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An Ukiki in Yoshi's New Island.
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Yoshi's Woolly World (2015)
Derived Species
Seedy Sally
Short Fuse
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]

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Ukikis first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and 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, dropping bombs, and grabbing Baby Mario; when hit, they turn a darker shade of brown and run away. Some 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.

An Ukiki also appears in Tetris Attack, being an ally with Poochy.

Ukikis make a reappearance in Yoshi's Island DS. In this installment, they are all harmless, but are still difficult to catch due to their agility. One of them kidnaps Baby Peach at the beginning of the level Baby DK, the Jungle King!

They once again appear in Yoshi's New Island. In this game, Ukikis cannot be eaten, and are prominent in the stages Ukiki Jammin' and Ukiki Trouble in Clawdaddy Cove.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

In Super Mario 64, two Ukikis 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.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

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

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 appear and look much like they did in Super Mario 64. They appear in the board Koopa's Seaside Soiree where they toss a banana which, upon being slipped on, will determine a character's path around the game board. They're also present in the minigame Tree Stomp, in which they'll throw banana peels and rejoice if a player slips, and sometimes a golden banana, that makes a player move faster for some time.

Mario Party 5[edit]

In Mario Party 5, they appear in the mini-game Chimp Chase, which suggests that they also come in other colors: gray, blue, red and very rare gold ones. They had their own capsule as well: when activated, the Ukiki would use all of another character's capsules.

Mario Party 6[edit]

An Ukiki with Mario in Mario Party 6.

In Mario Party 6, Ukiki 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]

In Mario Party 8, Ukikis appeared in DK's Treetop Temple, where they would roll down the stage on barrels, taking ten coins from anyone in their path. Mechanical Ukikis appeared in the minigame Flip the Chimp. They appear in the battle minigame Snipe for the Picking where there are two Ukikis turning cranks. They also appear in the duel minigame Cardiators on one of the cards. When the card is chosen, they come charging in to attack the opposing player.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

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In Mario Party Advance, a female Ukiki named Akiki (who happens to be the niece of an individual Ukiki who is named "Ukiki") appears. The actual Ukiki is the mayor of the Jungle Area, and lives at a house in the area. However, after arriving at his house, he was supposedly kidnapped, the kidnapper leaving a note stating his location in code, saying bIg teAM cAT leaTHEr fLAKE blarmpot (saying "I AM AT THE LAKE" if lowercase letters are removed). However, after arriving at Loch Dorrie, Ukiki states that he wanted to surprise Akiki, but he never thought it would become so serious. He then left to explain to Akiki what had happened, but not before giving the player the gaddget Mini Maze.

The ending states that Ukiki resigned as mayor, and is still Akiki's friend.

Ukikis also appear in the minigame See Monkey?, which involves saving ten Ukikis from drowning.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Ukikis can be seen in the audiences of Mario Power Tennis.

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.

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Ukikis also appear as part of the audience in the Mario Baseball series. They are depicted with their Super Mario 64 design in Mario Superstar Baseball and their Yoshi's Island design in Mario Super Sluggers.

Mario Strikers Charged[edit]

They can also be seen in the audiences of Mario Strikers Charged.

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おさるさん[4]
ウッキィ[5] / ウッキー[6]
Mr. or Ms. Monkey
(Yoshi series)
Monkey sound in Japanese
(Mario series)
Spanish Troncui
German Don Banano (Yoshi series)
Schim-Peng (Mario series)
Don Banano (or "Banana")
Pun on "Schimpanse" (chimpanzee) and "peng" (a sound equivalent to "bang")


  1. ^ As renamed in Yoshi's New Island, 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. ^ Monkey's entry at the Japanese Super Mario Daijiten (Big Dictionary)
  5. ^ Ukiki's entry at the Japanese Super Mario Daijiten (Big Dictionary)
  6. ^ Post-Super Mario 64 transcription.