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Artwork of Pinhead 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. Each appears as a bowling pin-shaped enemy with two beady eyes, a red squiggly mouth, and a yellow antenna. These creatures are very rare, appearing in only two galaxies: Boulder Bowl Galaxy and Melty Monster Galaxy. They can be defeated only by Rock Mario, and when they see the plumber turning into a rolling boulder, they tremble desperately. When hit, they release multiple Star Bits. However, if Mario 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") 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.