Wii Remote and fly out of the Yoshi's mouth.

This item reappears in New Super Mario Bros. U acting in the same manner as in the Wii version, but the object can only be found in a Toad House from Superstar Road. A slight change is that the power-up in New Super Mario Bros. U cannot spin around as fast when the player shakes the controller, when compared to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe the Propeller Mushroom acts the same, but can now be obtained from Enemy Courses.

In New Super Luigi U, once again, the Propeller Mushrooms can be found in the Superstar Road Toad Houses, however it can also be found after defeating an enemy from the map screen.

The item was originally a Propeller Suit, acting much like a P-Wing suit with a propeller.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a fictional airline appears called Propeller Toad Transport, whose logo depicts a Toad utilizing a Propeller Mushroom.

Propeller Mushrooms reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, exclusive to the New Super Mario Bros. U style.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラキノコ
Puropera Kinoko
Propeller Mushroom
Spanish (NOA) Traje de Champihélice Mushroom Propeller Suit
Spanish (NOE) Champicóptero Champi from champiñón (mushroom) and cóptero from helicóptero (helicopter). Helicopter Mushroom
French Champignon hélice
Champignon hélico (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
Propeller mushroom
Helicopter mushroom
Dutch Propellerpaddenstoel Propeller Mushroom
German Propeller-Pilz Propeller Shroom
Italian Fungo Elica Propeller Mushroom
Portuguese Cogumelo hélice Propeller mushroom
Korean 프로펠러버섯
propelleo beoseot
Propeller Mushroom


  • After the power-up sound, a sound similar to a tweet or a snap can be heard, with a reverb.


  1. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 9.
  2. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 23.

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