Goombas, known in Japan as Kuribo, are a fictional species of sentient mushrooms 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.
The species is considered one of the most iconic elements of the Mario series, appearing in nearly every game in the series, and is often ranked amongst the most famous enemies in video games. Crave Online described it as the series’ “everyman”. It has been compared to other generic enemies in video games, such as the “Met” enemy from the Mega Man series’. The video game incarnation has been made into several plush toys.
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