Shy Guy (toy)

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This article is about the Shy Guy toys from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. For Shy Guys in general, see Shy Guy.
Shy Guy
MiniShyGuy.png
Shy Guy artwork
First appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)
Latest appearance Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (2016)
Parent species Shy Guy
Derived species
Fly Guy (toy)
Katakata Kaen Heihō
Katakata Spanner Heihō
Katakata Yarihō
Mummy Guy
Polterguy
Snifit (toy)
Spy Guy (Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis)
Related species
Spear Guy

Shy Guys[1][2][3], also known as Red Mini Shy Guys[4], are Shy Guy toys appearing in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. Shy Guys patrol left to right, and a collision with them will defeat a Mini toy or Mario himself. In general, they can be defeated with a pair of Hammers, but many other game-specific attacks can be applied on them since they are the weakest enemies in the series. As they are basic enemies, Shy Guys often appear in early levels and only occasionally return in later levels. It is unknown if the Mario Toy Company created these toys, along with Mario's other windup foes.

History[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario can ride them or pick and throw them at other enemies to defeat them (as in Super Mario Bros. 2). They can also be defeated by throwing another enemy or an object, such as a bin or key, at them. Shy Guys debut in the first level of the game, where they patrol areas in front of bins that can be used to attack them, and continue to appear occasionally in subsequent levels. Exclusively in the Spooky House boss stage, Level 4-DK, Shy Guys are transformed into Polterguys and vice versa by Donkey Kong's Color Switches.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Minis can ride Shy Guys to safely cross certain hazards, although touching the sides of a Shy Guy (or any other enemy) will instead instantly break a Mini.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again[edit]

A Shy Guy in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Shy Guys,[5] also dubbed Spear Guys,[6] additionally wield spears, but only hold them upright, making them harmful to touch from above. However, their spears can pass through red girders, harming any above Mini Marios. Unique to Minis March Again!, upon activation of a red Color Switch, Shy Guys transform into stationary solid blocks. When in this state, Shy Guys can be used as a step or bridge to cross harmful areas. Shy Guys can be defeated with hammers. They first appear in Room 2-7 of Sandstone Stroll, but are characteristic to the Jungle Rumble floor.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]

Shy Guys revert to their original appearance in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, no longer holding spears. However, they can also no longer be stepped on and ridden like in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, making them completely harmful to touch while marching. Shy Guys appear early in the game, starting with Area 1-5 where the player learns that it is possible to destroy enemies using Hammers. In this game, they can also be defeated by shooting into one from a Cannon or sliding into one from a slope. Later in the game, in Super Skywheel, Shy Guys can fill Shy Guy Blocks, becoming solid platforms.[2]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

Shy Guys in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars act and look the same as in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!. They are also introduced in a similar stance in Level 1-3, where the player can pick up a pair of Hammers and destroy the Shy Guy present in the level.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

In Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, Shy Guys once again appear as enemies. In addition to using Hammers or a slope slide, Shy Guys can be defeated by eating them with Mini Yoshi.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カタカタヘイホー[7]
Katakata Heihō
ヘイホー[8]
Heihō
Mechanical Shy Guy; katakata being the sound of a working mechanism.

Shy Guy
Spanish Shy Guy Shy Guy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong instruction booklet, pg. 28
  2. ^ a b Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Help Mode & Construction Zone
  3. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Construction Zone
  4. ^ Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Toy Collection
  5. ^ "Shy Guy – Shy Guys prevent Mini Mario from reaching certain areas by patrolling back and forth. Take them out with a hammer, or step on a red color switch to turn them into blocks, allowing Mini Mario to step over them." - Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! help (North American version)
  6. ^ "Spear Guy – Spear Guys prevent Mini Marios from reaching certain areas by patrolling back and forth. Take them out with a hammer, or step on a red switch to turn them into blocks, allowing Mini Marios to step over them." - Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! help (PAL version)
  7. ^ Scan of 「マリオvs.ドンキ—コングかんぺきガイドブック」 (Mario vs. Donkey Kong Kanpeki Guidebook)
  8. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/amqj/porin/index.html