Super Smash Bros. Brawl artwork
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)|
|Used by||Donkey Kong franchise:|
Donkey Kong Jr., Mario
Super Smash Bros. series:
|Effect||Bounces a character up higher|
Springs are a type of object featured in some Donkey Kong franchise. They first appear in Donkey Kong Jr.. Springs resemble Jacks from the original Donkey Kong, but their main distinction is that Springs are used to reach higher areas whereas Jacks are obstacles which have to be avoided.
A different type of spring makes an appearance within the Mario franchise, in which they debuted in Super Mario Bros.. As such, the Game Boy title Donkey Kong marks the first appearance of Mario using the Springs within the Donkey Kong franchise.
In several of their appearances, Springs have a dark purple board on the top and bottom that are held up by a metal pole and yellow scissor arms, the latter allowing the Spring to bounce a character upward; this design was standardized within the Super Smash Bros. series, which also depicts three bolts on each scissor arm. Starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the upper board has a symmetrical image with a black background and yellow design patterns.
Donkey Kong series
Donkey Kong Jr.
In Donkey Kong Jr., a Jump Board, or spring board, is prominently featured in the Jump Board Scene. Junior can use it to jump over a pit but can also use it as a shortcut to reach the hovering platform above it.
Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
In Donkey Kong for the Game Boy, they are named Jump Stands, which are found throughout levels, and occasionally use varying designs. If Mario jumps on one, he can jump higher than usual. In addition, some Jump Stands can be placed through the use of square icons. When Mario jumps at a Jump Stand item, the game freezes and the player has to place the Jump Stand to any free point in the level. The Jump Stand is timed and disappears after the time has passed. This timer indicated with a music that starts playing as soon as the road is placed and gets faster gradually. The timer can be reset to 0 if Mario places another Jump Stand within the first Jump Stand's time limit, or any other placeable objects such as Roads, Ladders, and blocks. After disappearing, the Jump Stand can then be reactivated.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, there is a certain type of Spring, the Yellow Spring, which does not enough force to launch Mario in the air, so the player has to press while Mario is on a spring to bounce him higher than a normal jump.
In subsequent Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, Springs can be used to bounce Minis to higher positions. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, two types of springs appear: Yellow Springs and Blue Springs. The player must swipe up on a Mini using the to make the Mini jump onto a spring. Yellow Springs launch a Mini in an upward arc, while Blue Springs launch a Mini in a forward arc. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! features both of these springs, as well as Box Springs that can contain either type of spring.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! replaces these springs with Long Springs, which function like Blue Springs, and High Springs, which function like Yellow Springs. These springs are resource objects which can be picked up and placed in different locations. Both of these springs reappear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, while Long Springs also reappear in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the spring is featured as a regular item, and is featured as a trophy in each of the titles. If jumped on, a fighter is launched into the air much higher than with a normal jump. If the spring is knocked on its side, however, the player will be launched sideways. A different kind of springboard also appears as a stage element throughout the Super Smash Bros. series, including Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary and Smash Run.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
Donkey Kong Jr. (arcade) sprite
Donkey Kong Jr. (NES) sprite
Donkey Kong (Game Boy) sprite (Game Boy palette)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U screenshot
- Donkey Kong Junior instruction card
- Donkey Kong Jr. NES instruction booklet. Page 6.
- Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet. Page 16.