Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Use Super Mario Pipes to Fast Travel

Monday, March 1st, 2021 9:21 am

Quickly move around your island!

As part of Nintendo’s celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise, a ton of Super Mario-themed items have been released in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

In addition to new costumes and decorations, players can now purchase green Pipes that resemble the warp pipes Mario and his friends use in many Super Mario video games. These Pipes are available in the Nook Shopping catalog for 5,000 Bells each. (Check out our guide to learn how to purchase these Super Mario-themed items.)

While you can use these Pipes as regular decorations, they’re also functional, and you can use them to quickly warp from one spot on your island to another (Pipes can be placed both outdoors and inside your home). For instance, you can place one next to your favorite fishing spot and another next to Nook’s Cranny so you can quickly sell your fish when your inventory is full. (That’s just one example, but the possibilities are endless.)

If you place just two Pipes around your island, they will be directly connected, meaning you’ll always know where you’ll end up when you enter one of the Pipes. However, you’re also allowed to place additional Pipes around your island. When you have three or more Pipes on your island, you won’t know where you’ll end up when you enter one of the Pipes, since your destination will be random.

To use a Pipe, simply walk up to it and press “A” on your controller. Your character will automatically jump into the Pipe and disappear, and then automatically jump out of the Pipe on the other end.

Check out our video below to see how Pipes work in action. First, you’ll see what happens when there are only two Pipes on your island. Then, we add a third to show you the random element.

According to Animal Crossing World, there doesn’t appear to be a limit to the number of Pipes you can place around your island. Just keep in mind that as you add more Pipes, you’re giving the game extra places to possibly send you. If you want to know exactly where you’ll end up each time, you’ll need to stick to just two Pipes.

Finally, here’s one more thing to know about these Pipes: If you want to use Pipes to quickly move around your island, but the Pipes “don’t match the look” of your island, you have the option to “hide” them behind items and buildings. So long as you remember where you put the Pipes, and you can reach them with your character, they don’t have to be visible to anyone else.

To learn more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or to view the rest of our guides for the game, check out our previous coverage.

Disclosure: Nintendo gave SuperParent a code for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for coverage purposes.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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