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Unibo as it appears in Mario & Wario
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Latest appearance Mario & Wario (1993)

Unibo[1] are nearly indestructible spiky round enemies that inhabit flying and swimming areas. They appear in the Hippo stage and the second level of the Turtle Zone in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, where they can be defeated only by a Star or Koopa Troopa shell. They remain stationary until Mario comes near, at which point they shake on the spot to make themselves harder to avoid. They reappear in Mario & Wario, redesigned to look more like spiked balls and with no visible eyes. In addition, they come in two varieties: Those with blue bodies move vertically, and those with yellow bodies move horizontally. They no longer sleep and are constantly moving around.

The original appearance of Unibo is very similar to both Gordo from the Kirby series and Sea Urchins from the The Legend of Zelda series.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 アクア族
性格 しんぼう強い
登場ゲーム ランド2、M&W

Tribe: Aqua clan
Disposition: Persevering
Game appearances: Land 2, M&W
Unibo is a mysterious object
In Land 2, they appear in the ocean and in space. Usually stays still in the air, but suddenly starts moving rapidly when approaching. In Mario & Wario, it is a mysterious creature that only moves up and down. There is no way to avoid it.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: 通常はじっとしているか、マリオが近づくと上下に揺れ始める。[3] (It usually stays still and starts bobbing up and down when Mario approaches.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウニボー[4][5]
Portmanteau of「海胆」(uni, sea urchin) and「坊」(, guy)

German Unibo
Italian Unibō[6]


  1. ^ English Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 13, 2022, 13:51:45 UTC via archive.today.)
  2. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 45.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Land 2 section, page 75.
  4. ^ 「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.
  5. ^ Mario & Wario instruction booklet, page 11.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 75