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Airships are objects which first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3.


Airships are large floating fortress ships used by the Koopa Troop in the Super Mario series and other media to attack distant targets from the air or space. They tend to be mounted with numerous cannons, Bill Blasters, and other weaponry, and are heavily occupied by Bowser's forces and Princess Peach is often held captive in Bowser's Airship.

Some examples of named airships include the Koopa Cruiser, SS Brass, and Rainbow Ship.

In Super Mario series[]

Super Mario Bros. 3[]

Air Assault

Super Mario Bros. 3 artwork of the Airship fleet.

Airship takeoff

An Airship taking off in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3

One airship appears in each world (except Dark Land), under the command of one of the seven Koopalings. Completing the airship level and defeating the Koopaling inside signifies the end of that world and allows access to the next. If Mario or Luigi fails to conquer an Airship on the first attempt, it will randomly move somewhere else on the map. However, using an Anchor will prevent this from happening.

Super Mario World []

A sunken, dilapidated airship from Super Mario Bros. 3, named the Sunken Ghost Ship, appears as one of the levels. The instruction manual suggests it to be one of the airships in Super Mario Bros. 3. The Sunken Ghost Ship is haunted with Boos and filled with water.

Super Mario 64[]

Rainbow Cruiser SM64 screenshot

The Rainbow Cruiser in Super Mario 64

There is only one airship, the Rainbow Cruiser, which appears in Rainbow Ride. It features strong winds, and one of the missions, Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow, involves Metal Mario having to withstand the wind and collect the Power Star on the Airship.

Super Mario 64 DS[]

Airships, or rather the Rainbow Cruiser, has the same role as in Super Mario 64. An Airship is also featured in a minigame called Bob-omb Squad, in which it flies around and delivers Para-bombs.

New Super Mario Bros.[]

Airships do not appear in the main game, although Bob-omb Squad returns as a minigame, along with the Airship in it. There is a unique minigame titled Balloon Racing, where the object is for Yoshi (or his species in multiplayer) to reach the airship hovering above Princess Peach's Castle.

Super Mario Galaxy[]

Bowser Jr

Airships are first seen in the game's intro, where Bowser uses them to storm Princess Peach's Castle and kidnap Princess Peach. However, Airships are only seen in a handful of galaxies. They are first encountered during Good Egg Galaxy's "King Kaliente's Battle Fleet", where a pair of airships are among the obstacles Mario or Luigi must conquer on the way to the fight with King Kaliente. Space Junk Galaxy's "Kamella's Air Attack" takes place almost entirely on airships, as does Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada. Finally, Bowser Jr. is seen keeping Peach in a personal airship during the game's final boss fight, as well as before the Megaleg boss fight.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[]

An airship is used to kidnap Princess Peach once more. Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad, and/or Yellow Toad spend the game attempting to chase down this airship, and it is seen dropping off a Koopaling at the beginning of each world and escaping at the end. However, in World 4 and World 6, the airship fails to escape in time and can be explored, leading to a fight with Bowser Jr. However, at the end of this fight, the heroes are kicked out of the airship and the chase continues. Finally, at World 8, Mario and friends finally catch up with the airship, and, after one more fight with Bowser Jr., abandon the ship as Kamek whisks Peach away to Bowser's Castle.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[]

Airships make sporadic appearances. They appear in Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet and at the very end of both missions in Fleet Glide Galaxy.

Super Mario 3D Land[]

The final levels of World 2, World 3, World 4, World 6, World 7 Special 2, Special 3, Special 4, and Special 6 each take place on an Airship. All of them involve fighting Boom Boom, Pom Pom, or both of them together. The level does not immediately end after defeating the boss, but instead reveals a Warp Pipe that leads to an area with the Goal Pole. Some of the Airship stages in the Special World are focused on the objective of reaching the end on time, and have optional boss fights

New Super Mario Bros. 2[]

World 5-A takes place on a golden airship similar to the Treasure Ship in Super Mario Bros. 3. It does not have any boss, unlike Airships in previous games of the Super Mario series.

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

Airships retain their usual role, except this time, at the end of each castle, the Koopalings have an Airship. Although this is not a level, Mario and the others can only battle them in it to end the castle level. Once beaten, the Airship crashes into the ground.

In Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up[]

Armed Forces Pilot

An Airship in the Armed Forces Pilot career page in Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up

The Armed Forces Pilot career page shows an Airship, depicted with its Super Mario Bros. 3 designed, appearing to be manned by Koopalings while battling Mario.

In Mario Party[]

In the ending, Luigi's Engine Room is revealed to take place inside of an airship.

In Mario Kart series[]

There is a recurring course titled Airship Fortress, which takes place on an Airship in Super Mario Bros. 3. The course first appears in Mario Kart DS and returns in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour.

In Mario Hoops 3-on-3[]

One of the basketball courts, Rainbow Ship, takes place on an airship adorned with various statues and a large basketball court on it.

In Mario Sports Mix[]

The Star Ship court takes place on an airship.

In other media[]

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[]

Airships, most notably the Doom Ship, appear in certain episodes.


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