Clam

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Not to be confused with Clampy.
Clam
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A Clam from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Related Species
Clambo
Clampy
Durapurl
Oyster

Clams are giant bivalves with eyes that are found in the seas surrounding the Mushroom Kingdom and Yoshi's Island. They appear as semi-recurring enemies and obstacles throughout the Mario franchise.

History[edit]

Yoshi series[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

A Clam from Yoshi's Story.

In Yoshi's Story, Clams[1] are generally harmless, but act much like underwater Warp Pipes from Super Mario Bros. 3, by blowing air up (nonetheless, these actually stop after a certain amount of time). Clams are usually found around Sea Cactus. They are rare, and even then they only appear in Stage 5-2: Lots O'Fish.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

A Clam from Super Mario 64.

In Super Mario 64, Clams appear, but they don't have life and are just objects that have items in them. They appear in Jolly Roger Bay and Dire, Dire Docks. In Jolly Roger Bay, many of the clams have a Red Coin in them, and one even has a Koopa Shell inside. The player must make sure to collect the items in time before the clam quickly closes. They inflict up to two segments of health.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Clam also appears in Super Mario Galaxy only in the Beach Bowl Galaxy. Like in Super Mario 64, it holds treasures inside such as Star Chips and Coins.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a clam-like species called Clampys appear in World 1-4 and 4-1. They hold treasures such as 1-ups and coins in their valves, and may trap a playable character.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A single Clam appears again in the sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the Starshine Beach Galaxy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese [citation needed]
Kai
ポコポコ[2]
Pokopoko
Shellfish

Japanese onomatopoeia for a burbling or hollow sound.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Scan of 「ヨッシーストーリーパーフェクトブック」 (Yoshi's Story Perfect Book). Retrieved July 26, 2015.