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“Mushroom coin” redirects here. For information about the object also known as a Mushroom Coin, see coin counter. For the various types of Coins, see Category:Coins.
Not to be confused with Koin.
Artwork of a coin from Mario Kart 8
Mario Bros. (1983)
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
“For some reason, Coins appear when you smash enemies! Don’t think about it too hard, Einstein! There are some supernatural phenomena in the world that just can’t be explained!!”
—Wario, Wario Land 4
Coins (also called Mushroom coins in the Beanbean Kingdom) are the main currency of the Mushroom Kingdom. They can be collected in most Super Mario games. They have varying effects depending on the game type: in platformer games, they increase a player’s score and grant extra lives; in racing games, they increase speed and recovery times; and in RPGs, they can be used to purchase items, all among other uses.
In the game Mario Bros., coins make their first appearance. Once an adversary is knocked out, these coins emerge from the topmost pipes and glides along the platforms until they hit the pipe below. These coins can be gathered by either touching or inducing them from the ground, rewarding Mario or Luigi with 800 points. Equally, they are present in the bonus rounds between different stages. Here, there are ten airborne coins scattered across the level which can be attained with well-timed jumps within the given time limit. A player that rescues all ten coins is awarded the ultimate bonus multiplier. And for each coin gained, a dollar sign ($) momentarily flashes on the screen.
VS. Wrecking Crew / Wrecking Crew
In the extra rounds of the VS. Wrecking Crew arcade game, Mario’s task is to break walls in search of a concealed coin before he runs out of time. When there are two players, they both engage in a friendly competition seeking for the same coin.
The player encounters a computer-simulated character named Foreman Spike battling them in the bonus level in the NES variant of Wrecking Crew. Worth noting, WarioWare Gold includes a brief game inspired by this particular round.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.edit
- Wii Virtual Console manual: “Every time you gather 100 Coins, you earn an additional life.”
Super Mario Bros. 2edit
- Wii Virtual Console manual: “Attain extra lives in the bonus game with every coin you collect.”
Super Mario Bros. 3edit
- Wii Virtual Console manual: “Your life count increases by one for every 100 coins you seize.”
- 3DS Virtual Console manual: “Snatch 100 coins and you’ll be rewarded with a bonus Mario.”
Super Mario Worldedit
- Wii U Virtual Console manual: “An extra life is yours if you manage to amass 100 coins.”
Super Mario Sunshineedit
- Instruction booklet: “Coins are spread throughout the island. Accumulate them to replenish Mario’s health. But what happens when Mario collects 100 coins…?”
Super Mario 3D Landedit
- Instruction manual: “Accruing 100 of these will grant you an extra life.”
- North American Website Bio: “The mushroom kingdom is teeming with coins. They’re tucked away under question blocks, vegetation, foes, and more. For every 100 you uncover, you’ll receive a 1UP, so scour every inch to hoard as many as you can.”
- European Website Bio: “Coins are strewn everywhere. Hoard 100 and you’ll gain an extra life!”
New Super Mario Bros. 2edit
- Instruction manual: “Accumulate 100 to secure an additional life.”
New Super Mario Bros. Uedit
- Instruction manual: “Amass 100 coins to obtain an extra life.”
Super Mario 3D Worldedit
- Instruction manual: “Accrue 100 coins to score an extra life.”
Super Mario Bros. film
In the Super Mario Bros. film, coins are never visually displayed. However, there’s a subtle reference made by an old lady when she mugs the Mario Bros, calling the money “Koopa Coins”.
Rundown on Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3edit
Every level of the game enables the player to play post-level minigames by utilizing the coins they’ve collected. One such minigame features two buckets. One bucket holds a 10-ton weight that cuts the level’s coin collection by half. The other has a cash bag that doubles the coins. Wario gets three chances to guess which bucket has the cash bag. Another minigame allows Wario to purchase potential heart points or lives using the collected coins. He tries to earn these by hurling explosives at enemy characters.
The quantity of coins also influences the game’s finale.
Dive into Wario’s Woodsedit
When Toad successfully clears a round against the creatures of Wario in Wario’s Woods, coins reappear. The coin rain from the tree’s crown depends on Toad’s speed in round completion or the bonus points accrued during the round. These coins increase the points earned by Toad during the game.
Stepping into Wario Land IIedit
In Wario Land II, you will find both small and large Wario coins, worth one coin and ten coins respectively. Similar to the previous version, coins are obtainable in mid-air or water, by vanquishing foes with any form of attack, or via block destruction. Occasionally, a silver coin of 100 coins pops up after an enemy is defeated, triggering a unique sound. When two foes are defeated simultaneously, two such silver coins can emerge.
However, unlike the Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 version, Wario risks losing coins when hit by a foe.
The coins in this game buy a minigame which potentially earns Wario treasures. A foe’s image shows up in this minigame, below which are eight tiles with fluctuating images of different foes. Investing 50, 100, or 200 coins will prolong the tile visibility, making the treasure acquisition easier.
Navigating through a Wario Land 3edit
In this version, regular gold coins, which are valued at 1 coin, and grey, red, green, and blue coins that are worth ten, are found in blocks. Defeating foes will not give out any coins. Instead, there are eight Musical Coins in each level with a worth of ten. All eight coins must be collected in a level at a go to unlock a golf course. This must be done for every level.
Here, unlike in Wario Land II, enemies hitting Wario doesn’t cost him any coins.
The regular coins come in handy to play a golf-minigame, which aids in treasure acquisition and is available in some of the levels.
Exploring Wario Land 4edit
The coins in Wario Land 4 come in diverse colors with varying values. Like before, Wario can earn coins by conquering foes though getting struck by an enemy will cost him coins besides health. However, coins can also be found by breaking blocks. Coins even come in the form of mid-air Diamonds. Several achievements like starting a jewel item box, accomplishing a pinball digital counter, or getting a Full Health Item box or a CD case will each produce a Gold Coin. Collecting coins equivalent to 10,000 points in each of the eighteen levels unlocks a special Karaoke mode in the Sound Room.
The coins are also used to play three minigames available in the Mini-Game Shop. Winning these minigames earns Wario medals, which he can use to purchase items that assist him in boss fights.
A Tour of Wario Worldedit
Dealing a blow to enemies and breaking objects earns Wario coins that come in small and large sizes in Wario World. They also appear floating in reward rooms. Coins are utilized to purchase garlic from Garlic Dispensers or resume the game from where the player last left after losing all their health. However, advancing in the game will gradually increase the cost.
The Journey through Wario Land: Shake It!edit
Most of the coins in Wario Land: Shake It! can be found floating in the air, but they can also be won from Coin Bags. They can be stacked throughout the game and used to procure items from Captain Syrup’s Pirate Shop. One of the goals for several missions in the game is coin collection. Different kinds of coins add different values to the coin count: bronze, silver, gold, big silver, and big gold.
In Yoshi, after successfully completing the challenges from levels 25 to 27 in B-Type mode, the players are awarded 1,200 points in the form of coins.
Overview of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Every level in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, as well as its spin-off game, Super Mario Advance 3, are filled with coins. In this edition, the game presents red coins disguised as regular coins. Upon collecting these, they change their color and get added to the player’s red coin count and progress towards game completion. Interestingly, all the coins in the main game have a unique beige color when they are on the background layer and turn to orange when they are on the sprite layer (includes the camouflaged red coins).
Details of the Yoshi’s Story
In Yoshi’s Story, the coins have a different look, sporting a yellow and orange palette with an endearing heart symbol. The collection of coins in this game can enhance a Baby Yoshi’s mood as well as enable the appearance of melons in some areas. Coins can be concealed everywhere, including sky and ground. They also exist as heart-shaped coins that appear following the consumption of a Heart Fruit. However, these coins must be collected fast before they vanish.
Interesting Facts from Yoshi Topsy-Turvy
In Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, the Spirit of Greed sets a collection target of coins that Yoshi must meet. After achieving the set number of coins, Yoshi is awarded a coveted Happiness Medal.
Special Features of Yoshi’s Island DS
The functionality of coins in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Island DS is consistent with one another. The latter introduces large coins that feature the baby character’s face, lovingly named character coins. Players are granted a bonus minigame in the Hard Mode once these coins are collected.
Quick Look at Yoshi’s New Island
In Yoshi’s New Island, the coins function as they typically do in the series.
A Peek into Yoshi’s Crafted World
As Yoshi re-enters the Crafted World, F coins come into play again. But the game has removed lives, so all coins earned are accumulated into the player’s coin bank. These can be exchanged for costumes from vending machines, with a maximum of 9999 coins allowed. The coins present a Yoshi’s Egg on one face and the number one on the opposite side, a common aspect among Red Coins and Blue Coins. The player earns coins for hitting crafts in both the foreground or background of each course. Coins are earned at a higher rate when crafts are repeatedly hit as they are projected into the air. A pink-winged Time Cloud accomplishes the same effect but from a side view.
Mario Kart series
Super Mario Kart edit
- Wii Virtual Console manual (Game Modes): “In the Game Modes of MarioKart GP and Match Race, you get the chance to pick up coins that are scattered across the track. Your kart becomes faster with every coin you pick up. Just be mindful not to get hit when you’re out of coins, that will cause your kart to spin out. If you spin out, hit other racers, or go off the track, you’d lose some coins, so caution is advised!”
- “A little tip: Your kart hits its peak speed once you have 10 coins. However, it doesn’t hurt to have additional coins as backup, so don’t stop picking them up!”
- Wii Virtual Console manual (Items): “When you use the coin item, your total coin count goes up by two.”
Mario Kart 7 edit
- North American Website bio: “These golden treasures are sprinkled all over the race track. Each coin you gather amplifies your speed. Your top speed is reached when you have 10 coins in your possession. Also, as you pile up more coins, you can unlock more parts for your kart!”
Mario Kart 8 edit
- Instruction manual (Item List): “This provides you with an additional two coins.”
- Instruction manual (Grand Prix): “Pick up as many coins as you can along the racetrack. The limit is 10, at which point, you reach your fastest racing speed. If you happen to get tipped over or lose control of your kart, you’ll lose a few of your coins.”
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe edit
- In-game description: This provides you with two extra coins. The speed of your kart is directly proportional to the quantity of your coins.”
Mario Kart Tour edit
- Tips & Tricks: “A simple guide: This provides you with two coins. Once you get it, it’s automatically used.”
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, coins serve as the in-game money, which players can spend on various items, equipment and upgrades. There are two types of these coins – the smaller ones which have a value of one, and the larger ones that are worth ten. Players can obtain these coins by defeating enemies or discovering them in treasure chests. However, one can only carry up to 999 coins at a time.
Additionally, there is another, much less common type of coin known as Frog Coins. These operate as a separate form of currency within the game.
Mario Party series
In the Mario Party video game series, you need coins to secure a victory. Without these treasures, obtaining stars (the key winning element) or other helpful tools becomes impossible. Landing on a Blue Space, certain Happening Spaces or Donkey Kong Spaces can help you accumulate these precious coins. Winning a minigame or at the start of the game also graces you with ten extra coins. Moreover, there are exclusive coin minigames. Here, the coins you collect in the game determine the number you receive. Battle minigames are another unique source of coins. In these, players throw a fixed number of coins into a pot, which later are distributed among players based on their performance in the game. Interestingly, the Mario Party 9 does not feature coins owing to gameplay differences. However, they do make a comeback in the minigame Deck Hunt of Mario Party: Island Tour. Though absent in the Mario Party and Bowser Party modes, coins resume their standard role in the amiibo Party mode of Mario Party 10.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
In various iterations of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong game series such as March of the Minis, Minis March Again!, Mini-Land Mayhem!, Minis on the Move, and Tipping Stars, players have the opportunity to elevate their scores by gathering coins. Among these, one large coin equals five smaller ones. Furthermore, in renditions like Minis March Again! and Mini-Land Mayhem!, securing a 100 coins grants the player an M-Token.
Super Smash Bros. series
The trophy in Super Smash Bros. Meleeedit
In the game Super Smash Bros. Melee, it’s ambiguous whether Coins are recognized as the official currency in The Mushroom World, inspite of the fact they’re deployed in that capacity in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario.
The sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawledit
|Naming||Visual||Sourced from||Impact in The Subspace Emissary|
|Coin||From New Super Mario Bros.||Specials: Indirect – Strength +4
Can be utilized by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario Recapedit
The Paper Mario game is abundant with Coins which emerge when an opponent is vanquished. However, if Mario escapes from a fight, he forfeits coins. These Coins can be discovered in ? Blocks, as well as in trees, bushes and concealed locations. For Mario to secure a single coin from a tree, he needs to shake the tree using his Hammer. To locate a singular coin in a bush, Mario has to rummage in a bush when he is proximate to one. Coins can be bartered with for items or badges within the game.
The Thousand-Year Door in Paper Marioedit
The Thousand-Year Door rendition of Paper Mario sees the return of Coins, with them holding the identical utility as in the original Paper Mario.
Super Paper Mario Chroniclesedit
Super Paper Mario elaborates that the Coins are the result of the warrior Footsteps of Coins, who deliberately disperses coins across the cosmos. Nonetheless, this account is only part of Footsteps of Coin’s preamble, and may not be entirely reliable. Each opponent in the game drops coins when beaten, with more formidable enemies dropping a higher count of coins. There are also items that augment the coin count gained upon adversary defeat. Coins function as currency to procure items. Mario can possess a maximum of 999 coins in this variant of the game—any surplus will vanish. Unlike previous games, fleeing from combat in this game does not equate to coin forfeiture.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Highlightsedit
Paper Mario: Sticker Star offers Coins that can be discovered in some ? Blocks, by assaulting enemies, and in hidden regions. Coins in this game are mainly used to exchange for stickers or things, or for manipulating the Battle Spin. In this chapter, Mario can carry up to 9,999 coins. A flawless bonus gives Mario extra coins, and he does not lose any Coins when he escapes from a battle. In this installment, the coins are fabricated from cardboard.
Paper Mario: Color Splash Reviewedit
In the Color Splash installment of Paper Mario, Coins are earned primarily from ? Blocks. The concept of earning coins by attacking an enemy post-defeat is carried over. Coins’ purpose is primarily for obtaining Battle Cards or items and using the Battle Spin. The maximum coin count in this release is 9,999, and a perfect bonus earns the player more coins. In this game, Mario gets Coins as prizes from Temples.
Paper Mario: The Origami King Overviewedit
In The Origami King, the latest in the Paper Mario series, Coins can be acquired from battles or in the overworld. Apart from regular coins, 10 Coin, 100 Coin and 1,000 Coin bags also feature in this game. This installation has a raised maximum coin limit, which sits at 999,999 coins. They can also be expended for time extensions in battles or for cheering to solve ring puzzles. In Shogun Studios (a section in the game) coins are referred to as ‘gold bits’.
Luigi’s Mansion series
The First Adventure of Luigi’s Mansion
In Luigi’s Mansion, the prime loot you’ll encounter is Coins. Valued at 5,000 G, these little treasures are scattered throughout the haunted residence. Be careful, though, because Luigi’s missteps will cost him! He’ll drop Coins equivalent to half the impact of any damage sustained (fairly cuing down), and they’ll disappear like a ghost if he doesn’t claim them back pronto.
Want to know a secret? The often-overlooked Red Diamond shares the same value as a gold coin, as does King Boo’s regal crown.
The Dark Moon Phase of Luigi’s Mansion
Coins grace the scene once again in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, this time sporting a more angular, octagonal appearance. Although their worth drops drastically to just 1 G per piece from the initial 5,000 G, you’ll still spot them around in abundance. You’ll also stumble across some Red Coins while playing this sequel.
The Third Instalment of Luigi’s Mansion
In Luigi’s Mansion 3, Coins make their return, mimicking their behavior from the Dark Moon stage. And if you think breaking a piggy bank is bad luck, think again! In this game, breaking open one of these will cause a coin shower!
Mario Golf series
In Mario Golf series games like Toadstool Tour, World Tour, and Super Rush, a key gameplay feature are challenges based on collecting Coins. These Coins can be arrayed in various interesting formations – from standard geometric patterns like circles and squares to more creative shapes like fish or clover. The player’s goal is to aim their golf shot so that the ball’s trajectory will intersect with these Coins. When a successful shot is lined up, the Coins will spin faster and get drawn towards the ball as it comes near or passes through them.
Each game has a slightly different take on the Coin-collecting challenges. In Toadstool Tour, the Coins sport their design from Super Mario 64 and can be found during the regular golf games. The objective here is to collect as many Coins as possible, while keeping your score at or below par. In World Tour and Super Rush the Coins revert to their original form. These are earned by players as rewards for completing challenges, concluding rounds and winning tournaments. In Castle Club, players can use Coins they have collected to buy new golf equipment. Coins are plentiful throughout the Mario Golf and Character Costume challenges.
These challenges stand out as they do not follow the conventional format of standard golf rounds. As such, there are no flags or cups on the green. Instead, the game focuses on the collection of Coins. Without worrying about getting the ball into the hole, players are tasked with getting a certain number of Coins by hitting the ball through them. This has to be done within two strokes less than the hole’s par. In Quick Round, there may or may not be Coins on the course. However, in practice rounds in Castle Club, coins are always present. Whenever a player earns Coins, these are added to their personal stash.
Coins function differently in Super Rush where they serve as energy, not items. If a player overexerts and swings too hard following Wario’s Lightning Blast, they will lose their Coins. The same applies if they are hit by a special shot that displaces balls. The same principle applies in the game’s Speed Golf mode, coupled with additional instances that could result in a loss of Coins. This includes falling into water, being squashed by a Thwomp, getting consumed by a Chain Chomp, being trampled by a Whomp, getting struck by a Bob-omb, slipping on a Banana, or getting hit by a special shot that disperses balls.
Mario & Luigi series
The Saga of Mario & Luigi: Superstar and its Sequence, Bowser’s Minionsedit
In the narrative of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Beanbean coins makes their first appearance. Bowser finds himself trapped in a cannon within the Stardust Fields as the story unfolds. To free him, Tolstar demands a ransom of 100 coins – any currency would suffice as it will be converted to 10 Beanbean coins regardless of the amount the player has. The brothers are sent off on a mission to gather this amount scattered across the Stardust Fields. As the story progresses, Prince Peasley wagers an extravagant bet with the brothers, setting an enormous sum of Mushroom coins as the prize for whoever discovers the pieces of the Beanstar first. Mario and Luigi emerge victorious, earning the whopping amount of Mushroom coins, unfortunately, the equivalent of these coins is a mere 99 Beanbean coins due to the exchange rate. You can earn coins by either facing off in battles or simply striking blocks, these coins come handy while trading for goods like items, badges, or equipment. In the initial game, fleeing from battles meant losing coins. Coin hoarding in the game had a threshold at 9999.
The Passage of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Timeedit
The traditional coins make a grand comeback in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. The coins are collected the same way as before, via demolishing blocks and enemy defeat. There are even larger types of coins; yellow and blue ones, that can only be secured by propelling Baby Mario and Baby Luigi using a tornado to gain an extended flight and descend onto the coins. Just like in its predecessor, coins in this saga function as the currency too. Here, coins of the value of 10, 20 and 100 also feature in-game.
The Epic of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and its Follow-Up, Bowser Jr.’s Journeyedit
Coins collection in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story follows a similar pattern as its predecessor. Most coins are discovered in blocks and through enemy combat. These coins are essential for trading and acquiring more accessories and items, offering better support to the player in game progression.
The Adventure of Mario & Luigi: Dream Teamedit
The manner in which you gather coins in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team follows a very similar approach to the previous games. Most coins are hidden in blocks and obtained through defeating foes. These coins are spent on procuring more accessories and items for the player. Notably, the game features Larger Coins of the value up to 100 as rewards tucked away in tricky locations. In a significant change from prior games, the brothers no longer forfeit coins for retreating from battles.
The Chronicle of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jamedit
Coins make a return yet again in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, being gathered and used in a manner akin to the previous games. This time around, coins are also tucked away in Drill Spots.
Mario Baseball series
In both the Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers video games, the accumulation of coins is crucial in both challenge and Toy Field modes. The currency is required to purchase both event tickets and aids, regardless of whether a player is in a solo session or competing with others. Specifically, in the Toy Field mode, victory hinges on coin possession, which can be gained by successfully landing RBIs and hits. While the rules of coin acquisition are parallel in the two Toy Field modes, Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers offer unique coin earning strategies such as weaponizing items against rivals in the latter, or strategically selecting beneficial items in the former.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
In the game Mario Hoops 3-on-3, gamblers can acquire coins in various ways. One such method is by bouncing the ball on the ? Panels that are scattered on the floor. The more coins you accumulate, the higher the number of points you can bag if you succeed in making a basket shot. Additionally, using the stylus to buff before going for a slam dunk can also earn you extra coins. However, this puts the player at risk, leaving them on the defenceless side. Each team in the game is allowed to amass up to a maximum of 100 coins.
Mario & Sonic series
The Olympic Games with Mario & Sonicedit
In the Dream Canoe event in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Nintendo DS, the main goal is to gather as many coins as one can within the allocated time. Initially spread all throughout the area, these coins can be taken from fellow competitors while the game progresses.
Winter Games with Mario & Sonicedit
In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, coins can be found in the Deluxe Halfpipe Dream Event. Here, players can collect numerous coins placed across the course. If a player is able to gather five or more coins, they can execute a special trick. However, if they successfully carry out a trick, they lose five coins, or half of all their coins if the trick goes wrong, with any uneven totals getting rounded up to the next whole number.
For the Wii version, there are coins in the individual and team modes of the Dream Ski Cross. After collecting five coins, players can perform their special action a second time.
Mario & Sonic’s Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Gamesedit
In the Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, coins are part of the Groove Pipe Snowboard event. Gathering coins enables participants to surge forward promptly in groove zones. These coins can be obtained from ? Blocks and wave sections while playing Mario’s Figure Skating Spectacular, but they only add to the visual appeal. In the Snow Day Street Hockey game, players can acquire coins at the Coin Street rink by converting the Brick Blocks into coins using the P Switch. When eight coins are collected, a bonus goal appears, which Lakitu carries around on the same side of the rink where the opponent’s goal is located.
Super Mario Chess Board Gameedit
In the board game rendition of Super Mario, the “heroes” side utilizes coins as pawn pieces.
Mario Sports Mix
In the game Mario Sports Mix, coins make a recurring feature. Their purpose differs among the various sports and they can be won by scoring in games like Basketball, Volleyball, and Hockey. Coins also serve the function of bolstering the attack power in Dodgeball, besides being used as a puck in Hockey.
Mario Tennis Open
In Mario Tennis Open, players can acquire Coins by participating in Special Games. Two of these games allow players the opportunity to do so. In Galaxy Rally, you can score a couple of Coins each time you manage to hit a Star Chip with the ball. Your rewards double when you hit multiple Star Chips in a succession. Likewise, aiming your ball at a Launch Star would fetch you an enticing five Coins, and the amount goes up by five for each subsequent hit. Another game where Coins feature prominently is Super Mario Tennis. In this game, hitting Coins embedded in the walls with your ball prolongs the game. You can use these hard-earned Coins to spruce up your tennis gear in the Clubhouse.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Guidebook note: “Amass a total of 100 coins to gain an additional life.”
In the crossover version of Minecraft with Super Mario, the Gold Ingots are substituted by Coins. Additionally, a depiction of a Coin also surfaces as a painting in the game.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
In the game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, you can gather coins either from the game’s universe or by making a successful “Golden Shot” while vanquishing a foe. These coins come in handy when you need to acquire new arms. Furthermore, both sides of the Hog Wild weapon feature a coin.
WarioWare: Get It Together!
In the game WarioWare: Get It Together!, a player will encounter coins throughout some characters’ levels during Practice Controls mode. To complete these levels, players need to gather these coins, either by physically touching them or by hitting them with a projectile.5
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
In a particular scene from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, we see Toads busily gathering coins from stalls featuring Coin Blocks. Amid the hustle and bustle, Toad accidentally causes a coin to slip from the hands of a Green Toad. Mario, intrigued, picks up the fallen coin and without realizing, he gives it to a Red Toad who happens to be observing him.6
Other appearances and references
The Animal Crossing Franchiseedit
The Animal Crossing franchise features coins as collectible furniture items. Their design was originally modeled after Super Mario Bros., until the Animal Crossing: New Leaf installment where they updated to a modern design similar to Super Mario 3D Land. In the latest installment, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players can collect and pass through coins, leading to their momentary disappearance.
Nintendo Club, a now-defunct rewards scheme, used to have coins as a form of currency. Members could use their coins to buy downloadable content, games, and Nintendo-themed merchandise.
Sonic’s Lost Worldedit
In Sonic’s Lost World, the Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island game sees Coins replace rings in the “Yoshi’s Island Zone”.
Pikmin Short Filmsedit
In the “Occupational Hazards” Pikmin short film, a Red Pikmin emerges from a green pipe carrying coins. The character also features dust on its face that gives it a striking resemblance to Mario.
The Monopoly Gamer board game sees coins substituting the traditional paper money usually used in regular Monopoly games. Two types of coins are available: golden coins valued at one coin and Five Coins which have a larger size and are worth five coins. These coins can be created from cardboard in the standard version of the game or from plastic in collector’s editions. The coins play a crucial role in the game, as they’re used to pay rent, bid on auctions, and buy properties. Furthermore, some parts of the game force participants to leave a specific amount of coins after landing on certain spaces, allowing the next participant to pick them up. The end game score is also calculated using coins, with every set of five coins contributing 10 points towards the final score. Additionally, the Power-Up Die also includes two sides with coins that allow the player to collect three coins from the bank when rolled, with some characters having the Power-Up Boost feature that changes or enhances this power-up.
Types of Coins
Throughout the Super Mario series, the Yellow Coins are a staple. You can snatch them up from just about anywhere- they might be floating midair, hidden in blocks, or rewarded for defeating foes. In Super Mario’s side-scrolling games, you can rack up points, anywhere from 50 to 200, just by grabbing these shiny treasures. Pile up 50 or 100 of them in some games, and you’re in for a bonus- an extra life. More often than not, these yellow beauties are the standard coins you’ll find in most games.
- See Also: Red Coin
While not exactly rare, Red Coins certainly aren’t a common sight in the Super Mario universe. Making their debut as disguised yellow coins in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, their placement evolved to become either tucked away in certain level sections or strewn across the entire level in subsequent game releases. Valued at double the worth of Yellow Coins in titles like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, procuring eight of these red treasures summons a Power Star. A similar game mechanic is seen in Super Mario Sunshine where you’re rewarded with a Shine Sprite after collecting eight Red Coins. They even fetch five Yellow Coins each in Mario Party DS, stepping in for the coin bags seen in earlier iterations of the Mario Party series. The exact requirement changes depending on the game, but often the goal is to gather up eight Red Coins. In titles like New Super Mario Bros and its sequels, scoring eight of these coveted items yields a bonus reward – usually a highly useful item such as a Fire Flower.
- See Also:: Blue Coin
The Blue Coins play a crucial role in completing a game and provide an additional method to boost your coin count. You can uncover these in Super Mario 64 by vanquishing specific foes or by utilizing a ground-pound on a Blue Coin Block. Valued at five times more than a Yellow Coin, they greatly increase your score. In hidden locations of Super Mario Sunshine, you’ll discover Blue Coins which are necessary for 100% game completion. They can be traded in sets of ten for a Shine Sprite. In the majority of other games, pressing a P Switch reveals the Blue Coins, which, in this context, have the same value as a regular coin.
- See also: Purple Coin
In the games Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, you’ll come across Purple Coins when there’s a Purple Comet circling a galaxy. They could be scattered all over a level or found in a specific spot. By amassing 100 of these Purple Coins, often under a countdown, you’ll earn a Star. One key thing to note is that unlike their common counterparts, these Purple Coins don’t mend lost health or replenish your breath when you’re underwater.
- See Also: ? Coin
In both the original Super Mario Galaxy game and its follow-up, you’ll come across ? Coins. But don’t mistake these for regular coins, as they’re much more versatile. They can make things like further Coins, Star Bits, Power-Ups, and notes magically appear. When you’re navigating through the Gusty Garden Galaxy, they can even conjure more ? Coins for you.
- See also: Dragon Coin
In the Super Mario World game and its subsequent versions, players have the opportunity to earn an extra life for Mario by gathering all five of the much larger, special coins per level. Distinguished by a picture of Yoshi, it’s these Dragon Coins that make this possible.
- See also: Frog Coin
Within the realm of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, a special kind of green currency exists, known as Frog Coins. These distinctive coins enjoy exclusivity and are the only form of payment accepted by the game’s amphibious inhabitants. They hold value and can be traded for uncommon items at specific retail locations.
- See also: Star Coin
In the New Super Mario Bros. series, Star Coins stand out as a unique currency. Each stage gives players the opportunity to find three Star Coins, with the exception of Warp Cannons, Enemy Courses, and Toad’s Houses. You can uncover 240 of them in New Super Mario Bros. and 219 in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Gathering these special coins will reveal hidden paths and, in the first game, reward the player with additional touchscreen backgrounds. Further, there are 231 Star Coins in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and 246 in New Super Mario Bros. U. Accumulating these coins allows the player to gain access to the World 9/Superstar Road levels, or, in the Wii version, purchase Hint Videos for Princess Peach’s Castle. The location, purpose, and scale of these Star Coins are comparable to the Dragon Coins.
- See main article: Ace Coin
The engaging Super Mario Advance game features Ace Coins, which can be found in each level where five of them are hidden. They function similarly to Dragon Coins in Super Mario World. With a total count of 100 coins, each coin is delicately crafted in an oval shape with an “A” distinctly marked on it.
- See also: Advance Coin
In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, a unique type of coin called an Advance Coin can be found. These coins, distinguishable by their yellow hue, make their exclusive appearance in the newly introduced World-e levels and bear a resemblance to the Ace Coins.
- See also: Moon Coin
In New Super Mario Bros. 2, you’ll stumble upon Moon Coins exclusively in World Star. You’ll recognize them by the 3-Up Moon symbol. Unlike other in-game locations, World Star swaps out Star Coins for these distinct Moon Coins. However, don’t be confused – you cannot exchange Moon Coins for Star Coins, and consequently, you won’t be able to remove Star Coin Signs either. Instead, these coins are meant for collecting, and are vital if you’re aiming to secure a star on your game’s progress record.
- See also: Green Coin
The concept of Green Coins was introduced in various Mario video games including New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Activating these special coins is as simple as crossing a green-colored ring. These Green Coins, found in the New Super Mario Bros. franchise, draw a parallel to the Red Coins albeit they vanish at a quicker pace and catching five sets of threes is a necessity. They are always found in trios, depicting a pattern akin to a clover. In certain gaming worlds like Super Mario 3D World, you would find eight of these coins, and getting all of them triggered the emergence of a Green Star.
- See also: Mario Coin
In games like Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, you can find Mario Coins. You can use these coins to win rewards.
- See also: Local currency
In Super Mario Odyssey, you’ll come across region-specific coins. The designs of these coins vary from kingdom to kingdom, and they hold value only within the territory where they were discovered. Plus, they have a distinct purple hue.
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Yoshi’s Crafted World
- About the North American website: “You’ll typically see it hovering in the air. The in-game coins you gather can be used to try your luck on the capsule machine.”
Paper Mario: The Origami King
- Fascinating Find #6: “Glistening golden coins which aid Mario in his journey. Surely, those reliable dungarees need to have capacious compartments…”
- If you’re looking for a visual representation of this subject, check out Gallery:Coin.
Names in other languages
|Japanese||コイン||Commonly denotes Coin, but also refers to such terms as Medal in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, a Gold Coin in Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, Yellow Star Coin in Super Mario 64 and Yoshi Coin in Yoshi’s New Island.|
|Chinese (Simplified)||金币||Simply refers to Coin.|
|Chinese (Traditional)||金幣||Clearly signifies Coin.|
|Dutch||Munt||Rightly represents Coin.|
|French||Pièce||Generally stands for Coin, but also literally translates to “piece of money”.|
|German||Münze||Precisely denotes Coin.|
|Italian||Moneta (most games)||Mostly used in games, translates to Coin.|
|Korean||코인||Plainly signifies Coin.|
|Portuguese||Moeda||Essentially represents Coin.|
|Romanian||Bănuț (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)||Used in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, indicates a Diminutive of “ban”, which stands for coin.|
|Russian||Монета||Typically refers to Coin.|
|Spanish||Moneda||Accurately designates Coin.|
|Swedish||Guldmynt||Interpreted as Gold coins.|
- In Pikmin 2, the Pokos have a design resemblance with the gold coins that appear in the popular Super Mario video games.
- In stories featured in the Nintendo Comics System, “Koopabits” have the equivalent value of a single gold coin.
- Every time a player scores during a Cleveland Guardians’ Major League Baseball match, they play the unmistakable coin sound effect from the Super Mario Bros. game.
- When operating the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, the selection of NES/Famicom Disk System or SNES video games is marked by the iconic coin sound. The sound varies, with Super Mario Bros. sound effect playing for NES/FDS selection, Super Mario World sound playing for SNES selection, and Super Mario 64 sound playing when activating the Nintendo 64 on Nintendo Switch Online.
- Reference: Super Mario 64 English Handbook, p.18.
- Resource: Nintendo Official Magazine (UK) Edition 54, p.22.
- Citation: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 English User Guide, p.8.
- Source: HalfHydra (2nd September 2021). Myth: Do Red Coins Get Overwritten? YouTube. Accessed: 13th September 2021.
- Link: Japancommercials4U2 (19th August 2021). A Review of the WarioWare: Get It Together! Demonstration. YouTube. Visited: 19th August 2021.
- Courtesy: Illumination (8th December 2022). Clip from The Super Mario Bros. Movie | “Mushroom Kingdom”. YouTube. Accessed: 17th December 2022.
- Manual: Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic Handbook, p.24.
- Info: Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese User Guide, p.7.
- Details: Super Mario 64 Japanese Handbook, p.18.
- Note: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt Canadian User Manual. P.32.
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