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Not to be confused with Tweeter.
Galaxy Tweester.jpg
Tweester as it appears in Super Mario Galaxy.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Related Species
Galactic Tornado

Tweesters are tornado-like enemies found in many Mario games that try to touch Mario, sending him into the air in an attempt to redirect his movements and hinder his progression. In most of the games they cannot harm Mario directly and can only attempt to force him into a more dangerous situation. They are usually found in desert levels.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Artwork of a Tweester from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Tweesters debut in Super Mario Bros. 3, only appearing in World 2-Desert.gif of Desert Land, where they can trap Mario in an air pocket and throw him backwards if he gets too close. The only way to get past one is to run until the Power Meter is fully charged, and then jump into the air before colliding with the Tweester. There is no way for Mario to defeat a Tweester in this game, and thus they will always remain in the same location.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 and in Super Mario 64 DS, if Mario comes into contact with one of them, he is thrown upwards and slowly floats downwards (similar to jumping off a Spindrift). They are also situated next to quicksand, so the player must be careful not to fall in. In these games, they only appear in Shifting Sand Land.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., Tweesters appear in World 6-A. They are very large and immobile, and they no longer appear with threatening faces. If Mario comes in contact with one, he is thrown upwards and spins as he floats back down (similar to Super Mario 64).

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

SMG DD Tweester.png

Tweesters appear in Super Mario Galaxy; however, instead of having menacing faces, they only have white eyeballs that follow Mario around. These Tweesters can also be helpful at times, being used to traverse obstacles. Touching one will also cause them to spin around. If the player then spins using the Wii Remote, the Tweester will make Mario or Luigi go flying into the air and spin their arms around very quickly like a helicopter. Some Tweesters have debris spinning around them, which hurt Mario or Luigi if they make contact with it. Similar, but larger tornadoes without eyes known as Galactic Tornadoes also appear in this game. These tornadoes appear in the Dusty Dune Galaxy and also make a small appearance in Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. Tweesters do not appear in the sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and are replaced by Galactic Tornadoes.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A single Tweester appears in the episode Mind Your Mummy Mommy, Mario, where a Steam Cloud Balloon gets caught in one.

Paper Mario[edit]

A Tweester as it appears in Paper Mario.

In Paper Mario, the first game in which they have menacing faces, 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 highly recommended not to touch them, as the player can easily get lost within the vast sands. However, one particular Tweester (in an area with blue cacti) can be used to throw Mario next to an elevated Badge on top of a high rock which cannot be reached by any other means.

Mario Party series[edit]

Like several other minor enemies, Tweesters were featured as Capsules in the Mario Party franchise. In Mario Party 5, a Tweester Capsule can be used to send the Star to a new location. It has the same effect as the Lucky Lamp in Mario Party 3 and is also similar to the Chomp Call in Mario Party 4.

In Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7, players can obtain a Tweester Orb that can be placed on the board as a roadblock. If other players pass through its space, a Tweester appears and moves the player to a random space on the board. It is also possible that the Bloway Candy in Mario Party 8 is inspired by Tweesters, as players who use it become a tornado and forcibly throw any other players they come into contact with back to the Start Space. This function is also somewhat similar to the Klepto Orb from Mario Party 6.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix[edit]

Tweester seen in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. a Tweester attacks the SS Brass, making it spin out of control. This Tweester appears on an island and is not situated in the desert as most are.

Similar foes from other Mario-related titles[edit]

Virtual Boy Wario Land[edit]

Screenshot of Wario with two of the creatures that resemble Tweesters.

Creatures that resemble Tweesters appear in Stage 7 of Virtual Boy Wario Land. Wario is able to ride on top of these Tweesters, so he can safely cross fields of harmful Plant Chompers. Tweesters can be seen spawning from the sky, taking shape once they hit the ground. If Wario tries to jump on a Tweester before it has fully formed, he will be briefly lifted into the air. Wario is also able to lead a Tweester to defeat the Big Blob that guards one of the doors in Stage 7.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, if the player gets too close to Petey Piranha during the boss battle in Bianco Hills Episode 5: Petey Piranha Strikes Back, he whips up tornadoes to blow Mario backwards.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Obstacles simply called tornadoes[1], which work on similar mechanics as Tweesters did in Super Mario Bros. 3, appear in the level Frantic Fields of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a game for the Wii U. It is uncertain if these enemies are the same as Tweesters or not; however, as stated earlier, they have a similar effect on the player. When one of the Kongs enters a tornado, the latter either hurls him back or further, depending on the direction the hazard faces (left or right, respectively). Rambi has no power against these tornadoes whatsoever.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つむじくん
Tsumuji kun
Hair Whorl Guy
French Eol Pun on the name of the Greek idol of winds
German Tornadino Derived from Tornado


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Prima Official Game Guide. Page 26
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku, New Super Mario Bros. section