Tail Wheel

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Tail Wheel
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Tanooki Mario activating a Tail Wheel
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013)

Tail Wheels[1] are objects in Super Mario 3D Land. Tail Wheels are wooden wheels hidden in Brick Blocks that appear on top of some platforms, and when tail-whipped by Tanooki Mario, they rotate, causing the platform to ascend, allowing the player to reach a new area of the level. They are replaced by Cat Wheels in Super Mario 3D World.

A Tail Wheel also appears in Mario's Figure Skating Spectacular in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, where the skaters use it by performing a spin to return to Peach's Castle.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しっぽハンドル[2]
Shippo Handoru
Tail Handle

Italian Ingranaggio Tanuki[3]
Tanooki gear


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 12.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 185.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 185