The 'Shroom:Issue XLIII/Fading into Obscurity
Welcome to this month’s Fading into Obscurity! This time to honour Halloween, I’m going to be talking about a special Halloween character who appeared only once in the history of Mario. You may or may not have heard of Robot Monster Troopa! If you have, good; if not, he is a character from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! who appeared in one episode, Koopenstein.
In Koopenstein, Robot Monster Troopa is a robot and Dr. Koopenstein (Bowser) wants to obtain either Mario or Luigi’s brains for it. However Dr. Koopenstein turns into the “Koopenstein Beast” and Mario decides to use Robot Monster Troopa to stop him. He rides Robot Monster Troopa up a hill in the Swiss Cheese Alps. Robot Monster Troopa is then forced by Mario to battle his boss (Bowser). Mario then battles Mouser for Robot Monster Troopa’s remote which causes it to fall on the floor. Robot Monster Troopa steps on it and he, Bowser and Mouser all get electrocuted, falling down the mountain. Robot Monster Troopa was never seen again.
Robot Monster Troopa is an excellent Halloween character though I understand why Nintendo didn’t include him in another game; he just hasn’t developed enough personality. So, for good reason, Robot Monster Troopa has faded into obscurity.