Dotted-Line Block

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Dotted-Line Blocks[1] (originally formatted as Dotted Line Blocks[2]) are transparent objects found in several Mario games such as Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Run. They represent that they can be solid when a switch is triggered rather than blocks appearing from nothing. In Super Mario World, they come in four colors and turn into ! Blocks once the player hits the ! Switch in the Switch Palace of the corresponding color. In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, and Yoshi's Woolly World, after hitting a nearby ! Switch, the Dotted-Line Blocks will temporarily become ! Blocks and are able to be used as platforms. Dotted-Line Blocks in New Super Mario Bros. Wii can turn into and revert from red blocks after pressing the red ! Switches in World 3. In New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Run, red (yellow in Run) ! Switches can change Dotted-Line Blocks into red blocks for a limited time.

Transparent boxes similar to Dotted-Line Blocks appear in Super Mario 64 and its remake Super Mario 64 DS, where they turn solid and are able to be used after hitting the ! or ? Switches in the Tower of the Wing Cap in both versions, and in the N64 version only, Vanish Cap Under the Moat, and Cavern of the Metal Cap.

In Super Mario Maker 2, they can be triggered by ON/OFF Switches, with only the red blocks becoming solid when they are on, and only the blue blocks becoming solid when they are off. In the Super Mario Bros. 3 style, they are depicted having a smiling face, while every other style depicts them as faceless blocks.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 点線ブロック[3]
Tensen Burokku
Tōmei Burokku
Dotted-Line Block

Transparent Block (Super Mario 64)
French Bloc en pointillés (Super Mario World)[5]
Bloc réversible (Super Mario Bros. Deluxe)[6]
Dotted block
Reversible block
Dutch Stippellijnblok Dotted Line Block
German Umriss-Block Outline Block
Portuguese Bloco Pontilhado Dotted Block
Russian Пунктирный блок
Punktirnyy blok
Dotted Block


  1. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet, page 49.
  2. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 21.
  3. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  4. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  5. ^ Super Mario World French instruction booklet, page 21.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Deluxe French Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, page 12
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