Hard Block

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Hard Block
A Hard Block from Super Mario World.
A block mainly used as platforms and unbreakable by Mario.

First Appearance

Super Mario Bros. (1985)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario Run (2016)

A Hard Block is one of the many blocks in the Mario universe. They are most commonly used to make stairs that the player can climb. Unlike ? Blocks and Brick Blocks, Hard Blocks cannot contain anything. They cannot be destroyed by Mario himself, but by other methods, such as Mega Mario.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Hard Blocks that Mario and Spiny are standing on in Super Mario Bros.

Hard Blocks made their debut in Super Mario Bros., and reappear in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels with the exact same appearance and purpose. They are notable in both games for being used as stairs at the end of almost every non-castle level leading to the top of the Goal Pole, which itself has one as its base.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Hard Block from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Hard Blocks also appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they were known as Wood Blocks.[1] Some Wood Blocks may contain an item, but they will not turn into a Used Block after being hit. Wood Blocks will only ever yield items if they are hit from the side, and not from underneath. Mario or Luigi need only to press against the side of a Wood Block containing an item in order to reveal it, as opposed to having to use a Shell or a Raccoon tail like with other types of blocks. Chain Chomps are always found attached to Wood Blocks. Larger versions of Wood Blocks appear in World 4, Giant Land.

In the GBA version, the Hard Blocks' original Super Mario Bros. design returns in the remakes of that game's Worlds 1-1, 1-2, and 2-2.

Super Mario World[edit]

Hard Blocks appear once again with a different redesign in Super Mario World, this time resembling blocks of stone.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Hard Blocks have appeared in New Super Mario Bros. at the end of most levels like in Super Mario Bros., used for a staircase to reach the Goal Pole. If Mario gains a Mega Mushroom and turns into Mega Mario, he could destroy Hard Blocks simply by running into them. Volcanic Debris can also destroy Hard Blocks.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Wood Blocks from Super Mario Bros. 3 return in the Nintendo 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land, where they are usually two times bigger and more yellow. Also, the Hard Blocks of Super Mario Bros. return at the ends of World 1-3 and Special 1-3.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Wooden Hard Blocks in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

While regular and Wood Hard Blocks return, golden and colored Hard Blocks make their debut in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Pink, green, blue, orange, beige, brown, gold, black, light blue, red and yellow are the only known colors.

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

An 8-bit Luigi made out of colored Hard Blocks in New Super Luigi U.

Hard Blocks returned in New Super Mario Bros. U. In addition, colored Hard Blocks return in New Super Luigi U, used mostly for decoration, or to make pixel art such as 8-bit Luigis, a common Easter egg in the game.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Hard Blocks have appeared in the Mario Kart series as either regular Hard Blocks, or the colored Hard Blocks that border Mario Circuit.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

In Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, all four designs of the Hard Blocks based on the four level styles appear. They can be destroyed by enemies, including Big Koopa Troopa shells, big Thwomps, Bob-ombs, Magikoopas' magic attacks, Skewers, and Bowser. A new method of breaking Hard Blocks is firing a fully charged shot from a Fire Koopa Clown Car. They can also be destroyed by Big Mario.

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit]

Hard Blocks also appear as badges in Nintendo Badge Arcade. The Super Mario Bros. Hard Blocks appear as part of the Super Mario Bros. set, while the Super Mario World ones appear as part of the Super Mario Maker set.


  1. ^ Peterson, Erik. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, page 31.