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SMB3 Roto-Disc.jpg
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Related Species
Fire Bar

Roto-discs[1] (also spelled Rotodiscs[2], Roto-Discs[3][4] or Roto Discs[5]) are Fire Bar-like obstacles that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. In this game, Rotodiscs are found orbiting gray or red orbs, on which it is possible for Mario or Luigi to stand. Rotodiscs 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. If there are two discs orbiting one orb, the player will only need to destroy one and the other will disappear. Occasionally, Duo-Roto-Discs[6] can be found, and consist of two harmful lights on opposite sides.

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. As a throwback to the previous games, they are obstacles that can kill Mario in one hit, sending him back to the beginning of the area.

Super Mario Land also contains enemies that orbit a similar-locking block and share the same attack pattern; their name isn't given, but it is assumed they are Rotodiscs.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins contains an enemy known as a Satellite in Mario Zone, which behaves in a very similar fashion to a Rotodisc.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッキー[7]
French Rotodisque [8] Rotodisc
Italian Roto-Disco[citation needed] Roto-Disc


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