Big Koopa Troopa

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This article is about the giant version of a Koopa Troopa. For the form the Koopa Troopa takes after obtaining a Mega Star, see Mega Koopa.
Big Koopa Troopa
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Parent species Koopa Troopa
Derived species
Big Dry Bones
Colossal Koopa Paratroopa
Notable members
Hookbill the Koopa
Kent C. Koopa
Koopa the Quick
“Aaaah! How did THAT happen??? You guys are no slouches!”
Big Koopa Troopa, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Big Koopa Troopas,[1] or Big Koopas,[1] are gigantic versions of normal Koopa Troopas that are seen around the Mushroom Kingdom.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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Big Koopa Troopas appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 and reside only on Giant Land (along with other gigantic creatures like Grand Goombas and Piranhacus Giganticus). Mario and Luigi have a harder time avoiding these Koopas because of their increased size. Despite this, if the plumbers stomp on a Big Koopa Troopa, it hides inside its green or red shell, just like an average-sized Koopa Troopa does when it feels threatened. Once inside, the plumbers can kick their shells away. In the Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, they are split between Green Gargantua Koopa Troopas[2] and Red Giant Koopa Troopas[2].

Super Mario 64[edit]

In Super Mario 64, a single Big Koopa Troopa known as Koopa the Quick appears in the game as a friendly racing rival to Mario. He hails from Tiny-Huge Island (an island filled with both miniature and gigantic enemies) but he is the only Big Koopa Troopa seen in the game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Three Big Koopa Troopas in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Big Koopa Troopas reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the Supermassive Galaxy. Only three are found patrolling a solitary planetoid where they attempt to flatten Mario if he gets in their way. They can only be defeated with a Spin Drill by drilling into their belly from the opposite side of the planet. If Mario performs a Long Jump on a Big Koopa Troopa so that he catches up with it each time, he can get 1-UPs for every consecutive time he stomps onto it after seven initial consecutive jumps, allowing maximum lives to be gained.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U[edit]

Big Koopa Troopa in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Big Koopa Troopas appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, and are common enemies in Jungle of the Giants. The player is no longer able to carry their shells in this game. Additionally, their shells are able to break through normal-sized Brick Blocks without bouncing off. Unlike previous games, the Big Koopa Troopa is bipedal and wearing shoes.

Big Koopa Troopas also appear in New Super Luigi U, in Giant Swing-Along.

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

Big Koopa Troopas come in green and red varieties in the level builder game, Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. In the Course Maker, after the player drags a Super Mushroom onto a standard Koopa Troopa, the enemy grows in size. Just as in New Super Mario Bros. U, its shell cannot be carried, and this applies even when playing in Super Mario Bros. 3 style, whereas in the said game, the player could transport the shells of Big Koopa Troopas. Big Koopa Troopas now have the ability to break Hard Blocks.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a regular Koopa Troopa named Hookbill was transformed by Kamek into a Big Koopa Troopa in order to stop Yoshi from reaching World 5. It acted as the boss of World 4.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, a greedy and nearsighted Big Koopa Troopa named Kent C. Koopa appears as an optional boss in the game. Notably, he has taught the Koopa Bros. how to fight, and is known as a 'bully,' who refuses to let Mario pass unless Mario pays 100 coins. If Mario disobeys him, Mario and his partners must fight Kent C. Koopa to get him to return to Koopa Village.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

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Big Koopa Troopas appear as obstacles in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. In this game, they are cross-eyed and have oblong shells which extend up from their backs, behind their heads. They block certain paths in the Beanbean Kingdom and recite the line, "Derr... No matter what you hit me with, you can't knock me down. ...I think." They cannot be stomped; however, Mario's Firebrand Bros. Dash technique can knock them down, forcing them to move aside. One also appears in a house in Beanbean Castle Town. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, they have been redesigned to be larger and resemble ordinary Koopa Troopas.

Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen![edit]

In the 1986 anime Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, an unusually large Koopa Troopa appears during a walking montage scene. It looks curiously at a passing Mario, Luigi, and Kibidango before jumping on them. However, Mario uses the power of the Super Mushroom he had recently acquired to push it off of them by growing even larger than it.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大ノコノコ[3]
Kyodai Nokonoko
Deka Nokonoko
Nokottasu (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
Giant Koopa Troopa

Big Koopa Troopa

From Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa's Japanese name, and possibly tatsu, meaning stand
French (NOE) Maxi-Koopa Maxi-Koopa
German Riesen-Koopa Giant Koopa
Chinese 大喏庫喏庫 (Traditional)
大喏库喏库 (Simplified)
Dà Nuòkùnuòkù
Big Koopa Troopa


  1. ^ a b New Super Mario Bros. U, Big Goomba Bounce Bash Bonus Video description
  2. ^ a b Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 8.
  3. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオアドバンス4パーフェクトガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 4 Perfect Guidebook)
  4. ^ 「②の石橋こうっているノコッタスをダッシュでせば、へとめる。なお、ノコッタスは、ここ以外にもいろいろな場所にいるので、かけたらぶつかってみよう。」 Mario & Luigi RPG Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, page 75. Shogakukan. Retrieved February 26, 2019.