Innertube Goomba

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Innertube Goomba
Artwork of an Innertube Goomba from Super Mario 3D World
Artwork of an Innertube Goomba from Super Mario 3D World
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 4) (2023)
Variant of Goomba

Innertube Goombas[1] or Swim Ring Goombas[2] are Goombas that use inner tubes (or floaties[3]) to drift and swim across the water. They first appear in Super Mario 3D World.


Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Cat Swim Ring Goomba in the Wasteland
A Cat Goomba on a floaty in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

In Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Innertube Goombas have spiky floaties. They first appear in the level Pipeline Lagoon, and are also seen in Sprawling Savanna Rabbit Run. Normally, they are sleeping peacefully in the water, but if the player gets close, they wake up and paddle towards the player, damaging them if they touch them. They can be defeated with any attack.

In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Cat Goombas riding on floaties appear.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Innertube Goombas return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, appearing in water levels such as Floaty Fun Water Park and Goomba Galleon. They behave the same as in Super Mario 3D World.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

A Goomba in a floaty in Mario Kart Tour
A Goomba on a floaty in Singapore Speedway

Goombas on floaties make their Mario Kart series debut in the Singapore Speedway course from Mario Kart Tour. They appear in the infinity pool on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands buildings, only in the regular and R variants of the course. Their floaties protect them from inbound obstacles, bouncing away drivers, Green Shells and fireballs, while breaking Red Shells, Yoshi's Eggs, and Birdo's Eggs on contact. A Goomba and its floaty can be taken out by using an item such as a Spiny Shell, Super Horn, or a Super Bell; by driving into one while boosting from a Mushroom or a Dash Panel; or by touching it while under the effects of a Frenzy, Super Star, Mega Mushroom, or Bullet Bill. When taken out, the Goomba and the floaty give points separately. Attacking a Goomba in a floaty with a Bob-omb takes out the Goomba while the floaty remains unaffected. A row of Goombas in floaties also appear in the Do Jump Boosts bonus challenge set on GCN Daisy Cruiser; here, it is shown that the floaties can be bounced off of for a Jump Boost, provided the player lands in-between the Goombas that wear them.

Floaties without Goombas appear in Singapore Speedway's Coin Rush mode. They lie on the sidelines of the pool section with coins in-between them, and the track's invisible delimitations prevent the player from interacting with them.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

GCN Daisy Cruiser in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Innertube Goombas in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Innertube Goombas appear in the Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the Marina Bay Sands rooftop pool in Tour Singapore Speedway and in the pool in GCN Daisy Cruiser. A toy of an Innertube Goomba can also be seen in Squeaky Clean Sprint, floating in the bathtub as decoration.


Names in other languages[edit]

Innertube Goomba[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese うきわクリボー[4]
Ukiwa Kuribō
Swim-ring Goomba

Chinese (simplified) 游水圈栗宝宝
Yóushuǐquān Lìbǎobao
Swimming Circle Goomba

Chinese (traditional) 游水圈栗寶寶
Yóushuǐquān Lìbǎobao
Swimming Circle Goomba

French Goomba Bouée[5]
Buoy Goomba
Italian Goomba Salvagente[6]
Life buoy Goomba


Language Name Meaning
Japanese うきわ
Swim ring

Chinese 游泳圈
Swim ring

French Bouée
German Schwimmreifen
Swim Ring
Italian Salvagente
Life preserver
Korean 튜브

Portuguese Boia
Spanish Flotador


  1. ^ English Super Mario 3D World entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 12, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:46:25 UTC via
  2. ^ Alt text of the Innertube Goomba decoration in the Cat Transformation Center application (Play Nintendo website)
  3. ^ Mario Kart Tour in-game name
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section. Page 225.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia Page 225
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 225.