Arrow wheels (also known as spinning wheels and Arrow Lifts) are objects found in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (and its reissue), Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, Yoshi's Woolly World, and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. They appear as round objects with arrows on them that are always spinning. If a Yoshi jumps on one, the arrow wheel will move in the direction the arrow is pointing. However, it can change its direction if the Yoshi jumps on it again or if the object hits a surface. Arrow wheels can also be grabbed with the Yoshi's tongue and spat out. Arrow wheels come in two colors: tan, which is the most common, and blue. The difference between these two types of arrow wheels is that the blue arrow wheels disappear if a Yoshi jumps off one and does not ride it again for a while, returning to its original position. The only way to prevent its disappearance is to grab it with the Yoshi's tongue and spit it out. If he brings one close to the Goal Ring and jumps through it, the arrow wheel will turn into beads. Arrow wheels first appear in the level Salvo The Slime's Castle and are mainly found within the various castles and fortresses across Yoshi's Island.
A special type of arrow wheel with two arrows pointing in opposite directions appears solely in Lake Shore Paradise of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Mystery of the Castle? of Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. These ones only move up and down or left and right, depending on where the arrows point. At first, they only move around a small area, but they begin moving to the edges of the room when a Yoshi boards them. Hitting them with an egg changes their direction by 90°.
Names in other languages
|French||Boulet flèche||Arrow ball|
|Italian||Freccia mobile||Moving arrow|
|Portuguese (NOE)||Elevador seta||Arrow elevator|
|Russian||Лифт со стрелкой
Lift so strelkoi
|Spanish||Rueda flecha||Arrow wheel|
- Message Block in Yoshi's Island DS: 3-8 Castle of Priscilla the Peckish
- Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 123: "SPINNING WHEEL Jump atop one of these and it will go in the direction in which the arrow is pointing. If you jump, the wheel will begin spinning again. Tap the B Button slightly to control your direction. Brown spinning wheels keep you aloft as long as you want, but blue ones disintegrate after a brief period of time. Yoshi can grab and hold a spinning wheel in his mouth, then spit it out elsewhere."
- Yoshi's New Island Message Block: "You can carry an Arrow Lift in Yoshi's mouth and spit it out where you need it!"
- 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 9.