Item storage

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The item storage[1][2][3] is a gameplay feature that first appears in Super Mario World. It allows the player to keep an additional item in reserve for use within a course. The item storage has reappeared mostly in handheld games (such as New Super Mario Bros.), although Super Mario 3D World is an exception.


Super Mario World[edit]

A Super Mushroom in the Item Stock in Super Mario World.

In Super Mario World, the item storage is named the Item Stock[4] (or Item Reserve Box).[5] If Super Mario gathers a Cape Feather, for example, he will turn into Caped Mario and his former power-up, the Super Mushroom, will move into the Item Stock. After taking damage, Caped Mario turns into Small Mario, and the reserved item drops down automatically. The item passes through the ground and platforms, however, and it will fall off the screen if the player does not collect it fast enough. In Yoshi's House and the Top Secret Area, the missed item returns every 18 minutes.[6] The player can also make the reserved item drop down whenever they want by pressing Select Button. The reserved item, once grabbed, does not give any extra points (unless it is the Cape Feather, which will still give 1,000 points if Mario is Fire Mario when he grabs it, though only in the SNES version). Super Mushrooms always replace the reserved item when collected in Super, Caped, or Fire form, regardless of the Item Stock's contents. Although normally the player can have only a Super Mushroom, Cape Feather, or Fire Flower in the Item Stock, there are glitches that can allow the player to have various other items in reserve, including a Lakitu's Cloud[7] and Magic Ball.[8]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

The Stored Item[9] system was reintroduced in New Super Mario Bros., working as it did in Super Mario World. For example, if the player is Super Mario and the player has a Fire Flower as their Stored Item, they can tap the item with Stylus, and it automatically appears on the top screen. Unlike in Super Mario World, if Mario, while powered up and holding a higher-tiered power-up in storage (such as the Blue Shell), grabs a Super Mushroom or earns one from a Toad House, it simply gives 1,000 points to the player, instead of replacing the Stored Item. Stored Items also act as if they were knocked out of blocks normally when released, rather than passing through and off the screen. Stored Items also do not drop their contents unless the player uses them. The red and orange Toad Houses also give power-ups that become Stored Items.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

The item storage later appears in Super Mario 3D Land, acting in the same manner as in New Super Mario Bros. However, due to the game being a 3D game of the Super Mario franchise, the reserved item pops out of Mario or Luigi and falls in front of him. Additionally, P-Wings are instantly stored upon collection and are replaced by most other power-ups; the game will ask to confirm the player's intent to use one if tapped.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

The item storage reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where it behaves exactly as it did in New Super Mario Bros. Collecting all of the Red Coins in a Rainbow Course gives an instantly stored Gold Flower.

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

The item storage appears once more in Super Mario 3D World, acting the same as it did in Super Mario 3D Land. The icon appears on the near-bottom left corner of both the TV and the GamePad screens; it is used by pressing Minus Button or tapping it on the GamePad screen. Depending on the number of players present in gameplay, the item storage can hold up to four different items. In the Nintendo Switch version, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Up Button is used instead. That version is also the first game where storing an Invincibility Leaf is possible, as the Mega Mushroom[10] and Invincibility Bell supersede it; it reverts to a Super Leaf upon the player clearing a course or losing a life.

The Bowser's Fury scenario of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury lets Mario carry up to five Super Mushrooms, Fire Flowers, Super Leaves, Boomerang Flowers, Super Bells, and Lucky Bells each; pressing Up Button opens the inventory menu to choose a power-up. Bowser Jr. gives the power-ups to Mario in this mode. During the introduction before leaving Fur Step Island, when the player manages to store items, the item disappears from the storage when the player attempts to use one.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

The item storage reappears in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, behaving similarly to how it did in Super Mario 3D World. Items appear in balloons above the player's head, and they can be shared with other players when the game is played online.[11]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイテムストック
Aitemu Sutokku
Item Stock
Italian Portaoggetti Item-container
Portuguese Estoque de Itens Items Stock
Russian Ячейка для бонусного предмета
Yachejka dlya bonusnogo predmeta
Slot for a bonus item
Spanish Objeto guardado Kept object


  1. ^ Super Mario 3D Land digital manual, page 6.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. 2 digital manual, page 12.
  3. ^ Super Mario 3D World digital manual, pages 7 and 9.
  4. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 7.
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 28, page 18.
  6. ^ Supper Mario Broth Twitter
  7. ^ A+Start. (July 4, 2014). Super Mario World Cloud Glitch - Son Of A Glitch - Episode 20. YouTube. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  8. ^ A+Start. (August 24, 2013). Super Mario World Orb Glitch - Son Of A Glitch - Episode 1. YouTube. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  9. ^ New Super Mario Bros. American English instruction booklet, page 12.
  10. ^ Smashy (March 22, 2021). Can Mario Use a Giga Mushroom and Mega Mushroom at the Same Time?. YouTube. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct – 31/08/2023. YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2023.