Cape Feather

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"Feather" redirects here. For information about the item from Mario's Time Machine, see Feather (Mario's Time Machine). For the collectible that's also known as Feather in the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 2, see Golden Feather.
Cape Feather
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The Cape Feather in its Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appearance
A white and orange feather.

First appearance

Super Mario World (1990)

Latest appearance

Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)

Effect on player

Turns Mario into Cape Mario (Super Mario World, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Maker series)
Lets a kart Spin Jump (Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)

The Cape Feather[1] (or simply Feather[2][3]) 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 Cape Feather first appeared in Super Mario World in Donut Plains 1. When Mario or Luigi grabs one, it turns them into Caped Mario/Luigi. As Caped Mario or Caped Luigi, the player can glide through the air, similar to the Super Leaf's effect in Super Mario Bros. 3. If the player runs at full speed before jumping to take off, they can control the flight with +Control Pad. Pressing backward will slow Mario's speed and make him ascend, and tapping it repeatedly will allow Mario to continue flying, possibly to the end of the level; pressing forwards speeds up Mario and has him descend rapidly, ending in a POW-like attack if allowed to touch down. The player can also attack enemies by spinning the cape by pressing Y Button.

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

Additionally, the Cape Feather is available as an additional 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. Caped Mario plays just like he does in Super Mario World, including being able to defeat enemies like Dry Bones. Cape Feathers are also found on the ground in the World-e levels Sea to Sky and Caped Escape and are required to finish the level in both cases.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

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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.

In the main game, the feather that transforms Mario into the similarly-controlled Wing Mario resembles the Cape Feather.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

The Cape Feather and Cape Mario return in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Maker 2, but only in the Super Mario World style, acting the same way they did in that game. Toad and Toadette have access to the Cape Feather in Super Mario Maker 2, becoming Cape Toad and Cape Toadette respectively. In Super Mario Maker 2, Cape Feathers in the nighttime ground theme swing further while falling.

Super Mario World television series[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 be seen using the cape in the series.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Super Mario Kart[edit]


The Feather is also found used in Super Mario Kart for the SNES as an item a driver can obtain from ? Panels throughout each race course (except the Mario Circuit and Donut Plains courses). The Feather grants the user the ability to perform a Spin Jump roughly 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, the Feather appeared to be one of the items.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mario holding a Feather

After nearly 25 years of absence from the Mario Kart series as an item, the Feather returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It only appears in Battle Mode. Working like a normal trick, it can be used to jump over obstacles, steal a balloon, 3 coins, or the Shine Sprite (depending on the mode) from an opponent if they are hit upon use or landing, exit gliding, and/or get more height from tricks, though the player does not gain more height if used while airborne.[4]


Super Mario World[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Collect to turn into Caped Mario."

Super Mario Kart[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual bio: "Jump very high over enemies and obstacles."



Sprites and Models[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マント羽根
Manto hane
Mantle Feather
Spanish Pluma
Pluma de capa (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
Cape feather
French Plume
Plume de cape (Super Mario World, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
Plume acrobate (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
Cape feather
Acrobat Feather
Dutch Capeveer Cape Feather
German Feder Feather
Italian Piuma Cappa Cape Feather
Portuguese (NOA) Pena da Capa Cape Feather
Portuguese (NOE) Pluma Feather
Russian Перо
Cape Feather
Korean 깃털
Chinese 斗篷羽毛[5] (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and Super Mario Maker 2)
Dǒupeng Yǔmáo
羽毛[6] (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
Mantle Feather





  1. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet. Page 19.
  2. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 46.
  3. ^ Super Mario Kart instruction booklet, page 13.
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  6. ^ Official simplified Chinese website for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Retrieved April 18, 2020.