Coach (Super Mario Galaxy)
- “Nice job on the test! But...are you even one of my students?”
- —Coach, Super Mario Galaxy
Artwork of Coach, as seen in Super Mario Galaxy 2
|First appearance||Super Mario Galaxy (2007)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
Coach is a tall king penguin (called an emperor penguin by Prima) that appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. He is a swimming instructor in the Beach Bowl Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy, who gives advice as to the location of one of the Power Stars in that area. He can be found teaching the other penguins how to use a shell to improve their swimming.
Super Mario Galaxy
Coach is the instructor of his own swimming class in the Beach Bowl Galaxy. He appears in all of the missions, though his roles are more or less minimal. In the Sunken Treasure mission, he tells Mario that his students are being distracted by "sparklies," and sends Mario to collect them. In the second mission, Passing the Swim Test, Coach offers Mario a chance to get a Power Star if he collects a Gold Shell and brings it to him. His role is greatly diminished for the third mission, where he only tells Mario not to break the wall to the undersea cavern. In the purple coin mission, he tells Mario that his class is having free time and wants Mario to play nice.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Coach appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, in the Cosmic Cove Galaxy. The only difference in his physical appearance is that the band on his arm is blue, rather than red. In this game, Coach only appears in two missions, Twin Falls Hideaway and Exploring the Cosmic Cavern. In the former, Coach would tell Mario that he is the swimming coach and that his students are all out in the water swimming; while in the latter, he informs Mario that there is a Luma trapped in a cage and that everyone is out looking for the key to open it. Once again, his role is minimal in the game.
Artwork from Super Mario Galaxy
Names in other languages
- The red crested penguin seen only in Faster Than a Speeding Penguin is also referred to as "Coach" by Yellow Toad. This is a mistake, however, as he refers to that penguin as their「リーダー」(rīdā, leader) in the original Japanese version.
- Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 80, 129, 130, 132, 133.
- Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 126 and 158.
- Super Mario Encyclopedia; pag. 126