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This article is about the recurring shark foe. For Mario's Cheep Cheep partner from Paper Mario, see Sushie. For the Sushi character appearing in Mario Party Advance, see Sushi (character).
Icon of Sushi from Dr. Mario World
In-game artwork of Sushi from Dr. Mario World
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Notable members

Sushi are a species of blue shark enemies found in a few Mario games. They have navy-blue colored scales and a long pointed nose. Their name comes from the Japanese dish, sushi.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Sushi in Super Mario 64
A Sushi in Super Mario 64 DS

Two Sushi first appear in Super Mario 64 and later in Super Mario 64 DS, inhabiting the beginning section of Dire, Dire Docks. The Sushi swim around in circles with no active intent to hurt Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario. However, one of the player characters will get hurt if he bumps into the Sushi, and there is no way to attack them.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A Sushi from New Super Mario Bros..

Multiple Sushi appear in World 1-A from New Super Mario Bros.. They travel two at a time, swimming horizontally at different heights on the screen. They hurt Mario if they swim into him, but can be defeated with a fireball or by touching them while under the effects of a Super Star.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

A Sushi swimming in the background in Mario Party

In the Mario Party minigame Treasure Divers, a Sushi appears swimming from one side of the screen to the other, alongside two Bloopers. If it collides with one of the playable characters, it stuns them briefly, causing them to drop their treasure chest.

Mario Party 2[edit]

In Mario Party 2, one appears in Pirate Land, and will ferry anyone who lands next to the dock of one island to the dock on the opposing island, charging five coins per trip.

Mario Party 3[edit]

In Mario Party 3, a Sushi appears in Deep Bloober Sea, and is in charge of the torpedo controls. This Sushi will ask everyone who passes to push one of four buttons upon reaching a fork; one of them serves as the detonator, which will fire a torpedo when pushed, forcing the player to take the path they didn't select. A Sushi is also present in the minigame, Dizzy Dinghies.

Mario Party 4[edit]

Two Sushi appear as obstacles halfway through the Manta Rings minigame from Mario Party 4, where they swim in circles around several bubble rings. Colliding with a Sushi deducts two points from the player.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Main article: Sushi (character)

In Mario Party Advance, a Sushi lives at Sushi Cliff.

Mario Party 7[edit]

A Sushi in Mario Party 7

In Mario Party 7, the 1-vs-3 minigame Be My Chum! involves the lone player calling out names of various enemies (including Sushi) on the Nintendo GameCube Microphone to attack the other players. The Sushi simply swims straight forward in a speedy manner.

Mario Party 9[edit]

A Sushi sprite from Mario Party 9

In Mario Party 9, Sushi only appear on the board Blooper Beach. They appear after the player runs into a Dolphin. They advance from behind the player, moving four spaces per turn. If they catch up to the vehicle, then the captain loses half of their Mini Stars; it is then replaced by a Dolphin. If the player is near the first Boss Battle Space when a Sushi is the active fish, it swims away. Notably, Sushi are one of the few characters seen in the game that do not have a constellation based off of them.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, the course Bloocheep Sea has Sushi swimming in the background.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

A sign with a Sushi from Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, a large statue of a Sushi can be seen above the race courses Splash Circuit and Tropical Coast. Sushi can also be seen on signs in the background of Splash Circuit.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Pirate Sushi Racer and Sushi Racer Mario Kart Tour.
The Pirate Sushi Racer and Sushi Racer Mario Kart Tour.
The Pirate Sushi Racer and Sushi Racer Mario Kart Tour.

While no actual Sushi appear in Mario Kart Tour, two karts that resemble Sushi called the Pirate Sushi Racer and the Sushi Racer appear in the game, starting with the Pirate Tour and 2020 Los Angeles Tour, respectively.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Sushi appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. In stage mode, it has a chance of eliminating the remaining blue viruses when there are only two of them left regardless of how many hits they take to eliminate, but it only activates once throughout the stage, meaning that it will not activate again in a scrolling stage or Daily Booster after the effect successfully activated once despite the condition being met again. In versus mode, it grants a chance in defending against two-line attacks, which does not stack with the doctor's innate defense. One also appears on the World 18 map after all the levels are cleared, alongside some Cheep Cheeps and Deep Cheeps. A Sushi assistant is rewarded after clearing the first area in World 18.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "If there are blue viruses (2) remaining, grants 40%/50%/60%/70%/80% chance all blue viruses will be eliminated."
  • Stage mode (Prior to version 2.3.0): "If there are blue viruses (2) remaining, grants 20%/25%/30%/35%/40% chance all blue viruses will be eliminated."
  • Versus mode: "Grants 30%/35%/40%/45%/50% chance of defending against two-row attacks."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホージロー
From「頬白鮫」(hōjirozame, great white shark) and given name「次郎」(Jirō)
Chinese (Simplified) 大白鲨
Great White Shark
Chinese (Traditional) 大白鯊
Great White Shark
French Sushi Sushi
German Hainz Pun on "hai" (shark) and German name "Heinz"
Italian Sushi Sushi
Korean 상얼이
From "상어" (sangeo, shark) and possibly the Korean diminutive suffix "-돌이" (-dol'i)
Portuguese Sushi Sushi
Spanish Sushi Sushi