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Official artwork of a Shellcreeper from Mario Bros.

Universe Mario
Debut Mario Bros. (1983)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Super Mario Maker (2015)
Console of origin Arcade
Article on Super Mario Wiki Shellcreeper

Shellcreepers (シェルクリーパー, Shellcreeper) are turtle-like enemies from the original Mario Bros. game and are considered to be the predecessors of Koopa Troopas, which they strongly resemble.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A Shellcreeper.

In the Mario Bros. stage, Shellcreepers are enemies until attacked, at which they retreat into their shells and become throwable items. Shellcreepers, like the other enemies in the stage, cause very large horizontal knockback, whether or not they are thrown. Due to the odd shape and low ceilings of the stage, throwing these enemies is the easiest way of defeating opponents, as there is not enough vertical knockback for them to tech on the ceilings. When they are left flipped for a bit, they'll take their shell off, put it upright, and put it back on, just like they did in the original Mario Bros. game. A flipped-over Shellcreeper can be eaten by Munchlax.

As in the original game, each time a Shellcreeper is left on its back for long enough, it will get up again, will change color (green to red, red to blue), and move faster. Throwing these faster Shellcreepers at enemies will cause even more knockback, being a one-hit KO in many situations.


The Shellcreepers trophy from Brawl.
Shelled enemies Mario and Luigi faced back when they were plumbers. They had to be bumped from below to flip them over and then kicked off the stage. The last one on a stage turned from green to red and raced really fast. If one got flipped but not sent off, it would eventually right itself and move at high speeds. They were simply called "turtles" in Japan.
NES: Mario Bros.
GB Advance: Super Mario Advance

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

The Shellcreeper trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Since the Mario Bros. stage was removed in Smash 4, the Shellcreepers have only a trophy in the Wii U version of Smash 4.

North America With a name that implies silently sneaking up on its prey, the Shellcreeper might be considered cooler than your average turtle. The Koopa is apparently an evolved form of this veteran of Mario Bros. We'd recommend not jumping on this one like you would a Koopa, though...
Europe With a name that implies silently sneaking up on its prey, the Shellcreeper might be considered cooler than your average turtle. A true veteran from way back in Mario Bros., this guy even predates Koopas, which apparently it evolved into. We wouldn't recommend jumping on this one like you'd jump on a Koopa, though...
Mario Bros. (1983)
GB Advance: Super Mario Advance (06/2011)


Shellcreepers as they appear in the arcade version of Mario Bros.

Shellcreepers, along with Sidesteppers, first appeared in the arcade game Mario Bros. as enemies of Mario and Luigi. They would emerge from the pipes on the upper portion of the stages and move from one side to the other. Much like their appearance in Brawl, when they are not kicked after being hit from below, they change colors and become faster.

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