Sidestepper

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This article is about Sidesteppers, a type of crab. For other crabs, see Crab (disambiguation).
Sidestepper
Sidestepper - Mario Bros.png
Artwork of a red Sidestepper from Mario Bros.
First Appearance Mario Bros. (1983)
Latest Appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Related Species
Crab
Notable Members
Clawgrip

Sidesteppers, also known as Crabs,[1][2] are crabs that scuttle sideways, sometimes baring their teeth. Making their debut in Mario Bros., Sidesteppers were absent from many Mario games in the intervening years, but have recently begun to appear in place of standard Crab obstacles in the Mario Kart series.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Mario Bros.[edit]

Four Sidesteppers.

The Sidestepper is the second enemy that the Mario Bros. encounter in the game Mario Bros.. Sidesteppers emerge from the pipes and walk towards the bottom of the screen. When hit from below, the Sidestepper becomes angry and speeds up. Mario or Luigi must hit the Sidestepper from below a second time to flip it over, then run into it to defeat it. If left alone, the Sidestepper will change its color to blue and flip over, making it move faster. If left alone a second time, the Sidestepper will be pink. If the last target in a phase is a Sidestepper, it will automatically turn pink. Sidesteppers also appear in all remakes of Mario Bros..

Super Mario Bros. Special[edit]

Sidesteppers also appear in Super Mario Bros. Special. Here they are credited as Chokichoki, which translates to "Snip-Snip", referencing the sounds they make when they open and close their claws. They first appear in World 4-2 and function like a Spiny.

Mario Clash[edit]

Artwork of a Sidestepper from Mario Clash.

In Mario Clash, Sidesteppers come out of pipes and scuttle sideways. To defeat them, the player should hit them in the front or back with a Shell to turn it sideways, then hit them on the side with another Shell.

Super Mario Advance[edit]

In Super Mario Advance, when approaching Clawgrip, a short cutscene shows he is a Sidestepper, transformed into Clawgrip by one of Wart's magic bubbles.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Sidesteppers make a cameo appearance during the battle with Hermie III. Sidesteppers run past in the background. They also appear in the Mario Bros. game included. This time, if they are flipped while red and are left alone, they become green. Doing it again makes them blue. If one is the last enemy of a phase, it will turn blue.

Mario Kart series[edit]

A Sidestepper, from Mario Kart Wii.

In the Mario Kart series, Sidesteppers can be found on beach stages like Shy Guy Beach and Palm Shore where they walk left and right. They sometimes appear with yellow highlights on their claws. Driving into Sidestepper makes the player's kart spin around. If a Sidestepper is hit with a Bullet Bill, shell, star, or Bob-omb, it flips over and disappears.

In Mario Kart Wii, during August 2009's first Competition, the player actually had to take out a certain number of Sidesteppers with items.

In Mario Kart DS, there are missions where they are referred to simply as Crabs.

Sidesteppers return in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the DS Cheep Cheep Beach course.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

The Mario Classic Court in Mario Power Tennis is based on Mario Bros., and the original game's sprites are used, including Sidestepper. During a Gimmick game, Sidestepper might walk across the court and trip a character. Three of them are also line umpires.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Sidesteppers, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sidesteppers appear on the Mario Bros. stage. Sidesteppers walk out of the pipes at the top of the screen. Players can hit them from below to flip them over, and pick them up to throw at opponents. If a player is hit by a thrown Sidestepper, they fly sideways off the screen.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Sidesteppers appear in Luigi Bros.; an additional game featured in Super Mario 3D World. Like the other enemies in Luigi Bros., Sidesteppers behave in the same way as Mario Bros., which this game is based on.

Smaller crabs that behave the same way also appear in some levels, releasing a coin if tapped on the Game Pad.

NES Remix[edit]

Sidesteppers, along with other enemies from Mario Bros, appear in some of the challenges and remixes based on Mario Bros. as enemies and stage objectives.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

A Sidestepper becomes playable in the Wii U title, Super Mario Maker. He can be unlocked as a costume for Mario in certain circumstances.

Super Smash Bros. trophy descriptions[edit]

Trophy description from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Sidesteppers BrawlTrophy539.png NES Mario Bros. Crabby enemies taken on by Mario and Luigi. One bump from below wouldn't flip them over, but rather anger them so they moved faster. These pests had to be bumped twice before they could be upended and kicked off the stage. If left alone after being turned upside down, or if there was one left, their speed would increase. They went by the basic name of "crabs" in Japan.
GBA Super Mario Advance

Trophy description from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appearance(s) NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Sidesteppers SSB4TrophySidestepper.png ARCADE Mario Bros.
GBA Super Mario Advance
Can you guess how this crab-like enemy moves? The name might give you a clue. But Mario could be in for a surprise when he punches one from below–instead of flipping over, it starts sidestepping even faster! Oh, Mario, did you make it angry? Don't worry–a second punch should calm it down...or at least knock it on its head. Any guesses for how this crab-like enemy moves? The name might give you a clue. Mario could be in for a surprise when he punches one from below - instead of flipping over, it starts sidestepping even faster! Oh, Mario, did you make it angry? Don't worry - a second punch should calm it down...or at least knock it on its head.

Names in other languages[edit]

Mario Bros.

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニさん
Kani-San
サイドステッパー
Saidosuteppā
Mr. Crab

Sidestepper
Spanish Cangrejo Crab
French Zarbipas "Zarbi" is backslang for "bizarre", meaning "weird"
German Krabbe Crab
Italian Granchio (Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy)
Granchietto (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 manual)
Crab
Small crab
Korean 게님
Ge-Nim
Translation of Japanese name

Super Mario All-Stars

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニキチ
カニ吉
Kanikichi

Mario Clash

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タワトロ
Tawatoro

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet. Page 24.
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance Prima's Official Game Guide, page 91.