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
“These eggs are trying to eat us from below the surface! Now, our little friends are few in numbers...”
Sunflower Kid, Super Mario Sunshine

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 FLUDD. When awake, they attempt to jump on Mario. If they miss and land in the sand, they become vulnerable to a Ground Pound.

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, Yoshis are available to use. 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. After Mario defeats the Snooza Koopas, the Great Sunflower tells Mario that the Yoshis might now return to the island. Despite this, a Noki in the sixth episode still tells Mario that the Yoshis are gone. They are similar to Electro-Koopas.

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, the name "Snooza" appears on the Shifting Sands leaderboard when playing a Star Tournament.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Sunshine tamanoko[4] Tamanoko Portmanteau of「卵」(tamago, egg) and「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タマゴノコノコ[5]
Tamago Nokonoko
Egg Koopa Troopa

French Koopa dormeur[6]
Sleeping Koopa
German Ei-Koopa
Egg Koopa
Italian Koopa Addormentato[7]
Sleeping Koopa
A mixture 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. 「スーパーマリオサンシャイン任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 19.
  6. ^ Super Mario Encyclopedia, pag. 99
  7. ^ Prima Guide; pag. 20
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag 99