Little Mouser

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This article is about the mouse enemies. For the Little Mouser character from Paper Mario, see Little Mouser (character). For the monster from Wario's Woods, see Squeak. For the bat enemy from Donkey Kong Country Returns, see Squeekly.
Little Mouser
Little Mouser
Artwork of a Little Mouser from Yoshi's Crafted World
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Little Skull Mouser
Notable members
Little Mouser
Ms. Mowz
“There's been an incident. Holly Koopa's Candy was stolen. ...Our only suspect is...Mowz!”
Shy Guy, Mario Party 8

Little Mousers[1][2] are a species of small, blue, black or purple mice-like creatures who wear bandanas that obscure their faces. Their English name refers to another mouse-like foe, Mouser, who was introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

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

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The Black Little Mouser of World 6-7 in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Official art of a Little Mouser for Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Little Mousers first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they attempt to steal Yoshi's eggs and scurry away with them into their burrows. Ordinarily, they appear blue with yellow ears and red-orange feet. However, in a secret area of KEEP MOVING!!!! they appear black with teal ears and dark teal feet. Like many blue enemies in the game, their artwork instead depicts them as purple with red feet. Little Skull Mousers also appear, and are just like normal Little Mousers, except they wear skulls on their heads, move solely by jumping, and will not steal eggs until the skull is removed from the Little Mouser.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Little Mousers, along with Little Skull Mousers, both under their original name, also appear in Yoshi's New Island. They act the same as in their first appearance.

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

A Little Mouser from Yoshi's Woolly World

Little Mousers reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, this time with a yarn-like appearance, buttons for ears, an indigo color, and orange feet. They only appear several times and try to steal yarn balls off Yoshi.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Little Mousers reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World. Here, they hold onto magnets, and throw Coins to each other. One also steals the Blue Dream Gem, before the Tin-Can Condor boss fight.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Little Mousers in Cheese Land in Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Little Mousers later appear under the name Mice[3] in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as obstacles in the Cheese Land course. However, they are replaced by two Chain Chomps in the course's reappearance in the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 DLC pack and the base game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for unknown reasons.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Sprite of a Nomadimouse from Paper Mario

Little Mousers appear in Paper Mario as friendly NPCs called Nomadimice, where they are found in Dry Dry Outpost, which they have inhabited since ancient times. One of them named Moustafa gives Mario the Pulse Stone, which is necessary to open the secret path to Dry Dry Ruins. A purple one, itself called Little Mouser, runs Little Mouser's Shop and is one of Moustafa's close confidents. A wandering Nomadimouse is found along the path in Dry Dry Desert and is part of the game's letter sidequest.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

A Squeek from Rogueport

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Little Mousers were renamed Squeeks and were shown to be one of the primary inhabitants of Rogueport and Rogueport Sewers; a white Squeek, known as Ms. Mowz also appears in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as an optional partner of Mario.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party Advance[edit]

In Mario Party Advance, a Little Mouser named Mouser appears as the boss and owner of the Duel Tower. He challenges the player to the game Chicken!. If the player wins, he receives the minigame. The ending said that he was bummed that Whomp left the Duel Tower.

Mario Party 8[edit]

A photo of a Mowz being presented by a Shy Guy conductor on Shy Guy's Perplex Express

In Mario Party 8, Little Mouser, called Mowz, is a recurring character. It first appears in King Boo's Haunted Hideaway. If a ? Space is landed on inside the mansion, Mowz will let the player spin a wheel with a pinball inside. Depending on which one of three holes on the wheel the ball lands in (Coins, Star, or Candy), it will steal an item from a random opponent for the player.

Another appearance of Mowz is in Shy Guy's Perplex Express. If a player lands on one of the ? Spaces above the train, a Shy Guy comes and tells the character that Holly Koopa's candy was stolen. A suspect during the event can be either Mowz or Bandit. If the player correctly remembers which car Mowz was on, they are rewarded with 20 coins if played in a 4-player Party Tent or 10 coins in Duel Mode and Star Battle Arena.

It can also be seen in the Star Carnival in the menu screen. Other characters walking in the Star Carnival are Koopas, Shy Guys, and Chain Chomps.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A Little Mouser appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit. It gives the fighter increased jump and movement speed.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Little Mouser Artwork of a Little Mouser, from Yoshi's New Island. Yoshi Series Support (1) Novice Lightweight Spirit Board Pikachu Rule: Item: Throwing Types
  • The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power
  • The enemy has increased move speed
Yoshi's Island Flower Field

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Want to hold onto your coins? Keep your distance from these rascally enemies, who love to play keep away."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チューさん[4][5]
From「ちゅう」(chū, Japanese onomatopoeic word for squeaking mice) and「さん」(-san, a Japanese honorific, equivalent to Mr./Mrs./Ms/Miss). This is also the name for Nomadimouse from Paper Mario.
Chinese (Simplified) 吱吱鼠
Zhīzhī Shǔ
小吱吱[6] (China release for Yoshi's Crafted World)
Xiǎo Zhīzhī
From "吱吱" (zhīzhī, an onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse) and "鼠" (shǔ, mouse)

From "小" (xiǎo, little) and "吱吱" (zhīzhī, an onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse)
Chinese (Traditional) 小吱吱
Xiǎo Zhīzhī
From "小" (xiǎo, little) and "吱吱" (zhīzhī, an onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse)
French Arato Pun on "rat"
German Mini-Mauser Little Mouser
Italian Squittix
Squit (Paper Mario series)
From squit, the Italian onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse
Korean 찍찍이
From 찍찍 (jjik-jjik, a Korean onomatopoeic word squeaking mice) and 이 (-i, a Korean diminutive suffix)
Russian Крошка мышкин
Kroshka myshkin
Little Mouser
Spanish Noma-ratón Noma-mouse (Paper Mario)
Spanish (NOA) Pequeño mauser Little Mouser (Mauser is a transliteration of Mouser)
Spanish (NOE) Pequeño Mauser Little Mouser (Mauser is a transliteration of Mouser)


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
  2. ^ Scrapbook Theatre, Yoshi's Woolly World
  3. ^ Stratton, Bryan, and Steve Stratton. (2001) Mario Kart: Super Circuit Prima Official Game Guide. Page 29.
  4. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 7.
  5. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 17.
  6. ^ Official simplified Chinese Yoshi's Crafted World website. Retrieved July 4, 2021.