Cape Feather

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Cape Feather
A white and orange feather.

First Appearance

Super Mario World (1990)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario Maker (2015)

Effect on Player

Turns Mario into Cape Mario.

The Cape Feather is a power-up that transforms Mario and Luigi into Cape Mario and Cape Luigi, respectively. It first appeared in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

The result of using a Feather.

The Cape Feather first appeared in Super Mario World. When Mario or Luigi grabs one, it turns them into Cape Mario/Luigi. As Cape Mario or Cape Luigi, the player can hover in the air, similar to the Super Leaf's effect in Super Mario Bros. 3. The flight of the Cape Feather, however, lasts as long as the player keeps hovering.

Cape Mario with Yoshi, holding a Cape Feather.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Additionally, the Cape Feather is available as a secret item in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. By scanning in the appropriate card on the e-Reader, the player can upload a Cape Feather into their inventory to use in the game. Cape Mario plays just like he does in Super Mario World, including being able to defeat enemies like Dry Bones.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

The Cape Feather, along with other power-ups from Super Mario World, makes a cameo appearance in the Mario Slot and Super Mario Slot minigames of Super Mario 64 DS. If the player lined up three Cape Feathers in a row, they would receive five times the number of coins they bet. The feather that transforms Mario into Wing Mario resembles the Cape Feather.

Super Mario World TV Show[edit]

A Cape Feather, as seen in the Super Mario World animated series.

The Cape Feather also appears in the Super Mario World TV show, where it is used in episodes such as "King Scoopa Koopa" and "The Night Before Cave Christmas." Mario is the only character to don the cape in the series.

Super Mario Kart[edit]

Artwork from a Nintendo Power feature about Super Mario Kart.

The "Feather" (as it is referred to in this game) is also found used in Super Mario Kart for the SNES as an item a driver can obtain from Item Boxes throughout the race courses. The Feather grants the user the ability to roughly perform a Spin Jump twice as high as a regular driver can. This can be useful for jumping over barriers, as a quick and easy shortcut, and for jumping over enemy projectiles.

Additionally, while it did not appear in the final game, in a pre-release version of Mario Kart 64, a Cape Feather appeared to be one of the items.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

The Cape Feather and Cape Mario return in Super Mario Maker, available exclusively to the Super Mario World style, acting the same way they did in that game.


  • In Mario Kart 8, the course Sunshine Airport contains feather pens on desks that have the exact design as the Cape Feather. These same feather pens can be found at the ticket booth desks in Super Bell Subway.
  • In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Wingo has a Cape Feather on his turban.
  • Since Super Mario World, the Cape Feather's popularity has faded over time up until recently. It was going to appear in many games during their development but would always be scrapped from the final version.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マント羽根
Manto hane
Cape Feather
Spanish Pluma Feather
French Plume Feather
German Feder Feather
Italian Piuma Cappa Cape Feather
Portuguese Pena da Capa Cape Feather