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Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario and Luigi can hop on their back for a ride, allowing them to traverse air levels and making them one of the very few enemies that cannot be defeated by jumping on them. They are immune to fireballs, but vulnerable to Raccoon Mario's tail attacks, Super Stars and hammers. They are found only in Sky Land's World 5-6.
Jumping on a stationary Para-Beetle will slightly lower it, though it will gradually rise upwards again, somewhat making a zig-zag. The mobile Para-Beetles soar quickly through the skies, forcing the player to jump from Para-Beetle to Para-Beetle. Green Para-Beetles were originally going to appear in the game (as well as in the Game Boy Advance remake), where they were shown to be faster than normal Para-Beetles.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Para-Beetles return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are slower and larger than they are in Super Mario Bros. 3. There is also a huge new sub-species known as the Heavy Para-Beetle. If Mario steps on a regular Para-Beetle, it will start to rise to the top of the screen; if Mario jumps on a Heavy Para-Beetle, it will start to fall slowly. They only appear in World 7-6. If players jump on eight Para-Beetles consecutively without touching the ground, a 1-Up Mushroom falls from the sky.
Unused variants of Para-Beetles and Heavy Para-Beetles that fly to the right and stand still and face the screen exist in the game's files.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Para-Beetles reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS if the player applies wings to a Buzzy Beetle; it will fly in a straight line and thus behave in a similar manner. In the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles, Para-Beetles resemble their Paper Mario appearance; however, they still behave like they normally do in platformers.
In the Super Mario anime Super Mario Momotarō, a female Para-Beetle becomes the first creature to join forces with Mario in his mission to rescue Princess Peach after Mario gives some food to the starving Para-Beetle. During the final battle, she aids Mario by knocking out Wendy O. Koopa with a powerful tackle and later using the same move on Bowser. After the final battle, she helps Mario return the treasures that Bowser had stolen back to their rightful owners. She is based off of the bird from Momotarō.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Para-Beetles make a couple of appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they either fly around in numbers, acting as minions in Bowser's army as shown in "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" and "True Colors", or serve as rideable creatures for Mario, Luigi and Toad to ride on, as in the episode "7 Continents for 7 Koopas".
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Para-Beetles (here known as Parabuzzies) appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They can be found in the Pirate's Grotto and in the Pit of 100 Trials. Like other Buzzy Beetles, they are immune to fire attacks, and flying allows them to evade ground attacks from Mario and his party. If hit with a single jump, however, their wings will be knocked off and the Parabuzzy will become a normal Buzzy Beetle. Additionally, a fountain in Rogueport Sewers has two statues of Para-Beetles with their traditional platformer design.
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, they can be found in The Overthere and Castle Bleck. They behave the same way as in their previous appearance, but now, like other Buzzy Beetles, they are much weaker than in their previous appearances.
Mario Golf: World Tour
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Para-Beetles appear in the Minion Quest: The search for Bowser mode of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Here, they are a Flying troop. Their special attack involves diving into their opponents. They are weak against ordinary Buzzy Beetles, despite Flying troops typically being strong over Melee troops.
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