Brick Block

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Brick Block
Brick Block artwork from Super Mario 3D World.
Artwork of a Brick Block from Super Mario 3D World
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Animal Crossing: New Horizons (version 1.8.0) (2021)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021, Mario franchise)
Effect on player Releases items, serves as a platform, or simply breaks apart when struck.

A Brick Block (or brick block), sometimes simply known as a brick,[1][2] Normal Block,[3] or Block,[4] is one of the more common blocks in Mario games that has made an appearance in nearly every Super Mario game to date. As their name implies, Brick Blocks are designed to resemble sections of a brick wall.

In most Super Mario games since Super Mario Bros., Mario or any other character can break this block only in their Super form or higher tiered variants of the Super form, such as the Fire form or Tanooki form. Brick Blocks can be broken in many ways (usually just by jumping into them from below); they give the player ten points (50 in Super Mario Bros. and its derivatives). If Small or Mini Mario hits a Brick Block, it just bounces up slightly. However, if Brick Blocks contain an item, they work just like ? Blocks, as the item pops out and the block turns into an Empty Block. Regardless, any enemies walking on the block will be injured. In Super Mario Bros. and the New Super Mario Bros. series, Brick Blocks' colors change to fit those of their environment (blue while underground, gray/white in castles, red in volcanic areas, etc.)

When a P Switch is activated, Brick Blocks turn into coins and vice versa.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Bricks debut in Super Mario Bros. and reappear in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, where they are used as containers and platforms. In World 8-3 of Super Mario Bros. and a few levels in The Lost Levels, the castle walls use the same brick styling as bricks, which can make them harder to see. This is alleviated in the Super Mario All-Stars versions, where the castle wall is replaced and Hidden Blocks replace the bricks. According to the game's manual, power-up-holding bricks[5] were one of several objects that Mushroom People were magically transformed into by Bowser.[6] The breakable ones, however, would seem to not be transformed Mushroom People.

For unknown reasons, in the Super Mario All-Stars versions of these games, Mario/Luigi will continue their upward momentum slightly after punching through a brick, rather than rebounding back down, as in other games.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 3, bricks shimmer and are as yellow as ? Blocks due to graphical limitations. This carries over into the Super Mario All-Stars version and Super Mario Advance 4, where they both use the golden coin palette. They can now be broken by tail whips and kicked shells. Bigger versions of these blocks first appear in Giant Land. Pile Driver Micro-Goombas debut in Desert Land; they wear dull bricks (except in the All-Stars version, where their blocks shine like normal ones) and attempt to stomp Mario with them.

Super Mario World[edit]

Rotating Blocks replace bricks in Super Mario World.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Making their 3D Super Mario debut, brick blocks (also referred to as sand bricks[7]) appear again in Super Mario Sunshine, though only in The Hotel Lobby's Secret; they are filled with sand inside. They work like they do in the 2D games, and occasionally contain 1-Up Mushrooms.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 DS, generic blocks are re-skinned to resemble Brick Blocks, though they behave the same as in Super Mario 64. A different visual change is given to crates, however. They can be broken by most of Mario, Luigi, and Wario's attacks. There is also a large black variation of the block that can only be broken by Wario (although any character can break it with the help of a mushroom). Yoshi cannot break any of them unless he is under the effects of a mushroom.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

As of New Super Mario Bros., bricks can also be ground-pounded to break them.

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Brick Blocks reappear in Super Mario Galaxy and its follow-up Super Mario Galaxy 2, resembling their original design due to having four layers of bricks. These Brick Blocks can only hold coins inside, but they always break apart when hit.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Brick Blocks reappear in Super Mario 3D Land, working as they did in the 2D Mario games. Additionally, a Brick Block-like enemy known as the Fake Block is introduced. These enemies camouflage themselves with regular Brick Blocks, and attack when the player approaches them. Blokkabloks also have spiked Brick Blocks as segments; unlike normal Brick Blocks, theirs can be broken by Small Mario.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Brick Blocks return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, working as they did prior.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Brick Blocks reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, working as they did in prior games. Big Blocks also return.

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

Brick Blocks return in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, working as they did in Super Mario 3D Land. Big Blocks also appear, and similar blocks known as Crystal Blocks also debut in this game.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Brick Blocks reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS as objects that can be placed into the level (excluding the Super Mario World style, where they are replaced by Rotating Blocks). They serve the same purpose as in most Mario games.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Brick Blocks reappear in Super Mario Run working as they do in other 2D Super Mario titles. Sometimes, they contain a Pink Coin, Purple Coin, or Black Coin inside.

In earlier versions of Super Mario Run prior to the Fall 2017 update, Peach, Toad, Toadette, and the Yoshis were defeated in one hit and did not have Small forms to shrink into upon being hit by enemies (they instead remained in their normal usual forms after being defeated or falling in pits or lava) and therefore they had an advantage of being able to break Brick Blocks from the start, unlike Mario and Luigi, who usually need to be in their Super forms in order to do so.

In versions since the Fall 2017 update, said characters and Daisy are given Small forms to shrink into when being hit, therefore letting them take one more hit before being defeated, thus making them more consistent with Mario and Luigi (though they still start each stage in Super form). As a result, said characters lose their advantage over Mario and Luigi and now require their normal usual forms to break Brick Blocks.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Brick Blocks appear again in Super Mario Odyssey, working the same as in previous games. They resemble their original design, as they have four layers of bricks. In the Wooded Kingdom, Brick Blocks are made out of stone.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Partrick as he appears within the Course Maker in Super Mario Maker 2.

Brick Blocks appear in Super Mario Maker 2, acting as they did in Super Mario Maker, with Rotating Blocks replacing them in the Super Mario World style. In the Super Mario 3D World style, Crystal Blocks replace regular Brick Blocks in the forest and underground themes, while Hard Blocks take the form of Rock Blocks.

A Brick Block with a pair of black feet and legs along with eyes, named Partrick, can be seen in the game's Story Mode, and appears next to Soundfrog in the level creation menu.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]


In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, bricks often appear in the background. Some are used as destructible platforms, though. In "A Toadally Magical Adventure", rebelling pipe creatures that Toad made use the wand they stole to make a pile of bricks act like Pile Driver Micro-Goombas. In "Super Koopa", Mario calls a brick holding a Super Leaf a "Super Block".

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. games, Brick Blocks only appear in Mario stages, such as the Mushroom Kingdom of Super Smash Bros. (where they form a solid platform on the left side) and the Mushroom Kingdom of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mushroomy Kingdom (where they are aged and more realistic, as with the rest of the stage), 3D Land, and possibly in Super Mario Maker (bar the Super Mario World style). They also appear in the 3DS version's Smash Run mode. They can be broken as in the Mario games, though they are a bit sturdier after Melee.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

In Super Princess Peach, Brick Blocks have various appearances depending on the world, and particularly resemble Egg Blocks in Hoo's Wood and Rotating Blocks in Giddy Sky. They come in normal-sized and big versions, and give the player a coin when broken. If Princess Peach uses the Gloom Vibe, she can quickly strike a cluster of these blocks all at once. Darker and sturdier variations also appear, which can only be broken by the Poundbrella move.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[edit]

Brick Blocks appear as items in the Dream Race event in the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, where they are referred to simply as Blocks. If used, the item drops a Brick Block in front of each of the other opponents, which will cause them to lose speed if ran into, but can be avoided by simply running around them or using a Shield. In the Wii version, Brick Blocks appear as obstacles in Dream Platform, where they cause the player to lose speed and gain a point penalty if they crash into them, however can be destroyed if they are hit with a Red Shell or Explosion, or if a character hits them while using a Barrier.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Brick Blocks are used as walls to guard any characters behind them from opponents' snowballs in Dream Snowball Fight. Several Brick Blocks also appear as props in the first segment of the Mario World routine in Dream Figure Skating. In the Nintendo DS version, Brick Blocks appear as obstacles in Supersonic Downhill, where they cause the player to retire from the event if hit, but can be protected against using a Barrier.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Brick Blocks appear in Golf Plus in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where they appear as basic obstacles that block balls and turn into Empty Blocks when hit. They also appear in Archery Plus, however only serve an aesthetic purpose and do not affect gameplay.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Brick Blocks appear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports. They are activated by throwing turnips at them, interacting with them using the pointer / touch screen, or luring enemies to bust through them, such as Flaptors and Bullet Bills.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Brick Blocks may contain viruses or other objects in Dr. Mario World.

Brick Blocks appear in Dr. Mario World, where they are referred to as blocks. In order to break a block, a capsule match need to be made near it, or that a skill or item is used to eliminate it. Some of the blocks may contain something such as viruses. Objects hidden inside blocks are not active, such as Capsule Plus where it will not countdown until it is released. Some of the blocks may contain coins, where the coins that come from these type of blocks are pink with the image of a virus imprinted on it.

Dr. Wendy's and Dr. Koopa Troopa's skills involves Brick Blocks. For Dr. Wendy, her stage mode skill breaks up to 10 blocks while her versus mode skill covers up to 10 viruses in the opponent's field in blocks. For Dr. Koopa Troopa, its stage mode skill breaks up to 4 blocks (3 prior to version 2.2.0), while its versus mode skill covers up to 5 viruses inside blocks. Although Dr. Koopa Troopa's skill involves less blocks compared to Dr. Wendy, it is compensated by a lower skill meter to allow for potentially more uses of the skill. Blocks may appear in some of the starting layouts in versus mode. If Dr. Baby Wario's skill targets a block that contain coins, it is able to collect every coin from those blocks.

Other appearances[edit]

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Minecraft-styled Bricks (known as Brick Block in the Bedrock version) are replaced by Mario-styled Brick Blocks.

Brick Blocks appear in the 2010 version of Nintendo Monopoly, assuming the role of Community Chest spaces and cards. In this game, they are referred to simply as "Blocks". In the 2006 version, Coin Blocks filled the role instead.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "When suitably powered up, you can destroy these by hitting them from below. There are also bricks that may yield coins or items when hit."

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

  • Collectible Treasure No. 54: "Made of bricks, but can be smashed with a hammer or even a simple jump. They don't make 'em like they used to."


Main article: Gallery:Brick Block

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レンガ[8]
Renga Burokku

Brick Block
Chinese (Simplified) 砖头砖块[9] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Zhuāntóu Zhuānkuài
砖块 (Super Mario Maker 2)
Brick Block

Chinese (Traditional) 磚塊
Dutch Blok (Super Mario Maker 2)
Stenen blok (Super Mario Run)
Rock Block
Brick Block
French Bloc (Super Mario Run)
Bloc de brique
Brick block
German Mauerstein
Block (Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Italian Blocco
Blocco mattone
Korean 블록
Portuguese Bloco Block
Russian Блок
Spanish (NOA) Bloque de ladrillo (Super Mario Run)
Bloque Ladrillo
Brick Block
Brick Block
Spanish (NOE) Bloque (Super Mario Run)
Bloque Ladrillo
Brick Block



  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. American English instruction booklet, page 17.
  3. ^ Super Mario All-Stars English instruction booklet, page 9.
  4. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition instruction booklet, pages 12 and 18.
  5. ^ "If you come across mushrooms who have been turned into bricks or made invisible, they reward you by giving you a power boost." - Super Mario Bros. English instruction booklet, page 8.
  6. ^ "One day the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks, and even field horsehair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin." - Super Mario Bros. English instruction booklet, page 2.
  7. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 14.
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Japanese instruction booklet, page 8.
  9. ^ Official Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved March 6, 2020.