Grinder (obstacle)

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Not to be confused with Buzzsaw.
Grinder (obstacle)

A Grinder from the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)
Similar entities
Big Grinder
Mini Grinder

Grinders (also called Buzz Saws) are metal discs featured in some of the Mario games. They first appear in Super Mario World.

In Super Mario World, Grinders appear in some Fortresses and Castle levels. There are two types of Grinders: line-guided and non-line-guided. The line-guided variety travels along a dotted line while non-line-guided Grinders travel across the floor. The blades are rather large and cannot be jumped on, although they can be defeated by a Slope Slide (which displays a glitched sprite). Mario or Luigi can, however, Spin Jump onto them, which lets them bounce off the Grinder without taking any damage.

Grinders reappear in Yoshi's Story. They are abundantly found in Mecha Castle, Lift Castle and reappear in Magma Castle in tight spaces. Some Grinders are permanently connected to walls and need to be jumped or crawled past.

Grinders in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grinders appear in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy and the Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy, where they cut through planks of wood and cause them to fall. When Mario goes on a certain part of the planet or passes the Grinder, it starts moving and any enemy that touches it disappears.

Grinders also appear in Super Mario 3D Land, behaving like they did in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They only appear in World 7-5, where they are the primary obstacles for the level.

Grinders appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, they operate as in Super Mario World. They can also jump vertically as well. Grinders are among one of the few obstacles in the game that cannot be destroyed by the Gold Flower's fireballs.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガリガリ
ノコギリ[1] (Yoshi's Story)
Onomatopoeia for a crunching or scratching sound; also romanized as "Gari Gari" and shared with the Big Grinder

Chinese (Simplified) 圆锯[2]
Yuán Jù
Round Saw
Chinese (Traditional) 圓鋸
Yuán Jù
Round Saw
Dutch Grinder[3] -
French Scie
Scie circulaire
Portmanteau of scie (saw) and circulaire (circular), sounding exactly like the latter.
Circular saw
German Kreissäge Buzz saw
Italian Sega circolare Circular saw
Korean 쓱싹쓱싹
Onomatopoeia for sawing
Portuguese (Europe) Serrão[5] From serra (saw) and augmentative suffix -ão
Russian Пила
Spanish Sierra Saw


  1. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), pages 110, 111, 112, 122, 123.
  2. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ Nintendo Nederland. (December 17, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Nieuwe functies! (Wii U). Youtube. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 French ending
  5. ^ Nintendo Portugal. (December 17, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Novas funcionalidades! (Wii U). YouTube. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
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