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Artwork of Pinhead from Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork from Super Mario Galaxy 2
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
The bridge acts as a bowling lane to the Pinheads.
Mario bowling over some Pinheads in the Boulder Bowl Galaxy
The bridge acts as a bowling lane to the Pinheads.
The bridge acts as a bowling lane to the Pinheads.

Pinheads[1] are a type of creature appearing in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Their name comes from a word referring to a pin's flattened head. Each Pinhead appears as a bowling pin-shaped enemy with two beady eyes, a squiggly red mouth, and a yellow antenna. These creatures are very rare, appearing in only two galaxies: the Boulder Bowl Galaxy and Melty Monster Galaxy. Pinheads can be defeated only by Rock Mario, and when they see him turning into a rolling boulder, they tremble desperately. When hit, they release multiple Star Bits. However, if Mario or Luigi comes close to them, they squeal and hide underground until he moves away.


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Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 ObjectData/Togepin.arc Togepin Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy 2 SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl トゲピン (Togepin) Portmanteau of「刺」(toge, spike) and "bowling pin"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピンボー[2]
Portmanteau of "pin" and「坊」(, an affectionate suffix meaning "guy") and/or possibly「ボーリング」(bōringu, bowling)
French Kiclown From "quille" (skittle) and "clown"
German Dornenkegel Thornpin
Italian Birispino Portemanteau of "birillo" (pin) and "spina" (plug)
Spanish (NOE) Picabolo -


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 28.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 161.