|A rare native plant of the Mushroom Kingdom. Also Australia.|
Franchise: Super Mario
Appearances: Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Mario Golf World Tour
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone, and welcome to the very first Weapon of the Week! Today, we will be looking at one of the lesser known power-ups from the Mario universe.
Where would Mario be without his power-ups? In all likelihood, he’d be in a crumpled heap at World 1-1, with Goombas dancing all over his corpse. Lucky for him, he is supplied with many different tools throughout his adventures that makes saving the princess a piece of cake. Several of his power-ups have reached iconic status: the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower, the Starman. However, the power-up I chose to write about isn’t iconic, but is still very useful in its own right.
Enter the Boomerang Flower. Like many of Mario’s power-ups, touching it will allow Mario to change form. In this case, Mario will become Boomerang Mario, allowing him to use a boomerang (creative, I know). The boomerang itself is surprisingly useful; it can collect far away items, can destroy projectiles, and can even bounce off walls. Clever players can jump over their own boomerang, keeping it in the field for a longer period of time. All of this adds up to a very versatile power-up.
I hope to see the Boomerang Flower make a return in future Mario games. I also hope that one day I too can get powers by eating plants, but beggars can’t be choosers. Next time, we’ll look at a weapon that can both create and destroy. Until then, have a happy New Year.