Big Penguin

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Big Penguin
Cool, Cool Mountain Star 3
Species Penguin
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“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 he is raced only once in the game on Cool, Cool Mountain. He claims to be the world-champion sledder, and he seems to know Mario prior to the game's events, calling him "buddy."

The 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 (or Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario in the DS version) drops in through the chimney, the 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 him. If Mario races the Big Penguin again after obtaining all 120 Power Stars (150 in the remake), he is even bigger and can easily knock Mario off the slide. There is no reward for winning the race again except for further praise from the Big Penguin.

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
Suraidā no Chanpion Pengin
Penguin Champion

Penguin Champion of the Slider
French Grand Pingouin Big Penguin
German Schneller Pinguin Faster penguin
Italian Pinguino gigante Giant 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.[6] This was fixed in the other regional versions.
  • In the Japanese version, the penguin uses the feminine pronoun 「あたし」 atashi to refer to himself.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy, penguins refer to Stars as gold medals; similarly, in Super Mario 64, when the Big Penguin gives Mario a Star after being beaten, he says that he cannot give Mario a gold medal.


  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. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese character info bookMedia:SM64 Character Info Book.jpg
  6. ^ 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.