Floating Mine

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This article is about the recurring obstacle. For the enemy from Wario Land 4, see mine (enemy).
Floating Mine
Mine SMW.png
A Mine as it appears in Super Mario World
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021)
Comparable
Bomb
Shell (Super Mario Odyssey)
Spike Ball

Floating Mines,[1][2] also known as Mines[3] (also parsed as mines),[4] are objects that first appeared in Super Mario World. Despite their name, they are not always shown to be explosive.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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In Super Mario World, Floating Mines first appear in Yoshi's Island 4 as spiked balls with a wooden texture that drift in the water. They follow the current continuously and pulsate with spikes. Yoshi can step on their spikes harmlessly and eat them, and a Super Star can defeat them. In the Sunken Ghost Ship, many are in free fall, making it difficult for Mario or Luigi to move around.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mines, simply called bombs in-game and also called spiked orbs,[5] play a vital role in defeating Bowser in Super Mario 64 and its remake. In the final arenas of Bowser in the Dark World, Bowser in the Fire Sea, and Bowser in the Sky, where the mines surround the arena, Mario, Luigi, or Wario has to throw Bowser into one of the mines to defeat him (three in Bowser in the Sky). If the player jumps into one of the mines, it will blow up and they will take two wedges of damage.

There was also going to be a smaller, water-based variant, but it was cut out from the final.

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Space Mine from Super Mario Galaxy 2
An underwater Mikey Mine

Mikey Mines[6][7] also appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They come in two versions. The underwater version moves on a vertical chain and regenerate themselves after detonation. The space version, also known as Space Mines,[6] appears as featureless spiked balls. They are usually immobile but sometimes move vertically or horizontally. They can be defeated if they are shot with a Star Bit.

Both types also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they look and act the same as in the predecessor. In this game, Yoshi cannot eat them. Some may release coins, 1-Up Mushrooms, or Star Bits.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

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Mines also appear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury in the form of a green spiked ball with yellow spikes. They first appear in Clear Pipe Cruise. They are in the interior of Clear Pipes, blocking parts of them. Some Green Stars are among mines; if the player hits a mine, they not only take damage, but are also ejected backwards in the pipe, so its destruction is necessary to pass. They can be destroyed by a fireball from Fire Mario, a baseball, Invincible Mario or White Tanooki Mario.

Mario's Time Machine[edit]

Mine in the PC release of Mario's Time Machine

In Mario's Time Machine, mines appear as obstacles while Mario is surfing around. In the SNES version, hitting one causes Mario to lose all of his mushrooms, whereas in the PC version, hitting one only causes Mario to lose one of them.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit]

A mine in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.

In Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, small mines appear as somewhat common obstacles. They can be found on the ground, where they can be picked up, or floating in underwater, where they can interrupt a Body Slam. If interacted with, they proceed to flash and then soon explode, causing damage. The Pecan enemy can also spit mines that sink and automatically explode.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

In Mario Party 3, mines (referred to as bombs) appear in the minigame Cheep Cheep Chase, where they are in the way of the players, who are being pursued by a large Cheep Cheep. To get around them, the players must dive.

Mario Party 6[edit]

Mines also appear as a projectile in Mario Party 6, in Sink or Swim. While three other characters are swimming in a body of water, one player tries to drop mines on their heads. If the mines hit someone, they do not explode. They simply knock them unconscious.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

Mines reappear in Mario Party Superstars, reprising their roles in the Cheep Cheep Chase minigame.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

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Mines reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports using the same appearance as from Super Mario 3D World and acting in the same way. They are usually seen in levels with clear pipes and block the way of the player, such as Clear Pipe Puzzleplex. They can be destroyed by using the Super Pickax power-up.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

Mines appear in the Boilerworks and the ScreamPark minigame Coin Floating in Luigi's Mansion 3. There is a normal type resembling a Spike Ball, and a homing type that acts as a bomb. The later moves toward the nearest player, and when close, it flashes red and eventually blows up. Their explosion can pop Luigi's inflatable duck boat and make him drown, losing 20 HP.

Gallery[edit]

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 64 DS data/enemy/koopa_bomb/ KIRAI Bowser Bomb / Mine
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/SpaceMine.arc SpaceMine Space Mine
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl
SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl
宇宙機雷 (Uchū Kirai) Space Mine
Super Mario 3D World
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
content/ObjectData/NeedleSeed.bfres
content/ObjectData/NeedleSeed.szs
NeedleSeed Needle Seed

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 機雷[8] (Super Mario World)
Kirai
爆弾[9][10] (Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS)
Bakudan
キライラ[11] (Super Mario Galaxy, underwater type, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, both types)
Kiraira
スペースキライラ[12] (Super Mario Galaxy, space type)
Supēsu Kiraira
トゲボール[13] (Super Mario World and Super Mario 3D World)
Toge Bōru
Mine

Bomb; shared with flame thrower in Super Mario 64

Play on「機雷」(kirai, mine) and possibly「イライラ」(iraira, to get irritated)

Space Kiraira

Spike Ball; shared with Spike Ball
German Stachel Floating Mine Spike Floating Mine
Italian Mina
Minaspina (DDR:MM)
Mine
Mine-spike
Spanish Mina Flotante Floating Mine

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 52.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.4, page 71.
  3. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Pages 58 and 137.
  4. ^ "Make sure you catch enough mushrooms to enter the time tunnel. And watch out for mines and sharks!" — Hints, Mario's Time Machine, 1994
  5. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 43 and 125.
  6. ^ a b English Super Mario Galaxy entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:09 UTC via archive.today.)
  7. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy 2 entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:46 UTC via archive.today.)
  8. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World), page 40.
  9. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオ64」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario 64), pages 35, 63, 94.
  10. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオ64DS」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario 64 DS), page 026.
  11. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 127 and 159.
  12. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 127.
  13. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 61 and 223.