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Not to be confused with Goomba.
A Goombo from Super Mario Land.
Artwork of a Goombo from Super Mario Land
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Latest appearance WarioWare Gold (2018)
Variant of Goomba

Goombo[1] (also known by its original Japanese name Chibibo[2][3]) is a variety of Goomba that resides in Sarasaland. Goombos have only appeared in Super Mario Land, and were only referred to as such in the American digital manual for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release of Super Mario Land in 2011, twenty-two years after the original game's release. Nintendo Power also refers to these as relatives of Goombas.[3] Goombos are approximately half the size of Small Mario, while Goombas are usually about the same size.

Like Goombas, Goombos slowly meander to the side aiming to hit Mario. They will not turn around unless they hit an obstacle, and will wander off the edge of platforms. Once stomped or shot with a Superball, Mario will be rewarded with one hundred points. After Bombshell Koopas, Goombos are the most common enemy in the game, appearing in all kingdoms except for the Easton Kingdom.

In the Super Mario Land manga, Goombos play a marginal role thought out the story. Like normal Goombas in the manga, they are depicted with a taller torso and an occasional pair of tiny arms. Goombos do play a big role in the final chapter: pretending to be in danger, a Goombo asks for shelter at the Chai Kingdom temple (where Mario currently is), protected from the Pionpi due to a magic seal. The seal is removed to allow the Goombo to enter, but it quickly grabs it and tosses it to an exploding Bombshell Koopa, letting the Pionpi in and infect the people inside the temple. Another Goombo also plays the part of the priest during Tatanga and Princess Daisy's wedding, whom the groom accidentally kisses (and punches afterwards) after the forced-bride turns around to see Mario arriving in the Sky Pop.

In Super Mario-kun, Goombos appear in volume 3 alongside other Super Mario Land enemies, but are later defeated by Invincible Mario.

A Goombo appears in the Super Mario Land microgame in WarioWare Gold, where it is one of the enemies Mario must throw a Superball at.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: A timid mushroom that toddles along the ground.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: This timid mushroom toddles along the ground.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

チビボー (JP) / Goombo (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく キノコ族 Tribe Mushroom clan
性格せいかく おくびょう者 Disposition Coward
登場とうじょうゲーム ランド1 Game appearances Land 1


A little wimpy mushroom

The first small fry character in Mario Land, appearing as a mushroom. It is not scary at all, since it just walks around. It is a good opponent to get used to learning to play.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チビボー[5]
Portmanteau of「ちび」(chibi, small) and「クリボー」(Kuribō, Goomba)

Dutch Chibibo[6]
French Chibibo[7]
German Tschibibo
Japanese/English name adapted to German spelling
Italian Chibibo[8][9]
Spanish Goombo


  • The English instruction booklet calls this enemy "timid",[2] whereas the Japanese instruction booklet calls it "weak".[5]
  • Like certain other Super Mario Land characters, Goombos were made into finger puppets.


  1. ^ 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 14.
  3. ^ a b 1991. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 5.
  4. ^ 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 111.
  5. ^ a b Also described as 「いキノコ」 yowai kinoko, or weak mushroom. - Nintendo. スーパーマリオランド (Sūpā Mario Rando) instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 14.
  6. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic. Page 7.
  7. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet. Page 14.
  8. ^ Super Mario Land Italian manual. Page 14.
  9. ^ Super Mario Land (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual. Page 14.
  10. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 46.