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This article is about collectible items in the Super Mario series. For the note-shaped platforms in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, see rising note. For the currency in Luigi's Mansion that also go by "Notes", see Bill.
"Musical notes" redirects here. For the characters from Mario Party DS, see Musical Note.
Artwork of notes from Super Mario Odyssey.
Artwork from Super Mario Odyssey
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Rewards the player with an item when all notes are collected

Notes (also called music notes,[1] musical notes,[2] or song notes[3]) are colorful items in 3D games of the Super Mario series. Making contact with an environmental trigger causes a string of notes to appear in the immediate area for a limited period of time. Collecting every one rewards the player character with an item. The player character collects a note just by touching it, which is accompanied by the sound of a single musical note. Each note in the string plays a musical note at a different frequency from the others. In most games, collecting each note in succession sometimes creates a melody.

Notes are generally shaped like eighth notes, though large notes[4]—the environmental triggers in Super Mario Odyssey—are shaped like treble clefs.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario collecting notes

Notes first appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They usually appear when Mario (or Luigi) touches a ? Coin, although the ones in the Gold Leaf Galaxy appear if the player rings a bell with the Star Pointer. Afterwards, they line up, and Mario needs to grab all of them. The background music also mutes when the notes are activated. Each note makes a different sound and together forms a short jingle or tune, typically from another game in the Super Mario series. If the player gets every note, Mario will get an item, such as a 1-Up Mushroom. However, if the player fails to collect all the notes within the time limit, the remaining notes will disappear. The notes are also used in a few galaxies where they need to be collected to get a Power Star, such as the Hurry-Scurry Galaxy, the Gold Leaf Galaxy, and the Sea Slide Galaxy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, notes appear in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy, the Boo Moon Galaxy, and the Throwback Galaxy. They retain their function from the first game, but their environmental triggers are more varied. In the Puzzle Plank Galaxy, Ground-Pound Switches cause notes to appear. In the Throwback Galaxy, they are released from a smashed crate. A ? Coin appears as a trigger only in the Boo Moon Galaxy.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Notes appear in Super Mario 3D Land as well with a similar purpose, activated by a P Switch or when a bush is rustled. If all of the notes are collected, Mario can earn a power-up if he is in either Small form or Super form. Otherwise, he earns a 1-Up Mushroom.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, large notes (recognized as "treble clefs" in the Prima Games guidebook)[5] appear in every kingdom except for the Dark Side and Darker Side of the moon. Touching one causes a string of small notes[4] to appear. Collecting all of them awards Mario a Power Moon. Notes appear in 2D areas, the first instance where they have been included in an area on a 2D plane. Like platforms, enemies, other items, and Mario himself, notes appear as 8-bit sprites in these areas. Notes are a prominent component of the Playing in VR mode added in version 1.3.0 on April 25, 2019, in which collecting all of the notes in an area reveals an instrument that must be returned to a corresponding musician.

All objectives involving notes include the pun "Taking Notes" in their names.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Notes appear in the River Survival mode of Super Mario Party. Collecting every note in a single route causes a Minigame Balloon to appear. This is the notes' first appearance in the Super Mario franchise outside a mainline title.

Other appearances[edit]

Notes replace Music Discs in the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft.

Melodies played by notes[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 音符

Chinese 音符

Dutch Note
French note
German Note
Italian Nota
Russian до-ре-ми

Spanish nota


  1. ^ "Collect music notes to recover the instruments, and then return them to their rightful owners." – Bonus: Travel Hints (25 Apr, 2019). Super Mario Odyssey by Nintendo EPD (Ver. 1.3.0). Nintendo of America.
  2. ^ Esmarch, Nick von (2011). Super Mario 3D Land: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Prima Games. Page 34, 52.
  3. ^ Walsh, Doug, and Epstein, Joe (2017). Super Mario Odyssey: PRIMA Official Game Guide (Collector's Edition). Roseville: Prima Games. Page 186, 193, 210, 245, 273.
  4. ^ a b "Touching one of these large notes causes a string of small notes to appear for a limited time." – Sakai, Kazuya, kikai, Rachel Roberts, and Jenny Blenk, editors (2019). "Sand Kingdom". The Art of Super Mario Odyssey (First English Edition). Milwaukie: Dark Horse. Page 113.
  5. ^ Walsh, Doug, and Epstein, Joe (2017). Super Mario Odyssey: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Prima Games. Page 38, 50, 84, 108, 116, 128, 143.