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Super Mario Bros. 3 promotional artwork: Two Roto-Discs circling around.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

Roto-Discs[1][2][3][4] (also formatted as Rotodiscs,[5] Roto Discs,[6][7][8] and Roto-discs[9]), or simply Discs,[10] are Fire-Bar- and Spinner-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 be destroyed if Statue Mario lands on top of one. Duo-Roto-Discs[11] can also be found, and they consist of two Roto-Discs circling the central orb. If the player destroys one, the other disappears.

Aside from Super Mario Bros. 3 and its subsequent reissues, the only other appearance of Roto-Discs 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 send Mario back to the beginning of the area if they connect with him.

Super Mario Land contains similar Roto Discs 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 satellite in the Mario Zone, and it behaves in a similar fashion.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく ゴーストぞく
性格せいかく きまじめ
登場とうじょうゲーム 3

Tribe: Ghost clan
Disposition: Too serious
Game appearances: 3
Let's take a breather in the safe zone
Fiery ghost tribe members that spin around a ball. The top of the red ball is a safe zone at all times, so use this area to get out of the way at the right time.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッキー[13]

French Rotodisque[14]
Italian Roto-Disc


  • In Wario's Woods for the SNES, activating a combo causes an energy orb to appear and refill Birdo's time gauge. The sprite used for the orb is the same as the Roto-Discs, only with a different palette.[17]
  • A sign reading "ROTO DISC" appears in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. According to production designer David L. Snyder, the Roto-Discs were imagined as the energy-conversion engines used in the electric Dinohattan cars.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, pages 9 & 80.
  2. ^ Peterson, Erik. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide. Page 15.
  3. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 20, 29, 30, 45, 49, 50, 60, 66, 67, 76, 77, 82, 85, 96, 97, 104, 105, and 106.
  4. ^ English Super Mario Bros. 3 entry on the official Mario portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 13, 2022 14:26:17 UTC via
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 38.
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, pages 46, 54, 55, 60, and 70.
  7. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Page 146.
  8. ^ M. Arakawa. NES Game Atlas. Page 42.
  9. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition instruction booklet, page 27.
  10. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 85.
  11. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 59.
  12. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 67.
  13. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 39.
  14. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 French instruction booklet, page 44.
  15. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual, pag. 28
  16. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 36
  17. ^