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A Goomba, as it appears in New Super Mario Bros. Goombas are typically coloured brown, have two feet and no arms.
Series Mario
First game Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto

Goombas, known in Japan as Kuribō (クリボー, lit. Chestnut Kid?), are a fictional species from Nintendo's series of Mario video games. They first appeared in the NES video game Super Mario Bros. They have appeared outside of video games, including in film, television, and other media. They are usually brown and are most commonly seen walking around aimlessly in video games. They are based on shiitake mushrooms, and were included at the last minute in Super Mario Bros. in order to create a simple, easy-to-defeat enemy.

The species is considered one of the most iconic elements of the Mario series, appearing in nearly every game in the series, and is often ranked amongst the most famous enemies in video games. Crave Online described it as the series' "everyman". It has been compared to other generic enemies in video games, such as the "Met" enemy from the Mega Man series and the creatures from Braid. The video game incarnation have been included as a part of a McDonald's Happy Meal promotion, as well as several plush toys.


Concept and creation

A shiitake which the Goomba is based on. The pileus and stipe of the shiitake share similar colours to the Goomba's.

Goombas were first introduced in the video game Super Mario Bros., and was the last enemy added to the game after play testers stated that the Koopa Troopa was too tricky an enemy. As a result, the designers decided to introduce the Goomba as a basic enemy. When they decided to do this, however, they had very little space left in the game. They used a single image twice to convey the notion that the Goombas are walking, rotating it back and forth, causing it to look lopsided as it walks and giving the motion the appearance of a trot. The Goomba's resemblance to the Super Mushroom forced designers to change the mechanics and appearance of the Super Mushroom. They used the Goomba's ability to be jumped on and defeated to teach players how to deal with enemies and to not fear the Super Mushroom. The Goombas are designed after a kind of mushroom called shiitake.[1][2] Early concept art for the Super Mario Bros. film showed that the design of the Goombas were originally intended to be for Koopa Troopas, another kind of Mario enemy.[3] A separate company from the primary makeup departments designed the Goombas in the film.[4]


A Goomba as seen in Super Mario Bros. Because of its late addition to the game and the size limitations, the developers created a simple animation by flipping its image back and forth.

Goombas are depicted as resembling shiitake,[1] with bushy eyebrows and a pair of fangs sprouting from their lower jaw.[5] In most games, their movement is merely walking from side to side aimlessly. They are most commonly defeated by being stomped on, which flattens them. They originally appeared in Super Mario Bros..[5] Unlike two dimensional games in the series, in which most Goombas would not pursue Mario, Goombas in Super Mario 64, upon noticing him, will attempt to crash into him. There are several different variations of the Goomba; notable ones include the Paragoomba, which is a Goomba with wings introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, the Gloomba, a grey variation of the Goomba in Super Mario Bros. that was originally merely a palette swap, and the Microgoomba, a tiny variation of the Goomba introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, and sometimes found under blocks. Super Mario Land introduced a smaller variant called the "Chibibo". A single Goomba is seen in Super Mario Bros. 3 wearing a shoe called "Kuribo's Shoe", which has become a popular item in the Mario series despite appearing only once.[5] Super Mario World introduced a different variation of the Goomba, which was spherical in nature and would not be flattened when stomped. This variant is known in Japan as Kuribon. Super Mario Sunshine introduced an enemy called "Strollin' Stu" and "Puffy Widget", which The Perfect Guide of Super Mario Sunshine describes as the "Isle Delfino versions of Goombas". Large Goombas are featured in Super Mario Galaxy. Goombas appear as bosses in multiple games in the series. It first appeared as a boss in Paper Mario as King Goomba, and later in Super Mario 64 DS and New Super Mario Bros. as Goomboss and Mega Goomba respectively. It also appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as a map and normal gameplay enemy.

Goombas appear in each of the Mario role-playing games. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars introduces the first non-hostile Goombas, while the follow-up game Paper Mario introduces a Goomba village, as well as a playable Goomba character called Goombario. A second playable Goomba is introduced in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door called Goombella. Goombas also appear in the three Mario & Luigi titles: Superstar Saga, Partners in Time, and Bowser's Inside Story.Bowser's Inside Story and Partners in Time feature Goombas who are members of an alien race called the "Shroob". Bowser's Inside Story also features goomba-form cells who think Mario and company are viruses, and outside Bowser's body, they are used in one of bowsers special attacks. Goombas have appeared in several other spin-off titles in and out of the Mario series, including the latter two titles of the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They have a playable appearance in Mario baseball video games such as Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers.

In other media

In the 1989 television cartoon The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Goombas are loyal soldiers in King Koopa's army. The general appearance of the Goomba resembles the ones found in the Mario video games. In many of the episodes, the Goombas appear as zombies, pirates, or other themed variations in accordance with the plot. When the show spun off into The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, they continued their job as soldiers in the Koopa army in some episodes. However, the Super Mario World cartoon only featured them twice. Goombas were included in an Ice Capades show featuring characters from the Mario series.[6]

In the Super Mario Bros. live-action film, Goombas were originally inhabitants of Dinohattan who opposed the tyrannical King Koopa's rule, and were devolved as punishment for this disloyalty. In the film, upon being de-evolved, these people became Goombas, who were large, reptilian monsters with hulking bodies and disproportionately small, circular heads, who wore trenchcoats.

Goombas appear as enemies in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in the seventh dungeon Eagle's Tower. They are found in the 2-dimensional passages where they can be defeated either by striking them with a sword or by jumping on top of them with Roc's Feather.

Reception and promotion

The Goomba has become an icon of the Mario series, both in its appearance and the concept of "stomping on them", often referenced as one of the key elements of the original Super Mario Bros.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] IGN editor Craig Harris described the Goomba as a "household name" along with Koopa Paratroopas and King Koopa.[15] Video game musician and reviewer Tommy Tallarico commented that many new converts to gaming have "never even made Super Mario smoosh a Goomba".[16] In a criticism of video game storytelling, Gamasutra editor Daniel Cook referenced Goombas being mushrooms, but also that it was a less important fact than them being squat, to-scale with the world, and able to be squashed.[17] In an article discussing happiness in video games, Gamasutra editor Lorenzo Wang listed the sound the Goomba makes when it's squished as one of his pleasures.[18] IGN editor Mark Birnhaum praised the sound effects of Super Mario Bros., giving similar praise to the sound of the Goomba being stomped on.[19] It was compared to the Met enemy from the Mega Man series, calling them the "Goomba of the Mega Man series."[20] Crave Online editor Joey Davidson described the Goomba as the series' "everyman", describing it as both defenseless and of little threat, listing such exceptions as the giant Goombas seen in Super Mario Galaxy.[21] A common enemy in Braid has been compared to the Goomba, Gaming Age editor Dustin Chadwell calling it a "slightly skewed version of the Goomba.[22]

The Super Mario Bros. film version of the Goomba has received negative reception. IGN editor Jesse Schedeen called Bowser and his Goombas the most screwed up part of the film, commenting that it would be difficult to create a live action version of the Goomba that deviates from the original version more than this.[23] An Entertainment Weekly article called the design creepy, stating that its "foam-latex skin had to be baked for five hours at 200 degrees to achieve that lovely reptilian effect."[24] The facial design of the character Venom in Spider-Man 3 was compared to the film version's of the Goomba by Crave Online, describing Venom's face as stupid, short, and rounded.[25] Hal Hinson of the Washington Post called the Goombas "big dumb goons with shrunken little dino heads", yet also calling them the "best movie heavies since the flying monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz"".[26]

Goomba plush toys have been created by Nintendo. In 1990, a few Mario characters became part of a series of McDonald's Happy Meal toys, as part of a way to promote the release of Super Mario Bros. 3. The Mario toy set featured Mario in his Raccoon form, Luigi, a Koopa Paratroopa, and a Goomba.[citation needed] A plush Goomba that plays the Goomba "defeat" noise as well as the Game Over tune at certain points was released.[27]

The June '09 issue of Game Informer Magazine named the Goomba as the number 1 most pathetic gaming enemy stating "The only way goombas could possibly be easier is if they somehow stomped on themselves"[citation needed].


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  23. ^ "Videogame Heroes Report Card". IGN. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
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Game Series Mario series
1st Appearance Mario Bros. 1983
Alter Ego:
Japanese Name: Kuribo
Occupation: Foot Soldier of King Bowser
Blood Type:
Fighting Style:
Special Skill(s):
Voice Actor(s):
Trademark: Easily flattened

Goombas are enemies originating from the Mario series. They are also known as Kuribo. They have been around since the third game, (SMB) making them something of an iconic enemy. Goombas are the basic enemy of Mario and his games. They are mushroom based enemies that are simply to be jumped upon and flattened. Do you remember the joy of squashing them into the ground, as opposed to just knocking enemies off the screen, as you did with Koopas?

Though they have been flattened by Mario and Luigi many times, Goombas have rarely been given leading or playable roles, except in the RPG games, such as Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG. While other enemies like Shy Guys and Koopas get the star treatment in Mario sports titles like Mario Power Tennis, Goombas continue to be ignored. The following is a list of notable Goomba characters in the RPG games, acting as a credit to their race; Role models for young Goombas to follow.

Another interesting thing about Goombas is that they appear to be Mushrooms gone bad. Look at the close resemblence!

Notable Goombas

  • Goombario
  • Goombella
  • Goomba King
  • Goomboss
  • Goomba Bros.
  • Red and Blue Goomba
  • Goompa
  • Mega Goomba
  • Professor Frankly

Also See

  • Paragoomba
  • Spiked Goomba
  • Gloomba

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