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Message Blocks, also referred to as Information Blocks or Hint Blocks, are blocks with faces that appear in various platformers. They are most prevalent in the Yoshi franchise. They are usually smiling white blocks that provide tips and hints to the player.
Super Mario World / Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
Message Blocks first appeared in Super Mario World, where they usually describe a new level in the beginning stages of the game or explain a new game mechanic, known as Tourist Tips. Unlike later appearances, these Message Blocks feature no face in Super Mario World but instead look like speakers.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Message Blocks became more common in the Yoshi series starting with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they teach the player controls and give tips rather than saying things outright. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island gives Message Blocks their now-common look of being a white block with a smiley facial expression and yellow cheeks. They reappear in the remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
The Message Blocks return once more in Yoshi's Story. Here they fill the exact same role as they did in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Their appearance has changed since then, though, as they are now much bigger, and their mouths continually move.
Yoshi's Island DS
They return in Yoshi's Island DS and are much the same as before but return to their Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island form.
Yoshi's New Island
They return in Yoshi's New Island. Their instructions change depending on the control type used, whether it is traditional button-style egg-throwing or gyro tilt to aim. Some Message Block hints additionally automatically appear when a Yoshi does an action for the first time, such as dropping Baby Mario. Message Blocks can also explain stage features in a level new to players such as instructing to ground pound a Tatami Block.
Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
They only appear five times in the game, with three in the first level and two in the third. They retain the appearance from Yoshi's Island DS, however their mouths now continually move, like in Yoshi's Story. Their cheeks are pink this time.
Yoshi's Crafted World
Message Blocks return in Yoshi's Crafted World, behaving exactly the same as in past appearances.
Super Smash Bros. series
Message Blocks have a cameo in Super Smash Bros.. They appear in the stage Yoshi's Island where one can be seen in the background along with the Super Happy Tree. The same stage also makes a reappearance as playable for the sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Super Princess Peach
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
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