Chomp Shark

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Chomp Shark
Official art of a Shark Chomp
Artwork from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Variant of Chain Chomp
Incoming Chomp
Big Chain Chomp

Chomp Sharks, also named Shark Chomps,[1][2] or Giant Chomp-Chomps,[3] are giant sized chainless Chain Chomps who constantly move forward while gnashing their jaws. Chomp Sharks primarily appear in the Yoshi franchise. They cannot be attacked, so Yoshis are forced to either run from them or avoid them entirely.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Shark Chomps (named Bow Wow on one occasion[4]) are introduced as one of the three varieties of "Chomps" in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they appear in Marching Milde's Fort and KEEP MOVING!!!! In the former level, the Shark Chomp appears right after a group of Incoming Chomps. These giant Chomps relentlessly chase after Yoshi, gnashing through anything in their way. Their appearances in certain levels make backtracking impossible, as they are almost invulnerable and will often eat anything on which Yoshi can land. Eventually, the Shark Chomp chases Yoshi to a platform it cannot eat and breaks its teeth, causing it to tear up in pain and fall off the screen.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

In Yoshi's Island DS, Shark Chomps act exactly as they do in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and even use the same sprite, though due to the lighter colors it seems to have been based off the Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 sprite instead. One appears in Rompin', Stompin' Chomps.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

In Yoshi's New Island, a Chomp Shark is the main feature of Chomp Shark Chase. Their teeth no longer crack, although, they still tear in pain.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

BigChainChomp SPP.png

In Super Princess Peach, Shark Chomps are called Big Chain Chomps, a more accurate rendition of their Japanese name. They are found in Wavy Beach and Giddy Sky, specifically Wavy Beach 5-2, Wavy Beach 5-4, Giddy Sky 7-2 and Giddy Sky 7-8. Rather than eating terrain, Big Chain Chomps are usually found bouncing down hills provided with gaps in which the princess and her umbrella may hide. Some of them are also seen periodically falling down pits. They are noticeably smaller in this game, but still much larger than normal Chain Chomps. One is also seen in the background of the Wavy Beach world select screen, bouncing on the water surface, resembling Incoming Chomps' background sprites. According to the game's Glossary, Big Chain Chomp is "A giant Chain Chomp. Very dangerous!".


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグワンワン[5][6]
Biggu Wanwan
Big Chain Chomp; compare Deka Wanwan
Italian Maxi Categnaccio
Korean 거대멍멍이
Big Chain Chomp
Russian Кусакула
Chomp Shark
Spanish (NOE) Tibu Chomp Chomp Shark


In-engine, unscaled animation of a Chomp from Yoshi's Story
  • The Chomps in Yoshi's Story, which also constantly move forward while perpetually chomping, are quite similar to and may have been based on the Shark Chomp. The Nintendo Player's Guide also takes note of their in-game size.[7]


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128Media:SMW2 Guide 128.jpg.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Pages 73 and 112.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 43, page 66. "MARCHING MILDE'S FORT The first four coins and flower are all out in the open but Yoshi has to find them quickly before he is caught in the razor-toothed jaws of the Giant Chomp-Chomp."
  4. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 30, page 12.
  5. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P6.jpg.
  6. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 20.
  7. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 79. "Three mammoth Chomps guard four melons, and, to borrow a line from another story, “My what big teeth they have!”"