Retro Soundbox

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Retro Soundbox
An item from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
"Changes hammering, jumping, and walking sounds for Mario."
First appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)

The Retro Soundbox is an accessory in Paper Mario: The Origami King. It takes on the appearance of a Family Computer controller, and is not available until Mario gets to Shangri-Spa, where it is sold by a resident Snifit. When equipped, this accessory provides no gameplay alterations, but it does change some of Mario's sound effects to their counterparts from old-school Super Mario games, most notably Super Mario Bros.

The sound effects that are changed include:

  • Walking (replaced with the walking sound effect from Donkey Kong)
  • Jumping
  • Collecting coins (the pitch is altered depending on the value of each coin)
  • Hitting a surface or enemy with the hammer (replaced with the noise heard when a Koopa shell hits a wall in Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • Stomping on an enemy
  • Entering a pipe
  • Hitting a block
  • Taking damage without blocking
  • Using a Fire Flower or an Ice Flower (replaces the Super Mario World sound effects with Super Mario Bros. sound effects for both the transformation and throwing fire/ice balls)
  • Breaking miscellaneous objects (replaced with the noise heard when breaking a brick block in Super Mario Bros.)

In addition, collecting a Super Star with the Retro Soundbox equipped plays the Starman theme from Super Mario Bros.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピコピコチェンジャー
Pikopiko Chenjā
Blip Blop Changer;「ピコピコ」is an onomatopoeia for video game sounds
French Bruiteur rétro Retro Soundbox
Italian Variasuoni Sound Changer
Spanish Altavoz retro Retro Speaker