Assist Block

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This article is about the blocks that assist the player in Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario 3D World. For the block that assists the player in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, see Super Guide Block.
Invincibility Leaf
P-Wing
The Invincibility Leaf (left) and P-Wing (right) Assist Blocks from Super Mario 3D Land

Assist Blocks,[1] also referred to as golden blocks,[2] are golden blocks that appear in Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. There are two types of Assist Blocks: one that contains an Invincibility Leaf, and one that contains a P-Wing; these items help the player reach the end of a level, and they appear near the beginning (or midway) of the stage after the player loses a certain number of lives in that stage.

History[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

The Invincibility Leaf Assist Block appears only after Mario loses five lives in a single level. Once Mario collects the Invincibility Leaf, he transforms into White Tanooki Mario and becomes invincible for the entire level. However, Luigi cannot obtain one unless Mario skips a normal world level (for example, by Warp Zone), as these blocks do not appear in the Special Worlds, and they do not return if the level in question is beaten.

The P-Wing Assist Block appears after Mario loses ten lives in a level, allowing Mario to use the P-Wing to be taken to the end of the level, in front of the Goal Pole.

If an Assist Block appears in a level, any stars on the current save file stop sparkling permanently (similar to the effect of the Super Guide Block from New Super Mario Bros. Wii).

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Screenshot of an Assist Block in New Super Mario Bros. 2
An Assist Block in New Super Mario Bros. 2

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, only the Invincibility Leaf Assist Block returns. However, unlike in Super Mario 3D Land, the leaf inside turns Mario into White Raccoon Mario (rather than White Tanooki Mario), it will always appear if five lives are lost in a level (regardless of whether or not the level in question has been beaten), and it will disappear if any level with one is cleared without using it (restoring the sparkles on the current save file's stars as well).

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

The Invincibility Leaf Assist Block appears once more in Super Mario 3D World, working as it did in New Super Mario Bros. 2, though the White Tanooki form is retained from Super Mario 3D Land; additionally, the level's score is not saved if it is used, though it can be restored upon clearing the level without using it. However, the number of lost lives needed to make it appear is based on the number of players: five for one player, 12 for two, 18 for three, and 24 for four. Furthermore, the Assist Block does not spawn in Champion's Road.

The Assist Block reprises its role in the Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, although it is not in the Bowser's Fury campaign.

Profiles[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet description:
    • English:
      If you keep losing lives at the same point, an Assist Block will appear. Hit it to receive a special item.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction booklet description:
    • English:
      If Mario loses five lives in the same course, an Assist Block will appear. Hit it to release an Invincibility Leaf and transform into White Raccoon Mario.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アシストブロック[3][4]
Ashisuto Burokku
Assist Block

Chinese (simplified) 协助砖块[5]
Xiézhù Zhuānkuài
Assist Block

Chinese (traditional) 協助磚塊[6][7]
Xiézhù Zhuānkuài
Assist Block

Dutch Hulpblok
Help Block
French Bloc secours
Succor block
German Rettungsblock
Rescue block
Italian Blocco Soccorso
Help Block
Portuguese (NOE) Bloco de Ajuda
Help Block
Russian Блок-помощник
Blok-pomoshchnik
Help block

Spanish Bloque Ayuda
Help Block

References[edit]

  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick (2012). New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-89552-3. Page 33.
  2. ^ Tips & tricks for 2 adventures. Play Nintendo (American English). Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  3. ^ Nintendo. スーパーマリオ 3Dランド. www.nintendo.co.jp (Japanese). Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  4. ^ Nintendo. New スーパーマリオブラザーズ 2 : アシスト機能で初心者の方も安心プレイ. www.nintendo.co.jp (Japanese). Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  5. ^ 超级马力欧 3D乐园 协助功能让初学者也可以放心游戏. iQue (Simplified Chinese). Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  6. ^ 超級瑪利歐 3D樂園 繁體中文版 - 香港任天堂網站. Nintendo of HK (Traditional Chinese). Retrieved June 29, 2024.
  7. ^ New 超級瑪利歐兄弟 2:使用協助功能,初學者也可以輕鬆遊戲. Nintendo of HK (Traditional Chinese). Retrieved June 29, 2024.