Bear (enemy)

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SML2 Artwork Bear.png
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)

A Bear[1] is an enemy in the Mario Zone of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Bears are usually found riding atop Beach Balls, which they can use to traverse spiky and dangerous floors.

Bear SML2 sprite.png

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 in the Mario Zone. Bears resemble teddy bears and are exclusive to the second level of the Mario Zone.

A Bear also appears on the "Printing" screen of the Game Boy Camera.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タマノリプー[3]
Ball-riding , presumably alluding to Winnie-the-Pooh
Spanish Oso[citation needed] Bear
French (NOE) Ballourson[4] Pun on "ballon" ("balloon") or "balle" ("ball") and "ourson" ("bear cub")
German Tamanoripu "Japanese Name"


  1. ^ "Knock the Bear off its Ball and ride over the spikes." - Nintendo Power Volume 43, page 48.
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  4. ^ Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années, page 75.