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|Affiliation(s)||Yoshis, Baby Mario, Grinder|
Poochy (Japanese version: Pochi (ポチ Pochi)) is a friendly dog and an ally to the Yoshis and the babies in the Yoshi series. He possesses the ability to run across hazardous terrains without a scratch and tries to jump over walls, giving the Yoshis a boost. This friendly pup also can swim and follows Yoshi everywhere. Poochy also has an excellent sense of smell that helps him sniff out items.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Poochy first appears in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and is an ally to the Yoshis and the babies. He, as mentioned above, does all the things he regularly does and follows Yoshi everywhere, except through a pipe or door as he cannot enter them. He first appears in the secret level of World 1, "Poochy Ain't Stupid". He also appears in "Visit Koopa and Para-Koopa" and "Jungle Rhythm..."
Poochy appears in Tetris Attack and rivals Yoshi in the game. He has a Grinder as an ally to him. When he and his Grinder ally is defeated in the match, he can become a playable character.
Poochy reappears in Yoshi's Story where he is once again an ally to the Yoshis. The Yoshis cannot ride on Poochy, but Poochy can dig for fruit and helps all of the Yoshis restore happiness to the island. Poochy can usually be found tied to a chain on a post in Treasure Hunt and Ground Pounding helps free him. Poochy barks when he finds hidden items to alert the Yoshis.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Poochy makes a cameo in the Baby Park course in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Mario Party Advance
Poochy appears in a Gaddget called Poochy Pal. He can be seen doing things a regular dog would do.
Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World
Poochy appears as an assistant to Yoshi. There's also levels called Poochy Dash and stop-motion shorts with him and Yoshi.
Super Mario Odyssey
- In a screenshot of Paper Mario, it was revealed that Poochy was set to appear in the game but was scrapped most likely due to time constraints or limitations to the N64.
- Super Mario Odyssey is Poochy's first appearance in a main Mario game.
- Despite his amiibo counterpart being introduced when Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World was launched and having exclusive features to that said game, it can be used in the original Wii U version as well. It functions properly in levels, despite the game stating that the Poochy badge was activated.