Beach Koopa

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Beach Koopa
Koopa Troopa Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Artwork of a Beach Koopa chasing its shell, from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (2016)
Parent species Koopa Troopa
Derived species
Super Koopa

A Beach Koopa[1] is a Koopa Troopa that has lost its shell and wears nothing more than an undershirt (and/or in some cases, boxer shorts), first appearing in Super Mario World. In their original appearance, Beach Koopas appear small and hunched over, but were later depicted as being able to walk around like normal, shell-wearing Koopa Troopas.


Mario Bros.[edit]


While technically not Beach Koopas, in the original arcade version of Mario Bros., if the Shellcreepers are left alone, not attacked, while they are upside down, they will pop out from their shells to flip back their shells. When this happens, they highly resemble Beach Koopas, wearing a white shirt and shorts.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

A Beach Koopa from Super Mario World.
Sprites of Beach Koopas from Super Mario World.

When first knocked out of its shell, the Beach Koopa is extremely vulnerable. If given enough time, it will right itself and pace forwards in search of a new shell. They act very similarly to their shelled counterparts. Green ones fall off cliffs, Red ones and the slightly faster Blue ones try to avoid falling, while the Yellow ones act like a quicker Green one, but will also follow Mario or Luigi.

Green and Red Beach Koopas will become the color of the shell they enter. If the shell is upside-down, they will kick it right-up before entering. Yellow Beach Koopas will attempt to jump into any nearby shell; this also allows them to dodge shells thrown at them. Once a Yellow Beach Koopa enters a shell, it will become a Kamikaze Koopa: the shell will flash rainbow colors and spin around after Mario. Blue Beach Koopas are visually distinctive with their muscular body, as well as shocked expression upon being removed from their shells, and will kick any shell they come into contact with even if it is moving; they will also kick disabled Galoombas, Bob-ombs, flashing Grab Blocks, and Buzzy Beetle shells in their way. Blue ones are also capable of sliding against Mario. If two Beach Koopas enter the same shell simultaneously, they will become only one Koopa Troopa. Any Super Koopa who wields a flashing cape will revert into a Beach Koopa after being stomped on and relinquishing its Cape Feather. Its artwork appears as a stamp in Super Mario 3D World.

The technical reason for the small, hunched-over appearance is so the "sliding out" graphics have the same hitbox parameters as the walking sprites, as each sprite for each individual object in Super Mario World must use the same hitbox.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]


In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, Mario or others can attack a Koopa Troopa to knock its shell away, transforming the Koopa into a Beach Koopa. If attacked again, the Beach Koopa would be destroyed and a Blue Coin would pop out. If not defeated, the Beach Koopa will frantically attempt to dive back into its shell even if Mario is riding it, sometimes killing itself. If the Beach Koopa is seen again after the shell is destroyed, he will still act as if he never lost his shell.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, blue Electro-Koopas throw their shell at Mario and effectively become Beach Koopas temporarily. If Mario manages to jump on the Electro-Koopa or squirt it with water, so it is electrified by its own shell, it will be defeated. These Koopas have pink boxer shorts.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

A Beach Koopa chases Mario trying to get his shell back in Super Mario 3D World.

After more than six years of absence, Beach Koopas reappear in Super Mario 3D World. Unlike other games, they share the same behavior as regular Koopa Troopas in the game, except they have an angry look. If the player keeps them away from their shells long enough or throws them away, they'll become sad and briefly stop chasing the player.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Beach Koopas reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, only in the Super Mario World style when a Koopa Troopa is jumped on.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Beach Koopa flying through the air.

Only appearing in the Super Mario World episode "Fire Sale", the silent, Koopa Troopa henchman of Kootie Pie Koopa is continually knocked out of his shell, becoming a Beach Koopa, in the episode, usually during one of Kootie Pie's violent temper-tantrums.

Mario is Missing![edit]

Bowser as a Beach Koopa in the PC version of Mario is Missing!.

Although normal Beach Koopas do not appear in the MS-DOS version of Mario is Missing!, the ending features Luigi removing Bowser's shell. When he does so, Bowser is shown to be wearing polka-dotted boxer shorts, similar to a Beach Koopa. In the NES version, a normal Beach Koopa appears after the small Bowser's defeat.

Yoshi series[edit]

Green Beach Koopa YI.png

Beach Koopas are also found in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 and Yoshi's Island DS, although here, they walk upright when evicted from their shells, instead of becoming small and hunched over, as in Super Mario World.

Paper Mario[edit]

Koopa No Shell.png

Beach Koopas make a brief appearance in Paper Mario, appearing in Koopa Village after the Fuzzies stole the local Koopa Troopas' shells. This fate also befalls Kooper, though Mario eventually returns his shell to him.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Green Beach Koopa SPP.png

Beach Koopas reappear in Super Princess Peach, appearing as they do in the Yoshi sidescrollers. Like Blindfold Boos, blue Podoboos, and Security Thwomps, they do not appear in the in-game glossary.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Beach Koopa briefly appears in the Subspace Emissary cut scene when Donkey Kong smashes a Koopa Troopa's shell with his fist, leaving a Beach Koopa. However, it is near impossible to see since it is only shown for half a second and it is very dark.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

A Beach Koopa chasing his shell in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

Beach Koopas also appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. If the player blocks a Koopa Troopa's shell attack, it will get knocked out of its shell.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコノコ()[2]
Nokonoko (Hadaka)
Hadaka Nokonoko
Koopa Troopa (Naked)

Naked Koopa Troopa
Spanish Koopa de Playa[citation needed] Beach Koopa


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 126.
  2. ^ Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Dream Book, page 16.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 55.