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)
Variant of Mini Goomba

Pile Driver Micro-Goombas[1] (also stylized as Pile-driver Micro-Goombas),[2] referred to as "fake bricks" by Fred Savage in the Celebrity Profiles section in the 9th issue of Nintendo Power,[3] are a special variety of Mini Goomba that hides in a Brick Block. They appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its reissues.


Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: 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 bricks 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 its brick, the Pile Driver Micro-Goomba moves slightly to show a pair of feet underneath the brick, then jumps high in the air and attempts to land on the player character to damage him. These enemies are resistant to fireballs and can be defeated by stomping them, hitting them with a Raccoon tail, or tossing a Koopa Shell at them.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Blocks similar to Pile Driver Micro-Goomba from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
A group of blocks in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "A Toadally Magical Adventure".

Although no Pile Driver Micro-Goombas appear, a group of Pile Driver Micro-Goomba-like blocks makes 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 bricks brought to life and are referred to simply as "blocks." These blocks were created by Toad's pipe creatures after they rebelled against him.

Other appearances[edit]

In NES Remix 2 and Ultimate NES Remix, 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 20 seconds.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブロックマメクリボー[4][5]
Burokku Mame Kuribō
ブロックとマメクリボー[6][page number needed]
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[7]
Blocco Mini-Goomba[8]
Block Micro-Goomba


  1. ^ (June 1990). Nintendo Power Volume 13. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 8.
  2. ^ English Super Mario Bros. 3 entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 13, 2022, 14:26:17 UTC via archive.today.)
  3. ^ (November-December 1989). Nintendo Power Volume 9. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 91.
  4. ^ (1994). Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 212.; note that this is only listed in a block of text in the "Mame Kuribō" section.
  5. ^ (2015). Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section. Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 37.
  6. ^ 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).
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 37.
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 43.