Cat Mario

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Cat Mario
Artwork of Cat Mario from Super Mario 3D World.
Used on Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Rosalina, Bowser, Toadette, Kinopio-kun, Plessie, Bowser Jr., Goomba, Bullet Bill, Banzai Bill, various other enemies
Item needed Super Bell, Lucky Bell
Power(s) given Run up walls and Goal Poles, scratch enemies with claws, dive bomb, quicker sprint, turn into Lucky Cat Mario (Lucky Bell needed)
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Tetris 99 (20th Maximus Cup, cameo) (2021)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021, Mario franchise)
“Woohoo! Meow!”
Cat Mario, Super Mario 3D World

Cat Mario is a form of Mario introduced in Super Mario 3D World which he can transform into by using a Super Bell. This suit is not limited to Mario, and can also be used by Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Rosalina, Toadette in Super Mario Maker 2, and Bowser. Mario's suit is yellow with some faint orange stripes in a few places, while Luigi's is green, Peach's is pink, and Toad's is blue, which match their colors (Luigi's suit, however, has rounded ears, a spotted body, and dark green ears and a tail tip, making him resemble either a leopard, a jaguar, or a cheetah). Rosalina's is black, and resembles a tuxedo cat due to a request from producer Yoshiaki Koizumi,[1] while Bowser uses a Super Bell to become Meowser, the final boss of the game. Toadette's suit is a slightly dark pink version of Peach's and also has her pigtails added on. In Mario Kart 8, Cat Peach appears as a playable character of her own in the first DLC add-on pack for the game, and reappears alongside Cat Toad in Mario Kart Tour starting with the Cat Tour.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Cat Mario makes its debut in Super Mario 3D World and returns in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, serving as the main form of the game, much like Tanooki Mario was in Super Mario 3D Land, and is gained upon collecting a Super Bell. In this form, Mario can briefly climb up or cling to both walls and the Goal Pole. Mario also has the ability to claw dive on enemies from midair to slam into them, similar to a dive attack. He can also claw swipe enemies in front of him (which can spin Cat Wheels, similar to Tanooki Mario tail-whipping Tail Wheels in Super Mario 3D Land), as well as slide into them; however, he cannot defeat Bullet Bills or Banzai Bills with this method, which simply causes them to change direction instead. Cat Mario runs at a crouching height, and he also breaks into a sprint significantly sooner than in any other form. If any character touches the Goal Pole in Cat form in a level that uses the regular level victory music, that character says "meow" while doing the victory pose. A jingling sound can sometimes be heard when the player jumps. When Peach is in her Cat form and uses her Floating Jump, she performs an animation similar to a Scuttle while clawing at the air.

Screenshot from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwhrT_HeZtkCat Rosalina with a collar
The Lucky Bell versions of the Cat forms

There is an alternate version of the form that is obtained by grabbing a Lucky Bell, which is the same as normal Cat Mario except that it has a red collar and a bronze bell that looks like the Lucky Bell. During that state, Mario can turn into Lucky Cat Mario, similar to Tanooki Mario's Statue form in Super Mario 3D Land (though the Lucky Cat form is invincible, rather than invulnerable and ignored, and it gives bonus coins while falling); its appearance is similar to that of a maneki-neko. If Mario collects a Super Bell while in this form, he "downgrades" to normal Cat Mario, unlike collecting a Super Mushroom while Mario already has a power-up (similar to the Super Leaf and Tanooki Suit/Statue Leaf).

There is an enemy in the game which mirrors Cat Mario as an enemy form known as the Cat Goomba, which, like him, is colored yellow and has the ability to pounce at others, which it does after having climbed up a steep (but usually short) area. Bullet Bills and Banzai Bills also gain Cat forms, known as Cat Bullet Bills and Cat Banzai Bills, respectively. Both of them have white undersides, cat ears and a black tail with a white tip, and resemble tuxedo cats, and unlike the normal entities of their species, they tend to follow the player around until they explode or come in contact with them, similarly to Bull's-Eye Bills and Bull's-Eye Banzais.

When Bowser becomes Meowser, he uses a different transformation scene from that of the other characters: instead of shifting between his normal and Cat forms during the transformation, he becomes surrounded by orange light, and a jingling sound can be heard. As Meowser, Bowser has white and orange fur with brown stripes, similarly to a tiger, a ringed tail, cat ears instead of horns, whiskers, and his nose is black. Also, his hair is colored red, white and brown, and his shell appears to become more blueish. Like Cat Goombas and Cat Bullet Bills, his form is more akin to a transformation than an actual suit. However, in addition to this form's abilities, he can also tail whip, like Tanooki Mario, and he retains his fire breath.

In the game's ending cutscene, the protagonists will always leave the Sprixie Kingdom and return to the Mushroom Kingdom in their Cat forms, even if they did not use them for the final battle against Meowser.

Concept artwork of Cat Mario from Super Mario 3D World. Cat Mario concept artwork Cat Princess Peach Concept Artwork

Concept artwork of the Cat forms

Concept artwork shows that Princess Peach's Cat form was originally going to incorporate her brooch. It also shows that the Cat forms of characters would wear normal gloves, rather than having cat paw gloves. In an earlier version of Super Mario 3D World, whenever Mario transformed into Cat Mario, he would say "nyaa", the Japanese sound for a cat's meow. In the final version, this was changed to "meow".

The form reappears in the original game's Nintendo Switch port, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, serving the same role as it did in the previous game. Its claw dive move's duration has been extended to the point where it will almost always last until it reaches the ground instead of lasting only two seconds, although in Bowser's Fury, it may stop automatically due to there being higher structures than in Super Mario 3D World. It is also involved in a glitch that allows it to claw dive while in another form. Most of the enemies and bosses gain Cat forms in Bowser's Fury, but these are only visual changes; this characteristic also applies to Goombas, despite already having Cat forms in Super Mario 3D World. The only exceptions to this are Cat Bullet Bills, which retain their homing behavior from Super Mario 3D World. Kittens, who have the same coloration of the playable cast's forms except for the red and calico ones, follow Cat Mario around and become affectionate towards him by nuzzling him, but if Mario approaches while in any other form, they flee from him. Additionally, Plessie gains a Cat appearance during the final battle, and stays that way afterwards.

Screenshot of Cat Mario after the credits have been viewed at least once in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Cat Mario resembling Giga Cat Mario
Screenshot of Bowser Jr. after the credits have been viewed at least once in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Bowser Jr. in his Cat form

The form gains two new enhanced versions of itself: the first one is White Cat Mario, which like its name suggests, is a white variant of Cat Mario with all of its abilities in addition to permanent invincibility, similarly to White Tanooki Mario and White Raccoon Mario, which is given by an Invincibility Bell that can only be accessed by scanning the Cat Mario amiibo (which only works once per level) and occasionally the Cat Peach amiibo. The second one, which is exclusive to Bowser's Fury, is Giga Cat Mario, a larger and more powerful version of this form with a lion's mane and a tuff on its tail that is accessed after collecting a Giga Bell. The form must be used to confront Fury Bowser. Upon collecting all 100 Cat Shines, Bowser Jr. and his Clown Car also gain Cat features, and Mario's Cat form changes to resemble his Giga Cat form.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Costume Mario (Cat Mario)Costume Mario (Cat Peach)

Cat Mario and Cat Peach are available as Mystery Mushroom costumes in Super Mario Maker. They are only obtainable after beating Cat Mario's Course and Cat Peach's Course, respectively. Their transformation sound is the Super Bell transformation sound from Super Mario 3D World, and their death tune and course clear themes are the corresponding ones from the same game. Cat Mario's running animation has him running on all four legs, and both costumes' jumping sounds are their corresponding jumping voice clips from Super Mario 3D World. Pressing +Control Pad up causes them to pose with their paws in the air, making the "claw swipe" sound from Super Mario 3D World. The Goal Pole sound effect is taken from Super Mario 3D World, but without the cheering.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, 8-bit sprites of Cat Mario and Cat Peach's costumes from Super Mario Maker can be seen in various locations throughout the game. When hit using Cappy, Cat Mario sprites drop coins and Cat Peach sprites drop a heart.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Weird Cat Mario as seen in the Super Mario 3D World style of Super Mario Maker 2

In Super Mario Maker 2, Mario, Luigi, Toad and Toadette can transform into their Cat forms after collecting a Super Bell in Super Mario 3D World-style levels. As in Super Mario 3D World, they have the ability to claw swipe, climb up walls and Goal Poles, perform a sliding tackle, and claw dive while in the air (the last two abilities are performed by pressing L Button, R Button, ZL Button, or ZR Button while crouching and in midair, respectively). They can also climb up Semisolid Platforms.

Additionally, knocking on the Warp Door in the Super Mario 3D World style may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Cat Peach driving at N64 Royal Raceway

Cat Peach appears as a downloadable character in Mario Kart 8. She is part of the The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 DLC pack along with Tanooki Mario and Link, as well as four karts and eight race tracks. The Cat Cruiser also has a design that resembles Cat Peach. Cat Peach, along with the female Villager have more acceleration at the cost of their weight stat. They are the lightest middleweight playable characters in the game, being slightly lighter than Peach, Daisy, and the various Yoshis, but heavier than Toad, Koopa Troopa, the various Shy Guys, Lakitu, Toadette, Larry, Lemmy, Wendy, the babies, and Isabelle. Nin★Anne uses Cat Peach as the staff ghost for SNES Rainbow Road. Similar to Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach has different animations and quotes from her original counterpart, with many of them being meowing noises, or puns (e.g. "Meowtastic!").

Like with every character playable in Mario Kart 8, Cat Peach appears as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. Unlike the Wii U game, she is included within the base game and is available from the start.[2] She now shares stats with the female Villager and the Inkling Girl, but is still among the lightest middleweight characters.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Cat Peach returns as a High-End driver in Mario Kart Tour, first appearing in the Cat Tour. The tour also introduced Cat Toad, a new playable character in the Mario Kart series. Both of them have the Super Bell as their special item, which, when used, strike the user's surroundings, similar to the Super Horn. Cat Toad uses Toad's usual emblem instead of his Super Mario 3D World emblem, despite Builder Toad using the latter. In Mario Kart Tour, Cat Toad's stripes are more visible than in Super Mario 3D World.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Cat Mario and Cat Luigi appear as leader characters in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. Cat Mario is a Dark/Fire attribute member that is unlocked by clearing ★World 3, and Cat Luigi is a Dark/Wood attribute member that is unlocked by clearing ★World 4. Both of these characters can be trained so they reach level 99, and have similar HP, attack, and recover ratings with only a few differences. Cat Mario's main skill is called "Cat Walk", and it can be performed once every 12 turns; it increases by 1.5, for one turn, the attack power of any team member that has the Dark attribute. He also has a leader skill, the "Bell Rhythm", which raises every member's attack power by 3.5 after performing six combos consequently. Meanwhile, Cat Luigi's main skill is "Cat Dash", which lets the player move freely any orb that is on-screen for 10 seconds. His leader skill is "Bell Tempo", and it raises the attack power of all team members by 5.5 after attacking with five elements (attributes) at once.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Cat Peach appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate under the name Cat Princess Peach as an Ace-rank, Shield-type, primary spirit with three support slots. The spirit reduces the fighter's weight but also makes them faster. It can be summoned using Rover's and Baby Peach's cores.

Other appearances[edit]

The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U's eShop and Play Nintendo offers a video series called The Cat Mario Show which stars both Cat Mario and Cat Peach. The purpose of the series is to provide viewers with facts, strategy tips, quizzes and other content regarding the latest video games released for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.

Mario's Fat Cat, Rabbid Peach's No Pity Kitty, and Rabbid Luigi's Jade Jaguar from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle are modeled after Cat Mario, Cat Toad, and Cat Luigi, respectively.

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Cat Mario and Cat Peach are playable skins. Leather Armor is replaced by the Cat Suit. Ocelots are replaced by Cat Mario, while cats have many skins replaced by Cat Luigi, Cat Peach, Cat Toad, Cat Rosalina, Meowser and Lucky Cat Mario.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Digital instruction manual bio: "Climb walls and claw enemies."
  • North American website bio: "You've never seen Mario like this! Pick up a Super Bell to transform into a cat. Scamper up walls to find secrets, pounce from above, and attack enemies with your claws—while looking pawsitively adorable."

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

  • North American website bio: "You can’t mention Super Mario 3D World without showing some love for Cat Mario. Climbing walls...scratching...sliding, clawing at the air—there’s nothing quite like it."
  • Play Nintendo: "Cat Mario in the houseThere are things you can do in the style of Super Mario 3D World that you can’t do in any other style! For instance, you can add the Super Bell item, which turns Mario into Cat Mario. You can also add walls, trees, and semi-solid platforms for Cat Mario to climb. To learn more about Cat Mario’s moves—like Climb wall, Scratch, Slide, and Lunge—you can visit Yamamuro’s Dojo in the game to see a tutorial."[3]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Cat Peach[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter:
    • "Cat Peach made her debut in the Super Mario 3D World game. Once the player grabbed the Super Bell special item, Cat Peach leaped into action! And now she's riding in the cute Cat Cruiser, complete with tail!"[4]
    • "In addition to Funky Kong, you can find Cat Peach and the Cat Cruiser in pipes. This includes the All-Clear Pipe, which you can fire by clearing all of this tour's cups in #MarioKartTour. Be sure to cross every finish line!"[5]

Cat Toad[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter:
    • "The second half of the Cat Tour is inspired by the Super Mario 3D World game! The smiley Cat Toad is here! #MarioKartTour"[6]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Cat Princess Peach Artwork of Cat Peach from Super Mario 3D World. Super Mario Series Primary (3) Ace Shield
Weight ↓
Summoned with a Rover and Baby Peach core N/A N/A N/A N/A

Gallery[edit]

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Cat Mario[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコマリオ
Neko Mario
Cat Mario
Chinese (Simplified) 猫咪马力欧
Māomī Mǎlì'ōu
Cat Mario
Chinese (Traditional) 貓咪瑪利歐
Māomī Mǎlì'ōu
Cat Mario
Dutch Kat-Mario Cat Mario
French Mario chat Cat Mario
German Katzen-Mario Cat Mario
Italian Mario gatto Cat Mario
Korean 고양이마리오[7]
Goyangi Mario
Cat Mario
Portuguese (NOA) Mario gato Cat Mario
Portuguese (NOE) Mario Gato Cat Mario
Russian Марио-кот
Mario-kot
Cat Mario
Spanish (NOA) Mario felino Feline Mario
Spanish (NOE) Mario Felino Feline Mario

Cat Luigi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコルイージ
Neko Ruīji
Cat Luigi
Chinese (Simplified) 猫咪路易吉
Māomī Lùyìjí
Cat Luigi
Chinese (Traditional) 貓咪路易吉
Māomī Lùyìjí
Cat Luigi
Dutch Kat-Luigi Cat Luigi
French Luigi chat Cat Luigi
German Katzen-Luigi Cat Luigi
Italian Luigi gatto Cat Luigi
Korean 고양이루이지
Goyangi Ruiji
Cat Luigi
Portuguese (NOA) Luigi gato Cat Luigi
Portuguese (NOE) Luigi Gato Cat Luigi
Russian Луиджи-кот
Luidzhi-kot
Cat Luigi
Spanish (NOA) Luigo felino Feline Luigi
Spanish (NOE) Luigi Felino Feline Luigi

Cat Peach[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコピーチ
Neko Pīchi
Cat Peach
Chinese (Simplified) 猫咪桃花公主
Māomī Táohuā Gōngzhǔ
Cat Princess Peach
Chinese (Traditional) 貓咪碧姬公主
Māomī Bìjī Gōngzhǔ
Cat Princess Peach
Dutch Kat-Peach Cat Peach
French Peach chat Cat Peach
German Katzen-Peach Cat Peach
Italian Peach gatto Cat Peach
Korean 고양이피치[8]
Goyangi Pichi
Cat Peach
Portuguese (NOA) Peach gata Cat Peach
Portuguese (NOE) Peach Gata Cat Peach
Russian Пич-кошка
Pich-koshka
Cat Peach
Spanish (NOA) Peach felina Feline Peach
Spanish (NOE) Peach Felina Feline Peach

Cat Toad[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコキノピオ
Neko Kinopio
Cat Kinopio
Dutch Kat-Toad Cat Toad
French Toad chat Cat Toad
German Katzen-Toad Cat Toad
Italian Toad gatto Cat Toad
Portuguese (NOA) Toad gato Cat Toad
Portuguese (NOE) Toad Gato Cat Toad
Spanish (NOA) Toad felino Feline Toad
Spanish (NOE) Toad Felino Feline Toad

Cat Rosalina[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコロゼッタ
Neko Rozetta
Cat Rosetta
Dutch Kat-Rosalina Cat Rosalina
French (NOA) Rosalina chat Cat Rosalina
French (NOE) Harmonie chat Cat Rosalina
German Katzen-Rosalina Cat Rosalina
Italian Rosalinda gatto Cat Rosalinda
Portuguese (NOA) Rosalina gata Cat Rosalina
Portuguese (NOE) Rosalina Gata Cat Rosalina
Spanish (NOA) Rosalina felina Feline Rosalina
Spanish (NOE) Estela Felina Feline Estela

Cat Toadette[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコキノピコ
Neko Kinopiko
Cat Kinopiko
Dutch Kat-Toadette Cat Toadette
French Toadette chat Cat Toadett
German Katzen-Toadette Cat Toadette
Italian Toadette gatta Cat Toadette
Portuguese (NOA) Toadette gata Cat Toadette
Portuguese (NOE) Toadette Gato Cat Toadette
Spanish (NOA) Toadette felina Feline Toadette
Spanish (NOE) Toadette Felina Feline Toadette

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iwata Asks : Super Mario 3D World : Time Solves All Things. nintendo.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Game Details. nintendo.com. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Super Mario Maker 2 Tips & Tricks. Play Nintendo. Retrieved November 23, 2020. (Archived July 22, 2020, 02:22:05 UTC via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ mariokarttourEN (January 27, 2021). Twitter. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  5. ^ mariokarttourEN (January 31, 2021). Twitter. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  6. ^ mariokarttourEN (February 2, 2021). Twitter. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  7. ^ 야옹야옹! 고양이 마리오 타임. nintendo.co.kr. February 23, 2017, 02:51:47 UTC snapshot on Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  8. ^ 『슈퍼 마리오 3D 월드 + 퓨리 월드』의 소개 영상 공개. 새로운 모드에 대해서도 함께 소개. Nintendo. Retrieved January 14, 2021