Torpedo Base

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Torpedo Base
A Torpedo Base with extended hand New Super Mario Bros. U.
A Torpedo Base model from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Bill Blaster
Torpedo Base (Targeting Ted)
Torpedo Ted

Torpedo Bases are black artillery that first appear in Super Mario World. Gloved hands from the Torpedo Base release Torpedo Teds at Mario.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Torpedo Bases first appear in Super Mario World in only one level, Soda Lake, where they fire Torpedo Teds that are invincible to all available forms of attack, making the level tricky to traverse. The gloves that dispense the Torpedo Teds have four fingers.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

E3 June 12, 2007 Super Mario Galaxy Torpedo Ted chasing Mario
Torpedo Teds chasing after Mario and torpedo tubes in the background in Super Mario Galaxy.

Different launchers, similar to Torpedo Bases (generically referred to as torpedo tubes by Prima Games[1][2]) also appear in Super Mario Galaxy, where they sport a different design. They are most often found in the water, and now can be destroyed by leading a Torpedo Ted right back at them.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Torpedo Ted
Torpedo Bases and Torpedo Teds in Larry's Torpedo Castle

Torpedo Bases, as well as the Torpedo Teds, return in the Wii U game, New Super Mario Bros. U. They behave and look almost exactly as they do in Super Mario World, with the gloves now having five fingers, and appear in Larry's Torpedo Castle; they are once again invincible. Targeting Teds and red Torpedo Bases debut in The Mighty Cannonship level, being both obstacles and weapons that appear in the fight with Bowser Jr. While Torpedo Teds reappear in New Super Luigi U, black Torpedo Bases do not.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Torpedo Bases return alongside the Torpedo Teds in the game Super Princess Peach, where they are invincible.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Torpedo Bases reappear in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Blooper Blastoff, where they launch Torpedo Teds.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

New Super Mario Bros. U content/Common/actor/torpedo.szs/torpedo.bfres/Models/torpedobase
torpedobase Torpedo (Ted) Base

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーピード発射台[3][4]
Tōpīdo Hasshadai
Torpedo Launcher
German Torpedo-Kanone Torpedo Cannon
Italian Scatola Teschio[5] (Super Mario World)
Cannone Ted[6] (New Super Mario Bros. U)
Skull Box
Ted Cannon


  1. ^ "The warp pipe is encased in a steel-and-glass cage. Fortunately, there is a Bullet Bill torpedo tube nearby." Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 157.
  2. ^ "A massive weight hangs from the tower’s bottom. This holds the tower in place. Mario must somehow remove the weight. There is a torpedo tube in the side of the sea bowl. Swim over to it to catch the eyes of a Bullet Bill as it blasts into the water. Then, swim toward the weight with the Bullet Bill in tow. Quickly paddle to the weight’s other side so the Bullet Bill crashes into it. The explosion drops the weight, allowing several floating devices to rise. Now Mario can climb to the tower’s top." Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 158.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 61.
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section, page 216.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 61
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pagg. 210-216