- Not to be confused with Plessie.
Model of Dorrie from Super Mario Odyssey
|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, the Swimming Beast, or Nessie, 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, 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」), this being 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), this being kept in the Western translations as well, such as the English and French ones. Additionally, Dorrie shares its Japanese name with Bahamutt.
Super Mario series
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
- “A gentle sea dragon lives here. Pound on his back to make him lower his head. Don't become his lunch.”
- —Signpost, Super Mario 64
Dorrie makes his debut in Super Mario 64, where he 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.
Dorrie reappears in Super Mario 64 DS 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.
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
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.
In this game, genderless pronouns are used to refer to Dorrie. 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.
Mario Party series
Dorrie is a recurring minor character in the Mario Party series. Although only directly appearing in a few games, such as Mario Party 3 and Mario Party Advance, a lot of aquatic equipment in the Mario Party series, such as boats, are based on Dorrie.
Mario Party 2
Mario Party 3
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party Advance
In 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. Despite Mario Party Advance having been released after Super Mario 64 DS, Dorrie uses his original design instead of his updated design.
Dr. Mario World
In Dr. Mario World, Dorrie appears in the background of World 1 after it is cleared.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, specifically in The Last Spark Hunter DLC on the planet Melodic Gardens, a Dorrie is the pet of warden Allegra. Kanya told Allegra about it being "too late" to save her pet, causing Allegra to run off in regret and sorrow for her pet. 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 biophonies.
- 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.
Sprites and models
Brochure picture from Super Mario Odyssey
Model of the Rubber Dorrie from Super Mario Odyssey
Icon in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Names in other languages
|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 and a reference to dolphins; romanized as "Dossy" or "Doshi" and shared with Bahamutt.|
Hǎi Lóng Wáng
|Sea Dragon King|
Hǎi Lóng Wáng
|Sea Dragon King|
Gros Bibi (Super Mario 64)
Big Bibi (gros bibi being in French a childish way to say "big kiss", while bibi is a way to say "me" or a worm used to fish)
Nessie (Super Mario 64, New Super Mario Bros., Mario Party games)
From the Loch Ness Monster, who is nicknamed "Nessie"
|Transliterated Japanese name|
- Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #51, page 62.
- (June 10, 1998). Course 6 - Star 1: Swimming Beast in the Cavern. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved February 23, 2018.
- Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 87 and 90.
- Prima Bath. Ultimate Nintendo 64 Pocket Power Guide, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 59. "From the start point of the course, head through the boulder room and down into the underground cavern where Nessie is found."
- The brochure of Lake Lamode states Fresh or salt water, Dorries swim everywhere.
- 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. YouTube. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
- Pelland, Scott, and Dan Owsen. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 59. "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."
- Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 87. "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."
- The brochure of Lake Lamode states 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.
- TCRF. Development:Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)/Dialogue & Text. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
- Super Mario 64 DS internal object name (DOSSY)
- Super Mario Odyssey internal filename (Doshi)
- Official Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
- Nintendo official French magazine N1, page 92