Scale Lift

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This article is about the scale-look platforms. For lifts in general, see Lift.

Scale Lifts[1], also called Scale Platforms[2] and Lifts[3], are platforms present in the Super Mario series. When a player lands on one platform, the parallel one rises. If the player lingers too long on one platform, the scale breaks apart.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Lifts make their first appearance in Super Mario Bros., where they are the main gimmick of World 3-3, World 4-3 and World 6-3. They return in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, where they are more prevalent, being found in eight of the thirteen worlds. This time, they are made of mushrooms instead of metal. However, in the Super Mario All-Stars remake, both games feature them in their metallic form.

Super Mario World[edit]

While Lifts themselves do not make an appearance in Super Mario World, similar platforms named Piston Lifts[4] appear. As other scales, landing on one part of the scale causes the other to rise, though the Piston Lift does not break. They appear in Butter Bridge 1.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Super Mario Bros.-styled Lifts appear in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, in the World-e level Caped Escape.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Lifts reappear in New Super Mario Bros. in World 1-5. They behave the same way as the Lifts do in Super Mario Bros.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Lifts reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are the main gimmick of World 6-4. Unlike the Lifts in Super Mario Bros., enemies and other items affect the scales with the player.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Lifts reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, in World 4-4. Unlike the Lifts in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, these Lifts reappear after breaking.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Scale Platforms appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, where they are the main gimmick of Scaling the Mountainside. They work as they did in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Scale Platforms also appear as stage elements in the Super Smash Bros. series; they react to fighters' weights and drop or rise at appropriate speeds. They also reappear after breaking. One appears in the Mushroom Kingdom stage of Super Smash Bros. and another appears in the Mushroom Kingdom stage of Super Smash Bros. Melee. A Scale Platform also appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, as part of the Golden Plains stage, though it is only available if the stage has scrolled to the right side. Scale Lifts reappear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Golden Plains and the original Mushroom Kingdom stage, where they act the same as they did in previous games.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てんびんリフト[5]
Tenbin Rifuto
Balance (scales) lift
Russian Лифт-качели
Lift-kacheli
Swing/seesaw lift
Korean 저울리프트
Jeoullipeuteu
Balance Lift

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 454.
  2. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 107.
  3. ^ Hiroo Tochikubo, How to Win at Super Mario Bros., Tokuma Shoten, 1987, ISBN 4-19-720003-XC. Page 7.
  4. ^ Mario Mania, pages 98 and 99.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku, New Super Mario Bros. section