Countdown Platform

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Not to be confused with Count-Lift or Dropdown Countdown Lift.
Countdown Platform
Sprite of a Countdown Platform in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
“Countdown Platforms can only be stepped on so many times. Watch that number!”
Message Block, Yoshi's New Island

Countdown Platforms are floating semisolid platforms that appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (and its reissue), Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, and Yoshi's Woolly World. They resemble scales with a number labeled on each, this number decreasing by one every time something moves off them. Because of this, the counter will not go down when the player has a Yoshi stand on them; it will decrease only when the Yoshi steps off or jumps off them. If the weight on the scale is removed when the counter is at one, the platform will vanish in a puff of smoke. Countdown Platforms typically range from a highest display of four to a lowest of one, but in Yoshi's Woolly World, some go as high as nine. In most games, Countdown Platforms can be activated only by a Yoshi, and every other object passes through them. However, in Yoshi's Woolly World, shells can also trigger these platforms.

Dropdown Countdown Lifts from Super Mario Bros. Wonder function very similarly to Countdown Platforms, both being semisolid platforms that count down how many times the player can step on them. However, the counter on a Dropdown Countdown Lift will decrease when stepped on, rather than when stepped off.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カウントゆか
Kaunto Yuka
Sūji no Tsuita Burokku

Count Floor

Numbered Block (Yoshi's New Island Message Block)

Dutch Platformen geven
French Plateforme compte à rebours
Countdown platform
German Zähler-Plattform
Counter platform
Italian Piattaforma a conteggio
Count platform
Portuguese Plataforma com contador
Platform with counter
Russian Платформ со счетчиком
Platform so schetchikom

Spanish Plataforma concordant
Counter platform