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Missile Banzai Bills, also called Bull's-Eye Banzai originally referred to as King Bills like the other large versions of the Bullet Bills, such as Banzai Bills and the actual King Bills[1], are the red heat-seeking variants of Banzai Bills and a larger variety of Bull's-Eye Bills. They attack by homing in on the player.

History

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

King Bills only appear in World 9-3 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Unlike Missile Bills, they only have a limited homing ability where they will track their target's vertical position and then continue forward once they reach that height. Their animation is very limited as well, always maintaining a horizontal position and never turning to point at their target.

The player can defeat it by simply jumping on its head, or by running into it with a Super Star. Also, a King Bill cannot be frozen by an ice ball; it will break the ice and release itself when the ice ball reaches it. Likewise, POW Blocks are useless against them.

King Bills are never seen being fired from a Banzai Bill Cannon; however, an unfinished setting exists suggesting some cannons would have fired them.

Super Mario 3D World

Although they do not show up in Super Mario 3D World, another Banzai Bill variant, the Cat Banzai Bill, behaves similarly.

Super Mario Maker 2

Bull's-Eye Banzais appear under their current name in Super Mario Maker 2. Unlike previously, they can move a full 360 degrees to track players like the Bull's-Eye Bill, and the marks on their eyes are red, like the normal Banzai Bill, instead of black. In a vein similar to Banzai Bills, Bull's-Eye Banzais also receive new designs for all of the present game styles, barring New Super Mario Bros. U, in which their designs are mostly retained from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are replaced by Cat Banzai Bills in the Super Mario 3D World style.

Mario Kart Tour

While no actual Bull's-Eye Banzais appear in Mario Kart Tour, the game introduces a red variant to the Bullet Blaster also named the Bull's-Eye Banzai.

Trivia

  • The King Bill is one of the two new enemies from New Super Mario Bros. Wii that do not return in New Super Mario Bros. U; the other being the Obake Stand.
  • They are one of the few enemies that did not receive a proper English name until Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, later used in-game; the other being Piranha Pod.

References

  1. Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 179.
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