? Switch

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This article is about the object that appears in various games. For the level with the same name in Super Mario 64 DS, see Tower of the Wing Cap.
? Switch
YS Artwork Switch.png
A Red ? Switch from Yoshi's Story
A switch with a question mark.

First appearance

Yoshi's Story (1998)

Latest appearance

Super Mario Maker (2015)

Effect on player

Causes a mysterious event.

The ? Switch first appears in Yoshi's Story. When a Yoshi presses the ? Switch by simply Jumping on it, the ? Switch disappears and the part of the level in the game is changed. The ? Switch acts like a P-Switch but the main difference is that a part of the level changes. The countdown of the changed area of the level will begin as the music plays. If the music goes rapidly, the Yoshi doesn't have much time with the changed area of the level as it will turn back to normal in a short moment. There are ? Switch Panels that also act as a ? Switch and extend the switch's time limit.

A ? Switch also appears in Super Mario 64 DS. It appears in the secret level, which is also titled "? Switch" (formerly titled Tower of the Wing Cap). It serves mainly as a one-shot replacement to the original game's three ! Switches. Upon pressing the ? Switch, all ? Blocks in the game will become solid and can be broken open. Whereas the three ! Switches only filled in ! Blocks of their respective color, the ? Switch fill in all ? Blocks, as they are all the same color, red, and the ability that the player will get now depends on the character they are playing as.

? Switches later appear in New Super Mario Bros., this time with an orange color. When hit, these switches change or add an area of a level, like adding moving platforms or flipping the entire level upside down. The effects of these switches can be temporary or permanent, varying from switch to switch. They also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U with the same effects.

In versions of Super Mario Maker before version 1.30, P Switches in the New Super Mario Bros. U theme have the appearance of ? Switches.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Interrupteur ?[1] ? Switch
German ?-Schalter[citation needed] ? Switch
Italian Blocco Interruttore ?[citation needed] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Interruttore ?[citation needed] (Super Mario 64 DS)
? Switch Block
? Switch


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 DS French instruction booklet, page 68