The internet is shocked to learn that Goombas do, in fact, have arms



Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Everyone is familiar with Goombas, the ubiquitous, low-level henchmen found wandering around the Mushroom Kingdom. But, one thing unbeknownst to most is the notion that the Super Mario Bros.’ characters have arms.

First seen in the 1983 NES game Super Mario Bros., Goombas are known for being brown, vaguely shiitake-shaped creatures that aimlessly bop about on two stubby legs, with one heck of an underbite.

If most people are asked whether or not Goombas have arms, their reaction may be to scoff. “Of course not! Does Donald Duck have a penis?” The answer to both of those questions, incidentally, is yes.

On Friday, Twitter user Joe Piconi ‏posted a photo of an old Japanese Keshi collectible figure–likely from the 1980s. A glimpse of figure’s backside plainly reveals two evidently long-forgotten appendages. “Goombas have arms and hands,” he wrote. “They are folded neatly behind their backs.”

Naturally, cool and collected heads prevailed as people soaked in this shocking revelation.

Others had questions, particularly when it comes to the Goombas’ ability to hold a baseball bat and participate in other types of activities.

Twitter account Forest of Illusion, dedicated to “saving Nintendo’s past since 2004,” pointed out that this actually isn’t the first time we’ve seen Goombas with hands and arms. “Very good find!” they wrote. “Goombas also were able to be seen with hands during certain scenes of the 1986 Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach.”

Yet another person broke out a wild theory: “Maybe Goombas are so slow and unobservant because they are entirely focused on keeping their hands unseen because it’s impolite to let them be seen in their society,” Twitter user @CurvyAkane wrote. “Which is why they hate the Mushroom Kingdom.”

Either that or perhaps it’s something completely obvious, like the inception of characters growing and evolving over time. It could also be that missteps often are made and liberties taken when content gets licensed out to third parties.

We may never know.


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