Rotary Lift

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Rotary Lift
SMAS SMB3 World 5-4 Screenshot.png
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance NES Remix 2 (2014)
Effect Acts as an unstable platform

Rotary Lifts[1] are spinning platforms that first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 and reappear in the reissues with Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. There are three kinds of Rotary Lifts: those that spin for a short time and then stop before they resume spinning shortly afterward, those that spin endlessly, and those that tilt based on where the player is standing on them. The first of these is similar to the Spinning Logs from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They appear in World 3-3, World 3-6, World 5-4, World 6-4, and World 6-10, as well as in the World-e levels A Towering Tour and An Aqueous Adventure (the latter being their only appearance underwater) in the GBA reissue.

Rotary Lifts also appear in the Modern version of Donkey Kong Jr. in Game & Watch Gallery 3 and Game & Watch Gallery 4. When Donkey Kong Jr. gets the key on the first stage, a Rotary Lift appears left of Donkey Kong's cage. If Donkey Kong Jr. jumps onto the lift as it spins, he falls to the second floor.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • NES manual bio: "Sometimes these lifts spin. Be careful or you'll be spun off!"
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "Sometimes these lifts spin. Some occasionally spin, and some always spin. Be careful, or Mario may be spun off."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くるくるリフト[2]
Kurukuru Rifuto
Spinning Lift
Italian Ascensore Rotatorio[3] Rotatory Lift


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 17.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3, Italian booklet, pag. 19