Super Mario Series
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3
Spiny Cheep Cheeps (also formatted as Spiny Cheep-Cheeps, or "Cheep-cheeps") are purple Cheep Cheeps with spikes running down their backs. They only appear in one level in Super Mario Bros. 3; 7-4. Spiny Cheep Cheeps swim faster than normal Cheep Cheeps. They can be defeated using Hammer Mario's hammers, Fire Mario's fireballs, or as Invincible Mario.
Super Mario World
Spiny Cheep Cheeps (or possibly Porcupuffers) also appear in the Super Mario World television series in the "Fire Sale" episode. Yoshi refers to them as Porcupine Fish, as they pop out of the water and paralyze anyone who touches them. In the episode, Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Kootie Pie are paralyzed by the Porcupine Fish.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Spiny Cheep Cheeps reappear in the Wii game New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They first appear in World 1-4 and later in world 4-1 and 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. They act similarly to Rip Van Fish from Super Mario World.
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.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Spiny Cheep Cheeps reappear in the Wii U game New Super Mario Bros. U, acting the same as in past games, but instead of patroling a small area, it will chase Mario Luigi and the Toads once a Spiny Cheep Cheep is on screen.
Spiny Cheep Cheeps reappear in Yoshi's Story, but are known as Spiny Fish. In this appearance, they are depicted as larger than an ordinary Cheep Cheep and have more spikes on their body over where their plain underbelly and pectoral fins are normally located. They appear only in Level 5-1 of Yoshi Sea, Lots O'Jellyfish! If a Yoshi eats them, he will lose some petals.
Yoshi Touch & Go
A very similar fish appears in Yoshi Touch & Go, as it is also blue and spiky; however, the fish enemy's spikes are white, and it is always leaping. They can only be defeated by smacking them with an egg. It is most likely a variant of Flopsy Fish or a Porcupuffer.
Mario Pinball Land
A boss known as Cheep Cheep Pufferfish appears in Mario Pinball Land. While it is also spiny, it is coloured more like a regular Cheep Cheep.
Names in other languages
- ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Official Game Guide, pages 10, 14 & 161.
- ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 9.
- ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 26.
- ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 37.
- ^ Scan of 「ヨッシーストーリーNINTENDO64必勝攻略ブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo 64 Hisshō Kōryaku Book)