Jumping Piranha Plant

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Jumping Piranha Plant
Artwork of a Jumping Piranha Plant, from Super Mario World.
A Jumping Piranha Plant's artwork in Super Mario World
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Variants
Fire P-Pakkun
Comparable
Piranha Pest
Propeller Piranha

The Jumping Piranha Plant (alternatively Jumpin' Piranha Plant[1], misspelled in the Super Mario World ending sequence as Jumping Pirhana Plant) is a version of Piranha Plant that is not rooted to the ground.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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Jumping Piranha Plants made their debut in Super Mario World as the most frequent Piranha Plant enemies in the game. Most of them live in Warp Pipes, but some can be found hiding in bushes. Their propeller-like stems enable them to fly up quickly out of their spot and descend slowly back in, damaging Mario or Luigi at direct contact. However, the playable characters can Spin Jump on them without getting harmed, although this will not inflict damage on the enemy either. A Jumping Piranha Plant can be defeated by shooting a fireball at it in Fire form, whipping it in Caped form, or by touching it while invincible.

After the Special Zone is completed, Jumping Piranha Plants turn into Jumping Pumpkin Plants, which look like jack-o'-lanterns. However, they function exactly the same.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants return in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They only appear in World-e's e-Reader accessible level, Ground Work. The Jumping Piranha Plants behave exactly similar to that of Super Mario World, though their appearance is pretty much identical to Super Mario Bros. 3 's original Piranha Plant species, save for their propeller-like leaf.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. They are only available in the Super Mario World style, replacing regular Piranha Plants. When shaken, however, they turn into Fire Piranha Plants instead of Fire P-Pakkun. They reappear in Super Mario Maker 2.

They behave just like in Super Mario World when placed inside Warp Pipes. When placed outside of one, they first make contact with the ground or on a platform underneath them if needed, then make several short bounces before jumping up to attack. They can be enlarged in the level editor by dragging a Super Mushroom onto them. Putting wings on a Jumping Piranha Plant enables it to hover for a short while in the air after making a leap. If a Bill Blaster is loaded with a winged Jumping Piranha Plant, the enemy will continuously shoot in and out of it in a horizontal line.

Super Mario Party[edit]

In Super Mario Party, a Jumping Piranha Plant, referred to as a Piranha Plant in this game, appears as the 21st level in the Rec Room minigame Puzzle Hustle, being based upon its Super Mario World sprite.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant's up special, Piranhacopter, allows it to fly by spinning its stem like a propeller in a similar fashion to a Jumping Piranha Plant.[2] On Palutena's Temple, Jumping Piranha Plants are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

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Jumping Piranha Plants return in Paper Mario: The Origami King, now able to breathe fire like their fiery variants.

Statistics[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
Jumping Piranha Plant
An origami Jumping Piranha Plant from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 24 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked Bite (?), Bite Barrage (?), Fireball (?), Fireball Frenzy (?) Spring of Jungle Mist
Item Drops None
They look like teeny Piranha Plants with leafy little feet. Though adorable, their fire is still fire, so stay alert.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピーパックン / ピー-パックン[3]
Pī-Pakkun
"P-Piranha", 「パックン」 Pakkun being from the Japanese name of Piranha Plants. Officially romanised as "P-Pakkun". "P-" may be short for propeller or, given the early name "P-Hat" present in Super Mario World assets,[4] a reference to Peahat, a flying flower enemy from The Legend of Zelda.
Chinese (Simplified) 跳跃食人花[5] (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2)
Tiàoyuè Shírénhuā
跳跃吞食花 (since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Tiàoyuè Tūnshíhuā
Jumping Piranha Plant
Chinese (Traditional) 跳躍吞食花
Tiàoyuè Tūnshíhuā
Jumping Piranha Plant
Dutch Jumping Piranha Plant (Super Mario Maker 2)
Jumping Piranha
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French (NOA) Fleur Piranha sautant Jumping Piranha Flower
French (NOE) Plante Piranha sauteuse Jumping Piranha Plant
German Hüpfer-Piranha Jumping Piranha
Italian Pianta Piranha salterella Jumping Piranha Plant
Korean 점핑뻐끔플라워
Jeomping Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Jumping Piranha Plant
Russian прыгающее растение-пиранья
prygayushchee rastenie-piran'ya
Jumping Piranha Plant
Spanish (NOA) Planta piraña saltarina Jumping Piranha Plant
Spanish (NOE) Planta Piraña Saltarina Jumping Piranha Plant

Trivia[edit]

A pre-release sprite of a Fire Flower-like creature with Mario's face in Super Mario World, supposedly meant for the Fall theme of Jumping Piranha Plant.
  • Prototype assets of Super Mario World show that Jumping Piranha Plants had alternate Fall-themed graphics resembling a Fire Flower with Mario's face.[6]
  • In the English instruction booklet of Super Mario World, the Jumping Piranha Plant is described as a tropical version of the "Volcano Plant" (likely referring to Volcano Lotus); however, the Japanese instruction booklet correctly refers to it as a Pakkun Flower (Piranha Plant).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 23.
  2. ^ GameXplain (November 1, 2018). Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Reveal Trailer (Petey Piranha Final Smash!). YouTube. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Super Mario World Shogakukan Book 1 (pg. 27)
  4. ^ TCRF. Prerelease:Super Mario World (SNES)/Background Graphics and Tilemaps#Enemy Cast List. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  5. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Frieze (July 24, 2020). Twitter post featuring prototype Super Mario World assets. Twitter. Retrieved July 25, 2020.