Falling Spike

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Falling Spike
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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)
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Falling Spikes[citation needed] are spiked obstacles that fall from ceilings, and were introduced in Super Mario Land (although the Icicle from Mario Bros. can be considered a precursor). During this game, a lone Falling Spike appears in the Easton Kingdom, specifically 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.

History[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

In Super Mario World, they 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]

They also appeared in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins in the Pumpkin Zone.

Donkey Kong series[edit]

They reappeared in the Game Boy Donkey Kong and Game Boy Advance Mario vs. Donkey Kong. This time they get stuck on the floor after they fall. Mario or a Mini-Mario can use its flat end as a platform. After a few seconds it will disappear and regenerate in its original location.

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.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲ[1]
Toge
トゲツク[2][3]
Togetsuku
Spike

Sharp 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.