Middle Ring

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A Red Yoshi, right next to a Middle Ring.

A Middle Ring (also known as a Checkpoint Ring[1]) is a ring of light in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS, and Yoshi's New Island. It appears partway through most stages and serves as a checkpoint of sorts. If a Yoshi loses a life after passing through one, he can restart at the point of the Middle Ring. Also, passing through a Middle Ring will increase Yoshi's Star Power by ten (giving him one and ten more seconds) and turn all on-screen enemies into stars.

Despite their name, Middle Rings are not always placed in the middle of a stage. Some can be found at the very beginning, or not until near the end. A few stages even have multiple Middle Rings and there are always a couple before boss fights.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 中間リング
Chūkan ringu
Midpoint Ring
Spanish Medio Anillo Middle Ring
Italian Anello Tappa Stop Ring


  1. ^ Nintendo3DSuk. (March 11, 2014). Yoshi's New Island - Launch Trailer (Nintendo 3DS). YouTube. Retrieved May 6, 2015.