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 Famicom Disc System 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
Pikopiko Changer
(Pikopiko is an onomatopoeia for video game sounds)
French Bruiteur rétro Retro Soundbox
Italian Variasuoni Sound Changer
Spanish Altavoz retro Retro Speaker