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This article is about Bunbuns, the bee-like enemies from Super Mario Land. For "Boom Boom", Bowser's henchmen known as "Bunbun" in Japan, see Boom Boom.
Character artwork of a Bunbun.
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Bunbun[1][2] are bee-like enemies that reside in the Birabuto Kingdom of Super Mario Land. They soar overhead, dropping their spears on Mario. Jumping or shooting a Superball at them clips their wings, sending them crashing to the ground and awarding Mario 800 points. Some Bunbun fly at very high altitudes out of reach, making their defeat virtually impossible. They only appear in World 1-2.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: Bunbun flies around in the sky dropping arrows.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: Bunbun flies through the sky dropping arrows.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 クリープ族
性格 いたずら好き
登場ゲーム ランド1

Tribe: Creep clan
Disposition: Mischievous
Game appearances: Land 1
Troubled bee that drops arrows
A bee that flies through the air and drops arrows downwards. It appears in Mario Land 1-2. You can defeat them by jumping and stepping on their heads. If you are on a high place, ignore the bees and dodge their arrows.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブンブン[4]
Onomatopoeia of bee's humming sound; coincidentally the same as Boom Boom and bumblebee
Dutch Bunbun[5] -
French Bunbun -
German Bunbun -
Spanish Bunbun -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 197.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  5. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 7.