Bubbles (Clu Clu Land)

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Bubbles's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Bubbles spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Species Bubble fish
First appearance VS. Pinball (1984, international version, overall)
Clu Clu Land (1984, Clu Clu Land series)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, cameo as spirit)
This article is about the character who first appears in VS. Pinball. For uses of the word "bubble", see Bubble (disambiguation).

Bubbles, also known as Groopy[1] or Gloopy,[2] is a red bubble fish who appears in the Nintendo game Clu Clu Land. She has also made various appearances in the Super Mario franchise.


VS. Pinball[edit]

Gameplay for VS. Pinball. This version has some unique features like the pink chicks which grant an extra ball if it drops. Bubbles is seen here floating up with wing-like arms. She will transform into the extra ball.
VS. Pinball

Bubbles appears in the international version of VS. Pinball, replacing the red Achilles from the Japanese version as the character that returns the ball into play if the player hatches three pink chicks and the ball falls below the bottom of scene B. This appearance predates her appearance in Clu Clu Land by about a month. She is depicted wearing no gloves and blue or green shoes instead of red gloves and orange shoes.

Since Arcade Archives Pinball only emulates the original Japanese version of VS. Pinball, Bubbles does not appear in that rerelease.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Bubbles makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy. An Unira, which is an enemy from Clu Clu Land, is an item in the games Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Bubbles appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

According to series director Masahiro Sakurai, before the Ice Climbers were chosen to represent the "retro" gaming era, Bubbles was considered as a potential character instead, among other candidates such as the fighter from Urban Champion, Balloon Fighter from Balloon Fight, an Excitebike racer, and Ayumi Tachibana from the Famicom Detective Club series. Sakurai decided against Bubbles because he did not know how she would fight.[3]

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare: Twisted!
Clu Clu Land in WarioWare: Smooth Moves.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

Bubbles appears in WarioWare: Twisted! in Clu Clu Land, one of 9-Volt and 18-Volt's microgames. The player must rotate the screen to guide Bubbles to the item. If Bubbles misses the item, the player loses the microgame.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Bubbles appears in another microgame named Clu Clu Land in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where she must navigate through the level while avoiding Uniras and black holes.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

In WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, Bubbles appears in Clu Clu Land, a microgame in 18-Volt's microgame set. The microgame involves Bubbles and some Uniras among some turnposts. Bubbles moves across the area, and the player must press A Button while pointing a turnpost near Bubbles. She grabs the turnpost and changes her direction. The player must avoid the on-screen Uniras until time is up.

DK: King of Swing[edit]

A sprite of Bubbles from DK: King of Swing.
Bubbles (Clu Clu Land)

Bubbles ends up on Donkey Kong Island during the events of DK: King of Swing. Bubbles is the most well-rounded character in the game, and she has balanced stats of four in both Jump and Attack. To unlock Bubbles, the player must clear Diddy Kong Mode and collect all 24 medals. Bubbles can only be used in Jungle Jam Events.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Bubbles costume from Super Mario Maker

Bubbles appears as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume for Costume Mario in Super Mario Maker. The costume was added in version 1.40, and can be unlocked by clearing 100 Mario Challenge on Super Expert difficulty.

Super Mario franchise appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System
VS. Pinball Cameo in international version 1984 VS. System
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo as trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in microgame 2004 Game Boy Advance
DK: King of Swing Unlockable playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo in microgame 2006 Wii
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase Cameo in microgame 2009 Wii (WiiWare)
Super Mario Maker (version 1.40) Unlockable costume for Costume Mario 2016 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Bubbles Bubbles (Clu Clu Land) Clu Clu Land
The mysterious Bubbles can only move straight ahead and has problems stopping: she changes paths by sticking out her hand and grabbing a post on the way by. If Bubbles makes contact with a Sea Urchin, she'll pop and deflate like a balloon. Bubbles protects herself by shocking Sea Urchins and pushing them into walls to destroy them.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Bubbles Bubbles's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Clu Clu Land Series Support (2) Novice Screw Attack Equipped World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board PAC-MAN Rule: Item: Unira
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items
75 m (Battlefield) Clu Clu Land

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グルッピー
Groopy / Gloopy


  1. ^ VS. Clu Clu Land / Clu Clu Land D "All Star Casts" attract mode
  2. ^ Arcade Archives Clu Clu Land manual
  3. ^ Soma (April 29, 2016). The Definitive Unused Fighters List in Smash. Source Gaming. Retrieved August 15, 2021.