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This article is about the item that appears in several Mario games. For information about the character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, see Cheese (character).
“Cheese?! You want to see cheese?!! Here's cheese!! HERE'S CHEESE! HERE'S SOME MORE CHEESE!!
Mouser, A Mouser in the Houser
Cheese as it appears in Donkey Kong 64.

Cheese is a real world dairy product which has occasionally appeared in the Mario franchise.

Game history

Mario franchise

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

A course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit called Cheese Land is made completely out of cheese.

Luigi's Mansion

In Luigi's Mansion and the remake, Luigi can scan cheese with the Game Boy Horror's Search Function to reveal a Gold Mouse, which he can suck up to get treasure, including jewels.

Five pieces of cheese appear in the game. They are found in the following locations:

Cheese only appears in darkened rooms, and disappears when the room is lit up. However, unlike with Speedy Spirits, Luigi gets a second chance to catch the Gold Mice he missed, during the Blackout.

In Neville's Study, there is a book called Darkness is Their Cheese by C. Parmesan that talks about the effects of cheese in the dark on Golden Mice:

Ghost mice are drawn to darkness as real mice are drawn to cheese... In the dark, they shine gold with contentment. I must try to get close to one before the lights come back on.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Cheese was mentioned in one of Goombella's Tattles for the Moon in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where she theorized that Moon Clefts might "live on green cheese". She later told Mario that she was only kidding in saying that, but then whispered to herself that she was "bummed that there were only rocks" on the Moon, implying that she once believed in the clichéd joke that the Moon was made of cheese.

Super Paper Mario

In Super Paper Mario, cheese is briefly mentioned when Mimi states that her favorite smell is Old Cheese. A cheesy snack known as Nibble-Ums can also be optionally referenced in Super Paper Mario by talking to Francis (who states that he'll need some extra food and energy to create Tiptron Mk. II and orders his MeowMaids to fetch him some of these Nibble-Ums) after buying Tiptron from him.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Bowser uses cheese to restore BP instead of Syrup Jars like in the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. They recover fifteen Brawl Points when eaten. There are stronger variants of regular cheese: Super Cheese, Ultra Cheese, and Miracle Cheese. Also, Bowser's equivalent of the Star Candy is the Cheesy Drumstick.

Donkey Kong franchise

Donkey Kong 64

Cheese later appeared in Donkey Kong 64, where Tiny Kong can find an old, moldy piece of cheese in a trash receptacle in Creepy Castle. By shrinking in size with her Mini Monkey ability, she can actually go inside and venture atop this block of cheese.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Cheese also appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It only appears in levels Crumble Cavern and Rodent Ruckus.

Super Smash Bros. series

Cheese is one of the many generic Food items in the Super Smash Bros. series (where it restores 3% of the player's health), and also makes minor appearances as a part of other items (such as the hamburger, where it can be seen as a sort of a condiment).

Appearances in other media

Television shows

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

In addition to being an ingredient on pizza, cheese was mentioned a few times on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Mouser was shown to be especially fond of cheese, and would mention it from time to time. Likewise, other characters (mainly King Koopa) would mock Mouser with cheese-related insults. In "On Her Majesty's Sewer Service", Luigi muttered "miserable mozzarella!" when Koopfinger escaped. In Mario Meets Koop-zilla, Koop-zilla called Mario "that parmesan plumber". Also, there was an episode entitled The Provolone Ranger, in which Mario assumed the role of the eponymous hero to save his friends from Billy the Koopa.


Nintendo Comics System

A Mouser shows off his cheese in the Super Mario Bros. comic "A Mouser in the Houser."

Although it made no regular appearances, cheese had a relatively large role in the Valiant Nintendo Comics System comic "A Mouser in the Houser". This comic introduced a large log of cheese known as the Sacred Cylinder of Cheese, which King Toadstool was rather fond of for unconfirmed reasons (although most other people found it to unimportant and even stupid). "A Mouser in the Houser" also revealed that the Mousers (who, after their leader's betrayal of their race, had eaten little more than stolen vegetables) loathed cheese and even had a limited fear of it. The fact that peoples' assumptions that they liked it, as well as the fact that most Mousers' peers awarded them with large amounts of cheese on special occasions, made things only worse for them. In the end, when cornered by an angry Mouser and with no other options, Princess Toadstool (who was once one of the few people who could respect the Sacred Cylinder of Cheese) ended up sacrificing the Sacred Cylinder to the Mouser, who was then stunned by memories of past cheeses long enough for Mario and Toadstool to escape.

Cheese's only other appearance in the comics was a quick reference in "Betrayal Most Proper," where one of the many phrases displayed on King Toadstool's newest crown was "The Big Cheese," in reference to the king's power.

Club Nintendo

The word "Holerö," sung by alien-in-disguise Heini, turns all Swiss into cheese.

The Club Nintendo comic "Sag niemals Holerö!" centered around the word "Holerö" which, when pronounced, would turn everyone into a kind of food typical of the country the person lived in. When Mario was spending his vacation in Switzerland and the word was pronounced, all the people around him turned into cheese, since Swiss cheese is a typical feature of this country. The cheese people still had eyes, a mouth, and legs, and where able to walk and ski.