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Roads,[1] also called Bridges,[2] are objects that Mario can use in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. When Mario jumps at a road item (also known as an Arrow Block),[3] the game freezes and the player has to place the road to any free point in the level. The road then expands to the left and to the right of the chosen point as much as it can. The road acts as a platform that Mario can stand on, throw the key onto, and climb on with an (also placed) ladder. The road can also act as a ceiling for the many enemies in the game that climb up walls and across ceilings.

Roads are timed and disappear after the time has passed. This timer is indicated with music that starts playing as soon as the road is placed and gets faster gradually. The timer can be reset if Mario places another road within the first road's time limit, or any other placeable objects such as ladders and Jump Stands. After disappearing, the road can then be placed with the road item again.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese [4]

Dutch Brug[5]
French Pont
German Brücke


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, pages 14 & 18.
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong British English Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Items".
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 61, pages 81 and 82.
  4. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, pages 12 & 18.
  5. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Voorwerpen".