Flurry

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

Flurries 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]

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 (shown left), while in the SNES version and other subsequent remakes, they are pink, and have blue feet (shown right).

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 world, 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 move as if all surfaces are slippery ice blocks to them.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

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.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナカボン[1]
Nakabon
From 「坊」 (bon), an affectionate term for boys
Chinese 那卡邦[2]
Nàkǎbāng
From the Japanese name, ナカボン Nakabon
German Flurry -
Italian Piumino[3][4][5]
Tempestino[6]
Duvet (litt. "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.[7] This is also the case for Tweeter and Spark.
  • Flurry bears resemblance to Wappa, an enemy from Kirby's Dream Land 3, as they both are snow-themed creatures consisting of a round, white body with beady eyes, rounded feet with no legs, and no upper appendages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 141.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet; pag. 26
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 68
  5. ^ The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  6. ^ Super Mario Advance instruction booklet; pag. 111
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 26.