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 using B Button as long as they are not carrying anything with their hands. It 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



  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction manual, 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.