Tap-Tap

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Tap-Tap
Tap.jpg
A Tap-Tap bounds forward.
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Yoshi's Woolly World (2015)
Sub-Species
Super Big Tap-Tap
Notable Members
Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Tap-Tap the Golden

Tap-Taps[1] are small, spike-covered enemies that walk back and forth in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Sometimes they'll hop up and down. They can't be hurt in any normal way, except for an egg. A Huffin' Puffin chick will send one flying backwards, and if it hits another, the other one will be destroyed. They're immune to most attacks, except ice breath and fire breath. A Tap-Tap is encountered as a mid-boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Tap-Tap the Red Nose, as well as a similar obstacle in Baby Bowser's castle known as Tap-Tap the Golden.

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Tap-Taps have also appeared in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi Touch & Go (whose manual erroneously labeled them as Spiked Fun Guys, which are actually a different species), and Yoshi's Island DS, where they behaved similarly; however, instead of the normal ones walking off platforms, the pink ones walk off while the normal ones stay. A large, invulnerable variation (with the ability to crush land platforms) known as the Super Big Tap-Tap also appears in Yoshi's Island DS.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カチカチ
Kachikachi
Japanese onomatopoeia for stones knocking together to create fire.
Spanish Metalón From metal.
French Bobo Owie
German Pseudo Stego From pseudo (fake) and Stego, the German name of Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Italian Piombospino From piombo, lead; and spina, spike.
Chinese 咔咔
Kākā
Onomatopoeia for cackling, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name

Trivia[edit]

  • The name of Tap-Taps may come from the distinctive clicking noise they make as they walk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.