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, Coin Block, or Item Box.
Coin Box
Coin Box from Mario Kart Tour
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 Worn by the character/used in front of the kart to earn multiple coins.

Coin Boxes, formerly known as ? Boxes,[1][2] are objects introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. Players that use them will receive a great but limited number of coins as they move.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario wearing a ? Box in Super Mario 3D Land

In Super Mario 3D Land, ? Boxes are only found in World 8-1, World 8-4 and Special 1-3. They look just like ? Blocks. Like Propeller Boxes, ? Boxes 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 wearing a ? Box, Mario will gain coins while he moves.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, similar objects known as Gold Blocks appear, which are usually 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 / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Toad wearing a ? Box at Conkdor Canyon in Super Mario 3D World.
Toad wearing a Coin Box in Super Mario 3D World

? Boxes (now also referred to under their current name)[3] return in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, now 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 exclusively under their current name in Mario Kart Tour as the special skill of Mario (Hakama), Peach (Vacation), Pink Gold Peach, Pauline (Party Time), Rosalina (Swimwear), Mario (Tuxedo), Yoshi (Gold Egg), Daisy (Thai Dress), Mario (King), Luigi (Gold Knight), Gold Koopa (Freerunning), Dry Bones (Gold), King Boo (Gold), Bowser (Santa), King Bob-omb (Gold), Kamek, Meowser, Chargin' Chuck (Gold), Petey Piranha (Gold), Larry (Wintertime), Wiggler (Gold), the Gold and ? Block Mii Racing Suits, and Gold Mario exclusively in Coin 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. When the racer collects a Red Coin, it is treated like two coins. 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. It is also the special skill of the most drivers, with a total of 22 drivers or 23 drivers if Gold Mario is counted.


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![4]
  • Driver info: Spits out coins with reckless abandon. It's a very generous item!
  • Driver info (Coin Box+): This will sometimes spit out red coins.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハテナボックス[5] (Super Mario 3D Land)
Hatena Bokkusu
コインボックス[6] (Super Mario 3D Land[7] / Super Mario 3D World[8] / Mario Kart Tour)
Koin Bokkusu
? Box

Coin Box

Chinese (simplified) 金币箱
Jīnbì xiāng
Coin Box

Chinese (traditional) 金幣箱
Jīnbì xiāng
Coin Box

Dutch Gouden blok
Golden Block
French Boîte à pièces
Coin Box
German Münz-Box
Coin Box
Italian Cubo di monete
Coin cube
Korean 코인박스
Koin Bakseu
Coin Box

Portuguese Caixa de moedas
Coin box
Portuguese (NOE) Caixa ?[9]
? box
Spanish (NOA) Caja de monedas
Coin box
Spanish (NOE) Caja ?
? box


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 9.
  2. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 15.
  3. ^ Nintendo (October 24, 2013). Wii U - Super Mario 3D World October Trailer. YouTube. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  4. ^ mariokarttourEN (October 20, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section. Page 186.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section. Page 232.
  7. ^ Super Mario 3D Land internal filename (romfs/ObjectData/CoinBox.szs)
  8. ^ Super Mario 3D World internal filename (content/ObjectData/BoxCoin.szs)
  9. ^ 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.