Manta

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Not to be confused with Phantamanta or Ray.
Manta

Rendered model of the Manta in Mario Kart 8. This iteration of the character is blue and wears goggles, much like Jumbo Rays.

The Manta from Mario Kart 8
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variants
Jumbo Ray
Comparable
Flotsam
Stingray
Notable members
Phantamanta
Ray

The Manta,[1] also referred to as the Manta Ray[2] or the Ray,[2] is an aquatic species found in various Mario games. Mantas are peaceful creatures, much like real manta rays. Some leave trails of regenerative rings behind them as they swim, and others can be used to surf above channels of water.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Manta character first appears in Super Mario 64 and its remake, where it resides in the level Dire, Dire Docks from the second Power Star onwards, swimming in a circle around the whirlpool in the center of the entrance area. The Manta will leave a trail of shimmering rings as it swims around the whirlpool. If Mario can swim through five rings in a row, he will be rewarded with a Power Star; this is the focus of the mission "The Manta Ray's Reward". Moreover, he can swim through a ring to regain lost oxygen. However, if Mario misses a ring, he has to start the five ring sequence all over again. If he swims through a ring correctly, a red number will appear. When Mario accomplishes the five ring task, the Star will appear at the top of the whirlpool. Mario should also keep distance from the Manta's tail, as it can deal damage.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Main article: Phantamanta
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A spectral Manta later known as Phantamanta appears as a boss in Super Mario Sunshine, appearing at Sirena Beach. It is flat and moves along the ground and other surfaces as though it is a light projected from the sky, constantly leaving a trail of electric goop behind it. Spraying it with F.L.U.D.D. causes it to split into progressively smaller forms.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Main article: Ray

A small, friendly Manta named Ray appears as a minor character in Super Mario Galaxy. Mario can surf on his back along tracks in the Loopdeeloop and Loopdeswoop galaxies.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Jumbo Ray from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Main article: Jumbo Ray

Types of Mantas called Jumbo Rays appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are green and wear a pair of water goggles. They can fly, so Mario and company can stand on them as platforms for a short time. Their appearance and manner of aiding the characters to pass some obstacles are rather similar to those of Dolphins from Super Mario World.

Mario Party 4[edit]

In Mario Party 4, there is a minigame called Manta Rings in which a Manta releases golden rings while swimming. These rings give the players three points unlike the usual blue ones, which give out one point.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

A single Manta appears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Dolphin Shoals course. It has water goggles, light spots, and peach lips, resembling a Jumbo Ray, but retains its blue color, cephalic fins, and visible gills. It also has a small dorsal fin.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Manta Glider, Silver Manta Glider, and Polka-Dot Manta Glider in Mario Kart Tour
The Manta Glider, Silver Manta Glider, and Polka-Dot Manta Glider in Mario Kart Tour
The Manta Glider, Silver Manta Glider, and Polka-Dot Manta Glider in Mario Kart Tour
The Manta Glider, Silver Manta Glider, and Polka-Dot Manta Glider in Mario Kart Tour

While no actual Mantas appear in Mario Kart Tour, there are three gliders that resemble them. These gliders are known as the Manta Glider, Silver Manta Glider, and Polka-Dot Manta Glider, which debuted in the Marine Tour, Peach vs. Daisy Tour, and Summer Tour, respectively.

Other appearances[edit]

A Manta using its Super Mario 64 DS model appeared in an early build of New Super Mario Bros. with an unknown role, but did not appear in the final game.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マンタ
Manta
Manta
Chinese 鳐鱼
yáo yú
Manta
Italian Manta
Pesce Razza[3]
-
Rajiformes Fish
Korean 만타
Manta
Manta

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, page 78.
  2. ^ a b (February 24, 1998). Course 9 - Star 5: The Manta Ray's Reward. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 85