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The crate icon in Super Mario Maker 2
A crate from the Super Mario 3D World style from Super Mario Maker 2

Crates (also known as Wooden Crates)[1][2] appear in the Super Mario franchise as interactive or environmental wooden boxes that sometimes contain items.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A crate from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3.
A crate as it appears in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Crates in Super Mario Bros. 3 are a type of Semisolid Platform, and appear only in airship levels. They have no distinct differences from other Semisolid Platforms.

Super Mario World[edit]

Crates in Super Mario World appear as platforms in the Sunken Ghost Ship, but now cannot be passed from any side.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Crate in Super Mario 64 DS

Crates in Super Mario 64 are smaller versions of the game's blocks that can be picked up and thrown at an enemy, usually resulting in the release of coins. Crates in the game appear to be made out of a cork-like material, but crates in the remake appear to be made of wooden planks and are somewhat less common. If Yoshi swallows a Crate, he can produce a cube-shaped Yoshi Egg. There is a Crate in Jolly Roger Bay on the bridge of the sunken ship that is named a Slide Box, and it is larger and has a darker shade of color, with a picture of a skeleton on the front and back. The Crate slides on the bridge of the sunken ship, but unlike other Crates, the Slide Box cannot be picked up or thrown, and it is indestructible. Being hit by the Slide Box causes the player to lose a slice from their Power Meter. This game also has another Crate called the Crazed Crate, which bounces the player three times before breaking.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Crates in Super Mario Sunshine are objects located around Isle Delfino. They can only be destroyed by ground-pounding them, usually revealing a coin. Crates in Delfino Plaza appear in a building with the crate guy, where they are stacked in various patterns. Mario can play a minigame where he has to destroy every crate within thirty seconds to earn a Shine Sprite.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Rendered model of a Crate in Super Mario Galaxy.
Super Mario Galaxy appearance

Crates in Super Mario Galaxy are stationary objects that can be broken from a spin to reveal items, often Star Bits or coins.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

NSMBW Small Wood Crate Render.png

Crates in New Super Mario Bros. Wii are wooden objects that can be broken from a Ground Pound, revealing coins, power-ups, or even Star Coins. Crates in Ghost Houses can be broken by Broozers. Crates also have an indestructible metal counterpart, Iron Blocks.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Crates in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe are objects which retain their properties from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. There are also bigger and indestructible crates that float on water, and when stood on, these crates will begin to sink before stopping.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Crate Burning in the Upside Dizzy Galaxy
Crates as seen in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Crates in Super Mario Galaxy 2 retain their properties from Super Mario Galaxy. They appear in secret missions for the Rightside Down Galaxy and the Upside Dizzy Galaxy. During these missions, Mario, as Fire Mario, must destroy all the crates on the platform within twenty seconds in order to get a Power Star in the Crate Burning minigame. There are also metal-edged variants of crates that are a bit more resistant, since if a fireball destroys one, it disappears instead of burning through the crate and destroying other crates along the path. If Mario or Luigi are crushed by a metal-edged crate, they lose a life.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Crates in Super Mario 3D Land are objects designed after their appearance in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Crates can be broken in various ways, either by rolling into them, tail-whipping them, throwing fireballs or boomerangs at them, or by running through them while invincible.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Crates in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch version are objects appearing and functioning identically as in Super Mario 3D Land, and some crates reveal Mini Goombas when broken.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Crates in Super Mario Run are solid objects which can be destroyed by hitting them with Bob-ombs. They appear in the level Airship Plunder, and hitting a certain number of crates causes a ? Block later in the level to contain a Super Star.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Crates in Super Mario Odyssey are stationary objects that can be broken using Cappy. Some Crates contain a Power Moon, causing them to glow. Crates first appear in the Cap Kingdom.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Crates in Super Mario Maker 2 appear as a course element in the Super Mario 3D World style only. They can be picked up, thrown, and destroyed with a Ground Pound or by a Koopa Troopa Car running into it. Coins and Keys can be placed in them in the editor, and drop out whenever the crate is destroyed. Crates float on water and lava. Special crates known as Builder Boxes can also be placed down when the player is in their Builder form.

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
from Yoshi's Island DS

Crates in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, its Game Boy Advance version, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island are objects that can be broken by Ground Pound to release either Stars or a Key. Balloons hold crates in the air, and they can be shot down by a Yoshi Egg.

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Throughout the Donkey Kong Country series, there are Animal Crates where an Animal Friend can be obtained.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Artwork of a Crate.
A Crate in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Crates in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest are objects used similarly to Barrels, since Diddy and Dixie Kong can pick up and throw them, except Crates break upon hitting the ground, much like Vine Barrels do in Donkey Kong Country. Crates are mainly used for defeating enemies, especially more resistant ones such as Zingers.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

A Crate in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! appears in Barrel Drop Bounce, having the same properties as the Crates in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, but the Crate does not appear in the Game Boy Advance version, which replaces it with a Barrel.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Crates in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze appear among Snowmad cargo in the levels Mangrove Cove and Shipwreck Shore. They function like platforms, are commonly arranged in stacks, appear in varying sizes, and often display the Snowmad insignia on their front sides. Crates can be smashed with a single Ground Pound, revealing items such as bananas, Banana Bunches and hearts.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Crates in Donkey Kong Land 2 are functionally identical to their appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, and can be thrown as projectiles.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: Crate

Crates in the Super Smash Bros. series are items appearing in every installment. Since they are container items, crates must be destroyed before the item within them can be used. A crate can be destroyed from be picked up and tossed in the air, or be attacked repeatedly on the ground. Crates can also be thrown at opponents, although it is difficult to hit other fighters, since throwing a Crate takes a few seconds. Sometimes, Crates explode under enough stress, damaging all nearby fighters. Crates in Super Smash Bros. contain one to three items, and are very heavy to the point that only Donkey Kong can lift them and walk around with them, whilst the other fighters can only pick up the container and throw a Crate without moving. Crates in Super Smash Bros. Melee have an increased carrying capacity, containing anywhere from three to five items when broken. Most fighters can now walk around while carrying a Crate, although very slowly since the Crate is still very heavy, and only Donkey Kong can walk at a relatively normal speed with a Crate in hand. Crates in Super Smash Bros. Brawl can have their aesthetic altered between stages, such as being made of chrome in a stage representing the Star Fox series, and the game also introduces the Rolling Crate, which slides across the floor, and the Blast Box, a dangerous item that can explode upon being thrown. Crates and Rolling Crates in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U return as items, with wooden ones retaining their usual design, although the futuristic Crates have a different appearance with the Super Smash Bros. symbol, and lids can be seen on the present-like Crates. Crates return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, retaining their design from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

They represent the Super Smash Bros. series, not the Super Mario franchise, indicated not only from the series logo on them but also in trophy descriptions throughout the series.

Wario World[edit]

Crates in Wario World are obstacles in Unithorn's Lair, where all but one contains a bomb that can damage Wario and distract the Unithorns. However, one of the crates has an Escape Spring that Wario can use to exit the area.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Two crates
Two crates on London Loop in Mario Kart Tour

Crates in the Mario Kart series appear as obstacles on various tracks. They will break when hit, releasing an item on the ground, but will also slow down any racer that drives into them. They first appear in Mario Kart DS, in Delfino Square and Airship Fortress. Crates in Mario Kart Wii not only return in DS Delfino Square but appear in the newly introduced Toad's Factory, where they are carried across the track by conveyors. Crates in Mario Kart 7 appear in the returning DS Airship Fortress. Crates in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are moved around by a baggage carousel right before the finish line in Sunshine Airport and found at the start of Toad Harbor. Crates in Mario Kart Tour not only appear in the returning DS Airship Fortress again, but also appear in a small passage between the Tower Bridge section and the finish line in London Loop, where they give bonus points upon being destroyed.

Wario Land: Shake It![edit]

Crates in Wario Land: Shake It! are uncommon blocks alongside stone blocks and metal panels; like the former type, crates can be destroyed from any attack.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Crates in Paper Mario: Color Splash appear in several levels. When broken, they can drop paint, Coins, or Battle Cards. A crate in The Golden Coliseum contains a Super Star inside of it. Crates must be fully painted before Mario can destroy them.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Crates in Paper Mario: The Origami King are indestructible objects often used as a staircase for Mario to reach higher areas.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Crate from Dr. Mario World
A crate can be found in four different states in Dr. Mario World.

Crates in Dr. Mario World appear as stage objects, starting from World 6. A crate can be found in four different states, which shows the current durability of the crate. A crate can be whittled down by making a capsule match next to it or by targeting it with a skill or an item. It take up to four hits to fully destroy a crate normally, although certain doctors have skills that can immediately destroy crates. Dr. Roy's skill involves crates, where in stage mode his skill can immediately destroy up to ten of them in the stage regardless of their state (unless any are locked inside cages), while in versus mode he can send up to eight crates to the opponent's stage, where each crate will normally take two hits to be destroyed. Crates can also appear in certain starting layouts in versus mode.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Super Smash Bros.
How to unlock: Random drop in single-player modes or the Lottery
A Crate will release lots of items when it's broken open. It's very heavy, so unless your character is strong, you’ll walk slowly while under its burden. You can throw Crates up, down, left or right, but it's hard to hit opponents because the throwing process takes time. Every now and then, a Crate will explode under duress.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Appears in:
N64 Super Smash Bros.
Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl
How to unlock: Random drop
Item holders. You can destroy these to get at the items they contain, but be careful, because they will sometimes explode when broken. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, crates were uniform in design, but this time around, their appearance will change to match the stages. They'll sometimes look futuristic--other times, they'll look like presents with fancy ribbons.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

3DS: CrateTrophy3DS.png
Wii U: CrateTrophyWiiU.png
Game(s): Both
Category: Item
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
N64 Super Smash Bros. (04/1999)
Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: 4: Items and Rewards
How to unlock:
3DS: Random drop
Wii U: Randomly obtainable in Trophy Rush
Throw or attack this crate to bust it open and get the goodies hidden inside. The crate may look different based on the stage you're battling on, but the items inside won't change. Sometimes these things can explode, however, so it's best to be very crateful around them... (American English)
Just throw or attack crates to get at the goodies inside! Their appearance changes depending on the stage, so maybe you'll get a wooden crate, or...maybe you won't. That doesn't change how it is on the inside, though, which is a good life lesson. Also, it may just explode if you attack it - another important life lesson from us to you. (British English)

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Eliminate a piece next to a crate, and it'll break a little bit.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Sturdy Crates
  • Collectible Treasure No. 34: "A set of wooden crates, impervious to even the strongest hammer blows. Their stoic form radiates confidence."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese [3][4][5]
Chiisana Burokku
Kibako (Tetsu yō Kumi)
Wood Box

Small Block (Super Mario 64)

Box (Super Mario Sunshine)

Wood Box (Steel Frame) (second variant from Super Mario Galaxy 2)

Chinese 箱子

Wooden Box (Super Mario Maker 2)

Dutch Kist[9]
French Caisse
German Holzkiste
Wooden Crate
Italian Cassa
Cassa di legno
Wooden box
Korean 나무상자[12]
Namu Sangja
Wooden Box

Portuguese (NOE) Caixote[11]
Russian Ящик
Деревянный ящик
Derevyannyy yashchik

Wooden box

Spanish Caja de madera
Wood box


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