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A Skipsqueak from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Spiny Skipsqueak
“Those Skipsqueaks will match you jump for jump. Don't let 'em get the best of you!”
Bowser Jr., Super Mario Maker 2

Skipsqueaks are mouse-like enemies that appear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Their name is a portmanteau of "skip" and "pipsqueak".


Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

In Super Mario 3D World, Skipsqueaks constantly run on moving platforms going in the opposite direction, causing them to remain in one place. They also jump up periodically and are usually found in groups of two or more. Skipsqueaks can be defeated by using any form of attack, including a jump attack. They appear in the levels Really Rolling Hills, The Bowser Express, Grumblump Inferno, Rainbow Run, and Night Falls on Really Rolling Hills.

There is a variation of this enemy known as Spiny Skipsqueaks which appear in Cookie Cogworks, Rainbow Run, and Night Falls on Really Rolling Hills.

In the Bowser's Fury mode, a new variation of this enemy appears, known as Cat Skipsqueak, featuring cat ears and a tail, but otherwise acting the same as normal Skipsqueaks. Cat Skipsqueaks appear exclusively on the Slipskate Slope island, found on rotating tunnels that appear there. There is no cat variation of Spiny Skipsqueaks.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Skipsqueaks and Spiny Skipsqueaks reappear as enemies that can be placed in Super Mario Maker 2 stages. Skipsqueaks jump whenever Mario jumps, and run in place to keep up with Conveyor Belts. If a Skipsqueak is pushed away from its starting point, such as by a Thwomp or Track Block, it will run back towards its starting point and even Triple Jump over obstacles to get there. If it cannot pass an obstacle, it will give up and look tired, then reset its movement pattern from its new location. Skipsqueaks also appear in Story Mode, in the level Skipsqueak Towers.


Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

  • North American website bio: Skipsqueaks like to try and match Mario’s jumps. Sometimes you can use that to your advantage!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Runner[1]

From「ピョンピョン」(pyon-pyon, hopping sound) and「チュウチュウ」(chū-chū, rat's squeaking sound)
Chinese 跳跳鼠[2]
Tiào tiào shǔ
Jumping Mouse
Dutch Skipsqueak[3] -
French Mulhop From mulot ("fieldmouse") and hop
German Hopsmaus From hopsen ("jumping") and Maus ("mouse")
Italian Saltopo From salto ("jump") and topo ("mouse")
Korean 폴찍폴찍
From 폴짝폴짝 (onomatopoeia for hopping) and 찍찍 (onomatopoeia for squeaking)
Portuguese (NOE) Ratimbanco[4] From rato ("mouse") and saltimbanco ("acrobat")
Russian Попрыгумыш[5]
From попрыгун ("jumper") and мышь ("mouse").
Spanish (NOA) Ratoncín saltarín Little jumping mouse
Spanish (NOE) Ratipoing[6] From ratón ("mouse"), and boing, the onomatopoeia of something bouncing or jumping


  1. ^ Super Mario 3D World internal filename (Runner)
  2. ^ Nintendo HK (May 17, 2019). 《Super Mario Maker 2 (超級瑪利歐創作家 2)》Direct 2019.5.16. YouTube. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Nintendo Nederland (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 16 mei 2019. YouTube. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Nintendo Portugal (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 15/05/2019. YouTube. Retrieved Sep 22, 2019.
  5. ^ NintendoRU (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 16/05/2019. YouTube. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  6. ^ mabelandtee (June 3, 2020). i love spanish now #SuperMarioMaker2 #NintendoSwitch. Twitter. Retrieved June 3, 2020.