Switch (Donkey Kong)

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Donkey Kong Jr. pulling a switch, Donkey Kong (Game Boy) official artwork
Donkey Kong Jr. pushing a switch

Switches[1] are lever-like objects that appear in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. They are used to control conveyor belts, moving platforms, and elevators. They can also be used to make bridges appear and disappear, as well as opening and closing gates. To operate a switch, the player must hold B Button while Mario is near the switch, then move the +Control Pad Control Pad either left or right to push and pull the switch. In some boss stages, Donkey Kong Jr. also operates switches to hinder Mario's progress.

Similar objects, known as Direction Switches and conveyor switches, appear in games from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スイッチ[2]


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 9.
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 7.