Melon Bug

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Melon Bug
A Melon Bug
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (2002)
Spiked Fun Guy (Yoshi's Story)

Melon Bugs[1] are harmless, pill bug-like creatures that appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

They bounce up and down, but when Yoshi gets too close, they roll up into balls, which resemble melons, hence their name. If Yoshi gets close enough, he can eat them and then spit them out, causing them to roll across the ground, destroying any enemies in their path. Alternatively, they can be swallowed to create an egg.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Player's Guide: These feisty hoppers transform from bug to melon and back again. Eat them anytime to make an egg.[1]
  • Shogakukan guide: 近づくと、身を守ろうとして玉になる。転がして敵をやつつけたりできるので便利。[2](When you get close to it, it turns into a ball to protect itself. It is useful because you can roll it around and kill enemies with it.)

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 近づくと玉になって転がってくるが、ふれても痛くないし、タマゴで倒すこともできる。食べてはき出せば、敵を倒しながら転がって行くぞ。[3](When you get close to it, it turns into a ball and rolls around, but it doesn't hurt when you touch it, and you can knock it down with an egg. If you eat it and then expel it, it will roll away while defeating your enemies.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ころがりくん[2][3]
Portmanteau of「転がり」(korogari, roll) and「くん」(-kun, Japanese honorific)
German Lotter Lisa


  • Melon Bugs were originally designed for Super Donkey, a prototype game connected to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.[4] An alternate version of their early sprites, with the final red shoes, also heavily resembles their appearance used in artwork.[5]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6.
  3. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 16.
  4. ^ Salad Plain Zone (July 24, 2020). the d'onkey. YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  5. ^ TCRF. Development:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/Sprites#Melon Bug. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved November 12, 2021.