Mario looking at a beehve in Gelato Beach in Super Mario Sunshine
|First appearance||Donkey Kong 3 (1983)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Party Superstars (2021)|
Beehives are the home for bees in both the real world and the overall Mario franchise. Furthermore, in the Mario franchise, they mostly serve as a hazardous object, in which tampering with a beehive causes a swarm of angry bees to emerge and go after whoever touched it. Beehives have also appeared as level themes and background elements. In the overall Mario franchise, Beehives first appear in Donkey Kong 3.
Donkey Kong franchise
Donkey Kong 3
In Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong proceeds to knock on beehives to dispatch the bugs in greenhouses (either with his fists, as is the case in the blue and gray greenhouses, or via coconuts, in the case of the yellow greenhouse). In the yellow greenhouse, Stanley also forces Donkey Kong into a beehive at the top, which then falls onto his head. In the arcade version, Donkey Kong, upon the beehive falling onto his head, then twitches and scrambles to get the beehive off, only to fall down to the ground, with the beehive then splitting open and revealing that Donkey Kong's face is partially swollen, with his right eye being puffy (heavily implying that Donkey Kong had been stung by the beehive's occupants).
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, a few levels take place in beehives created by Zingers. The first three are found in Krazy Kremland: Hornet Hole, Rambi Rumble, and King Zing Sting, the very latter being the boss level where King Zing is fought; the fourth and final beehive level is Parrot Chute Panic, found in Gloomy Gulch. The main and distinct feature of these beehive levels (except King Zing Sting) are the patches of sticky honey found on the ground and walls. Navigating through the levels often require Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong to cling on and jump from honey on the walls.
Donkey Kong 64
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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario series
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
In the main Mario franchise, a beehive makes its debut in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, where the entire Honeybees level takes place within a large beehive. It is primarily inhabited by a few bee-related enemies, including Bees, Skeleton Bees, and Būichis, but among the other inhabitants include Grubbies, Uneras, and Tamaras.
Super Mario Sunshine
Beehives also appear in Super Mario Sunshine. The bees only get angry if Mario gets too close to the beehive or Mario knocks it down by squirting it. Once that happens, the bees attack Mario. The bees will retreat once the beehive reappears after a short amount of time. Having Yoshi eat the bees grants Mario a coin for each one, but a Blue Coin or a 1-Up Mushroom is rewarded from the last bee eaten. Once all bees are eaten, the beehive will still reappear but with no bees to occupy it.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, the Honeyhive Galaxy has several beehive-like planetoids that are inhabited by numerous bees. The galaxy is ruled by Queen Bee, who lives atop a large beehive planetoid with a garden, a small lake, and a fountain on the top.
Mario Party series
In the Mario Party series, honeycombs first appear in the Mario Party 2 minigame Honeycomb Havoc, which later returns in both Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars. In it, the characters must obtain fruit into their basket while avoiding honeycombs. As they roll down from the tree, it is inevitable that all but one character obtains a honeycomb, and the last character remaining is the winner. When a honeycomb lands into a character's basket, a bunch of bees emerge from it and chase them off-screen, disqualifying them from the minigame.
In Paper Mario, a beehive appears in the Forever Forest in the area where Mario finds the HP Plus Badge. If Mario uses his hammer attack on the beehive, it will cause an angry Bzzap! to come out and fight him.
Mario Kart 7
List of game appearances
|Title||Year of release||System/format||Role||Franchise|
|Donkey Kong 3||1983||Arcade||Object||Donkey Kong|
|Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins||1992||Game Boy||Level setting||Mario|
|Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest||1995||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Level setting||Donkey Kong|
|Donkey Kong Land 2||1996||Game Boy||Level setting||Donkey Kong|
|Yoshi's Story||1998||Nintendo 64||Obstacle and hazardous object||Yoshi|
|Donkey Kong 64||1999||Nintendo 64||Minor location within Jungle Jappes||Donkey Kong|
|Mario Party 2||1999||Nintendo 64||Object in Honeycomb Havoc||Mario|
|Paper Mario||2001||Nintendo 64||Object||Mario|
|Super Mario Sunshine||2002||Nintendo GameCube||Hazardous object||Mario|
|Donkey Kong Jungle Beat||2004||Nintendo GameCube||Hazardous object||Donkey Kong|
|Mario Party 7||2005||Nintendo GameCube||Object featured in Big Dripper||Mario|
|Super Mario Galaxy||2007||Wii||Featured throughout Honeyhive Galaxy||Mario|
|New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat||2008||Wii||Same as in the original version||Donkey Kong|
|Mario Kart 7||2011||Nintendo 3DS||The setting of Honeybee Hive||Mario|
|Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze||2014||Wii U||The setting of Beehive Brawl||Donkey Kong|
|Mario Party: The Top 100||2017||Nintendo 3DS||Same as in Mario Party 2||Mario|
|Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch)||2018||Nintendo Switch||Same as in the original version||Donkey Kong|
|Mario Party Superstars||2021||Nintendo Switch||Same as in Mario Party 2||Mario|
Names in other languages
Hachi no Su
- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat internal filename (ObjectData/StingaComb.arc)