Big Penguin

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Big Penguin
Species Penguin
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 64 DS (2004)
“I know speed when I see it, yes siree -- I'm the world champion sledder, you know.”
Big Penguin, Super Mario 64
Mario racing alongside the Big Penguin

The Big Penguin,[1][2] also known as the Penguin Champ[2] or Champion Penguin,[3] is a giant penguin appearing in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS. He is a competitor character along with Koopa the Quick, and is only raced once in the game in Cool, Cool Mountain. He claims to be the world champion sledder, and seems to know Mario prior to the game's events, calling him "buddy".

Big Penguin is raced against in the third mission of Cool, Cool Mountain. He can be found inside the house at the top of the mountain. When Mario drops in through the chimney, Big Penguin will speak to Mario and challenge him to a race. If Mario accepts, he will have to race down the icy slide in the mountain and beat the penguin to the finish line. The penguin will give Mario a Power Star if beaten. However, if Mario takes a shortcut by jumping onto another section or if he takes the hidden shortcut the Big Penguin will accuse him of cheating and disqualify Mario. If raced again after obtaining all 120 Power Stars (150 in the remake), he is even bigger and can easily knock Mario off the slide. If he is beaten, the same thing happens when Mario first raced him.

An unrelated character also described as a "big penguin"[4] appears in the course Snowman's Land.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペンギン チャンピオン[1]
Pengin chanpion
Penguin Champion
French Grand Pingouin Big Penguin
Korean 펭귄 챔피언
Pengwin Champion
Penguin Champion


  • In the Japanese version, if the player loses to him, the Big Penguin will make a Koopa Troopa sound when talking instead of his own sound.[5] This was fixed in the other regional versions.


  1. ^ a b Big Penguin Race
  2. ^ a b Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, page 39
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, page 128
  4. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pages 89-91
  5. ^ ある東大生実況者しゅん (April 28, 2018). 【実況】スーパーマリオ64を完全初見でテンションMAXプレイ. YouTube. Retrieved January 21, 2020.