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“Winkles acknowledge you.”
Winkle, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The many varieties of Winkle
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

Winkles are snail creatures that appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They live in the Chucklehuck Woods and run the Winkle Colosseum, a stadium requiring 500 Beanbean coins to participate.

Inside, Mario and Luigi play the Chuckorock Bounce minigame, known as "Chuckola Bounce". After completing it, they are awarded the Winkle Card, which is used to get past the Winkle guard and access a piece of the fallen Beanstar. In deeper parts of the forest, there is even a Winkle statue.

The Winkles in the remake, notice the one from the minigame being absent.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, the Winkle that explains the minigame and acts as a timer is somewhat replaced by an orange Winkle.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マイマイ族
Maimai Zoku
Snail Tribe
Spanish Caracol Snail
German Krieche From kriechen (to creep), pun on Grieche (Greek).
Italian Tribù delle Lumache
Tribù dei Lumaconi (only in the description of the Winkle Card)
Snail Tribe
Slug Tribe
Chinese 蜗牛族
Wōniú Zú
Snail Tribe