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Not to be confused with Flutter or Flopter.
A Floater, as seen in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 artwork.
First appearance Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
Wario can ride this creature in the air. The arrow on its ball shows the direction that it will float. A knock on the head will change its direction.”
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 20

Floaters[1] are rare floating creatures that appear in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. They are robotic[2], statue-like beings that Wario can ride. They move in the direction the arrow in their head is pointing, and Wario can control the direction in which they go by jumping and landing back on top of them, similar to the Directional Lifts with exclamation marks in Super Mario Bros. 3. They are only found in two courses of the game: Course No.11 and Course No.17. If Wario falls off of the Floater, he may fall into a pit and lose a life.

Floaters' design appears to be inspired by the Japanese dogū sculptures of the Jōmon period. These ancient sculptures share the same lidded eyes and general shape as Floaters, and are often referenced in Japanese pop culture — including video games.


Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit]

  • Japanese Virtual Console manual: ハニハニは敵ではなく、ワリオの移動を手助けしてくれます。その場で浮遊していて、頭の上に乗ってジャンプすると、進行方向を変えることができます。進行方向は、ハニハニの持っている玉に矢印で表示されます。[3](Floater is not an enemy, but helps Wario navigate. It floats in place and can change its direction of travel if you jump on top of its head. The direction of travel is indicated by an arrow on the ball that Floater is holding.)

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 メカ族
性格 親切
登場ゲーム ランド3

Tribe: Mecha clan
Disposition: Kind
Game appearances: Land 3
A reliable and helpful character
A helpful robot that lives on Mt. Teapot in Wario Land. When Wario rides on it, it moves in the direction of the arrow. Without Floater's help, Wario cannot move forward in some places.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハニハニ[4][2]
Probably from a partial repetition of「埴輪」(haniwa)

German Floater
Italian Galleggiante[5]


  1. ^ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 English instruction booklet, page 20.
  2. ^ a b c 「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 160.
  3. ^ Japanese Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Virtual Console manual, section 15.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 21.
  5. ^ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 European manual, pag. 117
  6. ^ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 15