Note Block

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This article is about the white blocks with a musical note in many Mario games. For the pink variant that appears in the Super Mario Maker games, see Music Block. For the wooden variant that replaces Note Blocks in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, see Marimba Block.
"Jump Block" redirects here. For information about the trampoline-like object in Mario & Wario, see Jump Block (Mario & Wario).
Note Block
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Artwork of a Note Block from New Super Mario Bros. 2
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Vacation Tour) (2023)
Effect Makes the player jump higher, releases items.

A Note Block (originally called a Jump Block[1][2] and also known as a Music Block[3]) is a type of bouncy block introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, usually appearing as a white cube with an animated quarter note (♩) on each lateral side. Mario bounces up and down infinitely while on top of one, and he can achieve greater vertical movement if the jump button is pressed as he is being launched upward.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

World 1-2 (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Jump Blocks in Super Mario Bros. 3
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A Pink Note Block as it appears in Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Jump Blocks first appear in World 1-2. They occasionally hold a power-up for the player if they bounce on it or hit it like a ? Block. Certain Jump Blocks, also known as hidden note blocks[4] or invisible note blocks,[5] are not seen until hit from below.

Also in Super Mario Bros. 3, there is a special variety of salmon-colored Jump Blocks called Magic Note Blocks hidden in some courses that catapult Mario or Luigi to Coin Heaven, where many coins and a 1-Up Mushroom can be found. Two of the e-Reader card levels in the GBA remake consist entirely of Jump Blocks: Magical Note Blocks and A Musical Trek.

Super Mario World[edit]

Jump Block from Super Mario World

Jump Blocks reappear in Super Mario World, and behave the same as in the predecessor.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A white-and-green checkered block.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Jump Blocks are redesigned with a white-green checkered pattern, although they act the same. These checkered blocks are uncommon and can be found in stages such as World 7-5, Lakitu Enemy Courses, and Iggy's castle, with the last having them on the lower floor in the boss stage. As of this game, Jump Blocks do not hold power-ups.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Special 2-1
Jump Blocks in Super Mario 3D Land

Note Blocks later appear in Super Mario 3D Land (making their first appearance in a 3D Super Mario platformer game) under their current name, where they serve the same purpose. However, they retain their original designs, and most of them are two blocks wide (though in the box art and in certain courses, they retain their earlier proportions). They also make musical sounds and notes appear when they are jumped on; in a pre-release trailer, they can be heard making the orchestral hit noise used for Yoshi's voice in older games,[citation needed] but this was removed from the final game. Magic Note Blocks return and are renamed Super Note Blocks; they once again send Mario to a Coin Heaven area, but now are twice as long, flash colors, and have a white note on their sides.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Note Blocks also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Here, they all retain their appearance from most other 2D platformers. However, the musical notes and sounds (now based on the chords of the game's music) return from Super Mario 3D Land.

Similar blocks known as Trampoline Blocks make an appearance. Unlike Note Blocks, they do not have the music aesthetic, are blue with a black diamond shape imprinted, and the player cannot control how high Mario bounces off the block.

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

Note Blocks later appear in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, as well as their shared port. They behave mainly the same as in previous installments, except they now play a fixed note when bounced on.

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

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Note Blocks return in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, where they can be used in all of the styles, excluding Super Mario 3D World. While it retains its appearances in Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U, it features a new sprite for its Super Mario Bros. appearance. Pink versions called Music Blocks also appear, using an ♪ eighth note instead of a ♩ quarter note.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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These blocks also appear in the TV series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where some have an ♪ eighth note or ♫ two beamed eighth notes instead of a ♩ quarter note.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

Jump Blocks are in the Mario Party 5 minigame Bound of Music, where each player has to jump and hit the most Jump Blocks. However, the Jump Blocks are invisible.

Mario Party 9[edit]

Upward Mobility
Jump Blocks in Mario Party 9

In Mario Party 9, Jump Blocks appear in their New Super Mario Bros. Wii design in the minigame Upward Mobility.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Trounce 'n' Bounce
Jump Blocks in Mario Party: Island Tour

In Mario Party: Island Tour, Jump Blocks return with their New Super Mario Bros. Wii design in the minigame Trounce 'n' Bounce.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Bouncy Bounty, from Mario Party 10.
Jump Blocks in Mario Party 10

In Mario Party 10, Note Blocks with their usual design appear in the minigame Bouncy Bounty.

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Note Blocks also appear in Mario Superstar Baseball, in the Peach Garden field. If a baseball bounces on top of it, the batter may score a homerun.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Two Note Blocks in Mario Kart Tour
Note Blocks in Mario Kart Tour

Note Blocks appear in Music Park in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as decorative elements.

Wide Note Blocks appear in Mario Kart Tour in Squeaky Clean Sprint T, Squeaky Clean Sprint R/T, and Rome Avanti 3T. This time, they play a gameplay role, acting as bouncy platforms similar to Mushroom Trampolines.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Three Note Blocks appear during the final segment of Mario's Figure Skating Spectacular in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, where the skaters perform a set of jumps across them.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Sprite of a Note Block item from Mario Golf: World Tour.

Note Blocks appear in Mario Golf: World Tour as usable item shots. It causes a Note Block to appear during the ball's course, which sends the ball high into the air over obstacles or with increased shot distance.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Note Block appears on the 3D Land stage, having the same function as in the Super Mario games.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Note Blocks in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in the mission Paper Toad Shuffle.

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, when Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario are rescuing Paper Toads in Sunbeam Plains in the mission Paper Toad Rescue, a row of five Note Blocks can be found. A purple Paper Toad can be found jumping on the blocks, and he can be rescued by hitting one of the blocks while he is on it. Another Note Block can be found in the mission Fly Guy Flyby, where it can be found behind a crack that only Paper Mario can fit in. A Fly Guy holding a Paper Toad can be found above it, and hitting the Note Block causes the Fly Guy to fly away. In the mission Paper Toad Shuffle, two more groups of Note Blocks can be found, each with a purple Paper Toad jumping on them.

Minecraft[edit]

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, the traditional Note Blocks take on their look from the Super Mario titles.

Profiles[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: If your timing is right, you can use these to jump very high.

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

  • North American instruction booklet (page 19): These blocks bounce along and sometimes drop items.
  • European instruction booklet (page 9): These blocks help Mario bounce along and sometimes drop items.1

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • European website bio: Bouncing on these blocks will allow Mario to jump higher and higher. Bouncing on a rainbow-coloured Note Block will take Mario high into the clouds, where there are countless coins to be picked up!

Gallery[edit]

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

Artwork[edit]

Sprites and models[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Scans[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンプブロック[6][7][8][9]
Janpu Burokku
音符おんぷブロック
Onpu Burokku

Jump Block

Note Block

Chinese (simplified) 音符砖块[10]
Yīnfú Zhuānkuài
Musical Note Block

Chinese (traditional) 音符磚塊[11]
Yīnfú Zhuānkuài
跳躍磚塊[12] (Mario Party 9)
Tiàoyuè Zhuānkuài

Musical Note Block

Jump Block

Dutch Muzieknootblok[13]
Music Note Block
French Bloc de saut
Bloc Saut
Bloc sautant
Bloc Note
Jump Block
Jump Block
Jumping block
Note Block. Pun on bloc note ("notepad").
German Noten-Block
Note Block
Italian Blocco di salto[14]
Blocco salterello[15][16][17]
Mattone salterello[18]
Blocco Salto (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)[19]
Blocco Nota[20] (older games)
Blocco nota (newer games)
Block of jumping
Jumpy block
Jumpy brick
Jump Block
Note Block
Note block
Korean 음표블록
Eumpyo Beullok
Musical Note Block

Portuguese Bloco de Pulo (Super Mario World manual)
Bloco de Notas (Super Mario 3D Land)
Jump Block
Notes Block. Pun on Bloco de Notas ("notebook").
Russian Блок «до-ре-ми»
Blok «do-re-mi»
Do-Re-Mi Block

Spanish Bloque Musical
Bloque Nota
Bloque de salto[21][page number needed]
Musical Block
Note Block
Jump block

Notes[edit]

1 - The text in the European instruction booklet was revised to clarify that the Jump Blocks help Mario bounce along rather than imply that they do so themselves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet. Page 22.
  3. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 160.
  4. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 33.
  5. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 36.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet. Page 16.
  7. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  8. ^ Mario & Wario instruction booklet. Page 9.
  9. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. Wii section. Page 150.
  10. ^ 超级马力欧 3D乐园. ique.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  11. ^ 超級瑪利歐 3D樂園. nintendo.com.hk. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Official Chinese website for Mario Party 9. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Nintendo Nederland (August 26, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Trailer (Wii U). YouTube. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3, Italian booklet. Page 17
  15. ^ Super Mario World, Italian manual, pag. 22
  16. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 European manual, pag. 113
  17. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual, pag. 19
  18. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 European manual, pag. 109
  19. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 150
  20. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 13
  21. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Spanish instruction booklet.