Prickly Goomba

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Not to be confused with Spiked Goomba.
Prickly Goomba
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of 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 appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are encountered only 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 regular Goombas. 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 and its Nintendo Switch port. 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. They can be walked on by Yoshi.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イガクリボー
Iga Kuribō
Pun on「イガグリ」(igaguri, shelled chestnut) 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)
German Stachel-Gumba Thorny Goomba
Italian Goombaspino From "Goomba" with "porcospino" (porcupine)
Korean 삐죽굼바
Ppijuk Gumba
Jagged Goomba
Portuguese (NOE) Goomba-Pico Spike Goomba
Russian Колючий гумба
Kolyuchiy gumba
Spiny 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.