Tap-Tap the Red Nose

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Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Tap-Tap the Red Nose's artwork for Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Species Tap-Tap
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Island DS (cameo) (2006)

Tap-Tap the Red Nose is the mid-boss of World 6 in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He was originally an ordinary Tap-Tap until Kamek cast a spell on him to make him grow gigantic. He attacks by jumping onto Yellow Yoshi, trying to hit him with his spiky body. In the room where the battle takes place, the floor is made up of rectangular blocks, which can be destroyed by throwing eggs at them. Since Tap-Tap the Red Nose is invincible to all of Yoshi's attacks, Yoshi has to defeat him by creating a gap in the floor and pushing Tap-Tap the Red Nose until he falls into the lava below.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグカチカチ
Biggu Kachikachi
Big Tap-tap (Japanese name of Tap-tap)
Chinese 大咔咔
Dà Kākā
"Ka ka" is the onomatopoeia for tapping with the word big
French Gros Bobo Big Owie
German Stego Likely from the dinosaur Stegosaurus
Italian Grande Piombospino Big Tap-Tap
Spanish Metalón The suffix -ón is added to say that its size is large


  • Tap-Tap the Red Nose may be a pun on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • While the Player's Guide for the GBA version implies that Tap-Tap the Golden is a resurrected Tap-Tap the Red Nose,[1] the Player's Guide for the SNES version suggests otherwise,[2] albeit by erroneously stating that Tap-Tap the Golden is located "beneath Red Nose's Fort."
  • Tap-Tap the Red Nose is the only boss that Yoshi does not meet by entering a boss door.
  • Tap-Tap's battle arena is similarly structured to Breakout, seeing as Yoshi has to break certain parts of the floor with eggs to knock him into the lava.
  • After finishing being imbued with Kamek's magic and before he starts to enlarge, Tap-Tap the Red Nose is briefly shown as a normal Tap-Tap with a unique blueish palette. Due to the short amount of time between these and how he is constantly moving during it, it can be difficult to see.


  1. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Page 115. "Golden Opportunity Tap-Tap the Golden is back to torment you. You can run only as fast as the scrolling screen allows. If you run too far to the left, you’ll fall into lava pits."
  2. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128. "TAP-TAP THE GOLDEN This mega Tap-Tap pursues Yoshi through the lava caves beneath Red Nose's Fort."