Pidgit

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Pidgit
Pidgit.jpg
A Pidgit.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Derived Species
Dodorigesu Jr.

Pidgits are small black or purple flightless crows[1] that act as the bringers of bad dreams, and soar through the skies atop Magic Carpets provided by Wart.[1][2] Its name is a pun on pigeon.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Pidgits first appeared in the game Super Mario Bros. 2, where they were a common aerial enemy in Subcon. To attack, a Pidgit would attempt to fly into Mario or one of his friends. Thus, Mario should Jump on top of the Pidgit during its descent and throw it off the magic carpet. Mario can then ride the magic carpet for short distances. Often, Mario needs to use these magic carpets to reach inaccessible parts of certain levels. In the NES version, Pidgit was depicted black as usual - the SNES edition changed it to blue and the GBA editions changed it to purple.

Super Mario World[edit]

In Super Mario World, if Mario or Luigi clear all the levels of the Special World, Bullet Bills will be changed to resemble Pidgits. In the SNES release, they are also renamed Pidgit Bills.

Also in Super Mario World, the Lakitus' clouds could be ridden like a Pidgit's carpet, whereas the Pidgit Bills don't even have carpets, but are merely blasted through the air.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

A Pidgit playing the saxophone, from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.

Pidgits make a few rare appearances on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. They mainly appear in the episode "Mario's Magic Carpet", where King Koopa calls a service known as Pidgit Express, and ordered for a dozen Pidgits to eat away at Mario's Magic Carpet. Unlike the normal depiction of Pidgits, these Pidgits are capable of flying with their stubby wings rather than Magic Carpets, and their favorite food is said to be carpeting. This ends with Luigi remembering that he knew how to speak the Pidgits' own language (named "Pidgit"), and telling them to eat away at King Koopa's Magic Carpet instead, which they proceed to do. A single Pidgit makes a brief appearance in the episode "The Unzappables", where it plays a saxophone at the Koopa Klub alongside a Goomba pianist and a Shy Guy cellist.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Brain Drain, while in Iggy Koopa's hideout after having his mind swapped with a Koopa Troopa's due to the Synapse Switcher, Luigi can order a pizza from Magic Carpet Pizza, a pizzeria run by Pidgits, if he punches the correct number into the cafeteria's KoopaFone.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Pidgit SuperMarioKun.jpg

A pidgit appears in volume 8 of Super Mario-Kun. It traps Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi in its flying carpet.

Mario & Wario[edit]

Similar enemies known as Dodorigesu Jr. appear in the Japanese Super Famicom game Mario & Wario. They do not fly nor do they have their carpets, but Dodorigesu Jr. are otherwise nearly identical to Pidgit's original 8-bit appearance.

Wario's Woods[edit]

Additionally, a Pidgit[3] (known as the "Black Bat"[4] in the English translation) appears as one of Wario's monsters in Wario's Woods, and overcomes the Sprite during the common event of Wario replacing Birdo. In this game, the Pidgit serves the same purpose as the Sprite, although it magically drops extra monsters down on Toad while Thwomps summon Bombs. Two of them are also seen in the VS Mode, where they are tied to a gauge display rather than the appearance of Wario. It appears to be either flying on its own or hanging off the bottom of the Thwomp, making Wario's Woods one of the rare occurrences of a Pidgit without a carpet.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Pidgits make a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. They appear in the level Mushroom Kingdom II and ride magic carpets. While its magic carpet is three-dimensional, the Pidgit is a two-dimensional sprite. The fighters could hop on the magic carpet as long as the Pidgit was on the screen. A trophy of a Pidgit can also be obtained in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

In Super Princess Peach, crows distinctly resembling Pidgits except with a noticeably developed wingspan rather than short arm-flaps appear during the ending. The two groups fly in formations spelling "NICESHOT!!" after Bowser is beaten and "CONGRATULATIONS!" once Mario is saved.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Partners in Time Enemy
Pidgit
PidgitPiT.png
Location(s) Yoshi's Island
HP 35 (32) / 35 (with bag)
Power 42 (38) / 42 (with bag)
Defense 34
Speed 27 / 32 (with bag)
Experience 18
Coins 6 / 30 (with bag)
Related None
Notice Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions of the game if they differ from the original American stats.[5]

Pidgits reappeared after a long disappearance as enemies in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. They are located on Yoshi's Island. To attack, a Pidgit flies its magic carpet high, then comes down into Mario or Luigi. If a Pidgit is on the left, it attacks Mario. If it is on the right, a Pidgit attacks Luigi. Occasionally, during its attack, a Pidgit jumps, briefly stalling and possibly throwing off Mario or Luigi's counter. Additionally, some Pidgits carry a bag in battle; these Pidgits have a higher speed rating than normal Pidgits, give up more coins if beaten, and can flee battle. They have more chance of fleeing if there is only one of them.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Pidgit Trophy165.PNG Super Mario Bros. 2
10/88
Pidgits are wingless birds enchanted by the vegetable-hating Wart to be the bearers of bad dreams. They live in Subcon, a land contained within Mario's dreams, where they fly around on magic carpets. Mario and friends were able to use these carpets for short distances once they dislodged the piloting Pidgit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドドリゲス[1][3]
Dodorigesu
Dodoriguez, a word play on the extinct flightless bird, dodo, and the common Spanish surname, Rodriguez.
Spanish Pidgit -
Italian Corviccione (Super Mario Advance and Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Piggì (All other games)
Portmanteau of corvo (crow) and piccione (pigeon).
Simplification of Pidgit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c べないカラス。マムーにぶじゅうたんをもらいっている。」 (Flightless crows that bring nightmares. Mamu gave them flying carpets to fly around in the sky.) - Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 34.
  2. ^ "He brings evil dreams. He can't fly on his own, so Wart gave him a flying carpet." - Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 25 (Pidgit description).
  3. ^ a b Wario no Mori Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out; equivalent to NES pages).
  4. ^ Wario's Woods English instruction booklet, page 3 (NES/SNES) & 4 (NES).
  5. ^ TMK Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Enemy Guide. Some stats were changed from the original American version of the game to the Japanese and European versions.