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Rotating Blocks, also known as Spinning Blocks or simply Blocks, are yellow eyed blocks that first appear in Super Mario World. When hit from below or the sides, they briefly spin around, allowing Mario to pass through them.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
In Super Mario World, Rotating Blocks replace bricks from previous Super Mario games, and share most of those blocks' attributes. Normal Rotating Blocks spin around for a short time when hit from beneath or attacked as Caped Mario, but some act as ? Blocks and reveal an item. Super Mario can destroy normal Rotating Blocks with a Spin Jump from above. Chargin' Chucks can also destroy Rotating Blocks by charging into them. Also, enemies such as Koopa Troopas and Goombas may hide in Rotating Blocks, and break out to attack Mario once he approaches him.
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2
Rotating Blocks appear under the name Block in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, Rotating Blocks replace Brick Blocks in the Super Mario World style. To be consistent with the other styles, Rotating Blocks are affected by P Switches instead of Empty Blocks, unlike in Super Mario World.
Super Smash Bros. series
Rotating Blocks appear in the Super Smash Bros. series in Melee's Yoshi's Island stage (in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), and in the Super Mario World style of the Super Mario Maker stage (in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as DLC, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), working as they originally did, though they are 3D in Yoshi's Island (they turn 2D when rotating).
Mario Sports Superstars
The dummies that appear in the Ring Challenge mode of the soccer sport in Mario Sports Superstars are made of Rotating Blocks, flipping over when they are struck by the ball.
Although actual Rotating Blocks do not appear in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, there are blocks that have an identical design, primarily found in Mini Luigi's world, Moonlight Mansion. They initially appear as transparent Empty Blocks from Super Mario World, referred to as "invisible blocks", but will turn solid and yellow when a nearby candle is lit, allowing the Minis to walk on them.
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