- "Green Block" redirects here. For information about green-colored ! Blocks, see ! Block.
- Not to be confused with metal block.
Metal Box artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|First appearance||Super Mario 64 (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
- “There are special Caps in the red, green and blue blocks. Step on the switches in the hidden courses to activate the Cap Blocks.”
- —Sign, Super Mario 64
A Cap Block is a type of block that first appears in Super Mario 64. In the original game, Cap Blocks come in three colors, each one containing a different power-up.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
In Super Mario 64, all Cap Blocks are intangible at the start of the game, reminiscent of the four ! Blocks from Super Mario World. When one of the three Cap Switches is activated, all Cap Blocks of that color solidify and drop a cap power-up upon being broken open.
- Red blocks (or Red Blocks) contain the Wing Cap. The red Wing Cap Switch is on the Tower of the Wing Cap, which is accessed by standing on the sun panel in the Mushroom Castle's lobby and looking at the ceiling after Mario obtains at least 10 Power Stars.
- Green blocks (or Green Blocks) contain the Metal Cap. The green Metal Cap Switch is in the Cavern of the Metal Cap, a secret area inside the Hazy Maze Cave accessed through a portal near Dorrie's pond.
- Blue blocks (or Blue Blocks) contain the Vanish Cap. The blue Vanish Cap Switch is in Vanish Cap Under the Moat, which becomes accessible after Mario drains the moat in front of the Mushroom Castle.
In Super Mario 64 DS, the three colored ! Blocks are reduced to one red ? Block, which is simply referred to as such. Red blocks contain either Power Flowers, which give different abilities depending on which character obtains them, or Wings in certain levels for Mario. If anyone other than Yoshi hits a red block without his cap, however, a Bob-omb will come out instead.
A different set of Cap Blocks exists unused in Super Mario 64 DS, and they provide the player with Mario's cap, Luigi's cap, or Wario's cap.
Super Smash Bros. series
The green block appears as an item in every installment of the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, under the name Metal Box. Much like in Super Mario 64, this item causes characters to become coated in metal for a short period of time. Unlike in Super Mario 64, they have to simply grab or directly hit the box to become metal, as opposed to jumping under it and causing the Metal Cap to emerge from it. They become heavier and fall faster, making it harder to directly KO them by blasting them away, but making it harder for them get back on the stage. Getting hit causes the duration of the power-up to shorten. The Final Smash forms Giga Bowser, Wario-Man, Mega Lucario, and Giga Mac are completely unaffected by Metal Boxes. Also, when a character becomes metal, their voice is removed.
From Super Smash Bros. Melee onward until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, each game of the Super Smash Bros. series has a trophy of the Metal Box. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the trophy erroneously states the Metal Box appears in Super Mario 64 DS, which replaced the colored caps with multiple characters, and their Power Flowers are all found in red blocks.
In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, the red, green, and blue Cap Blocks appear as paintings, along with a yellow block from Super Mario 64.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Metal Box trophy lists Super Mario 64 DS as its other game appearance, even though it (as well as the original game's red and blue ! Blocks) were replaced by ? Blocks in the remake.
Blue indicates it is exclusive to the Wii U version.
A green block in the Hazy Maze Cave in Super Mario 64
A Metal Box in Super Smash Bros. Melee
A ? Block in Super Mario 64 DS
Red block painting from Minecraft
Names in other languages
Green block / Metal Box
Midori no Burokku
|Dutch||Groene !-kist||Green ! Box|
|French||Boîte de Métal||Metal Box|
|German||Grüne !-Box||Green ! Box|
|Italian||Blocco verde (Super Mario 64)
Scatola ! (Super Smash Bros. series)
|Portuguese||Caixa Metálica||Metalic Box|
|Spanish (NOA)||Bloque de Metal||Metal Block|
|Spanish (NOE)||Bloque Verde||Green Block|
- In some pre-release versions of New Super Mario Bros., a blue block from Super Mario 64 can be seen (as shown in the image to the right). Its 3D geometry is more apparent than any other block in the game. Moreover, the yellow block from the same game can also be viewed, this one being automatically switched to a green block if hit.
- ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 45, 64, 69, and 73.
- ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 35, 56, and 59.
- ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 54 and 93.
- ^ a b c Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
- ^ Super Mario 64 Italian instruction booklet, page 38.
- ^ Latel (May 3, 2018). Year of Smash 25 [Super Smash Bros. Brawl]. YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
- ^ Video showing an early E3 prototype of New Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario 64 objects
- Super Mario 64 DS objects
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl items
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophies
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U items
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophies
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophies
- Super Smash Bros. Melee items
- Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate items