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“RUN AWAY!!! HURRY!!!”
—Message Block on Tap-Tap the Golden, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Message Blocks are blocks with faces that appear in various platformers. They are most prevalent in the Yoshi series. They are usually white, smiling blocks that provide tips and hints to the player.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
Message Blocks first appeared in Super Mario World, where they usually describe a new level in the beginning stages of the game or explain a new game mechanic. Unlike later appearances, these Message Blocks have no face in Super Mario World but instead look like speakers.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Message Blocks became more common in the Yoshi series starting with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they teach the player controls and give tips rather than saying things outright. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island gives Message Blocks their now-common look of smiling white faces. They reappear in the remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
The Message Blocks return once more in Yoshi's Story. Here they fill the exact same role as they did in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Their appearance has changed since then, though, as they are now much bigger, and their mouths continually move.
Yoshi's Island DS
They return in Yoshi's Island DS and are much the same as before but return to their Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island form.
Super Smash Bros.
Message Blocks have a cameo in Super Smash Bros.. They appear in the stage Yoshi's Island where one can be seen in the background along with the Super Happy Tree. The same stage also makes a reappearance as playable for the sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Super Princess Peach
In Super Princess Peach, Message Blocks return to just giving hints when hit, although here, they are yellow and are called Perry Blocks, in reference to the umbrella of the same name.
Names in other languages
||Bloco de Massagem (Super Mario World manual)
||提示座 Tíshì zuò
- ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 13.