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Upa (ウパ) is a fictional baby character created by Konami in 1988 for the Famicom Disk System game Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. He has not been released in a game outside of Japan other than the pirated game Mario Baby, which was identical to Bio Miracle but with an altered title screen.

Gameplay style

Upa crawls around armed with a magic rattle. When an enemy is struck with this rattle weapon, it inflates like a balloon and slowly floats away to the top of the screen. When inflated, enemies can then be used as temporary floating platforms to climb to higher places or used as weapons if they are pushed. He can also become temporarily invincible and gain the ability to walk if he obtains a special power-up.

In Wai Wai World 2: SOS!! Paseri Jou, Upa is a possible playable character whose rattle functions somewhat differently than in Bio Miracle. When Upa hits an enemy with a rattle, instead of inflating, it simply turns into a cloud which floats upward and he can use it as a platform. This time around, he can't push it and use it as a weapon. There are also special bonus blocks for Upa in two stages that are based on Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa.

In the Mobile Version of Wai Wai World, Michael Walsh from Goonies was replaced by Upa and an Candy Stage.

Upa in the Parodius series

Upa, along with a new female counterpart named Rupa (presumably his twin sister), appear in the Super Famicom version of Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~ and Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius. They both have similar, but somewhat different weapon configurations. The first level music from Bio Miracle is played at the beginning of each stage if the player is using Upa or Rupa. Upa makes cameo in the Pachislot Gokuraku Parodius.

Appearances

  • 1988 — Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Famicom Disk System, Famicom, Mobile Phone) – Protagonist
  • 1991 — Wai Wai World 2: SOS!! Paseri Jou (Famicom) – One of several protagonists
  • 1994 — Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~ (Super Famicom version only) – He, along with Rupa, are two of several selectable characters
  • 1995 — Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius (Super Famicom) – He, along with Rupa, are two of several selectable characters
  • 1997 — Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius: forever with me (PlayStation, Sega Saturn and PSP) – He, along with Rupa, are two of several selectable characters
  • 2002 - Pop'n Music 9 (Arcade, PlayStation 2)
  • 2005 - CR Gokujo Parodius! (Pachinko)
  • 2006 - Konami Wai Wai World (Mobile Phone) - The mobile phone version of same name replaces Michael Walsh with Upa and an Candy stage.
  • 2010 - Gokuraku Parodius (Pachislot) - Upa makes cameo in Pachislot.
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