Wiggler (Super Mario Sunshine)

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Wiggler
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Full Name Boss Wiggler
Species Wiggler
First Appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
This article is about the boss from Super Mario Sunshine. For information about the species, see here.

“That caterpillar sure woke up on the wrong side of the bed!”
Pianta, Super Mario Sunshine

Wiggler is a giant Wiggler who appears in Super Mario Sunshine as the boss of Gelato Beach. It is the cause of the Sand Bird's delayed hatching.

History[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Wiggler asleep on top of the Shine Tower.

In Super Mario Sunshine, it covers the solar heating device that feeds warmth to the Sand Bird's egg. When Mario knocks the sleeping Wiggler off the device, thus restoring the sun's warmth to the egg, it awakes with a nasty temper and goes on a rampage across the beach. In order to defeat Wiggler, Mario has to use the sand dune creating abilities of the beach's Dune Buds in order to form obstacles for Wiggler to trip over and fall onto it's back, leaving the weak spots on it's belly exposed. Once Mario defeats it, it dissolves into sand.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Wiggler didn't make a physical appearance, but numerous Wiggler Buses that appear in the game bear a similar appearance to him (such as his red nose, green skin, orange and yellow spots, and the flower on his head). The Wiggler Buses act as obstacles in Mushroom City and Mushroom Bridge.

Character Description[edit]

Physical Appearance[edit]

Unlike most Wigglers, the Wiggler appearing in Super Mario Sunshine has a different color scheme, having yellow eyes instead of black, green skin instead of yellow, a red nose instead of a brown one and wearing blue shoes instead of violet ones. It is also very large, possessing more than eight body segments, making him even larger than a Mega Wiggler and the second largest Wiggler in the Mario series, surpassed only by the massive Wiggler appearing in World 7-3 of New Super Mario Bros.. Wiggler also has the distinction of being one of the few Wigglers who does not change color when enraged.

Personality[edit]

Wiggler, like most Wigglers, has a very short temper and will thrash about when enraged.

Abilities[edit]

Like all Wigglers, Wiggler can become invincible when enraged and charges wildly at his opponent. It is also very fast, capable of running up hills and in water with no change in his velocity. These abilities are further enhanced by its immense size. It can also release steam from its nose when enraged or being sprayed with water.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボスハナチャン
Bosu Hana-chan
Boss Wiggler

Trivia[edit]

  • Although other games, including Super Mario 64, its remake, Super Princess Peach, and Mario Kart DS possess bosses based on Wigglers, Super Mario Sunshine's Wiggler boss is the only one whose appearance greatly differs from that of a regular Wiggler.
  • When the player ground pounds Wiggler's body in Super Mario Sunshine, the boss music speeds up once per hit. This doesn't happen with any other boss in the game.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, also for the Nintendo GameCube, the battle against Puppet Ganon's Moldorm form is coincidently like the Wiggler boss battle. Here are the similarities:
    • Both the Mario boss and Puppet Ganon are long, segmented beasts with a weak point.
    • Both bosses take three hits to defeat.
    • Both bosses require the player to stop its movement before hitting its weak point.
    • Both boss battles take place in or near shallow water.