Block (Super Mario 64)

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A large, light brown block.

First appearance

Super Mario 64 (1996)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 64 DS (2004)

Effect on player

Breaks apart and may contain coins, a Super Mushroom, a Red Coin, or a 1-Up Mushroom.

Blocks[1] are, as the name entails, plain-looking Blocks that first appear in Super Mario 64. They are scattered throughout the game's various worlds and can be broken by most of Mario's attacks. Some of them contain three coins, but this is rather uncommon and most are empty. In this game, they look identical to the game's throwable Crates, though they are much larger. Unlike Crates, they cannot be thrown, though Mario is able to stand on top of them. Blocks are occasionally activated by red floor switches in worlds such as Wet-Dry World and Dire, Dire Docks. In these cases, the blocks are always empty and they are used more as platforms than containers.

In Super Mario 64 DS, Blocks are known as Bricks[2] and have an appearance similar to red Brick Blocks, no longer sharing their cork-like texture with crates. They are also much more common than before. Some Bricks contain Mushrooms, but this is quite rare. Mario, Luigi, and Wario can also break Bricks, but Yoshi cannot break them with any of his attacks unless he has eaten a Mushroom. In addition, Black Bricks[2] are introduced as a variant that can only be broken by Wario. However, any character can break them with the help of a Mushroom.

In Mario Party, Blocks appear in the minigame Box Mountain Mayhem. The goal of this minigame is to destroy as many Blocks as possible, as many of them contain coins and Coin Bags. However, among the large "mountain," there are also Crazed Crates disguised as these Blocks, which will move the characters who attack them away from the mountain.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブロック[3][4]


  1. ^ "Press the Z button while jumping to squash enemies or to destroy blocks." - Super Mario 64 English instruction booklet, pg. 15
  2. ^ a b Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet, pg. 28
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 15
  4. ^ Japanese Mario Party gameplay