? Switch

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This article is about the object that appears in various games. For the level with the same name in Super Mario 64 DS, see Tower of the Wing Cap.
? Switch
YS Artwork Switch.png
A Red ? Switch from Yoshi's Story
Description
A 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 ? Switch, or ? Switch Block[1], is a Switch Block that first appears in Yoshi's Story. When a Yoshi presses the ? Switch by simply jumping on it, the ? Switch disappears and a part of the level is changed briefly. As the effect expires, the switch's music will speed up. There are ? Switch Panels that also act as a ? Switch and extend the switch's time limit.

A ? Switch also appears in Super Mario 64 DS. It appears in the secret level, which is also titled "? Switch" (formerly titled Tower of the Wing Cap). It serves mainly as a one-shot replacement to the original game's three ! Switches. Upon pressing the ? Switch, all ? Blocks in the game will become solid and can be broken open. Whereas the three ! Switches only filled in ! Blocks of their respective color, the ? Switch fill in all ? Blocks, as they are all the same color, red, and the ability that the player will get now depends on the character they are playing as.

? Switches later appear in New Super Mario Bros., this time with an orange color. Like the ones in Yoshi's Story, these switches change or add to an area of a level, like adding moving platforms or 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.

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.

? Switch locations[edit]

This section is under construction. Therefore, please excuse its informal appearance while it's being worked on. We hope to have it completed as soon as possible.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Level Function
World 2-3 Raising the water level
World 2-4 Causing certain sand hills to form
World 2-Castle Icon.png Causing certain sand trenches to form
World 3-3 Disabling currents
World 3-Ghost Icon.png Causing staircases to form over slopes, and causing certain Warp Doors to appear
World 4-3 Disabling currents
World 4-Ghost Icon.png Causing ? Blocks on strings to drop down
World 4-Castle Icon.png Causing elevating platforms to appear to allow Mario to reach Mega Goomba
World 5-C Causing some red blocks to appear, one column after another
World 7-Ghost Icon.png Causing certain Warp Doors or lifts to appear
World 8-2 Raising the water level
World 8-Bowser's Castle Sprite.png Tilting certain parts of the level upside down, and causing a certain lift to appear

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Level Function
World 2-2 Causing certain lifts to appear
World 5-Ghost Icon.png Causing all of the Light Blocks to light up
World 6-3 Raising the water level
World 6-6 Activating the tilt-controlled lights for the raft, and causing certain lifts to appear
World 7-Ghost Icon.png Causing certain lifts to appear
World 8-4 Destroying certain Hard Blocks
World 9-5 Causing certain lifts to appear

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Level Function
World 3-1 Causing a nearby Warp Pipe to shower coins
World 3-4 Causing a nearby Warp Pipe to shower coins
World 3-A Disabling currents
World 4-5 Disabling currents
World 5-Ghost Icon.png Causing certain Warp Doors to appear
World 6-1 Causing certain Hard Blocks to appear, one large area after another
World 6-Ghost Icon.png Causing certain walls to retract
World 6-2 Destroying certain Hard Blocks
World MushroomMushroomicon.png-Ghost Icon.png Causing certain blue blocks to appear and disappear
World MushroomMushroomicon.png-3 Causing two nearby Warp Pipes to shower coins
World MushroomMushroomicon.png-A Destroying certain unbreakable blocks
World FlowerFireFlowericon.png-B Causing certain Roulette Coin Blocks to appear
World StarStaricon.png-1 Changing the alignment of certain Brick Block structures
First Course of the Platform Panic Pack Causing an area directly above the player to shower coins
Third Course of the Mystery Adventures Pack Changing the alignment of certain Brick Block structures

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Level Function
Stone-Eye Zone Causing an area directly above the player to shower coins
Tropical Refresher Causing an area directly above the player to shower coins, including the second Star Coin at the end
Light Blocks, Dark Tower Causing all of the Light Blocks to light up
Spine-Tingling Spine Coaster Causing some red blocks to appear
Roy's Conveyor Castle Destroying certain Hard Blocks
Pendulum Castle Causing some red blocks to appear

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Level Function
Switch-Lift Express Causing certain solid platforms to move from one position to another

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Interrupteur ?[2] ? Switch
German ?-Schalter[citation needed] ? Switch
Italian Blocco Interruttore ?[citation needed] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Interruttore ?[citation needed] (Super Mario 64 DS)
? Switch Block
? Switch

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. British English instruction booklet, page 18.
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 DS French instruction booklet, page 68