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First Appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Pionpi[1], also known as Pinopi[2], are zombie-like enemies found in Super Mario Land. They are based on Jiangshi, a mythical vampire and zombie-like creature supposedly originating from Chinese folklore. Found in the Chai Kingdom, they will constantly try to jump on Mario. They can be temporarily stopped by being jumped on, which will also award Mario with 800 points. However, the Pionpi will come back in a darker color and will be a little faster after each resurrection. Mario does not gain any more points if he jumps on them afterwards. To actually destroy them, Mario had to lure them off the level or shoot them with two superballs.

They are similar to Dry Bones, being an undead enemy that soon resurrects upon being squashed. Their behaviour after resurrection is similar to the enemies of the original Mario Bros., which also changed colour and became faster after they were flipped over and righted themselves.

In the Game Boy comics published by Valiant Comics, a Pionpi was shown to be Tatanga's second-in-command. In the issue "Team Play", this Pionpi leads Tatanga's invasion of the Great Wall of China and is also the only one of Tatanga's Elite Squadron to protest Herman Smirch's joining of Tatanga's forces.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピョンピー[3]
From pyonpyon, a mimetic word for hopping. Also a pun on Jiangshi's Japanese pronunciation, kyonshī.
Spanish Pionpi -
German Pionpi -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ Game Boy Nintendo Player's Guide, page 4.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 20.