ON/OFF Switch

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ON/OFF Switch
On Off Switch SMW.png SMW on-off switch-off.png
A red or blue block with "ON" or "OFF" written on it.

First appearance

Super Mario World (1990)

Latest appearance

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2001)

Effect on player

Transforms blocks, adjusts line-guided platforms, or change other stage elements when hit.

An ON/OFF Switch[1], also known as ON Blocks[2], Switches[3] or ON/OFF Blocks[4], is a stationary object found in Super Mario World, its remakes, and Super Mario Maker 2.


Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

In Super Mario World, it can be used by Mario or Luigi either to change the path that a line-guided platform is traveling on or, in #4 Ludwig's Castle, to toggle the direction in which the falling ceiling is moving. The switches can be turned on or off either by jumping against them from below, whirling Cape Mario's cape next to them or throwing an object, like a Koopa Shell, at them. Since using the cape to activate a block can hit it multiple times in succession, toggling an ON/OFF Switch that way does not guarantee that it will end up in the state intended by the player.

Apart from #4 Ludwig's Castle, they are mostly found in the levels Donut Plains 3 and Way Cool, where the switches are abundant. They are sometimes guarded by a Fuzzy.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

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In Super Mario Maker 2, they appear as a placeable course element. When hit by Mario, they can transform red/blue blocks into outlines or vice versa. In this game, they have more saturated red and blue palettes rather than having magenta and slate palettes. They can also transform other objects such as tracks, Conveyor Belts and Spike Blocks.

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ON/OFFスイッチ[5]
ON/OFF Suicchi
ON/OFF Switch
Dutch Aan-uitschakelaar[6] On-off Switch
German Schalter Switch
Russian Переключатель ВКЛ./ВЫКЛ.[7]
Pereklyuchatel' VKL./VYKL.
ON/OFF Switch
Chinese ON/OFF開關[8]
ON/OFF kāiguān
ON/OFF Switch


  1. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 71.
  2. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 100.
  3. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 162.
  4. Stratton, Bryan. (2002) Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 17.
  5. Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 60.
  6. Nintendo Nederland. (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 16 mei 2019. Youtube. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  7. NintendoRU. (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 16/05/2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  8. Nintendo HK. (May 17, 2019). 《Super Mario Maker 2 (超級瑪利歐創作家 2)》Direct 2019.5.16. YouTube. Retrieved May 21, 2019.