Cape Mario

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Cape Mario
SMW CapeMario.jpg
Used on Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser
Item Needed Cape Feather
Power(s) Given Glide, Fly, Spin, Ground Smash (Super Mario series)
Reflect Objects (Super Smash Bros. series)
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (2015)

Cape Mario,[1][2] originally known as Caped Mario,[3] is a form of Mario and Luigi which first appeared in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

In Super Mario World, the cape form's abilities are much like Raccoon Mario before it, which in fact was originally going to be in the game. It can be obtained by getting a Cape Feather. It allows Mario to fly indefinitely through levels, and attack enemies by spinning it around (using X Button or Y Button).

If the player holds down either A Button or B Button while falling with Cape Mario, the player can float down slowly. Also, if Mario runs at maximum speed and then presses and holds A Button to spin jump, Mario will jump very high, as if he was flying.

Flight is done by running until Mario spreads out his arms, then jumping while holding Y Button; the initial height depends on how long B Button was held. Pressing forward on the +Control Pad mid-flight makes Mario descend and speed up, while pressing backward makes him ascend; greater descents generally lead to higher ascents. Mario can also bounce off of stompable enemies mid-flight. If the player rams the ground during flight, it will cause a quake that instantly defeats all on-screen enemies on the ground. If Cape Mario touches an enemy while flying, he will automatically Spin Jump in midair and fall, instead of taking damage. By releasing Y Button and holding B Button, Mario can stop flying and glide down slowly. After the cape has attached to Mario's shoes and inflated, Mario can turn around by spinning mid-flight by pressing X Button if Y Button is being used to fly, or vice versa. It is impossible for Mario to turn at all in the GBA version, however, because there is only one run button.

Luigi can also get this form, but in the GBA version, his flight pattern is higher and slower than Mario's.

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


Cape Mario appears in some e-Reader levels of Super Mario Advance 4, being used primarily in Sea to Sky. It can also be used anywhere with the appropriate e-Reader card. Other than that, nothing has changed with Cape Mario since Super Mario World.

Super Mario World (TV series)[edit]

Cape Mario appears in the Super Mario World animated series. He appears in several episodes of the series, such as The Wheel Thing, Send in the Clown, The Night Before Cave Christmas, and Rock TV. Mario seems to be the only character in Super Mario World to transform into into his cape form in the series.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

In the Super Mario Adventures comic, when Princess Peach is kidnapped and taken to the Koopaling's Castle, she escapes and finds a cape in Wendy O. Koopa's bedroom. Peach falls out the window, still holding the cape, and accidentally uses it. She flies across the moat when Mario flies right past her on a Bullet Bill, which makes Peach lose control and crash in the forest. Toad later uses the cape to fly through the pipe they originally came from and assemble a rescue team.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

"Cape Bowser" appears briefly in volume 4 of Super Mario-Kun. Bowser steals and uses Mario's Cape Feather from the Item Stock, transforming him into Mantle Koopa (マソトクッパ). Bowser attempts to fly and attack Mario, but he fails and crushes him.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Mario can use a cape to reflect projectiles or flip enemies. This cape does not enable Mario to fly, however, but it does enable him to float a very small distance when used in the air. Dr. Mario has a similar attack, the Super Sheet.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Cape Mario returns in Super Mario Maker. It appears only in the Super Mario World style, where it functions as it did in that game. However, Mario can no longer turn around while flying.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マントマリオ[4]
Manto Mario
Mantle Mario
French Mario-Cape Cape Mario
Italian Mario con la Cappa Mario with the Cape
Portuguese Mario com Capa Mario with Cape

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Super Mario Maker digital manual
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, pg. 4, 7, 11, 15-17, 23.
  4. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 5, 8, and unmarked foldout pages.