Spiked ? Block

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Spiked ? Block
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 but with spikes added to 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 there are four in total, three containing a power-up.

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. ^ "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." – Loe, Casey (May 15, 2006). New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-009-3. Page 80.
  2. ^ October 19, 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 119.