Hippo

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Hippo
Artwork of Hippo, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
This article is about the hippo statue from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. For the stage featuring said hippo, see Hippo (level).
Mario inside a Bubble released by the Hippo

The Hippo[1] is a big, statue-like animal found in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and it appears in its own level. This creature releases soap bubbles from one of its nostrils when Mario approaches it. Then, Mario can go into the Bubble and be able to "swim" in air. The Hippo is not a true enemy; it only releases bubbles.

The Hippo appears in Super Mario-kun volumes 9 and 10. It helps Mario, Carrot and Cooshi reach the Space Zone, but the Unibō pop their bubbles. The Hippo comes to life and arrives to help them by defeating the Unibō and creating one last bubble that takes them to space. The Hippo reaches them with a rocket (much to the three heroes' frustration) and guides them through the Space Zone. Later, it accompanies them to Wario's Castle, explains the function of the Golden Coins and turns back into a statue. After defeating Wario with an electric bomb, the castle is destroyed, so Mario builds a new one out of the Hippo itself, much to his and the freed Mario Land habitants' joy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カバ[2]
Kaba
ヒポポンの像[3]
Hipopon no Zō
Hippo

「ヒポポン」is derived from "hippo" and「ポン」(pon, Japanese mimetic word for popping bubbles), and「像」means "statue"
German Nilpferd[4] Hippo
Italian Statua di Hippo[5] Hippo's Statue

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka Japanese instruction booklet, page 11.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins section, page 78.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins spieleanelitung, page 17.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 78