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Needlenose SMW2.png
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Parent species Pokey
Derived species
Cactus Jack
Pokey Pom
Related species
Pokey (Yoshi's Island series)
Spiked Fun Guy

Needlenoses[1], or Needles[1], are a type of Pokey that certain enemies spit. They take the shape of a yellow or green spiky ball with a smiling face. They can be turned into eggs. Needlenoses appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi Touch & Go, Yoshi's Island DS, and Yoshi's New Island.


While most Needlenoses eventually pop when shot at a Yoshi, those spat out by the Sanbo Flowers and those dropped by Baron von Zeppelin will bounce. They can be spat from Priscilla, a Blow Hard and its relatives, a Wild Ptooie Piranha, or dropped by a Baron von Zeppelin. Seedy Sallies can also throw them, and Sanbo Flowers shoot them if the Yoshi has less than six eggs. A Needlenose will also sometimes bounce on top of a Pokey. If Yoshi defeats or eats the Needlenose, the Pokey will frown and lay down. However, it will produce another Needlenose shortly after.

Yoshi's New Island

Needlenoses are replaced by Pokey Poms in Yoshi's Woolly World.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンボ[2][3]
Pokey; same as Spiked Fun Guy.[2]



  1. ^ a b Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 127.
  2. ^ a b さくてもサボテン。ふむとイタいにあうぞ!風船にぶらがっててきたり、っててくることもある。」 ("A rather small cactus. You'll be sorry if you step on it! It sometimes hangs from a balloon or rides in a pot.") - 「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 16.
  3. ^ Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Dream Book, page 15.