Arrow wheel

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Both versions of the Arrow wheels in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
Mario riding the Directional Lift variety of the Arrow wheel in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Arrow wheels[1], also known as Arrow Lifts[2][3][4], are objects found in the Mario franchise.

Arrow wheels first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, only in the levels 4-Fortress 2 and 7-6. Arrow wheels are block-like platforms with an arrow emblazoned on them. If Mario stands on one, the platform releases a decolored form of itself and moves him to the direction the arrow wheel is pointing. There is another arrow wheel that has an exclamation mark on it, known as a Directional Lift[2]. If Mario or Luigi steps on this one, he can control the direction of the platform up, left or right when he jumps. However, if the plumber stands still while the platform is moving and stumble upon an obstacle, like a wall, the platform will keep moving or disappear, causing Mario to fall.

Yoshi's New Island

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, and Yoshi's Woolly World, arrow wheels are round objects with an arrow on them that are always spinning. If a Yoshi jumps on it, the arrow wheels will move in the direction the arrow is pointing. However, it can change its direction if the Yoshis jump 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, the most common, and blue. The difference between these two types of arrow wheels are that the blue arrow wheels disappear if a Yoshi jumps off one and doesn't ride it again for a while. The only way to prevent its disappearance is to grab it with the Yoshi's tongue and spit it out. Arrow wheels first appear in the level Salvo The Slime's Castle. Arrow wheels are mainly found within the various castles and fortresses across Yoshi's Island.

Arrow wheels as they appear in Super Mario 64 DS.

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, arrow wheels reappear in the course Wet-Dry World. They are gray blocks with blue arrows that move back and forth when Mario steps on them. They also appear in Hazy Maze Cave in the level "Elevate For 8 Red Coins" where they are Platforms with arrows on them. Mario can step on these arrows to move the Platform.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Switchback Platforms appear in the Meringue Clouds level, Switchback Hill. These behave somewhat similar to arrow wheels, but they only move side to side or up and down.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese やじるしリフト (General )
Yajirushi Rifuto
そうさリフト (Hazy Maze Cave in Super Mario 64 )
Sōsa Rifuto
まめリフト (Wet-Dry World in Super Mario 64 )
Mame rifuto
Arrow Lift

Operate-able Lift

Tiny Lift
Italian Freccia mobile (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3) Moving arrow


  1. ^ Message block in Yoshi's Island DS: 3-5 Castle of Priscilla the Peckish
  2. ^ a b Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 41.
  3. ^ Shocking Arrow Lifts!
  4. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pg. 96