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A Brick Block, sometimes simply known as a Brick, is a block that has made an appearance in nearly every Super Mario game to date. As its name implies, Brick Blocks are blocks made of bricks.
In most Super Mario games since Super Mario Bros., Mario can only break this block as Super Mario or another form of Super Mario, such as Fire Mario or Cape Mario. Brick Blocks can be broken in many ways (usually just by jumping into them from below); they give the player ten points (fifty in Super Mario Bros.). If Small 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. Either way, 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.)
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Brick Blocks 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 Brick Blocks, which can make them harder to see. This is alleviated in the Super Mario All-Stars versions, where the castle wall is replaced.
In the Super Mario All-Stars versions, Mario/Luigi will continue upwards after punching through a Brick Block.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Brick Blocks are shiny and 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 Brick Blocks (except in the All-Stars version, where their blocks shine like normal Brick Blocks) and attempt to stomp Mario with them.
Super Mario World
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, Brick Blocks appear again, most often in the secret levels. However, they are otherwise no different from their earlier counterparts.
Super Mario 64 DS
In Super Mario 64 DS, generic Blocks are re-skinned to resemble Brick Blocks, though they behave the same as in Super Mario 64. This visual change does not affect Crates. 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. Yoshi cannot break any Brick Block unless he is under the effects of a Super Mushroom.
New Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2
Making their 3D Super Mario debut, 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 could only hold Coins inside, but they always break apart when hit.
Super Mario 3D Land
Brick Blocks reappear in Super Mario 3D Land, working as they did in the 2D Mario games.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Brick Blocks return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, working as they did prior.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Brick Blocks reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, working as they did in prior games. Giant Brick Blocks also return.
Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Odyssey
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.
In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Brick Blocks 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 turn a pile of Brick Blocks into Pile-Driver Micro-Goombas. In "Super Koopa", Mario erroneously calls a Brick Block a Super Block.
In the Super Smash Bros. games, Brick Blocks only appear in Mario stages, such as the Mushroom Kingdom stages 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 theme). 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.
In Super Princess Peach, they have various appearances, like Rotating Blocks and Egg Blocks, though they work as they do in the Super Mario Galaxy games. Darker and sturdier variations also appear; these blocks can only be broken by Poundbrella.
In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, Bricks are replaced by 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.
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