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Artwork of Tamao from Super Mario Land
Artwork of Tamao from Super Mario Land
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Tamao[1][2] is an eyeball-like enemy that protects Dragonzamasu in World 2-3 of Super Mario Land. It bounces diagonally to different parts of the screen, damaging Mario if it touches his Marine Pop. Tamao is completely immune to torpedoes shot by the Marine Pop. However, once Dragonzamasu is defeated, Tamao disappears as well.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: "This indestructible life form lives in Dragonzamasu's room to guard his boss."[1]
  • Game Boy Player's Guide: "This fiercely loyal jellyfish defends Dragonzamasu."[2]
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "This indestrucible life-form guards Dragonzamasu."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タマオー[3]
From「玉」(tama, ball) and「大」(ō, big)
Dutch Tamao[4] -
French Tamao -
German Tamao -
Spanish Tamao -


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ a b M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  4. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 8.