|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)|
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii) (2007, Sega-related media)
|Latest appearance||Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022, overall)|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Sega-related media)
|Purpose||Fragile platforms that can be easily broken|
A Brick Block, also spelled brick block, is a recurring type of block featured in the Mario franchise, especially the Super Mario series. Like other blocks, Brick Blocks are shaped like a cube, but have the appearance of a brick wall. Brick Blocks make their first appearance in Super Mario Bros., and their first appearance in Sega-produced media is Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii.
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Brick Blocks appear as obstacles in Dream Platform, where they cause the player to lose speed and gain a point penalty if they crash into them, however can be destroyed if they are hit with a Red Shell or Explosion, or if a character hits them while using a Barrier.
In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Brick Blocks are items in the Dream Race event, where they are referred to simply as Blocks. If used, the item drops a Brick Block in front of each of the other opponents, causing them to lose speed if run into. A Brick Block can be avoided by running around it or while using a Shield.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Brick Blocks are used as walls to guard any characters behind them from opponents' snowballs in Dream Snowball Fight. Several Brick Blocks are featured as props in the first segment of the Mario World routine in Dream Figure Skating.
In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Brick Blocks are obstacles featured in Supersonic Downhill, in which hitting a Brick Block forces the character to retire. A character can wear a Barrier to protect themselves from a Brick Block.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Brick Blocks appear on the Coin Street rink in Snow Day Street Hockey in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, in which they are blockades for most of the event. However, when a P Switch is hit, selected groups turn into coins for the characters to collect. The Brick Blocks are permanently removed after the group turns to coins, regardless whether all of them were collected.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Brick Blocks appear in Golf Plus in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as basic obstacles that block balls and turn into Empty Blocks when hit, something usually done by a ? Block. Brick Blocks also appear in Archery Plus, although only for aesthetic purposes.
Super Smash Bros. series
Brick Blocks are featured in various Mario stages in the Super Smash Bros. series. They can be broken by the characters, like in the Super Mario series.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Brick Blocks are featured in the stage Mushroomy Kingdom, in which they are found in both World 1-1 and World 1-2 forms. Here, the Brick Blocks have a rusted, aged appearance matching aesthetic of the stage.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Brick Blocks are featured in the 3D Land and sometimes the Super Mario Maker stages (except the Super Mario World style) as well as Smash Run mode. Brick Blocks also return in the stage Mushroomy Kingdom, although it does not retain the World 1-2 portion.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Brick Blocks appear in the stage Super Mario Maker, although they otherwise make fewer appearances.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Brick Blocks appear in three returning stages: Mushroomy Kingdom, 3D Land, and Super Mario Maker.