? Panel

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This article is about the item in the Mario Kart series and Mario sports games. For the object in Tetris Attack, see Panel.

It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to include some missing games where ? Panels have appeared.

? Panels (originally known as Question Blocks[1]) are the ground-based version of the ? Block. While ? Blocks hover in mid-air, ? Panels lay flat against the ground. These objects first appear in Super Mario Kart. ? Panels litter the racetracks of the game. When a racer drives over a ? Panel, he or she receives an item. Although normally yellow with a black question mark, ? Panels turn red with a smiley face after driven over, signifying they are deactivated. Red ? Panels remain deactivated through the rest of the race (unless every ? Panel in the course is deactivated, in which case every ? Panel turns yellow and once again offer items). ? Panels are replaced by Item Boxes in Mario Kart 64 and future Mario Kart games.

? Panels later appear in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. These panels are scattered across the game's various basketball courts. When a player on offense dribbles the ball over a ? Panel, he or she typically acquires Coins used to boost points, but may also receive an item. A player on defense always receives a special item if they run over one of these panels. Fake ? Panels also appear in the game and can be used to trip up other players. Purple ? Panels appear in the Jr. Street stage when one of the spotlights shines on the ? Panel. Those contain Slot Coins.

? Panels reappear in Mario Sports Mix. They have the same effect as in Mario Hoops 3-on-3.


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイテムパネル[2]
Aitemu Paneru
Hatena Paneru
Item Panel

? Panel
French Bloc ? ? Block


  1. ^ Super Mario Kart instruction booklet, pgs. 12 & 16
  2. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/vc_mk/vc_mk_05.html
  3. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/ab3j/mario3on3/index.html