Leaf pile

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Leaf pile
Rendered model of a Leaf pile in Mario Kart Tour.
Model of a leaf pile from Mario Kart Tour
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2020 Halloween Tour) (2020)
Effect Releases various items when interacted with

Leaf piles are elements commonly found in autumn-themed stages within the Super Mario and Donkey Kong franchises. Their most common role is to release an item when interacted with in a certain way.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy, leaf piles appear on the Gold Leaf Galaxy's starting planet. When Mario or Luigi spins on a leaf pile, it gives three Star Bits or a single coin.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Leaf piles
Leaf piles in Mario Kart Tour

Leaf piles appear in the Mario Kart Wii course Maple Treeway, in its remakes in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Tour and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and in the autumn variation of the Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe course Animal Crossing. They act similarly to crates, disappearing when hit by an item or racer and dispensing Bananas, coins, Mushrooms, and, occasionally, Super Stars. Unlike crates, however, leaf piles do not slow racers down when they hit them. They reappear a short amount of time after being hit. In time trials, they remain in their usual locations but do not dispense any items.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Large leaf piles appear in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze level Horn Top Hop.[1] The Kongs can stand and walk on top of them as on ground, but rolling into one causes it to scatter, which most commonly releases an item such as a banana or a Banana Coin. One pile in particular hides a horn that releases a Pointy Tucks and a Puzzle Piece in an alternative fashion when uncovered.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese (Simplified) 落叶
Leaf pile
Chinese (Traditional) 落葉
Leaf pile


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 70. "When you reach point 8, perform a Roll Attack to scatter the pile of leaves."