- 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.
|Applies to||Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach (Super Mario Adventures), Bowser (Super Mario-kun), Toad, Toadette|
|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)|
Super Mario series
Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
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) allows Mario (or Luigi) to fly indefinitely through levels and attack enemies by spinning it around (using or ).
If the player holds down either or 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 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 ; the initial height depends on how long was held. Pressing forward on 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 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 (also called the Sliding Cape Attack). If Caped Mario touches an enemy while flying, he automatically cape-spins in midair and falls, instead of taking damage. By releasing and holding , 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 if is being used to fly, or vice versa. If Mario climbs a climbable object while flying, he retains the properties of flight.
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
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
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
Super Mario World television series
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
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.
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
- Main article: Superstar Mario
Super Smash Bros. series
- 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: D.I.Y. Showcase
Super Mario Party
Mario Kart Tour
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Cape Mario.
Yoshi's Cookie (SNES)
Names in other languages
Mario-cape (Super Mario Maker)
|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|
- In the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Mark of Zero," Mario and Luigi glide with their capes when dressed as Zero and Zero Plus One, respectively, similar to their later caped forms.
- According to an interview with Koichi Hayashida, Cape Mario was considered for Super Mario 3D Land, but Tanooki Mario was eventually chosen.
- Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 11.
- Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 English instruction booklet, page 22.
- Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World Characters Tab.
- Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 16
- M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 52.
- Supper Mario Broth
- Buffa, Chris (March 12, 2012). Super Mario 3D Land Interview: Tanooki Suit Beat Cape Mario. Modojo. Retrieved April 9, 2015.