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Stork and Babies Artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png
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. It 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. Its 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]

In the prologue Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, on its 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'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 it is shown traveling with the babies in cut-scenes, and it 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]

In Yoshi's New Island, the stork discovers that the parents it delivered the babies to in the original game are not Mario's and Luigi's. While it tries to find their real parents, it 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, it grants immunity against strong winds to characters.

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
Stork Sticker.png 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 Stork and Babies Artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png Yoshi Series Support (2) Ace Strong-Wind Immunity Beedle's Tent N/A N/A N/A N/A


Names in other languages[edit]

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