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Goombas, known as Kuribō (クリボー?) in Japanese, are depicted as brown mushroom-like creatures. However, in Super Mario World they appear orange and white. The Goombas once lived in peace in the Mushroom Kingdom, but they betrayed their homeland to side with Bowser. Some Goombas act as friendly characters in the Paper Mario series, two even joining Mario on his journey. Goombas also make cameo appearances in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as enemies.

Many variants of the Goomba have appeared throughout the years. One of these variations is called a Gloomba. They first appeared in underground stages in Super Mario Bros., though they were first given the name in Paper Mario. They were not intentionally made to be a separate enemy, and were supposed to look like ordinary Goombas, but blended into the background.

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