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Goombella is a very smart and sassy Goomba girl from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. She is the first companion to join Mario on his quest, and she provides Tattle information to Mario about his location or the character who stands in front of him all throughout the game. She aspires to be an archaeologist.
When Mario first arrives in Rogueport after receiving a letter and a treasure map from Princess Peach which asked him to meet here there, he immediately crosses paths with Goombella, who's being harassed and interrogated by Lord Crump and some of his X-Naut underlings about what she knows concerning the Crystal Stars since Crump had noticed she was going around asking about them. Spotting Mario, she quickly run behind him hoping he'll protect her, which makes Crump think Mario's interfering on purpose. They then engage in a quick battle, where after taking a few hits, Crump summons a massive army of X-Nauts to take care of the two. However, they all start attacking so chaotically that Mario and Goombella are able to sneak away and escape during the commotion. After getting away, Goombella thanks Mario, introduces herself and learns why he is there, with Mario even showing her the treasure map that he received from Peach. She then suggests that they go to see a former teacher of hers named Professor Frankly and show it to him since he knows a lot about the subject of the the Crystal Stars.
When they visit him, among other things, he explains that the purpose of the Crystal Stars is to open a door a legendary door beneath Rogueport called the Thousand-Year Door, which is supposed to contain some sort of legendary treasure that has been frequently rumored about, and having the map allows them to find them. At his suggestion, they then go underneath Rogueport and find the legendary door where Mario steps on a pedestal in front of it, causing the door to display the location of a Crystal Star on the map, as Frankly suspected it would. After briefly regrouping back at his house, giving Mario a badge and explaining how to use them, and learning that every time they find a a Crystal Star, they need to bring it back to the door, which will then reveal the location of another, Mario and Goombella set off on their adventure by travelling to Petal Meadows through a pipe in the east part of the Rogueport Sewers where the first Crystal Star is supposed to be.
Super Smash Bros.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Goombella appears as a collectable trophy and a sticker who increase the throwing attacks, in Super Smash Bros. 4. Goombella reappears as a trophy.
Goombella, like Goombario before her, is Mario's main source of information throughout the game. Whenever a new enemy appears in battle, or in any battle, Mario can select Goombella's Tattle attack. Tattle shows Mario the attack strength, defense, HP, and a brief description of the enemy's powers and abilities. The information is then recorded in the journal for future reference. Tattle can also be used outside of battle to describe the area, give hints on what to do, or give a description of a nearby character.
Goombella is a portmanteau of Goomba, her species, and Bella, an Italian name meaning "beautiful". This Italian connection also adds to the idea that Goomba comes from the Sicilian word gumba meaning "friend." This would make Goombella's name mean "beautiful friend."