Cape Mario

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This article is about the form Mario takes after collecting a Cape Feather. For Baby Mario's invincibility form that has a similar appearance and is also named "Caped Mario", see Superstar Mario.
Cape Mario
Artwork of Caped Mario
Applies to Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toadette, Peach (Super Mario Adventures), Bowser (Super Mario-kun)
Item needed Cape Feather
Power(s) given Glide, fly, spin, Ground Smash
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

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

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

Butter Bridge 2
The result of using a Cape Feather

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. The cape form can be obtained by getting a Cape Feather. The Cape (or Magic Cape)[3] allows Mario (or Luigi) 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 Caped Mario, the player can float down slowly. Also, if Mario runs at maximum speed and then the player presses and holds A Button to cape-spin, Mario jumps very high, as if he were 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 +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 stomp-able enemies mid-flight. If the player does a fast dive[4] during flight and slams the ground, it causes a ground shake that instantly defeats all onscreen enemies. If Caped Mario glides more gently towards the ground, he can perform a Body Press[4] (also called the Sliding Cape Attack).[5] If Caped Mario touches an enemy while flying, he automatically cape-spins in midair and falls, 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, he can turn around by spinning mid-flight when the player presses X Button if Y Button is being used to fly, or vice versa. If Mario climbs a climbable object while flying, he retains the properties of flight.[6]

In the GBA version, Mario can no longer turn around mid-flight, as there is only one run button. Also, Luigi flies higher and more slowly than Mario.

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

Caped Mario flying
Mario using the Boomerang in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
Caped Mario using a boomerang in World 1-3

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Caped Mario appears as an added form to the game, functioning similarly to its appearance in Super Mario World. The form is used primarily in the World-e levels Sea to Sky and Caped Escape. It can also be used anywhere with the appropriate e-Reader card. However, unlike Raccoon or Tanooki Mario's tail whip attacks, Caped Mario's spin attack cannot break Brick Blocks.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Cape Mario returns in Super Mario Maker and its Nintendo 3DS port, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, under its current name. It appears only in the Super Mario World style, where it functions as it did in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. Also, knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario World style may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form, in one of two possible poses.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Cape Mario returns in Super Mario Maker 2, behaving as it did in its predecessor. Here, Luigi, Toad, and Toadette can also transform into their Cape forms.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

The Caped form appears in the Super Mario World animated series, appearing in several episodes, such as "The Wheel Thing," "Send in the Clown," "King Scoopa Koopa," "The Night Before Cave Christmas," and "Rock TV." Mario is the only character in the show to transform into this form.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

In the Super Mario Adventures comic, when Princess Toadstool is kidnapped and taken to the Koopaling's Castle, she escapes and finds a cape in Wendy O. Koopa's bedroom. Toadstool 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, making Toadstool lose control and crash in the forest. Toad later uses the cape to fly through the pipe he, Mario, Luigi, and Toadstool originally came from and assemble a rescue team.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Bowser briefly uses the Caped form 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 Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Main article: Superstar Mario

Superstar Mario, Baby Mario's transformation from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, looks very similar to Cape Mario.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Mario's Cape, from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Mario using the cape in Melee
Main article: Cape

Mario is able to use the cape power-up in the Super Smash Bros. series with his Cape special move, which reflects projectiles and reverses the direction his opponents face. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, it can be customized to have an electric effect, or to create a gust of wind.

WarioWare series[edit]

Cape Mario appears in two microgames of the WarioWare series: WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase's Super Koopa and WarioWare Gold's Super Mario World, both of which involve the goal of having to collect coins.

Super Mario Party[edit]

In Super Mario Party, a sprite of Cape Mario can be seen in Puzzle Hustle.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

In Mario Kart Tour, Cape Mario makes a cameo appearance on the Cape Mario Hanafuda, which uses the Cape Mario artwork from Mario Hanafuda.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

Mario and Luigi against a green-screened backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, claiming they are here to save Brooklyn

In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, briefly during the Super Mario Bros. Plumbing commercial, Mario and Luigi wear capes while lying prone on top of stools to mimic flying.

Gallery[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マントマリオ
Manto Mario
Mantle Mario

Chinese (simplified) 斗篷马力欧
Dǒupeng Mǎlì'ōu
Mantle Mario

Chinese (traditional) 斗篷瑪利歐
Dǒupeng Mǎlì'ōu
Mantle Mario

Dutch Cape-Mario
Cape Mario
French Mario cape
Mario-cape (Super Mario Maker)
Cape Mario
Cape-Mario
German Cape-Mario
Cape Mario
Italian Mario con la cappa
Mario with the cape
Portuguese Mario com Capa
Mario with Cape
Russian Марио с Плащами
Mario s Plashami
Марио в плаще
Mario v plashche

Mario with Cape

Mario in cape

Spanish (NOA) Mario con capa
Mario with cape
Spanish (NOE) Mario con Capa
Mario with Cape

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 11.
  2. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 English instruction booklet, page 22.
  3. ^ Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World Characters Tab.
  4. ^ a b Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 16
  5. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 52.
  6. ^ Supper Mario Broth
  7. ^ Buffa, Chris (March 12, 2012). Super Mario 3D Land Interview: Tanooki Suit Beat Cape Mario. Modojo. Retrieved April 9, 2015.