Mega Mole

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Mega Mole
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A Mega Mole, as seen in Super Mario 3D Land.
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (2016)
Parent Species Monty Mole

Mega Moles are a giant species of Monty Moles that appear uncommonly throughout the Mario franchise.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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In Super Mario World, Mega Moles are exclusively found underground, debuting in Chocolate Island 4. They are invulnerable to Mario and Luigi's jump or Spin Jump moves as well as Fire Mario or Luigi's fireballs, but can be defeated by using the Cape's spinning attack, a Super Star, a Grab Block, or a Shell. Like other enemies, they are also immune to hazards such as Munchers and spikes. Standing on a Mega Mole's head is not a danger by itself, and will allow Mario or Luigi to ride it. Unlike regular Monty Moles, they do not pop out of holes in the ground. Despite their size, they can be eaten and swallowed by Yoshi. Mega Moles are among the few foes that can hurt Mario while he is riding Yoshi; most enemies merely result in the loss of Yoshi, while a few others both hurt Mario and force Yoshi to run away. In this appearance, they have a light-brown fur color and wear shades.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario stomping on a Mega Mole.

After a long absence, Mega Moles[1] (known by Prima Games as Morty Moles[2]) appear in Super Mario 3D Land. They inhabit levels such as World 5-4 and 7-4 along with Monty Moles. The moles are now susceptible to stomping, and are fought similarly to Rexes; they get shorter and faster after the first stomp, and are defeated on the second stomp. However, they will revert back to their regular size if they manage to hit Mario while they are short, or after a short time. A Ground Pound will also defeat them in one hit. When defeated, Mega Moles will sometimes give Super Mushrooms. In this appearance, they have a reddish-brown fur color and lack shades.

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

Mega Moles reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. The player can enlarge a normal Monty Mole with a Super Mushroom, and it will transform into its larger variant. Like Monty Moles, they can pop out of the ground, and can be simply taken out with one stomp or fireball. In this appearance, they have a light-brown fur color and lack shades.

Mario Family[edit]

A Mega Mole in Mario Family.
Artwork
A Mega Mole in Mario Family.
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A Mega Mole in Mario Family.

A Mega Mole appears in Mario Family, as one of the sewing designs.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In the Nintendo Adventure Book Dinosaur Dilemma, if Mario offers apples to Yoshi and some dinosaurs he finds near Lake Trilobite, the dinosaurs will turn out to be Mega Moles in disguise, and will swarm Mario after removing their costumes, leading to a Game Over. Some more Mega Moles can be encountered in a decrepit mansion, and Mario can escape them by stepping to the side as they give chase, causing the nearsighted creatures to obliviously charge past him. Attempting to outrun the Mega Moles will lead to a Game Over, when Mario blindly falls into a watery pit inhabited by a Blargg.

Some Mega Moles appear among the crowds at the International Dino-Flying Derby in Flown the Koopa, and eye Mario and his friends hungrily when the show ends. Later, if Mario and Luigi don some Mega Mole costumes, some real ones will approach the two with gifts, and take them to their cave lair if the Mario Bros. choose to follow them. Once in the caves, the Mega Moles continue stuffing the plumbers with food, before weighing them down with "gifts" and swarming them, as Mario discovers too late by skimming through a book called Mega Moles in the Mist. Finally, another group of Mega Moles will attack Mario and Luigi, causing a Game Over, if they decide to explore a dark portion of Magikoopa's Fortress with a flashlight, which quickly dies on them.

In Unjust Desserts, some Mega Moles are shrunk by Magikoopa, and sent into Yoshi's body after Mario, though the hero never encounters any inside the dinosaur, just in the palace garden when he and all the creatures Yoshi and Luigi had eaten are spat up by them.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese インディー
Indī
ゴロプー
Goropū
Officially "Indy" (Super Mario World).

Variation of Choropoo (Super Mario 3D Land).
German Riesen-Monty Giant Monty
Chinese 大鼹鼠[3]
Dà Yǎnshǔ
Big Mole

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario 3D Land internal filename "Indy" (Japanese romanization).
  2. ^ Super Mario 3D Land Prima eGuide, Enemies tab.
  3. ^ 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.