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Artwork of the Stork carrying Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in Yoshi's New Island
Yoshi's New Island artwork
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (New Year's Tour, cameo) (2020)

The stork is a supporting character in the Yoshi's Island series. He is responsible for delivering Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to the home of their mother and father. This is a reference to the myth of real-life storks delivering babies to young couples. His design is also based on the white stork, the same stork told in folklore.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Yoshi rescuing the stork and Baby Luigi.

In the prologue Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, on his way to deliver the babies, the stork is attacked by Kamek, who wants to kidnap the young brothers before they mature and cause trouble to the Koopas. Kamek succeeds in kidnapping only Baby Luigi and the stork.

After Yoshi defeats Baby Bowser, Baby Luigi and the stork are rescued. The stork then carries the babies to their parents.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

The stork plays a similar role in Yoshi Touch & Go in that he is a goal of Score Attack that Yoshi needs to reach. Every time a mode is selected in the main menu of the game, Kamek swoops in and hits the stork, causing him to drop the babies. In Score Attack, if the player achieves a high score and reaches the goal, Baby Luigi can be seen riding the stork.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

In Yoshi's Island DS, the stork is not only helping the Baby Mario Brothers, but also Baby Donkey Kong, Baby Peach, Baby Wario, and Baby Bowser. The stork is more of a major character in this game as he is shown traveling with the babies in cut-scenes, and he helps even more by bringing babies to Stork Stops. In the end, more than one stork are seen; several storks carry the babies back to their homes.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

The stork getting himself in a fight.

In Yoshi's New Island, the stork discovers that the parents he delivered the babies to in the original game are not Mario's and Luigi's. While he tries to find their real parents, he is attacked by Kamek and drops them again. Baby Mario is saved by Yoshi while Baby Luigi is captured by Kamek again. It is also revealed that the stork and other storks deliver infants from a magic land in the sky.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the stork appears as a sticker. The sticker shows the stork carrying Baby Peach. In The Subspace Emissary, the sticker can be used by any character to raise their body- and spin-based attack power by twenty one points.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The stork appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Ace-class support spirit. When used, he grants immunity against strong winds to players.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

In Mario Kart Tour, the stork makes a cameo appearance on the Baby Mario Hanafuda glider, which uses the same artwork from Mario Hanafuda.

Other appearances[edit]

The first actual mention of a baby-carrying stork in the Mario franchise is in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Mario of the Apes". When the gorilla couple June and Ward are waiting for a child of their own, they mistake an Albatoss that drops Mario on their porch for the actual stork.

The stork is mentioned again in Super Paper Mario about bringing Captain Gills his own children.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
A sticker of the Stork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Yoshi's Island DS [Body, Spin] - Attack +21

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Stork Artwork of the Stork carrying Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in Yoshi's New Island Yoshi Series Support (2) Ace Strong-Wind Immunity Beedle's Tent N/A N/A N/A N/A



Sprites and Models[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コウノトリさん
Kōnotori San
Mr. Stork
Chinese 信使鸟
Xìnshǐ Niǎo
Messenger Bird
Dutch Ooievaar Stork
French Cigogne Stork
German Storch Stork
Italian Cicogna Stork
Portuguese Cegonha Stork
Russian Аист
Spanish Cigüeña Stork