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
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."


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Townsfolk mining Gold Coins for King Koopa by force.

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.' chariot, 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 to tackle Mario, but 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. As the abandoning Ostros flee away, the Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Toadstool 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. The heroes fly out of their destroyed chariot and the ground breaks their fall.

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 runs into it. Bowser tosses a Bob-Omb into the pipe, destroying the entrance and blocking it with wreckage. In the dark, Princess Toadstool accidentally stepped on Luigi's toe and apologized for that. Just then, 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 with shovels.

Toad gets captured by Klaimjump Koopa.

As the Mario brothers sing along while digging, they are almost at the surface, the Princess asks if they are sure to find out 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. In the assay office, Toad puts all of his coins on the desk and calls for the assayer. The assayer appears to Calamity Clam, much to the foursome's surprise, Luigi ask why, Calamity responds he owns a hat store. 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. The surprised Calamity Clam told the foursome that created a "genuine gold coin rush". King Koopa spotted and heard all this on a cliff and prepared his Snifits to approach Lonesome Mushroom.

Back in the western town, more miners came and kept up digging for the gold and the ghost town is becoming a boomtown. Toad is not happy about this rush and claims that it's all his fault. But Calamity doesn't mind this at all because "Claim Jump Koopa could be here". But he stands corrected as Koopa lassoed Toad. Koopa prepared his pack to invade. As the miners attempted to flee from the invasion, the Snifits lassoed them. Calamity decides that Luigi, Mario, and Princess Toadstool to "head for the hills" for safety if they get captured too. The Snifit informs Koopa that the princess, the plumbers, and sheriff are running away. Koopa responds to forget them and pursues the coins. The townsfolk and Toad are being turned into slaves because they're spending the rest of their lives digging for gold.

Sometime later, the gang get back to the now empty town and find out that Koopa, his troops, the townsfolk, and Toad are all gone. As Toadstool asks where they all go, a little earthquake shook the four and fell down and they discovered that they're in the mine.

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. He threw more Bob-Ombs to get his captives to work faster. 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. As they walk through this corridor, Princess Toadstool asks if Clam is sure this is the way to mine. Calamity assures her that they have to get past the boiling Tomato Sauce mine. Mario sticks finger in the tomato sauce and he likes and mentions spaghetti. Calamity Clam takes him to the Pasta mine for lunch, much to Mario's amusement. But before he could do that, Princess Toadstool grabs his hand and tells him there's no time and makes it to the Fire Flower Mine. Mario is so hungry and tries to give them all a lunch break, but the princess insistently ordered Mario to get his power to save the day now. Mario and Luigi touch two flowers and become Super Mario and Super Luigi and they are ready for action.

Meanwhile, Toad brings in the last of the coins. King Koopa orders more gold, but the Toads are very tired, which makes him angry. The Mario Bros. punch through a wall near there and frighten the Snifits with shooting Fireballs. When all the Snifits are gone, Bowser captures the Princess, and leaves riding a mine cart. The plumbers and Toad ride another minecart, to chase after him.

They all go down tunnels and twisty trails down and even get past a loop-de-loop. As Mario touches King Koopa, he loses his Fire Flower power and starts to fall off. But Toad and Luigi begin to save him. After that, Luigi loses his power too, a little before the mine carts sink into the tomato sauce lake. Soon, they pull Princess Toadstool into their cart. Bowser crashes through a green wooden gate, getting out of the mine. The trails split into two and the princess comes up with an idea to get in front of Koopa and "stop him the hard way". King Koopa goes to the right path, and the brothers go to the left one, passing him. Koopa wants the foursome to stop and Mario agrees. He pulled the brake, and the foursome jumped off of it. Both carts collide and Bowser is launched towards a cactus, hurting him and the cactus catapults Koopa in the air. In the end, the heroes start to celebrate Claim Jump Koopa's defeat and laugh.


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


  • 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.