It seems that an official retro Japanese Goomba figure has resurfaced online which shows that Goombas originally had arms and hands hidden behind their backs!
Check them out below:
Goombas have arms and hands. They are folded neatly behind their backs. pic.twitter.com/nRXVi6u92f
— Joe Piconi (@joepiconi) April 19, 2019
Unfortunately it seems that Nintendo hasn’t kept this detail consistent in newer Mario titles over the years (as it is likely they forgot about it) which is why the majority of people never even knew about it.
Check out some examples below:
If we have any more information to share we will cover it here at NintendoSoup so stay tuned for more!