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Bonecoasters (also referred to as Spine Coasters) are rideable creatures made of bone used to aid Mario and company pass through lava pits, Poisoned Water pools, or to cross long gaps. They first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.


New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Mario, riding a Bonecoaster in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Bonecoasters appear in World 8-7 from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a stage that can be unlocked by finding the secret exit in World 8-2. It also appears in multiplayer versus mode. Bonecoasters are the only method of transportation throughout the level, and they often make risky maneuvers, passing through Lava Plumes and into the lava itself. Players must time their jumps to avoid coming in contact with the lava and losing a life. Bonecoasters can stand the weight of Mario, Luigi, and both Toads on it. However, if all characters perform a simultaneous ground pound, it will fall.

New Super Mario Bros. Mii

A Bonecoaster, as seen in the demo game, New Super Mario Bros. Mii.

Bonecoasters have also appeared in the Wii U demo New Super Mario Bros. Mii shown at E3 2011. One is seen in a dark cavern that is filled with poison water, carrying Mario and friends once again.

Super Mario 3D Land

A Bonecoaster, as seen in Super Mario 3D Land.

Bonecoasters later appear in Super Mario 3D Land, where they are only found in World 8-Bowser's Castle 2. Their design has changed into a three-dimensional figure, and also somewhat resemble Dry Bones.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Main article: Bone Boat
A Bone Boat in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Although Bonecoasters are absent in New Super Mario Bros. 2, a similar version to it called the Bone Boat appears with a similar function.

New Super Mario Bros. U

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Bonecoasters appear in two levels: the Rock-Candy Mines level Thrilling Spine Coaster, a course similar to the world shown in New Super Mario Bros. Mii, and the Superstar Road course, Spine-Tingling Spine Coaster. Bonecoasters and Bonecoaster tracks also appear on the world map, and can be used to travel between Frosted Glacier and Rock-Candy Mines.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Serpentos
Portuguese Trólei Vertebrado Vertebrate Trolley
Spanish (Europe) Osteotrén From "ósteo"(prefix that means "hueso"=bone)and "tren"(train)


  • The Bonecoaster somewhat resembles a Bone Dragon, but its head is smaller and there are no spikes on its back.
  • Whenever the Bonecoaster goes fast, especially on a slope, it lets out a dinosaur-like roar. The Bonecoasters in Super Mario 3D Land make a different noise.