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 Balloon Fish
First appearance Clu Clu Land (1984, Clu Clu Land series)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, cameo as spirit)
This article is about the red, spherical fish who made an appearance in DK: King of Swing. For other uses of "bubble", see Bubble (disambiguation).

Bubbles, also known as Groopy (グルッピー, Guruppī), is a red balloon fish, and the savior of Clu Clu Land. She appeared in the Nintendo game called Clu Clu Land. She has also made various cameo appearances in the Mario franchise.


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 one of the five characters before the Ice Climbers were confirmed, with the others being Urban Champion, Balloon Fighter from Balloon Fight, an Excitebike racer, and Ayumi Tachibana from the Famicom Detective Club series. Sakurai cut Bubbles because he did not know how she would fight.[1]

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]


Bubbles appears in WarioWare: Twisted! in one of 9-Volt and 18-Volt's classic NES videogames. The player must rotate the screen to make them collect a Coin. If the Coin is missed, the player loses the microgame.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Clu Clu Land in WarioWare: Smooth Moves.

Bubbles appears in another Clu Clu Land game in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where they must clear an obstacle course of Uniras and black holes.

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


Clu Clu Land is one of the 18-Volt's microgames set in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase. The game involves Bubbles and some Uniras among some pins. Bubbles is walking through the place and the player must press A Button while pointing a pin near Bubbles. She grabs the pin and change her direction. The player must avoid the on-screen Uniras until the time's up.

DK: King of Swing[edit]

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

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 setting.

Mario series appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
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 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


  1. ^ Soma (April 29, 2016). The Definitive Unused Fighters List in Smash. Source Gaming. Retrieved August 15, 2021.