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 Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Effect Slippery when walked on

Ice Blocks (also lowercase as ice blocks)[1] are frozen versions of regular blocks in various Super 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. In this game, they are also semisolid, which is a feature that did not appear in later games.

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

An Ice Block used as an indestructible level tile in Super Mario Bros. 3. Not to be confused with :File:SMB3 Ice Block.png. A large Ice Block used as an indestructible level tile in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Mario traversing over a structure of ice blocks.

In Super Mario Bros. 3 and its remake, ice blocks appear commonly throughout Ice Land, where they mostly make up the level structure in its airborne levels. Like in Super Mario Bros. 2, they act as slippery platforms; these ice blocks can be normal (the size of a brick) or giant-sized (two times bigger, like Big Blocks).

A rarer type of ice block[2] also exists; it is transparent and can be melted by fireballs from Mario and Luigi's Fire form. Some contain coins, while others contain Munchers.

A third type of Ice Block, also referred to as a White Block, also appears throughout Ice Land. Unlike the other types, these resemble white or light blue bricks, are not slippery, and can be picked up and thrown.

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.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Yoshi melting Ice in the game Super Mario 64 DS.
Yoshi melting blocks of 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. Blocks of Ice[3] appear in the ice-themed courses Cool, Cool Mountain and Snowman's Land. They can be melted only with Yoshi's fire breath, and they 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]

A group of Brick Blocks and Ice Blocks in Sirena Beach's second episode.
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, and they can be melted with FLUDD. Large ice blocks appear in special stages, and small ones containing items can be found in Noki Bay and the 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, World 3-5, World 6-1, World 9-5, and World CoinNSMBW Coinworld.png-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 Chunks also make an appearance in the level Piranha Plants on Ice. In the level, they are found on top of Frozen Coins, which will melt when hit by fireballs. When its Frozen Coin is melted, the Ice Chunk 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[edit]

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

Ice Blocks appear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, 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.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

An Ice Block in Super Mario Maker 2
A Super Mario 3D World-style Ice Block

Ice Blocks appear in Super Mario Maker 2, where they behave in the same manner as its predecessor. This time, however, they also appear in the Super Mario 3D World style.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Ice Block SMBW

Ice Blocks reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Just like in the New Super Mario Bros. games, they can be melted from one of Fire Mario's fireballs.

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's Island 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 Flamer 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.

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit]

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

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. Flooffs can also melt Ice Blocks.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Ice Block.

Names in other languages[edit]

Ice Block[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 氷ブロック
Kōri Burokku
Kōri no Burokku
Kōri Yuka
Kōri Kabe
Ice Block

Iced Block


Ice Floor (New Super Mario Bros. Wii, platform and thawable versions)

Ice Wall (New Super Mario Bros. Wii, giant version)
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

Ice block shooter[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスブロック シューター[13]
Aisu Burokku Shūtā
Ice Block Shooter


  1. ^ Catherine Browne. Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Random House Inc, 2010. p. 127. ISBN: 978-0-30746-907-6.
  2. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 12. "ICE AND BLUE BRICK BLOCKS Ice and blue brick blocks interest Mario because they both occur infrequently and have separate properties. Throw blue blocks at enemies, and thaw ice blocks with Fire Flower firings—just don’t drop onto something nasty when you’re melting them!"
  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, and 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. ^ 「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.
  11. ^ Super Mario 64 DS Japanese instruction booklet, page 28.
  12. ^ a b Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. Wii section, page 150.
  13. ^ Kazuya Sakai (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan) (ed.). Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros. (Japanese source). Tokyo: Shogakukan, 2015. Page 91. ISBN: 978-4-09-106569-8.