The Giga Bell after it has been awakened
|First appearance||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)|
|Effect||Transforms Mario into Giga Cat Mario|
Giga Bells are power-ups that appear in the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. A Giga Bell transforms Mario into Giga Cat Mario, but its power can only be accessed by collecting Cat Shines. Unlike most power-ups in the Mario franchise, Giga Bells are capable of speech. They resemble standard Super Bells, but are much larger, with cat ears and whiskers, green eyes, and a more orange coloration in their active state, with their dormant state depicting them as grayed-out and stone-like. When they become available for use, they emit a ring similar to but much deeper than that of Super Bells, in addition to a low-pitched meow.
After Bowser Jr. covers Bowser with black goop and turns him into Fury Bowser, the goop spreads throughout Lake Lapcat, including onto the three Giga Bells of the area. Each Giga Bell has four major islands surrounding it, which altogether comprise each of three major regions: the Lakeside, Ruins, and Wasteland. The Lakeside region is available to explore after Mario collects the "Make the Lighthouse Shine" Cat Shine on Fur Step Island. After Fury Bowser is defeated once, the Ruins region and its Giga Bell will appear. After he is defeated three times, the Wasteland region and its Giga Bell will appear.
Each Giga Bell rests on a pedestal with a short staircase leading to the top. Several coin piles appear on the highest step. When a Giga Bell is first encountered, it will be corrupted by black goop, and Mario takes damage if he touches it. Mario must collect a specific number of Cat Shines to cleanse all available Giga Bells of goop, which is displayed if Mario stands in front of it. This number is initially five, and grows after each time Fury Bowser is defeated, changing to fifteen, then twenty, then forty, and finally fifty Cat Shines required to activate the Giga Bells. After all five missions have been completed on an island, leaving and returning to it will display the text "(number) to awaken (Japanese: 目覚めよ！ギガベル, Mezameyo! Giga Beru)", indicating how many Cat Shines are left to collect to activate any available Giga Bells.
When enough Cat Shines are collected to meet the required number, their power will remove some goop from every available Giga Bell, revealing a stone-like appearance. The Giga Bells will then remain inactive until Fury Bowser rises out of the Fury Sun and begins rampaging. Once a rampage begins, any available Giga Bells will immediately become available for use, signified by a cutscene showing them activate and a bright light appearing over each one. If a rampage ends before Mario collects a Giga Bell, it will return to its inactive state. If Mario collects a Giga Bell during a rampage, a cutscene plays showing him transforming from Cat Mario into Giga Cat Mario, regardless of the power-up form he was in before the cutscene. This enables him to battle Fury Bowser directly.
In the final boss battle of the campaign, Giant Bowser gathers all three Giga Bells to prevent Mario from using them and encases them in a crystal ball. Mario must ram Plessie into this ball multiple times until it breaks. Plessie and Mario then simultaneously collect all three Giga Bells, at which point Plessie enters his own Cat form, defeating Bowser and returning him to normal.
After the main story of the campaign is completed, all three Giga Bells are completely cleansed of goop. Their tops are now accessible, and Ground Pounding atop a Giga Bell in this state rewards the player with a Super Bell.
- "The beast's fury has grown too strong. The light of the Cat Shines can no longer keep it at bay..."
- "You are ready. Go! Cleanse the beast of its fury with the full power of the Cat Shines!"
- "What's bigger than Cat Mario? Giga Cat Mario! Transform with this mighty power-up and you will 'purr' right through any obstacle. Be careful, though, because Fury Bowser is close!"
Plessie jumping near the Lakeside Giga Bell
Pictogram used to represent the Giga Bell in a video overviewing Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury power-ups on the Play Nintendo YouTube channel
Names in other languages
|French||Giga cloche||Giga Bell|
|Portuguese||Gigaguizo||Giga Jingle Bell|
Lakeside Giga Bell
Hamabe No Giga Beru
|Giga Bell on the beach|
|Dutch||Strand-gigabel||Beach Giga Bell|
|Spanish||Gigacampana de la playa||Giga Bell of the beach|
Ruins Giga Bell
Iseki No Giga Beru
|Giga Bell in the Ruins|
|Dutch||Ruïne-gigabel||Ruin Giga Bell|
|Spanish||Gigacampana de las ruinas||Giga Bell of the ruins|
Wasteland Giga Bell
Arechi No Giga Beru
|Giga Bell in the Wasteland|
|Dutch||Rots-gigabel||Rock Giga Bell|
|Spanish||Gigacampana del acantilado||Giga Bell of the cliff|
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- "《超级马力欧 ３Ｄ世界 ＋ 狂怒世界》的介绍视频公开中，介绍新的游玩模式和新元素". Nintendo. January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 14, 2021. (Archived January 13, 2021, 14:38:06 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
- Nintendo of Russia game page for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury