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SMB3 Roto-Disc.jpg
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Kaitensuru Honō

Roto-discs[1] (also spelled Rotodiscs[2], Roto-Discs[3][4] or Roto Discs[5][6]) are Fire-Bar-like obstacles that first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3. Roto-discs are found orbiting gray or red orbs, on which it is possible for Mario or Luigi to stand. Roto-discs are nearly invulnerable; they can only be destroyed if the player transforms into a statue by using the Tanooki Suit and lands on top of one. Duo-Roto-Discs[7] can also be found, which consist of two Roto-discs circling the central orb. If the player destroys one using the Tanooki Suit, the other will disappear.

Aside from Super Mario Bros. 3 and its subsequent remakes, the only other appearance of Rotodiscs is in the Mini-Mario course in Bowser's Castle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. As a throwback to the previous games, they are obstacles that will send Mario back to the beginning of the area if they connect with him.

Super Mario Land contains Kaitensuru Honō, which are fiery orbs that similarly orbit a block and share the same attack pattern.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins also contains an enemy known as a Guruguri in the Mario Zone, which behaves in a similar fashion.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッキー[8]
French Rotodisque[9] Rotodisc
Italian Rotodisco[10] Rotodisc


  1. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition instruction booklet, page 27.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 38.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, pages 9 & 80.
  4. ^ Peterson, Erik. The Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide, page 15.
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, pages 46, 54, 55, 60, 70.
  6. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide, page 146.
  7. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 59.
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 39.
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 French instruction booklet, page 44.
  10. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian instruction booklet, page 28