Bombshell Koopa

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Bombshell Koopa
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Artwork of a Bombshell Koopa in Super Mario Land.
First Appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Parent Species Koopa Troopa
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Bombshell Koopas[1], originally known and known in Japan as Nokobon[2] or Nobokon[3], are a black-shelled species of Koopa Troopas found in the game Super Mario Land. Bombshell Koopas are not immune to Superballs, and they explode shortly after being stomped (although the blast radius is not very large), making them similar to Bob-ombs. They replaced conventional Koopa Troopas in Super Mario Land because it would have taken too long to program the ricochet effects of Koopa shells on the Game Boy.

Bombshell Koopas are the most common enemy in the Super Mario Land, appearing in all levels except for 2-3 (the underwater level), and 4-3 (the flying level). Like red-shelled Koopa Troopas, Bombshell Koopas do not walk off edges, but merely pace back and forth on the platform.

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, normal Koopa Troopas appear as enemies, and while a new Buzzy Beetle-like enemy fills the exploding-shell niche, their name, Noko Bombette, is a reference to their "Nokobon" predecessor. (Bombshell Koopas were only referred to as such in the 2011 port of Super Mario Land to the Virtual Console, almost twenty years after Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was released.)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコボン[2]
Nokobon
From Koopa Troopa's Japanese name nokonoko and English "bomb".
Spanish Koopa Caparazón de Bomba Literal translation
French Nokobon -
German Nokobon -
Italian Nokobon -
Romanian Koopa cu Carapace Bombă Koopa with Bomb Shell

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Land Virtual Console manual, page 14.
  2. ^ a b Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 13.
  3. ^ Game Boy Nintendo Player's Guide, page 5.