Question Switch

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The title of this article is conjectural; an official name for the article's subject has not been found, so it has been given a fitting title by editors. If an official name appears, it is requested that the article be moved to the correct name.

This article is about the object that appears in Super Mario 64 DS. For information about the level that has the similar name occurring in the same game, see here.
Question Switch
YS Artwork Switch.png
A Red Question Switch from Yoshi's Story.
A red or orange or blue switch with a question mark.

First Appearance

Yoshi's Story (1998)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario Maker (2015)

Effect on Player

Causes a mysterious event.
The Question Switch in Super Mario 64 DS.

The Question Switch (shortened to ? Switch; also called ?-Switch Block[citation needed] in New Super Mario Bros.) appears in Super Mario 64 DS. It appears in the secret level which is also titled ? Switch, which was formerly titled Tower of the Wing Cap. It serves mainly as a one-shot replacement to the three ! Switches. Upon pressing the ? Switch, all ? Blocks in the game will become solid (and therefore, usable). Whereas the three ! Switches only fill in ! Blocks of their respective color, the ? Switch fill in all ? Blocks.

The ? Switch also appears in Yoshi's Story. When a Yoshi presses the ? Switch by simply Jumping on it, the ? Switch disappears and the part of the level in the game is changed. The ? Switch acts like a P-Switch but the main difference is that a part of the level changes. The countdown of the changed area of the level will begin as the music plays. If the music goes rapidly, the Yoshi doesn't have much time with the changed area of the level as it will turn back to normal in a short moment. There are ? Switch Panels that prevent the changed area of the level.


? Switches appear most recently in New Super Mario Bros., this time with an orange color. When hit, these switches change or add an area of a level, anything from adding moving platforms to flipping the entire level upside down. The effects of these switches can be temporary or permanent, varying from switch to switch. They also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U with the same effects as in New Super Mario Bros.

In versions of Super Mario Maker before version 1.30, P Switches in the New Super Mario Bros. U theme have the appearance of ? Switches.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
German ?-Schalter[citation needed] ? Switch
Italian Blocco Interruttore ?[citation needed] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Interruttore ?[citation needed] (Super Mario 64 DS)
? Switch Block
? Switch