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Snifit's artwork from Super Mario Bros. 2.

Game Series Mario
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1987)
Affiliation: Wart
Occupation: Wart's troop
Position: Enemy
Species: Shy Guy
Height: Small
Weight: Light
Gender: Male/Female
Birthplace: Wart's Castle
Likes: Wart
Dis-Likes: Mario and co.
Family: Wart and his minions
Home: Wart's Castle
Power: Spitting bullets
Creator(s): Nintendo
Trademark: Bullet

A Snifit is a Shy Guy with a black mask, and an extended nozzle for a mouth. The extended nozzle can fire bullets (some of which are made from a form of nightmare and are actually produced from the Snifit itself), projectiles, or other objects. Though Snifits first originated in Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic, they have since become somewhat frequent enemies in the Mario series.

Snifits, in appearance are just like Shy Guys except with an extended mouth and black mask. Their mouth extension is used to shoot small black projectiles known as "Bad Dream Bullets" or "Nightmare Bullets". They usually wear red robes, but they have also worn gray, green, blue, black, and pink.

History[edit | edit source]

Super Mario series[edit | edit source]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit | edit source]

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Snifits (shown here to be affiliated with the mysterious 8-bits) are less common than their cousins the Shy Guys, and come in four colors: red, gray, green, and pink. Only in World 2 and World 6 were Snifits gray and green. There was only one red Snifit in the entire game (found in World 3-3). This trait was later changed, as most Snifits now are red.

There were only a few changes between the different colors. Green and gray Snifits stood in place jumping and fired, pink Snifits acted like pink Shy Guys (turning around on edges), the red Snifit moved about like red Shy Guys (falling down ledges), and it was smarter, as it could change direction towards the player. In the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 2, the pink Snifits are blue and green and gray ones are now both gray.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit | edit source]

Snifits made several appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where they were most often portrayed as the minions of King Koopa and as shock troops of the Koopa Pack. In some of their appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, such as in "The Unzappables", Snifits were used in a manner similar to handheld machine guns. In the episode "On Her Majesty's Sewer Service", a Snifit shot Bullet Bill-like towards the Mario brothers. They mentioned, "Good thing this window is Snifit-proof...".

Nintendo Comics System[edit | edit source]

Snifits were also featured in several issues of Nintendo Comics System, where they appeared to be high-ranking minions of Bowser, as they are shown to command and train his Shy Guy troops. One particular, unnamed Snifit was featured prominently in the Nintendo Comics System issue "Duh Stoopid Bomb!", where the Snifit, after accidentally becoming super-intelligent after being caught in the explosion of a Smart Bomb, usurps Bowser of his armies.

Super Mario Adventures[edit | edit source]

In Nintendo Power's Super Mario Adventures comic serial, a Snifit can be seen among the attendees to Bowser's forced wedding to Princess Toadstool.

Super Mario Bros. film[edit | edit source]

Snifits also appeared in the Super Mario Bros. film, where they are shown to be the garbagemen of Dinohatten, instead of soldiers in King Koopa's army, cleaning sludge with the use of a vehicle referred to as a Sludge Gulper.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit | edit source]

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, blue Snifits appear as enemies in Booster Pass and Booster Tower. They were renamed Spookums in the English version of the game, however, their Japanese name is the same. Some of these blue Snifits, known as Apprentices, train on an obstacle course at Booster Pass. Snifits, instead of shooting their traditional bullets, shot Bullet Bills.

Three normal Snifits, aptly named Snifit #1, Snifit #2 and Snifit #3 appear as the minions and playpals of Booster. Snifits #1, #2 and #3 first meet Mario after he defeats Punchinello in Moleville, where they are hunting beetles for Booster. While hunting these beetles, Snifits #1, #2 and #3 accidentally reveal to Mario that "a princess who fell from the sky" is being imprisoned in Booster Tower.

Later, in Booster Tower, Mario, Geno, Mallow and Bowser can battle Snifits #1, #2 and #3, all of whom, attack by shooting Bullet Bills. After entering Booster's playroom, Mario would need to try and hide from Snifits #1, #2 and #3 behind curtains as the trio of Snifits search for Booster's lost Mario Doll. If Mario was found behind these curtains too many times by Snifits #1, #2 and #3, he would be forced to battle Snifits #1, #2 and #3 and their master, Booster. If he remained hidden, Booster joined in and found his Mario Doll, but it's too high for him to get so Mario knocks it down and Booster rewards him with a Amulet.

On Booster Hill, Snifits #1, #2 and #3 would try to ram Mario as he raced up the slope after Booster and Princess Toadstool. Mario could jump on the heads of Snifits #1, #2 and #3 to get a boost up Booster Hill.

Finally, in Marrymore, after Booster barged into the Marrymore Chapel (interrupting the wedding of Raz and Raini) Snifits #1, #2 and #3 acted as guards, making sure no one interrupted Booster's forced wedding to Princess Toadstool. After breaking into Marrymore Chapel, Snifits #1, #2 and #3, after learning that Princess Toadstool had lost her accessories, began to search for them and relied on Mario to bring the accessories they had found to Princess Toadstool.

During the battle against Raspberry, Snifits #1, #2 and #3 and Booster would appear; it was Snifits #1, #2 and #3 who inadvertently destroyed Raspberry for Mario, after the trio convinced Booster to devour the living confectionery.

A Snifit can later be seen in Seaside Town, acting as the manager of Beetles Are Us. Several dozen Snifits also make a small cameo in the ending cinematic of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, with the entire audience of Booster's wedding to Valentina being composed of them.

Also Snifits #4, #5, #6, and #7 were obtainable by Mario and his team getting beat by Apprentices in Booster Pass.

Mario Party series[edit | edit source]

Mario Party 3[edit | edit source]

Snifits appear in several installments of the Mario Party series, such as in Mario Party 3, where one appears as the partner of Princess Daisy in the game's Duel Mode. This is the stats of him in the Duel Mode:

  • Snifit
    • Attack Power: 2
    • Stamina: 2
    • Salary: 5
    • Best Use: Either
    • Associated Character: Daisy
    • Notes: Very Expensive, but sometimes he pays 2-4 coins as the turn begins. His reasonable Attack and Stamina make him a good partner in either position.

Mario Kart series[edit | edit source]

Snifits have always been rare sights in Mario Kart games, and they did not debut in the series until Mario Kart: Super Circuit. In that game, they only made a minor cameo appearance in the Sunset Wilds course, where they could be viewed alongside other semi-obscure enemies on totem pole obstacles - the other enemies being Shy Guys and Tweeters. Their next appearance in the series was Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, where they made another small cameo as characters in the audience of Waluigi Stadium. Mario Kart Wii is their most recent appearance, still in the audience of the returning Waluigi Stadium.

Mario & Luigi series[edit | edit source]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit | edit source]

Standard Snifits have technically not appeared in the Mario & Luigi series, but it appears to be traditional for debuting Snifit subspecies to appear. For instance, during their Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga adventure, Mario and Luigi met up with the laser-emitting Laser Snifits (actually Woohoo Hooniversity's transformed Beanish professors), the cactus-like, spike-shooting Spiky Snifits, and the ice-shooting Ice Snifits.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit | edit source]

In contrast to this handful of sub-species in the prequel, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time saw only one Snifit subspecies, the Snifaros, which are notable for fighting alongside completely normal (though never named) Snifits.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit | edit source]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the only time a Snifit appears is during enemy battles with a sub-species of flower-like Snifits called Flifits. When Flifits lose their petals a Snifit wearing butterfly wings will appear to pour some water on them and heal them.

Yoshi series[edit | edit source]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit | edit source]

As Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is set in the past, this game marks the Snifits' first chronological appearance.

Snifits were uncommon enemies found in some of the game's various castle levels, where they would attack Yoshi and Baby Mario by shooting projectiles at them. The projectiles in this game were oval, instead of circular, and would go through walls. In this game, Snifits could always walk around and sometimes changed directions towards Yoshi. There was only one color of Snifit in this game: pink. Yoshi could defeat a Snifit in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island by jumping on it, swallowing it with his tongue, or by simply shooting it with an egg.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fly Snifit

Although true Snifits never appear in Yoshi Touch & Go, being replaced by Fly Snifits, what appear to be normal Snifits appear on the game's high scores screen. They have sprites similar to those of Fly Snifits.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit | edit source]

Main article: Zeus Guy (Snifit)

In Yoshi's Island DS, Snifits never appeared, but a sub-species of Snifits called Zeus Guys appeared. These enemies blew fires out of their mouths which can melt ice.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit | edit source]

A small toy version of Snifits called Mini Snifits first appeared in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, being only found in the level Jungle Hijinks. They fire five bullets at a time. Mini Snifits later re-appeared in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!.

Sub-Species[edit | edit source]

  • Apprentice – In-training Spookums who aspire to become Snifit minions of Booster.
  • Arachno Snifit – Large black spiders who wear Snifit masks.
  • Flifit – Sunflowers wearing Snifit masks that spits seeds that also resembles a Snifit.
  • Fly Snifit – Snifits who wear propellers on their heads, allowing them to fly, like Fly Guys, but having the ability to fire bullets.
  • Gunner Guy – A Snifit with a huge cannon-nose.
  • Ice Snifit – Snifits who wear brown parkas, they can shoot blasts of ice through their nozzle, and can use a team-up style attack.
  • Laser Snifit – Snifits who wear white lab coats, a protrusion on their masks allow them to shoot circular laser beams through its nozzle.
  • Mini Snifit – Toy sized Snifits.
  • Mini Spiky Snifit – Toy sized Snifits with three spikes on their head.
  • Snifaro – A Snifit wearing a pharaoh's head dress that rides on a flying sarcophagus.
  • Snufit – Red colored Snifits who inhabit mines and space, they are capable of flying through the air.
  • Spiky Snifit – A cactus wearing a Snifit's mask, it lives in deserts and can shoot spike covered bullets.
  • Zeus Guy – Snifits wearing orange robes who are capable of shooting a blast of fire from their nozzle.

Notable Snifits[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Super Mario Galaxy features a gigantic robot boss called Megaleg which has a similar face to that of a Snifit. In fact, its beta name was Snifit Bot.