Falling Spike

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Falling Spike
Artwork of a Falling Spike from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Artwork of a Falling Spike from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)
Comparable
Falling slab
Icicle

Falling Spikes[citation needed] are spiked obstacles that fall from ceilings, and were introduced in Super Mario Land.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Land[edit]

In Super Mario Land, a lone Falling Spike appears in the Easton Kingdom, specifically World 3-2. In comparison to later examples, this one moves rather slowly, and resembles a conjoined pair of stalactites. Many such stalactites appear on the ceiling of this stage, without falling. Even after this one falls, the stalactites appear to remain on the ceiling.

Super Mario World[edit]

In Super Mario World, Falling Spikes are found only in Castles and Fortresses, and are typically grouped together with standard Spikes. They are slightly off-color compared to normal Spikes. Unlike Icicles, Falling Spikes will remain on the ceiling until Mario or Luigi approach one, which will trigger it into falling, similar to a Thwomp. Once it falls, a Falling Spike will continue to fall through the floor until it disappears. If the player goes out of range and back again, the Falling Spike will return.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

Falling Spikes also appear in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins in the Pumpkin Zone's first and second levels. It behaves the same as in earlier games.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Falling Spikes also appear in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, in the level Bowser's Last Stand. While they act as they did in Super Mario World, they look the same as normal Spikes.

Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

Falling Spikes reappear in the Game Boy Donkey Kong. This time they get stuck on the floor after they fall. Mario can use its flat end as a platform. After a few seconds it will disappear and regenerate in its original location.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Falling Spikes behave the same as in the previous game. Mini-Mario can also use it as a platform.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲ[1]
Toge
トゲック[2][3]
Togekku
Spike

Prickly spike, from 「棘」(toge, thorn) and 「ちくちく」(chiku-chiku, prickly).
German Togetsuku Japanese Name
Italian Spuntone cadente Falling spike

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 61.
  2. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Mario Vol. 18: Super Mario Land 2 Part 1. Pages 6-7.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins section, page 75.