Tweester

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Not to be confused with Tweeter, Twister, or Whirlwind.
Tweester
Whirlwind
A whirlwind in Paper Mario
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Mario Party 7 (2005)
Comparable
Tweester (Super Mario Galaxy)

Tweesters, originally referred to as whirlwinds (alternatively capitalized),[1] are tornado-like enemies found in the 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 Mario games, along with Whackas, Koopatrols, the Star Spirits, and the Goomba King.

History[edit]

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.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

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

From「旋風」(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, the Greek idol of winds; shared with Tweester
German Tornadino Derived from "tornado"; shared with Tweester
Italian Folino
Tornado/Ciclone
From folata (gusty); shared with the Italian names of Gusty and Tweester
Tornado/Cyclon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farkas, Bart G. Paper Mario Official Strategy Guide. Page 64. "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."