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

Appearance

Tweeters are similar in stature and appearance to a Shy Guy, with their masks having a beak rather than 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 sprites and Super Mario Advance artwork, they have white bodies and red masks and wings. 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

Super Mario Bros. 2

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Tweeters made a small cameo in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. In Sunset Wilds, their likenesses are carved on two totem poles featuring it on the bottom, a Snifit in the middle, and a Shy Guy on the top. However, the Tweeter images appear to have their masks replaced with a beak and glasses, giving a closer resemblance to Toadies.

Canceled appearances

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

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.

Gallery

Sprites

References

  1. "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. 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)
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