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Artwork of a Goonie from Yoshi's Crafted World
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Flightless Goonie
Hefty Goonie
Skeleton Goonie
Notable members
Moltz the Very Goonie

Goonies are white birds that are most prominently found in the games Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Island DS, and Yoshi's New Island. They are probably based on the wandering albatross, which is also called a "goonie" or "gooney bird". Some Goonies carry regular and green Shy Guys, similar to how Albatosses carry Bob-ombs in Super Mario Bros. 2.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Different varieties of Goonies from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Goonies made their debut appearance in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They appear in most mountain levels and are always found in groups. There are many different varieties of Goonies. There are Flightless Goonies which, as the name implies, are Goonies that cannot fly and run on the ground. There is a Dry Bones-like variety of Goonie, known as the Skeleton Goonie, which usually carries bombs. Bowling Goonies are fat Goonies that roll along the ground. Hefty Goonies are the flying versions of Bowling Goonies, and if Yoshi swallowed one of these and spat it out, it would turn into their flightless counterparts. Additionally, Goonies can be seen flying in the background in some levels (as seen in the image on the right).

Tetris Attack[edit]

Lakitu stage

A Goonie appeared in Tetris Attack. It was allied with Lakitu.

Yoshi's Story[edit]


In Yoshi's Story, Goonies (also known as Bomber Birds[1][2]) appear in Stage 3-3: Poochy & Nippy, where some hold bombs. Gray Goonies also appear in Stage 5-4: Shy Guy's Ship. They cannot hurt the Yoshis directly in this game and constantly make an "Aa-ho!" noise, based on their Japanese name.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

In Yoshi Touch & Go, Goonies are occasionally seen flying in the sky in some parts during the ground part of the Marathon mode. Yoshi can hit them with eggs to earn points. Skeleton Goonies also appear.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Yoshi's Island DS.

Goonies also appeared in Yoshi's Island DS, along with their flightless and skeletal counterparts. This game has two levels named after Goonies: Goonie Heights and The Goonie Coast Isn't Clear! A Hefty Goonie boss named Moltz the Very Goonie also appears as the fort boss of World 5. Also after The Fort of Moltz the Very Goonie is completed, all the later levels will have Skeleton Goonies. Goonies and Flightless Goonies use sprites edited from their Yoshi Touch & Go appearance, while Skeleton Goonies use ones edited from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, resulting in Skeleton Goonies being noticeably smaller than normal Goonies.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Goonies reappear in Yoshi's New Island, acting exactly as they did in past games. Skeleton Goonies, Flightless Goonies, Flightless Skeleton Goonies and Hefty Goonies also return. They prevail in the level, Fine Feathered Friends or Foes?.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

A Goonie in Yoshi's Woolly World

In Yoshi's Woolly World, Goonies fly from right to left and can harm Yoshi. However, they can be turned into white yarn balls if Yoshi eats them. When stood on, Goonies rise up, allowing Yoshi to reach items previously out of reach. If hit with a yarn ball, Goonies lose their wings and become Flightless Goonies.

As with almost all characters in the game, Goonies have a knitted, amigurumi appearance. They first show up in one of the levels in World 3, Fanciful Fluff and Feathers.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Goonies reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World as rare enemies alongside their flightless counterparts. Their appearance and behavior is mostly unchanged from previous games. Goonies first appear in the course Windward Way. Their main use in this game is to transport Yoshi from pit to pit.

Goonie and Flightless Goonie crafts can also be found in the courses Pirate Pier and Open, Shut! respectively.

Game & Watch Gallery 3[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 3, Goonies appear in the game Turtle Bridge. They are used for relaying packages between Toad and Mario. Sometimes the Goonies will dive at passing balloons.

Paper Mario[edit]

A Goonie in Paper Mario

In Paper Mario, during the cutscene where Mario rides the Whale to Lavalava Island, a Goonie can be seen flying over the ocean. Unlike most characters in Paper Mario (one of the few other exceptions being the Whale himself), this Goonie is three-dimensional. This is the only scene where a Goonie is found.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Goonies (here called Little Birdies[3]) made a cameo appearance in Cheep-Cheep Island in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. Like little birds in later titles, they simply fly away temporarily if the player drives into one.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Goonies appear in the background of two recurring Yoshi stages in the Super Smash Bros. series: Super Happy Tree, which debuted in the original Super Smash Bros., and Yoshi's Island, which debuted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Goonies also appear as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Nintendo Puzzle Collection[edit]

In Nintendo Puzzle Collection, flocks of Goonies appear from the right side of the screen when a stage of Round 5 is cleared in the Action Mode of Yoshi no Cookie.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Goonies have a very minor appearance in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story during the Bowser's Castle and Tower of Yikk fight. When Bowser attacks, Goonies occasionally fly out from under the castle, and appear in the opening sequence of the giant battle.

Other appearances[edit]

Unused sprites of a Goonie found in Super Princess Peach

Goonies have unused enemy graphics in Super Princess Peach, ripped from Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 with a darker palette.[4] However, Skeleton Goonies and Flightless Skeleton Goonies make a background cameo in Wavy Beach.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi franchise[edit]

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

  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: These birds will bomb you with Shy-Guys, but they'll also give you a lift if you just hop aboard.[5]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 「耳をすませば「あほー、あほー」。悪気はないので、気にしない、気にしない。」[6] (Listen closely to hear "goon, goon." That's not so bad, I don't mind, I don't mind.)
  • Nintendo 64 Spieleberater: Die schwarzen Zugvögel eignen sich toll als Treppe, man muß nur schnell springen und ihren Bömbchen ausweichen.[7](The black migratory birds are great for stairs, you just have to jump fast and avoid their bombs.)

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 上に乗ることができ、移動する足場として利用する機会ち多い。本体を傾ければ、進行方向が変わる。倒す場合は、舌を伸 ばして食べればOK。[8]

It can be ridden on top and has many opportunities to be used as a moving scaffold. The direction of movement can be changed by tilting the body. To bring it down, just stretch out your tongue and eat it.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 「あほ一あほ一」という鳴き声が聞こえたら、あほ一どりが現れる合図。上空を左から右へ飛んでいく。タマゴを当てると羽が取れ、あほ一むしになって地上に落ちてくる。[9]

(When you hear the cry "goon, goon", it is a signal for the Goonie to appear. They fly from left to right in the sky above. If you hit them with an egg, their wings will come off and they will fall to the ground.)

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

  • North American website bio: If Yoshi hits one of these white birds with an egg, it loses its wings and turns into a Flightless Goonie.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
A Sticker of Goonie Yoshi's Island DS [Head] - Attack +16


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あほーどり
Ahō Dori
Literally means "albatross", but flipping the spelling to be in hiragana with the elongated "o" written with 「ー」
Chinese (Simplified) 信天翁 (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
呆呆鸟[10] (Yoshi's Crafted World)
Dāi Dāi Niǎo

Goon Bird
Dutch Goonie Goonie
French Albatros Albatross
German Birdie -
Italian Gabby From gabbiano ("seagull")
Korean 멍청새
From "멍청이" (meongchung-i, fool) and 새 (se, bird)
Portuguese Goonie Goonie
Russian Гуни[11]
Transcription of English name

Spanish Gavión Portmanteau of gaviota ("seagull") and avión ("plane")


  1. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 113. "BOMBER BIRDS Flocks of these birds fly through several of the Pages of Yoshi's Story, offering free rides or headaches to the unobservant. Scan their numbers carefully, as they come both armed and unarmed. You can defeat true Bomber Birds with an egg toss before they drop their explosive charge."
  2. ^ Prima Bath. Ultimate Nintendo 64 Pocket Power Guide, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 79. "Bomber Birds Flocks of these birds fly through several of the Pages of Yoshi's Story, offering free rides or headaches to the unobservant. Scan their numbers carefully, as they come both armed and unarmed. You can defeat true Bomber Birds with an egg toss before they drop their explosive charge."
  3. ^ Stratton, Bryan, and Steve Stratton. (2001) Mario Kart: Super Circuit Prima Official Game Guide. Page 37.
  4. ^ Ragey. Unused Materials. Random Hoo Haas. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127Media:SMW2 Guide 127.jpg.
  6. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6.Media:Yoshi Story Shogakukan P6.jpg
  7. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 19Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Enemies.png.
  8. ^ 「ヨッシーの万有引力任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi Banyū Inryoku Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 23Media:YUG Shogakukan P23.jpg.
  9. ^ 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 12Media:CTY Shogakukan P12.jpg.
  10. ^ Official simplified Chinese Yoshi's Crafted World website. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  11. ^ Интервью с разработчиками Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES. Часть 5: Super Mario World и Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  12. ^ Yoshi's New Island hint message: "Может, стоит запрыгнуть на спину альбатросу и отправиться в полет?"