Flurry

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Not to be confused with Flurrie.
Flurry
Flurry
Artwork of a Flurry for Super Mario Advance
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Notable members
Flaky

Flurries[1] (singular Flurry; occasionally pluralized Flurrys[2]) are snowman-like creatures that appear in the icy regions of World 4 of Subcon. They first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2 as enemies and soldiers of the 8 bits. They are named after flurries, which are brief periods of snowfall. They are the first snowman species in the Mario franchise.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

FlurryFlurry as it appears in Super Mario Bros. 2 remake for the SNESFlurry sprite from Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Flurries are enemies that run along the ice chasing after Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Toad. Like them, they have poor traction on the ice and can slip off of the platform they're on. They only appear in World 4. In the rare instances that they can be led onto non-icy surfaces, such as the bottom of the second tower in World 4-3, they have perfect traction. In the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 2, Flurries are white (left image), while in the SNES version and other subsequent remakes, they are pink and have blue feet (middle and right images).

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

In the direct sequel of Super Mario Bros. 2, BS Super Mario USA, Flurries make their return and play the same role as in the predecessor. They only appear in the third broadcast, which is also Subcon's icy area.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Flurries make an appearance in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They only appear in the World-e level Treacherous Halls. There are two of them, one of which can help Mario or Luigi pass through the spiky path via standing on their heads, and get a 1-Up Mushroom and/or an Advance Coin. These Flurries have poor traction no matter what surface they are on.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

“It's them! Princess Toadstool and those two faucet freaks. C'mon, Flaky. Let's tell King Koopa so we can put 'em on ice for good.”
Flurry, "The Bird! The Bird!"

Some Flurries occasionally appeared in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where they spoke, despite not having visible mouths. Due to Wart not appearing on the show, they work for King Koopa here, and one (Flaky) even had a name. Staying true to the spirit of the games, Flurries appeared only in episodes that are set in snowy environments: the Land of Ice in "The Bird! The Bird!", the North Pole from "Koopa Klaus", and the Thirteen Mushroom Colonies in "The Koopas are Coming! The Koopas are Coming!" Unlike in the game, some of them have arms.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

A Flurry, alongside a Shy Guy and Snifit, attends Bowser's wedding to Princess Peach in the Super Mario Adventures comic.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: Snow monster. He'll chase you on ice skates.[3]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: You've got to hurry to avoid these ice-skating snow monsters.[4]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ナカボン
種族 ビースト族
性格 氷のように冷たい
登場ゲーム USA
かわいらしい雪だるま
マリオUSAの氷の世界に出てくる雪だるま。猛スピードでつっこんでくるだけだが、氷の世界は下が滑りやすいので、けっこう手こずるぞ。アメリカ名はフルーリィ。[5]

Nakabon
Tribe: Beast clan
Disposition: Ice cold
Game appearances: USA
A cute snowman
The snowman appears in the icy world of Mario USA. He just runs into you at high speed, but the icy surface is slippery underneath, so it's quite a challenge. His American name is Flurry.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: 雪のモンスター。水の上を滑りながら、マリオを追いかけてくる。[6] (Snow monster. Sliding on the ice, it chases after Mario.)

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナカボン[7]
Nakabon
フラーリ[7]
Furāri
フルーリィ[8]
Furūrī
Possibly from「」(naka, go-between) and「」(bon, an affectionate term for boys)

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name

Alternate transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name
Chinese 那卡邦[9]
Nàkǎbāng
From the Japanese name
German Flurry -
Italian Piumino[10][11][12]
Tempestino[13]
Duvet (literally "Lil' Feather")
Lil' Storm
Swedish Flurry[citation needed] -

Trivia[edit]

  • Despite being an enemy in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, Flurry did not receive artwork in the manual until Super Mario Bros. 2.[3] This is also the case for Tweeter and Spark.
  • Flurry bears resemblance to Yuki, a mid-boss from Kirby's Dream Land 3, as they both are short, stubby snowmen without mouths or arms, have two small black eyes, and have similar body shapes, though Yuki lacks feet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario Advance Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 49.
  2. ^ Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario Advance Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 7.
  3. ^ a b Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 26.
  4. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 11.
  5. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 141.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 68.
  7. ^ a b Super Mario USA instruction booklet, page 27.
  8. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 225.
  9. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). Ending scene of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Baidu Tieba. February 26, 2017, 16:11:09 UTC snapshot via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet; pag. 26
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 68
  12. ^ The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  13. ^ Super Mario Advance instruction booklet; pag. 111