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This article is about UFOs in general. For the treasure in Wario Land 3, see The Frigid Sea § Blue Chest: UFO. For Shroobs' spaceships, see Shroob saucer. For the UFO-like enemy from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, see No. 48.
UFOs in a parking lot in the Club Nintendo comic "Sag niemals Holerö"

UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) or Flying Saucers[citation needed] are the basic means of transportation for aliens. UFOs are high-tech vehicles that can travel large distances in space. There are also many different kinds and shapes. Some look like saucers (hence the name), and others look like squares. A frequently occurring design is the Adamski-type commonly found in Japanese pop-culture.[1]


Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū[edit]

In Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū, a U.F.O. appears in several early backgrounds and is the setting of the fifth stage, seeming to fit within a general extraterrestrial theme.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Land[edit]

Super Mario Land
A UFO in Super Mario Land

In Super Mario Land, UFOs appear in Muda Kingdom, where they are seen above Mario in the start of each land level, making it appear that he was beamed down from them. Sunken UFOs are common in the underwater level from this world.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy contains many flying saucers that appear mainly in Battlerock Galaxy and Dreadnought Galaxy. These UFOs have their own gravity, and Mario and Luigi can walk on the top and the bottom. Two crashed UFOs float on the Lava Planet in the Melty Molten Galaxy; one of these can be walked upon. These UFOs seem to be in the possession of the Topman Tribe, due to them commonly being found on or around them. The boss Topmaniac is also fought on a UFO. Additionally, in the intro cutscene, Bowser calls a single gigantic UFO to dig the Peach's Castle surroundings before lifting it. The same UFO appears flying around the Peach's Castle in the cutscene traveling to Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. It is not seen being sucked into the black hole at the end of the game, however. The Starshrooms act much like UFOs, floating while slowly spinning, but are shaped like mushrooms.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A UFO in Super Mario 3D Land

In certain levels of Super Mario 3D Land (such as World 1-3) where a pair of Binoculars are found, the player may be able to use them to spot a white flying saucer flying through the sky, although it eventually flies away.[2]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A UFO in Moon Kingdom
A UFO in the Moon Kingdom, from Super Mario Odyssey

In Super Mario Odyssey, a boss called Torkdrift and smaller enemies called Yoofoes are designed after UFOs. In addition, players can find small UFO-like creatures in the Moon Kingdom and Mushroom Kingdom that behave similarly to the birds of other kingdoms, in that they will fly away when Mario approaches them. One of them in the Moon Kingdom holds a Power Moon and appears after activating the kingdom's Moon Rock; in order to obtain it, Mario has to hit the creature from a distance with a downward Cap Throw.

Dr. Mario[edit]

In Dr. Mario, the ending shows a UFO appearing and beaming the viruses up if the player completes level 20 on high-speed.

Mario Party series[edit]

ID UFO from Mario Party 5

In Mystery Land in Mario Party 2, the player can spend 10 coins to summon an unseen Bob-omb UFO to transport them to another area.

In Mario Party 5, ID UFO presents various different shaped saucers, as the players must identify them.

A UFO appears in Mario Party 6 in the Castaway Bay board at night near the star space. They also appear in the nighttime version of the minigame Freeze Frame. In this minigame, players can take pictures of UFOs, which are worth three points.

Foreground layer of the UFO in Mario Party Advance

In Mario Party Advance, Mr. E helps Fly Guy to call a UFO to the rooftop of Mushroom Condo. Another UFO is buried in the earth in the Gaddget, Soil Sonar.

In the Neon Heights board in Mario Party 7, if a character lands on certain ? spaces, then a UFO will appear and relocate the treasure chests.

In the minigame Saucer Swarm from Mario Party 8, a UFO can be seen at the beginning (releasing a lot of smaller flying UFO-like creatures from underneath it) and at the ending (abducting the characters that lost).

A UFO may also appear on the top screen in the minigame Rotisserie Rampage in Mario Party DS.

In the minigame Launch Break from Mario Party 9, a UFO can be briefly seen flying in the outer space. It has a cylindrical shape, and a yellow star placed on the top.

In the minigame Sphere Mongers from Super Mario Party, each player rides a UFO that has a magnet underneath it.

WarioWare series[edit]

UFOs make a few appearances in microgames in the WarioWare games. Some examples include: Repellion and UFO Assist (WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!); Alien Abduction (WarioWare: Twisted!); Wario PI and Unintelligent Life (WarioWare: Smooth Moves); and Nasalblaster (WarioWare: D.I.Y.). In Game & Wario, UFOs must be shot down in Dribble & Spitz's minigame, Taxi. Additionally, Orbulon has his own personal UFO called the Oinker, designed after a pig.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The stage Fourside that appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee features a giant UFO that occasionally shows up on screen. Players can jump on top of it, although it is very slippery, and will disappear over a period of time. The UFO then reappears after some time, and players can yet again fight on top of it. On the Smashville stage that appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Gulliver's UFO appears at random times in the background of the stage, having no effect on the match.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Various kinds of UFOs appear in Yoshi's Crafted World. In the level Go-Go Yoshi, UFOs made from plastic cups and hanging from wires are worth the highest score of points when punched away. On the flip side of Altitude Adjustment, some UFOs appear to be made of cardboard. Five of them are golden, a few are red and the rarest one is purple with colored stars on it and Poochy-themed with Poochy's tail acting as its antennae. More plastic UFOs appear in the level Ride the Stars where the pink one (referred to as a "stylish UFO") is wearing a red bow.


  1. ^ Robinson, Nick. Why do Japanese UFOs look so different?. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  2. ^ The UFO as seen in World 1-3