Pile Driver Micro-Goomba

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This article is about the Mini Goomba enemies disguised as Brick Blocks from Super Mario Bros. 3. For Wario's move from Wario World, see Piledriver.
Not to be confused with Blockhopper.
Pile Driver Micro-Goomba
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Parent species Mini Goomba

Pile Driver Micro-Goombas[1] are a special variety of Mini Goomba that hide in Brick Blocks. They appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its reissues.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Pile Driver Micro-Goombas first appear in World 2-1, the first area of Desert Land, and are a staple enemy in the various desert and sky levels throughout the rest of Super Mario Bros. 3. They are disguised as grounded Brick Blocks that can be distinguished by the fact that they do not glisten (except in Super Mario All-Stars, which gave them a light-colored outline instead, but this was changed back in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3). When Mario or Luigi approaches their Brick Block, the Pile Driver Micro-Goomba moves slightly to show a pair of feet underneath the Brick Block, then jumps high in the air and attempts to land on the plumber to damage him. These enemies are resistant to fireballs and can be defeated by stomping, hitting it with a Raccoon tail, or by tossing a Koopa Shell at it.

NES Remix 2[edit]

In NES Remix 2, Pile Driver Micro-Goombas, simply referred to as Mini Goombas, are featured as a Super Mario Bros. 3 challenge, where the player has to defeat three of them in World 2-1 within twenty seconds.

Ultimate NES Remix[edit]

In Ultimate NES Remix, these Mini Goombas have the same appearance and role they had in NES Remix 2.

Similar foes from other Mario-related titles[edit]

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A group of Pile Driver Micro-Goomba-like blocks in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Pile Driver Micro-Goomba-like monsters make one small appearance in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, in the episode "A Toadally Magical Adventure". Although they have similar characteristics and looks as Pile Driver Micro-Goombas, they are real Brick Blocks brought to life, and are only referred to "blocks". These blocks were created by Toad's Pipe Creatures after they rebelled against him.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Although they are not related to Goombas, Blockhoppers from New Super Mario Bros. are fairly similar to Pile Driver Micro-Goombas in that they, too, hide in blocks. However, Blockhoppers can hide as stacks of blocks and also have the ability to mimic ? Blocks.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land also introduces Fake Blocks, similar enemies which have Tanooki tails they can whip with.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブロックマメクリボー[2][3]
Burokku Mame Kuribō
Burokku to Mame Kuribō
Mame Kuribō
Block Bean Goomba

Block & Bean Goomba

Bean Goomba (Famicom Remix 2 and Famicom Remix: Best Choice)
French Bloc micro-Goomba Mini-Goomba Block
German Block-Gumba[citation needed] Block Goomba
Italian Mini Goomba Blocco[citation needed] Block Mini Goomba


  1. Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 8.
  2. Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 212.
  3. Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 37.
  4. Scan of 「スーパーマリオアドバンス4パーフェクトガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 4 Perfect Guidebook)