Big Urchin

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Big Urchin
SSBU Big Urchin Spirit.png
The Big Urchin's spirit artwork from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Parent species Urchin

A Big Urchin[1] is a colossal species of Urchin that first appears in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Big Urchin looking at Mario along with a regular Urchin

Big Urchins only appear in World 4, and just like regular Urchins, they will float up and down, trying to poke Mario and the others. However, unlike regular Urchins, they are almost invincible, only vulnerable to a Super Star. Also unlike regular Urchins, their pupils follow Mario's movements. They mostly appear alongside regular Urchins.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

A Big Urchin underneath a regular Urchin

In New Super Mario Bros. U, they appear in two of the Sparkling Waters levels, Tropical Refresher and Urchin Shoals, retaining their behavior from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Big Urchins return in New Super Luigi U in Urchin Reef Romp and Dragoneel Depths. In this game, they can be defeated by Dragoneels.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Big Urchins appear in Mario Golf: World Tour on the Cheep Cheep Lagoon course, where they serve as obstacles for the golfers. They are also seen as background characters and tee markers on the Sparkling Waters course.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A Big Urchin in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Big Urchins appear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as one of the stage hazards for the Mushroom Kingdom U stage. They appear on top of some Water Geysers and damage any players that touch them. A trophy of a Big Urchin appears in the game too.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Big Urchin appears as a shield-type, primary spirit, which makes the user weak to electric attacks when equipped. Its artwork is taken from its trophy render in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which itself is derived from its appearance in the New Super Mario Bros. series.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Big Urchins reappear in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Fruit of the Doom. Here, they act similarly to normal Urchins, falling from the waterfall along with the fruit that is required to be collected. However, they move more slowly than normal Urchins and take up more space. Touching them will subtract three points.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

A Big Urchin, ready to pop Mario's bubble during Snifit or Whiffit

A Big Urchin appears in Paper Mario: Color Splash in the Snifit or Whiffit: Seabed Edition quiz show. If the player gets a question wrong, a Big Urchin will appear. If the player gets four questions wrong in total (One in the bonus round), it will pop the bubble Mario is in and ultimately result in a Game Over.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
Big Urchin SSB4TrophyBigUrchin.png Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)
Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U (11/2012)
Many fancy restaurants serve sea urchins as a delicacy, but they're more of an obstacle in Mario's world. And the friendly looking Big Urchins have the sharpest spikes. They're also, you know, huge. They probably have to be careful not to poke each other while they wait for Mario.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Unizo Big[2]
(internal)
でかウニラ[3]
Deka Unira
Big Urchin
Spanish (NOA) Erizón
Russian Огромный еж
Ogromniy yezh
Huge urchin
Korean 점보성게돌이
Jeomboseonggedori
Jumbo Urchin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Prima Official Game Guide p. 15
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii / New Super Mario Bros. U internal filename (unizoBig)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 145 and 210.