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Tubular SMW.png
Mario under the effect of a Power Balloon
Level code 9-2
World Special Zone
Game Super Mario World
Time limit 300 seconds
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Tubular is the second level of the Special Zone in Super Mario World. Little to no ground is present in the level, so the whole level must be traversed with either a Power Balloon or a Cape Feather.


Tubular consists of one long area, which the player has 300 seconds on the timer to complete. The level contains six Dragon Coins and only one exit.

Mario using a P-Balloon in "Tubular"
Beginning portion

The first part of the level is a series of pipes of various lengths, with Jumping Piranha Plants and Chargin' Chucks trying to block Mario or Luigi's way. After this area, there is a long gap with three Power Balloons in ? Blocks that the player must get in order to cross a very wide pit. The player must dodge a multitude of enemies, including countless fire balls spat by Volcano Lotuses, Koopa Paratroopas, and the Confused Chuck and Passin' Chuck variations of the Chargin' Chuck.

One alternative to this strategy is to start the level with a Cape Feather and Blue Yoshi. This way, the player can jump off of Chargin' Chucks heads and various ? Blocks until the column of Koopa Paratroopas is reached. Eating one of these Koopa Paratroopas allow the player to fly through the rest of the level, reaching the Giant Gate just in time. After the level is completed, the player is given the option to save.

The level can also be done with purely the Cape Feather; however, this requires absolute precision as to exactly where Mario jumps and glides, including requiring him to jump on one of the Passin' Chuck's balls as it arcs downwards to get onto a higher platform.

If Mario or Luigi passes the Giant Gate while under the effects of a Power Balloon, he receives a Super Mushroom.

The level map of Tubular
The level map of Tubular


Sprite Name Count
Sprite of a Red Koopa Paratroopa from Super Mario World Koopa Paratroopa (red) 5
Jumping Piranha Plant from Super Mario World Jumping Piranha Plant 2
A Volcano Lotus in Super Mario World. Volcano Lotus 4
Confused Chuck Confused Chuck 2
Puntin' Chuck Passin' Chuck 2
Clappin' Chuck Clappin' Chuck 2
Chargin' Chuck from Super Mario World Lookout Chuck 6 (if stomped)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おたのしみ コース (SNES)
Otanoshimi Kōsu
おたのしみ コース2 (GBA)
Otanoshimi Kōsu 2
Fun Course

Fun Course 2
French Tubulaire Tubular
German Exzeptionell Exceptional
Italian Tubulare[1] Tubular
Spanish Tubiguay Tube-cool