Top Ten: Nintendo Vehicles

Which are the best vehicles in the land of Nintendo? Find out in this week’s Top Ten!

By Joseph Nelson. Posted 07/04/2012 14:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Masthead Top Ten Vehicles

7. Bowser’s Airship, from the Super Mario series

Bowser’s Airship is a funny one. It’s an odd Steampunk-like contraption, with propellers instead of sails, despite the fact that sails could actually help it steer better, considering it travels through the sky. Even though it appears to run off this propeller system, it also has Rocket Engines, which periodically spurt blasts of flame from their exhausts (which is quite dangerous when you consider that this is a ship made of wood). Exactly what Bowser’s Airship is powered by could be a point of contention. Is it steam powered? Rocket powered? Wind powered? Magic? ALL OF THE ABOVE? I do not know, but the engineering expertise of Bowser’s forces is clearly quite complex, as the original design had oars. AIR-OARS!

They are massive in size, serving as entire levels in some games, and they are capable of transporting an army of troops. The scary thing about this is that there isn’t even just one. Bowser’s Airship has undergone various redesigns, and Bowser Jr. had his own fleet at one point that was capable of kidnapping not just Peach, but HER ENTIRE CASTLE. There could quite feasibly be an entire navy of these things (Navy? Air Force? This is all very confusing). Each battleship is equipped with cannons, Bullet Bills and Bob-ombs, in addition to their thrusters which could easily be a weapon as well as a means of travel.

The reliability of these hulking beasts is questionable, though. In Super Mario World, one of these ships has plummeted into the ocean, serving as the Sunken Ghost Ship level. Why it sunk is unknown, but I propose that maybe there was a mutiny. Is this the result of a quashed revolution against the tyranny of Bowser? We shall never know.

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