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This article is about the food item that appears in several games. For the character who appears in the Mario & Sonic series, see Cheese (character).
Sprite of Cheese from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Cheese is a dairy product that makes occasional appearances in the Super Mario franchise. It first appeared in Wario Land 3, though it has made appearances in later games with varying functions.


Wario Land 3[edit]

During the boss fight with Pesce in Wario Land 3, flies carrying rancid cheese periodically enter the arena. Wario must bump into these flies to make them drop the cheese into the water. If the cheese drops close to Pesce, it will eat the cheese. Pesce is defeated when it eats three pieces of cheese.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Cheese in Cheese Land

A course named Cheese Land appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, which, as its name indicates, is greatly themed around cheese, with several cheese structures appearing in the background and off-road areas of the course. The course's moon-like setting, which is removed in its later appearance, may be a reference to the misconception that the moon is made of cheese.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

<small>GBA</small> Cheese Land from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Cheese in GBA Cheese Land

GBA Cheese Land returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as a classic course. There are now small blocks of cheese in the off-road areas that act as minor breakable obstacles, and there are several large cheese blocks in the off-road areas that can be crashed into.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

A piece of Cheese from Luigi's Mansion for the Nintendo 3DS.
Cheese in the Nintendo 3DS version of Luigi's Mansion

In Luigi's Mansion and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Luigi can scan cheese with the Game Boy Horror's Search Function to reveal a Gold Mouse, which he can suck up to get treasure, including jewels.

Five pieces of cheese appear in the game. They are found in the following locations:

Cheese only appears in darkened rooms, and disappears when the room is lit up. However, unlike with Speedy Spirits, Luigi gets a second chance to catch the Gold Mice he missed, during the Blackout.

In Neville's Study, there is a book called Darkness is Their Cheese by C. Parmesan that talks about the effects of cheese in the dark on Golden Mice:

Ghost mice are drawn to darkness as real mice are drawn to cheese... In the dark, they shine gold with contentment. I must try to get close to one before the lights come back on.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Some Cheese Rocks being broken by a captured Hammer Bro
A Cheese Rock

In Super Mario Odyssey, blocks of cheese called Cheese Rocks appear throughout the Luncheon Kingdom as platforms and obstacles. They can be broken via the frying pans thrown by Hammer Bros, and are sometimes used to cover up various items such as golden turnips, Lever Switches, and Moon Shards. They are also used to block some stairs near the Path to the Meat Plateau, which are used in the Under the Cheese Rocks mission. According to the Luncheon Kingdom's brochure, the Cheese Rocks are formed because they are left near lava and dries out completely.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In the Nintendo 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser uses cheese to restore BP instead of Syrup Jars. They recover fifteen Brawl Points when eaten. There are stronger variants of regular cheese: Super Cheese, Ultra Cheese, and Miracle Cheese. Also, Bowser's equivalent of the Star Candy is the Cheesy Drumstick.