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First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
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Spindrifts,[1] or Flower Heads,[2] are hovering enemies from Super Mario 64. They have spinning flowers on their heads that allow them to hover around. They also have yellow cones at the bottoms of their heads. Green leaf-like capes top the first halves of the yellow cones. A Spindrift's head is just a white sphere with two eyes and a small mouth. In the Nintendo DS remake, Spindrifts' heads now have a peach-yellow color, their flowers on their heads are somewhat bigger, they have eyelashes, and their mouths are now darker. They can also hover above water in the DS version.

A Spindrift in Super Mario 64
A Spindrift in a prototype version of New Super Mario Bros.

If Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario jumps on the creature, the Spindrift releases three coins, and the player character spin-jumps in the air. This technique can be used to get to other areas in new ways. Spindrifts appear in both snow courses: Cool, Cool Mountain and Snowman's Land. In the latter course, several of them make their home inside an igloo.

Spindrifts were supposed to appear in New Super Mario Bros. but were taken out of the final version, where Spin Blocks fulfill their function.

While standard Spindrifts do not appear in Super Mario Odyssey, one of the game's bosses, Torkdrift, is a mechanical Spindrift.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フワフワさん[3]
Portmanteau of「フワフワ」(fuwafuwa, fluffy) and「さん」(san)
Chinese 飘飘花 [4]
Fluttering Flowers
French Spindrift -
German Propy From "propeller" with diminutive suffix "-y"
Italian Spindrift[5] -
Korean 둥둥이씨
From 둥둥 (dungdung, floating); "이" and "씨" are honorific terms


  • The Japanese and Korean names for the mission Into the Igloo imply that the igloo is the home for the Spindrifts.


  1. ^ Pelland, Scott, and Dan Owsen. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 10.
  2. ^ (June 10, 1998). Course 4 - Star 6: Wall Kicks Will Work. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 86.
  4. ^ Guide posted on forums describing how to beat Mission 4 of Snowman's Land
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 86