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“As tasty as they may sound, the Donut Blocks are not for eating. You can, however, jump on top of them for a bit before they collapse from your weight.”
Donut Blocks (also known as Donut Lifts or Falling Blocks) are a kind of platform first appearing in Super Mario Bros. 3. They get their name from the fact that they are round (except for the top) with a hole in the middle. If the player stands on one for more than a second, it drops below. For this reason, Mario and Luigi should avoid touching the ground by jumping as much as possible when crossing Donut Blocks.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
Donut Blocks debut in Super Mario Bros. 3. They flash when Mario stands on them and reappear a few seconds after they fall. In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 there are spiky variants only available on the e-Reader levels.
Super Mario 64
Donut Block-like platforms appear in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS; these possible Donut Blocks resemble their two-dimensional counterparts, but are shown to be rather long (whereas Super Mario RPG previously showed confirmed "three-dimensional" Donut Blocks to be more square-shaped than rectangular). In Hazy Maze Cave there are lifts to help the player get Elevate for 8 Red Coins (choose the direction) and Underground Switch Star (In Underground Switch Star, the Donut Blocks are not required). In Lethal Lava Land's volcano, they appear near the top, along with the moving platforms. In Rainbow Ride, most had to be jumped over during the magic carpet ride and some served as bridges to other parts of the level.
New Super Mario Bros.
Donut Blocks reappear in New Super Mario Bros.. In this game, they turn red before falling. Once they fall, they never regenerate.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Donut Blocks reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they function the same as in New Super Mario Bros.. There are also yellow bars with grooves on their ends. When Mario walks over or hangs on them, they behave the same as Donut Blocks, turning red for a second before falling down. This variety appears only in World 4-2.
Super Mario 3D Land
Donut Blocks reappear in Super Mario 3D Land. However, in this game, when being stomped on, they immediately fall down slowly and disappear below the stage. A rock variation exists, and it has the same effect.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
The Donut Blocks make an appearance in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Glacial versions of the Donut Blocks also appear in the snow world (World 4). These Donut Blocks are slippery and can be differentiated from the ordinary Donut Blocks by their light blue color. Other than being light blue and slippery, they share every characteristic of the normal Donut Blocks.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Donut Blocks also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U with the same functions as in the other games.
Super Mario 3D World / Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, as well as the sequels Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island, also contained Donut Blocks. In Yoshi's New Island, a variation that is four times the normal size appears.
Yoshi's Woolly World
In Yoshi's Woolly World, Donut Blocks reappear, retaining their function from Yoshi's Island. In this game, they appear to be made of sand, and disintegrate and fall when stepped on. Unlike previous installments, they do not turn red when falling.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars additionally features them, accurately adapting their platforming concept into its isometric field gameplay.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Donut Blocks reappear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in the returning Rainbow Cruise stage. Also, Drop Blocks, blocks with a down-pointing triangle on them, act just like Donut Blocks. These blocks are only used in the Stage Builder and certain stages of The Subspace Emissary.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Mario & Luigi series
In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donut Blocks appear in area B of Dreamy Neo Bowser Castle. They retain their colors from the New Super Mario Bros. games, but are much thinner, more stretched and rounder this time around. They function similarly to Super Mario 3D Land, where, once they are stepped on, they turn red and fall after a short time.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Donut Blocks reappear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, where they function the same as in previous games.
Super Princess Peach
Super Mario Maker
Donut Blocks reappear in Super Mario Maker with the same functions as in the other games.
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