Albatoss

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Not to be confused with Albatross.
Albatoss
Artwork of an Albatoss carrying a Bob-Omb in its talons, from Super Mario Advance.
Artwork of an Albatoss carrying a Bob-omb in its talons from Super Mario Advance
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)

An Albatoss is an enemy in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and its western counterpart, Super Mario Bros. 2. Their name is a portmanteau of "albatross" and "toss," which refers to their attack method.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Albatosses used to be normal residents of Subcon until Wart took control.[1] Albatosses carry Bob-Ombs and drop them, attempting to hit one of the playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, or Toad. An Albatoss can be defeated if the player's character throws a vegetable at it or touches it under the Starman effects. Unlike most other enemies, Albatosses cannot be picked up and thrown.

If an Albatoss flies low enough, the character can jump on an Albatoss's back and ride on it. World 6-2 and World 7-1 require the player's character to ride Albatosses to reach otherwise inaccessible parts of the level; these ones do not carry Bob-Ombs.

Super Mario Bros. 3 remakes[edit]

In the SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes of Super Mario Bros. 3, the King of The Sky is turned into an Albatoss (in the original version, he is turned into a vulture).

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

“Albatoss leader to squadron, Bob-Ombs away!”
Albatoss, "Jungle Fever"
Three Albatosses carrying Bob-Ombs from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Bird! The Bird!"

Albatosses make a few appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! They are usually used as bombers by King Koopa, and they sometimes capture Mario and company in nets. Albatosses are also seen in the show's intro. In this show, they have a dark brown-ish head, instead of matching their body's red color.

In the episode "Jungle Fever", Mario and his friends ride an Albatoss to get off of the bridge King Koopa sliced. The one in this episode is shown to be able to speak, as shown after getting a Birdo egg on its face. Koopa's rocket also resembles the head of an Albatoss. Additionally, the character Hooded Robin somewhat resembles an Albatoss.

List of episodes featuring Albatosses[edit]

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Albatoss. From page 70 of volume 6 of Super Mario-kun.

In a part of Super Mario-Kun, an Albatoss is carrying Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi but then hurls them into a wall.

Profiles[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. 2 manual: "He used to be only a resident in the world of dreams. Now, by order of Wart, he works as a carrier of Bob-Ombs."
  • Super Mario Advance manual: "Albatosses were just average residents of Subspace until Wart ordered them to carry Bob-ombs about."

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

トンドル
種族 恐竜族
性格 優雅
登場ゲーム USA
頼もしい翼竜
数匹が編隊をくんで飛んでくる翼竜。持ち上けることはできないが、背中に乗ることはできる。トンドルの背中に乗らないと進めないステージもある。頼もしい乗り物だ。アメリカ名はアバトス。[2]

Tondoru
Tribe: Dinosaur clan
Disposition: Elegant
Game appearances: USA
A reliable pterosaur
Several pterodactyls fly in formation. You cannot lift them, but you can ride on their backs. There are stages where you have to ride on the back of a pterosaur in order to advance. It is a reliable transport. Its American name is Albatoss.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: 空中を飛んでいる。マリオに向かってボブを落としてくるタイプもいる。(They are flying through the air. Some types drop Bob-ombs toward Mario.)[3]

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トンドル[4]
Tondoru
Pun on「コンドル」(kondoru, condor) and「トス」(tosu, toss) or「飛ぶ」(tobu, to fly)
Chinese 飞鹰[5]
Fēiyīng
Flying Eagle
French Albatoss Albatoss
German Albatoss -
Italian Albatiro (SMB2)
Albatrosso (SMA)
Albatros bombardieri (TSMBSS)
Compound of albatros (albatross) and tiro (throw)
Compound of albatros (albatross) and rosso (red); it could also be taken from the English name
Bombing Albatros
Korean 앨버토스
Aelbeotoseu
Transliteration of their English name
Romanian Albat(r)os Albat(r)oss
Swedish Albatross Albatross

Trivia[edit]

  • In Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, Albatosses move at two frames, while in Super Mario Bros. 2, they move at seven frames; an eighth frame exists, showing the wings moving back upwards but is unused due to a glitch.[6] The Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance remakes restore the missing frame.
  • In the Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, Albatosses are erroneously referred to as pterosaurs and listed as "dinosaurs" for their species category.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "He used to only be a resident in the world of dreams. Now, by order of Wart, he works as a carrier of Bob-Ombs." - Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 25.
  2. ^ a b Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 140.
  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 68.
  4. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 33.
  5. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  6. ^ The Cutting Room Floor