Snooza Koopa

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Snooza Koopa
Snooza Koopa
A Snooza Koopa
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Koopa Troopa

Snooza Koopas[1], also known as Tamanokos[2][3][1], are Koopa Troopas encountered by Mario that only appear in Super Mario Sunshine. Snooza Koopas, unlike their relatives, have flippers instead of hands or feet, and walk on all fours, similar to actual sea turtles. They are also quite large and have a shell with a Yoshi Egg-like pattern on it. True to their name, Snooza Koopas are mostly found asleep; Mario can rouse them with a blast from F.L.U.D.D. When awake, they will attempt to jump on Mario. If they miss and land in the sand, they will become vulnerable to a Ground Pound.

Mario about to do a Ground Pound on a flipped Snooza Koopa

Mario's only encounter with Snooza Koopas is in the fourth episode of Pinna Park, where he must save several Sunflower Kids who are wilting due to a large gang of Snooza Koopas nibbling on their roots. After finishing this episode, Yoshi will be unlocked. Yoshis were not available previously because they fled Isle Delfino when Snooza Koopas invaded their habitat, partly because Snooza Koopa's shells resemble Yoshi Eggs. In fact, a Toad tells Mario that Yoshis used to live on the island. They once again inhabit the island once Mario gets rid of the Snooza Koopas, making it possible that they are predators of the Yoshis. They are similar to Electro-Koopas.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Tamanoko[4]
Tamago Nokonoko
Portmanteau of「卵」(tamago, egg) and「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa)
German Ei-Koopa Egg Koopa
Italian Koopa addormentato[6]
Sleeping Koopa
Mix between Koopa and ZZZ, the sleeping sound made by comic/cartoon characters


  1. ^ a b Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 20.
  2. ^ Loe, Casey. Super Mario Sunshine Perfect Guide. Page 69.
  3. ^ Bogenn, Tim, and Doug Walsh. Super Mario Sunshine BradyGames Official Strategy Guide. Page 6.
  4. ^ Super Mario Sunshine, internal filename root/data/scene/pinnaBeach2.szs/scene/tamanoko
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Sunshine section, page 99.
  6. ^ Prima Guide; pag. 20
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag 99