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Spiny Cheep Cheep

A Spiny Cheep Cheep artwork from New Super Mario Bros. U
General information
Variant of Cheep Cheep
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Similar entities
Spike Bass
Deep Cheep
Loch Nestor
Mad Blurp
Rip Van Fish
Notable members

Spiny Cheep Cheeps (also formatted as Spiny Cheep-Cheeps[1]), also known as Spiny Cheeps[2] or "Cheep-cheeps"[3], are Cheep Cheeps, most commonly appearing with spikes running down their backs, although there has been much variation. They are fast swimmers and from New Super Mario Bros. Wii onward, they chase Mario, like a Deep Cheep.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

A Spiny Cheep-Cheep from Super Mario Bros. 3

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3. In the game, they only appear in one level: World 7-4. They swim faster than normal Cheep-Cheeps, though they can sometimes be seen swimming slowly as well. They also swim both left and right. They can be defeated using Hammer Mario's hammers, Fire Mario's fireballs, or by Invincible Mario. In the original, they are black with a white underside and green lips, as well as a visible tooth; in remakes, they are a dull blue with a salmon-colored underside and lips a slightly lighter shade than those of the average Cheep-Cheep, and a toothless, circular mouth.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

The Spiny Cheep Cheep[4] is a fairly rare enemy in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, and it appears only in the Turtle Zone. Unlike its other appearances, it is flat and slender, almost eel-like, but it regularly inflates itself into a spiked ball. When inflated it can only rise upwards, so it moves towards Mario when deflated and attempts to block his path by puffing up and getting in his way. Spiny Cheep Cheeps can be defeated with fireballs.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Spiny Cheep Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They first appear in World 1-4 and later in World 4-1 and World 4-4. A single Spiny Cheep Cheep also appears in a secret area in World 8-4. Once it catches sight of Mario, Luigi, or the Toads, it will hunt them down. Though small, the Spiny Cheep Cheep is quite fast and relentless in its chase; more so than the Deep Cheep. They can be frozen using Ice or Penguin Mario's ice balls, but like all spiked enemies in the game, they will not stay frozen for long. Once it unfreezes, it has an angrier look on its face, the same one a Deep Cheep has. This does not affect anything it does.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

A Spiny Cheep Cheep from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Spiny Cheep Cheeps also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they first appear early in World 1-5. They behave the same way and have the same appearance as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, except they have an angry look on their faces by default now.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Spiny Cheep Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. Like previous New Super Mario Bros. titles, they will chase Mario, Luigi, and the Toads once they appear on screen.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps appear in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Recycled Koopa." When King Koopa uses his Crud Cannon to dump his garbage all over New York City and turn humans into Koopa Zombies, some of the garbage fired by the cannon lands in the East River, mutating a school of fish into Spiny Cheep-Cheeps. Most episodes depict them as red, instead of their game color, and with sharp, yellow teeth.

Yoshi franchise

Yoshi's Story

A Spiny Fish from Yoshi's Story

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps,[5] referred to in English as Spiny Fish,[6] make an appearance in Yoshi's Story, where they are magenta with yellow spikes and tail, and lack pectoral fins. They are depicted as larger than a Cheep Cheep and have more spikes on their body over where their plain underbelly and pectoral fins are normally located. They have red lips and have green irises. They appear only in the first level of Page 5: Ocean, Lots O'Jelly Fish, where they simply swim back and forth. If a Yoshi eats them, he loses some petals. Their Yoshi's Story artwork is reused as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

Yoshi Touch & Go

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps[7][8] appear in Yoshi Touch & Go. They are blue with white spikes, and are always leaping. They can only be defeated by smacking them with an egg.

Mario Pinball Land

In Mario Pinball Land, Spiny Cheep-Cheeps[9] (referred to as "little puffers" in Nintendo Power[10]) assist Porcupuffer, the boss of the Frosty Frontier Stage. Rather than black or purple, these Spiny Cheep-Cheeps have a red and white coloration, retain a dorsal fin akin to a regular Cheep Cheep, and have spikes around its body.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Spiny Cheep Cheeps appear in Oho Ocean Seabed and replace both Cheep Cheeps and Puffer-Cheeps. However, they have identical behavior, first appearing as plain, purple Cheep Cheep and shedding its "mohawk" in favor of retractable spikes when stomped. Damaging it again reverts it into its previous form.

Super Mario Party

In Super Mario Party, a Spiny Cheep Cheep makes a cameo appearance in the minigame Absent Minded, where it is one of the characters that can be chosen as a guess.

Dr. Mario World

Spiny Cheep Cheeps appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. In stage mode, they have a chance of triggering a rapid skill meter increase, in which it originally increases the skill meter by 300% more than usual per elimination made, but was changed to increase the skill meter by an extra point for every elimination made. This stage mode effect stacks with Spiny's effect if both activate. In versus mode, they grant a chance that one virus is eliminated if the player is about to lose, which only happens once per match.

LEGO Super Mario

Spiny Cheep Cheeps appear as collectible figures in Character Packs - Series 2 for LEGO Super Mario. In the official app, their name is misspelled as Spinny Cheep Cheeps.

Profiles and statistics

Yoshi franchise

Yoshi's Story

  • Shogakukan guide: 「お魚だって、卜ゲがあっちゃ食べられない。」[5] (These fish can't be eaten since they have spikes.)

Yoshi Touch & Go

  • Shogakukan guide: トゲのあるプクプク。シャボンで包めないうえに、雲を突き破って飛び上がるので危険。飛び上がる前にタマゴで倒したいが、上に敵がいなければ、高い位臞に道を作ってやりすごすのも手。[8]

(A Cheep Cheep with spikes. They are dangerous because they cannot be wrapped with bubbles, and they leap up through the clouds. It is best to defeat it with an egg before it leaps up, but if there are no enemies above, you can also make a path to a higher level to get past it.)

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

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Dr. Mario World

  • Stage mode: "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance of rapid skill meter increase."
  • Versus mode: "If you are about to lose, grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance viruses (1) will be eliminated. (Once only.)"



Sprites and models



Additional names

Internal names

Game File name Name Meaning
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. 2
New Super Mario Bros. U
1 Data/files/Object/pukupuku_toge.arc
pukupuku_toge Spiny Cheep Cheep

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲプク[11][12][13][8]
Spiny Cheep
Chinese (Simplified) 尖刺泡泡鱼
Jiān Cì Pàopàoyú
Spike Cheep Cheep
Chinese (Traditional) 尖刺泡泡魚
Jiān Cì Pàopàoyú
Spike Cheep Cheep
French (American) Spiny-Cheep Spiny Cheep
French (Europe) Cheep Kipic
German Stachel-Cheep
Dumgug[14](Yoshi's Story)
Spike Cheep
Italian Pesce Smack spinoso Spiny Cheep Cheep
Portuguese (Brazil) Espeto Cheep Spiny Cheep
Portuguese (Europe) Cheep Cheep Espinhos Spikes Cheep Cheep
Spanish (Americas) Cheep espinoso
Pez espinoso[15]
Spiny Cheep
Spiny fish
Spanish (Europe) Cheep Cheep Pinchón Spiny Cheep Cheep


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 9.
  2. ^ Rocha, Garitt, and Nick von Esmarch. Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. Page 200.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 26.
  4. ^ Mario Portal (archive.is)
  5. ^ a b 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6.Media:Yoshi Story Shogakukan P6.jpg
  6. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go, internal filename /obj/H_togepuku.oce
  8. ^ a b c 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 14Media:CTY Shogakukan P14.jpg.
  9. ^ Super Mario Ball Shogakukan bookMedia:Super Mario Ball Shogakukan enemies.jpg
  10. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 185, page 117.
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 37.
  12. ^ Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia. Page 123.
  13. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/n08/bmvj/time_s4.html
  14. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater. Page 20Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Pg. 20-21.png.
  15. ^ Club Nintendo TIPS section