Pile Driver Micro-Goomba

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This article is about the Micro 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 Micro Goomba

Pile Driver Micro-Goombas[1] are a special variety of Micro Goomba that hide in Brick Blocks. They have only appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its remakes. They are quite strong for their size, as they are able to jump extremely high and long while lifting the much larger Brick Block. The Pile Driver Micro-Goomba is also resistant to fireballs, as it is protected by its Brick Block (which cannot normally be destroyed by fire attacks as well). While their counterparts can only slow down the Mario Brothers, Pile Driver Micro-Goombas can directly damage them.

Pile Driver Micro-Goombas first appeared in World 2-1, the first area of Desert Land, and were a staple enemy in the various desert and sky levels throughout the rest of the game. In these levels, Pile Driver Micro-Goombas were typically hidden among normal Brick Blocks, although some stayed out in the open. When a Mario Brother approached the hidden Pile Driver Micro-Goomba, the creature would jump high in the air and attempt to crush the hero. However, a Pile Driver Micro-Goomba would lift its Brick Block a couple of times before jumping, providing the plumber with enough time to dodge the upcoming attack. The Mario Brothers could destroy these enemies by stomping the block-shielded Goomba, hitting the creature with the Raccoon tail, or by tossing a Koopa Shell at it.

Pile Driver Micro-Goombas can be distinguished from their surroundings. Regular Brick Blocks glisten; Pile Driver Micro-Goombas' Brick Blocks do not. However, in Super Mario All-Stars's Super Mario Bros. 3 remake, they glistened like any other Brick Block, but had a lighter-colored outline. Super Mario Advance 4 returned the Pile Driver Micro-Goomba's Brick Block to its original non-glistening form (though it was, of course, updated Super Mario All-Stars-style along with all of Super Mario Advance 4's other sprites).

A group of Pile Driver Micro-Goombas 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 the same characteristics and appearance 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.

Although they're unrelated, Blockhoppers from New Super Mario Bros. are fairly similar to Pile Driver Micro-Goombas in that they, too, hide in blocks. However, Blockhoppers are not at all related to Goombas (being blue robots) and can hide as stacks of blocks, and also have the ability to mimic ? Blocks. 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]
Burokku Mame Kuribō
Burokku to Mame Kuribō
Block Bean Goomba

Block & Bean Goomba
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. ^ Mario character guide, page 212
  3. ^ 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)