Nipper Plant

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Nipper Plant
A Nipper Plant from Yoshi's Island DS
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario Tennis Aces (2018)
Parent species Piranha Plant
Derived species
Fiery Walking Piranha
Sad Nipper Plant
Related species
Nipper Spore
Watage Pakkun

Nipper Plants[1][2], also known as White Piranhas[3] and Walking Piranhas[4] (mispelled as Walking Piranas)[5], are infant Piranha Plants.[citation needed] They are white with rather short green stems and two leaves on either side. In the Yoshi's Island games, they are produced from Nipper Spores, which clashes with the suggested oviparity of Piranha Plants.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

NES Super Mario Bros. 3 Nipper Plant
Super Mario All-Stars (Super Mario Bros. 3) Nipper Plant
NES & All-Stars Nipper Plants

They first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they would patrol an area and jump up towards Mario or Luigi when he passes them. Nipper Plants can hop around, making it more difficult for the player to land safely, since the plants will harm Mario or Luigi if he attempts to stomp one. Instead, Nipper Plants can be defeated by Invincible Mario, Fire Mario's fireballs, Hammer Mario's hammers, Raccoon Mario's tail attack and Tanooki Mario's transformation. In subsequent remakes, they were re-colored pink rather than the usual white. In all versions, a jumping Nipper Plant is a recolor of two Muncher frames.

A sessile fire breathing variety is encountered at the end of World 7-8, called Fiery Walking Piranha. There is only one in the entirety of the game.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Nipper Plant as it appears in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Nipper Plants make a few appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. In these appearances, they behave much like their game counterparts in that they are capable of hopping around. On the show, Nipper Plants sport visible jaws that make them appear to be more menacing than their in-game counterparts. Their teeth are yellow and human-like, but number far more than a human's.

In "Reign Storm", Mario intends to send via Warp Pipe a letter to Princess Toadstool, in which he prompts her to return to the Mushroom Kingdom. However, a Nipper Plant that was taking shelter inside the Warp Pipe intercepts and eats Mario's letter. The Nipper Plant then travels to King Koopa to inform him about the letter's content.

In "A Toadally Magical Adventure", Cheatsy Koopa uses a Magic Wand to increase a Nipper Plant's size and sends it to attack Mario. However, the plant lunges at the Pipe Creature that was having Mario in its grip, accidentally releasing Mario. Of note is that Cheatsy only refers to the Nipper Plant as "Piranha Plant".

Super Mario Bros. Print World[edit]

Artwork of Nipper Plants appear in Super Mario Bros. Print World, but they are incorrectly labeled as Munchers, the similar, but black-colored enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3 (which the poses of the artwork are borrowed from). There is additional artwork of Mario jumping over a Nipper Plant, labeled as "Mario 1".

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Wendy O. Koopa is revealed to have a pet Nipper Plant, which she keeps in a pot in her room, in Koopa Capers; the plant had shredded a note possibly pertaining to her whereabouts. If Luigi chooses to begin his search for the missing Koopaling by looking through her room, he accidentally wakes up the sleeping Nipper Plant when he tries to look under it. Some wild Nipper Plants later appear prowling the stairs leading up to the secret camp being used by Wendy and her rebellion.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Nipper Plants do not jump at Yoshi and are much easier to defeat, but they appear in groups which adds to the challenge of defeating them. They hatch from Nipper Spores that slowly fall to earth and have no visible eyes. These Nipper Plants can be stomped or eaten and turned into eggs; their spores can also be swallowed, though no eggs will be produced as a result.

Nipper Plants and their spores reappear in Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island.

Nipper Plants reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, acting the same as in previous games.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

A Nipper Plant in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Nipper Plants (under the name Chompweed[6]) cannot be battled. Rather than fighting Mario, they jump up and steal a few Coins if he gets too close. Stolen coins can not be recovered in the final game, but battle data for them still exists, suggesting that they may have been intended to be standard enemies at one point.

Super Princess Peach[edit]


Nipper Plants also made an appearance in Super Princess Peach, which were identical to the ones that appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. A Gloom vibe-infused variety known as Sad Nipper Plants also appeared in this game.

Mario Kart Arcade GP[edit]

Nipper Plants near the right side of the track

Some Nipper Plants made a cameo appearance in Mario Kart Arcade GP in the course Bananan Ruins. They are at the right side of the course. They also appear in the course Castle Wall.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

In Mario Tennis Aces, two Nipper Plants can be seen bouncing in the background of Petey Piranha's battle in the Forest Monster mission.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プチパックン[7]
Puchi Pakkun
Petite Piranha
Spanish Blantita From blanca (white) and plantita, the diminutive of planta (plant)
French Nipper -
German Zangen-Piranha
Möchtegern Pflanze (newer games)
Pincer Piranha
Wannabe Plant
Italian Pianta Tenaglia Pincer Plant
Russian Грызоцвет
Chomp flower
Korean 새끼뻐끔
Baby Piranha
Chinese 鉗人花/钳人花
Qiánrén huā
Pincer flower
Romanian Plantă Piranha (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3) Piranha Plant


  • In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, Peonies are replaced by a group of Nipper Plants.
  • A 2017 interview reveals that Nipper Plants were going to appear in Super Mario World, as shown in a prototype sprite sheet.[8]


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, page 8.
  2. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, pages 57-58.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, page 58.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 40.
  6. ^ Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Nintendo Player's Guide, page 39.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 41.
  8. ^ Wawro, A. (September 28, 2017). Have a look at Nintendo's early prototype for Yoshi. Gamasutra. Retrieved December 8, 2017.