Hidden Block

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This article is about the Hidden Blocks that mainly appear in Super Mario platformers. For the Hidden Blocks from the Mario Party series, see Hidden Block (Mario Party series). For the blocks that appear in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, see invisible/flashing block.
Hidden Block
Hidden Block icon in Super Mario Maker 2 (Super Mario 3D World style)
A Super Mario 3D World-styled Hidden Block from Super Mario Maker 2
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
“Aha! A hidden block has appeared! Welcome to the visible world, you slippery cube, you! When you know you're close, a simple jump or swing of your hammer should do the trick.”
Toad Researcher, Paper Mario: The Origami King

Hidden Blocks[1] (also formatted as hidden blocks), also called Invisible Blocks[2][3][4] (also written all lowercase)[5] and Invisible ? Blocks,[6] are ? Blocks that are invisible to players unless they hit them, turning them into Empty Blocks.


Super Mario series[edit]

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

The first Hidden Block, which contained a 1-Up Mushroom, appears after the fourth pipe and before the first pit in World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros. Similarly, Hidden Blocks with 1-Up Mushrooms in them can be found in each world's first level, so long as the player collected all of the coins in the previous world's third level. Otherwise, most Hidden Blocks only hold a single coin. Also, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe's Challenge Mode adds a Hidden Block holding a Yoshi Egg to each level.

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Hidden Blocks are more often placed to make avoiding enemies more difficult. They are also used to provide viable paths or platforms through courses, usually castles. This is also the first game where Hidden Blocks can contain power-ups, as well as the newly introduced Poison Mushroom.

In both games, Hidden Blocks with power-ups are among the objects that were originally Toads.[7]

In the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Brick Blocks containing power-ups hidden within the brick walls of Worlds 8-2, 8-3, and D-3 were all replaced with Hidden Blocks due to the brick walls being removed in this version of the game.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

After an absence in Super Mario Bros. 2, Hidden Blocks return in Super Mario Bros. 3. They are often used to lead players to secret areas and items. In cave levels, Hidden Blocks' locations are revealed by the different dot coloration (only in the NES version).

Super Mario World[edit]

Hidden Blocks return in Super Mario World. However, certain Hidden Blocks will only be visible and usable when a P Switch is activated.

New Super Mario Bros. series[edit]

In the New Super Mario Bros. series, Hidden Blocks return and work as they used to. Some of them may also hold vines. In particular, a Hidden Block containing a power-up can be found near most of the big Warp Doors leading to the tower and castle bosses.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Hidden Blocks make their debut in a 3D Super Mario platformer in Super Mario 3D Land. In this game, some Hidden Blocks can slightly be seen if the player has the 3D function on.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

In Super Mario 3D World, the locations of Hidden Blocks can be briefly revealed by ground pounding or by touching the screen or blowing into the microphone of the Wii U GamePad. Wide Hidden Blocks also debut in this game, acting like wide ? Blocks.

Super Mario Maker series[edit]

In Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, Hidden Blocks were given a sprite for use in Create mode, as a translucent gray ? Block. In the lesson "Treating the Player Fairly" in Yamamura's Dojo, Yamamura had placed a Hidden Block for Nina to discover by hitting it mid-jump over a pit, interrupting her jump and causing her to fall into the pit, to demonstrate that such design choices are "cheap shots" and make for poor level design. In Create mode, the player can add wings to this block. When playing the course, this winged block will be seen as an invisible object with visible wings. Spike Balls, only in Super Mario Maker 2, can activate these blocks, winged or not, and will break if the block is low enough. This happens only when one bounces from under the Hidden Block.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Hidden Blocks appear in Super Mario Odyssey, working as they did in Super Mario 3D World. When Mario puts on a Moe-Eye's sunglasses while he is controlling it, he is able to see Hidden Blocks. Occasionally, Mario can see highly translucent Hidden Blocks by moving the camera to a fairly precise position. The player can also hear a sound when this happens.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, hidden treasures are invisible treasure boxes that contain various items from Frog Coins, Flowers, powerful healing items, and items used in battle. When Mario jumps at a spot where a hidden treasure is, it first reveals itself, and jumping at the revealed hidden treasure allows Mario to collect its contents. There are 39 hidden treasures in the game.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Main article: List of hidden blocks in Paper Mario
Image of Mario revealing a hidden ? Block in Shy Guy's Toy Box, in Paper Mario.
Watt revealing a hidden block in Paper Mario.
Hidden Block

In Paper Mario, the player may come across hidden blocks containing coins, healing items, badges, and other items, while some are also used as stepping stones to reach other areas. Such blocks can be found by using Watt's field ability. There are 47 Hidden Blocks in the game.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Main article: List of hidden blocks in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Hidden blocks function the same way in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The player can use Ms. Mowz's field ability to find them. There are 15 hidden blocks in the game.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, hidden blocks can be found in multiple areas, such as Sandshifter Ruins. Mario can reveal them with his hammer, and they often contain one coin each.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Hidden Blocks appear rarely in Paper Mario: Color Splash. They can be found outside Kiwano Temple and in the underground area of Mustard Café. In this game, each Hidden Block contains one coin, and they are mostly used as a platform for Mario to paint in colorless spots.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Main article: List of ? Blocks in Paper Mario: The Origami King
A Hidden Block in Paper Mario: The Origami King
A Hidden Block's location is indicated during the Hidden Block Unhider test.

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Hidden Blocks are found more commonly and must be found to achieve the ? Block Head Trophy. They can be detected with the Hidden Block Unhider and Hidden Block Alert, and are revealed when struck from below or with Mario's hammer. Hidden Blocks can contain coins, Collectible Treasures, and weapons, such as Fire Hammers. Revealing a Hidden Block and leaving the area before releasing its contents will revert the block to a hidden state.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Main article: List of hidden blocks in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Main article: List of hidden blocks in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Hidden Block sprite from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Hidden Blocks appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, containing the elusive Hoo Beans. Such blocks are found by jumping around at suspicious platforms or patterns, or in seemingly "empty" dead ends. There are a total of 42 Hidden Blocks in the game (41 in the remake). In the 3DS remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, the Hidden Blocks are necessary for 100% completion, as they are added to the block total. They also now gain a distinctive shine over them every once in a while, making their exact location a bit easier to find. There is also a piece of equipment called the Secret Specs (which replaces the Power Grip from the original) that makes them even more visible when a brother wears them; it can be obtained at the Starbeans Cafe after brewing a fifth unique blend of Bean Juice.

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

Hidden Blocks appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. They first appear in the Flab Zone to allow Mario and Luigi to access certain otherwise unreachable platforms, and later appear in Toad Town Mall during the Mushroom Ball Derby sidequest, in which case they contain Mushroom Balls, in Peach's Castle Garden as invisible Attack Piece Blocks containing the last three Attack Pieces of the Special Attack, Falling Star, and in the Airway, which is needed to reach one unreachable platform. In all cases, they turn into empty blocks once hit, but those in Toad Town Mall disappear soon after the player obtains the Mushroom Ball.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A Hidden Block appears in the Mushroomy Kingdom stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in the same location as in World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros., though it is a block lower, and like the ? Blocks in the stage, it gives an item, rather than its original contents.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 一隠しブロック[8]
Ichi kakushi burokku
Tōmei Burokku

Hidden Block

Transparent Block

Chinese (simplified) 隐藏砖块[9] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Yǐncáng Zhuānkuài
透明砖块 (Super Mario Maker 2)
Tòumíng Zhuānkuài

Hidden Block

Transparent Block

Chinese (traditional) 隱藏磚塊[10] (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Yǐncáng Zhuānkuài
透明磚塊 (Super Mario Maker 2)
Tòumíng Zhuānkuài

Hidden Block

Transparent Block

Dutch Verborgen blok
Hidden Block
French Bloc invisible (Super Mario Maker)
Bloc secret (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario Maker 2)
Invisible Block
Secret Block
German Versteckter Block
Hidden Block
Italian Blocco nascosto
Blocco invisibile
Hidden Block
Invisible Block
Korean 투명블록
Tumyeong Beullok
Transparent Block

Russian Скрытый блок
Skrytyy blok
Hidden Block

Spanish (NOA) Bloque secreto
Bloque oculto (Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Secret block
Hidden block


  1. ^ Tatsumi Yamashita, The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Tokuma Shoten, 1987, ISBN 999832369X. Page 29.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 6. "Jump under the spot where the Invisible Block is located and it will reveal the Block and the item."
  3. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 9.
  4. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 12.
  5. ^ "There are sometimes invisible blocks hidden near walls. Hop around in places you think a block might be!"–Super Mario Bros. Wonder loading screen tip
  6. ^ Super Mario Maker Ghost House Tips (archived)
  7. ^ "If you come across mushrooms who have been turned into bricks or made invisible, they reward you by giving you a power boost." - Super Mario Bros. English instruction booklet, page 8.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku, New Super Mario Bros. section
  9. ^ Official Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros..
  10. ^ 社長提問『新 超級瑪利歐兄弟 Wii』. Nintendo. Retrieved March 30, 2020.