This article is about Bunbuns, the bee-like enemies from Super Mario Land. For "Boom Boom", Bowser's henchmen known as "Bunbun" in Japan, see Boom Boom.
Character artwork of a Bunbun.
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Subject origin Bee

Bunbun[1][2] are bee-like enemies that reside in the Birabuto Kingdom of Super Mario Land. They soar overhead, dropping their spears on Mario. Jumping or shooting a Superball at them clips their wings, sending them crashing to the ground and awarding Mario 800 points. Some Bunbun fly at very high altitudes out of reach, making their defeat virtually impossible. They only appear in World 1-2.

In the Super Mario Land, Mario faces against two Bunbun in the second stage of Birabuto. Their tossed spears nearly manage to make Mario fall down the platforms, but are easily defeated with one Superball. Mekakuribō (Princess Peach in disguise) reacts to their falling bodies in disguise.

In Super Mario-kun, Bunbun appear in the last chapter of volume 3. They are the first Super Mario Land enemies to attack Mario after he comes across them, constantly tossing spears at him. Mario then finds a Super Star and defeats all of them.


Super Mario LandEdit

  • Instruction booklet: Bunbun flies around in the sky dropping arrows.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: Bunbun flies through the sky dropping arrows.

Perfect Ban Mario Character DaijitenEdit

種族 クリープ族
性格 いたずら好き
登場ゲーム ランド1

Tribe: Creep clan
Disposition: Mischievous
Game appearances: Land 1
Troubled bee that drops arrows
A bee that flies through the air and drops arrows downwards. It appears in Mario Land 1-2. You can defeat them by jumping and stepping on their heads. If you are on a high place, ignore the bees and dodge their arrows.


Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブンブン[4]
Onomatopoeia of a bee's buzzing sound; coincidentally the same as Boom Boom and bumblebee

Dutch Bunbun[5]
French Bunbun[6]
German Bunbun
Italian Bunbun[7][8][9]
Spanish Bunbun


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 197.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  5. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 7.
  6. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet, page 16.
  7. ^ Super Mario Land Italian manual, pag. 16
  8. ^ Super Mario Land (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 14
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 47