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First Appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Mario bowling over some Pinheads.

Pinheads[1] are a type of creature appearing in the game, Super Mario Galaxy 2. They appear as bowling pin-shaped enemies with two beady eyes, a red squiggly mouth, and a yellow antenna. These creatures are very rare, only appearing in two galaxies: Boulder Bowl Galaxy and Melty Monster Galaxy. They can only be defeated by Rock Mario, and when they see the plumber turning into a rolling boulder, they tremble desperately. But if Mario walks over to them, they hide in holes underneath themselves.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピンボー
Pin Kid; being Japanese childish suffix.
Also possible to interpret as "PIN of BOWling".
French Kiclown quille written ki (skittle) plus clown
German Dornenkegel Thornpin
Italian Birispino Portemanteau of birillo (pin) and spina (plug).


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 Official Prima Games eGuide, page 26.