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Artwork from Super Mario Land
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Latest appearance Game Boy - "Pipes is Pipes" (1990)

Pionpi,[1] also known as Pinopi,[2] are undead creatures based on jiangshi, a mythical vampire and zombie-like creature from Chinese folklore, and enemies in Super Mario Land. Pionpis are encountered in the Chai Kingdom, where they constantly try to jump on Mario, and some Pionpis appear from the air. Pionpis can be temporarily stunned by being jumped on, giving 800 points to the player. To actually destroy them, Mario must lure them off the level, shoot them with two Superballs or touch them while invincible. 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.

In the Super Mario Land manga from the KC Deluxe series, Pionpi are depicted similar to zombies in an apocalypse. A trio of Pionpi attacks Mario and Mekakuribō (who is Princess Peach in disguise) as they arrive in Chai Kingdom. Mario shoots them down with a Superball, but they quickly rise back up. Running from them, Mario and Mekakuribō run into Nankin-kun, who tells them to hide in a bush. The three Pionpi jump over the bush and right into a pit. Nankin explains that Tatanga cursed the kingdom's citizens, turning them into Pionpi, except for the local temple's residents, protected by a magic seal that also functions as a door latch. While Mario takes a rest in the temple, waiting for Mekakuribō to make a new seal for him, a Goombo manages to trick Nankin-kun into opening the door and destroys the temple's seal, letting the Pionpi swarm the temple. The residents are bitten by the Pionpi and turned into zombies, followed by Princess Peach right after she finishes the seal, which Mario uses to keep the Pionpi at bay while he takes the Sky Pop at the airport. Once Tatanga is defeated, all of the transformed Pionpi are immediately restored to normal.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: Hopping about and persistently dogging Mario, no matter how many times you jump on Pionpi, he keeps coming back to life. But you can defeat him with a superball.
  • 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.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ピョンピー (JP) / Pionpi (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゅっしん ゴースト族 Place of origin Ghost clan
性格せいかく 執念深い Disposition Spiteful
登場とうじょうゲーム ランド1 Game appearances Land 1


Chinese-style apparition Pionpi

This kyonshī-like monster approaches with its hands outstretched in front of it, bouncing and jumping around. Even if you step on it, it will come back to life after a while, so use a Superball to defeat it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピョンピー[4]
Play on「ピョンピョン」(pyon-pyon, onomatopoeia for hopping sound) and「殭屍」(kyonshī, jiangshi)

Dutch Pionpi[5]
French Pionpi[6]
German Pionpi
Italian Pionpi[7][8][9]
Spanish Pionpi


  1. ^ Nintendo (1989). Super Mario Land English instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 17.
  2. ^ 1991. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 5.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Page 173.
  4. ^ Nintendo (1989). スーパーマリオランド (Sūpā Mario Rando) instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 20.
  5. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic. Page 9.
  6. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet. Page 17.
  7. ^ Super Mario Land Italian manual. Page 17.
  8. ^ Super Mario Land (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual. Page 14.
  9. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 47.