Spinning Heart

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“Collect as many coins as possible! They'll refill your Power Meter. You can check to see how many coins you've collected in each of the 15 enemy worlds. You can also recover power by touching the Spinning Heart. The faster you run through the heart, the more power you'll recover.”
Sign, Super Mario 64
Spinning Heart
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Recover lost health when the player runs through it
Mario standing next to a Spinning Heart in Bob-omb Battlefield

The Spinning Heart is a helpful object that is found in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS.

The Spinning Heart is a red translucent heart that slowly revolves on the ground. When Mario runs through it, the Spinning Heart will quickly replenish his Health Meter in proportion to the speed with which he runs through it. Thus, the faster he runs through it, the more health he recovers. Spinning Hearts are often found at the bottom of a cliff where the player may fall and lose health. In the remake of the game, Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario can also use this object to recover their own Health Meters.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クルクルハート
Kurukuru Hāto
Spinning Heart
Italian Cuore Rotante Spinning Heart
Spanish Corazón Heart


SM64 Spin Heart.png
  • In Super Mario 64, the Spinning Heart is just a translucent sprite rendered in the 3D scene with collision data. In Super Mario 64 DS, it is an opaque 3D model.
  • In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, when an item hits the player's Heart barrier, a sound similar to that of the Spinning Heart can be heard.