Roving Racers

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Roving Racers
SMO Tropical Kingdom Koopa Race.jpg
Species Koopa Troopa
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Red and Gold Koopas only) (2019)
“We're the Roving Racers! We rove the globe—racing in every kingdom that we can get to!”
Roving Racer, Super Mario Odyssey

The Roving Racers are a quartet of Koopa Troopas that appear in the game Super Mario Odyssey. They wear caps that correspond to their shell color and race Mario across the different kingdoms in a minigame called Koopa Freerunning. Mario can collect a Power Moon for coming first place in the race and can rematch them for another Power Moon after hitting the Moon Rock, with a gold Koopa replacing the purple Koopa. This new racer tends to take shortcuts and can perform moves that Mario can, such as the Cap Throw and capturing enemies, and can ride Jaxis. They race Mario in a very similar vein to Cosmic Mario from Super Mario Galaxy, and their role is reminiscent of Koopa the Quick from Super Mario 64. Mario must find the green Racing Rover in order to participate in the race. If Mario goes near the green Racing Rover while capturing an enemy, he will complain about how he does not have time to deal with it.

The red Roving Racer, named "Red Koopa (Freerunning)", appears as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour, first introduced during the London Tour. He is a Super-level driver, and his special item is the Fire Flower. The gold Roving Racer, named "Gold Koopa (Freerunning)", appears as a playable character during the New Year's Tour. Unlike the red Roving Racer, he is a High-End-level driver, and his special item is the Coin Box.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Red Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

MKT Icon FireFlower.png Fire Flower
Favored Courses
Three Star Mario Circuit 1R/TCheep Cheep Lagoon RParis Promenade 2R/TToad Circuit TKoopa Troopa Beach R/TMario CircuitMKT Icon LondonLoop.pngDonut Plains 1T
Two Star MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.pngYoshi Circuit TChoco Island 2TMario Circuit 3R/TTokyo Blur 2RMKT Icon ToadCircuit3DS Daisy.pngToad Circuit R/TMKT Icon MarioCircuit2SNES.pngLondon Loop RLondon Loop 2R
  • 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]

Gold Koopa (Freerunning)[edit]

MKT Icon CoinBox.png Coin Box
Favored Courses
Three Star Dino Dino Jungle RTokyo Blur 2TTokyo Blur 2R/TMKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64 BabyMario.pngKoopa Troopa Beach RKoopa Troopa Beach R/TMario Circuit 2R/TMario Circuit TNeo Bowser City RMario Circuit 1R/TDonut Plains 1T
Two Star Cheep Cheep Lagoon TMKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN Yoshi.pngMario Circuit 3R/TToad Circuit R/TKoopa Troopa Beach TMKT Icon NeoBowserCity3DS Larry.pngMario Circuit R/TLondon Loop 2RLondon Loop 2R/TDonut Plains 1
  • 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]


Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かけっこ団
Footrace Group
Spanish Corredores ambulantes Traveling runners
French Rois de la course Kings of the race
Dutch Razende Racers Raging Racers
German Ländersprinter Country-runners
Italian Corridori giramondo Globetrotter runners
Russian Физкульт-туристы
Athlete tourists
Chinese 赛跑团 (Simplified)
賽跑團 (Traditional)
Sàipǎo tuán
Footrace Group


SMM 30th Red Koopa.png
  • Two years before Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Maker and its 3DS port feature red Koopa Troopas wearing backwards caps when Mario uses the Big Mushroom, similar to the red Roving Racer.