Swing

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This article is about the pendulous stone lifts. For the wooden swings from Super Mario Sunshine, see Swing (Super Mario Sunshine). For the objects from Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Super Mario 3D World originally called "swings", see Trapeze.
Swing
Model of a swing from Super Mario 64.
Model from Super Mario 64
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Swings are lifts in the Super Mario series that debuted in Super Mario 64. One resembles a flat, broad platform attached to an unmoving pivot point swinging back and forth. Unlike similar platforms like Single Swing Lifts or Paddle Platforms, swings move regardless of whether any player character has touched it, like a pendulum.

Though not in the game, the Pirate Ships in Super Mario Sunshine function similarly.

History[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake, two swings[1] appear in Rainbow Ride, towards the southwest. They are prominent fixtures in the mission "Swingin' in the Breeze", where Mario must use them, a seesaw, and Falling Blocks to reach the Power Star. The first swing moves over solid ground that catches Mario if he falls off. The second, higher swing needed to reach the Star is positioned away from solid ground, above the clouds.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Large, broad swings make their only appearance in New Super Mario Bros. in World 4-Castle, moving back and forth over lava. They are the primary platforms needed to reach the boss Mega Goomba.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

The swings in New Super Mario Bros. Wii have even broader platforms than prior appearances. They only appear in World 6-Castle, swingining above a sea of lava in a course that leads to Morton Koopa Jr. These swings sweep through the lava, necessitating that the player keep moving. The similar-looking Pendulum Platform debuts in this game and has a comparable function, but it is suspended by chains and is a proportionately narrower lift.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

In Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch remake, spiked rollers appear on some swings that roll as the platform sways. They have concave edges to keep them from rolling off their side, just like the circus-themed seesaws in the game. The only conventional courses that include swings are Spike's Lost City and Champion's Road. They otherwise appear in Mystery House Mad Dash and Mystery House Marathon.

In the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, swings are explicitly lumped with lifts in the Super Mario 3D World section.[2] This is not done in the sections for other games.[3]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

An otherworldly subarea in Fossil Falls has swings suspended between other platforms, swaying over empty space. Mario must utilize them and the Mysterious Clouds to obtain the thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth Power Moons in the Cascade Kingdom. This is the only location with swings in Super Mario Odyssey. As with other platforms in these types of subareas, they resemble geometric, plastic blocks.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブランコリフト[3]
Buranko Rifuto
Swing Lift

Italian Piattaforma mobile altalena[4]
Piattaforma dondolo[5]
Piattaforma Altalena[6]
Moving swing platform (Super Mario 64)
Rocking platform (New Super Mario Bros.)
Swing Platform (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelland, Scott and Dan Owsen (1996). The Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Redmond: Nintendo of America. Page 122.
  2. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan), editors (2015). "Super Mario 3D World."『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』. Tokyo: Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 234.
  3. ^ a b ---- (2015). 『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』. Tokyo: Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 92, 119, 151.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 92
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 119
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 151.