Super Mario Bros. 3 artwork showing several Micro-Goombas being dropped by a Paragoomba
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)|
Micro Goombas, (alternatively spelled Micro-Goombas), also known as Mini Goombas Small Goombas, or even Sausage Goombas, are miniature Goombas that were featured throughout different installments of the Mario series. They look like regular Goombas, being brown vaguely humanoid mushrooms, albeit they are notably smaller in size. Their main purpose is usually to slow down the players or otherwise impede their progress. They first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Paragoombas would drop Micro-Goombas onto Mario and Luigi, which highly weakened their ability to Jump temporarily. They were also known as Mugger Micro-Goombas by the official Player's Guide most likely to distinguish them from the Pile Driver Micro-Goombas.
They first appear in level 1-2. When the Micro-Goomba is launched, it will slowly float to the bottom of the screen. If they collide with Mario or Luigi, they will cling onto him which slows them down and prevents them from jumping high. Mario or Luigi will have to jump repeatedly to knock the pesky creatures off of them. Pile Driver Micro-Goombas also appear.
Super Mario 64
They also appear in Super Mario 64's Tiny-Huge Island. They appear in the tiny side, and if they touch Mario, he will not get hurt, only knocked a few feet back, and the Micro-Goombas will die. However, they are usually placed near bottomless pits or cliffs, and will often knock Mario off into these. They can easily be defeated by jumping on their heads, or by punching or kicking them. They are slightly faster than regular Goombas and they give off a Coin when defeated, which apparently is twice as large as the Micro Goomba itself. Micro-Goombas also appear in the remake, Super Mario 64 DS.
New Super Mario Bros.
They reappear in New Super Mario Bros.. When Mario is Mini Mario, he can enter miniature pipes. If he enters one, Mario may find a Star Coin. However, in some cases, Micro Goombas are in the way, and Mario has to defeat them to get to the Star Coin. In this game, Mini Goombas possess the intelligence of any other Goomba. As Mini Mario, they can be defeated by jumping on them, but by any other form of Mario, they can be defeated by even simply walking into them. They are the only enemy in the game which Mini Mario does not need to Ground Pound to hurt or defeat.
Super Mario Galaxy
Micro Goombas reappear once again in Super Mario Galaxy, this time being slightly larger than the regular-sized Micro Goombas and looking more like Galoombas in terms of shape. They are rare enemies, as they are only found in two levels: The "Grand Star Rescue" mission of the Gateway Galaxy, and later in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor during "King Kaliente's Spicy Return". They act in a different manner than Goombas in this game, as spinning and instantly defeating them only yields a coin instead of three Star Bits. Micro Goombas also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they are more common, and leave Star Bits behind when defeated with a spin instead of a single coin.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
They reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, this time in the open world. Mostly in groups, they are not dropped by Paragoombas, but they still weigh Mario down by swarming on him. They cannot hurt Mario if he is not in his Mini form. However, the plumber can do a Spin Jump to get the pesky enemies off. After being spun once, Mini Goombas are defeated. Despite their size, Micro Goombas still let out a coin when hit by a fireball. They made appearances on World 5-4 and 7-4.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Mini Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They act the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They can be defeated by simply jumping on their heads, like regular Goombas. If they attach themselves to the player, the player can ground pound to get rid of them, attack them as Raccoon Mario, or simply walk around for a few seconds until they go away. They are no longer dropped by Paragoombas like in Super Mario Bros. 3, and instead are seen simply walking around. They also appear in gold form in World 5-3 and World 4-1 . They can only be seen in 5-3 by getting a Gold Ring, going fast to the Cannon Pipe or using the Super Leaf to fly up to the Mini Goomba's platform when Mario or Luigi get to the edge of the first cliff after getting the second one.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Super Mario 3D World
Micro Goombas reappear in Super Mario 3D World, keeping their appearance from New Super Mario Bros. games. However, this time they can actually hurt the player upon contact. They attack in groups, and can also be released from Crates. Additionally, ground pounding near a Mini Goombas causes it to be knocked away. Blowing when a Micro Goombas is onscreen can also knock it away.
Super Mario Odyssey
Mini Goombas return in Super Mario Odyssey, retaining their behavior from Super Mario 3D World, they appear in several kingdoms in the game, in the Cap Kingdom, Sand Kingdom, Lake Kingdom, Metro Kingdom and Mushroom Kingdom. They are colored bright yellow this time, rather than their usual brown brown like in previous games. Unlike normal Goombas, they cannot be captured however they can be flicked away with the use of Cappy.
Nintendo Adventure Books
While Mario is exploring the Mushroom Kingdom in Double Trouble, he can encounter a swarm of Paragoombas, which begin dropping Micro-Goombas on him. If Mario decides to pick the Micro-Goombas off instead of running for cover, the tiny Goombas will knock him out with some noxious gas, though their parents will leave him alone after finding him unappetizing. If Mario makes a run for some pipes instead, he will pick the Micro-Goombas off, and be left alone when the Paragoombas grow bored of waiting for him to come out.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
A similar species called Goombettes are found in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. They reside in the Sunken Ship as enemies, and a group of them (The Triplets) ran a shop which was originally run by a normal Goomba. The Shop sold Mushrooms that heal 30 HP, but turn the player into a mushroom, possibly referring to the slowing down effect of the Mugger Micro-Goombas. However, the party member who ate the mushroom steadily heals his HP as long as the Mushroom Status remains.
Super Princess Peach
In Super Princess Peach, Mugger Micro-Goombas from Super Mario Bros. 3 reappear helping Bowser in his conquest of Vibe Island, this time however, they completely weigh down the player. They have to use the Rage vibe or the Joy vibe to get them off. Continuously jumping also gets rid of them.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Paper Mario series
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, Micro-Goombas are not seen but only mentioned. A resident in The Underwhere mentions that he died all because of a Micro-Goomba and a bottomless pit. A Sammer Guy named "Micro Boomba" is a reference to this type of Goomba.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
|Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy|
Micro-Goombas (under the name Small Goomba) appear again in Paper Mario: Color Splash, in this game, the Micro-Goombas are actually regular-sized Goombas that have been enchanted by Kamek. They appear in the Sacred Forest. A bunch of Small Goomba Gangs scatter the second Mini Paint Star of that level into five pieces.
Five Small Goombas can band up to form Small Goomba Wheels; however, despite their size, Small Goomba Gangs are far more frightfully dangerous and will pummel Mario down a large chunk of his health if they remain together (in some cases enough to kill him). During battle, the Small Goomba Gangs become increasingly smaller as Mario hits and scatters them, making them far more manageable.
|Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
|クリボーミニ (Kuribō Mini)||Goomba Mini|
Names in other languages
|Bean Goomba, referring to its small size.|
Small/Mini Goomba (Super Mario 64 and Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Piccolo Goomba (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
|Portuguese||Goomba Pequeno||Small Goomba|
|Spanish (Americas)||Goombita (Paper Mario: Color Splash)||Goomba + -ita, a diminutive suffix|
|Spanish (Europe)||Mini Goomba
Peque Goomba (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
- Micro Goombas have been referred to as Bean/Pea Goombas or even Sausage Goombas by fans. The former due to their tiny nature and the latter due to their appearance resembling a tiny (ripped) sausage part.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 35
- Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 86.
- Official Russian Super Mario Twitter.