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
Production Number 143
Airdate November 7, 1989 (English)
December 5, 1990 (French)
Writer(s) David Bennett Carren
J. Larry Carroll
Plumber's Log # 1849
King Koopa's alter-ego Klaimjump Koopa
Cover song(s) "Money (That's What I Want)"
Replacement song(s) "Burn Baby Burn"
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."


Townsfolk mining Gold Coins for King Koopa

At the start of the episode, Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad run through the wild Wild West in a chariot pulled by Ostros while being chased by several Snifits and King Koopa. They grab Piranha Plants and aim them at Mario and his friends' chariot, but Mario instead grabs a Cobrat and uses it to attack King Koopa. After that, King Koopa shoots a fireball to destroy the ropes that are used to control the Ostros. This causes the Ostros to flee, and Mario and his friends later slide down a cliff. They later escape from their chariot. King Koopa notices them at the bottom of the cliff, and goes after them.

Toad then spots a giant Warp Pipe leading to an unknown area, and he, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool decide to enter it. King Koopa then tosses a Bob-Omb to destroy the entrance of the pipe. In the area under the pipe, Mario discovers a room filled with coins, and Princess Toadstool says it is the Lost Gold Coin Mine. Luigi is worried about getting out of the mine, though Mario says that they can dig a way out with shovels.

Toad getting captured by King Koopa

After digging out of the gold mine, they reach a town. The gang reaches a seemingly empty town. An elder then appears and introduces himself as Calamity Clam and reveals that the town is called Lonesome Mushroom. They later reach the assay office, where Toad puts all of his coins from the mine on the desk and calls for the assayer. The assayer turns out to also be Calamity Clam, and Toad asks him to tell them if the coins are real. He says that the coins are real, and yells out to miners outside as they look through the window. King Koopa heard the noise and prepared to approach Lonesome Mushroom.

Back in the town, many miners came to dig for gold. Toad is unhappy about this gold rush and claims that it is his fault, but he later gets suddenly captured by King Koopa, who invades the town and captures the miners. Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool escape from the town while the townsfolk and Toad are being forced to dig for gold. Sometime later, they return to learn that the King Koopa, the townsfolk and Toad are in the gold mine. Meanwhile, Toad starts fighting with King Koopa in the mine, but he fails. Mario wants to obtain Fire Flowers to save the townsfolk, and Calamity Clam reveals that they have to get past the tomato sauce mine to reach the Fire Flower mine. Calamity Clam wanted to take Mario to the pasta mine for lunch, but Princess Toadstool forces him to go to the Fire Flower mine. When they arrive at the mine, Mario and Luigi touch two Fire Flowers and become Super Mario and Super Luigi.

Later, the Mario Bros. punch through a wall near the gold mine and frightens the Snifits with fireballs, but Bowser captures Princess Toadstool in the meantime, and leaves riding a mine cart. Mario, Luigi and Toad then ride on another minecart to save her. During the chase, they pass through tunnels and the Mario Bros. begin to lose their powers. They soon pull Princess Toadstool into their cart when reaching the tomato sauce mine. King Koopa crashes through a green wooden gate, and he instead goes through the right path while the brothers go to the left one, passing him. Both carts later collide and Bowser is launched towards a cactus, hurting him. In the end, Mario and his friends celebrate King Koopa's defeat back in the town.



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 "Klaimump 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 "And bye bye, us!!", Mario is not shown when he should be in the scene.
  • When Klaimjump 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 Mushroom 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 Klaimjump 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.
  • When Luigi saves Mario from falling off the cart after touching Koopa, he does not have his Super colors.
  • Toad says that his cart has last of the gold and says that there is not 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 Klaimjump 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.
  • Netflix: Mario and Luigi think they've hit the mother lode ... until Klaimjump Koopa decides to pounce on their gold.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French La Grande Ruee vers L'Or The Great Road to Gold
Italian Le monete d'oro The gold coins


  • 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. ^ The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Netflix. Retrieved June 23, 2020.