Roving Racers

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Roving Racers
Mario races against the Roving Racers.
Species Koopa Troopas
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (All colors except Green) (2022)
“We're the Roving Racers! We rove the globe—racing in every kingdom that we can get to!”
Green Roving Racer, Super Mario Odyssey

The Roving Racers are a quintet of multicolored Koopa Troopas that appear in Super Mario Odyssey. They wear backwards caps that correspond to their shell color and race Mario across the different kingdoms in a minigame called Koopa Freerunning.

History[edit]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

During the Koopa Freerunning minigame, each Roving Racer takes a different path to the finish; the red Koopa Troopa is always the first of the four to finish, followed by the blue Koopa Troopa, then the green Koopa Troopa, and finally the purple Koopa Troopa. In each kingdom's race, Mario must come in first place to obtain a Power Moon; after doing so and hitting the kingdom's Moon Rock, he can rematch them and gain another Power Moon if he comes in first place again, with a gold Koopa that tends to take shortcuts and always finishes before the other Roving Racers replacing the purple Koopa. Mario can rematch the Roving Racers indefinitely after collecting both Power Moons, earning fifty to one hundred coins for coming in first place depending on the kingdom. The Roving Racers can perform moves that Mario can, such as the Cap Throw; they can also capture enemies and ride Jaxis, but appear to be rapidly spinning inside their shells with yellow sparks surrounding them when doing so. They notably have longer arms and legs than other Koopa Troopas in order to match Mario's body proportions.

The Roving Racers race Mario in a similar vein to Cosmic Mario from Super Mario Galaxy, and their role is reminiscent of Koopa the Quick from Super Mario 64. In order to participate in the race, Mario must find and talk to the green Roving Racer, who can be found in every kingdom after the completion of the story (except for the Cloud Kingdom, the Ruined Kingdom, the Dark Side, and the Darker Side). The Koopa Freerunning leaderboard is always next to him. If Mario approaches the green Roving Racer while capturing an enemy, he will complain about how he does not have time to deal with it.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Roving Racers (except for the green one) appear in Mario Kart Tour as playable drivers. The red, blue, purple, and gold Roving Racers, named Red Koopa (Freerunning), Blue Koopa (Freerunning), Purple Koopa (Freerunning), and Gold Koopa (Freerunning), were introduced in the London Tour, Summer Tour (as a reward for placing high in the ranked cups), Singapore Tour (as a reward for placing high in the ranked cups), and New Year's Tour respectively (the first three as Super drivers and the last as a High-End driver). Their respective special skills are the Fire Flower, Ice Flower, Double Bob-ombs, and Coin Box.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Red Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Special item Fire Flower from Mario Kart Tour Fire Flower
Favorite courses
(Three items per Item Box)
SNES Mario Circuit 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 1R/T
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R
Paris Promenade 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 2R/T
3DS Toad Circuit T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Toad Circuit T
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R/T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R/T
3DS Mario Circuit from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Mario Circuit
London Loop from Mario Kart Tour
London Loop
SNES Donut Plains 1T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Donut Plains 1T
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2R
Favored courses
(Two items per Item Box)
SNES Mario Circuit 1 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 1
GCN Yoshi Circuit T from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Yoshi Circuit T**
SNES Choco Island 2T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Choco Island 2T
SNES Mario Circuit 3R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 3R/T*
Tokyo Blur 2R from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur 2R
3DS Toad Circuit from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Toad Circuit
3DS Toad Circuit R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Toad Circuit R/T
SNES Mario Circuit 2 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 2
London Loop R from Mario Kart Tour
London Loop R
London Loop 2R from Mario Kart Tour
London Loop 2R
RMX Mario Circuit 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Mario Circuit 1R/T
DS Airship Fortress R from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress R
London Loop 3R from Mario Kart Tour
London Loop 3R
London Loop 3T from Mario Kart Tour
London Loop 3T
3DS Wario Shipyard R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Wario Shipyard R/T
Wii Coconut Mall T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Coconut Mall T

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8.

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: This Koopa Troopa is decked out in all red, making for a hot look! It's the perfect outfit to pair with his special item, the Fire Flower. Get out there and heat up the track![1]

Blue Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Purple Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Special item Double Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour. Double Bob-ombs
Favorite courses
(Three items per Item Box)
3DS Neo Bowser City R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Neo Bowser City R
DS DK Pass from Mario Kart Tour
DS DK Pass
RMX Vanilla Lake 1T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Vanilla Lake 1T
RMX Vanilla Lake 1R from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Vanilla Lake 1R
SNES Vanilla Lake 2R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 2R
Wii DK Summit T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii DK Summit T
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina’s Ice World R/T
RMX Ghost Valley 1R from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Ghost Valley 1R
DS Waluigi Pinball T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Waluigi Pinball T
SNES Ghost Valley 1T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Ghost Valley 1T
DS Airship Fortress T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress T
Favored courses
(Two items per Item Box)
3DS Neo Bowser City from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Neo Bowser City
3DS Neo Bowser City T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Neo Bowser City T*
RMX Vanilla Lake 1 from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Vanilla Lake 1**
Singapore Speedway from Mario Kart Tour
Singapore Speedway
SNES Vanilla Lake 2T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 2T
Wii DK Summit R from Mario Kart Tour
Wii DK Summit R
Los Angeles Laps 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps 2T
Los Angeles Laps 2 from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps 2
GBA Sky Garden from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sky Garden
GBA Sky Garden R from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sky Garden R
Amsterdam Drift from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift
N64 Royal Raceway from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Royal Raceway
Amsterdam Drift 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift 2T
Berlin Byways R from Mario Kart Tour
Berlin Byways R

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8.

Gold Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter:
    • The hat, the shell, he's got it all! Gold Koopa (Freerunning) is here to prove that all that glitters is gold! His special item is the Coin Box, and subscribers to the #MarioKartTour Gold Pass can earn him by collecting Grand Stars during the New Year's Tour![2]
    • Gold Koopa (Freerunning) is going for the gold in the Gold Blooper! They're together in a set available now.[3]

Gallery[edit]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Sprites[edit]

Emblems[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かけっこ団
Kakekko-dan
Footrace Group
Chinese (Simplified) 赛跑团
Sàipǎo tuán
Footrace Group
Chinese (Traditional) 賽跑團
Sàipǎo tuán
Footrace Group
Dutch Razende Racers Raging Racers
French Rois de la course Kings of the race
German Ländersprinter Country-runners
Italian Corridori giramondo Globetrotter runners
Russian Физкульт-туристы
Fizkul't-turisty
Athlete tourists
Spanish Corredores ambulantes Traveling runners

Red Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Koopa rouge (course) Red Koopa (running)
German Roter Koopa (Freerunning) Red Koopa (-)
Italian Koopa rosso (corsa) Red Koopa (running)
Portuguese Koopa vermelho (corredor) Red Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOA) Koopa rojo (corredor) Red Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOE) Koopa rojo (Corredor) Red Koopa (Runner)

Blue Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Koopa bleu (course) Blue Koopa (running)
German Blauer Koopa (Freerunning) Blue Koopa (-)
Italian Koopa blu (corsa) Blue Koopa (running)
Portuguese Koopa azul (corredor) Blue Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOA) Koopa azul (corredor) Blue Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOE) Koopa azul (Corredor) Blue Koopa (Runner)

Purple Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Koopa violet (course) Purple Koopa (running)
German Lila Koopa (Freerunning) Purple Koopa (-)
Italian Koopa viola (corsa) Purple Koopa (running)
Portuguese Koopa roxo (corredor) Purple Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOA) Koopa morado (corredor) Purple Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOE) Koopa morado (Corredor) Purple Koopa (Runner)

Gold Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Koopa doré (course) Gold Koopa (running)
German Gold-Koopa (Freerunning) -
Italian Koopa dorato (corsa) Golden Koopa (running)
Portuguese Koopa dourado (corredor) Gold Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOA) Koopa dorado (corredor) Gold Koopa (runner)
Spanish (NOE) Koopa dorado (Corredor) Gold Koopa (Runner)

Trivia[edit]

A Red Koopa Troopa, under the effect of the 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo, in Super Mario Maker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ mariokarttourEN (December 7, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  2. ^ mariokarttourEN (January 11, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  3. ^ mariokarttourEN (March 29, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved March 29, 2020.