Deep Cheep

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Deep Cheep
NSLU Deep Cheep Artwork.png
Artwork of a Deep Cheep from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (cameo) (2020)
Variant of Cheep Cheep
Big Deep Cheep

Deep Cheeps[1] (originally parsed Deep-Cheeps[2]) are a special variety of Cheep Cheeps that are first found in New Super Mario Bros. They appear to be regular Cheep Cheeps, except for the fact that these creatures are green and will swim in the direction of Mario or Luigi in underwater levels depending on the direction they swim in. Deep Cheeps will only give up pursuing Mario or Luigi if the latter swim behind and past the fish foes.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Three Deep-Cheeps in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., Deep-Cheeps and their larger variants, the Mega Deep-Cheeps, only appear in World 6-5. They chase Mario or Luigi until the heroes swim away.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Deep-Cheep and a Mega Deep-Cheep in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Deep-Cheeps are slightly more common. One appears in World 1-4 along with a Mega Deep-Cheep. If Mario and co. keep staying in the area, another pair of green fish enemies appears. Deep-Cheeps can also be encountered in the second part of World 8-4.

In this game, their lips have become pink, matching the current depiction of a Cheep Cheep's, rather than keeping the red-orange colored lips they and Cheep Cheeps previously had in New Super Mario Bros. Their dorsal fins and tails have also become yellow, as opposed to white. There is a more relentless enemy similar to Deep-Cheep known as Spiny Cheep Cheep.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Deep Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, behaving and looking like they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Deep Cheeps first appear in World MushroomNSMBW Mushroom Icon Sprite.png-2.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Deep Cheeps in New Super Luigi U

Though Deep Cheeps do not appear in New Super Mario Bros. U (despite them receiving official artwork for that game), they still appear in New Super Luigi U, behaving the same as in previous games. Their only appearance is in Cheep Chomp Chase.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Deep Cheeps reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2. They aesthetically replace green Cheep Cheeps and Blurps in the New Super Mario Bros. U style, except that they no longer chase the player due to the green Cheep Cheeps and the Blurps from other styles not being able to chase Mario. Furthermore, the voice heard when placing Deep Cheeps onto the course just calls them Cheep Cheeps.

Mario Party 9[edit]

In Mario Party 9, a Deep-Cheep can be seen swimming around Blooper Beach. It jumps out of the water at various intervals and may even jump over the player's vehicle. It has no effect on the gameplay.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

In Dr. Mario World, Deep Cheeps appear in the background of World 18 once an area has been cleared.

Other appearances[edit]

A Deep Cheep in Minecraft

In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, normal Cod fish are reskinned to be Deep Cheeps.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
New Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2006 DS
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
Mario Party 9 Cameo 2012 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2012 3DS
New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U
Minecraft: Wii U Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack 2016 Wii U
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2016 3DS
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack 2017 Nintendo Switch
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack 2018 New 3DS
WarioWare Gold Cameo in Microgame 2018 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Dr. Mario World Background in the World 18 (update) 2020 iOS, Android
Mario Kart Tour Cameo in a glider (update) 2020 iOS, Android

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サーチプクプク[3]
Sāchi Pukupuku
Search Cheep Cheep
French Deep-Cheep
Cheep Cheep vert
Green Cheep Cheep
German Unter-Cheep Under-Cheep
Italian Pesce Splash[4] Splash Fish

Similar enemies[edit]

Years before Deep Cheeps debuted, green Cheep Cheeps had existed in the Mario franchise in several games.

The Paper Mario series has also featured green Cheep Cheeps that are not Deep Cheeps.



  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. 2012. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 24.
  2. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 12.
  3. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book
  4. ^ Paper Mario: Sticker Star unused data
  5. ^ The Spriter's Resource
  6. ^
  7. ^ Yoshi's New Island, internal filename G:/