Quartet-cannon

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Quartet-cannon
Quartet-cannon sprite
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Variant of Cannon
Quartet-cannons, in World 1-Airship
A quartet-cannon on the ceiling in Super Mario Bros. 3 (both original and All-Stars)

Quartet-cannons[1] (or cannon quartets)[2] are quadruple-barreled cannons that fire cannonballs in multiple directions at once, then rotate clockwise at a 45° angle before firing again. They are usually found hanging from a fixture on the ceiling.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, quartet-cannons appear in World 1-Airship and World 5-Airship. In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3's World-e, they also appear in Armored Airship, Koopaling Confusion, and Bowser's Airship 1. In this game, they cannot be interacted with, and only two opposite barrels out of the four are active.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, quartet-cannons appear in World 8-Airship. In addition to hanging overhead, some are now found grounded on the floor. Consequently, their behavior has been tweaked; they are now solid objects, and they fire two diagonal cannonballs at a time when ordinal and three straight cannonballs when cardinal. One of the grounded quartet-cannons is a giant rotating cannon pipe[3] that fires giant cannonballs out of three cannons, with one cannon actually being a pipe that does not fire and that player characters must enter.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 回転砲台[4]
Kaiten hōdai
Spin artillery; shared with rotating cannon

Italian Cannone Girevole[5]
Spinning Cannon
Rotating cannon pipe
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 土管つき回転砲台[6]
Dokan-tsuki kaiten hōdai
Spin artillery with pipe

Italian Cannone Tubo Girevole[7]
Spinning Pipe Cannon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIRE FLOWER FLOUNDER Carefully leap over the Bullet Bill mounting, then quickly hit the "?" block for the Fire Flower (jump for it, even though a quartet-cannon hangs above and right of you). Remember that you can land on any cannon balls and knock them away." – Hodgson, David S J. (October 21, 2003). Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-4425-9. Page 32.
  2. ^ Hodgson, David S J. (October 21, 2003). Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-4425-9. Page 73.
  3. ^ October 23, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years. Dark Horse Books (American English). ISBN 978-1-50670-897-3. Page 151.[better source needed]
  4. ^ October 19, 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 41 and 149.
  5. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 149.
  6. ^ October 19, 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. Wii section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 150.
  7. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 150.