Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
The octopus will attack Mario by swimming around releasing its offspring. The little ones slowly home in on Mario and pass him by, while the parent swims left and right across the arena. In order to defeat the octopus, Mario has to hit its head three times, which can be difficult, as the entire battle with the octopus takes place underwater. Alternatively, Fire Mario can defeat the octopus with six fireballs. The smaller octopodes cannot be harmed, and are the most dangerous threat in the battle.
Mario vs. Wario
The octopus (referred to by Mario as a monster octopus) also appears in the Mario vs. Wario comic, which is a loose adaptation of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. It attempts to attack Mario while he is crossing a lake, but is stopped when Mario asks what an octopus, a saltwater creature, is doing in a freshwater lake. The octopus ponders this and then exclaims that must be why it has not been feeling well. Mario offers to pour some salt in the water for the octopus, but accidentally pours sugar instead. It is last seen lying face down in the water, unmoving.
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