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 (Summer Festival Tour, cameo) (2020)
Variant of Cheep 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. While regular Cheep Cheeps swim straight forward, Deep Cheeps swim toward Mario or Luigi. Deep Cheeps give up pursuing Mario or Luigi if they swim behind and past them.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]


In New Super Mario Bros., Deep-Cheeps and their larger variants, the Mega Deep-Cheeps, only appear in World 6-5. They swim in a wavy pattern, but if approached, they move up or down toward Mario or Luigi until he passes them.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Mega Deep-Cheep and Deep-Cheep
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. They have an angry look on their face. 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 Mushroom-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 series[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, they are referred to in the games simply as Cheep Cheeps.

Mario Party 9[edit]

In Mario Party 9, a Deep-Cheep makes a minor appearance, 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.


A Deep Cheep in Minecraft

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

Dr. Mario World[edit]

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

List of appearances[edit]

# Title Role Release date Format

1 New Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
2 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
3 Mario Party 9 Cameo 2012 Wii
4 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2012 3DS
5 New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
6 Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U
7 Minecraft: Wii U Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-up 2016 Wii U
8 Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2016 3DS
9 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-up 2017 Nintendo Switch
10 Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 New 3DS
11 Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Cameo in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 Nintendo Switch
12 WarioWare Gold Cameo in Microgame 2018 3DS
13 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
14 Super Mario Maker 2 Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
15 Dr. Mario World Background in the World 18 (update) 2020 iOS, Android
16 Mario Kart Tour Cameo as a kart's likeness (update) 2020 iOS, Android

General information[edit]

Similar enemies[edit]

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

  • In Super Mario Bros. 3, green Cheep Cheeps simply swim back-and-forth in shallow bodies of water, and as such are less aggressive than the red ones of the same game, unlike Deep Cheeps.
  • In the Super Mario All-Stars versions of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, green Cheep Cheeps replace gray Cheep Cheeps; the "orange and gray" palette in the originals actually occupies the same hardware space as the "orange and green" palette, as demonstrated by World 9 of the latter. Super Mario Maker and its sequel also depicted gray Cheep Cheeps in the game as being colored green when using Super Mario Bros.'s art style for the same reason.
  • Mr. Kipper from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, a stronger variety of Cheep Cheep (referred to as "Goby" in the original game), is shown to be green out of water, but appears purple while underwater, like the Cheep Cheeps of that game.
  • In Yoshi's New Island, green Cheep Cheeps appear which have the filename for a Deep Cheep.[3] They do not chase after players; instead they swim straight in a wavy pattern.
A Deep Cheep in Paper Mario: Color Splash
An unused green Cheep Cheep in Paper Mario: Color Splash

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


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サーチプクプク[6]
Sāchi Pukupuku
Search Cheep Cheep

French Deep-Cheep
Cheep Cheep vert
Green Cheep Cheep
German Unter-Cheep
Italian Pesce Splash[7]
Splash Fish
Spanish (NOA) Cheep terco[8]
Stubborn Cheep
Spanish (NOE) Deep Cheep[9]



  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick (2012). New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-89552-3. Page 25.
  2. ^ Loe, Casey (May 15, 2006). New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-009-3. Page 12.
  3. ^ Yoshi's New Island, internal filename G:/
  4. ^ The Spriters Resource. Retrieved June 3, 2024.
  5. ^ TCRF. Paper Mario: Sticker Star. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved June 3, 2024.
  6. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book.[page number needed]
  7. ^ Paper Mario: Sticker Star unused data: the string enemy_name_SPU in \messages\EU_Italian\Enemy.msbt
  8. ^ Paper Mario: Sticker Star unused data: the string enemy_name_SPU in \messages\US_Spanish\Enemy.msbt
  9. ^ Paper Mario: Sticker Star unused data: the string enemy_name_SPU in \messages\EU_Spanish\Enemy.msbt