Donut Lift

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“I just dug a new burrow and stuffed it full of donuts! Come and chow down!*  *Do not attempt to eat donuts.”
Mischievous Mole, Super Mario Maker 2

Donut Lifts[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] (also known as Donut Blocks[8][9] Donut Platforms,[10][11][12] or Unsafe Platforms)[13] are a kind of platform first appearing in Super Mario Bros. 3. They get their name from the fact that they are round (except for the top) with a hole in the middle. If Mario or Luigi stands on one for more than a second, it drops below. For this reason, Mario and Luigi should avoid touching the ground by Jumping as much as possible when crossing Donut Lifts.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, as well as the sequel Yoshi's Island DS, also contained Donut Lifts. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars additionally featured them, accurately adapting their platforming concept into its isometric field gameplay. They also appear in Super Princess Peach, New Super Mario Bros., Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii where they do the same thing. In the latter, some longer platforms with the same coloration and effects as donut lifts also appear. Super Princess Peach in particular also had blue versions, that, if stood on, drop almost immediately, so fast that Peach needed to use Gloom to make it over.

A Donut Lift

Donut Lift-like platforms appear in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS; these possible Donut Lifts resemble their two-dimensional counterparts, but are shown to be rather long (whereas Super Mario RPG previously showed confirmed "three-dimensional" Donut Lifts to more square-shaped than rectangular). In Lethal Lava Land's volcano, they appear near the top, along with the moving platforms. In Rainbow Ride, most had to be jumped over during the magic carpet ride and some served as bridges to other parts of the level. Long Donut Lifts of this style are also seen in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, but only in Guffawha Ruins. In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story they appeared once, but only in a cutscene.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ちくわゆか
Chikuwa Yuka
Chikuwa Floor, refers to a type of Japanese fish cake shaped like a tube[14]
German Donut-Block Donut Block


  1. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide
  2. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide
  3. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Bros. 3 Instruction Booklet
  4. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island in-game name
  5. ^ Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 in-game name
  6. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Internal Filename
  7. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Internal Filename
  8. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Help Menu
  9. ^ As stated in the New Super Mario Bros. U Prima Guide
  10. ^ Yoshi's Island DS in-game name
  11. ^ As stated in the Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide
  12. ^ As stated in the Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide
  13. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima Guide
  14. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 5-30-08)