Bear (enemy)

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Artwork of Bear, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)

A Bear[1] (also parsed bear)[2] is an enemy in the Mario Zone's second stage in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. They resemble teddy bears and are found riding atop Beach Balls, which they can use to traverse spiky and dangerous floors.

Mario can jump or throw a fireball to defeat this enemy and control its ball. Mario can use the ball to safely cross spiked floors and get to previously unreachable areas.

A Bear also appears on the "Printing" screen of the Game Boy Camera.[3]

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 ビースト族
性格 目立ちたがり
登場ゲーム ランド2
大きなボールに乗った熊のようなキャラ。上に乗ったプーを倒して、ボールを奪い取ろう。ボールに乗っていれば、トゲの生えた地 面の上もダメージ無しで進むことができる。[4]

Tribe: Beast clan
Disposition: Show-off
Game appearances: Land 2
Take the bear's ball.
A bear-like character on a big ball. Defeat Bear on top of the ball and take it away from him. If you are on the ball, you can go over the spiky ground without damage.

Japanese Super Mario Land 2 website[edit]

ゴムボールコースで登場。 プ-をやっつければ、マリオはタマノリにのって移動することができる。利用価値大。[5]

(It appears on the rubber ball course. If you beat the Pū, Mario can move around on the tamanori. Very useful.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タマノリプー[5]
Tamanori Pū
Ball-riding Pooh;「プー」is used as the name for the bear specifically[5] and may be derived from「クマのプーさん」(Kuma no Pū-san, Winnie-the-Pooh).
French (NOE) Ballourson[6] Pun on "ballon" (balloon) or "balle" (ball), and "ourson" (bear cub)
German Tamanoripu Japanese romanization
Italian Orso equilibrista[7]
Orso giocoliere[8]
Balancing bear
Juggler bear
Spanish Oso[citation needed] Bear
Kodansha manga
Language Name Meaning
Japanese プーちゃん[9]
From「プーさん」(-san, Pooh Bear) with「ちゃん」(chan)


  1. ^ "Knock the Bear off its Ball and ride over the spikes." - Nintendo Power Volume 43, page 48.
  2. ^ English Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 13, 2022, 13:51:45 UTC via
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  4. ^ 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 105.
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années, page 75.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 75
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 77
  9. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Deluxe vol. 20 - Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka 2. Page 15.