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Grinder Artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png
A Ukiki in Yoshi's New Island.
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Yoshi's Woolly World (2015)
Notable Members

“Ook...oookiii! (I used your capsules!)”
Ukiki, Mario Party 5

Ukikis,[1] also known as Grinders[2] or simply monkeys,[3] are a species of primates found in the Mario and Yoshi series.


Yoshi series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

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Ukikis first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. They usually show up in jungle stages and attack Yoshi in a variety of ways, including spitting seeds and grabbing Baby Mario; when hit, they turn a darker shade of brown and run away. Some Ukikis drop bombs, and were named as Short Fuses in the strategy guide[4]. Others drop Needlenoses, and were named as Seedy Sallys[4]. Some Ukikis are harmless and simply run around the stage, acting as a source of eggs. Fleeing Ukikis jump onto vines and climb them as high as possible, jumping off and running if a Yoshi gets too close. Ukikis can also swim slowly in water. Ukikis can be stunned with eggs or a stomp, after which Yoshi can defeat them by eating them or running over them while they are unconscious. However, they are difficult to eat while running because of their speed. Ukikis cannot be defeated while in water, as stunning them instead causes them to "flail" in place.

Tetris Attack[edit]

An Ukiki with Poochy.

An Ukiki appears in Tetris Attack alongside Poochy in every mode as one of Yoshi's opponents. Due to a spell cast by Bowser and Kamek that brainwashed them, they tried to stop Yoshi on his adventure to stop Bowser. Once the Ukiki is defeated, he and Poochy are freed from the spell and are unlocked as playable characters, though Poochy is used for the icon and the sound effects during gameplay.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Ukiki Yoshi's Island DS.png

Ukikis make a reappearance in Yoshi's Island DS. One of them kidnaps Baby Peach at the beginning of the level Baby DK, the Jungle King!, which is the only level that they appear in. They are all harmless, but are still difficult to catch due to their agility. If a Yoshi goes near them, they immediately run away or climb away on nearby vines, though they usually stop once they make it off-screen. They can be stunned by jumping on top of them or by throwing eggs at them. They can be defeated by eating them, or by taking a second hit while they are stunned. Ukikis can be viewed in the Land Enemies exhibit in the Island Museum.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

They once again appear in Yoshi's New Island. In this game, Ukikis cannot be eaten (though they can still be defeated by other means, such as a Ground Pound), and are prominent in the stages Ukiki Jammin' and Ukiki Trouble in Clawdaddy Cove, though they also appear in other levels of World 3, including Rise of the Nasty Nep-Enuts, Harry Hedgehog's Labyrinth, and Ride the Blarggwich. They remain almost entirely unchanged from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

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Yarn-like versions of Ukikis appear in Yoshi's Woolly World.[5]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

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In Super Mario 64, two Ukikis (spelled Ukkiki[6]) inhabit Tall, Tall Mountain. One can be seen following Mario around and doing tricks. However, if Mario grabs him, he will steal Mario's hat and wear it. To get it back, Mario has to grab him again; this is made difficult by the fact that Ukiki now runs away from Mario. In the second mission of Tall, Tall Mountain, Mario has to catch a different Ukiki on the very top of the mountain; when caught, the monkey will jump on a cage with a star for Mario, making it accessible. This Ukiki only appears when the mission is selected, otherwise the Ukiki will not appear.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mario encounters Ukiki on Tall, Tall Mountain in Super Mario 64 DS.

The two Ukikis reappear in the same area in the remake Super Mario 64 DS. If any character was wearing another character's hat, the monkey would take it and the character would transform back into himself. A glitch allowed Wario to pick up Ukiki using the Metal Cap and could even carry him into the water. In this game, they have their more distinguished mischievous faces from Yoshi's Island as opposed to the basic, round-headed 3D model from the original version.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

In Mario Party 4, Ukikis make an appearance, keeping their look from Super Mario 64. They appear on Koopa's Seaside Soiree, on two junctions on either side of the board. Once a player reaches it, an Ukiki tosses a banana peel that the player immediately slips on. They are forced to continue in whichever direction they slipped in. Ukikis also appear in the minigame Tree Stomp, in which they throw banana peels at players , cheering if one of them slips. They occasionally throw a golden banana that makes any player who picks it up move faster for a while.

Mario Party 5[edit]

The Ukiki Capsule in Mario Party 5.

In Mario Party 5, they appear in the minigame Chimp Chase, in which four variants of Ukikis make an appearance: gray, blue, red and very rare gold ones. Besides a difference in appearance, they all behave the same. In the minigame, baby Ukikis are running around, and they have to be grabbed and delivered to the adult Ukiki that is colored correspondingly to it. Delivering a baby to the wrong adult makes them scream, paralyzing the player who delivered the baby and freezing all of the baby Ukikis of the same colour. Golden baby Ukikis occasionally appear, running much faster than the others, and not only can they be delivered to any adult, but they are also worth more than the others. A Ukiki Capsule also appears; using it, whether by throwing it onto a space and landing on it or used directly on the player for ten coins, summons an Ukiki that randomly selects another player and throws all of their capsules onto random board spaces.

Mario Party 6[edit]

An Ukiki with Mario in Mario Party 6.

In Mario Party 6, Ukikis appeared in Castaway Bay hosting a special coin collecting minigame. They also appeared in various minigames such as Snow Brawl, where they act as allies to the solitary player, and Strawberry Shortfuse, where they deliver plates with either cake or explosives. They also appear in the Memory Quiz, the Variety Quiz, the Comparison Quiz and the Counting Quiz of Speak Up.

Mario Party 7[edit]

Some Ukikis cleaning the floor.

In Mario Party 7, Ukikis cameoed in the background of the Minigame Cruise, cleaning Peach's Cruiser. They also appear in the Apes of Wrath minigame. As of this game, Ukikis began to consistently appear in their Yoshi's Island design.

Mario Party 8[edit]

An Ukiki on a card in Cardiators.

In Mario Party 8, Ukikis appear in DK's Treetop Temple, where they are summoned if a player lands on an Event Space. They roll down the stage on barrels, knocking over anyone in their path and taking ten coins from them. Mechanical Ukikis appear in the minigame Flip the Chimp, with each player controlling an Ukiki; they have to make their Ukiki climb to the top of a tree while avoiding falling coconuts. They also appear in the battle minigame Snipe for the Picking, where two Ukikis are seen turning cranks in the introductory cutscene, and in the duel minigame Cardiators on the "2" card and the "6" card. If the "2" card is chosen, a single Ukiki attacks the opposing player for two damage, and if the "6" card is chosen, three Ukikis attack the opposing player for six damage.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

A group of Ukikis in See Monkey?.

Two Ukiki characters appear in Mario Party Advance: Ukiki, the mayor of the Jungle Area, and Akiki, Ukiki's niece. The two of them live in the Ukiki House. Generic Ukikis also appear in the minigame See Monkey?, which involves saving ten Ukikis from drowning in a lake while the player rides in a boat. Once the player come into contact with an Ukiki, they are given a lifebuoy and get attached to the boat. The minigame is failed if any of the Ukikis are missed once the time limit runs out.

Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix[edit]

Ukikis appear in Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix in the Banana Storm minigame. They can drop bananas, which Mario or Luigi collect, and Spiny Eggs, which stun Mario or Luigi.

Other appearances[edit]

Ukikis have made appearances in several games, including Mario Power Tennis, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Super Sluggers, and Mario Strikers Charged, as members of the audience, though they do nothing but cheer. The name "Ukiki" also appears on the scoreboard in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64 and Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Enemy 1995 SNES
Super Mario 64 NPC 1996 Nintendo 64
Tetris Attack Side-character with Poochy. 1996 SNES
Mario Golf (Nintendo 64) Name appears on score board 1999 Nintendo 64
Game & Watch Gallery 3 Enemy in Modern Greenhouse 1999 Game Boy Color
Mario Golf (Game Boy Color) Name appears on score board 1999 Game Boy Color
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (enhanced port) Enemy 2002 Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 4 NPC 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 NPC 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6 NPC 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Power Tennis NPC 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS (remake) NPC 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Party Advance NPC 2005 Game Boy Advance
Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix NPC 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball NPC 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 7 NPC 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Yoshi's Island DS Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 8 NPC 2007 Wii
Mario Strikers Charged NPC 2007 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers NPC 2008 Wii
Yoshi's New Island Enemy 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Yoshi's Woolly World Enemy 2015 Nintendo Wii U

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おさるさん[7]
ウッキィ[8][9] / ウッキー[10][11]
Mr. or Ms. Monkey

Monkey sound in Japanese
Spanish Troncui -
French Ukiki -
German Don Banano (Yoshi series)
Schim-Peng (Mario series)
Don Banano (or "Banana")
Pun on "Schimpanse" (chimpanzee) and "peng" (a sound equivalent to "bang")
Italian Ukiki
Scimmia (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3)
Korean 몽숭이 (SM64DS)[8]
원생이 (Yoshi series and Mario Party series)
Combination of 몽 Mong from monkey and 숭이 sungi from 원숭이 wonsungi (a Korean word meaning 'monkey')
Modification of 원숭이 wonsungi


  1. ^ As renamed in Yoshi's New Island, Yoshi's Woolly World, and various Mario games.
  2. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide, Page 127, and Tetris Attack.
  3. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island stage titles, Yoshi's Island DS World 2 introduction, and various Mario games.
  4. ^ a b Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  5. ^ Scrapbook Theatre, Yoshi's Woolly World
  6. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pgs. 9, 101-103
  7. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3かんぺきガイド」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Kanpeki Guide)
  8. ^ a b Mystery of the Monkey Cage
  9. ^ Japanese Yoshi Wool World gameplay
  10. ^ Strawberry Shortfuse
  11. ^ Japanese Mario Party Advance gameplay