Switchback Hill is the third level of Meringue Clouds in New Super Mario Bros. U. It is unlocked via completion of Land of Flying Blocks and its own completion opens the path to Slide Lift Tower.


The level begins with a Bill Blaster above, and an arrow lift is located nearby. Another Bill Blaster is found, along with a ? Block containing a power-up. A trail of coins foreshadow a Hidden Block with a 1-Up Mushroom. Two more arrow lifts are found after another Bill Blaster. A Bill Blaster Turret is found, along with an arrow lift that takes the player beneath a section of the ground. Koopa Troopas and arrow lifts are found, along with a tall Bill Blaster. A Roulette Block can be found in a section of the ground. An arrow lift that moves down is found, allowing access to platforms below. The Checkpoint Flag is then found. A row of downward-moving arrow lifts is found above a pit, as well as some Bill Blasters. Another Bill Blaster is found, followed by Koopa Troopas and a POW Block. More arrow lifts and Bill Blaster Turrets are in the section leading to the Goal Pole.


Star Coins

  • Star Coin 1: Near the very beginning of the level, the first Star Coin is in plain sight underneath an orange bridge. The player should take an arrow lift while avoiding the Bullet Bills to safely reach the Star Coin.
  • Star Coin 2: Right before the Checkpoint Flag, there is a hidden green Warp Pipe above an arrow lift. In the next area, the player must work their way through to reach the second Star Coin.
  • Star Coin 3: A POW Block can be hit to reveal the third Star Coin. However, the Star Coin falls on an unreachable arrow lift. The player can either bounce off a Bullet Bill to reach it, wait until the platform drops off the Star Coin, or jump up to it using Peachette.