Super Thwomp

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This article is about the Thwomps that appear on SNES Rainbow Road. For the Thwomps originally known as "Super Thwomp", see Big Thwomp.
Super Thwomp
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First appearance Super Mario Kart (1992)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Parent species Thwomp

Super Thwomps[1][2] are a shiny variety version of Thwomps that appear only in the Mario Kart series.


Super Mario Kart[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. approaching some Super Thwomps on Rainbow Road in Super Mario Kart.

Super Thwomps first appear in Super Mario Kart on Rainbow Road where they act like regular Thwomps, though these Thwomps glow and spin racers out if they run into them, unlike normal Thwomps. There are sixteen of them, divided in four groups of four each, located after the first two ramps (two on each side), on the narrow straight after the next three ramps (two on the left side, then two on the right side), within the forked road (two per side), and before the finish line (in the center).

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario performing a trick between some Super Thwomps on SNES Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 7.

Super Thwomps reappear in Mario Kart 7, with the return of SNES Rainbow Road as a retro track. Like before, they behave like normal Thwomps, but using their modern spiked appearance from New Super Mario Bros. Wii rather than the blunt one used by the Thwomps on Bowser's Castle. Once again, racers flip if they run into them. Due to their bigger size, they appear in lesser numbers, from sixteen to seven (one Thwomp stands in for every two originally present, though the second quartet is replaced with just one); they also cause the track to wave when they slam the ground, allowing racers to use them for tricks.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Link near a couple of Super Thwomps and a coin on SNES Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 8.

Super Thwomps, here simply called Thwomps,[3] appear once more in Mario Kart 8, once again on SNES Rainbow Road included in the first downloadable content pack. Unlike Mario Kart 7, they use the same appearance as the Thwomps in Thwomp Ruins, based upon their Super Mario Galaxy appearance, though they still flip racers on contact. Along with the SNES Rainbow Road course, Super Thwomps reappear in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the game's base content.


  1. von Esmarch, Nick. 2011. Mario Kart 7 Prima Games Official Game Guide, pages 162-164.
  2. Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario Kart Notable Foes Tab.
  3. Epstein, Joe, Garitt Rocha, and Alexander Musa. (2017) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Official Guide (from Prima Games). Page 203.