Goombas appear in side-scrolling areas, predominately in dungeons. They simply move back and forth, turning direction only when they hit an obstacle. Goombas can be defeated with any attack. Link can also drop onto them from a platform above or by using Roc's Feather to jump on them. When they are stomped on, they drop a Heart.
Goombas can be found in Tail Cave, Bottle Grotto, in the underground passage leading to Kanalet Castle, Catfish's Maw, Face Shrine, and Turtle Rock. While Goombas appear mostly in side-scrolling areas, they also appear in top-down locations in Eagle's Tower. In these areas they move around randomly. Link can still stomp on them with Roc's Feather.
The name Goomba is possibly derived from the Italian slang word goombah, which can mean friend or alternately a member of a gang. Their Japanese name, Kuribō, is a portmanteau kuri, meaning chestnut, and bō, meaning guy.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||クリボー (Kuribō)||Chestnut Guy|
|FrenchEU||Goomba||Same as English.|
- LANS Coomba Concept Model.png
Conceptual model of a Goomba from Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 182 (LA)
- "Iwata: By the way, is it a coincidence that the Goomba looks like a mushroom?
Tezuka: It's a shiitake mushroom!
Iwata: It's a shiitake? (laughs) So it's not a chestnut?
Tezuka: That's right. (laughs)" — Iwata Asks: New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Mario Couldn't Jump At First, Nintendo.com.