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Not to be confused with Tweeter, Twister, or Whirlwind.
Tweester model from Mario Party 5.
Model of a Tweester in Mario Party 5
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Mario Party 7 (2005)

Tweesters, originally referred to as whirlwinds (alternatively capitalized),[1] are tornado-like enemies found in the Super Mario franchise that try to touch the player, sending them into the air in an attempt to redirect their movements and hinder their progression. In all of the games, they cannot harm the player directly and can only attempt to force them into a more dangerous situation.

Tweesters are some of the few original Paper Mario series characters to reappear in other Super Mario games, along with Whackas, Frost Piranhas, Koopatrols, Goomboss, and the Star Spirits.


Paper Mario[edit]

Whirlwinds debut in Paper Mario, where they forcefully blow Mario one screen to the north and one screen to the east in Dry Dry Desert if he comes into contact with them. It is typically a poor choice to touch them, as the player can easily get lost within the vast sands. However, one particular whirlwind (in an area with blue cacti) can be used to throw Mario next to the Spin Attack Badge on top of a high rock that cannot be reached by any other means.

Mario Party series[edit]

In Mario Party 5, a Tweester appears under its current name in the minigames Twist 'n' Out and Wind Wavers. In Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, and Mario Party 7, an Orb called the Tweester Orb appears, being based on Tweesters in appearance and function.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix[edit]

In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, a Tweester, referred to as a cyclone, appears near an island and attacks the SS Brass, making it spin out of control.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つむじ風 (Paper Mario)
つむじくん (Mario Party series)
たつまき (Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix)

From「つむじ風」(tsumujikaze, whirlwind) and「くん」(kun); shared with Gusty's Japanese name

Tornado; shared with tornado and Twister

French Eol
Pun on Éole (the French name of "Aeolus, son of Hippotes", the Greek idol of winds); shared with Bone Twister and Gusty
German Tornadino
Diminutive form of "tornado"; shared with Bone Twister and Gusty
Italian Folino (Mario Party series)
Ciclone (Dancing Stage: Mario Mix)
Diminutive version of folata ("gusty"); shared with Gusty
Spanish Tornadino
Diminutive form of "tornado"


  1. ^ "Warning Avoid the Whirlwinds! Although you don't fight them, they'll lift you up and plop you somewhere in the grid and you'll have no idea where you are." – Farkas, Bart G. Paper Mario Official Strategy Guide. Page 64.