Paddle Platform

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Paddle Platform
NSMBW Paddle Wheel Sprite.png
Sprite of a paddle wheel in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

First appearance

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)

Latest appearance

Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)

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 numerous 2D platformers in the Yoshi and Mario franchises. 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.

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.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Paddle wheels reappear in Yoshi's Island DS, behaving the same as in their debut game. While the large ones first appear in Castle of the Big Burt Bros. and appear occasionally throughout, small ones are slightly less common now, first appearing in Castle of Priscilla the Peckish. While large paddle wheels on tracks are still green in color, the large stationary paddle wheels are now yellow in color. Additionally, a new variety of paddle wheel with a pivot point resembling the spokes of a pedal-powered vehicle is showcased in Six-Face Sal's Fort and also occasionally appears in At Last, Bowser's Castle!; when turned, they cause certain mechanisms to move.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Paddle Platforms return in Yoshi's New Island. This time, they are slightly less common; while ones of numerous colors and numbers of platforms appear in the level Slime Drop Drama, one appears near the end of Don't Fear the Spear, one appears in a secret area of Lose the Lunge Fish, and one appears after the halfway point of Leapin' Lava Meltdown. They behave the same as in previous installments.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Paddle Platforms reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and its port, behaving the same as in previous installments. They are about as common as they were in Yoshi's New Island; three appear in the first half of Rollin' Down the River, one appears near the end of Frozen Solid and Chilled, and two each appear near the beginning and near the end of Kamek's Last-Ditch Flyby.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Paddle Platforms return in Yoshi's Crafted World, where they only appear in Spinwheel Shuffle. They behave the same as in past installments.

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 5-6 and 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.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

Paddle wheels appear in Mario Party 9, in the minigame Pedal to the Paddle. Unique to this game is the fact that the paddle wheels consist of five platforms instead of the usual four, and its pivot point resembles a Turning Floor from World 6-NSMBW Airship Sprite.png of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Paddle Platforms return in Mario Party 10, and are the basis of the minigame Revolving Relay.

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Screenshots[edit]

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.