Goombas are a fictional species from Nintendo’s series of Mario video games. They first appeared in the NES video game Super Mario Bros. They have appeared outside of video games, including in film, television, and other media. They are brown and are most commonly seen walking around aimlessly in video games. They are based on shiitake mushrooms, and were included at the last minute in 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”.