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Goomba thumping

Goomba-thumping (unhyphenated in the original) is a special minigame run by a mole entrepreneur. It is found in the Pipe Vault in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. To find it, the player needs to enter the second-to-last pipe in the area with many pipes. The mole charges contestants ten coins to play the minigame, and if the contestant can reach a certain number of points, the mole gives the contestant a special prize. The first prize is a Flower Tab, followed by a Flower Jar, and then every subsequent prize is a Frog Coin.


In the minigame, Mario must jump on as many Goombas as he can in a 30-second time limit. The Goombas emerge from four pipes located in the small game room. For each Goomba that Mario thumps, he is awarded one point. However, Spikeys also emerge from the pipes, and if Mario jumps on one, he loses one point. Rare gold Goombas also emerge, and if Mario is fast enough, he can earn three points by stomping one. Since gold Goombas move faster, Mario has less time to hit them. Additionally, the more points Mario earns, the faster all enemies become, making higher scores difficult to achieve.

If Mario can achieve the goal established by the mole entrepreneur, he wins a prize. The first target is 20 points. Every goal after that is always two points higher than Mario's current high score.

There are two strategies to achieve high scores in the Goomba-thumping game. The first strategy is for Mario to stand in the middle of the four pipes. As Goombas emerge, Mario can jump to one pipe, then return to the middle, then jump to another pipe, and then return to the middle, etc. Another strategy is for Mario to stand on top of one pipe and jump every time a Goomba emerges.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリボーたたき
Kuribō tataki
Whack-a-Goomba; from 「もぐらたたき」 (Mogura tataki, "Whack-a-Mole")

Chinese (simplified) 踩踏栗宝宝
Cǎità Lì Bǎobao
Stampede Goomba

Chinese (traditional) 踩踏栗寶寶
Cǎità Lì Bǎobao
Stampede Goomba

French Écrase-Goomba
Goomba Crusher
German Gumba-Stampfen
Goomba Stomp
Italian Schiaccia-Goomba
Korean 굼바 잡기가
Gumba Jabgiga
Catching a Goomba

Spanish Aplastar Goombas
Smash Goombas