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First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Ganchans[1][2] are rock-like enemies from Super Mario Land that are found in the mountainous and spike-filled areas of the Easton Kingdom of Sarasaland. They are large, indestructible boulders that bound around unceasingly. They can be used as convenient platforms to get across long stretches of spikes or to reach high areas out of reach, mostly in World 3-1. Hiyoihoi also uses Ganchans as projectile weapons in World 3-3. Although Ganchans appear as generic boulders, they are living beings.

Ganchans are depicted as both sentient and non-sentient rocks in the Super Mario Land manga: the sentient Ganchans that let Mario cross the spikes, after Mekakuribō stretches his face to resemble one of a moai, tricking them into helping them cross; and the non-senient ones that acts as boulders tossed by Hiyoihoi.

In Super Mario-kun, faceless Ganchans appear in volume 3 being tossed by Hiyoihoi. Mario uses Yoshi as a shield, making him eat the boulders, then tosses him like a bowling ball at the moai, striking them down.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: Rocks that fall suddenly from the sky. They are terrible if they hit and squash you, but useful because you can jump on one and let it take you for a ride. Ganchans can't be beaten.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: These rocks fall from the sky. They can squash Mario, but he could also jump on one and take it for a ride. They can't be destroyed.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 岩石族
性格 お人好し
登場ゲーム ランド1

Tribe: Rock clan
Disposition: Good-natured
Game appearances: Land 1
You're welcome to use it if you can
A large rock suddenly falls out of nowhere. You can't defeat it, and if you get trapped under it, you lose a life. You can ride on top of it, so it is useful to use it to move around in places where the ground below is hazardous.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガンチャン[4]
From「岩」(gan, "rock" in on'yomi reading) and the Japanese honorific「~ちゃん」(-chan)

Dutch Ganchan[5]
French Ganchan[9]
German Gantschan
Japanese/English name adapted to German spelling
Italian Ganchan[6][7][8]
Spanish Ganchan


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 15.
  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 59.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 16.
  5. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 8.
  6. ^ Super Mario Land Italian manual, pag. 15
  7. ^ Super Mario Land (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 14
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 47
  9. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet, page 15.