Soft sand

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Soft sand,[1][2] also referred to as soft desert sand[3] or simply sand,[4] is a type of Semisolid Platform that can be destroyed. It first appeared in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros. 2, where it is found in the deserts of World 2 and World 6. Mario and his friends can dig the sand directly under their feet when B Button is pressed as long as they are not carrying anything with their hands. Toad is the fastest digger, followed by Mario, then Luigi, and finally Princess Toadstool. Soft sand can also be blown up by Bob-ombs and bombs.

Soft sand reappears in World-e of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

In Super Mario Maker 2, SMB2 Mario can dig through Cloud Blocks as if they were soft sand.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese やわらかい[5][6][7]
Yawarakai tsuchi
Soft soil

Italian Sabbia[9] Sand


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 13. "On the surface of the desert, you can also dig in the soft sand."
  2. ^ Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet, page 18. "On the surface of the desert, you can also dig in the soft sand."
  3. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 9. "You’ll also be able to dig holes in the soft desert sand."
  4. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition instruction booklet, page 35. "Press One Button to pull grass out of the ground or to dig through sand."
  5. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 20. 「砂漠では、やわらかいっていくこともできるんだよ。」
  6. ^ Super Mario Collection instruction booklet. 「砂漠では、やわらかいっていくこともできます。」
  7. ^ Super Mario Advance Japanese instruction booklet, page 21. 「砂漠では、やわらかいっていくこともできるんだよ。」
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 70.
  9. ^ Super Mario All-Stars (Wii) Italian manual, page 36