Moneybag (enemy)

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Moneybags model from New Super Mario Bros.
Model from New Super Mario Bros.
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Moneybags (singular Moneybag[1] or Moneybags;[2] originally singularized as Money Bags[3]) are enemies that appear in the Super Mario series. They are living money purses that have their zippers undone, with two glowing yellow eyes inside, and have stubby yellow-orange feet. Subsequent games in the Super Mario franchise replace Moneybags with Coin Coffers, beginning with Super Mario 3D Land.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64, two Money Bags appear in Snowman's Land. At first, they take the form of a regular, usually noticeably misplaced, coin, but when Mario gets near one, it transforms into a purse-shaped creature that hops around. After four hops, it flattens up and then walks on the ground for a few seconds. Defeating one earns the player five coins.

In Super Mario 64 DS, Money Bags return, having received a slight redesign, and one also appears in the minigames Coincentration and Intense Coincentration, where Wario punches one upward, causing several coins to fall.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., Moneybags are found only in World 5-2 and World 6-3. Like in Super Mario 64, a Moneybag appears as an out-of-place coin at first, before showing its true appearance when Mario approaches. In order to defeat one, the player must hit it with six fireballs, stomp it three times, or use either a Mega Mushroom or a Koopa Shell. For the first two methods, it gives one coin for each hit, and a 1-Up Mushroom upon the last, at which point it is defeated. Moneybags usually appear in areas with several pits, making it harder to chase the creatures by these means. Additionally, a Moneybags returns in Coincentration, more graphically enhanced than before.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガマグチクン[4] / ガマグチくん[5]
Portmanteau of「蝦蟇口」(gamaguchi, Japanese coin purse) and「くん」(-kun)

French Moneybag[6]
German Münztasche
From münze ("money") and tasche ("purse")
Italian Forziere[7]
Portmanteau of moneta ("money") and sacco ("sack" or "bag")


  1. ^ English Super Mario 64 entry on the official Mario Portal. (English). (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:38:23 UTC via
  2. ^ Loe, Casey (May 15, 2006). New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-009-3. Page 13.
  3. ^ Pelland, Scott, and Dan Owsen (1996). Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 11Media:Super Mario 64 Nintendo Power P11.jpg.
  4. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 18.
  5. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Deluxe vol. 38 - Super Mario 64 3. Page 6.
  6. ^ July 4, 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia. Soleil Productions (French). ISBN 2302070046. Page 85.
  7. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 85.
  8. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 115.