Things lost in the history of Mario

Mario Galaxy 2 is truly a supergiant among games. So vast is its giddying brilliance, it’s managed to suck into its orbit pretty much everything we’ve ever known and loved from the Mario universe, from Magikoopas to Piranha Plants to those little snakey brown platforms that loop back on themselves, pushing you into a pool of lava. But what of the Marioverse’s own Kuiper Belt

Above: They're out there somewhere

Those long-forgotten items, enemies and blocks that over time have been discarded, ignored, overlooked and pushed to one side? We're sending a probe out to these distant objects and rating their chances of ever seeing sunlight again…

Fighter Flies
First seen: Mario Bros.
Last seen: Stardust Fields, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Description: One of the jolliest enemies you’ll never come across. The Fighter Fly hops back and forth all day long, all the while sporting a huge, poo-eating grin.

Reason for demise: Their predictable attack patterns were about as mentally stimulating as a finance advertisement. They also slowed the player down horribly, and everyone secretly likes to go just a little bit too fast through a Mario level, don’t they?

Chances of a grand return: 5/10

Chargin’ Chuck
First seen:
Super Mario World
Last seen: Float Castle, Yoshi’s Safari

Description: Does an animal that’s already 90% armored padding really need to wear a football player’s uniform for protection? Well, it worked up to a point, as these ‘famous’ Mario World nasties could withstand numerous Yoshi buttstomps before shuffling off their mortal coil.

Reason for demise: They just had too many tricks up their shells. Some threw baseballs, others charged through bricks, another would asexually reproduce into three Chucks... In the end, it just got annoying having to study each Chuck to find out what ‘species’ it was before moving in for the kill.

Chances of a grand return: 7/10

First seen:
Super Mario Bros 2
Last seen: Er... he got namechecked in Bowser’s Inside Story, but this dude is seriously out of the loop

Description: Right from the off you can tell that Mouser is a mouse with ATTITUDE, seeing as he’s rocking hard man sunglasses and little pink mittens. He pops up a couple of times as a bomb-lobbing boss in SMB2, but can easily be defeated by anyone who has a set of fingers.

Reason for demise: Well, look at the state of him. He can’t even blame his downfall on originally being a Doki Doki Panic design; former Doki stablemates such as Birdo, Pokey and the Bob-ombs have all wormed their way into Mario’s inner circle

Chances of a grand return: 1/10


First seen: Super Mario Land 2
Last seen: As a special item in one of those terrible Mario Kart arcade games

Description: Noshing one of these rancid veggies causes Mario to sprout little bunny ears through his cap. With these new appendages, Mario can float through the air by wiggling his ears. They also allow him to hear baby Goombas from up to half a level away, as they weep over the corpse of their flattened father.

Reason for demise: Very few of Gunpei ‘You Know I Invented The Game Boy?’ Yokoi’s additions to the Mario template stood the test of time. Although Rabbit Mario made for an amusing visual, his powers paled in comparison to Raccoon or Cape Mario. He’s still better than Spring Mario, though.

Chances of a grand return: 4/10

Tanooki Suit
First seen:
Super Mario Bros 3
Last seen: In the Nintendo Monopoly board game

Description: This curious line in raccoonwear gifts Mario (or, indeed, Luigi) the ability to transform into a stone statue on demand. Which is more useful than it sounds.

Reason for demise: Mario games are about landing on an endangered animal’s skull at high speed, not hiding like a coward while a turtle that barely reaches up to your ankles creeps past. That said, the Tanooki Suit remains an iconic part of Mario lore and we’ll probably see it return sooner rather than later.

Chances of a grand return: 8/10


  • fartinapot - August 8, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    510BrotherPanda is right. That green boot was in Bowsers inside story! It,s kind of a stupid idea though. I still have super mario world for the game boy advanced, and I hope the chargin' chucks never see life again. I hated them. ):(
  • Hypershadic - August 7, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    I am a mario fan so Tanooki suit deserves a return to the series with arms held wide open
  • JPorFavor - July 13, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Ma god watch over that triangular block
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 9, 2010 7:21 a.m.

    @RazielArcanum Kuribo is the original Japanese name for the Goombas. Kuribo means chestnut, because Goombas' heads look like them. Tanuki are Japanese raccoon-dogs, and in mythology play pranks on people, shapeshift and have rediculously large testicles; thankfully that part is not in the Mario series. @dirty1996 I think the reason Tanuki is spelled Tanooki is for consistency; most things with the 'u' sound become 'oo', Like Goomba and Koopa Troopa.
  • Modroneman - July 6, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    Great article! Its strange to think back at all of the mario games and realize how many items had no continuity. Personally I would love to see tanooki make a glorious return.
  • dirty1996 - July 6, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    Ummm... why does everyone spell it Tanooki? Cuz in Japanese it is Tanuki meaning raccoon dog, which is what the suit is based on.
  • KnightDehumidifier - July 6, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    What about the lesser-known Mario 64 powerups? The chrome body, the invisibility, and even the winged cap? Aside from the chrome being used as the metal characters in Smash Bros. and the obvious Mario 64 DS, they never escaped that game. While we are at it, what happened to Tatanga? You know, the alien that captured Daisy in Mario Land?
  • EAC73 - July 6, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    i think the note block was in one of the mario party minigames not completely sure but kuribos shoe is amazing
  • shadowdahuman - July 6, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    Where's The Sledge Hammer? That One was awesome, turn Yourself tanned with a shell and helmet and fire away, kill EVERYTHINg in Your Path, I want it back so bad, That why I still play SMB3 :D
  • RazielArcanum - July 6, 2010 8:53 a.m.

    Wow, that was a nostalgia trip! I used to love the way that those names were only found in the instruction manual, with no further explanation. Who is Kuribo? What is a Tanooki? Nobody cares. We just love them. The Tanooki statue kinda freaked me out though.
  • AuthorityFigure - July 6, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    I wouldn't mind seeing the Power-up Mushroom again one day in a 3D Mario.
  • Limbo - July 6, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    I friggin love Kuribo's shoe! It was so entertaining to use even if it didn't make a big difference. Alo, why isn't FLUDD or Frog Mario on this list? I know FLUDD's only in one game, and I think Frog Mario is only in SMB3, but I'm not sure.
  • mattdark - July 6, 2010 6:35 a.m.

    Interesting that so many things have gone. Shome they could bring some of this stuff back and instead left in the horrid spring suit...
  • TanookiMan - July 6, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    @ 510BrotherPanda- agreed, that would be totally bamf. Glad to see my fave costume has a favorable expectation of returning..
  • V13Dragongal - July 6, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    I hated Chucks, I hope they don't come back. They need to bring FLUDD back instead!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - July 6, 2010 2:04 a.m.

    i always thought chucks were another form of hammer bros.
  • BluesyFish - July 6, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    i miss you turnip :( call me
  • Hayseyboy - July 6, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    "Few creatures can take a turnip square on the jaw and live to tell the tale" that is one of the best sentances I've ever seen in an article on gamesradar, also I really dig the Tanooki suit, I hope it comes back.
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 6, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    If they bring back the Tanooki Suit, it should have the additional ability to crush stuff flat like a Thwomp when in stone mode. It would help a lot against harder headed enemies.
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 6, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    That's not true! The Kuribo Shoe came back as a living pitcher plant-like enemy in Bowser's Inside Story for a short time. Luigi gets stuck in one and has to hop his way back to Mario.

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