Paddle Platform

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A Paddle Platform[1] (formerly known as a paddle wheel[2]) is a round platform made up of four smaller platforms (similar to Flatbed Ferries) appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U, Yoshi's New Island, and Yoshi's Woolly World. Some, particularly those of the New Super Mario Bros. games, strictly move left and right, while others travel along paths in the air like a Flatbed Ferry. Either way, the player must walk on it to make it start spinning. Paddle wheels may occasionally fall into another path.

Two platform wheels similar to paddle wheels appear in the Mario Party 9 minigame Pedal to the Paddle, except they are each made up of five wooden platforms. They also appeared in Mario Party 10 in Revolving Relay.

History[edit]

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Paddle wheels make their debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake; while big ones first appear in the levels Hop! Hop! Donut Lifts and then appear occasionally afterwards, small ones appear in Prince Froggy's Fort, More Monkey Madness, and Danger - Icy Conditions Ahead. They typically move on tracks, and while big paddle wheels are green in color, small ones are magenta in color.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Paddle wheels make their debut in the Mario franchise in New Super Mario Bros., appearing only in World 4-A and World 7-7. They behave the same as they do in the Yoshi franchise.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A single paddle wheel appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, specifically in World 5-1 during the segment with the level's Red Ring. It behaves the same as in past installments.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Paddle wheels return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, with multiple appearing throughout World FlowerNSMBW Fire Flower Icon.png-2, as well as one appearing throughout the second half of the first level of the Impossible Pack. They behave the same as in past installments.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Paddle Platforms return in New Super Mario Bros. U and its remake. Only two appear in the entire game, both in Fuzzy Clifftop: the first one appears just after the level's Checkpoint Flag, and the second one appears just before the level's Goal Pole. They behave the same as in past installments.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese こぎリフト[3]
Ashikogi Rifuto
Pedal Lift

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 146.
  2. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Power Player's Guide, page 122: "PADDLE WHEEL Red ones spin in place, while green ones move across the screen. The trick to getting a paddle wheel to spin is to jump straight up. When you land on the next platform, your weight will cause the wheel to spin. You'll find lots of opportunities to practice, because these dino-movers are found throughout Yoshi's Island."
  3. ^ Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Dream Book. Page 11Media:YIDS Nintendo Dream Book pag 10-11 scan.jpg.