Skull switch

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A skull switch[1] is an item that causes the defeat of the boss of the room in which it is in New Super Mario Bros. Skull switches replace the axe, found in the original Super Mario Bros., and function the same way. In total, skull switches are found in three boss fights: the first with Bowser, the second with Dry Bowser, and the third with Bowser and Bowser Jr. In the aforementioned boss battles, Mario's (or Luigi's) goal is to avoid the attacks of the bosses and hit the skull switch, causing the bridge that Bowser is standing on to collapse and send him plummeting downwards to whatever may lie beneath. When Mario sets foot on the safe platform with the switch, Bowser/Dry Bowser runs towards him and tries to toss him back onto the bridge. Even though Mario can defeat Bowser with fireballs, he still needs to press the switch as in the original Super Mario Bros.

In later New Super Mario Bros. games, starting with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the skull switches are replaced by ! Switches.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドクロスイッチ[2]
Dokuro Suicchi
Skull Switch
Italian Interruttore Teschio[3] Skull Switch


  1. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 26.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. section, page 119.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 119