Color Switch

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Color Switches

Color Switches[1], originally known as simply switches[2], are objects found throughout the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. They come in red, yellow, or blue and require Mario or Mini Mario to jump on top to activate. They typically have the effect of enabling corresponding Color Blocks[1], as well as color-coded platforms, ladders, or horizontal or vertical gates. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, this also disables the other colors. Color Switches may have secondary functions on other obstacles on the screen, such as Phantom Guys.

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, they appear as rounded buttons. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, they have flat tops, a design which has stuck in subsequent titles.

Names in other languages[edit]

Color Switch[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カラースイッチ[3]
Karā Suicchi
Color Switch
Spanish Botones de Color[4] Buttons of Color

Color Block[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カラーブロック[3]
Karā Burokku
Color Block


  1. ^ a b Mario vs. Donkey Kong Virtual Console digital instruction manual
  2. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong instruction booklet, pg. 23
  3. ^ a b Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book
  4. ^ Official Mario vs. Donkey Kong website (Guías Nintendo)