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Needlenoses, also known as Needles or Pokeys, are small, round enemies first appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They are a type of yellow or green Pokey shaped like a spiky ball with a smiling face, commonly used as projectiles by certain enemies to attack Yoshi.
Yoshi's Island series
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Both the green and yellow variations of Needlenoses debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 as common enemies. Yellow Needlenoses are spat out by Blow Hards and Wild Ptooie Piranhas in Yoshi's direction. When they hit a surface or Yoshi himself, they will pop and disappear.
Green Needlenoses are often seen bouncing on top of Pokey cacti, dropped by Baron von Zeppelins, or thrown by Seedy Sallies. They are also spat out by Sanbo Flowers if Yoshi has less than six eggs, with the unique property of simply falling off the screen and not coming into contact with any surface.
Needlenoses will damage Yoshi on contact. However, they can be defeated by eating and spitting them at other enemies, turning them into eggs, or throwing an egg at them.
Yoshi Touch & Go
Yoshi's Island DS
Both varieties of Needlenoses reappear in Yoshi's Island DS, reprising their role from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. While Blow Hards, Wild Ptooie Piranhas, and Baron von Zeppelins return, Pokey cacti are absent. Yellow Needlenoses are also used by Priscilla the Peckish to attack.
Yoshi's New Island
Needlenoses reappear in Yoshi's New Island with the same purpose from previous games. Wild Ptooie Piranhas do not appear here, but green Needlenoses are still found with Pokey cacti and Baron von Zeppelins.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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