Rolling log

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Not to be confused with Log or Spinning Log.
Rolling log
New Super Mario Bros. U
A rolling log in New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)

Rolling logs[1][2][3][4] (also formatted as Rolling Logs)[5] are a type of wooden platform originating from Super Mario 64.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Screenshot of a Rolling log in Super Mario 64
Mario running on a rolling log in Super Mario 64
Mario standing on a rolling log in Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, rolling logs are cylindrical wooden platforms that, when stood on, roll over. The player must run along them or jump carefully to avoid falling off until they reach their destination on a set path. When the rolling logs are not stood on, they begin to roll back to their original positions. One appears in Lethal Lava Land and is the focus of the mission Red-Hot Log Rolling, and another is on Tall, Tall Mountain.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Rolling logs return in New Super Mario Bros. In this game, they are stationary platforms whose purpose is to eventually drop the player off them if stood on long enough. They appear only in the underground sections of World 6-3.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Rolling logs reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, behaving the same as in New Super Mario Bros., though they are colored slightly differently and now produce creaking noises when stood on. They appear only in World 5-3.

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

Rolling logs appear yet again in New Super Mario Bros. U and its remake. Their behavior is largely unchanged from their past 2D appearances, and they appear only in the level Bridge over Poisoned Waters, though they reprise their role in the challenge Poison-Swamp Scramble. Rolling logs are among the few objects that do not return in New Super Luigi U.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese まるた / 丸太[6]
Log; compare makeshift surfboard
Italian Tronco[7] Log


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 66 and 102.
  2. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 80.
  3. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 99.
  4. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 124.
  5. ^ (June 10, 1998). Course 7 - Star 4: Red-Hot Log Rolling. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 92, 119, 151, 217.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pagg. 92, 119, 151, 217