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This article is about the Dolphins that debuted in Super Mario World. For the Nintendo console which was previously known as "Dolphin", see Nintendo GameCube. For the character from Mario Party Advance, see Dolphin (character).
In-game artwork of a Dolphin from Dr. Mario World
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Dr. Mario World (2020)
Notable members

Dolphins are goggle-wearing cetaceans that debuted in Super Mario World. Here, they leap out of the water and can be used as platforms to reach items or avoid enemies more easily. Dolphins have since made various other appearances in Mario-related media, most commonly as background elements; however, they have more prominent roles throughout the Mario Party series and a particular Dolphin even has a playable role in Dr. Mario World.


Super Mario World[edit]

Two Dolphins from Super Mario World.
Two Dolphins from Super Mario World.
Two Dolphins from Super Mario World.

Dolphins only appear in Vanilla Secret 3 and in a hidden area near the end of Chocolate Island 1. They are used as platforms to cross a body of water populated by Porcu-Puffers. They jump in and out of water either vertically or in parabolic arcs. In the Japanese version of Super Mario World, Yoshi can eat the Dolphins. This was changed in Western versions of the original Super Mario World, but was retained in all versions of Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. They also appear in the opening sequence that was added to Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Two Dolphins in the Super Mario World television series

In the Super Mario World television series, Dolphins appear only in the episode "Mama Luigi". Seeing that Luigi and Yoshi are being attacked by a Torpedo Ted, two Dolphins decide to help them by letting them ride on their backs. Evading the Torpedo Ted, the Dolphins drop Luigi and Yoshi off at a nearby beach. After being thanked by Luigi, the two friendly Dolphins leap back into the water, cheering happily.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

A Dolphin is featured on the cover of Dinosaur Dilemma, and artwork of one is used in the book, but none appear in the actual story. An equally friendly sub-species of them, the Micro-Dolphins, is discovered to be living inside Yoshi in Unjust Desserts.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

A Dolphin appears in Koopa's Seaside Soiree in Mario Party 4, where he will let the character played as get on his back while he swims through the water. The character can Jump to get Coins this Dolphin swims by on the trip.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Main article: Dolphin (character)

A unique Dolphin is met in Mario Party Advance; several other Dolphins also appear and form an audience to listen to his jokes.

Mario Party 5[edit]

In Mario Party 5, a Dolphin has been seen in the Undersea Dream. It only shows up if the player lands on the Green Space on the sunken ship.

Mario Party 7[edit]

In Mario Party 7, some Dolphins can be seen jumping out of the water in the file select screen.

Mario Party 8[edit]

In Mario Party 8, the Dolphins play an important role in the board Goomba's Booty Boardwalk‎; players can pay them a certain number of coins depending on what place they are in, allowing them to take a ride on the Dolphin's back and advance a number of spaces.

Mario Party 9[edit]

Dolphins in Mario Party 9

In Mario Party 9, Dolphins appear on Blooper Beach. On the first half of the board, a Dolphin is the first active sea creature when a party is started, being six spaces away at first. They advance two spaces every turn, and if the player lands on or catches up to the dolphin while captain, the Dolphin gives them 5 Mini Stars. Dolphins also appear when the player lands on a Lucky Space near the end of the board. Landing on one of them results in a trio of Dolphins leading the player to an island with several Mini Stars. Additionally, during the minigame Ring Leader, the players ride Dolphins to jump through hoops.

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

In Mario Party: The Top 100, a Dolphin makes a cameo appearance in the Collection mode, appearing in Mario Party 9's box art.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Yoshi's Dolphin Dasher

While no real Dolphins themselves appear in Mario Kart Wii, a medium-sized bike called the Dolphin Dasher is based off of a Dolphin.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Dolphins make their first cameo appearance in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, where they can be seen jumping out of the water in the Splash Circuit and Tropical Coast stages. A kart based off Dolphins called the Turbo Dolphin appears in the game.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Dolphins in Mario Kart 8

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there is a banner with Dolphin artwork from Super Mario World on it found in Toad Harbor. Also, Dolphin Shoals features Dolphins that act similarly to those in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, as well as Dolphin-shaped hill structures. In Sunshine Airport, this course can be seen listed on the signboards in the terminal next to other courses.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Dolphins appear in Mario Golf: World Tour swimming around in the background of Cheep Cheep Lagoon.

Mario Playing Cards[edit]

Three of Clubs Mario Trump card

A Dolphin appears on the three of clubs in the NAP-06 deck of the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary release of the Mario Playing Cards.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Dr. Dolphin in Dr. Mario World

Dolphins appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Their stage mode skill increases the player's base score by 50 points for every blue virus they eliminate. Their versus mode skill grants a 20% chance an exploder will appear when all viruses in the player's stage are eliminated. These numbers can be increased by obtaining duplicate Dolphins in Staffing.

A Dolphin also appears as a playable character under the name Dr. Dolphin, marking the first time a Dolphin has been playable in any Mario game.

Other appearances[edit]

In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack of Minecraft, regular dolphins are reskinned as Dolphins from the Mario franchise.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Dr. Mario World[edit]


Image Abilities Attack Speed Defense
DrDolphin Idle - DrMarioWorld.gif
  • Stage mode: "Pops bubbles (3)."
  • Versus mode: "Hides viruses (1/2/3/4/6) in opponent's stage in bubbles."
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Stage Mode Versus Mode
Level Speed Description Speed
1 26 Hides viruses (1) in opponent's stage in bubbles. 32
2 24 Hides viruses (2) in opponent's stage in bubbles. 32
3 22 Hides viruses (3) in opponent's stage in bubbles. 32
4 20 Hides viruses (4) in opponent's stage in bubbles. 32
5 18 Hides viruses (6) in opponent's stage in bubbles. 32


  • Stage mode: "Increases base score by 50/70/100/150/200 points for every blue virus eliminated."
  • Versus mode: "If all viruses in your stage are eliminated, grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance an exploder will appear."
  • Dr. Mario World Twitter: Yellow: "The second doctor coming May 28, 2 AM PT is Dr. Dolphin! This kind doctor will let you ride on their back when you're in a pinch. Just be careful not to let your bag get wet...and please don't hurt me."[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リフトン[2]

Spanish Delfín Dolphin
French Dauphin Dolphin
German Delfin Dolphin
Italian Delfì
Portuguese Golfinho Dolphin
Chinese 便車海豚
Biànchē Hǎitún
Taxi Dolphin
Romanian Delfin (Super Mario World television series) Dolphin


  1. ^ Drmarioworld_EN (May 26, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  3. ^ 瑞太郎チャンネル (March 21, 2015). マリオパーティアドバンスを初見で実況プレイ Final (Japanese Super Mario Advance gameplay). YouTube. Retrieved November 29, 2015.