Dorrie

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Not to be confused with Plessie.
Dorrie
Dorrie model
Model of Dorrie in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Species Plesiosaur
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (The Last Spark Hunter) (2023)
“AoouuooOOooOooOooo! (Let's swim together!)”
Dorrie, Super Mario Odyssey

Dorrie, also known as Dorrie the Sea Dragon,[1] the Swimming Beast,[2] or Nessie,[3][4] is a large, friendly plesiosaur-like character who debuted in Super Mario 64. He helps the player ride across water or reach higher areas. Super Mario Odyssey explicitly refers to Dorries as a species,[5] and it features purple and yellow Dorries in addition to blue. In terms of design, Dorrie has a few elements in common with Yoshis, such as the white area spanning the whole lower part of his body, from his lower jaw to his tail, and a similar round face that, since Super Mario 64 DS, even features a placement of the eyes and nostrils akin to that seen in Yoshis. Furthermore, the two species share the suffix -sshi (「ッシー」) in their Japanese names.

In Japan, plesiosaurs are known as long-necked dragons (「首長竜」), which is possibly the reason Dorrie was originally referred to as a sea dragon (「海竜」, written in hiragana as「かいりゅう」 in Super Mario 64[6]); this reference is kept in the Western translations as well, such as the English and French ones. Additionally, Dorrie shares its Japanese name with Bahamutt.

Dorrie was originally referred to as a "he" in Super Mario 64. The strategy guides refer to Dorrie as a her which was subsequently used in Mario Party 3's Dorrie Dip. Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope refer to Dorrie as it.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Model of Dorrie from Super Mario 64.
Dorrie's original design used for Super Mario 64
Luigi swimming with Dorrie in Hazy Maze Cave in Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario 64 DS is the first game to depict Dorrie with a pair of goggles
“A gentle sea dragon lives here. Pound on his back to make him lower his head. Don't become his lunch.”
Sign in Hazy Maze Cave, Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake, Dorrie lives in an underground lake in the Hazy Maze Cave. He is the focus of the first mission of the course, Swimming Beast in the Cavern. He constantly swims in circles, but he gladly gives Mario a ride if he gets on his back. It is also possible to steer Dorrie from there; Mario loses control of movement for a moment, then the player can control Dorrie by facing the direction they want to go. Ground-pounding on his back causes him to lower his neck, allowing Mario to climb onto his head to reach higher areas, such as the entrance to the Cavern of the Metal Cap. A sign near the lake in which he takes residence states that he might eat visitors if they get too close, although he is actually harmless. Dorrie is referred to as female in the Nintendo Power and Prima Games guides.[7][8]

The remake provides Dorrie with an updated design, with the most noticeable change being a pair of goggles that are highly similar to the ones worn by the Dolphins in Super Mario World. He reprises his role as in Super Mario 64 by giving the player a ride wherever they want to go, although technically he is no longer needed for the first mission, because the island in the middle is now much lower and therefore easily accessible. Dorrie wears Wario's cap only during the first mission of the Hazy Maze Cave, unless the player is playing as Wario himself. Also, while the player can still ground-pound on Dorrie's back, it is no longer required, as he now lowers his head if the player approaches the base of his neck.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Dorrie returns in New Super Mario Bros. and appears in two sizes. Mario can ride on his back to cross large bodies of poison in World 4-1 and World 4-6. If Mario does a Ground Pound on Dorrie, he moves faster through the water.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

The two uniquely colored Dorries who work for Crazy Cap in Bubblaine in Super Mario Odyssey
The two uniquely colored Dorries who work for Crazy Cap in Bubblaine in Super Mario Odyssey
The two uniquely colored Dorries who work for Crazy Cap in Bubblaine in Super Mario Odyssey

Dorrie appears in Super Mario Odyssey, where it can be seen wearing a top hat and swimming in the Lake Kingdom, Mushroom Kingdom and Darker Side. Purple and yellow-colored Dorries also appear in the Seaside Kingdom, where they wear hats and are associated with the Crazy Cap shop. Additionally, a Rubber Dorrie can be purchased from the Lake Kingdom's Crazy Cap shop as a souvenir for the Odyssey. Dorrie is referred to by using genderless pronouns.[9] This game depicts Dorries as speaking in long-held moaning noises, such as "AoouuuooOOooOooOoo," which are subtitled in parentheses. Power Moons are sometimes found attached to Dorries' back or belly, or flying above their heads. Attacking a Dorrie with a Ground Pound or a Cap Throw startles it. One coin is produced when Dorrie's head is hit, which is possible five times in a row.

Mario Party series[edit]

The ending to Right Oar Left?
A boat in the shape of Dorrie in Mario Party 4

In the Mario Party series, Dorrie has appeared in some of the earlier installments. In Mario Party 2, Dorrie makes a small cameo in Mystery Land in the background lake, with his appearance resembling the photograph of the Loch Ness Monster. In Mario Party 3, Dorrie, referred to by the in-game text as a female, is seen in an Item Minigame called Dorrie Dip, and she also appears in the background of the board Creepy Cavern.

Two of the Mario Party games feature Dorrie in the form of aquatic equipment used by the player characters. In Mario Party 4, Dorrie is seen as a paddle boat in the minigame Right Oar Left? In Mario Party 5, red, blue, green, and yellow plastic Dorries appear in the minigame Tug-o-Dorrie.

Dorrie's most major role in the series is Mario Party Advance. Dorrie resides at Loch Dorrie, and reveals that he is lonely after scaring away Mr. E. If Yoshi visits him, they become friends and Dorrie gives him a Gaddget, the Soil Sonar. However, the credits state that Yoshi has not seen him in ages. This is the final game to use Dorrie's original design over his updated design introduced in Super Mario 64 DS.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

In Dr. Mario World, Dorrie appears in the background of World 1 after it is cleared.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope[edit]

Allegra and the Dorrie rushing in to help the heroes battle Kanya in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Allegra and the Dorrie rush to help the heroes defeat Kanya in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

A Dorrie appears in The Last Spark Hunter DLC in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope as the friend of Allegra. Kanya told Allegra about it being "too late" to save her friend, causing Allegra to run off in regret and sorrow for her friend. When the heroes catch up with her, Allegra reunites with the Dorrie, which is imprisoned. Kanya then attacks the heroes with her Mecha King Bob-omb. After the heroes free the Dorrie, Allegra, the Dorrie, and the heroes unite together to defeat Kanya for good. According to murals found on the planet, the Dorrie is responsible for the start of the Melodic Gardens' biophonies.

Memory bio[edit]

THE DORRIE

By quirk of fate, Allegra's friend, who had been captured by Kanya and used as a pawn, is well known to Mario. It is called a Dorrie, and while its presence on the Melodic Gardens is a mystery, the gifts it brought here are not. Allegra has found a way to use the Dorrie's natural abilities to elevate the planet's biophonies to previously unheard heights - the Dorrie's playfulness turned to music.

Mario & Luigi: Brothership[edit]

Dorrie in Mario & Luigi: Brothership
Dorrie in Mario & Luigi: Brothership

Dorrie will appear in Mario & Luigi: Brothership, marking the character's first appearance in the Mario & Luigi series. It is seen carrying Princess Peach and four unknown characters on its back. Here, Dorrie wears a bandana around its neck, somewhat like Plessie.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Dorrie.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッシー
Dosshī
From「ネッシー」(Nesshī, "Nessie") and/or「ヨッシー」(Yosshī, "Yoshi"), and possibly「ドルフィー」(Dorufī, "Dolphie"), an early name according to a pre-release Japanese mission title in leaked Super Mario 64 source code[10] and a reference to "dolphin"; romanized as "Dossy"[11] or "Doshi"[12] and shared with Bahamutt.

Chinese (simplified) 海龙王[13]
Hǎi Lóng Wáng
Sea Dragon King; shared with Bahamutt

Chinese (traditional) 海龍王
Hǎi Lóng Wáng
Sea Dragon King; shared with Bahamutt

French Dorrie
Gros Bibi (Super Mario 64)
Bibi[14]
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Big Bibi (gros bibi being in a childish way to say "big kiss", while bibi is an informal way to say "me")
German Dorrie
Nessie (Super Mario 64, New Super Mario Bros., Mario Party games)
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From the Loch Ness Monster, who is nicknamed "Nessie"
Italian Dorrie
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Korean 돗시
Dotsi
Transliterated Japanese name

Portuguese (NOA) Dori
Dorrie
Portuguese (NOE) Dorrie
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Russian Дорри
Dorri
Dorrie

Spanish Dorrie
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ June 1997. Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #51. Page 62.
  2. ^ Course 6 - Star 1: Swimming Beast in the Cavern. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (American English). Archived June 10, 1998, 06:46:00 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Prima Bath (April 7, 1999). Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-2103-8. Page 87 and 90.
  4. ^ "From the start point of the course, head through the boulder room and down into the underground cavern where Nessie is found." – Prima Bath. Ultimate Nintendo 64 Pocket Power Guide, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 0-7615-2083-X. Page 59.
  5. ^ The brochure of Lake Lamode states Fresh or salt water, Dorries swim everywhere.
  6. ^ しゅーや (October 8, 2016). 【実況】絵の世界へ飛び込め!スーパーマリオ64をツッコミ実況part6 (08:38). YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2024.
  7. ^ "Ignore the signs that warn you about becoming the sea dragon's lunch. Dorrie is as friendly as can be. She will let you ride on her back and will take you anywhere in the underground sea." – Pelland, Scott, and Dan Owsen (1996). Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 59.
  8. ^ "Follow the path into the water and you should see a huge sea monster swimming around. Paddle over and jump onto her back. As she swims around the cavern, take a running jump onto the island that lies in the middle and get the first star." – Prima Bath (April 7, 1999). Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-2103-8. Page 87.
  9. ^ "This gentle creature spends its days swimming gracefully in Lake Lamode. If you're confident in your abilities, swimming alongside it might make for some wonderful memories." – Brochure of Lake Lamode. Super Mario Odyssey.
  10. ^ TCRF. Development:Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)/Dialogue & Text. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  11. ^ Super Mario 64 DS internal object name (DOSSY)
  12. ^ Super Mario Odyssey internal filename (Doshi)
  13. ^ May 22, 2024. Official Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. February 29, 2020 (Simplified Chinese).
  14. ^ Nintendo official French magazine N1. Page 92.