Coin Box

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This article is about the coin-generating ? Block that appears in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World. For the item in Mario Party, see Coin Box (Mario Party series).
Not to be confused with ? Block or Coin Block.
Coin Box
MKT Icon Coin Box.png
Artwork of a Coin Box from Mario Kart Tour

First appearance

Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Effect on player

Worn over the character's head to earn multiple coins

Coin Boxes, formerly known as ? Boxes,[1][2] are objects introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. Characters that wear them will receive a limited amount of coins as they walk.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario wearing a ? Box in Super Mario 3D Land

In Super Mario 3D Land, they are only found in World 8-1, World 8-4 and Special 1-3. ? Boxes look just like ? Blocks. Like Propeller Boxes, they are worn by Mario or Luigi on their head, and do not let them throw fireballs or boomerangs, or turn into a statue. It cannot be taken off unless they hit an enemy. If Mario makes it to the Goal Pole with the ? Box, it disappears and gives an extra life. While inside a ? Box, coins will pop out from it while he is moving, although the ? Box will disappear after a certain amount of coins are produced.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

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 ? Boxes. Unlike ? Boxes, however, a Gold Block will disappear once 100 coins have been collected from it.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Toad wearing a Coin Box in Super Mario 3D World

? Boxes return in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, now given the name Coin Boxes, their current name, and shinier than a regular ? Block. This time, they work just like Gold Blocks from New Super Mario Bros. 2, though they retain the ability restrictions (including the inability to turn into a statue) and the 1-Up prize by touching the Goal Pole from Super Mario 3D Land.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Coin Boxes reappear in Mario Kart Tour as the special item of Mario (Hakama), Peach (Vacation), Pink Gold Peach, Pauline (Party Time), Rosalina (Swimwear), Gold Koopa (Freerunning), Dry Bones (Gold), King Boo (Gold), Bowser (Santa) and Gold Mario exclusively in Gold Rush during the Valentine's Tour. They widely spew 40 coins onto the track when used. During a Coin Box Frenzy, coins surround the player. When Coin Box+ is active, it will additionally spray Red Coins out as well. Coin Boxes received a minor redesign in that their edges and corners are more flat rather than rounded, and the holes in their sides' corners are absent.


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Tips & Tricks: "A box with a golden sheen. Generates a large amount of coins in front of your kart for a set time."
  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "The Coin Box glows gold, and it's overflowing with coins! Collect as many as you can before your opponents pick them up instead!"[3]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハテナボックス[4]
Hatena Bokkusu
Koin Bokkusu
? Box (Super Mario 3D Land)

Coin Box (Super Mario 3D Land[6] / Super Mario 3D World[7] / Mario Kart Tour)
Spanish (NOA) Caja de monedas Coin box
Spanish (NOE) Caja ? ? box
Dutch Gouden blok Golden Block
German Münz-Box Coin Box
Italian Cubo di monete Coin cube
Portuguese Caixa de moedas Coin box
Portuguese (NOE) Caixa ?[8] ? box
Korean 코인박스
Koin Bakseu
Coin Box
Chinese (Simplified) 金币箱
Jīnbì xiāng
Coin Box
Chinese (Traditional) 金幣箱
Jīnbì xiāng
Coin Box


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 9.
  2. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Game Guide, page 15.
  3. ^ mariokarttourEN (October 20, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 186.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 232.
  6. ^ Super Mario 3D Land internal filename (CoinBox)
  7. ^ Super Mario 3D World internal filename (BoxCoin)
  8. ^ Nintendo Portugal (January 13, 2021). Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury! - Explorem um mundo de diversão Mario em conjunto. YouTube. Retrieved January 13, 2021.