The Great Gold Coin Rush

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode
"The Great Gold Coin Rush"
SMBSS Episode 38.jpg
Airdate November, 7 1989
Writer(s) J. Larry Carrol & David Bennett Carren
Plumber's Log # 1849
King Koopa's alter-ego Klaimjump Koopa
Location Wild West
Cover song "Money (That's What I Want)" (Barrett Strong)
Title reference California Gold Rush
Live-action segment "Game Show Host"
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"The Great Gold Coin Rush" is the thirty-eighth episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Its corresponding live-action segment is "Game Show Host."


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Townsfolk mining Gold Coins for King Koopa.

Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad run through the wild Wild West in a chariot pulled by Ostros, while they are being chased by several Snifits and King Koopa riding on some other Ostros. King Koopa grabs a Piranha Plant from his pocket and aims it at the Mario Bros., and the Snifits do the same thing. Mario goes to the back of the chariot, grabs a Cobrat and uses it to fire back at the Koopa pack. A Snifit gets on the chariot, just to be beaten up and defeated by the plumber. King Koopa shoots a fireball at the ropes that Luigi is using to control the Ostros. They go in a different direction, heading to a cliff. Trying to brake, the Mario Bros. destroy the wheels, and slide down the cliff until they hit a stone.

King Koopa notices them at the bottom of the cliff, and goes after them. Toad spots a giant Warp Pipe leading somewhere, as the gang run into it. Bowser tosses a Bob-Omb into the pipe, destroying the entrance and blocking it with wreckage. In the dark, Mario sees a light thinking it is an exit, but discovers a big room filled with coins. Princess Toadstool says that it is the Lost Gold Coin Mine. While Toad is stuffing his pockets with some gold coins, Luigi is worried about getting out of the mine, and Mario says that they can dig a way out.

Toad gets captured by Claim Jump Koopa.

As the Mario brothers are almost at the surface, they are not sure where they are heading. The gang reaches a seemingly empty town, and then are scared by an elder who introduces himself as Calamity Clam. Toad asks him where they are. He says that the town is called Lonesome Mushroom. Calamity Clam says that it is a "little ghost town". Toad asks for an assay, and Calamity Clam takes them to it. He says that the coins are real, as miners look through the window. Seeing that, King Koopa attacks the town, turning the miners and Toad into his slaves to collect all the gold from the mine. Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Clam go to the Lost Gold Coin Mine to rescue the mushrooms.

Toad, in the mine, starts fighting with King Koopa after he throws a Bob-Omb at him, but fails and ends up running away from it. The Mario brothers and their friends notice the slaves, and Mario says he wants to get Fire Flowers. Calamity Clam says he knows a place with lots of them. After crossing the Tomato Sauce Mine and Pasta Mine, they reach the Fire Flower Mine. Mario and Luigi touch two flowers and become Super Mario and Super Luigi. Meanwhile, King Koopa orders more gold, but the Toads are very tired, which makes him angry. The Mario Bros. break a wall near there and frighten the Snifits. Bowser captures the Princess, and leaves riding a mine cart. The plumbers and Toad ride another mine cart, chasing him. As Mario touches King Koopa, he loses his Fire Flower power. Luigi loses it too, a little before the mine carts sink into the tomato sauce lake. Soon, they pull Princess Toadstool into their cart. Bowser runs over a wood gate, getting out of the mine. The trails split into two. King Koopa goes to the right path, and the brothers go to the left one, passing him. Mario stops the cart, and then jumps off it. Both carts collide and Bowser is launched towards a cactus, hurting him. In the end, everybody laughs.


Animation and continuity errors[edit]

  • When King Koopa is seen from behind sitting on the pile of coins, he is not wearing the pants that are part of his "Claim Jump Koopa" outfit.
  • Even though he didn't lose his power-up, Luigi is temporarily seen in his normal outfit. Shortly afterwards, he is seen in his Fire Luigi form, and he is seen losing his power-up due to taking damage soon afterwards.
  • The Snifit's masks change from white to blue.
  • When Luigi says "Bye bye us!!", Mario is not shown when he should be in the scene.
  • When Claim Jump Koopa says "That's the end of those plumb-twerps", the Ostro had no feather on its head.
  • In this episode, Calamity Clam's patch changes from yellow to green.
  • When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad arrived at Lonesome Mushroom, the Assay building changes from white to blue.
  • When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Calamity Clam were in the Tomato Sauce mine, Calamity Clam's hat was red instead of brown.
  • When the Snifits were trying to capture the Toad Miners, their cowboy hats were all different colors.
  • When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad go flying after the crash, Mario and Luigi have no symbols on their hats.
  • Before Claim Jump Koopa blows up the pipe, the Snifits are on their Ostros, but when the pipe blows up, the Ostros disappear.
  • When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad are walking towards the light, Princess Toadstool was right in front of Toad, but when the screen goes on Toad, Princess Toadstool was not shown.
  • Calamity Clam shows his badge to Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad to let them know that he's the sheriff, but then his badge disappears for the rest of the episode.
  • Toad says that his cart has last of the gold and says that there isn't any more, but when the screen moves, there is still a cart full of gold.
  • Mario and Luigi are shooting one fireball at a time, but when it shows the Snifits running away, the fireballs speed up.
  • Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad were all riding in the same mine cart when escaping, but when Mario pulls a lever attached to the mine cart, Princess Toadstool, Toad, and Luigi were not shown.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the Ostros and the coach just appear.
  • When the Snifits were using Piranha Plants to shoot fireballs at the coach, one of the Piranha Plants had no spots.
  • In the scene where Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad are in the coach, Toad is changing seats throughout shots.
  • When the Snifit grabbed onto the coach, Princess Toadstool was not shown in the coach.
  • When Mario was fighting the Snifit, he had a Cobrat, but when he sat back down by Luigi, the Cobrat was not shown.
  • When the episode showed Claim Jump Koopa chasing after the coach, he had three Snifits with him, but in the next shot, there were four.
  • When it showed the Snifits shooting fireballs at the coach, one of the Snifits masks were flashing.
  • When the Snifit caught up to the coach, he was far to the side of it, but in the next shot, he was right next to it.
  • When the coach is moving, the blue chest had a yellow lining on it, but when the coach crashes, it was not shown on the chest.


  • Two Plumbers and a Baby VHS: The Marios discover the Mother Lode of Gold Coins, but Klaimjump Koopa rides in and takes over.
  • WildBrain - Cartoon Super Heroes/Super Mario Bros. Super Show! - WildBrain: Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad run through the Wild Wild West in a chariot pulled by Ostros, as they are chased by several Snifits and King Koopa riding on other Ostros.[1]
  • Netflix: Mario and Luigi think they've hit the mother lode ... until Klaimjump Koopa decides to pounce on their gold.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French La Grande Ruee vers L'Or The Great Road to Gold


  • The Plumber's Log at the beginning of the episode 1849 is the same year that gold was found in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California, starting the California Gold Rush.
  • The coach Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad were riding on at the beginning of the episode, is the same one in The Provolone Ranger


  1. ^ Super Mario Brothers Super Show 143 - THE GREAT GOLD COIN RUSH. YouTube. Retrieved June 23, 2020."
  2. ^ The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Netflix. Retrieved June 23, 2020.