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Waterspouts (also spelled as Water Spouts and also called Water Jets, Water Fountains, Water Pillars, Water Springs, or Water Geysers) are springs of Water that occur from the water whether it be briefly or continuous. Waterspouts can be useful as the amount of water at the top of the spring is so insurmountable that it appears to be solid allowing Mario, Luigi, and others to walk across them. If jumped into, one will be able to swim in it until being pushed to the top of the spout by it's force. They are similar to both Sand Geysers and the hazardous Lava Plumes.

History

Super Mario series

Super Princess Peach

Peach and Perry near a Waterspout.

Waterspouts are first seen in Super Princess Peach. In this game, they are seen in some levels of Wavy Beach. In this game, they act as a forcefield, when landed on, Peach will be sprung to the top and won't be able to go beyond the Waterspout. The spouting height of the Waterspout can be temporarily lowered with the use of Peach's Cyclone powers allowing access to hidden collectables or the path forward however over time, the spouting level will rise back to it's original height.

Super Mario 3D Land

Mario guiding an Arrow Platform to a Waterspout.

Waterspouts appear again in Super Mario 3D Land in this game, they are less common mainly appearing in levels that feature Arrow Platforms. They will occasionally spring from the water below when an Arrow Platform is driven onto the Waterspout, it will be sprung into the air. From here, it can be maneuvered onto the higher tracks which can be used to obtain Star Medals and other collectibles. Unlike most games, Waterspouts will not spring Mario (or Luigi) upward and the plumbers will instead phase right through them. Waterspouts are also seen in Special 2-3 despite the chasms of that level being composed mostly of lava.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Mario jumps across the Waterspouts to obtain some Coins and a Star Coin.

Waterspouts appear again in New Super Mario Bros. U as well as New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In these games, Waterspouts are commonly found in various levels of Sparkling Waters most notably Waterspout Beach. They are similar to Sand Geysers as they spring from the water and Mario and friends can walk across them. A Waterspout can also be jumped in to be carried to the top of the Spout. Whenever jumping Cheep-Cheeps make contact with a Waterspout, they will slide along the spout before descending. If Yoshi is hit by an enemy and runs into a Waterspout, he will stop running after being hoisted to the Spout's top. Waterspouts are also seen during the boss fight with Larry Koopa.

Super Mario Odyssey

The Waterspouts seen springing from the fountains in the Seaside Kingdom.

Waterspouts are seen yet again in Super Mario Odyssey In this game, they can be seen in the Seaside Kingdom. When one of the corks on each side of the Glass Tower of Bubblaine is pulled, a Waterspout will begin to spring from the fountain hole. These Waterspouts are shown to decorate the Kingdom, they can also be used as a way to replenish the water for a Gushen while having captured one.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

A Waterspout holding up a Comet Piece.

A Waterspout is seen in Paper Mario: Sticker Star in Water's Edge Way. When Mario arrives at the Bowser Waterfall, a Waterspout can be seen springing from the leftmost hole holding up the Comet Piece scrap (which was previously tossed by Kamek). Upon finding and spinning the Faucet (named "Tap" in the PAL Versions), the Bowser waterfall will stop releasing water and the Waterspout (along with all the water levels) will recede allowing Mario to nab the Comet Piece scrap to restore the full Comet Piece. If Mario returns here after completing the level and using the Faucet, the Waterspout will return but it won't hold anything. If Mario uses the Tap before obtaining the Comet Piece, the Waterspout will be springing the Comet Piece again requiring Mario to turn off the Tap again.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Baby Mario and Baby Luigi approaching the last set of Waterspouts with Mario and Toadette not far behind, meanwhile, Yoshi and Bowser Jr. (along with Waluigi and Donkey Kong) maneuver around the Waterspouts in the Crystal Caves.

Waterspouts appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! in the course Dino Dino Jungle. In this game, they can be found in the crystal caves and just before the finish line gushing from the ground in set patterns. If players make contact with a Waterspout, they will be flipped high into the air (in the same way they would if hit by a Blue Spiny Shell or a Bob-omb). Waterspouts can only be avoided unless your under the effects of a Starman in which can you can phase right through them.

Mario Kart 7

Donkey Kong approaching the last set of Waterspouts.

In Mario Kart 7, Waterspouts appear in the returning Dino Dino Jungle. They function the same way they did previously (also with the same patterns) but players can also preform tricks from the busted earth where the Waterspouts gush from. Waterspouts once again flip players high into the air (unless they're under the effects of a Starman or Bullet Bill).

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Waterspouts as seen in Super Smash Bros..

Waterspouts are seen in the Mushroom Kingdom U stage of Super Smash Bros. 4 showing up randomly during a match. Players can jump on the Waterspouts to use as a high ground when up against opponents. In some cases, a Mega Urchin can be seen floating on a Waterspout, these cannot be jumped on due to the large hazard.

Donkey Kong series

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

DK and Diddy near several Waterspouts.

Waterspouts are seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in the new level Gushin' Geysers. In this game, Waterspouts will spring from the ground periodically springing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong into the air when made contact with. Waterspouts can also hold up platforms. Some Waterspouts only pop up periodically, others tend to elevate their gushing levels and some are seen springing water at all times. The Fire Extinguishers in Music Madness also function slightly similarly to Waterspouts.

Trivia

  • Waterspouts are among one of the few features/elements that change their role with games (in terms of being a hazard, platform, or simply a background element).
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