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
Artwork of a Cape Feather from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The Cape Feather in its Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appearance
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Effect 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, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour)

The Cape Feather,[1] or simply the Feather,[2][3][4] is a power-up that transforms Mario and Luigi into their cape forms. It first appeared in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

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

Mario, Luigi, and Peach in Dinosaur Land in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
A Cape Feather in the introduction to Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

In Super Mario World, Cape Feathers first appear in Donut Plains 1. When Mario (or Luigi) grabs one, it turns him into Caped Mario (or Caped Luigi). As Caped Mario, 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 slows Mario's speed and makes him ascend, and tapping it repeatedly allows 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 Koopas with flashing capes can also drop Cape Feathers if stomped.

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

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 as he does in Super Mario World, including being able to defeat enemies such as 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]

Mario Slot

The Cape Feather, along with other power-ups from Super Mario World, makes a cameo appearance in the minigames Mario Slot and Super Mario Slot in Super Mario 64 DS. If the player lines up three Cape Feathers in a row, they will 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[edit]

The Cape Feather and Cape Mario return in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, but only in the Super Mario World style, acting the same way they did in that game.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

The Cape Feather and Cape Mario return in Super Mario Maker 2, acting the same way they did in its predecessor. Toad and Toadette have access to the Cape Feather, becoming Cape Toad and Cape Toadette, respectively. Cape Feathers in the nighttime ground theme swing further while falling.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Cape Feather
A Cape Feather, as seen in the Super Mario World animated series

The Cape Feather also appears in the Super Mario World television 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 racecourse (except the courses Mario Circuit and Donut Plains). 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]

Screenshot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Mario holding a Feather

The Feather returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where it appears only in Battle Mode. Working like a normal trick, it can be used to jump over obstacles, exit gliding, and/or get more height from tricks, though the player does not gain more height if the item is used while airborne.[5] If the user of the Feather collides with an opponent while using it or upon landing, then they can steal a balloon, three coins, or the Shine Sprite (depending on the mode) from that opponent. It is the emblem of the Feather Cup in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass as part of Wave 5.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Feather appears in Mario Kart Tour starting from the Battle Tour beginning on October 5, 2022, accompanying the addition of Battle Mode to this game.[6] Like in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is exclusive to Battle Mode, and functions mostly the same as in that game, except jumping over an opponent will only cause their balloon to pop, without the player stealing it.

Nintendo Puzzle Collection[edit]

In Nintendo Puzzle Collection, Cape Feathers make a very brief appearance in Yoshi no Cookie, appearing on flags held by Blooper audience members at the beginning of a Versus Mode match.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

Cape Feather in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, a voxelated Cape Feather can be seen being sold at the antiques store.


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 マント羽根はね
Manto Hane
Mantle Feather

Feather (Mario Kart series)
Chinese 斗篷羽毛[8] (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and Super Mario Maker 2)
Dǒupeng Yǔmáo
羽毛[9] (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
Mantle Feather

Dutch Capeveer 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
German Feder Feather
Italian Piuma della cappa (power-up)
Piuma (Mario Kart item)
Cape Feather
Korean 깃털
Portuguese (NOA) Pluma
Pena da Capa (Super Mario World)
Cape Feather
Portuguese (NOE) Pluma Feather
Russian Перо

Cape Feather
Spanish Pluma
Pluma de capa (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
Cape feather


Feather found in Sunshine Airport
  • In Mario Kart 8, the course Sunshine Airport contains feather pens on desks that have exactly the same design as the Cape Feather. These same feather pens also appear at the ticket booth desks in Super Bell Subway.
  • In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Wingo has a feather on his turban that is based on the Cape Feather, though the details are red rather than orange.
  • The Feather has had the longest absence of all items in the Mario Kart series, spanning almost 25 years.


  1. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet. Page 19.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 46.
  3. ^ Super Mario Kart English instruction booklet. Page 13.
  4. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Super NES Player's Guide. Page 8.
  5. ^ Mankalor (May 11, 2017). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tips - Feather Item Analysis. YouTube. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  6. ^ @kart_tour (September 29, 2022). News: a new item have been added! Thanks to, @Mankalor. Twitter. Retrieved September 29, 2022.
  7. ^ Super Mario Kart Japanese instruction booklet. Page 12. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Super Mario World entry on the official iQue, Ltd. website. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Official simplified Chinese website for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Retrieved April 18, 2020.