Cog (obstacle)

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This article is about the gear-like obstacle. For other uses of the term "Cog", see Cog.
A 3d render of a large cog from nsmbw
A render of a cog from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)

Cogs (also known as gears) are obstacles in some Super Mario platformers. They have the ability to push the player off if one tries to climb one.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Trial Mode icon for Mecha Castle, from Yoshi's Story

Sprockets[1] appear in Yoshi's Story in the Mecha Castle. They are wooden and can make a Yoshi lose a life only if the player rushes to two sprockets and they are spinning towards each other.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Cogs reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World in Mr. Geary's Factory, behaving as they do in the New Super Mario Bros. games. Additionally, an animate cog known as Mr. Geary is fought at the end of said level.

Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

Clock Tower.png

In Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, cogs appear in the Clock Tower, where Donkey Kong must maneuver a Helibird around them.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country Returns, gears appear primarily in Gear Getaway, where they are obstacles to the Rocket Barrel.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, cogs can be found in World 1-Castle Icon.png. If the player remains under one, they are squished and lose a life. The player is required to platform across them to reach the boss door. Additionally, cog-like wheels can be found in World 6-The Icon of a Airship from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.. Cogs come in two different sizes.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U brings back cogs in Crushing-Cogs Tower. They serve as platforms so the player can reach the top of the tower to fight Boom Boom.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Cogs reappear in the New Super Mario Bros. U expansion, New Super Luigi U, in Crushing-Cogs Tower's equivalent, which is Flame-Gear Tower, and Hot Cogs.



  1. ^ Yoshi's Story Player's Guide, pages 112 & 113.