Skating Shy Guy

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Skating Shy Guy
Rendered and posed model of a Skating Shy Guy in Mario Kart Tour.
Model of a blue Skating Shy Guy from Mario Kart Tour
First appearance Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Penguin Tour) (2021)
Variant of Shy Guy

Skating Shy Guys[1] (also referred to as simply Shy Guys[2]) are Shy Guys that appear in GCN Sherbet Land, which first appears in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and later in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as a retro course. The Skating Shy Guys skate around the course on ice skates and occasionally twirl into the air. They also serve as obstacles for the racers, slowing them down if they hit them. They come in blue and red varieties; the blue ones skate by themselves, while the red ones skate together holding hands. Skating Shy Guys reappear in Mario Kart Tour in the stadium section of Vancouver Velocity 2's R and T variants, where they skate around the ice in the former and twirl in one spot in the latter.

In Mario Pinball Land, Shy Guys on Skates[3] appear as enemies in the Frosty Frontier Stage. In addition to blue and red, they also appear in green and yellow. In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Mario Sports Mix, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Shy Guys wearing ice skates appear as goalies in the each of these games' respective hockey modes (though in Mario Sports Mix's case, this only applies to Mario Stadium, as the other courts replace the ice skates with roller blades).


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘイホー[4][5]
Shy Guy (Super Mario Ball)
Chinese 溜冰的嘿呵
Liūbīng De Hēihē
Skating Shy Guy
Italian Tipo Timido pattinatore Skating Shy Guy
Spanish (NOA) Shy Guy Patinadores Skating Shy Guy


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander. Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 198. "Skating Shy Guys: These graceful guys skate in groups across the ice parts of the track, pirouetting into the air and possibly plotting to sabotage their ice skating rivals’ gold medal dreams."
  2. ^ Hodgson, David S. Mario Kart: Double Dash PRIMA's Official Strategy Guide. Pgs. 31, 91, 92, 93, 94
  3. ^ Nintendo Power issue 185 (November 2004), p. 116
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  5. ^ Super Mario Ball Shogakukan book