Talk:Koopa (species)

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This sure happened fast! I can't tell from the history when exactly this page was created/separated from Koopa Troopa? Artwork of a Bob-omb, from Mario Kart Wii.Goomb-ombArtwork of a Goomba in New Super Mario Bros. (later used in Mario Super Sluggers, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Run)

Short Descriptions[edit]

The page is rather ugly by being nothing more than a list. Considering there's a short description of Bowser's "species", would it be a good idea to add a single paragraph to each type of Koopa so we'll have some idea of what they are besides their names? Redstar 22:53, 27 November 2009 (EST)

Good point. Maybe we should. User:Dry Paratroopa/sig
I can just copy-paste the initial paragraph of each page over here and do a little re-write... Nothing more than a summary is necessary. Thumbs of the pictures might also be nice, but that's not as important, I imagine. Redstar 23:15, 27 November 2009 (EST)
I added text to each section, taking from the corresponding articles' initial paragraphs and re-writing a tad. I also re-formatted the initial paragraph of this article to get rid of the wall-of-text, and removed Mecha Koopa from the list due to their artificial nature and thus not fitting the profile of the Koopa species. Feel free to discuss anything you'd like to improve on or revert back. Redstar 03:44, 28 November 2009 (EST)

Merge with Koopa Troopa[edit]

Honestly, I don't get the purpose of this page. Everything in this page is covered in Koopa Troopa. The sub-species list on the page isn't even complete, the Koopa Troopa page's sub-species list is way longer. Another problem is that the Koopa Troopa page clearly states that Koopa Troopas are usually known as Koopas. So, in short, aren't these two pages talking about the same species? YLYLsig.jpg

No Koopa Troopas are the main species of Koopas however this article covers the major Koopa species also i suggest you read this proposal [1] Goomba's Shoe15 (talk)
What he said, although this page could still use some work. I still like my annotated list idea; maybe I'll actually get around to proposing it this year... - Walkazo 23:50, 27 June 2011 (EDT)

Bowser's Species[edit]

How do people know that Boom Boom and Pom Pom are part of Bowser's Species? These two have been the only odd ones out on the unique traits of Bowser's species. First of all, Bowser's species have their whole body shown, with their shells on their back and have a padded stomach in the front. You can clearly see their arms and legs connected to their body as if they aren't wearing a shell (The article for some reason doesn't mention this trait). Boom Boom and Pom Pom don't have this trait, instead they have their shells as their whole body and you can see that from the fact that their arms and legs stick out of their shells. Additionally, these two have also been the only ones to lack spikes on their shells, another notable trait of Bowser's species. (Pom Pom especially, has debuted with no spikes and has so far only appeared in SM3DL).

So it really makes me hard to believe that Boom Boom and Pom Pom are a part of Bowser's species if they lack these traits. Is there a source that confirms them to be part of Bowser's species or did people just assume they were a member of Bowser's species? - Smasher345 14:31, 17 January 2013 (EST)

Boo/Shy guy[edit]

It is possible that boos are undead koopas and that shy guys have some sort of Koopa like creature under their masks.RPG Gamer. I HAVE RPG!! (talk) 15:21, 27 March 2013 (EDT)

It is possible, but seeing as there is no proof this shouldn't be noted Yoshi876 (talk)
Per above: it's speculation.
'Shroom Spotlight Shokora (talk · edits) 15:25, 27 March 2013 (EDT)

Koopa = Kappa?[edit]

Kappa are Japanese Turtle/Duck like demons that live in/near water. They come up through the toilet to suck out people's intestines through their butt. Aside from the gross factor, this seems reasonable, given Mario's plumbing theme.
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I personally feel that Kappas did influence at least some aspect of Koopa design (namely, Hammer Bros., with their bipedalism and beaks; as opposed to the original quadrupedal, basic turtle-looking Shellcreepers and Koopa Troopas), however, I don't know if we have any solid facts to back this up, and until we do, we can't speculate about it on the articles. On the other hand, we do know that the "Kappa"/"Koopa" name similarity is a false lead, as "Koopa" is only Bowser's name in the original Japanese (the other things we call "Koopas" in English have a variety of names, like "Nokonoko" for basic Koopa Troopas), and actually derives from a kind of Korean soup - not from the Kappa myth at all. - Walkazo 19:44, 16 May 2013 (EDT)

Now it all sums up![edit]

Nobody seems to understand... OH! It seems that Koopas are like... OH! Okay... So, are Shellcreepers actually Koopas? --WhiteYoshi2014 (talk) 18:00, 1 July 2014 (EDT) "If we know how to make a 1-up, can we make a shell?" WhiteYoshi2014!

Pretty much, yes. - Walkazo 23:14, 4 July 2014 (EDT)


Are Dry Bones their own species? Or are they considered Koopas, too? --WhiteYoshi2014 (talk) 09:27, 4 July 2014 (EDT) "Yoshi Blargg here!"

They're undead skeleton Koopas, but they're also their own separate group of enemies. - Walkazo 23:14, 4 July 2014 (EDT)

Koopalings' species[edit]

In the article it states that the koopalings are the same species as Bowser, Bowser jr. and the koopa kids, but I'm fairly sure that isn't true? The koopalings don't have horns, and it can't be an age thing, because Bowser jr. does, so unless they're all younger than Bowser jr. (which I find hard to believe, especially Ludwig), they can't be the same species. They're also smaller than Bowser's species it seems, Bowser jr. is taller than Lemmy and close to the same height as Larry, Ludwig and Wendy, so again either they're younger than him, Bowser jr. grows incredibly fast, or they aren't the same species. Input?
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Probably wrong then Per below. JLuigi.pngJ-Luigi (talk) 15:25, 3 October 2015 (EDT)
This is just speculation. What if horns are just like, a recessive gene or dominant gene or something? All of what you're inferring is that some certain physical traits are inconsistent, when they can be explained by speculative genetic traits. What we had was that they were Bowser's children, but currently now a minion of Bowser. In fact, Koopalings have more similarities to Bowser than anything else, so it is logical to infer that they belong to the same species. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 15:30, 3 October 2015 (EDT)
Or it could be like dogs, and how they're so variable in shape and size, yet are the space species and can interbreed, with muts often looking different from one (or both) of their parents - so it works whether or not the Koopalings are Bowser's offspring. But yeah, the main, non-speculative thing here is that they were created to be his kids which mean they were created as Dragon-Koopas (or whatever you wanna call the unnamed species, but this is what I use, because why not), which means they are still Dragon-Koopas - they weren't redesigned that much, after all. That's the simplest, and therefore best, stance on the matter. - Walkazo 20:40, 3 October 2015 (EDT)
I'd also like to add that Baby Bowser lacked horns. So there. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 23:13, 3 October 2015 (EDT)
Emphasis on lacked. Baby Bowser was retconned in Yoshi's Island DS, now he does. I guess it is possible they're a different "breed" or something, but even going by that there shouldn't be a Dry Bones section and a Para Dry Bones section 'cause Para Dry Bones could just as easily be a different "breed" too, not to mention Beach Koopas, which seem to me to just be shell-less Koopa Troopas (which they're shown to be in Super Mario World), so it makes no sense that the Koopalings, who have more physical differences to Bowser than Para Dry Bones to Dry Bones or Beach Koopas to Koopa Troopas, would still be considered the same species as him. Still, just spectulation.
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Also, as far as I know, they weren't originally actually his children and it might have been a translation error from japanese to english, since kokuppa can either mean Koopa's child, child koopa, or small koopa (I'm not entirely sure about this, though). Either way, facts are they aren't his kids, so it doesn't work as a reason in my opinion.
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How "species" is used around here is often very woeful if you're hoping for scientific accuracy (i.e. this page isn't actually about a singular Koopa species). They use familial terms in Japanese material too, and either way, it was such a key aspect of their portrayal in the English versions of the games and tie-in media, it would be inappropriate to call it a mere "error" - lots of things differ from version to version, and we consider it all to be factual. We also don't toss out the old stories and appearances and whatnot when newer information contradicts them: we consider and convey all the facts. You can personally believe what you like, but the wiki's stance is that they're the same species, and this will not change any time soon. - Walkazo 16:01, 4 October 2015 (EDT)
Yeah, I said I wasn't sure about the translation error thing, just thought it was worth mentioning. I just feel like nearly the only reason they're still considered the same species is because they were Bowser's children before, which even then doesn't necessarily mean they're the same species, adoption's always an option. And it's not me trying to shove my believes or something down your throat, and I'm terribly sorry if it comes off that way, I'm just saying that they're officially, according to canon, not Bowser's children. Of course, you can still headcanon they are, that's up to you, it's still possible for loop holes or aus or something, but that would just be a headcanon, while the other is completely canon and more appropriate for the wiki. And it still doesn't make sense that species with more similarities to each other than the koopalings to Bowser get their own section while the koopalings don't. Again, I'm not trying to argue and/or I'm sorry if I come off as rude, I just want to discuss ! !
PS. I feel like this is getting pretty long, is there any way to fix that? I don't want to take up half the page, thanks
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Uhm... was this solved? I'd kind of like to solve this...
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Well they look enough the part to be considered the same species as Bowser, with the most difference being their hairstyle and lack of said horns. We already mentioned that there could be genetic variation among the lack of horns. Both ways are speculation, but since the Koopalings still do look like Bowser, it can be reasonably concluded that they are the same species. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 15:13, 12 October 2015 (EDT)
Also, old sources specifically said the Koopalings were Bowser's offspring (i.e. biological children): the adoption idea has never been anything more than pure fanon and has no place here. And just because Nintendo's current story is that they're unrelated doesn't invalidate the old story, so stop talking about "canon" in that sense: the wiki doesn't work like that. As I've said in both my earlier comments, the "same species" story is the simplest one and the wiki will not be changing its stance on the matter; if you want to keep debating about headcanons and fanons, join the forum. - Walkazo 15:33, 12 October 2015 (EDT)
@Baby Luigi, Yeah I mean I acknowledged that, but I mentioned the thing with beach koopas and para-species, so could I have some input on that instead? Thanks!
@Walkazo, I never said it was canon they were adopted, heck I don't even headcanon them as his children at all, I just mentioned it since you insisted they must be the same species because they're supposedly his kids. And I'm not debating my headcanons, like I said I don't really care if you think they are his kids or not I'm just saying you can't claim it as canon when it's not, besides, if anything, them being his children is what's fanon, since Miyamoto has literally stated they are not his children, anymore, meaning it is not canon, anymore, so it is a more reliable source and, imo, more suitable for the wiki. Also, going by the logic "once canon always canon" it's also safe to assume that Bowser is canonically grey and has no horns and Clawgrip's name is canonically Crawglip. By the way, could you actually show me these sources? The Japanese ones and the ones calling them offspring (especially the latter, it just feels like an out of place word...), that is. I mean I don't doubt you, I'm just curious. Also, I kind of feel like it isn't very fair to just decide what the wiki will and will not do by yourself, admin or not? It's a co-operative wiki, after all, but that's just my opinion, maybe. Again, sorry if I sound rude, and for how terribly lengthy this is getting!! (I would join the forum, however I do that, but I'm not here for headcanons like you said and it's about this specific page so...?)
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Yeah, I am staff, but I'm actually just speaking from over eight years of experience in how this wiki handles its often-conflicting info, and my knowledge of wiki policy in general (namely MarioWiki:Canonicity, which is basically "everything is canon", with discrepancies merely being noted, not deemed "non-canon", so enough with your "it's not canon anymore" arguments: 'round here, they're wrong). Plus, two other users were saying they're the same species even before I started posting, so it was never just me "unfairly" deciding what we do here by myself. Everything I've referred to is on the Koopaling page - read it. But again, this all boils down to the basic fact that the old story depicts them as the same species as Bowser by default (not adoption, not hybrids, nor any other baseless speculation, just the basic, non-reading-between-the-lines story of parent and children), and while the new story overrules the old one's familial stuff, it does not, in any way, contradict the assertion that they're still the same species, so in the absence of information to the contrary, we should stick with the information we were given, and continue to call them all one big, happy species. Anything else is adding speculation and unnecessary complication, and thus, running contrary to wiki standards. - Walkazo 18:45, 13 October 2015 (EDT)

As for Beach Koopas and Paratroopas, those are explicitly their own species, with their own name. Koopalings don't have that distinction: the term "Koopaling" is a collective grouping term like the name of a musical band rather than a species name. The only times they're referred to as their species is under the broader species, "Koopa", but it's pretty obvious that they're not the exact same species as the typical Koopas you encounter, so that's why we lump them into their own category of derived species. It's not the perfect way, but it's the best thing we could do about it right now. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 19:23, 13 October 2015 (EDT)
@Walkazo, Ok? Sorry, I guess I misunderstood how the wiki works? I still find it really weird how everything could possibly be canon canon, but alright? Still though, if everything is canon that means they both are his kids and also aren't, meaning both are canon (the later also implying they are not his offspring), so? I don't know, I guess it can stay, but I still find it very odd considering them being his kids is the only basis I see right now, as far as I've understood, but both are canon so? Could we at least add a maybe to the koopalings being the same species because of this, since one canon says they are the same species and another showing no proof of it, explaining the differences (since there are quite a few, as I've pointed out)? Thanks and sorry for my confusion!
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Some Kinda Party[edit]

"Koopa Troopas have appeared in almost every game, usually as enemies, but also as playable characters or party members."

OK, the wording "party members" kind of throws me off, given that can very well mean something else that Koopa Troopas have also been in multiple games. So just to clarify--are we for certain referring to a Mario Party thing as the word "party" was hyperlinked, or was this sentence actually meant to refer to partners in a party? -- 11:50, 5 March 2016 (EST)

It was just bad writing due to someone trying to be clever; I've rewritten it to mention both spin-offs and RPGs (no need for a specific Mario Party mention - if anything, that's one of the subseries they're less involved in). - Walkazo 16:46, 5 March 2016 (EST)

Buzzy Beetles[edit]

Aren't buzzy beetles koopas? Their article says their parent species is koopa, but I can't find them on this page? Also, should spike tops be considered seperate from buzzy beetles, so if buzzy beetles were to be added should they be added too? Thanks!!! --Lemmyistrans (talk) 15:11, 18 April 2016 (EDT)

Their derived species is Koopa, but that doesn't necessarily make them related to Koopa Troopas. Spike Tops are Buzzy Beetle derivatives, rather than direct Koopa derivatives, so mentions of Spike Top should belong in the Buzzy Beetle article. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 18:13, 18 April 2016 (EDT)
Yeah that's mostly why I was asking, since I always saw spike tops as separate for some reason but I had a hunch that was just my own interpretation! And uhm? This isn't an article for Koopa Troopas? It's for the koopa species overall, including Koopa Troopas but also other species with no relation to Koopa Troopas? I think you might be confusing them uh... Either way, I find it weird that spinies, who have near identical anatomy to buzzy beetles, would be on this list while buzzy beetles aren't, which also makes the argument that even if what is or isn't on this page would be determined by Koopa Troopas kind of fall flat since spinies don't exactly have more relation to them than buzzy beetles do so... --Lemmyistrans (talk) 17:53, 19 April 2016 (EDT)

I can see your confusion. You are correct, this page seems to be treated as a weird incoherent mishmash between the Koopa Troopa species and the turtle Koopa enemies in general. To prevent this kind of confusion, the derived species and the overall article needs to be reorganized and cleaned. For starters, the page should include only direct parent species. For instance, Koopa Troopa, Hammer Bro., Lakitu, Magikoopa, Mechakoopa, Shellcreeper, Spiny, Snooze-A-Koopa, Buzzy Beetle should stay; derivatives of these such as Beach Koopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Dry Bones, Dull Bones, Ice Bro, Fire Bro, Mad Koopa, Super Koopa (enemy), Koopa Striker and Koops and Kooper) should not be listed here since they will heavily overlap with the parent species's articles and will bloat this page, defeating the purpose of including derivatives on the parent species articles. The only reason we don't have a humongous list is the incompleteness and inconsistency of what's being listed. Koopa Troopa also has a similar bloating problem, where things like Lakitu, Hammer Bro. and its derivatives are listed when it should be limited to just Koopa Troopa-like creatures. In fact, there was a clean-up at the Koopa Troopa Gallery page, but I'd like to see this change being applied here and in Koopa Troopa in a similar fashion. Icon showing how many lives Mario has left. From Super Mario 64 DS. It's me, Mario! (Talk / Stalk) 18:48, 19 April 2016 (EDT)

Oh, also, related to this discussion, it's also worth to have a look at ideas by the late Walkazo on how to reorganize this article. I actually like the annotated idea, and it seems like Walkazo had the same problem as me, but I think I'm going to consider revamping this page in the future. Icon showing how many lives Mario has left. From Super Mario 64 DS. It's me, Mario! (Talk / Stalk) 18:58, 19 April 2016 (EDT)
Yes yes I agree!! I read this page a lot 'cause I love thinking about science and like biology things regarding smb it's really fun, and it honestly has bothered me a bit that enemies like Koopa Troopa With Piece Of Metal On It are here, it doesn't really fit in as being its own species-thingy... It's been really confusing and hard to read, especially since I haven't played some of the games yet so I don't know a whole lot at all about some of the enemies, so pages like this is my only resource. I'd love if it got cleaned up a little 'cause it's a great page considering how diverse the koopa species is!! Also though, question: Do admins clean pages or are normal users allowed to? I'd gladly clean this page and the Koopa Troopa page a little bit if it's ok! --Lemmyistrans (talk) 19:04, 19 April 2016 (EDT)
Anyone can technically alter this page, but first thing, let me fire a proposal for reorganizing this page and setting a distinction of the Koopa turtle people and the Koopa Troopas. All Koopa Troopas are Koopa turtle people, but not all Koopa turtle people are Koopa Troopas. Oh, anyone can create proposals, too, but this is a major issue that will involve major changes. Let me handle it, all right? I'm experienced here and people know me well enough as a competent user. The proposal should've happened earlier. After all, the late Walkazo has had plans for it, but someone else has to do it. Icon showing how many lives Mario has left. From Super Mario 64 DS. It's me, Mario! (Talk / Stalk) 19:19, 19 April 2016 (EDT)

Rocky Wrenches?[edit]

I think we should remove Rocky Wrenches from derived species as they haven't been called a member of the Koopa species since Super Mario Bros. 3. Also I'm pretty sure that they're parent species is now the Monty Mole. Seandwalsh (talk) 18:34, 15 May 2017 (EDT)

Should spikes be on here?[edit]

Is the Spike's parent species the Koopa? I mean they look nothing alike and I've never seen it mentioned in any games. Seandwalsh (talk) 18:38, 15 May 2017 (EDT)

I'll answer to the two above, it's important to stress that Nintendo since quite a few years no longer categorizes enemies in large groups, you can see this easily in the Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.. Therefore, our only source to categorize enemies are books that are made in cooperation with Nintendo such as the Super Mario Complete Encyclopedia, released in 1991, or those that have Nintendo's copyright on them like the Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia, released in 1994 - it's actually likely that even the latter was made in cooperation with Nintendo, as both are published by Shogakukan and cooperating with Nintendo on these books was Shogakukan's modus operandi. In both books, Rocky Wrenches and Spikes are stated to be members of the Turtle Tribe (「カメ」), in the case of the character encyclopedia you can see the pages here. Since in the Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros. even the Rocky Wrenches in the enemies' section of New Super Mario Bros. U have the same name the Rocky Wrenches have in Super Mario Bros. 3 enemies' section, we have no official information that allows us to change this page. It would be very good if Nintendo clarified that the new Rocky Wrenches are Monty Moles, as they now look very similar, but so far they really avoid mentioning any classification, we will see if the Mario Portal will change the current situation, but I'm not holding my breath.--Mister Wu (talk) 17:15, 16 May 2017 (EDT)

Bowser's mom[edit]

I think we should add Bowser's mom from Mario's Time Machine Special in the bowser species section. Ksiorze (talk) 03:37, 5 November 2017 (EST)

I thought about that, but you know that's not a Nintendo-made game, so it barely counts. Speaking of, if we had a name to go by other than simply "Koopa" and ambiguously "Royal Koopa," I'd happily make an article for them; they are my favorite (or potentially second favorite) fictional species, after all. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 03:41, 5 November 2017 (EST)
There's also a dry bowser that's said to be a family member no? Not the one that's clearly bowser, another one that appears with Bowser. But I understand and thanks for responding! And yes a similar page to the Kong page for Bowser's family would be really useful. Ksiorze (talk)
That Dry Bowser is still supposed to be Bowser, even if Nintendo handled him just like the other alternate versions of characters and went so far in doing that to the point that in the Mario & Sonic games he appears alongside Bowser (and, by the way, Bowser when falling in the lava in New Super Mario Brothers 2 and Super Mario 3D Land doesn't become a skeleton just like in the other Super mario games before New Super Mario Bros. and still those two games feature Dry Bowser, putting the very idea of him coming from Bowser falling into the lava into question). Remember that Mario Party, in which it was stated that Dry Bowser is a close friend of Bowser's family, isn't a first-party series, by the way. Regarding a page about Bowser's family, at this point I don't see many reasons to make it. Currently, Nintendo doesn't even mention the Royal Family anymore, since it is only composed of Bowser Jr. and Bowser. Previously, there was a point, as there were multiple Bowser's children, the Koopalings, and Blue Bowser in the role of Bowser's brother as well. Remember also that Nintendo didn't acquire the rights of many characters of the Mario universe which were introduced by third parties, so the Koopa Kids and all the other relative of Bowser in the comics or third party games like Mario's Time Machine Special disappeared as soon as the developers or authors stopped collaborating with Nintendo. For this reason in my opinion, while a page about Bowser's species might have a point, a page about Bowser's family might be overkill and home to much speculation or coverage of characters who are no longer relevant.--Mister Wu (talk) 06:41, 5 November 2017 (EST)
I meant page regarding the species, not the "family," per se. As it stands, we have a rather large section on this page devoted to it, and there's still more that can be said. Maybe I could make a preliminary article under my name and ask for approval? Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 06:47, 5 November 2017 (EST)
That response was for the comment immediately above, which was about Bowser's family. The real problem with Bowser's species is that it doesn't really have a name - the only thing remotely similar to that is that page of the Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia that grouped Koopas according to the type of Koopa they were derived from and grouped all the members of Bowser's royal family into the Bowser Group. This is not surprising, as the guide mistakenly considered Blue Bowser a fake Bowser and thus at the time all the members of Bowser's species were members of Bowser's royal family as well. Now that this concept fell apart in the recent years, nothing is said about this species and in general now Nintendo refuses as much as it can to classify enemies, with the Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros. only citing a bunch of recurring enemies and then rather listing all the enemies of each game, rather focusing on their gameplay aspects. Just as an indication, in the Italian Wii U version of Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Bowser Jr. was stated to be a little turtle (tartarughina) - that game likely was directly translated from Japanese so turtle wasn't translated as Koopa.--Mister Wu (talk) 10:00, 5 November 2017 (EST)
From what I've seen, their species name really does just seem to be Koopa. That's all they ever seem to be referred to as in localizations, and the old cartoon referred to "Koopas and Troopas" as different thigs in the title sequence, so that's all we really have to go by, aside from the ambiguously-defined "Royal Koopa line." Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 16:09, 5 November 2017 (EST)
Royal Koopa line doesn't look like the term used to refer to Bowser's species, it rather looks like the term used to refer to Bowser's lineage (pretty much it's the English version of 「クッパ王族」), after all the Koopalings in Super Mario Advance 4, released after Super Mario Sunshine, were still stated to be Bowser's children and Bowser's family was explicitly mentioned in the Nintendo Official Guidebook of said game. I'm a bit conflicted about the idea of the Koopa (species) title, as in English Koopa is really generic and filled with ambiguity when translations from Japanese are involved - just look at the Super Mario World manual. I think you should find an unambiguous reference stating that the name of the species in English is indeed Koopa since such a title might indeed create confusion among the readers. As a side note, I just discovered that the tartarughina term referred to Bowser Jr. was absent in the Japanese version, showing that this is one of the few times where in the West turtle is used in place of Koopa, just like in Japanese material. If this became the norm, I think we would have an easier life on the wiki...--Mister Wu (talk) 20:44, 5 November 2017 (EST)

I don't think the goal of this wiki is to be relevant but it's to talk about Mario un general. So à page that covers bowser look a like characters even if they're irrelevant could be interesting. And it would be an opportunity to talk more about Bowser's mom wich is great. But I think there's two dry bowser, a family one and the transformation of our good old bowser but that's just an headcanon. Ksiorze (talk) 12:04, 5 November 2017 (EST)

The matter is not whether or not we should cover characters that appear in official material - we definitely must do that -, the problem is that we must report the current depiction of what we talk about, and Bowser's family currently isn't even mentioned. If Nintendo gave us more information about Bowser's family, we might make an article, but honestly I'm not expecting them to do that in the short term since the only current relative of Bowser is Bowser Jr.. I think that in the current situation we probably still can cover everything in the Family Relatiosnhips section of Bowser's main page and in the Faimily Relationships sections of the individual characters or groups of characters.--Mister Wu (talk) 20:44, 5 November 2017 (EST)

The Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island quote[edit]

The quote added is actually very interesting, as in English it just works, but in Japanese there are far more nuances: the original text talks about the 「クッパいちぞく」, so strictly speaking the family of Bowser. Of course, one can argue that it might refer to the 「ぞく」 of which Bowser is part, the Turtle Tribe, but the original sentence is ultimately centered around Bowser. At this point I strongly suspect that it has a far broader scope in English and I'm wondering if we should rather look for a quote that isn't as affected by this Japanese wording that simply can't be expressed properly in English.--Mister Wu (talk) 19:16, 6 June 2018 (EDT)

A Koopa's Revenge[edit]

Should I add A Koopa's Revenge to the wiki or no? Svtopdog (talk) 07:41, April 13, 2019 (EDT)

No, that's a fangame. The wiki only documents official/licensed games. Niiue - Who has lost his tail? 07:44, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
We only cover fan-references in one of these pages, if they are relevant enough. --Green Yoshi FanOfYoshi 08:43, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
Yeah,but in the goomba page it mentions replacing chickens in a minecraft texture pack.Svtopdog (talk) 08:59, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
Not just any texture pack, that's the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, which is official. Lucina costume pose in Super Mario Maker Mario JC 10:19, April 13, 2019 (EDT)


This actually article is about the "genus" Koopa and not about the "species" (Koopa Troopa), why are Shellcreeper not a species of this genus but the Rocky Wrenches are listed here Pokemon (talk) 13:51, June 21, 2020 (EDT)

Troopas are no more the "true" species of Koopa than Bowser's species. Shellcreepers are not a variant because they predate the concept of the Turtle Tribe, but are listed as related due to an intrinsic link. Rocky Wrench, on the other hand, was initially designed as a member of the Turtle Tribe, but later redesigned along the same lines as its own decidedly mammalian derivative. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 13:59, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
that's the strange thing, the article by Rocky Wrench and this one list these as a variant of the Koopas and that although it has changed Pokemon (talk) 14:09, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
Because it was still conceived as a member. Divergent design evolutions won't change how it was initially came up with. We list these in order of inception to be as objective as possible. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 14:20, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
Can you tell me when they have been called Koopas lately? If not, it would be a problem similar to that of Bowser's family Pokemon (talk) 14:32, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
Recentness does not matter, merely what inspired what. Regardless though, please recall they are given shells in new sprites for each of the 2D styles of the Maker games. They didn't have to do so on any, yet they chose to, showing it's not completely abandoned. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 14:53, June 21, 2020 (EDT)

I raised it here again Talk:Rocky Wrench#Koopa Pokemon (talk) 15:17, June 21, 2020 (EDT)

I have to ask...[edit]

Why do we always list the name meanings for foreign names, but NOT for the English name? I think every article about a character/enemy should have an Etymology section (just like the Zelda Wiki and Bulbapedia), rather than a select few. Ericss (talk) 06:29, June 3, 2021 (EDT)

Rocky Wrench being a Koopa[edit]

What source said that Rocky Wrench was a Koopa? I know that they are turtles (and later on moles), but I never seen anything call them Koopas. Does anyone know when a Rocky Wrench was called a Koopa? MontyMoleLoreMaster (talk) 15:14, November 8, 2021 (EST)

Japanese sources list them as Kame-zoku, the Japanese equivalent to "Koopa." Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 15:51, November 8, 2021 (EST)

Oh ok. But which ones? MontyMoleLoreMaster (talk) 16:08, November 8, 2021 (EST)

Lots of them. Pretty sure the original manual and the "Perfect Edition" guide both did. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:03, November 9, 2021 (EST)
Luckily for us, the Japanese manual of Super Mario Bros. 3 is available on Nintendo's site. It indeed states that Rocky Wrenches are part of the Turtle Tribe.--Mister Wu (talk) 08:35, November 9, 2021 (EST)

Split "Koopa (Bowser's species)" into its own article and rename this page to "Koopa (clan)"[edit]

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split Bowser's species only 9-11-3-1
There's a lot of information on Bowser's species (which itself is simply called "Koopa," due to it being an odd case of character/species in Japan where there's no identical generic members other than with the derivatives) that just cannot fit in a single small section on this page, awkwardly crammed into a single monster paragraph and making it nigh-impossible to actually find the proper information in just a few moments. I have made a draft of a page dedicated to Bowser's species here, which I think will solve this issue and the issue of the glaring lack of coverage on one of Nintendo's most iconic original species that isn't a Pokémon, as well as solve issues of repetitive information on the character pages.

Directly related to this, this page itself needs renamed, as not only is that now a separate species called Koopa, but Koopa Troopas are also often just called Koopas... and this page isn't even about a single "species," but a loosely defined alliance of various chelonian species. As "Koopa Clan" still sees occasional use, I nominate "clan" to replace "species" as the identifier for this page.

I dedicate this proposal to Walkazo - but still not using her "Dragon Koopa" terminology given its unofficial nature.

Proposer: Doc von Schmeltwick (talk)
Deadline: August 15, 2023, 23:59 GMT Extended to August 22, 2023, 23:59 GMT

Do both[edit]

  1. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) - This was a long time coming.
  2. SolemnStormcloud (talk) Per proposal.
  3. ThePowerPlayer (talk) Per proposal.
  4. FanOfYoshi (talk) Per proposal.
  5. LinkTheLefty (talk) Bowser's species could use an article on top of this, why not.
  6. PaperSplash (talk) Per Doc von Schmeltwick, Blinker and LinkTheLefty's comments.
  7. Hewer (talk) After reading LinkTheLefty's comment, I can get behind the rename idea a bit better now, so I'll vote for this as my second choice.
  8. MegaBowser64 (talk) Cool deal, all good in the neighborhood .(~ ̄▽ ̄)~ Per all, and I like how the name sounds.
  9. Blinker (talk) Considering the in-game usage of the "Koopa clan" name in reference to the "turtle tribe", it seems a lot better than the strange "species" identifier.

#Pseudo (talk) Per proposal. After seeing Koopa con Carne's vote, I'm inclined to agree that the "clan" terminology works better to refer to the Koopa Troop specifically, and that Koopas as a whole ought to remain as "Koopa (species)" because not all of them are affiliated with Bowser.

Only split Bowser's species[edit]

  1. Koopa con Carne (talk) Per the part of the proposal that concerns this option. "Clan" fails to encompass Koopas who have shown to be unaffiliated with Bowser or otherwise have no common interest in defeating Mario (like the Koopa Troopas in Paper Mario), which are within the page's scope. I feel like the Koopa Troop page better describes the allied group of creatures working under Bowser while avoiding fan interpretations.
  2. Hewer (talk) Per Koopa con Carne, and I don't think there's an issue with calling one page Koopa (species) and another Koopa (Bowser's species) since that's still a clear distinction.
  3. Pseudo (talk) Per Koopa con Carne.
  4. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per Koopa con Carne. I agree with splitting Bowser’s species off, but I feel that “clan” acts more of a description of the Koopa Troop, rather than being used to describe the species in general.
  5. Sdman213 (talk) Per all.
  6. Tails777 (talk) Per Koopa con Carne and TheFlameChomp.
  7. DesaMatt (talk) Per all.
  8. DingoHazel (talk) Per all.
  9. Killer Moth (talk) Per all.
  10. Pizza Master (talk) Per Koopa.
  11. Ray Trace (talk) Per all.

Only rename this article[edit]

  1. LinkTheLefty (talk) See old discussions on the matter: the Koopa clan / Turtle Tribe is officially a separate entity from the Koopa Troop (Bowser's army), and the closest analog to the clan is the "species" article; splitting off the members who are not part of the Koopa Troop would be like splitting hostile and friendly Goombas, or Boos and Shy Guys by faction.
  2. SmokedChili (talk) I can get behind the rename, but the evidence for splitting Bowser and those related to him is shaky. There's nothing definitive about クッパ7人衆 meaning the Koopalings being of the "Kuppa" race, and like with クッパ軍団 / Koopa Troop it's supposed to be a link to the character 魔王クッパ, and these terms may have クッパ dropped out. As for the 1994 Daijiten, Daizukan etc., not only is their data on 王族 Ouzoku (which should be called "Royalty") both outdated and imcompaticle due to the Koopalings retcon and Bowser Jr.'s presence himself, but that name is never seen in the games or manuals, implying whoever wrote these books invented it themselves like they did 往復キラー for Missile Bill.
  3. Blinker (talk) I don't really much of an opinion about whether Bowser's species should get split or not. On one hand, there's enough characters for the page not to be pointless, but it's not a concept that gets brought up in the series too much, from what I can tell.

Do nothing[edit]

  1. TheUndescribableGhost (talk) I feel a lot of this is just grasping at things. Sure, there are implications of Bowser's own species but the sandbox just has some fan wank, honestly. If most media made more of an actual distinction between these, I'd say it would make more sense. It also claims the Koopalings are part of this species yet does not give any evidence. From a reader's perspective, it can also confuse many people. This reminds me a little bit of the Mushroom World/Earth situation.


I know the plural form of the word "species" is the same as the singular, but since identifiers are (almost?) always in singular, it creates the wrong impression. "Koopa" is as much of a species as "mammal", "reptile", and "Pokémon" (I'm looking at you, Bulbapedia!). Project Marioverse's wiki will use "Koopa (family of species)" for their tentative article on the subject—maybe we could borrow that name for a second pair of renaming options as a compromise? SolemnStormcloud (talk) 13:00, August 2, 2023 (EDT)

Wouldn't simply "Bowser's species" be more appropriate as a page title? Seems like it would make things less confusing and would map well onto the only known unique Japanese name for it (クッパ系 or Bowser's group). Also, where exactly is Bowser's species referred to as simply "Koopa" in Japanese anyway? I thought that name only applied to Bowser himself in that language when used on its own. PaperSplash (talk) 13:26, August 2, 2023 (EDT)

Plenty of times in various ways; notably, the Koopalings have been called クッパ7人衆 (ie, "group of seven Bowsers/Koopas"). It's been long established that Nintendo will happily name a species from a representative character, vice-versa, or even both at once (Toad, Lakitu, Birdo, Boom Boom, Yoshi, Magikoopa, etc. all have some flavor of this going on). The book with the "Bowser's group" used it as distinction from more behavior or terrain-based groups. "Koopa" makes the most sense as the page title as it has been explicitly used several times in English and originates as Bowser's JP name, giving this subject the highest connection to that name from a design/development/translation/localization standpoint. "Bowser's species" is a generic zig-zag that would be awkward in infobox sections, but it works as an identifier since we have "Koopa (species)" already for the Turtle Tribe article and "Koopa" also sometimes refers to Koopa Troopas in English. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 14:07, August 2, 2023 (EDT)
Fair enough. One last question: do you know if "Turtle Tribe" or "Koopa clan" (or their Japanese equivalents, カメ一族 and カメ族) have ever been used to describe Koopas that are unaffilated with Bowser or the Koopa Troop? That would strongly influence my decision as to whether a "Koopa (clan)" rename for this page would be a good idea. PaperSplash (talk) 14:23, August 2, 2023 (EDT)
LinkTheLefty could probably tell you more consicely, but from what I can recall, Kame-zoku and its equivalents are for the turtles in general, not specifically Bowser's affiliates. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 14:33, August 2, 2023 (EDT)
Sorry for figuratively butting in, but the Noko Bombette comes to mind, which the Perfect Edition of the overly long name says belongs to the "turtle clan", despite its only appearance being in Super Mario Land 2, where Bowser doesn't even appear. There are probably more examples like it, but yeah. Blinker (talk) 18:12, August 2, 2023 (EDT)
Oh, FYI, everyone: rumblings on what to do with Koopa clan have come up before. The conclusion that was reached was that the clan is a distinct entity from the army, and this has been confirmed several times, so it is not a "fan interpretation". Things just so happened that we didn't get around to reorganizing it yet. The species article we have now is the closest analogy to the concept of the clan, although as mentioned there, a fair bit of rewriting is in order to get it done. In short, the Koopa Troop is Bowser's army that can include other creatures such as Goombas and Boos, and the Turtle Tribe / Kame-zoku comprise of the loose group/"species" of turtles that are most commonly associated with the troops but have also occasionally been found unaffiliated with Bowser (in much the same way as there exist non-traitorous Goombas). And individually, Japanese kame tends to become English Koopa. So I put my full support behind that option. It's been a long time in the making. The option I didn't see coming is Bowser's species. I can agree to an article, but I think that the Japanese Koopa name is too indirect, or should at least come with a note. Then again, maybe there was originally distinction between "Koopa" and "Daimaō Koopa"? It would explain why I always thought the Japanese Super Mario Bros. story text read awkwardly on that front. Mister Wu may be able to explore that. LinkTheLefty (talk) 18:53, August 2, 2023 (EDT)
The more I look at it, the more I'd say that 大ガメクッパの一族 means the tribe of the giant turtle Bowser, theMedia:PEGMCE page 193.png otherMedia:SMBD pages 34 35.png booksMedia:SMCE pages 88 89.png of the time were also very consistent at attributing クッパ to just Bowser, for the others we had カメ族 (worth noting that this tribe name was even used in that pretty surprising statement by Tezuka about Yoshi in the 20th Anniversary book). I'd rather say that the Dorrying of the クッパ species, if it really is a thing, happened because of the rename of the Koopalings, see my other comment about that.--Mister Wu (talk) 01:13, August 6, 2023 (EDT)
"Koopa" is really the only name we have. And it has indeed been used repeatedly. Consider that the rest of the turtles are named for them, not the other way around. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 19:50, August 2, 2023 (EDT)
Oh, I think the English title itself is fine; what I mean is insofar as the basic Japanese name, I'm not 100% about. LinkTheLefty (talk) 20:39, August 2, 2023 (EDT)

@TheUndescribableGhost There's no citations for the Koopalings because they obviously are. There's plenty of official evidence for it, not the least of which is the whole "being introduced as Bowser's kids" and being called "Kuppa"s in Japanese still. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 10:47, August 3, 2023 (EDT)

We can have a better metric than that. Here's my suggestion: Ō-zoku (King clan). This is a term from another source that we can apply to Bowser's species, and it serves to set a clear definition as Bowser and his kin (even if the Koopalings may or may not be in the "royal family" anymore, there's no evidence to suggest they got wholly Rocky Wrench'd as well, and they still remain top leaders of the Koopa Troop, just as described). As for in-universe reasons for the Koopalings' current group name - I don't think there is any? Honestly, I think the real-world reason is because developers are so used to calling them Kokuppa that it still shows up internally and in documents. What's to say the name isn't more reflective of Koopa Troop rather than Bowser now? LinkTheLefty (talk) 16:41, August 3, 2023 (EDT)
I'd like to elaborate a bit on the current クッパ7人衆 - that would allow us to name Bowser's species after Bowser. First of all I'd say you're pretty right in suggesting that it comes from the past コクッパ7人衆, what is interesting is the loss of the コ. In Mario Kart Tour, Bowser Jr. is indeed a baby, but none of the Koopalings are. With コ meaning little but also child, it looks like them possibly being child Bowsers was still a bit too suggestive of their past story, so despite their appearance in the current story not only are they no longer siblings, they're not as young as Bowser Jr. and no longer コ as well.--Mister Wu (talk) 01:13, August 6, 2023 (EDT)
On top of this discussion, it's also listing Motley Bossblob in the members section. But we have no idea if he's even a Koopa at all; he's never described as such and we can't see his shell. TheUndescribableGhost (talk) 22:20, August 6, 2023 (EDT)
...that's not part of the proposal. That's just how I would ideally have it, because it's relatively clear there's meant to be some amount of connection (and you can't see the shells of Toadies, but no one's arguing against them being turtles...) Anyways, if this passes, that need not be on the page. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 23:57, August 6, 2023 (EDT)

Something of interest: in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there's a scene where Bowser and Kammy Koopa meet Lord Crump in Twilight Town. In the English version, Kammy calls up the "Koopa Clan". I thought the Japanese version used the equivalent here, but no: she calls upon the「クッパぐんだん」(Koopa Troop). To my knowledge, this is the only time that the terms ever got mixed up in translation, and it would be an easy mistake to make since literally the only troops that show up are Koopa turtles, so either is technically correct. (Early Paper Mario games also had a few rough spots, like the infamous 'pipe'-throwing Lakitus.) Every other explanation before and since points to them as being related but separate. LinkTheLefty (talk) 11:48, August 6, 2023 (EDT)

This may be a stupid question, but is there an example of the "Koopa clan" name being unambiguously used to refer to the turtle tribe? For example, by replacing the Kame-zoku name in translation. Blinker (talk) 16:57, August 7, 2023 (EDT)
You can see it right from the same game, for example, as it shows up in at least Lakitu's tattle in the Japanese and English versions, and those enemies are unaffiliated with Bowser there. LinkTheLefty (talk) 15:07, August 12, 2023 (EDT)
Thanks, that's what I was looking for! I agree with the "clan" name now. Blinker (talk) 17:51, August 12, 2023 (EDT)


I don't really understand why these would have to be split pages. Bowser hasn't been shown to be a different species than normal koopas and is called Koopa in some of the older Mario media. Unless you can present proof that Bowser and normal koopas are of a different species, I don't think it'd be wise to have split pages for koopas.--Pizza Master (talk) 22:33, August 6, 2023 (EDT)

Bowser's species is "normal Koopa." Everything else, such as Koopa Troopas, are not. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 23:58, August 6, 2023 (EDT)

Consider Yoshis a subtype[edit]

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failed 4-17
Super Mario History 1985-2010 contains the following line from Takashi Tezuka on the Super Mario World sectionMedia:SMHAmerican SMW and SMAS.jpg:

"Yoshi was originally meant to be a type of Koopa. That saddle you see on his back was actually his shell."

This would be clarified in an interview here:

(Incidentally, the origin of Yoshi's name was “taken from the nickname of a woman in the company called Yoshimura-san and from Nessie, a dinosaur said to be in Loch Ness.” (his story) “Therefore, at first I kept drawing him thinking he was a dinosaur, but I was later told that he was actually a character from the same Turtle Tribe as Koopa and others. So over time, Yoshi's design slowly became more and more turtle-like. Has everyone noticed?” (him) These comments from Kotabe-san himself and others are quite playful, amusingly enough.)

While it would seem like this intended origin was simply left to time as early weirdness (not unlike Rocky Wrench, which is listed here), ever since the former booklet came out, Nintendo has treated it as accurate to the "current story," as it were. Games from Mario Kart Tour to Yoshi's Crafted World have called the "saddles" turtle shells, and Tezuka reaffirmed Yoshi is a turtle in an interview for the latter game here. "Koopa" itself in this sense is interchangeable with "turtle," given the Japanese (ie, language-of-origin) name for them is kame-zoku, turtle tribe, so for all intents and purposes, Nintendo presently considers Yoshis turtles (i.e., Koopas) again with full support. We should do the same for these turtle-dino-dragon-frog-horse dudes. This seems fairly open-and-shut to me.

Proposer: Doc von Schmeltwick (talk)
Deadline: September 13, 2023, 23:59 GMT


  1. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) - Yosh! Yosh! Kururin-ha!
  2. Hewer (talk) Per proposal, if there's officially a connection then I don't see why we should ignore it and much of the opposition here seems to stem from misunderstanding the proposal's points.
  3. Blinker (talk) It's not like the concept of a "Koopa" is particularly well defined. It's pretty much used as an umbrella for turtles in the Mario series, seemingly on purpose. It even includes things like Spikes and (at least early on) Rocky Wrenches, where the turtle aspect mostly starts and stops at the shell. How many enemies in the series (not counting the Wario and DK games) are in the non-Koopa Turtles category? The Earth Vellumental and some mechanical turtle-shaped platform. That's it. Anyway, per proposal.
  4. Pseudo (talk) Per all.


  1. Seandwalsh (talk) - While Tezuka seems pretty dead-set on Yoshi being a turtle I think it’s pretty clear that Yoshi himself isn’t a Koopa. He’s more commonly referred to as a Dinosaur or Dragon. The turtle idea may even be a holdover from the SMB Yoshi concept. Having a shell is not indicative of being a “turtle” in the world of Mario - just look at Conkdors, Spiked Goombas, Mario himself, even those new chipmunk things in Wonder. Koopa Shells have been considered clothing since the arcade.
  2. Swallow (talk) Per Seandwalsh, I feel this does rely a lot on it being an original concept, which doesn't necessarily mean he is in the final product. I've noticed you're saying how the developer primarily says "turtle" and not "Koopa" specifically, and "turtle" doesn't always mean "Koopa" (we certainly don't call the Earth Vellumental one). For mental reasons, I don't have it in me to debate any further on the matter so I'd really like to leave my involvement on this case here.
  3. LadySophie17 (talk) Per Seandwalsh and Swallow. Just because it was the original concept doesn't mean it continues to be, and I don't think Yoshi has been described as part of the turtle tribe anywhere other than a single interview from the character's inception. For the record, I oppose Rocky Wrenches being anything more than a Trivia note in the Koopa (species) page either.
  4. Mushroom Head (talk) Per Seandwalsh and Swallow. Yoshi is no longer a Koopa, just planned to be one.
  5. SmokedChili (talk) Per all. All I get from developer commentary is it was an early concept thing and doesn't apply to the finished product.
  6. FanOfYoshi (talk) *angry Yoshi grunts* Bring-ha! (Per all.)
  7. PaperSplash (talk) Per all.
  8. Arend (talk) Per all. There might be a link between Yoshis and Koopas, but as far as I'm aware, Yoshis being a subtype of Koopa has never been stated as fact outside of the conceptual phase, let alone in the games or manuals. As Seandwalsh said, Yoshis are more often stated to be dinosaurs or dragons instead. Saying they're actually Koopas the whole time, even in the finalized design of Yoshi, feels way too speculative to me.
  9. Tails777 (talk) Per all, especially Seandwalsh, Swallow and Arend.
  10. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per all.
  11. MegaBowser64 (talk) Wow. Let's not take a bit of trivia and then immediately consider these ideas scientific fact.
  12. Camwoodstock (talk) Per what everyone else has been saying. Things change from their original concepts all the time, including relations between characters and even entire species; it's just a part of the creative process, and sometimes links between concepts get severed. Taking things from old concepts at face value like this is at best very silly, and at worst very irresponsible.
  13. Killer Moth (talk) Per all.
  14. ChompworksEngineer (talk) Per all.
  15. Sdman213 (talk) Per all.
  16. ToxicOJ (talk) Per all.
  17. Technetium (talk) Per all.


Where are Yoshis' saddles stated to be turtle shells specifically? PaperSplash (talk) 13:43, August 30, 2023 (EDT)

I included some examples above. Others offhand I can think of are a Torque in Crafted World telling Yoshi to "keep it under your shell" (a variant of "keep it under your hat") and Mario Kart Tour consistently including them in challenges for "shelled characters." I'm pretty sure a bio in a later M&S game mentions it too, though I could be getting mixed up with something else. Note in the Japanese script, they use "kora" (generally used for turtle shells) for these shell mentions, which is different than their word for, say, snail shells (usually "kara"). Also, I forgot about this, where Tezuka says he's always been a turtle. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 14:19, August 30, 2023 (EDT)
I meant where they're stated to be the shells of turtles specifically; I know they've been called shells several times. The use of "kora" instead of "kara" is an interesting point but I wouldn't call it explicit confirmation that they're turtles. PaperSplash (talk) 16:31, August 30, 2023 (EDT)
The (official of course) Japanese "Nintendo Kids" site says that he's like both a dinosaur and a turtle (specifically, they say they can't tell which). A transcription with a translation is on the profiles & statistics page here. And as previously said, Tezuka's pretty adamant to this day he's a turtle -with- a shell, which I've linked multiple times (and there's more instances of that). I'd say that's evidence enough. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 17:07, August 30, 2023 (EDT)

"Turtle and not Koopa" is simply because in Japanese, the word "Koopa" means Bowser. What we call "Koopas" here are just called "turtles" in the Japanese scripts. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 20:13, August 30, 2023 (EDT)

By the way, Yoshis are currently a subcategory of Koopas. If this proposal fails, I assume they'll instead be treated as a subcategory of Turtles? EDIT: By the way, I wonder what the "Yoshi was originally meant to be a type of Koopa" statement might have been like before being translated... Blinker (talk) 11:53, August 31, 2023 (EDT)

Them having shells does not automatically mean they're turtles. Yoshis have officially been stated to be either dinosaurs or dragons, so it should be a subcategory of those, I feel. ArendLogoTransparent.pngrend (talk) (edits) 16:53, August 31, 2023 (EDT)
Sure, it doesn't automatically mean that, but Yoshi's still called a turtle in the Crafted World interview. Blinker (talk) 17:22, August 31, 2023 (EDT)

To the people asking: Tezuka explicitly mentioned the カメ族 (Turtle Tribe) in the 20th anniversary booklet, just like he does in the interview above. With that being said, while Yoshi being a turtle is starting to have gameplay relevance (case in point, him being grouped along with the turtles as a “driver wearing a shell” in Mario Kart Tour), as far as I’m aware official bios, published after the Tezuka’s interviews that established Yoshi as a turtle, avoid mentioning this topic altogether.—Mister Wu (talk) 10:13, September 1, 2023 (EDT)