Fluzzard

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Fluzzard
In-Game Model of Fluzzard
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
“You flew! You flew! Even Fluzzard looks happy! Happy!”
Jibberjay, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Mario riding on Fluzzard

Fluzzard is a shy bird character that appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2. He appears in only two galaxies in the game: the Wild Glide Galaxy and the Fleet Glide Galaxy. In both galaxies, Mario (or Luigi) must participate in the Fluzzard gliding minigame, during which Fluzzard acts as a form of transportation for the player. As such, gliding with Fluzzard is the only way to progress through these two galaxies. His name is a portmanteau of "fly" and "buzzard."

Fluzzard is found at the beginning of the level, and an orange Jibberjay tells Mario that Fluzzard is very shy and cannot fly very well, but he can glide. The Jibberjay then notices that Fluzzard seems to be OK with Mario and asks Mario if he will fly with Fluzzard. The Jibberjay then gives Mario a tutorial on how to control Fluzzard and tells him to try to fly through the big sun circle at the end of the race. After Mario completes the race, the Jibberjay gives him a Power Star. Fluzzard later reappears in the Fleet Glide Galaxy and flies again with Mario. After completing the initial races in both of these galaxies, Fluzzard can race the black Jibberjay to see who is faster.

Controls[edit]

Players must control Fluzzard by pointing Wii Remote in the direction they want to go. Pointing it upwards makes Fluzzard slow down and gain minimal height. Pointing it downwards makes him execute a fast nosedive. Tilting it towards either side causes Fluzzard to tilt towards that side.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グライバード
Gurai Bādo
Gli Bird; from "glide" and "bird"
Chinese 滑翔鳥
Huáxiáng Niǎo
Gliding Bird
French Araplane From ara, a multicolored bird (a macaw), and planer (to glide); pun on aéroplane (airplane). See also Spanish name's etymology.
German Tuku-Gleiter Tuku-Glider, from the German name of the Jibberjays: Tuku-Tukan
Italian Alapinta Painted Wing
Korean 글라이버드
Geullaibeodeu
"Glibird" (transliteration of Japanese name)
Spanish Guacaplano Pun of guacamayo (a tropical bird, more specifically, a macaw) and aeroplano (airplane).

Trivia[edit]

  • The Loftwing from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword resembles Fluzzard in some ways, since they both have a similar color scheme, sounds, and controls.
  • When Mario or Luigi collects a Green Star while gliding with Fluzzard, Fluzzard will suddenly vanish, leaving behind a few pink and green feathers while the brother will get the Star.