Mini Goomba

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This article is about the miniature version of a common enemy. For the regular-sized version of the same enemy originally known as "Little Goomba", see Goomba. For the Goomba character in Super Mario Odyssey, see Goombette.
Mini Goomba
A Mini Goomba in Super Mario Odyssey
A Mini Goomba in Super Mario Odyssey
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variant of Goomba
Notable members
“What odd little fellows! They seem to know you! And...not like you...”
Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey

Mini Goombas,[1][2][3][4][5][6] originally known as Micro-Goombas[7] and also formatted as Micro Goombas,[8][9] and also occasionally referred to as Goombettes or Small Goombas, are miniature Goombas that are featured throughout different installments of the Super Mario franchise. They look like regular Goombas, being brown vaguely humanoid mushrooms, albeit they are notably smaller in size. Their main purpose is usually to slow down the players or otherwise impede their progress. They first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Micro-Goomba as it appears in Super Mario Bros. 3 A sprite of a Micro-Goomba from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Micro-Goombas would be dropped by brown Para-Goombas onto Mario and Luigi, which highly weakened their ability to jump temporarily.

Micro-Goombas first appear in World 1-2. When the Micro-Goombas are launched, they will slowly float down to the bottom of the screen. If they collide with Mario or Luigi, they will cling onto him, slowing him down and preventing him from jumping high. Mario or Luigi will have to turn left and right or jump repeatedly to knock the creatures off of him. They are alternatively called Mugger Micro-Goombas[10][11] to differentiate from Pile Driver Micro-Goombas.

There is a slight change in the outline between the original NES game's sprites and the ones found in Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3; the originals have distinct feet and an additional line of pixels at top through use of an additional 8x8 pixel tile, while later versions have the feet running together and lack the line at the top due to only using a single 8x8 tile.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Goombette in Super Mario 64

Goombettes also appear in Super Mario 64 and its remake on the tiny side of Tiny-Huge Island. Goombettes cannot directly harm Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario, as he will only be knocked back and the Goombette will be defeated upon contact. However, they are usually placed near bottomless pits or cliffs, and they will often knock the player character off into these. They can be defeated without pushback by jumping on their heads or by punching or kicking them, and they give off a coin when he does so, which is twice as large as the Goombette itself. They are much faster and more erratic than regular Goombas and can spot the player character from very far away, unlike regular Goombas and Grand Goombas.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Mini Goombas in a bonus area in New Super Mario Bros.
Mini Goomba

Mini Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. When Mario is Mini Mario, he can enter miniature pipes. If he enters one, Mario may find a Star Coin. However, in some cases, Mini Goombas are in the way, and Mario has to defeat them to get to the Star Coin. In this game, Mini Goombas possess the intelligence of any other Goomba. As Mini Mario, they can be defeated by jumping on them, but by any other form of Mario, they can be defeated by simply walking into them. They are the only enemy in the game which Mini Mario does not need to Ground Pound to hurt or defeat. They only pose a threat to Mini Mario; any other form makes it impossible for the player to get hurt by these creatures.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Model of a Micro Goomba in Super Mario Galaxy
The Micro Goomba as it appears in Super Mario Galaxy.

Micro Goombas are seen in Super Mario Galaxy, this time being slightly larger than previous appearances and looking more like Goombos from Super Mario Land in terms of shape. They are uncommon enemies, only found in a select number of levels. Rather than attaching to the player, they attack like normal Goombas, running towards Mario or Luigi in an attempt to damage them. Unlike Goombas, they can be defeated instantly with a spin and only yield a coin instead of three Star Bits. However, if the player shoots a Star Bit at them or triggers a nearby Shock Wave Generator, they become stunned; Mario can then kick them to defeat them and receive three Star Bits.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Mini Goomba

Mini Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, this time in the open world. Mostly in groups, they are not dropped by Paragoombas, but they still weigh Mario down by swarming on him. They no longer hurt Mario even if he is Mini Mario; however, Mario can do a Spin Jump to get them off. After being spun once, Mini Goombas are defeated. Despite their size, Mini Goombas still let out a coin when hit by a fireball. They make appearances in World 5-4 and 7-5.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A screenshot of Mario on the first planet of the Battle Belt Galaxy.
A Mini Goomba in Battle Belt Galaxy.

Mini Goombas reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, looking and acting the same as Super Mario Galaxy. They are more common in this game, and they leave a Star Bit behind when defeated with a spin, rather than a single coin as seen in Super Mario Galaxy. However, they still leave a coin if stomped on. Magikoopas may spawn Mini Goombas.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Mini Goomba

Mini Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They act the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They can be defeated by simply jumping on their heads, like regular Goombas. If they attach themselves to the player, the player can Ground Pound to get rid of them, attack them as Raccoon Mario, or simply walk around for a few seconds until they go away. They also appear in gold form in World 4-1 and 5-3.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Mini Goombas return once again in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, acting the same as in the previous games. They mainly appear in the levels Magma-River Cruise (New Super Mario Bros. U) and Magmaw River Cruise (New Super Luigi U) of Peach's Castle in large numbers.

They occasionally appear in the battle with Magikoopa in Slide Lift Tower (New Super Mario Bros. U) and Stonecrush Tower (New Super Luigi U).

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

Mini Goombas in Super Mario 3D World
Mini Goombas in Super Mario 3D World.

Mini Goombas reappear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, keeping their appearance from the New Super Mario Bros. games, while acting the same as in the Galaxy games. They generally appear in groups, and sometimes hide inside crates and other breakable objects. Ground Pounding near them or blowing into the microphone on the GamePad causes them to be pushed away. They can be defeated like normal Goombas, and can also be defeated by tapping them on the screen.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Mini Goombas make a minor appearance in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. When the player shakes a Goomba while editing a level, it splits into two to five Mini Goombas, but they fall off the screen as if the player erased the Goomba. The same thing can be done with a Galoomba. However, they cannot be used in a player's level.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Mini Goombas in Super Mario Odyssey.
Mini Goombas in Super Mario Odyssey.

Mini Goombas return in Super Mario Odyssey, where they act as they did in Super Mario 3D World; they appear in Bowser's Kingdom, the Cap Kingdom, the Lake Kingdom, the Metro Kingdom, the Mushroom Kingdom, the Sand Kingdom, the Seaside Kingdom, and the Wooded Kingdom. They are colored bright yellow this time, resembling their appearance in Super Mario All-Stars. They can occasionally be found by breaking crates and by Ground Pounding certain glowing spots on the ground. Unlike regular Goombas, they cannot be captured and throwing Cappy at one will instead defeat it. If Mario jumps on eight Mini Goombas in a row without touching the ground, a Heart appears. Additionally, if he jumps on 32 Mini Goombas, a Life-Up Heart appears. This can only be done in the zipper bonus level in the Lake Kingdom.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

While Mario is exploring the Mushroom Kingdom in Double Trouble, he can encounter a swarm of Para-Goombas, which begin dropping Micro-Goombas on him. If Mario decides to pick the Micro-Goombas off instead of running for cover, the tiny Goombas will knock him out with some noxious gas, though their parents will leave him alone after finding him unappetizing. If Mario makes a run for some pipes instead, he will pick the Micro-Goombas off, and be left alone when the Para-Goombas grow bored of waiting for him to come out.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Mini Goombas, retranslated as Goombettes in the original version, appear as a group of monsters in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. As enemies, they only appear in the battle with Whuhoh in the Sunken Ship. Despite their diminutive size, they are stronger than an average Goomba, but barely have any special moves except for Poison. Three of them (better known as the Triplets) also reside in Monstro Town, helping to run their mother's store. The shop sold Mushrooms that heal 30 HP, but turn the player into a mushroom, possibly referring to the enemy's slowing-down effect in Super Mario Bros. 3. However, the party member who ate the mushroom steadily heals his HP as long as the Mushroom status remains. Its Thought Peek thought in the original game is a reference to the motto of the twenty-sixth president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, "Speak softly and carry a big stick. You will go far."

Super Princess Peach[edit]

In Super Princess Peach, Goombettes appear with a role similar to that in Super Mario Bros. 3. They are dropped by Paragoombas and limit Peach's jumping abilities if they make contact, weighing her down. To shake them off, Peach must jump a few times or use her Rage or Joy vibes.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Goombettes revealing themselves during the battle against Mrs. Thwomp
Goombettes in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, in the Mrs. Thwomp battle, Goombettes make up the miniature clones.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Micro Goombas are not seen and only mentioned. A resident in The Underwhere mentions that he died all because of a Micro Goomba and a bottomless pit. A Sammer Guy named "Micro Boomba" is a reference to this type of Goomba.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Sacred Forest
Small Goomba Gangs in Paper Mario: Color Splash.

Mini Goombas make their physical Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: Color Splash, and are referred to as Small Goombas, as they are actually regular-sized Goombas enchanted by Kamek, and appear in the Sacred Forest. A bunch of Small Goomba Gangs scatter the blue Mini Paint Star of that level into five pieces. A Small Goomba is the first-round opponent in Roshambo Temple #7.

Five Small Goombas can band up to form Small Goomba Wheels; however, Small Goomba Gangs are more dangerous and will pummel Mario down a large chunk of his health if they remain together. During battle, the Small Goomba Gangs become increasingly smaller as Mario hits and scatters them, making them far more manageable.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Mini Goombas drinking coffee from Paper Mario: The Origami King
Mini Goombas being served at the café in the Scorching Sandpaper Desert

Origami Mini Goombas are found as hazards in Overlook Tower, behaving similarly to Co Gasagoso. They are seen as pests to be exterminated. One of them has a pair of small wings resembling a Paragoomba. Normal Mini Goombas are also seen in the Scorching Sandpaper Desert café that a Sledge Bro is managing.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 キノコ族
性格 がんばり屋
登場ゲーム 3

Tribe: Mushroom clan
Disposition: Someone who battles on in difficult circumstances
Game appearances: 3
You may be tiny, but you're mighty big
Micro-Goomba is the tiniest of the Mario characters. There are two types of Micro-Goomba: the ones that Paragoomba drops and the Pile Driver Micro-Goombas hidden under blocks. Both are formidable enemies that cannot be fooled.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Battle idle animation of a Goombette from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 100 FP 100 Speed 16
Location(s) Sunken Ship Attack 90 Magic attack 30
Role Common Defense 80 Magic defense 30
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 20% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak Fire Strong None Sp. attacks None
Coins 0 Exp. points 0 Items None
Psychopath "My speak soft, BIG STICK!"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Mini Goomba
Image of a Mini Goomba from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 100
Exp. 0
Weak Elements N/A
Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Sunken Ship
Monster List profile
They're very small.
Thought Peek
Big hits come in micro packages!

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Small Goomba
Small Goomba Idle Animation from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 3 Type Normal 3
A Goomba card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves Head Attack (1), Group Attack (1), Blowback Attack (1)
Location(s) Sacred Forest
Quotes Usual: "Goomba power!" ~ "Mario's huge, huh?" ~ "Hey! I'm small-boned!" ~ "It's not the size of the Goomba in the fight...."
Enemy class
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 1 Red paint 1 Yellow paint 1 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 1 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

  • Nintendo's social media accounts:
    • Wha?! Mini Goombas? And they're yellow?! Try taking them out with a Spin Throw if they're pestering you...[13]
    • Wha?!
      Mini Goombas? And they're yellow?!
      Try taking them out with a Spin Throw in Super Mario Odyssey, if they're pestering you...

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

  • Play Nintendo:
    Baddie: Mini Goomba
    Species: Goomba
    Size: Suuuuper mini!
    Feature: They all have cute grumpy faces


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
クリボーミニ (Kuribō Mini) Goomba Mini

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マメクリボー[17]
Mame Kuribō
ちびクリボー[18] (Super Mario 64 and Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Chibi Kuribō

Bean Goomba

Small/Mini Goomba

French Mini Goomba[19][20][21][22][23][24]
Micro Goomba[25]
Petit Goomba (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Mini-Goomba (Super Mario RPG)
Small Goomba
Italian Mini Goomba
Piccolo Goomba (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Little Goomba
Korean 땅콩굼바
Ttangkong Gumba
미니굼바 (Super Mario 64 DS)
Mini Gumba

Peanut Goomba

Mini Goomba

Portuguese (NOE) Mini Goomba[28]
Goomba Pequeno (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Small Goomba
Russian Мини-гумба[29]
Mini Goomba

Spanish (NOA) Goombita (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
From "Goomba" and the diminutive suffix "-ita"
Spanish (NOE) Mini Goomba
Peque Goomba (Paper Mario: Color Splash)


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