Wall painting

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This article is about the ancient stone carvings that appear in Noki Bay in Super Mario Sunshine. For the oil paintings that appear in various games, see Painting.
Wall painting
Screenshot of a switch in Tricky Ruins from Super Mario Sunshine.
A wall painting with a simple design
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Reveals hidden pathways when sprayed with water
“When you spray water onto the wall paintings, a path usually appears.”
Noki elder in The Boss of Tricky Ruins, Super Mario Sunshine
Screenshot of a switch in Tricky Ruins from Super Mario Sunshine.
A wall painting with a more detailed design

Wall paintings are square-shaped stone carvings that appear on the cliffs of Noki Bay in Super Mario Sunshine. During Episode 2 of Noki Bay (The Boss of Tricky Ruins), the Noki elder implies that the wall paintings were created by a civilization that was ruled by the ancient Noki king.

Mario can spray wall paintings with water from FLUDD in order to activate them, which typically causes them and parts of the surrounding cliff face to recede, revealing ruins hidden within the cliffs that act as hidden passageways. Wall paintings are interacted with most extensively on Noki Bay's center left cliff face during The Boss of Tricky Ruins, where they reveal maze-like passageways that allow Mario to ascend to the top of the cliffs to a plateau where he battles Gooper Blooper, but they appear throughout the level as well. The wall paintings on the far left-hand cliff face conceal numerous Blue Coins, as well as a pathway that leads up to a plateau where a Gold Bird can be encountered, while those on the right-hand cliff face mostly conceal empty indents or single coins, one of which is guarded by a Cheep Cheep.

Wall paintings display a large variance in design, with some being simple squares, while others have various abstract designs carved into them.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かべの せきばん
Kabe no sekiban
Wall lithograph