|It has been suggested that Coin (Diddy Kong Racing DS) be merged with this page. (discuss)|
- Not to be confused with Koin.
Artwork of a coin from Mario Kart 8
|First appearance||Mario Bros. (1983)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)|
- “For some reason, Coins appear when you smash enemies! Don’t think about it too hard, Einstein! There are some supernatural phenomena in the world that just can’t be explained!!”
- —Wario, Wario Land 4
Coins (also called Mushroom coins in the Beanbean Kingdom) are the main currency of the Mushroom Kingdom. They can be collected in most Super Mario games. They have varying effects depending on the game type: in platformer games, they increase a player's score and grant extra lives; in racing games, they increase speed and recovery times; and in RPGs, they can be used to purchase items, all among other uses.
- Main article: History of coins
Coins have had varied roles throughout the Super Mario franchise. In the Super Mario series, particularly the sidescrolling platforming games, collecting 100 typically gives the player an extra life. In the Mario Kart series, Coins appear less often, though they affect the racer's top speed. In the Mario Party series, coins mainly appear as a currency used on the game board. Certain minigames involve the characters collecting coins, and the only way to lose in them is by not collecting any coins. Similarly to the Super Mario series, the Yoshi's Island series and Wario Land series also include coins as collectible items. In the Paper Mario series and Mario & Luigi series, Coins are used as a form of currency.
Types of coins
Yellow Coins are the main types of coins found in the Super Mario franchise. They are found everywhere, ranging from floating in the air, acquiring them through blocks, or by defeating enemies. Generally in Super Mario side-scrolling games, they are worth 50, 100 or 200 points. Collecting either 50 or 100 in certain games will make the player earn an extra life. Yellow Coins are the primary normal coins in most games.
- Main article: Red Coin
Red Coins are uncommon, but not rare in the Super Mario franchise. They first appeared as coins disguised as yellow coins in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, but later on, they are found in certain parts of a level or scattered throughout the level. They are worth more than Yellow Coins, as each Red Coin is worth two Yellow Coins in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, and collecting eight of them reveals a Power Star. Likewise, in Super Mario Sunshine, a Shine Sprite appears when eight Red Coins are collected. In Mario Party DS they are worth 5 Yellow Coins, replacing coin bags from previous Mario Party games. Their function varies from game to game, but the player usually has to collect eight of them to do something. In New Super Mario Bros. and its sequels, the player is granted an item such as a Fire Flower upon collecting 8 Red Coins.
- Main article: Blue Coin
Blue Coins are either part of completion of a game or another way of getting more coins. In Super Mario 64, they are found by defeating certain enemies or ground-pounding a Blue Coin Block. They are worth five Yellow Coins each as opposed to one. Blue Coins are found in hidden parts in Super Mario Sunshine, and are required in order to complete the game 100%, as ten Blue Coins can be spent to get a Shine Sprite. In most other games, they appear after a P Switch is pressed, and are worth one coin each.
- Main article: Purple Coin
Purple Coins are found only in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 when a Purple Comet is orbiting a galaxy. Purple Coins can appear throughout a level, or they can appear in a certain spot. If the player can collect 100 Purple Coins (sometimes within a time limit), they can receive a Star. Unlike regular coins, Purple Coins do not heal lost health or restore breath while underwater.
- Main article: ? Coin
? Coins are found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel. These coins do not count as normal coins, but they have many uses. Often, they make Coins, Star Bits, Power-Ups, and notes appear. In the Gusty Garden Galaxy, they even make other ? Coins appear.
- Main article: Dragon Coin
Found only in Super Mario World and remakes, these will grant Mario a life when all five are collected in each level. They are bigger than regular coins, and they have a portrait of Yoshi on them.
- Main article: Frog Coin
Frog Coins are a green coin exclusive to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and act as a second currency only accepted by amphibian characters. They can be exchanged for rare items at certain shops.
- Main article: Star Coin
Star Coins are a type of Coin only found in New Super Mario Bros. games. There are three Star Coins in every level (except Warp Cannons, Enemy Courses and Toad's Houses). There are 240 in New Super Mario Bros. and 219 in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they serve for unlocking secret paths and in the former, unlocking new backgrounds for the touchscreen. Also, there are 231 in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and 246 in New Super Mario Bros. U and they serve for unlocking World 9/Superstar Road levels and in the former, buying Hint Videos for Princess Peach's Castle. Their locations, function, and size are similar to that of Dragon Coins.
- Main article: Ace Coin
Ace coins only appear in Super Mario Advance and there are 5 Ace Coins hidden in each level. Their role in the game is the same as the Dragon Coin in Super Mario World. There are 100 Ace Coins overall. They are oval and have the letter "A" engraved on them.
- Main article: Advance Coin
Advance Coins are special coins that appear exclusively in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They appear only in the new World-e levels. They are similar to Ace Coins in appearance, except for the fact that they're yellow.
- Main article: Moon Coin
Moon Coins appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, and are only found in World Star. They have a 3-Up Moon imprinted on them. These coins replace the Star Coins of other worlds in the game. However, Moon Coins cannot be used as Star Coins (therefore they cannot be used to remove Star Coin Signs). Moon Coins are only used for collecting and are required to obtain one of the stars on the player's save file.
- Main article: Green Coin
Green Coins have appeared in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Green Coins are activated by moving through a Green Ring. In the New Super Mario Bros. games, they act much like Red Coins, but these coins disappear much faster and five groups of three need to be collected. They always appear in groups of three and form a clover shape. In Super Mario 3D World, eight coins appear, and collecting them all results in a Green Star appearing.
- Main article: Mario Coin
- Main article: Regional coin
Regional coins are coins appearing only in Super Mario Odyssey. They are different in appearance in each kingdom, and can only be used in the kingdom they are found in. They are also purple in color.
- Main article: Flower coin
Profiles and statistics
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
- Wii Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 Coins for a 1-Up.
Super Mario Bros. 2
- Wii Virtual Console manual: Each coin gives you an additional chance to win extra lives in the bonus game.
Super Mario Bros. 3
- Wii Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 of these to gain an extra life.
- Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 coins to earn an extra Mario.
Super Mario World
- Wii U Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 coins to earn an extra life.
Super Mario Sunshine
- Instruction booklet: Coins are scattered all over the island. Collect them to restore health to Mario's life meter. What happens when Mario gathers 100 coins...?
Super Mario 3D Land
- Instruction manual: You'll gain an extra life if you collect 100 of these.
- Website bio:
- American English:
The mushroom kingdom is overflowing with coins. You'll find them hiding under question blocks, grass, enemies, and more. You'll get a 1UP for every 100 that you find, so look far and wide to get as many as you can.
- British English:
Coins can be found all over the place. Collect 100 for an extra life!
- American English:
New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Instruction manual: Collect 100 to earn an extra life.
New Super Mario Bros. U
- Instruction manual: Collect 100 coins to earn an extra life.
Super Mario 3D World
- Instruction manual: Collect 100 coins to get an extra life.
Mario Kart series
Super Mario Kart
- Wii Virtual Console manual (Game Modes): In MarioKart GP and Match Race, you can collect coins scattered across the racecourse. The more coins you collect, the faster your kart goes. If you have no coins left and you get hit, you will spin out. If you spin out, hit other karts, or go out of bounds, you lose coins, so be careful!
- Note: Your kart reaches its maximum speed at 10 coins, but it never hurts to carry spares, so keep on collecting them!
- Wii Virtual Console manual (Items): Using the coin item adds two coins to your coin total.
Mario Kart 7
- North American Website bio: Scattered throughout each track, these golden goodies will boost your speed when you collect them. Your speed maxes out when you have 10 coins. Also, the more coins you collect, the more kart parts you unlock!
Mario Kart 8
- Instruction manual (Item List): Gives you two extra coins.
- Instruction manual (Grand Prix): Collect the coins found on the courses, up to a maximum of 10, to increase your speed. If you get knocked over or spin out of control, you will drop some of your coins.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- In-game description: Gives you two extra coins. The more coins you have, the faster your kart will move.
Mario Kart Tour
- Tips & Tricks: This gives you two coins. It's used automatically once you pick it up.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Coin description claims that it is unclear as to whether or not Coins are the official currency of The Mushroom World, even though they were used as such in both Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker
|Name||Image||Artwork from||Effect in The Subspace Emissary|
|Coin||New Super Mario Bros.||[Specials: Indirect] - Attack +4|
Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Instruction manual: Collect 100 coins to earn one extra life.
Yoshi's Crafted World
- North American website bio: Usually found floating in the air. Use in-game coins you collect to give the capsule machine a spin.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
- Collectible Treasure #6: Shiny gold coins that help Mario on his adventure. Those trusty overalls must have deep pockets...
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Coin.
Names in other languages
メダル (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
1ゴールドコイン (Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land)
1 Gōrudo Koin
Ki'iroi Sutā Koin
ヨッシーコイン (Yoshi's New Island)
1 Gold Coin
Yellow-colored Star Coin
Pièce de monnaie
Coin (literally "piece of money")
|Italian||Moneta (most games)
Gettone (Mario Party DS)
|Romanian||Bănuț (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)||Diminutive of ban ("coin")|
Diminutive of coin
- The Pokos from Pikmin 2 use a similar design to the Super Mario franchise's coins.
- "Koopabits" in the Nintendo Comics System stories are worth one coin.
- The Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball play the coin sound effect from Super Mario Bros. for each scoring runner.
- The coin sound effect is used for selecting NES/Famicom Disk System and SNES video games on the Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3DS, with the specific version of the sound effect varying between the two systems; if it is NES/FDS, the version from Super Mario Bros. plays, while the Super Mario World version plays when an SNES game is selected. Similarly, the coin sound effect from Super Mario Bros. plays when booting up Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, the coin sound effect from Super Mario World plays when booting up Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, and the coin sound effect from Super Mario 64 (also heard when starting the game) plays when booting up Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online.
- Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet. Page 24.
- Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet. Page 7.
- Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet. Page 18.
- Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt Canadian instruction booklet. Page 32.