Big Wiggler

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Big Wiggler
A Big Wiggler from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 3) (2022)
Variant of Wiggler

Big Wigglers are a large variety of Wiggler that first appeared in New Super Mario Bros.. Unlike normal Wigglers, their size typically causes them to not notice when Mario jumps on them, though they can sometimes be found angry by default. Large Wigglers have also appeared in various Super Mario games such as Mario Kart DS and Super Mario Galaxy while otherwise being referred to as just Wigglers.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

World 7-3
The giant Wiggler as it appears in New Super Mario Bros.

A Big Wiggler first appears as a friendly creature in New Super Mario Bros., specifically in World 7-3. This Big Wiggler, referred to simply as a "giant Wiggler",[1] is harmless and very long compared to typical Wigglers, having a total of 29 segments, including the head. Mario and Luigi can safely ride on its back, and must do so for the majority of the level while avoiding enemies.

An enemy version of Big Wigglers also exists in the game files of New Super Mario Bros., behaving the same as a regular Wiggler. However, this type of Big Wiggler is unused in the final game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A set of Big Wigglers, in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Big Wigglers appear as stage hazards in World 5-2 in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They move on preset paths, and can hurt Mario and company if they run into them. However, Big Wigglers can also defeat Swoops and most other enemies they run into, and players can bounce harmlessly off them to reach coins and blocks above; pressing the Two Button or A Button button will do a high jump, similar to a Spring.

They are completely invincible, and do not become angry like normal Wigglers; if Mario and co. are under the effects of a Star, they will simply bounce off the Big Wiggler with no effect. They can only be defeated by reaching the flag at the end of the level, as with the King Bills encountered much later.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario in Supermassive Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Giant Wigglers are seen.
A Big Wiggler in Super Mario Galaxy 2
An angry Big Wiggler in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Big Wigglers reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the Supermassive Galaxy. They appear on the final planet of the galaxy’s first mission, where Mario must avoid running into them to reach the Power Star. A pair of angry Big Wigglers circle the tube towards the end; they cannot be defeated, but the Co-Star Luma can stop them from moving.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U
A Big Wiggler in New Super Mario Bros. U

Big Wigglers return in New Super Mario Bros. U, serving the same role as in the previous game. They are found in Soda Jungle, and appear in Wiggler Stampede.

In New Super Luigi U, Big Wigglers appear in Wiggler Floodlands, where they are used to cross poison.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Big Wigglers reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, where they can be used in all styles; giving a Wiggler a Super Mushroom will increase its size, but it otherwise retains the same behavior as a normal Wiggler.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Big Wigglers return in Super Mario Maker 2, behaving the same as in Super Mario Maker; they cannot walk through poison like their much larger kin from New Super Mario Bros. U, and simply sink into it like most other enemies.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Maple Treeway
Big Wigglers in Mario Kart Wii

Big Wigglers appear in Mario Kart Wii, where they are found in Maple Treeway. If a driver bumps into them, their kart will be pushed back. Players also had to race against a Big Wiggler in a tournament on Wario's Gold Mine that took place in December 2008 and September 2010. Similar to Mario Kart DS's Wiggler boss mission, the racer had to avoid hitting it as they raced around the course. During the first two laps, the Wiggler's speed would nearly match most vehicles, but in the final lap, the Wiggler would become angered and turn red, increasing its speed. The few Item Boxes found along the course contained only Triple Mushrooms and Stars.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Big Wigglers in Mario Kart 7

Big Wigglers also appear in Mario Kart 7 where they return as obstacles in Wii Maple Treeway. They jump when they get hit by a Super Star or a Bob-omb.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Big Wigglers return in Mario Kart Tour, once again appearing as stage hazards on Wii Maple Treeway. They now cause racers to spin out when touching them. They also appear as hazards in Madrid Drive 2 and in DS Shroom Ridge T, replacing the latter course's cars and trucks.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Wii Maple Treeway as it appears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Big Wigglers in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Big Wigglers reappear on Wii Maple Treeway in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass, where they now move around differently and cause any racers driving at high speeds to spin out. One also appears in the forest section of DS Mario Circuit, as well as in Tour Madrid Drive.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl 巨大ハナちゃん (Kyodai Hanachan) Giant Wiggler

Names in other languages[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大ハナチャン[2]
Kyodai Hanachan
Giant Wiggler
Chinese 巨大花之子[3]
Jùdà Huāzhīzǐ
Giant Wiggler
French Wiggler Géant[4] Giant Wiggler
Italian Mega Torcibruco[5] Mega Wiggler
Korean 거대꽃충이
Geodae Kkotchungi
Giant Wiggler

Mario Kart Wii onward[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかハナチャン[6]
Deka Hanachan
Big Wiggler
Chinese (Simplified) 巨型花毛毛[7]
Jùxíng Huāmáomao
Giant Wiggler
Chinese (Traditional) 大花毛毛
Dà Huāmáomao
Big Wiggler
French (NOA) Wiggler[8] -
French (NOE) Méga Wiggler[9]
Mega Wiggler
German Riesen-Wiggler Giant Wiggler
Italian Super Torcibruco[11]
Mega Torcibruco[12]
Super Wiggler
Mega Wiggler


  1. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 94. "It’s a rare treat to meet a humongous creature who doesn’t want to kill you. The giant Wiggler at point 1 is happy to take you on a ride through this level, but you’ll need to leap off its back and onto the block platforms to reach the first two Star Coins."
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. section, page 113.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, page 113
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 113
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 145, 160, 210.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Volez dans les feuillages du Bois Vermeil dans la vague 3 de la passe de circuits additionnels de #MarioKart 8 Deluxe. Ce circuit automnal de Mario Kart Wii est lumineux et aéré, mais prenez garde aux Wigglers! 🍂 - @NintendoCanada
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, page 145, 160 & 210
  10. ^ Official French Prima Guide for Super Mario Galaxy 2, page 148
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pagg. 145, 160
  12. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 210