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This article is about the horizontal or diagonal version of a rope. For Gymnastics Event in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, see Horizontal Bar.
Not to be confused with spark pylon.
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First appearance

Donkey Kong (1994)

Latest appearance

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)

Wires[1], also known as ropes[2] or bars[3], are objects in the Mario series that are used for swinging. Certain wires conduct Wire Traps, which can electrocute Mario.


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Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

Ropes appear in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy, where they are attached to telephone-like poles. Mario can grab on and move across ropes and can also do the Wire Spin to either do a small jump or a large jump to get to areas he could not reach. The ropes face either diagonal or horizontal (also called Horizontal Bars[4]) which can help make him go up higher or go over huge gaps.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, ropes (also called Wire Ropes[5]) appear as somewhat common objects in various locations. As seen previously, wires can be hung off and used to perform a Super Whirl Jump to reach higher places, or Mario can walk on them as if it were a tightrope. Jumping on top of them for a higher bounce is also possible.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Wires reappear under their current name in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, behaving exactly the same as in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロープ[6]
Rope (Donkey Kong)

Wire (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
Spanish Cable[8] Wire


  1. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong instruction booklet, page 25.
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 11.
  3. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital instruction manual, page 12.
  4. ^ "Swing from the Horizontal Bar, then press Up on the Control Pad and the Jump button." - The Super Game Boy Player's Guide, page 36.
  5. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 12.
  6. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 9.
  7. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book
  8. ^ Official Mario vs. Donkey Kong website (Guías Nintendo)