M Block

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Not to be confused with Luigi Block.
Sprite of an M Block in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. M Block from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Sprite of a M Block from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Sprite of an M Block from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.

M Blocks, also known as Mario Blocks,[1][2] are blocks found in the Mario & Luigi series, and they serve the same function as a ? Block. This type of block can be activated only by Mario and Baby Mario, whereas the similar L Block can be used only by Luigi and Baby Luigi. Both M Blocks and L Blocks may contain items for the Mario Bros. to collect, and have been grouped together with ? Blocks as Treasure Blocks.[3]

M Blocks also appear in Yoshi's Island DS. In this game, a Yoshi must be carrying Baby Mario to see them and hit them. Also, some remain invisible even with Baby Mario; these blocks must be hit by a Yoshi with Baby Mario to appear. The stage Hit the M Blocks! is named after them.

A similar block known as "Cap Block M," along with Cap Blocks L and W, was originally going to appear in Super Mario 64 DS and contained Mario's cap, but the blocks were removed.[4] They can still be found in a test level.[5]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Mブロック[6]
M Burokku
M Block

German M-Block
M Block
Italian Blocco M (Yoshi's Island DS)
Blocco rosso (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
M Block
Red block
Korean 빨강블록
Ppalgang-Beullok
Red Block

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffman, Chris (November 18, 2005). Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-006-9. Page 10.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew (November 6, 2006). Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Nintendo Power (American English). ISBN 1-59812-016-6. Page 39 and 45.
  3. ^ Hoffman, Chris (November 18, 2005). Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-006-9. Page 6 and 9.
  4. ^ TCRF. Super Mario 64 DS#Cap Blocks (0x0021 to 0x0023). The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  5. ^ OverallsYoshi (December 31, 2017). Super Mario 64 DS: Test Map. YouTube (English). Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  6. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 14.