Cascading Stone

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Yoshi standing on stone blocks

Cascading Stones[1], also described as falling stone blocks[2] or falling blocks[3], are platforms of various shapes and sizes introduced in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. When stood upon by Yoshi, they fall down into the ground, or off the screen. They shake when Yoshi stands on one, indicating that they will fall. They appear in World 2-1: Visit Koopa And Para-Koopa, World 2-7: Lakitu's Wall, and World 5-7: Shifting Platforms Ahead. In the GBA reissue, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, they additionally appear in Secret 1: Exercise in the Skies.

In Yoshi's Island DS, the rocks mainly appear in World 4-1: Rock 'n' Fall. They reappear in Yoshi's New Island as a feature of World 2-1: Koopa Canyon, where their falling behavior was slightly altered, as they shake before abruptly falling instead of a more gradual descent. In the former, similar obstacles known as Sliding Blocks[4] appear in World 3-7: Tap-Tap's Sunken Cave and World 4-7: Teeth-Chattering Chill Zone. The latter game also includes similar terrain in World 6-7: Crumble Rock Rumble. In Yoshi's Woolly World, Cascading Stones appear in World 4-2: Lakitu Peekaboo.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おちるゆか
Ochiru Yuka
ゴゴゴいわ
Gogogo Iwa
落下ブロック[5]
Rakka Burokku
Falling Floor (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)

Rumbling Rock (Yoshi's Island DS);「ゴゴゴ」(gogogo) is onomatopoeic for rumbling or whirring

Drop Block (Yoshi's New Island); shared with an object from Wario World

Trivia[edit]

  • During development of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the stone was dubbed 「テトリスブロック」 (Tetorisu Burokku, Tetris Block).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black, Fletcher. Yoshi's Island DS PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 201. "Cascading Stones"
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Page 38.
  3. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Page 85.
  4. ^ Black, Fletcher. Yoshi's Island DS PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 171. "Sliding Blocks"
  5. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシー New アイランド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's New Island), page 70.
  6. ^ TCRF. Proto:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/ys romX 0#World 2. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved December 11, 2021.