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First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition (2010)
Related Species
Ball 'n' Chain
A rotating Roto-disc.

Roto-discs,[1] also spelled Rotodiscs[2] or Roto-Discs[3], are Firebar-like obstacles that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. As their Japanese name states, they are meant to represent cookies. In this game, one or two Rotodiscs are found orbiting gray or red orbs, on which it is possible for Mario or Luigi to stand. Rotodiscs are nearly invulnerable, they can only be destroyed if Mario or Luigi transform into a Statue Mario or Statue Luigi by using a Tanooki Suit and land on top of one. If there are two discs orbiting one orb, the player will only need to destroy one and the other will disappear.

A Rotodisc in Bowser's Castle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Aside from Super Mario Bros. 3 and its subsequent remakes, the only other appearance of Rotodiscs is in the Mini-Mario course in Bowser's Castle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. As a throwback to the previous games, they are obstacles that can kill Mario in one hit, sending him back to the beginning of the area.

Super Mario Land also contains enemies that orbit a similar-locking block and share the same attack pattern; their name isn't given, but it is assumed they are Rotodiscs.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins contains an enemy known as a Guruguri in Mario Zone, which behaves in a very similar fashion to a Rotodisc.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッキー
Italian Roto-Disco Roto-Disc


  1. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition instruction booklet, page 27.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet, page 38.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, page 9.