Arrow lift (New Super Mario Bros. series)

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New Super Mario Bros. U
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, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U. Arrow lifts appear blue when idle but turn red when activated. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, an arrow lift is stationary until the player steps on it, in which case an arrow pointing down appears, and the platform moves 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 as the main gimmick and means of transportation. In New Super Luigi U, they appear in Rainbow Skywalk as the main gimmick and means of transportation. In those levels in the latter two games, there are platforms that move left and right, and an arrow appears even when a platform is 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 platforms 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, or Super Mario Maker 2, their sound effect while moving forward from New Super Mario Bros. U is reused in the editor menu when the player sets 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; pagg. 151, 217