Bomp

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Bomp
Pushy.png
A Bomp from Super Mario Galaxy
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Mario Party 10 (2015)
Parent Species Thwomp
Related Species
Flomps

Bomps (also known as Pushy Walls[1] or Sliding Stones[2]) are a species of Thwomp that first appeared in Super Mario 64. They are living, pushing, protruding stones that act as obstacles in many games. Their name is a portmanteau of "bump" and "Thwomp".

History[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Bomp as seen in Whomp's Fortress in Super Mario 64
Square, faceless Bomps in Tick-Tock Clock

Bomps made their first appearance in Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake Super Mario 64 DS. They appear in the course Whomp's Fortress. At the beginning of the course, they go through a pattern of pushing, trying to shove Mario off a cliff, and subsequently making him fall down the course's pit. The beginning and end Bomp in Whomp's Fortress are thinner than the center Bomp. Their eyes have a blue outline with blue pupils, and a thick black outline along the tops. An eyeless, mechanical version of Bomp, referred to as a Moving Bar[3] also appears in Tick Tock Clock. Like the other pieces of the clock, they are affected by how Mario enters the clock, and are used as platforms as well as obstacles.

In Super Mario 64 DS, no Bomps have eyes. They can also be destroyed if hit by a character powered up by a Super Mushroom.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Bomps also appear in Super Mario Galaxy but with a different, more Thwomp-like look and face. They appear in the Buoy Base Galaxy and the Freezeflame Galaxy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Bomp in Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, they appear with the same role and appearance as in Super Mario Galaxy. They appear in the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy and the Throwback Galaxy, which is a remake of Whomp's Fortress. In the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy, Bomps can assist the player in climbing the slope where they are located, but in the Throwback Galaxy, their purpose is more like that of an obstacle.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Bomps make an appearance in Paper Mario: Sticker Star in the Chomp Ruins, retaining their appearance in Super Mario Galaxy. In the game, they are made of cardboard instead of stone. They come out from waterfalls and double doors. An upside-down Bomp appears as a Scrap, and it must be flipped over using Paperization so that Mario can reach the Ruin Floor Scrap.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Bomps made their Mario Party series debut in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Cliffside Crisis, where they serve as both obstacles and platforms for the players.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つきだし[4]
Tsukidashi
ツキダシドン[5][6]
Tsukidashidon
Protrusion (Super Mario 64)

Protrusion Thud (since Super Mario Galaxy)
Spanish (NOA) Don Empujón Mr. Pusher
Spanish (NOE) Pujón From "empujón" (push)
French (NOA) Pousseur Pusher
French (NOE) Bomp -
German Schubswand Nudge wall

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pg. 25
  2. ^ Knight, Michael. Prima Nintendo DS Pocket Guide, page 232.
  3. ^ Timed Jumps on Moving Bars
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 92.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 127.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 160.