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Donkey Kong series
In the Donkey Kong arcade game, jacks (also called mad springs, springs or pistons) are constantly bouncing and dropping near Donkey Kong on 75m. If Mario gets hit by a jack, he loses a life.
Donkey Kong Jr.
In Donkey Kong Jr., an actual springboard (called the Jump Board) is prominently featured in the game's second level. Junior can use it to jump over a gap but can also use it as a shortcut to reach the hovering platform above it.
Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
In Donkey Kong for the Game Boy, springs (known here as Jump Stands) appear alongside the harmful jacks. Jacks are now actually thrown by Donkey Kong instead of just bouncing past him, and negating them with a handstand causes them to fall off-screen like most enemies and obstacles, instead of becoming usable like barrels. The stationary Jump Stands are found throughout levels, and occasionally use varying designs. If Mario jumps on one, he can jump higher than usual. In addition, some Jump Stands can be placed through the use of square icons. When Mario jumps at a Jump Stand item, the game freezes and the player has to place the Jump Stand to any free point in the level. The Jump Stand is timed and disappears after the time has passed. This timer indicated with a music that starts playing as soon as the road is placed and gets faster gradually. The timer can be reset to 0 if Mario places another Jump Stand within the first Jump Stand's time limit, or any other placeable objects such as Roads, Ladders, and blocks. After disappearing, the Jump Stand can then be reactivated.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Jumping boards (also referred to as Jumpers or Spring Blocks) first appear in the Super Mario series in Super Mario Bros. Upon pressing the button at the right time, Mario will jump with increased height.
Super Mario World
Springboards appear in Super Mario World, where they are known as Jumping Boards. This game marks the first time the player is able to carry a Springboard, an ability which would later be carried on to future games, including the New Super Mario Bros. series.
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Galaxy games
In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, there are two types of Springboards: blue Springboards can be used by simply jumping on them, and orange Springboards can bounce Mario extra high if he Ground Pounds on them.
Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World features enemy springboards known as Hop-Chops. Hop-Chops often appear in groups where the player must find which is the 'correct' Hop-Chop that, rather than simply falling apart, will turn into a functional springboard upon defeat. When turned into a springboard, they function almost identically to their appearances in other Mario games: They can be carried with the run button, thrown, jumped on, and hitting them with a ground pound will cause the player to jump extra high. Springboards will turn back into Hop-Chops after a short period of time if they are not attacked again.
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Springboards return in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS as items placed throughout the course. They are referred to as Trampolines. Mario and various objects such as Bill Blasters can bounce on them. Shaking a Trampoline will create a sideways Trampoline that is able to bounce back objects that run into it. The springboard also appears in this game as a costume.
Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run uses a new variation of springboard. This object is triggered when a player taps while their character runs across its surface. It launches the player upwards and, if held, the character will slowly spin downwards at a 45-degree angle. Players can use it to reach areas too high to be reached via normal jumps or take advantage of its slow descent to collect coins.
A Trampoline plays an important role in the German Club Nintendo comic "Mario will hoch hinaus." Trying to impress Princess Peach, Mario uses one which launches him extremely high into the air. Mario does not return to the ground for a long period of time.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, two types of trampolines appear: warp trampolines make the player escape to the world map, and smile trampolines make the player exit the immediate area and enter a neighboring location. In the Coal Mines, one smile trampoline is a trap with an unseen ceiling. When Mario uses it, he hits his head and falls unconscious, which is required to reveal Croco.
In Paper Mario, two types of Springboards appear. Red ones launch Mario straight up towards a set location, while blue ones retain the player's control over Mario's jump.
In Wario World, a small ghostly pair of springs appear in Captain Skull's Showdown.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
In the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, springs are common objects and appear to have a simpler design than in previous games. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, springs do not have enough force to launch Mario in the air, requiring the player to press the jump button while Mario is on a spring to make it effective, bouncing him higher than a normal jump.
Springs continue to appear in subsequent Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, where they can be picked up and placed in special slots throughout a stage to guide the Minis, much like other resource items, like Girders or Pink Blocks, are used. Minis automatically jump on the springs when they encounter them and are launched in the direction they are headed. Starting with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, springs are either purple and bounce the Minis straight into the air, or yellow and bounce them on a wider arc. In this respect, they are named Vertical Springs (or High Springs) and Horizontal Springs (or Long Springs). In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, there is a spiked springboard found in the Basement which bounces around the room and minis will break upon contact with it.
Super Princess Peach
Springboards appear in two colors in Super Princess Peach: green springboards are fixed in place, and orange springboards can be picked up with Perry, moved via Poundbrella, or bounced off of Princess Peach's body by touching the side. Additionally, green springboards come in two sizes: normal or giant, which has a slightly longer charge time and allows the player to reach greater heights.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Springboards (called Trampolines in-game) are powerful Bros. Items that require the availability of all four Bros. Each Bro. jumps onto the Trampoline and stomp on the foe in a random order. If timed correctly, they jump back onto the Trampoline. If timed poorly, they will knock the Trampoline away, until all four Bros. fall. It functions similarly to the Cannonballer, except attacks can be landed indefinitely.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Spring from Donkey Kong Jr. appears in the game as a regular item. If jumped on, a player will be launched in the air much higher than with a normal jump. If the Spring is knocked on its side, however, the player will be launched sideways. A different kind of springboard also appears as a stage element throughout the Super Smash Bros. series, including the Subspace Emissary and Smash Run.
Mario Party: Island Tour
In Mario Party: Island Tour, a Springboard briefly appears on the Star-Crossed Skyway board, where the player jumps onto the Spring to launch themselves to the fourth area of the board after the third Star Stage.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
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