I've been working on something recently that led me back to this thread. In doing so, I also found some connections that were missed the first time round.
Birabuto So we know it's supposed to be romanized as "Piraputo", but I dug a little deeper and the name is a portmanteau of "piramido" and "egiputo"... So it's actual English name should be Pyrapt (although I think Pyragypt sounds better as a localised name).
Combination of "Kira" (Killer), which is Bullet Bill's Japanese name, and perhaps "giragira", to glare.
This was mistaken. Giragira means to blaze or glare (like a light). This makes sense given that its only real distinguishing feature from Bullet Bill is the flame that comes from it.
Yurarin / Yurarin Boo
Another one I'm not clear on. "Yurari" appears to mean "swaying", which could be true.
it's actually "yurariyurari" for slow and repeated swaying motions. It still seems the best fit, as it's the typical movement of a seahorse.
Again it's Mekapon in Japan. "Meka" is short for "Mechanical" and "Pon" is onomatopoeia for a popping sound. Not sure about the last bit.
Pon could also be short for Ponkotsu, meaning "junk". As the level it appears in is based on the lost city of Atlantis, it makes me think that perhaps it's supposed to be an old robot relic. Another possibility is that "kapo" can mean "couple", which also makes sense given it splits itself in two to attack.
No idea why this is the name here. The romanization is "Gunyon", but that doesn't offer up much help either.
Gunyon is either a completely made up word (which I don't think has happened in the history of Mario), or there's a good chance it's not based on a Japanese or English word, and may actually be Chinese, Korean, etc.
Another mistranslation, with the Japanese name being "King Todomesu". This is a tricky one, but my favourite explanation is "Todome" meaning "finishing blow", while "su" can be a typical honoriffic after a name.
Turns out that the Japanese manual does list Totomesu, and only the Japanese website is Todomesu. It also turns out that Totomesu is the Japanese name for the pharoah lineage Thutmose.
"Dragon" is fairly obvious, but the rest isn't so clear. It may just be a name... lame answer, I know
There's a chance that the name is supposed to be "Dragon Za Masu", which would become Dragon The Huge. It's not written that way in Japanese, but it's the closest thing I can suggest without saying it's just a name.
Again, I can't find a name original for the final boss of the game. Maybe he doesn't need one.
As my earlier research brought up, there's a chance his name is an arrangement of "Tangata", the Easter Island legend of a flying man.
Last Edit: Aug 18, 2010 14:40:24 GMT -5 by Fryguy64
Well, IMO, Goombo is a good name on its own, but I like how Chibibo describes the Goomba and its main characteristic. Granted, I have no idea how you could translate that without just turning it into a Micro Goomba. And where's the fun in that?
Biff, though, I don't really see the problem. Not like Gira was too much different from a standard Bullet Bill.
On the subject of completely made up Mario names, any idea where Lakitu comes from? Jugem has an etyomolgy, even if it doesn't really have to do with the enemy at hand. Lakitu... not so much.
Nester the Lark: Also, I know YL isn't into speedruns, but he might be interested to know that RPG Limit Break is having a Gust marathon all weekend, including several Atelier games.
Sept 25, 2020 22:01:18 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ah… Bad timing. I didn't read this until now, when it's almost over.
Sept 27, 2020 12:59:22 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Well, if you're still interested, they'll be uploading the replays to their YouTube channel later this week.
Sept 27, 2020 17:58:41 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I like that Mayles put her back in her kneepads. What's the last game they were in? One of the Kongas? It was a good look for her, albeit very 90's.
Oct 4, 2020 19:37:15 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: The jokes call to me, their siren song a temptation I can hardly bear, yet I must stay my tongue. Confound my dirty sense of humor.
Oct 16, 2020 13:05:51 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The replies I see to anything Nintendo posts on Twitter are probably an indication as to why they abandoned Miiverse and decided that social media should be someone else's responsibility.
Oct 20, 2020 16:48:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: As mentioned in Twitter, I'm currently playing Atelier Meruru DX. I'm thinking about writing reviews for the Arland series afterwards, as well as making a second Nintendo Switch review video after I finish either this or my next game.
Nov 7, 2020 8:46:05 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ I would be interested in seeing your reviews of the Arland games.
Nov 7, 2020 10:56:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: So, there's been Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. But guys, how about this: Punch-out Warriors! It's like Punch-out, but you fight all of your opponents at once!
Nov 12, 2020 12:12:00 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Sounds punchy, but unless it's a real knock-out I don't think it'd be a hit.
Nov 15, 2020 16:11:31 GMT -5