Kappa Mountain

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Mario climbing up Kappa Mountain in Super Mario World

Kappa Mountain[1] is the largest mountain on Yoshi's Island. In Super Mario World, it is the location of the Yellow Switch Palace.

The name Kappa comes from a mythical creature in Japan, which has a water-filled, bowl-shaped depression on the top of its head. If the water runs out, the kappa dies. The lake in the middle of the mountain in Super Mario World looks like the head of a kappa, and the whole mountain could be thought of a kappa lying on its underbelly.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かっぱ[3]
Kappa Yama
Kappa Mountain
French Montagne Kappa Kappa Mountain
Italian Monte Kappa Mount Kappa
Portuguese Montanha Kappa Kappa Mountain


  1. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 7-3-08)
  3. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)