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Dolphins or Liftons (リフトン: Japanese only) are goggle-wearing cetaceans that debuted in Super Mario World.

History

Super Mario World

Dolphins only appear in Vanilla Secret 3 and in a hidden area near the end of Chocolate Island 1. They are used as platforms to cross the water infested with Porcu-Puffers. They jump in and out of water either vertically or in parabolic arcs. In the Japanese version of Super Mario World, Yoshi can eat the Dolphins. This was changed in Western versions except for Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.

Mario Party series

Mario Party 4

A Dolphin appears in Koopa's Seaside Soiree in Mario Party 4, where he will let the character played as get on his back while he swims through the water. The character can jump to get Coins this Dolphin swims by on the trip.

Mario Party Advance

A unique dolphin is met in Mario Party Advance; several other Dolphins also appear and form an audience to listen to his jokes.

Mario Party 5

In Mario Party 5, a Dolphin has been seen in the Undersea Dream. It only shows up if the player lands on the Green Space on the sunken ship.

Mario Party 7

In Mario Party 7, some Dolphins can be seen jumping out of the water in the file select screen.

Mario Party 8

In Mario Party 8, the Dolphins play an important role in the board Goomba's Booty Boardwalk‎; players can pay them a certain number of Coins depending on what place they are in, allowing them to take a ride on the Dolphin's back and advance a number of spaces.

Mario Party 9

In Mario Party 9, Dolphins appear on Blooper Beach. On the first half of the board, a Dolphin is the first active sea creature when a party is started, being six spaces away at first. They advance two spaces every turn, and if the player lands on or catches up to the dolphin while captain, the Dolphin gives them 5 Mini Stars. Dolphins also appear when the player lands on a Lucky Space near the end of the board. Landing on one of them results in a trio of Dolphins leading the player to an island with several Mini Stars. Additionally, during the minigame Ring Leader, the players ride Dolphins to jump through hoops.

Mario Party: The Top 100

In Mario Party: The Top 100, a Dolphin makes a cameo appearance in the Collection mode, appearing in Mario Party 9's box art.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart Wii

While no real dolphins themselves appear in Mario Kart Wii, a medium-sized bike called the Dolphin Dasher is based off of a Dolphin.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

Dolphins make their first cameo appearance in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, where they can be seen jumping out of the water in the Splash Circuit and Tropical Coast stages. A kart based off Dolphins called the Turbo Dolphin appears in the game.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Dolphin Shoals Dolphin

Lifton in Mario Kart 8.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there is a banner with Dolphin artwork from Super Mario World on it found in Toad Harbor. Also, Dolphin Shoals features Dolphins that act similarly to those in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, as well as Dolphin-shaped hill structures. In Sunshine Airport, this course can be seen listed on the signboards in the terminal next to other courses.

Mario Golf: World Tour

Dolphins appear in Mario Golf: World Tour swimming around in the background of Cheep Cheep Lagoon.

Appearances in other media

Super Mario World television series

In the Super Mario World television series, Dolphins appear only in the episode Mama Luigi. In this episode, two Dolphins, seeing that Luigi and Yoshi are being attacked by a Torpedo Ted, decide to help the two by letting them ride on their backs. Evading the Torpedo Ted, the Dolphins drop Luigi and Yoshi off at a nearby beach. After being thanked by Luigi, the two friendly Dolphins leap back into the water, cheering happily.

Nintendo Adventure Books

A Dolphin is featured on the cover of Dinosaur Dilemma, and artwork of one is used in the book, but none appear in the actual story. An equally friendly sub-species of them, the Micro-Dolphins, are discovered to be living inside of Yoshi in Unjust Desserts.

Mario Playing Cards

A Dolphin appears on the three of clubs in the NAP-06 deck of the Mario Playing Cards.

Trivia

  • Dorrie and Dolphin both wear goggles and therefore they have a similar face to each other.
  • A bike in Mario Kart Wii is named Dolphin Dasher, similar to Dolphin's name.

See also

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