Raccoon Mario

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Raccoon Mario
Raccoon Mario - New Super Mario Bros 2.png
Raccoon Mario, as seen in New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Used on Mario, Luigi, and all characters from Mario Kart 7 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Item Needed Super Leaf
Power(s) Given Glide, fly, swing tail
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance NES Remix 2 (2014)

Raccoon Mario (spelled Racoon Mario in the original manual for Super Mario Bros. 3) are the forms Mario and Luigi turn into after acquiring the Super Leaf. First seen in the game Super Mario Bros. 3, this form allows Mario to slowly float down when falling, using his tail. Mario can attack enemies with his tail by spinning. He is also able to fly high into the air if he runs for a short time and then jumps.

A related form is the Tanooki Suit (which it is often mistaken for) in which Mario can fly, but he can also turn into a statue. The full Tanooki form also appears in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, where Super Leaves supply the power-up. Oddly enough, the enemy forces seem to only able to transform into "Raccoon" (retranslated "Tail") variations, although Raccoon Mario itself is absent.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Artwork of Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Raccoon Mario, misspelled "Racoon Mario" in the manual, is first introduced it in Super Mario Bros. 3, where Mario transforms into Raccoon Mario by obtaining a Super Leaf. When Mario is in this form, he can use his tail to slowly float down by flapping it or attack enemies by spinning. He can also fly in the air for a while if he fills the P-meter by running for a short time and then jumps. A P-Wing will also transform Mario in Raccoon Mario, but with the added ability to fly indefinitely without the need for a running start. The benefit of a P-Wing will be lost once Raccoon Mario takes damage, transforms into Fire Mario, Frog Mario or Hammer Mario, or clears a level.

In the Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, the name of this form was misspelled as "Racoon Mario"

Super Mario World[edit]

Raccoon Mario was going to appear in Super Mario World, but seemed to have been replaced by Cape Mario, a similar form which also allows Mario to fly. The form was included in earlier versions of the game.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Raccoon Mario at World 1-1 from New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Raccoon Mario returns in New Super Mario Bros. 2. The mechanics are somewhat different from Super Mario Bros. 3, the player can now simply hold the jump button instead of repeatedly pressing it for Mario to ascend and slowly descend, much like Cape Mario. It also has slightly more flexibility with the tail attack and is able to attack enemies like Dry Bones (which are immobilized but not killed as they were with Cape Mario). After being charged, the P-meter now decreases to show the amount of remaining flight time Mario has, but once Mario lands on the ground it will be refilled. When Luigi collects the Super Leaf, it gives him honey-colored ears and a different tail, resembling a fox rather than a raccoon, similar to how his Tanooki form in Super Mario 3D Land resembled a fox. Also, an invincible form of Raccoon Mario known as White Raccoon Mario (the counterpart of White Tanooki Mario from Super Mario 3D Land) also appears in the game. Additionally, if Raccoon Mario uses a Cannon to enter a Dash Mario stage, he is able to fly almost unlimited in time (given he repeatedly lands on a platform before the P-Meter runs out), much like when using a P-Wing.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

The Tail sticker from Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

A form of Raccoon Mario appears in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, in that by using the Tail sticker, Mario is given a raccoon tail to deflect enemy attacks. However, using the sticker only gives Mario the tail, instead of both it and raccoon ears. Bowser Jr. is particularly vulnerable to it. A shiny variant of this sticker also exists, giving Mario a rainbow-colored tail and allows him a stronger counterattack.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Toad and Princess Toadstool can also transform into Raccoon Toad and Raccoon Toadstool using Super Leaves. In the episode "Super Koopa", Bowser uses the Power Pendant to become Raccoon Koopa. On several occasions, the form is referred to as Raccoon Power.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Mario briefly transforms into Raccoon Mario once in the Nintendo Comics System, in the story "It's Always Fair Weather" (which takes place before the events of Super Mario Bros. 3). Mario gains the ability by using a piece of a plant labeled as "Magic Leaf Raccoonias" for a toothpick and then uses his newfound ability to save some hot-air balloonists trapped in a cyclone that Bowser creates.

Club Nintendo comics[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic "Marios Rückkehr," Mario somehow turns into Raccoon Mario after jumping on two trampolines consecutively. He is flying over the Mushroom Kingdom when he finds two Nintendo Gamer's Guides on a cloud, accidentally hitting a Koopa Paratroopa and falling to the ground.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

A trophy of Raccoon Mario appears in the game.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Raccoon Luigi

The Super Leaf is an item, and it gives the user raccoon ears and a raccoon tail. Characters can float by pressing the jump button in midair, and it has been stated that attacking with the tail is being considered.

Trophy information from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Raccoon Mario Trophy201.PNG Super Mario Bros. 3
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In Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Leafs caused Mario to grow raccoon ears and a tail. By sprinting and rapidly wagging the tail, Mario gained the ability to fly for short periods. Like the Cape in Super Mario World, the tail also reduced the speed at which he fell, making midair moves easier. Needless to say, real raccoons were jealous.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Raccoon Mario.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しっぽマリオ
Shippo Mario
Tail Mario
Spanish Mario Mapache Raccoon Mario
French Mario Raton Laveur Raccoon Mario
Dutch Wasbeer-Mario Raccoon Mario
German Waschbär-Mario Raccoon Mario
Italian Mario Procione Raccoon Mario

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