Brick Block

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Brick Block

Artwork for New Super Mario Bros. Wii
A block made of brown bricks.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)
Effect Contains power-ups, coins, or simply breaks apart.

A Brick Block, sometimes known as a Brick, (Super Brick in Super Mario Bros. 3), is a block that has made an appearance in nearly every Mario platformer to date. As its name implies, Brick Blocks are blocks made of bricks. Their first appearance is in Super Mario Bros..

In all Mario platformer games, Mario or Luigi can only break this block as Super Mario (or Super Luigi) or another form of Super Mario, such as Fire Mario. By jumping into it from beneath (or ground pounding in some games), the Brick Block shatters, giving the player ten points (fifty in Super Mario Bros.). If Small Mario hits the block, it just bounces up slightly. Either way, an enemy walking on the brick will be injured. However, if Brick Blocks contain an item, the item is released, regardless of Mario's status, and the Brick Block turns into a Used Block.

Brick Blocks usually contain either a power-up, a coin, a Starman, a Vine, or a 1-Up Mushroom. In Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, one has Top Ramen.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Brick Blocks appear again, in the secret levels. However, they are otherwise no different from their earlier counterparts. Starting in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Brick Blocks can also be Ground Pounded to break them.

In Super Mario 64 DS, Cork Blocks are re-skinned to resemble Brick Blocks, though they behave the same as in Super Mario 64. This visual change does not affect Crates. They can be broken by most of Mario, Luigi, and Wario's attacks. There is also a large, black variation of the block that can only be broken by Wario. Yoshi cannot break any Brick Block unless he is under the effects of a Super Mushroom.

Brick Blocks appear in the game Super Mario Galaxy along with ? Blocks.

Brick Blocks also appear in other games, such as the Paper Mario games.

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games in the event Dream Snowball Fight, Brick Blocks are used as walls to guard any characters behind them from opponents' snowballs.

Brick Blocks reappear in the Nintendo 3DS Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land. They also reappeared in New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U. Three of these games are sharing a similar use to past 2D side-scrolling Mario games.


Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Baksteenblok Brick Block
Spanish Bloque Ladrillo Brick Block


  • Brick Blocks are absent in Super Mario World. Instead, they are replaced by the similar Rotating Blocks.
  • Brick Blocks appear in the 2010 version of Nintendo Monopoly, assuming the role of Community Chest spaces and cards. In this game, they are referred to simply as "Blocks". In the 2006 version, Coin Blocks filled the role instead.
  • When downloading a Virtual Console or WiiWare game from the Wii Shop Channel, Mario, Luigi, or both will hit two Brick Blocks and one Coin Block while the game is being downloaded.
  • According to the Super Mario Bros. instruction book, when the Koopas first invaded the Mushroom Kingdom, they turned its people (the Toads) into bricks. This has led to a common misconception by fans where they thought the Toads were turned into brick blocks instead of single bricks clustered together. It's also never specifically mentioned that the bricks (apart of the brick blocks) seen in-game are actually the Toads that were transformed as they were said to be transformed into other objects as well.
    • It's also worth noting that the curse was only in the original Super Mario Bros., in all other games, they are clearly standard brick blocks.