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Upa (ウパ Upa?) 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!! Parsley Castle, 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, Mikey from the Goonies was replaced by Upa and a Candy Stage.

Upa in the Parodius series

Upa, along with a new female counterpart named Rupa (ルパ Rupa?) (presumably his twin sister), appear in the Super Famicom version of Gokujō Parodius! and Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius. They both have similar, but somewhat different weapon configurations, both of which are based on the weaponset from the Raiden series. The first level music from Bio Miracle is played at the beginning of each stage if the player is using Upa or Rupa.



Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~
Characters Takosuke and BelialVic Viper and Lord BritishPentaro and HanakoTwinBee and WinBeeHikaru and AkaneMambo and SambaMichael and GabrielKoitsu and AitsuGoemon and EbisumaruDracula-kun and Kid DraculaUpa and RupaMr. Past Glory
Stages Circo Porto HarborlandCat Battleship ForeverCandy LandTraffic SignsCore Ship ParadeMoai BattleshipThe MoonDiscoShooting Memories
Bosses Anna PavlovaCat SubmarineElizaDecoration CoreCrazy CoreCapsule Monster CappuccinoYoshikoPrincess KaguyaChichibinta RikaTako's CutiePentaro X
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius
Characters Takohiko and BelialVic Viper and Lord BritishPentaro and HanakoTwinBee and WinBeeSue and MemimMike and RanSoitsu and DoitsuUpa and RupaDracula-kun and Kid DraculaMr. Past Glory
Stages Hip Hop DiscoSchoolDonburi FieldsEdoSweet LandHigh Speed PatrolFiesta BasePolygon Space (Omake 1) • Grand Prix (Omake 2)
Bosses Mirror BallJudyEnormous Hikaru and AkaneMardock and Warumon's ShipsBaronBeeBoinBeeGoemon CompactDecoration Core MK IICat Battle TrainBig Core MK I (SNES) • Ghost Woman (SNES) • Big BaronBee (SNES) • John Wanjiro (PSX) • Penkuro (PSX) • Temple LordMr. Goldfish's Selling FortressChichibinta RikaBacteriyaRobot Wall