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An Unagi is a species of eel that first appears in the Nintendo 64 game Super Mario 64. In this game, one Unagi, known as Unagi the Eel, lives in Jolly Roger Bay and is the target mission of Can The Eel Come Out To Play? in which Mario must collect a star hanging on the eel's tail. Unagi can cause Mario to lose three health points if he comes in contact with him.
They later appear in New Super Mario Bros. as a enemy that appears in underwater levels. Their name comes directly from the Japanese word for eels, unagi. During some underwater levels, Unagis would swim around in a predictable pattern trying to hit Mario or Luigi. Some Unagis also live in small underwater coves, attacking anything in its vicinity. There is also a big version called the Mega Unagi.
Several Unagis reappear in Mario Kart Wii, where they can be seen while traveling through the underwater tunnel in Koopa Cape, poking their heads out of various Pipes. Another, perhaps a Mega Unagi, can be seen swimming outside of Chain Chomp Wheel.
They also reappear again in Mario Kart 7, making a cameo in the underwater zones of Daisy Cruiser and Koopa Cape. In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, they appear in the underwater parts of the race track Tropical Coast.
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