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Not to be confused with Snufits, alternatively named Snifits.

Snifits are a variation of Shy Guys featured in the Mario franchise. They first appear in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, released in the west as Super Mario Bros. 2, and have since become a part of the Mario franchise. The biggest difference with a Snifit is that they wear a gas mask-like face covering which has a nozzle that they spit bullets out from. Like Shy Guys, most Snifits wear a red robe.


Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros. 2, Snifits are featured in three colors: red, gray and pink. Pink Snifits are like pink Shy Guys in that they walk only in a single direction and, upon touching a platform, change direction; the only difference is that pink Snifits stop only to spit out one bullet. Gray Snifits remain in one place, but jump up and down while firing bullets. In desert levels, due to palette limitations, the gray Snifits are instead colored light green. The only red Snifit encountered is in World 3-3, and it is similar to pink Snifits except it walks off the edge of a platform and changes direction upon landing. Aside from this, red Snifits are one of the slots featured in Bonus Chance.

In Super Mario All-Stars's remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Advance, all pink Snifits are instead colored light blue.

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

Snifits return as enemies in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, their debut appearance within the Yoshi franchise. They also appear in the Game Boy Advance version, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

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

Black-robed Snifits appear as enemies in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, in which they are only servants of Booster alongside Spookums. In Japanese, Spookums are instead identified as Snifits whereas the black-robed Snifits have an entirely different name referring to them as Booster's minions.

The three main Snifits serving Booster have a number listed after their name. The first one, Snifit 1 (or No. 1) is Booster's right-hand man, and during one part he greets Mario in the reception room of Booster Tower. The second one is Snifit 2 (or No. 2) who, at one point, urges Mario to not follow Booster on his train. The third one, Snifit 3 (or No. 3) at one point fires a barrage of bullets at Mario in a hallway of Booster Tower. At the end, Snifit 3 just looks out the window and tries to make casual conversation with Mario by talking about how nice the weather is.

Mario Party series[edit]

In Mario Party 3, a Snifit appears as a partner for Princess Daisy in duel boards. This is one of the few times that a Snifit is an ally instead of an enemy.

In Mario Party Superstars, the Snifit Patrol now consists of Snifits instead of Snufits like in Mario Party 2, although both games use the name Snifit Patrol.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, while regular Snifits do not appear, they received several variants including Spiky Snifit, Laser Snifit, Ice Snifit, and Gunner Guy.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a Snifit variant named Snifaro appears in Gritzy Caves. Snifaro is a Snifit pharaoh in a sarcophagus that is standing atop a regular Snifit, which is revealed when they open it up to shoot bullets. If Mario or Luigi uses a Bro Flower on one, the sarcophagus burns up, resulting in the Snifit fleeing and Snifaro remaining to fight on its own.

Appearances in other media[edit]

In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Snifits made several appearances as King Koopa's minions and in some cases, hand-held weapons utilized in a manner similar to machine guns.

In Nintendo Comics System Snifits were shown to be high ranking soldiers of Bowser, with stories such as Duh Stoopid Bomb! showing Snifits as being the leaders of Bowser's Shy Guy henchmen.

A single Snifit can be seen in the comic Super Mario Adventures during Bowser's forced wedding to Princess Toadstool.

The garbagemen in the Super Mario Bros. film are identified as Snifits in a single line of dialogue from Iggy. Earlier on, similarly garbed henchmen lacking the breathing filter apparatus were likely meant to be Shy Guys, though they were not identified as such through dialogue.


There are a few different types of Snifits, and a difference with several of them is that they shoot different harmful objects from their nozzles, including ice, spike balls, lasers, or even explosives.


Main article: Apprentice (Snifit)

Apprentices are Spookums training to become bodyguards for Booster in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

Gunner Guy[edit]

Main article: Gunner Guy

Gunner Guys are a type of Snifit with a very long nozzle that is used as an artillery weapon. They appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Ice Snifit[edit]

Main article: Ice Snifit

An eskimo Snifit that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Ice Snifits attack by shooting chunks of ice at Mario and Luigi. If attacked with Mario's Firebrand, their parka will be destroyed.

Laser Snifit[edit]

Main article: Laser Snifit

A variation of Snifit that appears in the Woohoo Hooniversity level in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Laser Snifits attack with a hoop laser that Mario or Luigi must jump through. When the stampede of scientists run out of Woohoo Hooniversity, one of the scientists trips, then an odd chemical turns the scientist into a Laser Snifit.


Main article: Scorchit

Scorchit is a variant of Snifit that breathes flames out of its mouth. It made its only appearance in Yoshi's Island DS.


Main article: Snifaro

Snifaros are two Snifits in a sarcophagus that can be used like a rocket. If a Bro Flower is used on a Snifaro, the sarcophagus will overheat and break, forcing one Snifit to run off, and the one with the headdress to fight like a standard Snifit. Snifaros have two attacks: they hover over to Mario or Luigi, then the bottom and top Snifit shoot them in random order, or the top Snifit would pop out, then activate the sarcophagus' rocket propulsion system and fly into Mario or Luigi.


Main article: Snufit

Snufits are a variant of Snifit introduced in Super Mario 64, in which they are encountered in Hazy Maze Cave. Aside from having an apparition-like form, Snufits are very similar to Snifits, with both having the same Japanese name and sometimes the same English name as well. Snifits later took on a friendly role in Mario Party 2 as the Snifit Police in the Space Land board. In Super Mario 64 DS, Snufits more closely resemble a regular Shy Guy, albeit with a ghostly tail.

Spiky Snifit[edit]

Main article: Spiky Snifit

A cactus enemy with a Snifit mask that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They either fire a tin can or a mushroom at Mario and Luigi.

List of appearances[edit]

The list does not include games where only variants of make an appearance.

Title Year of release Release medium Description
Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic 1987 Family Computer Disk System Debut appearance; enemy
Super Mario Bros. 2 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic
Super Mario All-Stars 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Returns in the Super Mario Bros. 2 remake
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Enemy
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Enemies which serve as Booster's henchmen
Mario Party 3 2000 Nintendo 64 Partnered with Princess Daisy in Duel Mode
Super Mario Advance 2001 Game Boy Advance Same as in the original Super Mario Bros. 2
Mario Kart: Super Circuit 2001 Game Boy Advance Cameo appearance in Sunset Wilds
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 2002 Game Boy Advance Same as in the original Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 2003 Nintendo GameCube A purple-robed Snifit makes a cameo appearance in the crowd of Waluigi Stadium
Mario Party Advance 2005 Game Boy Advance One Snifit is featured as a character
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time 2005 Nintendo DS Aids a Snifaro during battle
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Wii Sticker cameo
Paper Mario: Sticker Star 2012 Nintendo 3DS Encountered as an enemy; one hosts the game show Snifit or Whiffit
Yoshi's New Island 2014 Nintendo 3DS Encountered as an enemy
Yoshi's Woolly World 2015 Wii U Encountered as an enemy
Paper Mario: Color Splash 2016 Wii U Encountered as both enemies and friendly non-playable characters
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World 2017 Nintendo 3DS Encountered as an enemy
Paper Mario: The Origami King 2020 Nintendo Switch Several take over Shroom City, which is briefly renamed "Snif City" during their occupation; several other Snifits are merchants or shop owners
Mario Party Superstars 2021 Nintendo Switch They run the Snifit Patrol in Space Land, replacing Snufits from Mario Party 2


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Snifit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ムーチョ
Mūcho Pinku
Mūcho Gurē
Mūcho Aka
Mūcho Reddo

From「夢宇界」(Muu Kai, the original name of Subcon) and「」(chō, a military leader); also possibly a pun on "mucho" (Spanish word for "a lot of")

Snifit-Pink[2] (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, pink type)

Snifit-Gray[2] (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, gray/green type)

Snifit-Red (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, red type)

Snifit-Red[2] (Super Mario USA, red type)

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name

Chinese (simplified) 木乔[5]
Transliteration from the Japanese name

Chinese (traditional) 木喬
Transliteration from the Japanese name

German Snifit
Italian Snifit
Nappone (Super Mario Advance's booklets)
Very Big Nose
Korean 무우쵸
From the Japanese name

Portuguese (NOA) Snift
Portuguese (NOE) Snifes
From the English "sniff"
Russian Шмыга
Short for "шмыгать" (shmygat, to sniff)

Spanish Olfiti
From "olfato" (smell)


  1. ^ a b Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 31.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Super Mario USA instruction booklet, page 27.
  3. ^ 魔夢族一員。おをつけていて、から悪夢ってくる。」 ("A member of the Mamu Family. They wear masks and spit the bullets of evil dreams from their mouth.") - Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 30 (ムーチョ).
  4. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 225.
  5. ^ 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.

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