Banandelion

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Banandelion
Rendered model of a Banandelion in Super Mario Galaxy.
Model of a Banandelion from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Banandelions[1], or dandelion stalks[2], are tall dandelions that appear in Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and the Super Mario Galaxy games. When one is spun next to, it gives the player a jump boost.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat / New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

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Donkey Kong swinging on a Banandelion in an early version of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

Banandelions first appear in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, being usually found in grass-themed levels. Donkey Kong can cling to one by clapping near it. Pounding on the bongos, alternating between the two drums, or flicking the control stick causes Donkey Kong to swing along the stem toward the top, and at the top the flower automatically flings Donkey Kong in the opposite direction.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Bee Mario next to a dandelion stalk in the Honeyhive Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy.

Dandelion stalks reappear in Super Mario Galaxy, redesigned as purple flowers. When Mario performs a Spin move next to one, he will automatically grab onto it, much like he would with a Sproutle Vine. He can also grab onto a dandelion stalk by simply jumping toward its long stem. Once Mario has grabbed onto one, he must spin repeatedly, which will cause him to gradually travel farther up the long stem of the flower. When he gets to the end of the flower, it will fling him through the air to another area. The flower itself is usually curved to the side in a particular direction. This indicates the location of the area that it will fling Mario to when he spins next to it, as it is always curved away from the area that it flings Mario to.

Dandelion stalks are first seen in the "Bee Mario Takes Flight" and "Big Bad Bugaboom" missions of the Honeyhive Galaxy. In the former, the player encounters two dandelion stalks on the flower planet which must be used so that Mario can successfully reach one of several spinning flower platforms floating just above the planet's surface and subsequently progress through the level. In the latter, the player must make their way to the Bugaboom Planet by using dandelion stalks found on two small platforms next to the planet. Several dandelion stalks are also positioned at various intervals around the perimeter of the Bugaboom Planet, and can be used to fling Mario into the air to attack Bugaboom as the battle progresses. A dandelion stalk also appears in the Gold Leaf Galaxy in the "Star Bunnies on the Hunt" mission. The player must use this dandelion stalk to access part of the starting planet that is normally inaccessible without it in order to collect all five blue Star Chips and continue through the mission.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario about to use a dandelion stalk in the Rightside Down Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Dandelion stalks return in Super Mario Galaxy 2, behaving exactly the same as in Super Mario Galaxy. They first appear in the Rightside Down Galaxy in the "Breaking the Laws of Gravity" and "The Great Crate Incinerator" missions. In both missions, the player must use dandelion stalks in certain areas to fling Mario to different locations with varying directions of gravity. The final appearance of the dandelion stalk in this game comes in the Honeyhop Galaxy. In this galaxy, two dandelion stalks are encountered, one on the Starting Planet and one on the Queen Bee Planet. On both planets, the dandelion stalks are used to allow Mario to reach high-up areas that would normally be inaccessible without the use of the plant.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Creeper Flower[3][4]
(internal)
つる花[5][6]
Tsuru Hana
Creeper Flower

Vine Flower
Italian Stelo di fiore
Fiore Rampicante[7]
Flower stem
Climbing Flower
Spanish Tallo Stem

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DK will spin toward the tip of a Banandelion and perform a big jump!" - New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Nintendo. "Upon entering the Honey Hive Galaxy, Mario must battle this six-legged Mandibug. Defeating it requires three direct hits. Ground-pound it as quickly as possible. Climb a dandelion stalk and jump on his back with a ground pound again. Power up to Bee Mario for the final blow, and your prize will be a Power Star!" – Flavor text for Bugaboom. Super Mario Galaxy Trading Card Fun Pak!. Published 2007. Accessed 10 Mar 2021.
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat internal filename (CreeperFlower)
  4. ^ Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (CreeperFlower)
  5. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Shogakukan book. Page 12.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 136.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 136