Needle Poppo

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Needle Poppo
Needle Poppo
First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008)

Needle Poppos[1] are enemies resembling pufferfish who appear in the underwater levels of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. They do not attack, instead defending themselves by using their retractable spikes. It is only when the spikes are down that Donkey Kong can use his Sound Wave Attack to immobilize them. He can then punch the enemy until it is defeated, causing it to explode and leave five beats in its place.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハリボンボン[2]
Derived from「ハリセンボン」(harisenbon, porcupinefish); same as Loch Nestor


"RushAirFish" from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Needle Poppo exists as an unused model under the name RushAirFish in Super Mario Galaxy, missing all but its idle and puffing animations from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.[3]


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat internal filename (ObjectData/NeedlePoppo.arc)
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Shogakukan book, page 171
  3. ^ TCRF article on Donkey Kong Jungle Beat