Goomba Shoe

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Light blue checkered background with two rows of red brick on the bottom. On top of the red brick is a green boot wearing a red hat with a gold wind up key sticking out the back of the boot.

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A Goomba Shoe is worn by the Goomba mushroom shaped creature in Mario, a Nintendo video game franchise. The shoe has a wind-up metal handle. If knocked off the Goomba from below, the shoe can be worn and becomes a power up. The Goomba Shoe first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 during world 5 area 3, Sky World. While wearing the shoe, Mario is protected from spiny turtles and other obstacles. The power-up is lost after the level is completed or the player dies. It was first known as Kuribo’s shoe. Goombas are known as Kuribo in the original Japanese, but the name was later changed to the English Goomba. 

After its first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, this special power up was not seen for twenty-two years until the release of the Super Mario Maker series. The Super Mario Makers series was released in the United States on September 11, 2015. The green boot with a wind-up key was the same, but there was also a stiletto shoe version. If you add wings to the shoes in this game, you will be able to hover in the air when jumping. You hear a sound similar to a high-pitched woman's laugh when you hover in the winged stiletto shoe.


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