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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. 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 Flower 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. 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. They can be spit out by some Egg-Plants if Yoshi has less than six eggs with him.

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.