Banzai Bill

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Banzai Bill

A Banzai Bill from New Super Mario Bros. U.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Variant of Bullet Bill
Variants
Cat Banzai Bill
Gold Banzai Bill
Mad Banzai Bill
Missile Banzai Bill

Banzai Bills (also known as Magnum Bills in Super Mario World TV series) are a larger variety of Bullet Bills that first appeared in Super Mario World. These huge bullets are often portrayed as predominantly black-colored and have shark smiles. They were the largest sub-species of Bullet Bills, until King Bills were introduced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

History

Super Mario series

Super Mario World

A detailed artwork of a Banzai Bill.
It's a head-on collision!

In Super Mario World, Banzai Bills are fired from somewhere off-screen and travel slowly towards Mario. They can be defeated by jumping on top of them.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Banzai Bill, in New Super Mario Bros..

Banzai Bills reappear in New Super Mario Bros.. They look like their Super Mario World counterparts, except that their coloring has a slight purple hue, and they have red shadows under their eyes to make them look more intimidating. In this game Banzai Bills are fired from huge Banzai Bill Blasters (unlike Super Mario World, where they are fired from an unknown source), and they only appear at the end of World 7-5 and 8-1 Additionally, these Banzai Bills travel very slowly, twirling in the air. Again, a simple jump is enough to defeat the massive enemies.

Super Mario Galaxy

A Banzai Bill from Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, Banzai Bills once again only appear once, in the game's last level, Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. They do not home in on Mario's position like Bullet Bills, but they are still difficult to avoid because of their size. To avoid them, Mario has to wait until it passes by, or attempt to backflip over it. If a Banzai Bill touches Mario, he will be knocked down, which may possibly result in falling into the lava, and lose a wedge of health. They are indestructible in this game, as they cannot be jumped on, unlike in other games.

This is the first 3D Mario game to feature Banzai Bills.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Banzai Bills in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Banzai Bills appear again in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are mostly seen in World 7. In the World 7 Tower, they are used as obstacles, where Mario and co. must move up on a platform and Banzai Bills are shot at them. They can be jumped on to reach higher areas, therefore, still being just a bigger version of a Bullet Bill. However, just like most enlarged versions of enemies, an Ice Flower only freezes them for a quick moment, and then they will break out. This game introduces a sub-species of the Banzai Bill called the Missile Banzai Bill, as well as the even larger and indestructible King Bills.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

They re-appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they behave the same way they did in Super Mario Galaxy. Banzai Bills are first encountered in Sky Station Galaxy, and they later appear in Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet (during the fight with Megahammer), Fleet Glide Galaxy, and Bowser's Galaxy Generator. They can be defeated using a Rainbow Star or the Spin Drill, and award a large number of Star Bits. Notably, Banzai Bills are a lot more common in this game than in the predecessor. Like in Super Mario Galaxy, Banzai Bills cannot be defeated by jumping on them.

Super Mario 3D Land

Banzai Bills in Super Mario 3D Land.

Banzai Bills appear in Super Mario 3D Land, they start appearing in World 8-5 and are more common in the special worlds. They move faster in the game and they don't spin around like those in the Super Mario Galaxy titles. They can be defeated by jumping on them, touching them while in statue form, or using a Boomerang thrown by Boomerang Mario.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Banzai Bills appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Whenever Mario touches a Gold Ring, Banzai Bills turn gold. In this state, they leave a trail of two rows of coins behind them. They appear in World 5-5 and World 6-B. They also appear in the Coin Challenge Pack B and Platform Panic Pack DLC packs.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Banzai Bills also appear in the Wii U title, New Super Mario Bros. U, where they make their only appearance in the level, Scaling the Mountainside. They operate in the same manner as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Banzai Bills also appear in the expansion pack game New Super Luigi U, this time in the Weighty Waddlewings level, where they are very common along the Banzai Bill Blaster. A few Banzai Bills are also seen in Para-Beetle Parade, but these ones aren't fired from Banzai Bill Blasters.

Super Mario 3D World

Banzai Bills return in Super Mario 3D World. There is also a Banzai Bill based on the Cat Mario transformation called the Cat Banzai Bill; they appear like standard Banzai Bills, but with cat ears and a short tail, and are colored black on top and white on the bottom.

Super Mario World television series

A Magnum Bill from the Super Mario World animated series.

A Banzai Bill makes a minor appearance in the Super Mario World cartoon episode "Mama Luigi"; however, they were renamed Magnum Bills, which is a possible combination of the names Bullet Bill and Magnum Killer, which is the Japanese name of Banzai Bills, for the show. In the episode, Mario, after narrowly dodging an attack by a Koopa Wizard, accidentally leaps into the path of a Magnum Bill. Luckily, Mario manages to avoid being hit by this Magnum Bill, which simply flies off into the distance.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Banzai Bills are a major threat in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where they appear in the Princess Peach's Castle stage, randomly entering the battle, colliding into the castle. Once burrowed into the wall, a Banzai Bill will detonate, causing massive damage to anyone caught in its explosion. The explosion will also press any buttons in range, activating platforms and ! Blocks. Also in Super Smash Bros. Melee, a Banzai Bill (as it looks like in Super Mario World) appears in the background of the Yoshi's Island stage (this applies to the returning stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl).

Mario Kart 7

A Banzai Bill In Airship Fortress.

Banzai Bills appear in the game Mario Kart 7. They appear in Airship Fortress, where they shot from the cannons on the airship, replacing Bullet Bills. Making contact with them simply knocks the player back.

Super Princess Peach

Banzai Bills reappear in the game Super Princess Peach, where they act the same way they did in Super Mario World. This game also introduces a red, more dangerous variant of Banzai Bills known as Mad Banzai Bills.

Mario Strikers Charged

Banzai Bills make a cameo in Mario Strikers Charged, in the Sand Tomb field. In this game, they only appear painted in one of the pillars in the background. Here, they are painted the same way they appear in Super Mario World.

Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Bowser holding a Banzai Bill in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

A Banzai Bill also appears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. In Dimble Woods, Bowser saw Private Goomp, Corporal Paraplonk and Sergeant Guy carrying a Banzai Bill Blaster. They explain to Bowser that they are going to fire a Banzai Bill to Bowser's Castle, which was taken over by Fawful, as payback. The three, however, hadn't any Banzai Bills, so Bowser has to search one on his own. It seemed that a Wiggler on a farm had a Banzai Bill after Bowser pulled out his Giga-Carrot, which Bowser had to eat. He was originally going to use the carrot as a substitute for the Banzai Bill. After the carrot was eaten up, Bowser could choose to save or to get the Banzai Bill right now. If he asks for the Banzai Bill, the Wiggler gets mad because Bowser pulled out the carrot and ate it (which was quite ironic, since Bowser had to eat it for the Wiggler). After battle, Bowser finally got the Banzai Bill and gave it to Private Goomp, Corporal Paraplonk and Sergeant Guy. Then the Banzai Bill was shot to Bowser's taken-over Castle. However, Midbus and two other Goombas saw the Banzai Bill, and dodged it via flying.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

A Bullet Bill similar to the Banzai Bills appear in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, being called Big Bullet Bill. This gargantuan Bullet Bill captures the Snow Spirit, Icy in the DS version. The Big Bullet Bill is a rival of the fourth world and is faced in Blazing Bobsleigh (DS Version), Skeleton (Single Festival Wii Version), and Bobsleigh (Team Festival Wii Version). After being beat, the Big Bullet Bill will fly away, but not explode.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Banzai Bill appears in the 3DS game Paper Mario: Sticker Star, in which Bowser Jr. fires one from his airship of Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla to prevent Mario and Kersti from reaching Bowser's Castle. Later in the level, Mario paperizes the Banzai Bill Blaster to shoot a Banzai Bill, making a huge hole in the flotilla.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Melee

North American Release

Name Image Game Description
Bullet Bill Super Mario Bros.
10/85
Bullet Bills are shot out of cannons and fly on straight paths. In great numbers, they're a nightmare; while Mario can stop most with a single jump, the giant one, Banzai Bill is much tougher to avoid. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Bullet Bills can be seen. They burrow into Princess Peach's Castle and detonate with immense power.

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Banzai Bill/gallery.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マグナムキラー
Magunamu Kirā
Magnum Killer
French (Europe) Bill Bourrin Brutal Bill, a "bourrin" being someone brutal.
German Riesen-Kugelwilli[1] Giant Bullet Bill (literally "Giant Bullet Willi", Willi being the German equivalent of the name Bill)
Korean 매그넘킬러
Maegeuneom Killeo
Magnum Killer
Portuguese Bill Banzai Banzai Bill
Spanish (Americas) Bill Banzai Banzai Bill

Trivia

  • Even though Super Smash Bros. Melee recognizes that there are only Banzai Bills in the game, the trophy is labeled as "Bullet Bill" in the North American release. This however, was corrected in the PAL release of Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Enemies named Banzai Bills appear in the game Hotel Mario. However, these bullets are not giant, and behave just like Bullet Bills, instead of the Banzai Bills from other games.
  • In "Kirby Super Star Ultra", the boss Kabula (a giant airship with an evil smile and eyes painted on the hull) will sometimes fire a round of three to four giant missiles with evil smiles on them at once when her health is half-gone. These bullets look similar to like Banzai Bills, and her face itself slightly resembles a Banzai Bill.
  • In the Prima Player's Guide for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, King Bills are mistakenly called Banzai Bills on one page, even though it is a different enemy.
  • When players complete the Special World in Super Mario World or by getting 96 exits in its remake, unlike the Bullet Bills which change into Pidgit Bills, Banzai Bills don't seem to change at all.
  • "Banzai!" is a Japanese word which means "Hooray!"

References

  1. ^ Club Nintendo 4/1992, p. 8