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Artwork of a Tosenbo, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)

Tosenbo[1] are spiked, slug-like creatures from the star stage of the Space Zone in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. These creatures inflate and deflate at a regular interval, but are barely visible when they are not inflated. They are invulnerable when not inflated, so Mario should stay away from them; they can only be defeated using a Star or a fireball when they are in their inflated state. According to the Shogakukan guide, they may related to Unibo.[2]


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 アクア族
性格 すぐにすねる
登場ゲーム ランド2

Tribe: Aqua clan
Disposition: Sulks easily
Game appearances: Land 2
Aim for the moment when it's squeezed.
A creature whose entire body is covered with spines, which swell and contract. You can't knock it down by stepping on it, so hurry through it at the moment it is squeezed. Fire will defeat it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーセンボ[2]
From「通せん坊」(tōsenbō, blocking one's way); also possibly including「ハリセンボン」(harisenbon, porcupinefish)
German Tosenbo -
Italian Pesce Palla[4] Pufferfish, literally "Ball Fish"


  • In the Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, the picture of Tosenbo in its entry is vertically flipped.


  1. ^ English Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 13, 2022, 13:51:45 UTC via
  2. ^ a b 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins), page 13. It also states of the enemy: [...] 「ウニボーの親戚(?)。」 (Unibo's relative(?).)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 119.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 75