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Switchboard SM3DW Prima.jpg

First appearance

Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

Latest appearance

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Switchboards[1][2] are green movable platforms in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World. They are divided into two pads that display arrows pointing in opposite directions. Across the middle of the Switchboard is an axle with wheels, enabling it to move on rails. If the player steps on one of its pads, the arrow on the side they stand on turns yellow and the Switchboard moves on rails in the indicated direction.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario riding a Switchboard in Super Mario 3D Land.

Switchboards first appear in Super Mario 3D Land in World 1-3 and appear in large numbers in World 1-4, Special 3-1 and Special 5-3. The rails under a Switchboard may have blunt ends, making the Switchboard come to a stop once it bumps into them. However, some rails do not have ends and the Switchboard will simply fall off the rails if led there. The Switchboard will safely land on other rails most of the time, but in some situations it may fall into an abyss, bringing the character along with it and causing him to lose a life. The Switchboard accelerates on inclined rails, making it more difficult to control.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Super Mario 3D World.

Switchboards return in Super Mario 3D World, appearing in Switchboard Falls and Cosmic Cannon Cluster where they form the main mode of transportation. This time, the border around the platforms is white instead of green. In this game, the player has the ability to tap and hold onto one of the pads on a Switchboard to make it move in the desired direction, without involving the playable characters.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Switchboards in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Switchboards also appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in the final portion of the 3D Land stage, albeit without the arrows. They can be destroyed by Spike Pillars, which serve as stage hazards in the stage.

In the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version of the stage, the Switchboards are redesigned to have red checker patterns on them.

Mario Party 10[edit]

The Switchboard also appears in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Bullet Bill Bullies. The solo player has to move sideways with it to dodge incoming Bullet Bills from other players.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Plataforma balancín[citation needed] Seesaw platform
Italian Piattaforma Vaievieni Come-and-go Platform
Portuguese Plataforma Vaivém[citation needed] Come-and-go Platform
Chinese 跷跷板车[3]
Qiāoqiāobǎn Chē
Seesaw Car



  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario 3D World US English text, in-game name level name of World 3-7 - Switchboard Falls
  3. ^ Official simplified Chinese website for Super Mario 3D Land. Retrieved February 12, 2020.