Penguin (enemy)

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Penguin with a ball.
Screenshot from Wario Land II
First appearance Wario Land II (1998)
Subject origin Penguin

Penguins[1][2][3] are enemies found in Wario Land II, where they are members of the Black Sugar Gang. They look like bipedal penguins with menacing beaks and bandanas tied around their heads.

In the Western version, penguins carry large black balls with handles (also called "insanity bombs"),[1] which they throw at Wario if he gets in their range; in the Japanese version, penguins hold on to beer mugs, and they instead try to splash alcohol on him. Despite the regional difference, Prima guides published after the Game Boy Color release show a screenshot of a penguin holding a beer mug.[4][5] In either case, if the projectile hits Wario, he becomes dizzy, making it harder for the player to control him. As penguins mostly appear in areas with small platforms and many opportunities to fall down a pit, there is also always a body of water near them that can be used to cure the status ailment they evoke.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペンペン[6]
Partial repetition of "penguin"; shared with an enemy from Game Boy Donkey Kong


  1. ^ a b "Wario battles penguins with insanity bombs, little fire-breathing dragons and plenty of obstacles in the woods. Luckily, it’s a short trip and you’ll soon be aboard the S.S. Tea Cup." – March 1998. Nintendo Power Volume 106. Nintendo of America. Page 65.
  2. ^ Nintendo: Wario Land II. Nintendo of America (American English). Archived June 10, 1998, 01:25:00 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 1, 2024.
  3. ^ E-mail response from Nintendo of America
  4. ^ Campbell, Stuart (May 5, 1999). Game Boy Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-2085-6. Page 11.
  5. ^ Brady, Matthew K., Nathan Beittenmiller, Debra McBride, and David Cassady (February 5, 2001). Game Boy Game Secrets, 2001 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-3090-8. Page 87.
  6. ^ Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihō Shogakukan guide. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 102.