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Nabbit, holding a Mushroom bag.
Full Name Nabbit
Species Rabbit
First Appearance New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (version 1.40) (2016)
Latest Portrayal Natsuko Yokoyama (2012 - present)

“I tell ya. I can outrun anything or anyone. Wanna play tag?”
Nabbit, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)

Nabbit is a recurring character that first appeared as an enemy in New Super Mario Bros. U and a playable character in New Super Luigi U. The name "Nabbit" is a play on the words "nab" and "rabbit". Nabbit is a thief who steals items from Toad Houses and runs away with them in his bag. He appears to be a purple rabbit with round eyes, long ears, and black limbs. He also wears a white handkerchief with a drawing of a large mouth with sharpened teeth, similar to Bowser Jr.'s mask, as well as orange shoes and white gloves.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Nabbit stealing an item in an Enemy Course.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Nabbit appears throughout several levels. When encountered by Mario and friends, they must chase him throughout the course within 100 seconds. The heroes can also toss Koopa Shells at Nabbit, slide into him, or throw iceballs or fireballs to stun him for a couple of seconds. Tapping him on the GamePad will slow him down, making it easier to catch him (multiplayer only). When Nabbit is eventually caught, Toad will take the P-Acorn out of the bag and give it to the player as a reward. If players fail to catch him three times, Nabbit will flee and disappear until conditions are met.

Nabbit appears in every world, except Peach's Castle and Superstar Road, and catching him in each of these worlds will congratulate the player. Once he is caught in the necessary worlds, he will still appear in the same levels as before after playing three levels.

The player can first find Nabbit in seven levels:

He also appears if the player takes too long to open the chest after defeating the enemies in an enemy course, in which case he will steal the item from the chest. To do this, it takes 30 seconds to 45 seconds.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Nabbit finishing a level with the heroes in New Super Luigi U.

Nabbit reappears in New Super Luigi U, this time as a new playable character (replacing Mario from the original game). Unlike other playable characters, Nabbit cannot use power-ups (except for Super Mushrooms) or ride Yoshis, but he is immune to all enemy attacks, though he can still get knocked back by tougher enemies, such as Grrrols. Also, despite his immunity to enemy attacks, Nabbit can still lose lives by falling into lava, poison water, an abyss, simply getting crushed by certain obstacles, getting eaten by a Cheep Chomp, exposure to volcanic ash, or running out of time.

The power-ups he collects are released as 1-Up Mushrooms at the end of the level.[1] In single player mode, Luigi must chase him like in the original, in the same levels as in New Super Mario Bros. U. Nabbit can also be playable anytime in single player mode by holding Classic Controller ZL Button on the Gamepad or the Pro Controller or holding the B Button on the Wii Remote while entering any level, except the Flying Squirrel Ovation level in Superstar Road world where Mii can be played as instead of Nabbit.

Once again, Nabbit still comes and steals the item from a chest if the player waits too long to collect a chest despite being on Luigi's side. If the player is playing as Nabbit, the screen fades after taking too long.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Beginning with the version 1.40 update of Super Mario Maker, a Nabbit costume is available. The player can unlock it by beating the 100 Mario Challenge on Normal or a more difficult mode after a certain amount of tries. Once unlocked, it can be accessed in-game through the use of a Mystery Mushroom, even though only the Super Mario Bros. style permits the use of the costume.

Although the death, invincibility, and victory jingles of Nabbit remain the default ones, the jump sound is distinctive for the character, as a short squeaky noise can be heard while he jumps. Furthermore, the player can press the +Control Pad up button on the GamePad to make Nabbit face the camera and release a jolly laugh.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Nabbit playing golf in Layer-Cake Desert in Mario Golf: World Tour.

Nabbit appears for the first time in the Mario Golf series, as well as his first spin-off and handheld appearance, in Mario Golf: World Tour as a DLC-exclusive bonus character. He is obtained by purchasing the Flower Pack, either individually or via the Season Pass. His normal driving distance is 213 yards, while his star driving distance is 274 yards. His shot trajectory has a huge draw that travels at the lowest height out of all characters.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Nabbit in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Nabbit makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in the Mushroom Kingdom U stage. After Kamek changes the stage's layout, he may appear and attempts to catch fighters in his bag. If he does so, he blasts off and takes the fighter with him, KO-ing them.[2] However, the players can also attack Nabbit, which can release fighters in his bag and KO him. Nabbit appears as a random event in Smash Tour. He moves along the map picking up any item he comes across, and whoever bumps into him retrieves his whole loot.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Nabbit made his Mario Party debut in Mario Party 10 as a non-playable character. He appears if Team Mario lands on a specific space (Bowser Dice Block -1) to take a Dice Block away from Bowser.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
Location(s) Neo Bowser Castle
Level 36
HP 9999
Power 248 (222)
Defense 312 (280)
Speed 241
Experience 0
Coins 0 (though a lot is accumulated from hitting him)
Item Drop Random type of DX Bean
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.

Nabbit makes an appearance in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. His role in the game is to provide new Bros. Attacks throughout the game if Mario and Luigi successfully capture him, effectively replacing Attack Pieces from the previous two games. At the start of the game, the trio will see Nabbit running off from Toads with several items in his sack, while dropping a Red Shell and a Fire Flower before escaping. Most of the Bros. Attacks come from catching him, except Mario's final Bros. Attack, Toad Trail, where players need to collect all of the Paper Toads.

As part of retrieving Luigi's final Bros. Attack, Mega Thwonk, the trio must chase Nabbit and fight six battles. Three of these battles are against Nabbit, while another three are alongside him against Bowser's troops.

  • After catching Nabbit, a battle against him starts. Nabbit's main attack is to throw a bunch of coins at the trio with the occasional spiked ball, most of which roll along the ground but some of which bounce. Nabbit follows this with a bag toss before taking a group of enemies out of his bag and making the trio fight them while he takes a nap. The three enemy groups are four Paper Paragoombas, three stacks of Paper Boos, and five Mechakoopas. When Nabbit's turn comes up while the enemies are still on the field, he sneaks behind the trio and attempts to steal one of their hammers to bonk them with; this can be dodged by swinging the hammer just as he gets a firm grip on it, flinging him away. Hitting Nabbit causes him to drop coins instead of dealing visible damage, with the maximum amount of coins being earned in this quest being 950. Once the summoned enemies are defeated, Nabbit returns to the battle proper. Once he takes enough hits and drops a reward, he runs away and the battle ends.
  • When Nabbit engages Bowser's troops, he fights alongside the trio. In this state, he can do three things on his turn:
    • Jumps on a random enemy. Usually gets the first action command right, but the second one is less often.
    • Uses a triplet of Mushrooms that heals all of the trio for 60 HP each.
    • Pairs up with either Mario or Luigi to kick a Buzzy Beetle Shell in the same manner as the 3D Red Shell. The shell's speed is erratic, and missing a kick hurts the victim. Nabbit is always the one to make the final kick, which he'll sometimes miss.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Nabbit appears as a new playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.[3] This game also marks Nabbit's first game with dialogue.



Sprites and models[edit]


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
Nabbit SSB4TrophyNabbit.png Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U (11/2012)
Wii U New Super Luigi U (06/2013)
An underhanded little rascal who steals items from the Toad Houses and runs away with them. If you can catch him, Toad might repay you with a nice present. In New Super Luigi U, he even manages to nab a position as a playable character! From burglar to hero in the blink of an eye... Not bad work, all things considered.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
New Super Mario Bros. U Rival/enemy North America:
November 18, 2012
Wii U
New Super Luigi U Playable character/rival Japan:
July 19, 2013
Wii U
Mario Golf: World Tour Playable character (DLC) Japan:
May 1, 2014
Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Non-playable character North America:
November 21, 2014
Wii U
Mario Party 10 Non-playable character Japan:
March 12, 2015
Wii U
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Non-playable character Japan:
December 3, 2015
Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Unlockable playable character Japan:
February 18, 2016
Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker (version 1.40) Unlockable costume Worldwide:
March 9, 2016
Wii U

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トッテン
Part of "取って" (Totte) meaning to take, or to steal.
Spanish Caco Gazapo Thief Rabbit
French (NOA) Chipin Portmanteau of "chiper" (swiping) and "lapin" (rabbit).
French (NOE) Carottin Portmanteau of "carotte(r)" (to steal or carrot) and "lapin".
Dutch Nabbit Same as the English name
German Mopsie from mopsen (filch)
Italian Ruboniglio Rubare (rob) and coniglio (rabbit) put together.
Portuguese Coelharápio From "coelho" (rabbit) and "larápio" (thief).
Russian Кралик
From "кролик" (rabbit) and "красть" (to steal).
Korean 톳텐
From his Japanese name.


  • The character Ravio from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has a similar appearance to Nabbit, as pointed out by several fans in the comments of a Miiverse post with an in-development screenshot showing the character. However, Satoru Iwata, during the October 1, 2013 Nintendo Direct, officially dismissed the similarities as an unintentional coincidence. Although, Iwata added that because the developers work so closely together it is not surprising that similar designs could manifest in different, unrelated games.[4]
  • Nabbit seems to inhabit the purple Records Toad House, as it is filled with item bags like the one he carries and has his silhouette visible on the ceiling.


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  4. ^ Nintendo Direct 10.1.2013