MIPS as seen in Super Mario 64.
|First game||Super Mario 64 (1996)|
MIPS is a character in Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. He's a rabbit that can be found in the basement of Princess Peach's Castle. Mario meets him twice throughout the whole game and if he managed to catch the rabbit, he would obtain a secret star each time. In Super Mario 64 DS, more rabbits based on MIPS are in the game. Catching one of these guys with the right character unlocks a minigame for the Rec Room.
MIPS was initially a character made for Nintendo 64 test runs, and wasn't intended to even be part of Super Mario 64. In fact, he was one of the first characters, along with Mario, that the developers created. They liked the rabbit so much, though, that they decided to include him in the game, even though it was a minor role.
His name is an acronym named after the measure of a computer's processing speed - Millions of Instructions Per Second. MIPS is also the underlying assembly language that the hardware of the N64 runs on. MIPS in this case stands for Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages.
In the game, the character says the following:
“Yeeoww! Unhand me, brute! I'm late, so late, I must make haste! This shiny thing? Mine! It's mine. Finders, keepers, losers... Late, late, late... Ouch! Take it then! A gift from Bowser, it was. Now let me be! I have a date! I cannot be late for tea!”
It has been suggested that the character's dialog is based on the White Rabbit from the novel Alice in Wonderland, who was equally on an important date. The tea portion could also be a reference to The Hatter in the same book, who had an unparalleled appreciation for the beverage.
- Super Mario 64 - Mario gets a star for both times he would catch MIPS.