Shrinking platform

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Hurry-Scurry Galaxy
Mario Squared Galaxy
Shrinking platforms in the Hurry-Scurry Galaxy and Mario Squared Galaxy, respectively
“The floor falls away when you step on it! Be careful!”
Hint Toad, Super Mario Galaxy

Shrinking platforms[1][2] are platforms with a green checkerboard-like design found in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. When Mario or Luigi steps on one, it immediately begins to shrink. Eventually, the platform disappears, leaving only the metal frame around it. Shrinking platforms are mostly used in areas where Mario or Luigi must walk carefully to avoid falling but quickly enough to avoid falling through. Some planets are entirely made up of shrinking platforms. The objective of these planets is to collect all of the notes around the planets themselves before all of the shrinking platforms disappear. Player 2 can help in Co-Star Mode by freezing a platform after Mario or Luigi has stepped on it, though the platform starts to shrink once Player 2 lets go. Shrinking platforms can be found in several galaxies, including the Hurry-Scurry Galaxy, the Sea Slide Galaxy, the Toy Time Galaxy, and Mario Squared Galaxy.

Shrinking platforms in Galaxy Rally

Shrinking platforms appear in the Special Game called Galaxy Rally in Mario Tennis Open. Four of them of equal size compose the court. After the ball bounces on a platform, it disappears, making that section temporarily out of play. However, if the ball bounces on another platform, that platform disappears while the previous one reappears. The number of platforms missing from the court can go from one to three as the game progresses.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 崩落パネル
Hōraku Paneru
Collapsing Panel

German Fall-Panel
Case Panel
Italian Pannello Adieu (PRIMA Guide)
Piattaforma restingente[3]
Adieu ("Farwell" in French) Pannel; from the Galaxy and the missions' names
Shrinking platform


  1. ^ Black, Fletcher (November 9, 2007). Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-7615-5643-5. Page 120.
  2. ^ Browne, Catherine (May 23, 2010). Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide (Premiere Edition). Roseville: Random House Inc. ISBN 978-0-30746-907-6. Page 249.
  3. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 137.