Wing Cap

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Wing Cap
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Description
A cap with wings.

First Appearance

Super Mario 64 (1996)

Effect on Player

Turns Mario into Wing Mario, making him able to fly for a limited time.
Mario using the Wing Cap.

The Wing Cap is an item found in Super Mario 64. When wearing a Wing Cap, Mario becomes Wing Mario and has the ability to fly. Mario can perform a Triple Jump or be shot from a cannon and begin flying. To obtain the item, Mario must find a red ! Block and hit it. A Wing Cap will then pop out of the ! Block.

The ! Block in which the Wing Cap can be found.

As a collectible item, the Wing Cap itself was largely omitted from Super Mario 64 DS, which replaced it with a single feather from the cap's wings (referred to as simply "Wings"); however, the Wing Cap was still granted upon obtaining this item. Only Mario could use Wings, which gave him identical abilities to those seen in Super Mario 64; if another character struck a box containing Wings, they would simply earn a Power Flower. However, a lone, traditional-style Wing Cap could be found in one of the game's multiplayer stages; if Yoshi (who, along with other members of his kind, was the only playable character in multiplayer mode) put on a Wario or Luigi cap, he could use this Wing Cap, again differing it from the Feather. Yoshi can even use it without the caps and grow wings on his body, similar to the blue shell in Super Mario World. It is possible that this one Wing Cap and its strange mechanics were added simply to make the concept of characters flying in multiplayer mode more fair for the mode in question; however, it may have also been a sort of remnant of beta programming stages where all (or at least most) characters could fly with the Wing Cap. (Indeed, an early promotional video of Super Mario 64 DS, then called Super Mario 64x4, did depict all four characters under the effects of an unseen Wing Cap, possibly the aforementioned Wings.)


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There is also a Wing Cap on the roof of Princess Peach's Castle. When Mario earns all 120 stars a cannon will allow him to easily access the roof, however the roof is accessible at any time by other, much harder means.

Media[edit]

Audio.png Wing Cap - Wing Cap theme
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Trivia[edit]

  • The Wing Cap was Mario's trademark Power-Up in Super Mario 64, being shown of the game's box art and a majority of its merchandise.
  • When falling from above, if the A Button button is held, Mario's descent will be slowed much like when using a cape in Super Mario World and he will not take any damage from falling unless he used a Long Jump.
  • When Mario obtains a Wing Cap, the music that begins to play is the same tune as the music that plays when Mario acquires a Starman in the original Super Mario Bros., but with an added melody. A version of this same melody appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, when Baby Mario got a Star. The theme was reused in New Super Mario Bros. as the invincibility theme, and was later remixed for Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the equivalent Rainbow Star power-up.
  • In the Wii-U Version of the Ubisoft Video Game Rayman Legends, there is an exclusive outfit for Rayman that gives him Mario's clothing. If Rayman flutters while wearing this outfit, the wings appear on his cap, a reference to the Wing Cap.
  • In both versions of Nintendo Monopoly, there is a Coin Block/Brick Block card that reads "Purchase a Wing Cap - Pay $50".