Red-Blue Panel

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Red-Blue Panel
A Red-Blue Panel from Super Mario 3D World.
Artwork of a Red-Blue Panel in Super Mario 3D World
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Effect Flips to one side each time the player performs a specific action, usually jumping

Red-Blue Panels,[1] or flipping panels,[2] are platforms found in Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. They are flat metallic tiles suspended in midair, colored red on one side and blue on the other side, that flip over if a certain command is performed.


Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Flipping panels as seen in the Flip-Swap Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, when Mario (or Luigi) performs a spin, the platforms flip over, causing the red platforms to show while the blue ones are hidden, or vice versa. Flipping panels appear as the primary stage element of the Flip-Swap Galaxy, though minor sections of the same platforms also make an appearance in various parts of the Chompworks Galaxy and the Grandmaster Galaxy as well. In order to successfully make his way through the areas in which these platforms are present, Mario must skillfully spin to make them flip at exactly the right moment. Otherwise, he will fall into open space and lose a life.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Red-Blue Panels in Super Mario 3D Land

Red-Blue Panels return in Super Mario 3D Land, where they function the same as in the previous game. They are now activated simply by jumping, making the player plan their jumps in order to avoid falling down a bottomless pit.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

A Red-Blue Panel in Mystery House Throwdown

Red-Blue Panels also appear in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Here, the panels are noticeably larger, and they are again activated by jumps. While Rosalina can spin, the move does not affect the panels, unlike in their first appearance. In Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, they are utilized in the mission Bully the Cat Bullies in Fort Flaptrap.

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レッドブルーパネル[3]
Reddo-Burū Paneru
Red-Blue Panel

German Schüttelklapp-Scharnier (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Shake Folding Hinge (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Spring Folding Hinge
Italian Pannello Saltescambia
Pannello Piroetta[4]
Pannello girevole[5]
Pannello mobile[6]
Jump-n-Switch Panel
Spin Jump Panel
Turning Panel
Moving Panel


  • A glitch utilizing these platforms can be performed in the Flip-Swap Galaxy, allowing Mario to "jump" much higher than he would normally be able to.


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 20.
  2. ^ Catherine Browne. Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Random House Inc. Archived in 2020 on the Internet Archive. ISBN 0307469077. Published 23 May 2010. Accessed 16 Jun 2022.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 171, 186 and 234.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 171
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pagg. 162, 186
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 234