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Nokis are a race of short, shelled creatures which debuted in Super Mario Sunshine. Along with Piantas, they inhabit Isle Delfino. They thrive primarily in Noki Bay; many of the Nokis that reside there rarely rise to the surface of the bay, but instead inhabit a large underwater area located directly beneath the bay's large waterfall. Keeping with the Italian name theme, "Noki" is a rough homophone of "gnocchi".
Their profile in Mario Superstar Baseball reveals that Nokis evolved from shellfish.
Super Mario Sunshine
The Nokis first appear in Super Mario Sunshine, they inhabit on Isle Delfino with the Piantas. Their primary home on the island is Noki Bay. While they inhabit Noki Bay, the Nokis appear in other areas of Isle Delfino. Most of the Nokis seen in Pinna Park wear clam like shells instead of hermit shells. In Episode 8 of Noki Bay, many Nokis are seen floating on jellyfish, this implies that Nokis are capable of surviving in underwater habitats, with little or no air available. A trio of Nokis called the Buckies also appear in this game. They are called Plucky, Lucky, and Ducky.
Unlike Piantas, Nokis appear to be more trusting of Mario and more aware that he is not the real criminal. In Noki Bay, the Noki elder often aids Mario by instructing him on how best to go about his tasks. He also helps Mario by training him to use a deep sea helmet so that he can fight Eely-Mouth in Noki Bay, and later reap the rewards of the Coin Fish.
Mario Kart series
Nokis make a small appearance in both Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii in Peach Beach, where some can be seen cheering in the plaza or on the cruiser ship. They also appear in the ending ceremonies. A single male blue Noki also appears on one of the Mario Racing trackside banners in the battle course Delfino Pier in Mario Kart Wii.
Mario Tennis series
Mario Baseball series
Nokis are playable in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers making their first and only playable role. The Nokis in these games are female, and come in three different colors, being blue, red, and green.
In Mario Super Sluggers, while the Piantas share good chemistry with the Toads and Toadsworth, the Nokis have good chemistry with Toadette, whose chemistry is neutral with the Piantas. In a similar manner, the Toads and Toadsworth have neutral chemistry with the Nokis. The Piantas and Nokis also have good chemistry with each other. When Mario meets the Nokis, he arrives in Mario Stadium and both the green Noki and the blue Noki are unlocked by playing a scout mission. Red Noki is unlocked by unlocking Blue Noki and Green Noki.
In both games, the Nokis are generally fast runners, weak batters, and their pitching and fielding range from average to weak. Their special move in Mario Superstar Baseball is Sliding Catch, while in Mario Super Sluggers, they use Ball Dash instead.
Mario Strikers series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Profiles and statistics
Super Mario Sunshine description
Nokis wear vibrant seashells reminiscent of their time living in the coral reefs. They are timid but highly intellectual.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker
Collectible Card Info
Another resident of Isle Delfino who befriended Mario on his ill-fated tropical vacation. Blue Noki isn't a power player on the baseball field, but can put a wicked curve on his[sic] changeup.
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