A Spindel from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS
|First appearance||Super Mario 64 (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
A Spindel is a type of Grindel that appears in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. It is a cylindrical creature made of stone that continuously rolls over the same stretch of territory. Its name comes from "spindle," which is the part of a spinning wheel that holds the yarn that is being spun. A Spindel also resembles a giant cylinder with a thread of yarn spun around it but with a face.
Enemies with similar functions to Spindels, called Rhomps, appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
A lone Spindel appears exclusively in the pyramid of Shifting Sand Land, where it can be found rolling back and forth in one section of the pyramid. There is a safe spot where Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario can hide to avoid being squished, though if one of them does get squished, he loses three wedges from his Power Meter.
A Spindel appears in volume 16 of the Super Mario-kun manga. It tries squashing Mario and the Bob-omb Buddy accompanying him, but it fails and crashes.
Names in other languages
|Portmanteau of「ドン」(don, onomatopoeia for colliding sound) and「グルグル」(guruguru, an onomatopoeia for spinning round and round); also follows the format of「ドンカク」(Donkaku, Grindel)|
|German||Walzen-Walter||From "walzen" (to roll) and the name "Walter"|
- ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 12.
- ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 86
|Thwomps and relatives|
|Akuiwagumi (leader) • Chō Dossun • Gattai monster • Head Thwomp • Mr. Thwomp • Mrs. Thwomp • Sphinx Zō • Thwomp Bros. • Thwomp Elevator|
|Big Thwomp • Bone Thwomp • Grindel • Omodon • Mega Thwomp • Pouncer • Security Thwomp • Sniffle Thwomp • Spiked Thwomp • Star Thwomp • Stone Elevator • Tail Thwomp • Thwimp • Thwomp|
|Big Whomp • Whimp • Whomp • Whomp King|
|Bomp • Flomp • Grrrol • Grumblump • Ka-thunk (King Ka-thunk) • Mega Grrrol • Rhomp • Spiky Tromp • Spindel • Spiny Tromp • Stairface Ogre • Stone-Eye • Thwack • Thwack Totem • Tox Box • Tsuboshi • Walking Block • Walleye • Wallop • Wonder Thwack|