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

Bombshell Koopas,[1] originally known as Nokobon[2] or Nobokon,[3][4] are a species of Koopa Troopas with a bomb for a shell appearing in Super Mario Land. They 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 of edges, but merely pace back and forth on the platform. 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.

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.

In the Super Mario Land manga, Bombshell Koopas are the second enemy type met by Mario and Mekakuribō (after the Goombos). Mario stomps on them and they turn into bombs, confusing Mario enough to get hit by their explosions. In the last chapter, a Goombo steals a magical seal from the Chai Kingdom temple that prevented it from being attacked by Pionpi, and tosses it to an exploding Bombshell Koopa, destroying it, in the hope that the Pionpi bite the heroes sheltered in the palace.

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


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: A turtle with a bomb on its back. It explodes after you jump on it, so be sure to avoid contact.
  • 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!

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ノコボン (JP) / Bombshell Koopa (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく カメぞく Tribe Turtle clan
性格せいかく 爆発的ばくはつてき Disposition Explosive
登場とうじょうゲーム ランド1 Game appearances Land 1


Exploding Koopa Troopa

A member of the Koopa Troopa family, the most common type of small fry character. They have bombs on their backs that explode when they are stepped on. It is truly a moving turtle landmine. They are the most extreme warrior among the turtles.


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[6]
French Nokobon[7]
Koopa bomb[8]
German Nokobün
Italian Nokobon[9][10][11]
Spanish Koopa Caparazón de Bomba
Bomb Shell Koopa


  1. ^ 2011. Super Mario Land Virtual Console digital manual. Page 14.
  2. ^ a b Nintendo (1989). Super Mario Land instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 13.
  3. ^ Club Nintendo (UK) Classic. Page 7.
  4. ^ 1991. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 5.
  5. ^ 1994. 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 146.
  6. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic. Page 7.
  7. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet. Page 13.
  8. ^ Super Mario Manga Adventures Volume 3, page 155
  9. ^ Super Mario Land Italian manual. Page 13.
  10. ^ Super Mario Land (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual. Page 14.
  11. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 47.