Ice Block

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Not to be confused with Snow block or Snowman Block.
Ice Block
Artwork from an Ice Block, from Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS.
Artwork of an Ice Block from Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Slippery when walked on.

Ice Blocks are frozen versions of regular blocks in various Mario games.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

An Ice Block from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 2

Ice Blocks first appear in World 4-1 of Super Mario Bros. 2. They act as slippery platforms. If the character jumps below one, they will pass through it, an ability that did not appear in later games.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

An Ice Block from Super Mario Bros. 3.
The ungrabbable Ice Blocks

In Super Mario Bros. 3, several types of Ice Blocks[1][2] appear. Throwable Ice Blocks look like white (blue in remakes) Brick Blocks. If a Buster Beetle gets its hands on one of these blocks, it will throw it at high speeds towards Mario or Luigi. If the player picks one up, they can only hold it for a short time before it disappears. When thrown, it can defeat multiple enemies, like a Koopa Shell, though it breaks upon hitting a wall.

Another rarer Ice Block also exists; it is transparent and can be melted by fireballs from Mario/Luigi's Fire form. Some contain coins, while others contain Munchers. Lastly, there are Ice Blocks that are just slippery platforms; these Ice Blocks can be normal (the size of a Brick Block) or giant-sized (two times bigger, like Big Blocks). All types of Ice Blocks appear mostly in Ice Land.

Super Mario World[edit]

An Ice Block from Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.

In Super Mario World, a few Ice Blocks make a small appearance in the level Awesome of the Special Zone. None of them can be picked up, as they merely serve as slippery platforms. They appear as light blue Rotating Blocks. The grabbing function of the Ice Blocks from Super Mario Bros. 3 is incorporated into Grab Blocks.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Yoshi melting Ice in Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64, grounded ice blocks are routinely shot out of the ice block shooter in Snowman's Land. The ice block shooter is placed on the normal route to Snowman Mountain, and its ice blocks are triangular waves that stop and disappear into the ground before reaching the freezing pond. After every four small ice blocks are shot, a large one is shot. The ice blocks attempt to push Mario into the freezing pond and require timing to jump over as they are indestructible.

In Super Mario 64 DS, additional forms are introduced. Ice[3] blocks appear in the ice-themed courses Cool, Cool Mountain and Snowman's Land. They can only be melted with Yoshi's fire breath, and often contain items such as Red Coins. In the latter course, they can be melted to collect a Power Star for Yoshi's Ice Sculpture. Additionally, massive Ice Blocks[4] (referred to as ice cubes[5]) appear in Chief Chilly Challenge. They serve as indestructible moving platforms.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Several ice blocks in Sirena Beach's special stage

In Super Mario Sunshine, ice blocks[6][7] (also called ice cubes[8][9]) are transparent blocks giving off an icy mist, which can be melted with FLUDD. Large ice blocks appear in special stages, and small ones containing items can be found in Noki Bay and Delfino Airstrip.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Ice Block in the game New Super Mario Bros..

In New Super Mario Bros., they are once again slippery platforms. They are found in World 5.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

NSMBW Giant Ice Block Render.png

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there are five types of Ice Blocks: Ice Blocks that consist of enemies frozen by an Ice Flower or other ice projectile, Ice Blocks that can be picked up and thrown at enemies in World 3-4 and World 3-5 similarly to Grab Blocks (they cannot hurt players, unlike Barrels), frozen-over Snake Blocks called Ice Snake Blocks that only appear in World 3-Castle Icon.png, giant Ice Blocks (in the same level mentioned) that can only be destroyed using Bob-ombs, and Ice Blocks that only appear in World 9-7, which, as in Super Mario Bros. 3, can contain Coins and Munchers and can be melted with fireballs from a Fire Flower or enemy.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Ice Blocks are found in World 4. Once again they cause Mario or Luigi to skid.

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

Ice Blocks also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where they reprise their role as regular platforms. Giant Ice Blocks also make an appearance in the level Piranha Plants on Ice. In the level, they are found on top of some ice, which will melt when hit by fireballs. When the ice melts, the giant Ice Block falls to the ground, which causes it to block some areas or crush Mario or enemies.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

SMM-SMB-IceBlock.pngSuper Mario Bros. 3-style Ice Block in Super Mario MakerSMM-SMW-IceBlock.pngSMM-NSMBU-IceBlock.png
A Super Mario 3D World-style Ice Block

Ice Blocks appear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Maker 2, although they only appear as slippery platforms in all of the level styles and therefore cannot be picked up. They also cannot be melted with fire. They are given new sprites for the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World styles.

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

In Donkey Kong for Game Boy, Ice Blocks are present in several Iceberg stages. They appear as small blocks of ice that are often used as a puzzle element involving Faiachū, which melt them as they walk over them.

Yoshi series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Ice Block

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, they serve as slippery obstacles that cannot be picked up, but can be melted by Yoshi's fire breath after eating a red watermelon, Lava Bubble, or Pyro Guy. Some Ice Blocks hide items. In this game, the blocks simply look like a block of ice.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Ice Block

In Yoshi's Island DS, they retain their role from the original Yoshi's Island; however, they can only be melted by Baby Bowser and Scorchits, although the latter can melt some Ice Blocks that Baby Bowser cannot.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Ice Blocks return in Yoshi's Woolly World and its remake, appearing in the levels Fluffy Snow, Here We Go! and Frozen Solid and Chilled. Like in previous games, they will melt from the effects of fire from a fire watermelon.

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit]

Ice Blocks from the Super Mario World style of Super Mario Maker appear as collectible badges in Nintendo Badge Arcade.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスブロック[10]
Aisu Burokku
Kōri no Burokku
Kōri Burokku
Ice Block

Iced Block


Ice Block
Chinese (Simplified) 冰冻砖块
Bīngdòng Zhuānkuài
Icy Block
Chinese (Traditional) 冰凍磚塊
Bīngdòng Zhuānkuài
Icy Block
Dutch Ijsblok Ice Block
French Bloc de glace Ice block
German Eis-Block Ice Block
Italian Blocco di ghiaccio Ice block
Korean 얼음블록
Eoreum Beullok
Ice Block
Russian Ледяной блок
Ledyanoy blok
Icy Block
Spanish (NOA) Bloque de hielo Ice block


  1. ^ Peterson, Erik. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide. Page 51.
  2. ^ NES Game Atlas Nintendo Player's Guide, pages 33 and 35.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 DS American English instruction booklet, page 28.
  4. ^ Super Mario 64 DS internal object name (EWM_ICE_BLOCK)
  5. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Page 375. "Finally, slowly and carefully get across a gap on giant moving ice cubes."
  6. ^ Averill, Alan, and Jennifer Villarreal. Super Mario Sunshine Player's Guide. Page 87.
  7. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 14, 125, 147.
  8. ^ Loe, Casey. Super Mario Sunshine Perfect Guide. Page 80.
  9. ^ Bogenn, Tim, and Doug Walsh. Super Mario Sunshine Official Strategy Guide. Page 96.
  10. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 40.
  11. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ドンキーコング」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Donkey Kong), page 64.
  12. ^ Super Mario 64 DS Japanese instruction booklet, page 28.