Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

White block invincibility

In World 5-7, go down the pipe inhabited by a fire-spitting Piranha Plant. In the next room is a white block platform, with smaller blocks on the right that lead up to a pipe. Press the Down button on the white block for five game seconds, and Mario will drop behind the scenery. Before Mario returns to the foreground (about 10 game seconds), go up through the pipe to return to the cloud area. All the enemies (and power-ups) there will now pass right through Mario.

The invincibility will last until you enter a pipe or exit the stage. Mario's invincibility will also end if you break a brick block with your tail and duck where the block was, or break a column of two blocks and stand where they were.

Emulator video files

  • 1 (FCEUX movie)

In other versions...

Fixed in SMAS? Yes. The white block was changed to blue.

Fixed in SMA4? Yes. The white block was changed to blue.


  • The white block

  • Mario is invincible