A Scuttlebug trophy from Mario Party DS.
|First appearance||Super Mario 64 (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
Scuttlebugs (spelled Scuttle Bug in their earliest appearance) are round, striped spider-like bugs which appear as enemies in some Mario games. It is not to be confused with the enemies Skeeter, Pider, Arantula, Spoing, and Sprangler.
Super Mario series
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
They first appeared in Super Mario 64 and later in its remake Super Mario 64 DS. They act the same as Goombas; when in range they charge at Mario, and punching and stepping on their heads defeats them. They live in Hazy Maze Cave and outside Big Boo's Haunt. The only difference between Goombas is that they give three Coins instead of just one. But in the remake, their appearance changed drastically, taking the shape of their New Super Mario Bros. appearance resembling a hybrid between a Spider and a Bee.
New Super Mario Bros.
Scuttlebugs reappear in New Super Mario Bros., hanging down from webs in World 4-1. They will repeatedly move up and down, and can prove to be useful in giving some extra height by jumping off of them. They also appeared in in World 8-4, where they will ceaselessly drop down from the top of the stage in pairs of two. They detach from their webs almost immediately, and will drop onto the ground and give chase.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Scuttlebugs appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They hang from webs, just like their New Super Mario Bros. incarnations. However, their appearance have changed; instead of being yellow with three black stripes and having black heads, they are yellow with two purple stripes and heads, as well as having white pincers. They appeared in World 3-3 and World 3-Cannon.
Mario Party series
Mario Party 7
In the Mario Party 7 minigame Spider Stomp, Scuttlebugs appear, along with a big Scuttlebug. However, they are simply known as "spiders" in the game and can shoot web projectiles. The red machine in Hop-O-Matic 4000 resembles a Scuttlebug.
Mario Party DS
Scuttlebugs appear also in Mario Party DS. It appears in only one minigame: a 2-Vs.-2 minigame named Crazy Crosshairs. Both teams must hit the Scuttlebugs with some toy tanks on a spiderweb. This minigame also introduce Gold Scuttlebugs, giving the team 3 points instead of one if hit. In the same game, the player can win a Scuttlebug Rival Badge and a Scuttlebug Trophy by getting MP Points, and look at them in Gallery Mode. But here, the character figure information on the Scuttlebug refers to the Plunger-like feet as shoes.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy|
|Location(s)||Rustle Burrow, Tree Branch Trail|
|Moves||Slam (3/7), Web Shot (5)|
Scuttlebugs make their Paper Mario debut in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They are only found in World 3, with their appearance the same as from New Super Mario Bros.. Many walk around on the ground while others are attached to the ceiling using thread-like webs. If Mario battles a Scuttlebug on the ground, the enemy can either slam into Mario or shoot a web at him. If a hanging Scuttlebug is battled, it can only slam into Mario, but with a much higher damage ratio. The Scuttlebugs can also change their position on their strings to avoid hammer and ground attacks, similar to that of Piders and Arantulas from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Scuttlebugs hold a Wiggler Segment hostage in Rustle Burrow, an area with most of its inhabitants being Scuttlebugs. There are also Mini Scuttlebugs that cannot be battled, but will chase Mario if he gets close to them. If a Mini Scuttlebug touches Mario, he cannot jump very high and will move slowly until the Mini Scuttlebug is removed. Mini Scuttlebugs can be defeated by getting hit with a hammer, touched by Invincible Mario, or being jumped on. A Big Scuttlebug also appears as a mini-boss.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Scuttlebugs also appear as items in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the player can use them to hit other racers with spiderwebs.
Names in other languages
|Onomatopoeia for shuffling noises|
|French||Arayée||Pun on araignée (spider) and rayé (striped)|
|Spanish (Americas)||Visparaña||Portmanteau of araña (spider) and probably avispa (wasp)|
|Spanish (Europe)||Bichacuo||Literally "Big Bug" or "Big Insect"|
- Scientifically, Scuttlebugs aren't spiders or arachnids as they have 4 legs. Arachnids usually have 8 legs.
- Scuttlebugs are shown to act hostile towards other creatures who get near their spaces as shown when they capture Kersti and a Wiggler Segment in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and aggressively try to attack Mario. This could mean that Scuttlebugs have a huge distaste for outsiders.