From the Super Mario Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Ads keep the MarioWiki independent and free :)
  MLSS - Spotlight Lakitu.png This article has been chosen to be a focus for this month's edition of The 'Shroom Spotlight. Be sure to read about our goals for the article, and help to contribute in any way that you can.
A Tap-Tap bounds forward.
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Derived Species
Rainbow Tap-Tap
Super Big Tap-Tap
Notable Members
Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Tap-Tap the Golden

Tap-Taps[1] are small, spike-covered enemies that walk back and forth in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Sometimes they'll hop up and down. They can't be hurt in any normal way, except for an egg. A Huffin Puffin chick will send one flying backwards, and if it hits another, the other one will be destroyed. They're immune to most attacks, except ice breath and fire breath. A Tap-Tap is encountered as a mid-boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Tap-Tap the Red Nose, as well as a similar obstacle in Baby Bowser's castle known as Tap-Tap the Golden.

Tap-Taps have also appeared in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi Touch & Go (whose manual erroneously labeled them as Spiked Fun Guys, which are actually a different species), and Yoshi's Island DS, where they behaved similarly; however, instead of the normal ones walking off platforms, the pink ones walk off while the normal ones stay. A large, invulnerable variation (with the ability to crush land platforms) known as the Super Big Tap-Tap also appears in Yoshi's Island DS.


It has been requested that additional images be uploaded for this article. Remove this only when the image(s) have been uploaded for this article.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カチカチくん[2][3]
Japanese onomatopoeia for stones knocking together to create fire.
Spanish Rolando[4] Pun of a Spanish name and its literal translation, rolling.
French (NOA) Gros Bobo[citation needed] Big Owie
French (NOE) Bobo[citation needed] Owie
German Pseudo Stego[citation needed] From pseudo (fake) and Stego, the German name of Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Italian Piombospino[citation needed] From piombo, lead; and spina, spike.
Chinese 咔咔[citation needed]
Onomatopoeia for cackling, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name


  • The name of Tap-Taps may come from the distinctive clicking noise they make as they walk.


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオ ヨッシーアイランド攻略ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Kōryaku Guide Book).
  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.
  4. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go Spanish Guide