Boom Boom and Pom Pom: 10 Facts About These Mario Enemies

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Boom Boom and Pom Pom are two Mario enemies that have become commonplace in recent years. But it hasn't always been the case, here are 10 facts that you might not know about these larger-than-normal Koopas, which are some of Bowser's elite soldiers.

Boom Boom and Pom Pom
Boom Boom and Pom Pom

1. Boom Boom made his debut as a recurring boss in the fortresses of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, which was first released in 1988 in Japan, and 1990 in North America.

Boom Boom in Super Mario Bros. 3 (All Stars Version)

2. Boom Boom did not show up again in a Mario game until Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, resuming the same role as one of regular bosses. That makes it a total of 23 years between appearances, more than two decades! In this appearance he is orange with a red shell, and instead of fortresses, he is guarding airships. While playing Super Mario 3D Land it definitely felt exciting to see him back!

3. Pom Pom, a female version of Boom Boom made her first appearance in Super Mario 3D Land, perhaps as a nod to be more inclusive in Nintendo games. Stereotypically, she is pink with a pink Koopa shell. Like Boom Boom, she is also entrusted by Bowser to guard some airships.

Pom Pom in Super Mario 3D Land

4. Boom Boom and Pom Pom can be each defeated with 3 stomps on the head.

5. Alternatively, Fire Mario can defeat them with 15 fireballs - 5 fireballs will equate one stomp, or some combination of stomps and fireballs.

6. Boom Boom's main attack is running around with spinning his arms around, which appears rather silly. Since Super Mario 3D Land, he gets dizzy after spinning which leaves him vulnerable to be stomped on by Mario, in addition he can spin around inside his shell to try to run into Mario.

7. Pom Pom's main attack is throwing boomerangs and also doing a shell spin - however she can also hover in the air and attempt to drop onto Mario while in her shell, which means she's a bit of a more challenging enemy to beat.

8. In Super Mario 3D Land, the final encounter with these enemies requires fighting both Boom Boom and Pom Pom together as a duo! Double trouble!

Boom Boom Pom Pom Together in Super Mario 3D Land

9. In Super Mario 3D World, the sequel to 3D Land, they have added new deception moves. Boom Boom is able to go invisible when spinning (however he lives a slight trail which allows you to follow), and Pom Pom can form decoys to mess up your timing!

10. In recent years, Boom Boom and Pom Pom have started to make more appearances in Mario spinoff games. Pom Pom has appeared in Super Mario Party as a playable character, and Boom Boom is playable in Mario Tennis Aces. Both of them are also spirits that are in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate adventure mode which are special abilities that can be equipped by the fighter.

In Super Mario Maker 2, Boom Boom received new sprites in the 8-bit Super Mario Bros. style and the 16-bit Super Mario World style, since he was not originally in these games. However, Pom Pom only appears in the Super Mario 3D World style.

Given their increased roles and appearances, maybe Boom Boom and Pom Pom can become playable characters in a future Mario Kart game some day!


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