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First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
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A Spindrift[1], or Flower Head[2], is a hovering enemy from Super Mario 64. Spindrifts have a spinning flower on their heads which allows them to hover around. They also have a yellow cone at the bottom of their heads. A green leaf-like cape tops the first half of the yellow cone. A Spindrift's head is just a white sphere with two eyes and a small mouth. In the Nintendo DS remake, their heads now have a peach-yellow color, their flowers on their heads are somewhat bigger, and their mouths are now colored black instead of red. They can also hover above water in the DS version.

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

If Mario jumps on the creature, the Spindrift releases three coins, and Mario Spin Jumps in the air. This technique can be used to get to other areas in new ways. Spindrifts appear in both snow worlds: Cool, Cool Mountain and Snowman's Land. In the latter world, several of them make their home inside of 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]
Mr. Fluffy
Chinese 飘飘花 [4]
from 飘飘然 "light and airy" + 花 "flower"
French Spindrift -
German Propy From propeller
Italian Spindrift[5] -
Korean 둥둥이씨
Mr. Floating


  • The Japanese name for the mission Into the Igloo implies that the igloo is the home for the Spindrifts.


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pages 10, 41, 86 & 92
  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. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオ64のすべて」 (Super Mario 64 no Subete)
  4. ^ Guide posted on forums describing how to beat Mission 4 of Snowman's Land
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 86