Huckit Crab

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Huckit Crab
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A Huckit Crab throwing a rock.
First Appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

Huckit Crabs[1] are a species of red crabs consisting of a shell, two yellow feet and only one claw that it uses to throw either sand balls or rocks. Their goal is to hit Mario and his company with their projectiles, which travel in a straight line when thrown.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Huckit Crab throwing a sand ball.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Huckit Crabs appear only in World 4-3, where they are found in large quantities. Huckit Crabs are stationary enemies that throw sandballs to the left. Also, by throwing, the force of the throw pushes them back slightly to the right. Huckit Crabs can be defeated the same ways as a common enemy: jumping on its head, freezing them with a Ice Flower or a Penguin Suit, attacking it with a Fire Flower, or by running into it with a Starman. The sand balls can also be destroyed, but only by jumping on them, as ice balls and fireballs are ineffective.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Huckit Crabs reappear in the Wii U game, New Super Mario Bros. U. They are only found in Waterspout Beach. This time, they throw rocks. The rocks they throw can also be raised in elevation by a Water Spout.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

In New Super Luigi U, Huckit Crabs appear in Huckit Beach Resort and Porcupuffer Cavern, functioning exactly like they did in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

In Mario Party 9, Huckit Crabs appear on the Blooper Beach stage. When the player lands on an Event Space, which appear after traversing half the board, the crabs on a pirate ship fire their cannons, which turn any Mini Stars into Mini Ztars and vice versa. Several scattered Huckit Crabs also appear on the board.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

In Mario Party: Island Tour, a Huckit Crab appears as one of the possible tiles to appear in Match Faker.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Huckit Crabs reappear in Mario Party 10 as spectators in Whimsical Waters. They also appear in Meanie Match.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Huckit Crabs reappear in Mario Party: Star Rush. They appear in the background of the Mega Blooper's Bayside Bop boss battle and have a chance of appearing in the Pop Quiz minigame.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Huckit Crabs replace the Sidesteppers that run past in the background of Hermie III's battle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.[2]

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Image Name Bio
MPSRCM HuckitCrab.png Huckit Crab
This crab is a hermit with huge pincers.
"You're likely to find these little guys scuttling around by the water, so keep a sharp eye out!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニボー[3]
Kanibō
"Crab Guy". Possibly a reference to Goomba's Japanese name, Kuribō.
Spanish (NOA) Rocangrejo[citation needed] A combination of "roca" ("rock") and cangrejo ("crab")
Spanish (NOE) Lotiras[citation needed] A combination of "lo" and "tiras" (you throw it)
French Pincemi[citation needed] From a children's joke: "Pince-mi et Pince-moi sont dans un bateau, Pince-mi tombe à l'eau, qui reste-t-il ?" "Pince-moi !", which can be translated as "Pinch-ma and Pinch-me are on a boat, Pinch-ma falls in the water, who stays on the boat ?" "Pinch-me!". Once the child answers, the joker pinches him (similar to the Pete and Repeat joke).
German Lehm-Krabbe[citation needed] Clay-Crab
Italian Lanciaguro[citation needed] A combination of lanciare ("throw") and paguro ("hermit crab")
Portuguese Pinça[citation needed] Pincers

Trivia[edit]

  • Their name is a pun on "hermit crab" (the crab species they resemble), and the term "chuck it", as they throw sand balls.
  • Their rock throwing technique is very similar to Clawgrip the Crab boss from Super Mario Bros 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prima's eGuide of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ KirbyStarHal. (September 27, 2017). Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Part 9 : Battle Boss 11 + 12 Trunkle And Hermie III YouTube. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  3. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U official Dengeki Kouryaku Japanese guide, page 12