♪ Block

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This article is about the blocks which Mario can bounce on for higher jumps. For information about the blocks very similar to ♪ Blocks in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, see White-Green Checkered Block.
♪ Block
A white block with black ♩ on its sides.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Effect Jump higher, release items.

A ♪ Block (pronounced Note Block, also known as a Jump Block, or Music Block) is a type of bouncy block that helps Mario and Luigi achieve extremely high jumps. They first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, then in Super Mario World. In Super Mario Bros. 3, the ♪ Blocks can be used to jump high (by pressing the jump button as the player is launched upward) and occasionally hold a power-up or Star for the player if he or she bounces on it or hits it like a ? Block. In Super Mario World, they serve the same purpose.

Three ♪ Blocks (from left to right): Super Mario Bros. 3 (the pink Coin Heaven and normal ones) and Super Mario World.

Also in Super Mario Bros. 3, there is a special variety of pink ♪ Blocks hidden in some courses that catapult Mario or Luigi to Coin Heaven, where many coins and a 1-Up Mushroom could be found. Two of the e-Reader card levels in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 consist entirely of ♪ Blocks: 06: Magical Note Blocks and 11: Onpu Block de Athletic!. ♪ Blocks are in the Mario Party 5 minigame Bound of Music, where each player has to jump and hit the most ♪ Blocks. However, the ♪ Blocks are invisible. These blocks also appear in Mario Superstar Baseball in the Peach's Castle field. If a baseball bounces on top of it, the batter may score a homerun.

These blocks also appear in the TV series, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where some have a ♫ instead of a ♩.

In Mario & Wario, they looked and acted more like springboards. They do not have their musical note as in other games, nor are they often suspended in midair.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there are blocks that behave the same but appear different called White-Green Checkered Blocks.

The ♪ Blocks later appear in Super Mario 3D Land (making their first appearance in a 3D Mario platformer game), where they serve the same purpose. However, they now are much flatter and larger (though in the box art they resemble earlier designs). They also make musical sounds and notes appear when jumped on, and in the beta version of the game, they will occasionally make the noise from when Yoshi is mounted in Super Mario World. Rainbow ♪ Blocks also appear, and they still send Mario to a Coin Heaven area.

Unreachable ♪ Blocks appear in Music Park in Mario Kart 7.

Super Mario World has a few unused ♪ Blocks, including one that bounces Mario on all sides.

♪ Blocks also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Here, they regain their appearance from other 2D Platformers. However, the musical notes and sounds return from Super Mario 3D Land. They return in New Super Mario Bros. U.


Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンプブロック
Jump Block
Musical Note Block
French Bloc Saut
Bloc Note
Jump Block
German Noten Block Note Block
Italian Blocco Nota Note Block
Portuguese Bloco de Notas (Super Mario 3D Land) Notes Block. Pun on "Bloco de Notas" (notebook).
Spanish Bloque Musical
Bloque Nota
Music Block
Note Block