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First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Variant of Koopa Troopa
“Aaaah! How did THAT happen??? You guys are no slouches!”
Ankoopa, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
An Ankoopa falling down.
Before and after being knocked over

Ankoopas[1] (also generically referred to by Prima as "Turtles"[2]) are pudgy, giant Koopa Troopas found only in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They are cross-eyed and have oblong shells which extend up from their backs, behind their heads. Their name is a combination of the words "anchor" and "Koopa".

Ankoopas block certain paths in the Beanbean Kingdom, reciting the line, "Derr... No matter what you hit me with, you can't knock me down. I think..." when spoken to. One also appears in a house in Beanbean Castle Town.

The road-blocking Ankoopas can only be moved with Mario's Dash technique, which knocks them down briefly; they will move aside and express surprise at the Bros.' ability, and then allow the pair to progress.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, they have been replaced with Big Koopa Troopas.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコッタス[3]
Possibly a portmanteau of「残った」(nokotta, a sumo term) and「トータス」(tōtasu, tortoise), likely incorporating「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa)

Spanish Tortuga gigante[citation needed]
Giant turtle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "My sources tell me that one of the four Beanstar pieces fell north of town into the Yoshi Theater. But the road to the Yoshi Theater is blocked halfway by Ankoopa!" – Information Booth shopkeeper (2003). Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  2. ^ "A giant Turtle blocks the passage to a cave to the right of the watering hole. (And, no, the Hammers the boys receive won't do the trick.)" – (November 25, 2003). Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-4423-2. Page 58.
  3. ^ "「②の石橋いしばしこうがわっているノコッタスをダッシュでたおせば、さきへとすすめる。なお、ノコッタスは、ここ以外いがいにもいろいろな場所ばしょにいるので、かけたらぶつかってみよう。」" – Mario & Luigi RPG Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 75Media:MLRPG NOG Nokottasu.png.