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Lava, as it appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Lava is a very hot liquid, usually red or orange in color, that can often be found in volcanic or castle locations and erupt from a volcano. In many video games, specifically platformers and action-adventure titles, lava is a hazardous object that burns or otherwise damages the character who touches it. However, some fiery and lava-based characters and species are immune to the effects of lava, and some even dwell in it.

Mario games[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario on the crashed saucer just before the Forming Planets in Melty Molten Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, Lava appears mostly in Bowser's and Bowser Jr.'s galaxies, even though some galaxies such as the Freezeflame Galaxy and Melty Molten Galaxy also feature lava. Lava in Super Mario Galaxy is usually the main and only hazard, covering up most of galaxies that feature it, but sometimes there can also be other obstacles in that same galaxy. For example, Lava in the Freezeflame Galaxy is not the only hazard in galaxy and does not take up all the land, especially when the player is on the Hot and Cold Planet where Freezing Water is also a hazard. Anyway, if Mario/Luigi happens to touch Lava, they will jump high in the air and run uncontrollably for a few seconds, losing one wedge of health from their Health Meter in the process. If there is no platform nearby that the player can land on to save himself from touching the lava, the player will lose a life after losing his third wedge of health. Lava is noticeably a weaker, yet dangerous, obstacle in Super Mario Galaxy, for falling into SpaceDark MatterBlack HolesQuicksand, or Poison Water will instantly kill the player, making him lose a life. Lava takes three hits to defeat the player, similar to touching other obstacles such as Freezing Water, Spikes, BouldersMeteors, and so forth. With an Ice Flower, Mario can safely run or skate across a pool of lava.

Lava appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, also mostly being encountered in Bowser's and Bowser Jr.'s galaxies. Lava does also make appearances in other galaxies such as the Melty Monster Galaxy and the Shiverburn Galaxy. Touching Lava in this game is just like touching lava in the prequel, for the player will lose one wedge of health, jump up, and run around frantically for a few seconds.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Lava appears in some fortresses and castles but makes its most prominent appearance in World 8. If Mario (or Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad) touch lava, they instantly lose a life, similarly to touching Poison Water in the game as well. Lava also appears in World 9-6.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

In Mario Kart Wii, lava appears in Bowser's CastleGrumble VolcanoBowser Castle 3 and Bowser's Castle (N64). If the player falls into it or is pushed into it, Lakitu will come rescue him, delaying the game (making the player most likely lose his position due to how long Lakitu takes to rescue players).

Mario Party series[edit]

In Mario Party 8, lava is the focus of the minigame Lava or Leave 'Em. In it, players must dodge Podoboos on a small platform while also having to avoid falling into the lava. Lava also appears in the background of the minigame Lava Lobbers.

In Mario Party 9, lava appears in Magma Mine as one of the most dangerous obstacles on the board, for it will take away half of the captain's Mini Stars when touched. It appears in the minigame Magma Mayhem. In this minigame, players must knock their opponents off a tilting platform, causing them to sink into the lava. Lava also appears in Tumble TempleBowser Pop and Double Pounder mostly as a background element, even though in Tumble Temple, players are eliminated if they touch the lava. During the boss battle minigame, Spike Strike, the players and Spike are in a volcano on a rock platform surrounded by lava. In the second half of the minigame, the lava rises, giving players less time to pick their weapon. During the boss battle minigame, Chain Chomp Romp, the volcanoes in the background are currently in eruption, and lava can be seen oozing down them.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

The Kongs stand on a flat, golden, trampoline-like switch while being surrounded by lava in Furious Fire in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

In Donkey Kong Country Returns, lava is mainly featured as an obstacle in Volcano, but some levels not in Volcano, such as Tumblin' Temple and Perilous Passage, also feature lava. Lava is one of the most dangerous obstacles, along with water, as it instantly defeats Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong if they land in it.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A giant lava wave rises from the background of Norfair in Super Smash Bros. Brawl while the characters perform taunts

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lava is both a stage element found in some stages, and a dangerous, yet incredibly rare, obstacle in The Subspace Emissary. Lava as a stage element can be found in stages such as Castle Siege and Norfair. Touching lava in these stages will make the player take and increase his Damage percentage. However, the stage Norfair is a scrolling stage, therefore if the screen scrolls upwards, Lava cannot be touched. If the player falls off the stage at this point, he will hit the blast line and be KOed. Massive lava waves also appear in Norfair. They can be seen moving towards the player from each the left side of the screen or the right and will cover up half of the stage before moving backwards and disappearing. If the player touches these lava waves, they will take great damage and Knockback, also sending them the opposite direction. If the Handicap or damage ratio is high, players can sometimes be KOed just from touching these lava waves. At times while playing on Norfair, a capsule will appear and a massive lava wave can be seen coming towards players from the background. Players have a limited time to enter this capsule to protect them from taking damage from this enormous lava wave. The capsule can only hold up to two players. During this point, it is usually a battle to see who will enter the capsule and be safe and who won't. The capsule does not fully protect players, for if another player or CPU enters the capsule, they can knock the player out of it with attacks. Lava appears in The Subspace Emissary at a certain point during The Path to the Ruins. Players will take damage if they touch it.

Kirby games[edit]

In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Lava appears, as usual, as one of the most dangerous obstacles in the game. If Kirby or Prince Fluff touch lava, they are instantly defeated, and their animation shows them jumping with their hands up before falling below.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, lava appears in Dangerous Dinner as the world's most common obstacle. It can be cooled off and traveled across safely using the Water or Ice Copy Abilities. If Lava is touched in this game, Kirby (or Meta KnightKing DededeBandana Waddle Dee) touch Lava they will be set on fire and take damage. 

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