Bombshell Koopa

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Bombshell Koopa
SML Bombshell Koopa Artwork.png
Artwork of a Bombshell Koopa from Super Mario Land
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Latest appearance WarioWare Gold (2018)
Variant of Koopa Troopa
Noko Bombette

Bombshell Koopas,[1] originally known as Nokobon[2] or Nobokon,[3] are a species of Koopa Troopas with a bomb for a shell found in the game Super Mario Land. Bombshell Koopas are not immune to Superballs, and they explode shortly after being stomped. They do not explode if a Superball is used on them. They are somewhat similar to the recurring Bob-ombs, except they cannot be moved and their blast radius is small and cannot take out other enemies and obstacles.

Bombshell Koopas are the most common enemy in Super Mario Land, appearing in all levels except for Worlds 2-3 (the Marine Pop level) and 4-3 (the Sky Pop 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 Bombshell Koopas themselves are succeeded by a Buzzy Beetle-like variant, Noko Bombette, whose name is a reference to the original Nokobon. (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 for Game Boy.)

In WarioWare Gold, a Bombshell Koopa appears in the second level of the microgame Super Mario Land.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console Manual bio: This turtle has a bomb on its back. It explodes after you stomp on it, so get out of the way!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコボン[2]
Portmanteau of「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa) and「ボン」(bon, Japanese onomatopoeia for an explosion)
Dutch Nobokon[4] -
French Nokobon -
German Nokobün -
Italian Nokobon -
Spanish Koopa Caparazón de Bomba Bomb Shell Koopa


  1. ^ Super Mario Land Virtual Console digital manual, page 14.
  2. ^ a b Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 13.
  3. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  4. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 7.