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First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Ganchan[1][2] are rock-like enemies from Super Mario Land that are found in the mountainous and spike-filled areas of the Easton Kingdom of Sarasaland. They are large, indestructible boulders that bound around unceasingly. They can be used as convenient platforms to get across long stretches of spikes or to reach high areas out of reach, mostly in World 3-1. Hiyoihoi also uses Ganchan as projectile weapons in World 3-3. Although Ganchan appear as generic boulders, they are living beings.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "These rocks fall from the sky. They can squash Mario, but he could also jump on one and take it for a ride. They can't be destroyed."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガンチャン[3]
From「岩」(gan, rock) and「ちゃん」(-chan, Japanese honorific suffix)
German Gantschan Japanese/English name adapted to German spelling
Spanish Ganchan Ganchan


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 15.
  2. ^ The Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide, page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 16.