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
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

  • 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.
  • The Snifits' masks change from white to blue.
  • When Luigi says, "And bye bye, us!!", Mario is missing.
  • When Klaimjump Koopa says, "That's the end of those plumb-twerps!", the Ostro has no feather on its head.
  • In this episode, Calamity Clam's patch changes from yellow to green.
  • When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad arrive at Lonesome Mushroom, the assay building changes from white to blue.
  • When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Calamity Clam are in the tomato sauce mine, Calamity Clam's hat is red instead of brown.
  • When the Snifits are trying to capture the Mushroom miners, their cowboy hats are 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 is right in front of Toad, but when the screen shifts to Toad, Princess Toadstool is 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 it disappears for the rest of the episode.
  • When Fire Luigi saves Mario from falling off the cart after touching Koopa, he is colored like his normal form.
  • 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 are 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 are not shown.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the Ostros and the coach appear out of this air.
  • When the Snifits are using Piranha Plants to shoot fireballs at the coach, one of the Piranha Plants has 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 grabs onto the coach, Princess Toadstool is missing.
  • When Mario is fighting the Snifit, he has a Cobrat, but when he sits back down by Luigi, the Cobrat disappears.
  • When the episode shows Klaimjump Koopa chasing after the coach, he has three Snifits with him, but in the next shot, there are four.
  • When it showed the Snifits shooting fireballs at the coach, one of the Snifit's masks is flashing.
  • When the Snifit catches up to the coach, it is far to the side of it, but in the next shot, it is right next to it.
  • When the coach is moving, the blue chest has a yellow lining on it, but when the coach crashes, the lining disappears.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
French La Grande Ruee vers L'Or
The Great Road to Gold
German Der große Goldmünzanrausch
The Great Gold Coin Rush
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.
  • When the episode ran on the Family Channel in the 1990s, four of Princess Toadstool's random screams were used during the chase sequence. When it was released on the DVD box set in 2006, two of her screams are cut, keeping the other two intact.[citation needed]


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