Sidesteppers, also known as Crabs, are irritable crabs that scuttle about. First appearing in Mario Bros., they typically appear in roles that call back to that game, and otherwise typically make simple cameos. They also occasionally appear in the Mario Kart series, taking the role that generic crabs have in Mario Kart 64.
The Sidestepper is the second enemy that the Mario Bros. encounter in the game Mario Bros. Sidesteppers emerge from the pipes and walk towards the bottom of the screen. When hit from below, the Sidestepper becomes angry and speeds up. Mario or Luigi must hit the Sidestepper from below a second time to flip it over, then run into it to defeat it. If left alone, the Sidestepper will change its color to blue and flip over, making it move faster. If left alone a second time, the Sidestepper will be purple. If the last target in a phase is a Sidestepper, it will automatically turn purple. Sidesteppers also appear in all reissues of Mario Bros., where their colors vary from the original version.
Super Mario Bros. Special
Sidesteppers also appear in Super Mario Bros. Special. Here they are credited as Chokichoki, which translates to "Snip-Snip", referencing the sounds they make when they open and close their claws. They first appear in World 4-2 and function like a Spiny.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Sidesteppers, referred to as Crabs, appear in the multiplayer Battle Mode of Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as the remake of the game in Super Mario All-Stars. Unlike other enemies, they have the same graphics as the NES release of Mario Bros. in the former version, due to already resembling their arcade sprites.
In Mario Clash, Sidesteppers come out of pipes and scuttle sideways. To defeat them, the player should hit them in the front or back with a Turtle Shell to turn it sideways, then hit them on the side with another shell.
Super Mario Advance
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Crabs make a cameo appearance running in the background and foreground during the battle with Hermie III. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, they are replaced by Huckit Crabs. They also appear in the Mario Bros. game included in the original game. This time, if they are flipped while red and are left alone, they become green. Doing it again makes them blue. If one is the last enemy of a phase, it will turn blue.
Mario Kart series
In the Mario Kart series, Sidesteppers can be found on beach stages where they walk left and right, replacing the generic crabs from Mario Kart 64. They sometimes appear with yellow highlights on their claws. Driving into Sidestepper makes the player's kart spin around. If a Sidestepper is hit with a Bullet Bill, Shell, Star, or Bob-omb, it flips over and disappears.
In Mario Kart Wii, they appear in GBA Shy Guy Beach. During August 2009's first Competition, the player actually had to take out a certain number of Sidesteppers with items.
They return in Mario Kart Tour, on the 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon and N64 Koopa Troopa Beach. In certain bonus challenges, there are bigger versions.
Mario Power Tennis/New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis
The Mario Classic Court in Mario Power Tennis is based on Mario Bros., and the original game's sprites are used, including Sidestepper. During a Gimmick game, Sidestepper might walk across the court and trip a character. Three of them are also line umpires.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sidesteppers appear on the Mario Bros. stage. Sidesteppers walk out of the pipes at the top of the screen. Players can hit them from below to flip them over, and pick them up to throw at opponents. If a player is hit by a thrown Sidestepper, they fly sideways off the screen.
All three Sidestepper variations also appear as a trophy. There is also a Sidestepper sticker that, when used on a fighter in the Subspace Emissary, boosts the strength of leg-based attacks by eight points. Both the trophy and the sticker can be obtained when they show up at random in Vs. matches, Adventure Mode, or other modes of the game.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
A formation of differently-colored Sidesteppers appears as a trophy in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. It can be obtained when it appears at random in various modes of the game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
With the inclusion of the Mario Bros. stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sidesteppers return as hazards, acting the same way as in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. A Sidestepper also appears as a Novice-class support spirit, which grants the user more speed in battle at the expense of initial 30% damage. In World of Light, the spirit is located in the retro maze on the east side of the Light Realm map. To obtain it, the player has to win a fight against a team of twelve Mr. Game & Watch on the Mario Bros. stage.
Super Mario 3D World
Sidesteppers appear in Luigi Bros.; an additional game featured in Super Mario 3D World. Like the other enemies in Luigi Bros., Sidesteppers behave in the same way as Mario Bros., which this game is based on.
Smaller crabs that behave the same way also appear in some levels, releasing a coin if tapped on the GamePad.
Sidesteppers, along with other enemies from Mario Bros., appear in some of the challenges and remixes based on Mario Bros. as enemies and stage objectives.
Super Mario Maker
A Sidestepper appears as a costume in Super Mario Maker. It can be unlocked by clearing 100 Mario Challenge on Expert setting or harder. It changes color from red to purple while dashing, and holding then Padup button will give it an angry expression.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Sidesteppers||NES Mario Bros.||Crabby enemies taken on by Mario and Luigi. One bump from below wouldn't flip them over, but rather anger them so they moved faster. These pests had to be bumped twice before they could be upended and kicked off the stage. If left alone after being turned upside down, or if there was one left, their speed would increase. They went by the basic name of "crabs" in Japan.|
|GBA Super Mario Advance|
|Mario Bros.||[Leg] - Attack +8|
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Trophy
|Appearance(s)||American English Description||British English Description|
|Sidesteppers||ARCADE Mario Bros.|
GBA Super Mario Advance
|Can you guess how this crab-like enemy moves? The name might give you a clue. But Mario could be in for a surprise when he punches one from below; instead of flipping over, it starts sidestepping even faster! Oh, Mario, did you make it angry? Don't worry; a second punch should calm it down...or at least knock it on its head.||Any guesses for how this crab-like enemy moves? The name might give you a clue. Mario could be in for a surprise when he punches one from below - instead of flipping over, it starts sidestepping even faster! Oh, Mario, did you make it angry? Don't worry - a second punch should calm it down...or at least knock it on its head.|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit
|Names||Series/Games||Types||Classes||Strengths/Effects||How To Obtain||Spirit Battles|
|Sidestepper||Mario Bros. Series||Support (1)||Novice||Trade-Off Speed ↑||World of Light (Light Realm)||Mr. Game & Watch ×12||Rule: Move Speed ↑
||Mario Bros.||Mario Bros.|
|Mario Bros.||Enemy||1983||Arcade, etc.|
|Mario Bros. Special||Enemy||1984||NEC PC-8801|
|Punch Ball Mario Bros.||Enemy||1984||NEC PC-8801|
|Super Mario Bros. Special||Enemy||1986||NEC PC-8801|
|Mario Clash||Enemy||1995||Virtual Boy|
|Super Mario Advance||Cameo in cutscene||2001||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Kart: Super Circuit||Stage hazard||2001||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga||Cameo during boss battle||2003||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Power Tennis||Cameo in the background||2004||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Kart DS||Stage hazard||2005||Nintendo DS|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Stage hazard, trophy, sticker||2008||Wii|
|Mario Kart Wii||Stage hazard||2008||Wii|
|Mario Kart 7||Stage hazard||2011||Nintendo 3DS|
|Super Mario 3D World||Enemy||2013||Wii U|
|Mario Kart 8||Stage hazard||2014||Wii U|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||Trophy||2014||Wii U|
|Super Mario Maker||Mystery Mushroom costume||2015||Wii U|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||Stage hazard||2017||Nintendo Switch|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Stage hazard, spirit||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Mario Kart Tour||Stage hazard||2019||iOS, Android|