Prickly Goomba

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Prickly Goomba
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of Goomba
Not to be confused with Spiked Goomba.

Prickly Goombas are Goombas that hide inside spiked chestnut shells that appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.


New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Prickly Goombas first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are only encountered in World 9-7. The players will sustain damage if they jump on their spiked shells. Prickly Goombas will remain stationary until their shells are burned open with a single fireball, thus reverting them to a regular Goomba. They can also be frozen by ice balls.

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

Prickly Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. In this game, they appear only in the level Prickly Goombas! in Frosted Glacier. They retain the same behavior from their previous appearance.

In New Super Luigi U, Prickly Goombas are encountered in Fire and Ice.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イガクリボー
Iga Kuribō
Potentially a pun of「毬栗」(igaguri, chestnut in its burr) and「クリボー」(Kuribō, Goomba)
Chinese (Simplified) 尖刺栗宝宝
Jiāncì Lìbǎobǎo
Spike Goomba
Chinese (Traditional) 尖刺栗寶寶
Jiāncì Lìbǎobǎo
Spike Goomba
French (NOA) Goomba Épineux Thorny Goomba
French (NOE) Goomba'aïe From Goomba, and Aïe, "Ouch" in French.
German Stachel-Gumba Thorny Goomba
Italian Goombaspino Pun on "Porcospino" (porcupine)
Korean 삐죽굼바
Jagged Goomba
Portuguese (NOE) Goomba-Pico Spike Goomba
Spanish (NOA) Goomba espinoso Thorny Goomba
Spanish (NOE) Goomba Espino Howthorn Goomba


  • Prickly Goombas are quite similar to Pestnuts from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, in that they are both chestnut-themed enemies that hold a certain enemy within them (Goombas and Beanies respectively) that act their usual manner when released.