Giant ? Block

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Giant ? Block
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A Giant ? Block in Super Mario Bros. 3 (left) and its remake (right).
A ? Block that is much bigger than its normal counterpart.

First appearance

Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

Latest appearance

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)

Giant ? Blocks are big ? Blocks that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its remakes.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario All-Stars / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Giant ? Block in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Giant ? Blocks are found mainly in the game's World 4 (Giant Land). In these levels, they mostly contain regular power-ups or coins. They also appear in bonus levels, where they can contain three three 1-Up Mushrooms or one of the game's three Suits (the Tanooki, Frog, and Hammer Suits).

While they couldn't be tail whipped at all in the NES and All-Stars versions, Super Mario Advance 4 allows Raccoon or Tanooki Mario to tail whip Giant ? Blocks in normal courses.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Giant ? Blocks are also found in Mega Mushroom Toad Houses in New Super Mario Bros., where they give Mario or Luigi a Mega Mushroom.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Mario passing by a Giant ? Block in World 6-5 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Giant ? Blocks re-appear, albeit rarely, in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They only appear in World 6-5, floating on water.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Two Giant ? Blocks in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, they appear in the Supermassive Galaxy. Mario and Luigi are unable to hit these blocks (as they are too large), and they are merely used as platforms throughout the level.

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


Giant ? Blocks return in New Super Mario Bros. U as blocks in various Soda Jungle courses.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

In Super Mario 3D World, Giant ? Blocks appear in the level Super Block Land, though unlike in previous appearances, the question mark is the same size as those seen on regular-sized ? Blocks. When hit, multiple giant Empty Blocks extend out of it, allowing the player to reach otherwise unreachable areas.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Broque Monsieur has a Giant ? Block in his collection, but it is unusable throughout the game.

Mario Kart Wii / Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Giant ? Blocks also appear in Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They appear in Grumble Volcano in all three games.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Giant ? Blocks appear in Paper Mario: Color Splash in Mondo Woods. They are normal ? Blocks that were enchanted by Kamek.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大ハテナブロック[1]
Kyodai Hatena Burokku
Ōkina Hatena Burokku
Giant ? Block

Large ? Block


  1. Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 41.
  2. Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section, page 215.