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Big Goombas, also known as Giant Goombas, Grand Goombas, or Hefty Goombas, are the bigger counterpart of Goombas that have appeared as semi-recurring enemies throughout the Mario franchise.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
Grand Goombas make their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they are only encountered in Giant Land, with Big Koopa Troopas and Big Piranha Plants. Despite their massive size, they do not pose much of a threat. Jumping on them once or swinging Mario's tail with a raccoon tail or Tanooki Suit defeats them like regular Goombas. They are again seen in the remake of the game in Super Mario All-Stars with their role unchanged.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
They appear again in Super Mario 64 and its remake in Tiny-Huge Island. If the player enters or warps to the huge side, the Goombas become Giant Goombas. These Goombas take longer to notice Mario, as only if Mario is very close to them, they will charge at him. If a Big Goomba hits Mario, Mario will instead lose two points of health instead of one point. These Goombas can only be defeated if jumped on, because punches and kicks don't affect them at all. Ground Pounding on them will produce a Blue Coin. Simply jumping on them also defeats them, but only produces a single yellow coin.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, only one Giant Goomba appears in the entire game. It appears in the Gateway Galaxy on the second metal planet along with normal Goombas, and must be defeated to get a key in order to both free a trapped Luma and head inside the planet to retrieve a Grand Star. The Goomba only appears when the player speaks to the trapped Luma. Giant Goombas appear much larger then they did previously. They also make a loud pounding noise when they chase Mario. The Giant Goomba is slow (but the normal Goombas are still fast). Spinning them or hitting the nearby metronome puts them on their head, and a kick while they're stunned takes them out.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Big Goombas reappear in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, when jumped on they split into two normal Goombas. A larger species called Mega Goombas also appear and are two times larger than a Big Goomba. When a Mega Goomba is jumped on, it splits into two Big Goombas. They appear in the World 1 Enemy Course and in World 8-2. They are the only large enemies that can be frozen by iceballs but need to be ground pounded since they cannot be lifted because of their huge size.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Giant Goombas return as enemies. They only appear in the Supermassive Galaxy. Like in the predecessor, Mario can attack them by spinning them and then kicking them to defeat them. Paragoombas also get their own giant counterpart in this game.
Super Mario 3D Land
No regular Big Goombas appear in Super Mario 3D Land. However, a subspecies called Big Tail Goombas appear instead; they are Big Goombas that have Tanooki tails. They appear only rarely, and have the same attack pattern as a normal Tail Goomba. As such, one stomp to the head or swipe of the tail with a Tanooki Suit defeats one, but gives three coins instead of one for a normal Goomba.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Hefty Goombas make an appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U. In this game, they appear in the Goomba enemy course in Layer-Cake Desert as well as in the level Jungle of the Giants in Soda Jungle, appearing when the player jumps on a Mega Goomba. Their behavior is the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Super Mario Maker
Big Goombas reappear in Super Mario Maker as enemies. In this game, jumping on one will split it into two normal sized goombas (as in New Super Mario Bros. U). This applies to all styles (even though they didn't have this feature in Super Mario Bros. 3). They are variants of the Goomba, and can be made in the Course Maker by dragging a Super Mushroom onto a regular Goomba. It can later be given wings to turn into a Big Paragoomba. They can be placed in Warp Pipes, Bill Blasters, Blocks, and placed on tracks.
Nintendo Adventure Books
An uncommonly large Grand Goomba, thought to be the progenitor of the sub-species, appears in Koopa Capers, having been presumably brought to Dark Land by Wendy O. Koopa, who needed some of its leg hairs for a potion she wants to create. After crossing a Podoboo-infested body of lava in the Magma Pits, Luigi encounters the Grand Goomba wandering around aimlessly, and if he decides to crawl between its legs, he will go unnoticed by the giant fungus. If he decides to try and jump onto a nearby ledge instead however, the Grand Goomba will grab him mid-leap, stuff him in a sack, and begin to head home to the Land of the Giants, muttering that Luigi will make "a lovely plumber omelet".
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Giant Goomba later appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an enemy in the Subspace Emissary that takes a few more hits to defeat than a regular Goomba. Jumping on their head three times or just simply hitting them enough times will defeat them.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Big Goombas reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as enemies in Smash Run. Like their smaller counterparts, they can charge at the player and can be defeated by jumping on it three times.
Mario Kart 7
Big Goombas appear in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. They act as obstacles to racers and cause a kart to spin-out if hit. They appear in Mario Circuit, Piranha Plant Slide, Wii Mushroom Gorge and Wii Koopa Cape. They replace Goombas which appeared in past installments.
Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Names in other languages