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First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Variant of Pokey
Cactus Jack
Pokey Pom
Pokey (Yoshi's Island series)
Spiked Fun Guy

Needlenoses[1] (or Needles[1]), also known as Pokeys[2][3], are enemies first appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They are a type of Pokey that take the shape of a yellow or green spiky ball with a smiling face. They are used as projectiles by certain enemies to attack Yoshi.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

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


Both the green and yellow variations 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. They will pop when they hit a surface or Yoshi himself. Green Needlenoses, on the other hand, are often seen bouncing on top of Pokey cactuses, dropped by Baron von Zeppelins, or thrown by Seedy Sallies. Green Needlenoses are also emitted by Sanbo Flowers if Yoshi has less than six eggs, although they will bounce, and simply fall off the screen and do not come in contact with any surface in any way.

Needlenoses can hurt Yoshi if he simply touches them. However, they can be defeated by eating and spitting them at other enemies, turning them into eggs, or throwing an egg at them.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Needlenoses reappear in Yoshi's Island DS, where they are additionally used by Priscilla the Peckish to attack.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Yoshi's New Island

Needlenoses reappear in Yoshi's New Island, where they act the same way as they did in previous appearances.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A yellow Needlenose appears in the artwork used for Ukiki's spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンボ[4][5]
Pokey; same as Spiked Fun Guy.[4]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Pages 34, 59, 76, 93, 94, 124, 127, 138.
  3. ^ Black, Fletcher. Yoshi's Island DS PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 136, 224, 227, 286, 299.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Dream Book, page 15.