Tox Box

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Tox Box
Tox Box SMG.png
A Super Mario Galaxy-style Tox Box
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Mario Party: Island Tour (2013)
Parent species Thwomp
Related species
Grumblump

Tox Boxes are rare enemies in the Mario franchise. They resemble metal or stone boxes with multiple faces that roll along set paths. The paths they go on are usually similar to their width, making it nearly impossible for Mario to walk around. Tox Boxes first appear in Super Mario 64.

Tox Boxes have faces on all but one side; the last side is only a square hole. This hole is for Mario to stand in as the Tox Box passes over the tile he is standing on, thus letting him survive without being crushed. However, the edges of the holed side still crush Mario if he stands under them.

They appear as red industrial metal boxes with spray-painted faces in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, but were redesigned for Super Mario Galaxy and later games, currently appearing as a species of Thwomp designed after the Japanese oni.

Shigeru Miyamoto regards the Tox Box as one of his best designs and a "masterpiece", stating they embody his game design philosophy of making gameplay mechanics clear and quickly understood at a first glance.[1]

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Tox Boxes roll around to crush Mario in Super Mario 64
A Tox Box in Super Mario 64 DS

Tox Boxes appear in Shifting Sand Land, the eighth course of the game. They attempt to flatten Mario by rolling over him. The path is a small maze of tiles surrounded by darker, faster-moving quicksand that sucks Mario in instantly. The tiled maze that the Tox Boxes travel on has a few Red Coins on it, as well as the course's only cannon. If Mario gets squished by a Tox Box's side, he loses three wedges of health.

In Super Mario 64 DS, if Wario is inside one of them and punches (or jumps), the Tox Box will fly somewhere into the sand and sink, unless it falls in the sand that the characters can normally stand in. If this happens, it simply stays in one spot until the player leaves the level. If they land on a metal platform, they shatter. Tox Boxes also appear in the Super Mario 64 DS minigame Tox Box Shuffle, where three of them each hide a Yoshi or a Light Blue Yoshi and the player must guess which Box the Green or Light Blue Yoshi is in.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Tox Boxes in Super Mario Galaxy.

Tox Boxes reappear in Super Mario Galaxy. These redesigned boxes usually appear alongside Thwomps. They only appear in the Beach Bowl Galaxy and the Toy Time Galaxy. In both Galaxies they appear on small pathways, much like they did in Shifting Sand Land.

Unlike the Tox Boxes in Super Mario 64, these ones resemble Thwomps; instead of having the faces spray-painted on, they are carved in a way resembling a Thwomp's face. These Tox Boxes also lack a face on the side opposite the hole. The hole itself has also been expanded quite a bit, and colored in red to resemble a mouth. Being crushed results in an instant death.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Tox Boxes in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Tox Boxes reappear in the Stone Cyclone Galaxy, which is a remake of the Cyclone Stone in Super Mario Galaxy, but they move faster than they did in the previous game. Using the various blue switches found in the galaxy, the Tox Boxes, along with the other obstacles in the galaxy, drastically slow down.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

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Tox Boxes appear in the minigame Hide 'n' Splat in Mario Party: Island Tour. Here they try to squish the players using the same methods as in past games, but get faster as the time limit decreases. They retain their appearance from the Super Mario Galaxy games.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

The Tox Box in the Super Mario-Kun.

A Tox Box makes an appearance in volume 16 of the Super Mario-Kun. It is an obstacle against Mario's path to retrieve his lost hat from Klepto. Hatless, Mario tries using a Exclamation Mark Block to combat against the Tox Box; he still ends up getting smashed. In the manga, the Tox Box is able to smash Mario, even on the safe side.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オニマスクン[2]
Onimasukun
Onimasu[3][4]
(internal)
オニマスドン[5][6]
Onimasudon
From oni, the yōkai, and masu, meaning "box". The first name includes kun, an honorific suffix, while the last one includes don, a thud sound.
Spanish (NOA) Don Cajuelo Mr. Cajuelo. Cajuelo is from caja (box) and suelo (floor)
Spanish (NOE) Cajuelo From caja (box) and suelo (floor)
French Blotoc Could be a contraction of "bloc" ("block") and the first syllable of "toxique" ("toxic").
German Tox-Box
Cubus Hohlicus (Super Mario 64)
Tox Box
Cube and Hole in pseudo-Latin
Italian Don Box Don Box
Korean 되도깨비
Doedokkaebi
Translation from Japanese name("되" from "升", "도깨비" from "鬼")

Trivia[edit]

  • The English name "Tox Box" was given due to their industrial-like appearance in Super Mario 64, although they lost their industrial look as they were redesigned to better resemble Thwomps in Super Mario Galaxy. However, the Japanese name was updated to reflect the new appearance.

Reference[edit]

  1. ^ "Miyamoto sees the Tox Box, a cube that is constantly moving to crush Mario but has a hole on one side he can safely hide in, as one of his best designs. When the hole is on your side, Mario can just get into the cube and you’re safe, but if he doesn’t, you get squashed. And it’s easy to see. It’s very clear and understandable. It’s also easy to predict, he says, smiling. But once you actually start thinking about it, then it becomes complicated. Once you start trying to put that into action, it becomes complicated. I feel like that is probably one of my masterpieces." Interview with IGN. Retrieved June 28, 2017
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 85.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 DS internal object name (ONIMASU)
  4. ^ Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (Onimasu)
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 127.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 159.