Wiggler (Super Mario Sunshine)

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Wiggler SMS.png
Full name Wiggler
Species Wiggler
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
This article is about the boss from Super Mario Sunshine. For the species, see Wiggler.
“That caterpillar sure woke up on the wrong side of the bed!”
Pianta, Super Mario Sunshine

Wiggler[1] is a giant, green Wiggler who appears in Super Mario Sunshine as the boss of Gelato Beach. It sleeps on top of the glass case housing the Sand Bird egg, blocking sunlight and delaying its hatching.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Wiggler appears in two missions in Gelato Beach: Mirror Madness! Tilt, Slam, Bam! and Wiggler Ahoy! Full Steam Ahead!. In the first mission where Wiggler appears, Mario has to correctly angle three mirrors, to hasten the hatching of the Sand Bird, by removing the Plungelos found on the mirrors. Once all three mirrors are correctly angled, Wiggler falls off of the case, revealing a Shine Sprite. In the second mission, Mario has to fight an enraged Wiggler. It moves very quickly and can damage Mario by running into him. Mario can stun it by spraying Dune Buds with water when Wiggler approaches them, flipping it on the other side, revealing a weak point on any one of its segments which needs to be Ground Pounded to deal damage to Wiggler. After Wiggler has been hit three times, it turns into sand, revealing another Shine Sprite.

As Mario fights Wiggler, it blows steam from its nose and makes sounds like a steam locomotive.

The Wiggler Wagons in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! found in Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City bear resemblance to this Wiggler.

Wiggler asleep on top of the Shine Tower

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボスハナチャン
Bosu Hana-chan
Boss Wiggler


  • Although other games, including Super Mario 64, its remake, Super Princess Peach, and Mario Kart DS possess bosses based on Wigglers, Super Mario Sunshine's Wiggler boss is the only one whose appearance greatly differs from that of a regular Wiggler.
  • When the player Ground Pounds Wiggler's body in Super Mario Sunshine, the boss music speeds up once per hit. This does not happen with any other boss in the game.
  • Due to a glitch, if the player presses the Z Button button as soon as Wiggler is defeated and is beginning to turn into sand, the music will slow down even more than in normal gameplay.[2]
  • In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Petey Piranha uses some of Wiggler's sound clips.


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 20.
  2. ^ HiLeonardo. (June 17, 2009). Super Mario Sunshine - Glitch Showcase. YouTube. Retrived February 20, 2017.