Arrow lift (New Super Mario Bros. series)

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Arrow lifts in Switchback Hill in New Super Mario Bros. U

An arrow lift[1] is a special type of platform that appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U. Arrow lifts appear blue when idle but turn red when activated. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the platforms are stationary until the player steps on them, in which case an arrow pointing down appears, and the platforms move in that direction. If the player gets off the platform after having moved it from its initial position, the arrow will then point up and the platform will move back to where it started. Arrow lifts appear in World 9-2 and World 9-4. In New Super Mario Bros. U, they appear in Switchback Hill (or Rainbow Skywalk in New Super Luigi U) as the main gimmick and means of transportation. This time, there are platforms that move left and right, and an arrow appears even when unused to indicate which direction towards which the platform moves. They also need only one object for them to move instead of multiple. In both games, items such as coins and Star Coins are able to trigger the platform as a player would. The platforms also make a small noise when stepped on in this game, which was not present in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

While arrow lifts do not appear directly in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, their sound effect while moving forward from New Super Mario Bros. U is reused in the editor menu when setting the direction of certain parts such as Warp Pipes, Cannons, Checkpoint Flags, and Banzai Bills.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 矢印リフト[2]
Yajirushi Rifuto
Arrow Lift; shared with Arrow wheel
Italian Piattaforma Freccia[3] Arrow Platform


  1. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 172 and 173.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 151 and 217.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag 151