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Not to be confused with Blockstopper!.
A Blockstepper from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Blocksteppers[1] are enemies first appearing in Super Mario 3D World. They are red "blocks" with feet and cornet-like mouths. They also wear brown soldier hats and have wind-up keys in their backs. Their name is a combination of "block", which they resemble, and "lockstep", referring to their synchronized marching formation.

Double Mario and several Blocksteppers

Blocksteppers appear in various levels, always marching back and forth (forward in autoscrolling levels) in groups of two or more. They can be defeated with any attack, but defeating one from the group will scatter the group and cause them run around frantically in panic. After a few seconds, they will act in unison and angrily chase after the player.

Blocksteppers return in the game's port, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. In the Bowser's Fury campaign, Blocksteppers gain Cat versions of themselves, which are identical to normal ones except that they have cat ears. They appear in Pounce Bounce Isle.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マーチ[2]
French Blockstepper -
Spanish Marchabot From marchar (to march) and robot


  • Blocksteppers make a very similar sound to a Pikmin when they are undisturbed and chanting.


  1. ^ Super Mario 3D World Prima eGuide
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 227.