How Question Mark Blocks Work

How Question Mark Blocks Work

How Question Mark Blocks Work

by Steve Napierski to Images

I’ll acknowledge that this might be how question mark blocks work. But can someone explain to me how an overweight plumber breaks blocks of bricks with his bare hands?

source: Tubbypaws

Discussion (12)¬

  1. Shard
    Shard says:
    February 12, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    He breaks them with his head, not his hands! Because, y’know, that makes a whole lot more sense.

    • Cybergeek
      Cybergeek says:
      February 12, 2012 at 2:14 am #

      Nope – check out the pixels on the sprite (http://i.imgur.com/eXPzs.gif). His hand is a row above his head.

    • DanTheMagnum
      DanTheMagnum says:
      February 12, 2012 at 3:11 am #

      Actually, it is his hands. Even in Super Mario Bros. you can see him raise his hand to smash the block.

      On topic, he *can’t* break them normally (small form being “normal”). He can only break the brick blocks after he gets a Super Mushroom, which essentially (in… canon I guess?) makes him twice his size and like super strong and such. There’s an “Iwata Asks” where Shiggy talks about all this kind of stuff.

  2. Balur
    Balur says:
    February 12, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Actually they’re not really bricks, they are mushroom people transformed into bricks. Mario is a mass murderer.

  3. Eyebrows
    Eyebrows says:
    February 12, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    What happens when he “Ground Pound”s the ?block?

    • Armane
      Armane says:
      February 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      The bottom falls out with the item.

  4. TecXero
    TecXero says:
    February 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I could see that working but only when hit from below. What about when it’s hit from the side with a shell or power-up?

  5. Mark Magi
    Mark Magi says:
    February 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    The spring is sensitive enough that an impact form the side is sufficient to trip the trap.

  6. Tom
    Tom says:
    February 13, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    But… how do they float?

  7. Midean Tsukasa
    Midean Tsukasa says:
    February 13, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    The bricks have weakened mortar which allows for an impact to break them apart but they also have some amount of spring loading to help blow them apart. As for the item and vine blocks there is a similar internal component but the brick appearance is simply painted on and the block flips around to a blank side. For coin blocks there’s like a pressure based single coin release that after the first hit begins to break down which is also why the number of coins you can get from it reduces over time.
    Now how does a fat plumber in a tanuki suit (or just the tail and ears) allow flight?

    • Phaelin
      Phaelin says:
      February 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Massive amounts of drugs.