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.
"Jump Block" redirects here. For information about the trampoline-like object in Mario & Wario, see Jump Block (Mario & Wario).
Note Block
Artwork of a Note Block from New Super Mario Bros. 2
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
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.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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.

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 in Iggy's castle. As of this game, Jump Blocks do not hold power-ups.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Jump Blocks in Super Mario 3D Land

Note Blocks later appear in Super Mario 3D Land (making their first appearance in a 3D Mario platformer game), 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, 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]


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]


These blocks also appear in the TV series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where some have ♫ 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]

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]

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]

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]

Jump 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]

Note Blocks appear in Music Park in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe—however, they are unreachable and simply decoration.

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]

An Item in 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, causing it to fly 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.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • 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

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.

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!"



Sprites and models[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンプブロック[4][5][6][7]
Janpu Burokku
Onpu Burokku
Jump Block

Note Block
Chinese (Simplified) 音符砖块[8]
Yīnfú Zhuānkuài
Musical Note Block
Chinese (Traditional) 音符磚塊[9]
Yīnfú Zhuānkuài
跳躍磚塊[10] (Mario Party 9)
Tiàoyuè Zhuānkuài
Musical Note Block

Jump Block
Dutch Muzieknootblok[11] 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 Nota
Blocco Salterello (Super Mario World, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklets)
Note Block
Jumpy 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[12]
Musical Block
Note Block
Jump block


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


  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. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 16.
  5. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  6. ^ Mario & Wario instruction booklet, page 9.
  7. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. Wii section, page 150.
  8. ^
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  10. ^ Official Chinese website for Mario Party 9. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  11. ^ Nintendo Nederland. (August 26, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Trailer (Wii U). Youtube. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Spanish instruction booklet.