Seesaw

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It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to include info on the seesaws' previous appearances, including the New Super Mario Bros. games and Yoshi's Island series.

This article is about the recurring object throughout the Mario franchise. For the object from Wario: Master of Disguise, see Seesaw (Wario: Master of Disguise).
Seesaw
SMM2 NSMBU Seesaw.png
A Seesaw in the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker 2.

First appearance

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Seesaws are a type of platform object that appear in many Mario games, and they usually tilt left or right depending on where the player and/or enemies walk on it.

History[edit]

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Log seesaws in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Seesaws first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where one is first found in the hidden ! Switch area in The Cave Of Chomp Rock. In this bonus area, Yoshi must tilt the seesaw to collect the coins; if he falls off, he can no longer reach them and is forced to leave the area. A seesaw also appears in Burt The Bashful's Fort.

Another variant of seesaws, appearing as a bar of log similar to Spinning Logs, is found in later levels, first appearing in Watch Out For Lakitu. The bar is situated on a post which ends in a wooden stake. The bar balances on this stake, and rocks back and forth when Yoshi is not on it; if Yoshi stands on it, the seesaw tips over until it topples. If Yoshi directly touches the spike, it damages him, causing him to drop Baby Mario in the process. Seesaw posts also sometimes have a different color like other posts, such as dark blue in cavern levels.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

In Yoshi's New Island, seesaws appear in the level Seesaw Scramble, with one also appearing in Gargantua Blargg Attacks!. They behave the same as in the New Super Mario Bros. games.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

In Yoshi's Woolly World and its port, seesaws appear in the levels Big Montgomery's Fort and Lava Scarves and Red-Hot Blarggs. They behave the same as in the New Super Mario Bros. games.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 and its remake, a seesaw that resembles a wooden bridge is located near the Chain Chomp in Bob-omb Battlefield. Two seesaws appear in the final section of Bowser in the Dark World, two in The Secret Under the Moat and one in Bowser in the Sky. Two seesaws made of stone appear in Rainbow Ride.

A turning platform similar to a seesaw appears in the initial section of Bowser in the Sky, and one in the room that contains a bookcase in Big Boo's Haunt that drops the player into the merry-go-round area if they stand on it for too long.

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

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, two seesaws appear in the World-e level A Towering Tour. Players can make them tilt left or right by placing themselves on the corresponding side, and the Seesaws can do a full 360° rotation.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., two seesaws appear in World 1-2. One of them allows the player to access a gap at the top of the level, where the third Star Coin and the secret exit are located.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Seesaws return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, only appearing in World 2-2 and World 6-5. They behave as they did in New Super Mario Bros.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

While Seesaws themselves do not appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, or their remake, a similar type of seesaw, the Seesaw Shroom, appears in the former game as a type of Mushroom Platform, along with a blue variant in the latter game.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Seesaws appear as a course element in Super Mario Maker 2. They are colored orange in the Super Mario World style, and red in all other styles. In the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World styles, they appear to be metallic, but in the New Super Mario Bros. U style, they are wooden. Like normal Lifts, their length can be changed, and they can be placed on tracks. They work similarly to their appearance in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (with the Super Mario Bros. 3-styled ones even resembling them), in that they tilt left or right depending on the player's or an enemy's position, but they can no longer do a full 360° rotation.

Seesaws can be abruptly tilted when a Thwomp falls on one side, throwing any playable characters and objects on the other side high into the air. This can also be achieved if a player Ground Pounds on the Seesaw (requiring a Dry Bones Shell to do so in the Super Mario World style and either a Dry Bones Shell or a big Goomba's Shoe in the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles). Furthermore, Bowser can perform this as well in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style using his Ground Pound attack.

Weight tier list[edit]

The following is a table listing the different weights of each course element.[1]

Weight value Course element
Twister
½× Beach Koopa
Buzzy Shell
Dry Bones Shell
Koopa Shell
Spiny Shell
1-Up Mushroom
Blooper1
Blooper Nanny1
Bob-omb
Boo1
Buzzy Beetle
Chain Chomp
Coin2
Dry Bones
Fire Flower
Fire Piranha Plant
Frog Suit
Goomba / Galoomba
Goombrat / Goombud
Hammer Bro
Iggy
Koopa Clown Car / Fire Koopa Clown Car
Koopa Troopa
Larry
Lemmy
Link's bomb
Magikoopa
Mario / Luigi / Toad / Toadette
Master Sword
Mechakoopa / Blasta Mechakoopa / Zappa Mechakoopa
Monty Mole
P Switch
Piranha Plant / Jumping Piranha Plant
POW Block
Rocky Wrench
Rotten Mushroom
SMB2 Mushroom
Spike
Spike Ball / Snowball
Spike Top
Spiny
Super Acorn
Super Mushroom
Trampoline
Wendy
Yoshi / Yoshi's Egg
10-Coin2 / 30-Coin2 / 50-Coin2
Big Mushroom
Bill Blaster / Bull's-Eye Blaster
Boom Boom
Bowser
Bowser Jr.
Cannon
Ludwig
Morton
Muncher
Pokey / Snow Pokey
Roy
Shoe Goomba
Thwomp
Wiggler

1 - Only if stacked on top of another enemy.
2 - Only if dropped on the ground, primarily through a POW Block.

In addition to these weight values:

  • Variations of a course element almost always weigh the same as their parent. This includes different forms of the player character.
  • Applying the Super Mushroom modifier to a course element doubles its weight. Wings and parachutes, on the other hand, contribute nothing to the weight.
    • While Giant Eggs have an initial weight value of 2×, the value becomes 1× once Red Yoshi hatches from the egg.
  • Pokeys and Snow Pokeys in particular have their weight multipliers increase by one for each segment added.

Other appearances[edit]

While Seesaws do not appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they appear without custom textures in the game's code, implying that they were originally meant to appear within the game.

Profiles[edit]

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

  • North American website bio: "These are perfect for risky, tilt-centric courses."

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シーソー
Shīsō
Seesaw
Spanish (NOA) Subibaja Seesaw
Spanish (NOE) Balancín Seesaw
French Bascul
Dutch Wipplank Seesaw
German Wippe Seesaw
Italian Altalena basculante Tilting seesaw
Russian Качалка
Kachalka
Seesaw
Chinese (Simplified) 跷跷板
Qiāoqiāobǎn
Seesaw
Chinese (Traditional) 蹺蹺板
Qiāoqiāobǎn
Seesaw

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Unity (July 2, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 - Who is the Heaviest Character? (Weight Tier List) (prior to version 2.0). YouTube. Retrieved July 6, 2019.