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First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Dry Bones

Pionpi,[1] also known as Pinopi,[2] are undead enemies found in Super Mario Land. They are based on jiangshi, a mythical vampire and zombie-like creature from Chinese folklore. Found in the Chai Kingdom, they constantly try to jump on Mario, and some appear from the air. They can be temporarily stunned by being jumped on, which will also award Mario with 800 points. To actually destroy them, Mario must lure them off the level or shoot them with two Superballs. They act essentially as a faster, harder version of the Fly and Kumo found earlier in the game. They are also similar to the Dry Bones introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, being an undead enemy that soon resurrects upon being squashed.

In the Game Boy comics published by Valiant Comics, a Pionpi is shown to be Tatanga's second-in-command and frequently rides around on a Yurarin Boo. In the issue "Team Play", this Pionpi leads Tatanga's invasion of the Great Wall of China and is also the only one of Tatanga's Elite Squadron to protest Herman Smirch's joining of Tatanga's forces.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "Hopping about persistently, Pionpi keeps coming back to life no matter how many times Mario jumps on him. He can be defeated by a Superball."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピョンピー[3]
Pun on「ピョンピョン」(pyonpyon, onomatopoeia for hopping sound) and「キョンシー」(kyonshī, jiangshi)
Dutch Pionpi[4] -
French Pionpi -
German Pionpi -
Spanish Pionpi -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide, page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 20.
  4. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 9.