Utsutsubo

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Utsutsubo are aquatic creatures encountered in Wario Land II. Appearing like snake-like fish (described as "eels"[1][2] generically), they resemble their real world-counterparts. Additionally, Utsutsubo sport white patterns on their backs, and their mouths end in a pair of powerful jaws with tooth-like extensions, which allow them to get a solid grip on their prey. Utsutsubo apparently prefer to live in submerged caves with strong currents. They are all orange in the Game Boy Color-enhanced version.

History[edit]

Wario Land II[edit]

The Utsutsubo drags Wario down the cave

Utsutsubo are a very rare enemy in Wario Land II. They make their only appearance in a cavern of the level Get in the Tea Cup. Wario has to traverse their habitat in order to reach the SS Tea Cup, the ship of the Black Sugar Gang who stole the majority of his possessions. Utsutsubo reside in their holes and wait for Wario to get in reach. Once they sense a good opportunity, they rise and attempt to latch onto the greedy treasure hunter. If they succeed, they drag Wario down their cave and pull him into the strong currents at the ground, which forces the player to restart the cave segment. The player will also lose a few coins, so the Utsutsubo' attacks should be avoided. However, in one particular situation, succumbing to an Utsutsubo's bite is the only way to reach the hidden treasure of the level. Because of Wario's lack of underwater attacks, Utsutsubo cannot be harmed in any way in this game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウツツボ[3]
Utsutsubo
From「鱓」(utsubo, moray)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official American Wario Land II website (Internet Archive)
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 106, page 65. "Getting aboard the good ship Tea Cup isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’ll have to swim through caves, then hop onto the backs of flying gulls, and finally evade hungry eels."
  3. ^ Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihō Shogakukan guide, page 117.