Spiked ? Block

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Spiked ? Block
A red block with spikes and a white question mark.
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Effect Releases an item when hit or damages the player

A Spiked ? Block[1] is a type of block that appears in New Super Mario Bros. It is similar to a regular ? Block; however, it has spikes at the top. It also spins around, requiring the player to mind their timing to avoid getting hurt. Hitting or ground-pounding the non-spiked side turns the block into an Empty Block.

Spiked ? Blocks appear only in World 6-3, where four of them are seen, three of which contain power-ups.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲハテナブロック[2]
Toge Hatena Burokku
Spike ? Block
French Bloc-?-Piquant Spiky ? Block
German Stachel-?-Block Spike ? Block
Italian Blocco ? con spuntoni ? Block with spikes


  • If Mario or Luigi ground-pounds a Spiked ? Block right as it begins to spin around, he will be flung away by the spin.


  1. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 80. "Spiked ? Blocks almost always hold power-ups, but they won’t give them up easily. Hit the blocks when the spikes are on the opposite side, or you’ll be impaled."
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. section, page 119.