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First developer: Buziol Games
First appearance: World 1

Goombas /ˈɡuːmbɑː/, known in Japan as Kuribo (クリボー Kuribō?, [kɯ̹ɺibo̞ː]), are a species of sentient chestnuts from Nintendo's Mario franchise. They first appeared in the NES video game Super Mario Bros. as the first enemy players encounter. They have appeared outside of video games, including in film, television, and other media. They are usually brown and are most commonly seen walking around aimlessly, often as an obstacle, in video games. They were included late in the development of Super Mario Bros. in order to create a simple, easy-to-defeat enemy. They're also in Mario Forever, and they are the most easy-to-defeat enemy in Mario Forever as well. The player earns 100 points if he defeats them.


The name goomba could originate from the Italian slang word goombah. It was used by the Italians in America to describe themselves (yet nowadays it's also used as a derogatory term). It could also originate from the Hungarian word gomba, which means mushroom.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Goomba Goomba
Italian Goomba Goomba
Spanish Goomba Goomba
Polish Tango/Goombas Goomba