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Maw-Rays, previously known as Unagis, are giant eel-like creatures seen in multiple Mario games.
In Super Mario 64, only one appears, in Jolly Roger Bay; however, it's involved in two Stars. First, in "Plunder the Sunken Treasure", it's blocking the entrance to the ship Mario needs to enter in order to get this star. The second Star, "Can the Eel Come Out to Play?", involves Mario having to lure the Maw-Ray out of its nest and grab the Star on its tail.
Maw-Rays later appear in New Super Mario Bros. DS, in Worlds 4-3 and 8-3. In the latter, Mario has to swim away from a gigantic one that can't even be killed by a Star.
Finally, in Super Mario Odyssey, Maw-Rays (now actually called this for the first time) appear primarily in Seaside Kingdom, where they block the way to a few Power Moons. A few Maw-Rays even appear in a Yoshi-centric cloud bonus stage in the Mushroom Kingdom.
A Maw-Ray is even part of a Mario Kart track: Wii-U Dolphin Shoals. They also make cameo appearances in Wii Koopa Cape and the Mario Kart 7 version of GCN Daisy Cruiser.
Oddly, "Unagi" (うなぎ) is not the creature's actual Japanese name. Furthermore, "unagi" is the Japanese word for "freshwater eel", and while the type of water used in the Mario series is debatable, Maw-Rays are based on SALTwater eels (穴子 anago).
- New Super Mario World features a female boss, Maw-Ray of the Deep.
- Mario Kart Dimensions features Maw-Rays as an obstacle on one track.
- Super Mario Kart 8+ features Maw-Rays. They're listed as a "background character", but since the game is a remake of Mario Kart 8, we would assume they play the same role in Dolphin Shoals that they did in the original.
- The cancelled Super Mario Realms was apparently going to feature Maw-Rays as an enemy.
- St. Clair Publications' Super Mario Sunshine Deluxe re-does Eely Mouth to look like a Maw-Ray and may feature some regular ones in new bonus areas, looking and acting like it did in Super Mario Odyssey.
Name in other languages
(its real Japanese name)