Start Space

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A Start Space is a kind of space that appears in a number of games in the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario series[edit]

Start Space.png

Start Spaces first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, in which they are named Start Panels.[1] Here, they are white squares with the word "START" on them. They appear at the beginning of each world. Mario and Luigi start on them, and they get thrown back to the start place when they lose a life in the first level of the game or get a Game Over. Sometimes, minigame markers appear on the Start Space, as it is possible of all other spaces on Super Mario Bros. 3 maps. In Super Mario World, Yoshi's House could be considered a Start Space of sorts, as Mario begins here.

A Start Space from New Super Mario Bros.
A Start Panel from New Super Mario Bros. 2
A Start Space from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Start Spaces return in New Super Mario Bros., in which they serve as the start of each world as well, but they are now black circles with red arrows. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. 2, however, they are white rather than black.

Mario Party series[edit]

Boo hosting the lottery in the Mario Party 4 version of the Last Five Turns Event.
The Start Space as seen in Mario Party 4. Here, there is a lottery going on.

On boards in the Mario Party series, Start Spaces are where the players start at the beginning of a game. Here, the players determine their starting order by hitting Dice Blocks and start to play. When players pass the Start Space in Mario Party, Koopa Troopa gives them 10 coins. Several events during the game are hosted on the Start Space, such as the Last Five Turns Event in Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, and Mario Party 4 and Bowser Time in Mario Party 7. Several events also throw players back to the Start Space. However, the Start Space does not behave as a regular space on Mario Party boards, as they cannot be reached after the players have left them, unless they are thrown back by an item or an event.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スタートパネル[2]
Sutāto Paneru
Start Panel (Super Mario Bros. 3)

Dutch Startvak
Start Panel (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Start space (Mario Party Superstars)
French Tableau de départ
Start Panel (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Italian Quadro START[3]
Inizio del livello[4]
Pannello d'inizio[5]
Punto di partenza (Mario Party Superstars)
START Square
Beginning of the level
Start panel
Starting point


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 15.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Italian manual, pag. 16
  4. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 EU booklet, pag. 109
  5. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian booklet, pag. 17
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 10