Tweeter

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Tweeter
Tweeter
Artwork of a Tweeter in Super Mario Advance.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Variants
Tweeter Bat
Comparable
Shy Guy
Notable members
Stool Pigeon
Not to be confused with Tweester.

A Tweeter is a masked bird[1][2] that appears in Super Mario Bros. 2.

Appearance[edit]

Artwork of a Tweeter in Super Mario Bros. 2

Tweeters are similar in stature and appearance to a Shy Guy, with their masks having a beak instead of a mouth hole. Despite the presence of wings, they rapidly hop rather than fly around in their debut appearance, reminiscent of a green Koopa Paratroopa. In their original artwork, they have red bodies, white masks and blue wings; in their Super Mario Bros. 2 sprites and Super Mario Advance artwork, they have white bodies and red masks and wings. In their Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance sprites, their bodies are tinted purple, while their feet are yellow. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! uses a design similar to the original artwork, but with the bat-like blue wings replaced with bird-like red wings.

History[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A Tweeter in Tryclyde's room.

Tweeters made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 2 as common enemies. Rather than walk normally, their movement consists of three short hops followed by a fourth hop its height, traveling straight ahead until hitting a wall. Like several other standard enemies, Tweeters can be simply picked up and thrown. In the NES version, they have only one sprite of animation, while in SNES version and other subsequent remakes, they have two sprites.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

A Tweeter dressed as a cowboy, as seen in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Butch Mario & The Luigi Kid"

Tweeters make several appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where they are usually portrayed as allies of King Koopa. The first appearance of a Tweeter is in the episode "Butch Mario & The Luigi Kid." In this episode, a Tweeter bounty hunter, dressed as a cowboy, acts as an informant of Sheriff Mouser, telling him and his minions the location of Mario, Luigi and Toad, in exchange for Gold Coins. A horror-themed type of Tweeter called the Tweeter Bat exclusively appears in the episode "Count Koopula". In "The Unzappables", one Tweeter represents a literal Stool Pigeon that rats out Al Koopone's plans. They are based off of their artwork, but are mostly depicted with a beige mask, and their eyes are yellow instead of white. Additionally, their head may sometimes be lighter in color than their body.

Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up[edit]

Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up

A Tweeter makes a small cameo in the coloring book game Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up, under the Veterinarian page.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

Tweeters, along with Shy Guys, Mega Guys, and Ninjis, are one of the enemies that can appear in the Mario Adv. microgame.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

A Tweeter appears in volume 8 of Super Mario-Kun. Here, it attempts to puncture the Mario Cap, only to have Mario transform into Dr. Mario.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

When Mario first arrives in the Mushroom Kingdom in Double Trouble, he spots some orange Tweeter birds (presumably sand clones created by GLOM) fighting for space on a brick ledge; later, it is mentioned that unfriendly Tweeters trying to land on his head are among one of the constant annoyances in the otherwise beautiful kingdom.

If Mario and Luigi follow Princess Toadstool to the Koopahari Desert in Pipe Down!, they are attacked by a flock of Tweeters, which also appear to attack the Mario Bros. if they pull the mushroom lever in an elevator in the royal palace, if they try to directly attack Ludwig von Koopa during one portion of the book, and if Mario pulls the wrong nob on the Koopaling's giant pipe organ.

Super Mario Bros. film[edit]

Fried Tweeters on bread

In the Super Mario Bros. film, a street vendor can be seen selling and advertising Fried Tweeter, apparently cooked Tweeters; instead of birds, the film portrays them as lizards. They are eaten on hotdog buns.

Other appearances[edit]

An unused graphic of a Tweeter exists in the coding for Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, using a sprite from Super Mario All-Stars, alongside the two Shy-Guy sprites from the same game. While Shy-Guys appear in the final in a different art style, Tweeters are absent from the finished product.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Bio: It's a bird with a mask. He hops. Try to get on top of his head.[1]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Bio: Tweeters hang around with boss characters. They're no friends of yours, so get rid of them quickly.[3]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

リートン
種族 フライ族
性格 落ち着きがない
登場ゲーム USA
ピョンピョン跳んで近づくよ
鳥のくせに飛べないで、ピョンピョンジャンプして近づいてくる。上下に動くので、ものをぶつけるのが難しい。倒すなら、上に乗って持上げるほうが確実だよ。[2]

Tweeter
Tribe: Fly clan
Disposition: Restless
Game appearances: USA
They'll jump up and down and get close to you.
They can't fly, even though they are birds, and they approach you by jumping up and down. They move up and down, so it is difficult to hit them with things. If you want to knock it down, it is more reliable to get on top of it and lift it up.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

  • Bio: 羽根がついていて、小刻みに跳ねながら移動している。(They are winged and move about, bouncing in small increments.)[4]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リートン[2][5]
Rīton
Derived from an anagram of「鳥」(tori, bird)
Chinese 利顿[6]
Lìdùn
飞鸟[7]
Fēiniǎo
From the Japanese name;「利」() also means "sharp".

Flying Bird
German Tweeter -
Italian Cinguetto From cinguettare (to tweet) with name ending -o

Trivia[edit]

  • Tweeter's design may have been inspired by plague doctors' bird-like masks, which are still worn at the annual Carnival of Venice. Another source of inspiration may have been the tengu, which are Japanese mythological creatures often depicted with long noses and red faces.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "It's a bird with a mask. He hops. Try to get on top of his head." - Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 23 (Tweeter description)
  2. ^ a b c Page 229 of 「マリオキャラクター大事典 パーフェクト版」 (Mario Character Daijiten: Perfect-ban)
  3. ^ Super Mario Advance European Instruction Booklet, page 12. Nintendo. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  4. ^ 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), Super Mario USA section. Page 68.
  5. ^ Sawada, Yukio. Super Mario-Kun, volume 8, p. 20. (Accessed on 11-12-14)
  6. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译 (Official names for iQue Super Mario 2 enemies). Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  7. ^ iQue's promotional demo play videos of Super Mario Advance and Wario Land 4. Retrieved February 9, 2020.