Coin Box

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This article is about the block first appearing in Super Mario 3D Land. For the item from Mario Party, see Coin Box (Mario Party).
Not to be confused with Coin Block.
Coin Box
Shiny Question Block Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Artwork of a Coin Box from Super Mario 3D World.
A shiny ? Block.

First appearance

Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Effect on player

Worn over the character's head to earn multiple coins.
Mario wearing a Coin Box in Super Mario 3D Land.
Toad wearing a Coin Box in Super Mario 3D World.

Coin Boxes[1][2], also referred to as ? Boxes[3][4], are items introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. They are only found in World 8-1, World 8-4 and Special 1-3. Coin Boxes look just like ? Blocks. Like Propeller Boxes, they are worn by Mario over his head, and don't let him throw fireballs or boomerangs, or turn into a statue. It cannot be taken off unless he hits an enemy. If Mario makes it to the Goal Pole with the Coin Box, it disappears and gives an extra life. While inside a Coin Box, infinite coins will pop out from it while he is moving.

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, similar objects known as Gold Blocks appear, which are revealed by hitting Coin Blocks enough times, and give Mario coins at a much faster rate than the Coin Boxes. Unlike Coin Boxes, however, a Gold Block will disappear once 100 coins have been collected from it.

Coin Boxes return in Super Mario 3D World, now shinier than a regular ? Block. This time, they work just like Gold Blocks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOE) Caja ? ? box


  1. ^ Super Mario 3D Land internal filename (CoinBox)
  2. ^ Super Mario 3D World internal filename (BoxCoin)
  3. ^ Super Mario 3D Land Prima eGuide, Suits and Transformations tab.
  4. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 15.