Pinch Crane

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The Pinch Crane.

The Pinch Crane (nicknamed Mr. Pinch by one of Bowser's Koopa Troopa minions) is a part of the Koopa Cruiser seen in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. As its name implies, it is a somewhat small crane tipped with a pinching device used to pick things up.

The Pinch Crane appears when Mario and Luigi reach the second hold of Bowser's vehicle. Their way to the Koopa Cruiser's deck is blocked off by excess cargo, but one of Bowser's Koopa Troopas suggests that they use the Pinch Crane, or "Mr. Pinch", as he calls it, to move the crates blocking their way. The Mario Bros. activate the Pinch Crane by striking a ! Block, but it targets Luigi rather than the cargo. Once another Bowser Baddie notices Luigi being held by the crane, he proposes that they use him as a lookout. At the deck, Luigi is being held by the Pinch Crane with a pair of binoculars. He eventually spots Cackletta in the distance, who attacks him and knocks him off of the Pinch Crane. After this, the Pinch Crane acts as a background element until it, along with the Koopa Cruiser, crashes at an unknown location.

Later, during Luigi's solo quest to retrieve the Beanstar in the Koopa Cruiser after it's been taken over by Bowletta, Luigi once again hits a ! Block to activate the Pinch Crane while running away from Bowletta and Fawful. The crane moves a collection of crates in the path of the villains, allowing Luigi to save the Beanstar.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Grue Crane