Mega Mario

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Mega Mario
Mega Mario
Artwork of Mega Mario from New Super Mario Bros. 2
Applies to Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Rosalina, Yoshi, Wario, Bowser, Koopa Troopa, Broque Monsieur, Bowser Memory M, any character in Mario Party 3, the Super Smash Bros. series, Mario Party 4, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Mario Party: Star Rush, Mario Party: The Top 100, Mario Kart Tour and Mario Party Superstars
Item needed Mega Mushroom (most games)
Mushroom (Mario Party 3)
Super Mushroom (Super Mario 64 DS and Super Smash Bros. series)
Mega Star (Super Paper Mario)
Power(s) given Defeat enemies and destroy almost any obstacle on contact (most games)
Increases size and attack power (Super Smash Bros. series)
First appearance Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen! (1986)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021)
“Livin' Large: The Mega Mushroom transforms Mario into an impervious behemoth who obliterates every enemy or obstacle in his path.”
New Super Mario Bros. official website

Mega Mario is a form that Mario and many other characters can take by obtaining a Mega Mushroom in various games and media. This form allows players to grow into an enormous size, allowing them to destroy every enemy in their path and obliterate almost anything (including Warp Pipes, Empty Blocks, Boos, Hard Blocks, and even Goal Poles).


Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen![edit]

Mega Mario from the Great Mission
Mega Mario towering over Luigi, Kibidango, and other enemies as seen in Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!

In the film Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!, Mario becomes giant after he uses the Super Mushroom, in which he defeats various enemies using this form.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Mario becomes Mega Mario
Mega Mario in volume 1

Mega Mario appears in the Super Mario-kun adaptations of the games in which the transformation appears, though it first appears in the first volume as the final transformation present in the hypothetical Super Mario Bros. 5, where it is activated using the Bēda Capsule (one of the game's new power-ups).

In the Mario vs. Luigi mode of the New Super Mario Bros. arc, Luigi tries to get the upper hand on Mega Mario, but he uses his smaller size and greater speed to beat him.

In the Super Paper Mario arc, Mario, Bowser, and Peach use the power of the Pure Hearts to defeat Super Dimentio in their Mega form, without the use of a Mega Star.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

In the minigame Toadstool Titan of Mario Party 3, characters could grow giant by obtaining the Mushroom hidden in one of the several Brick Blocks every round. Once the character had obtained the mushroom, they were capable of knocking out other characters in a short period of time. Mega characters cannot jump and control their moves, however, instead charging in the direction they are facing.

Mario Party 4[edit]

In Mario Party 4, the Mega Mushroom causes one to enlarge in size and hit two Dice Blocks. While Mega, the player can take 10 coins from any opponent the player squishes. The Super Mega Mushroom works the same way, but with three Dice Blocks.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

In Mario Party: Star Rush, in the Boss Battle minigame Bowser's Space Race, when the player takes the Mega Mushroom, they grow to score more points.

Mario Party: The Top 100 / Mario Party Superstars[edit]

The Mega form returns with Toadstool Titan (now renamed Mush Pit) in Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars. In this version of the minigame, the Mushroom is replaced by a Mega Mushroom.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario or his partners can become huge by using a Power Punch. This increases their attack power briefly for a few turns. During a few Bowser intermissions, if he eats enough Meat, it has the same effect as a Mega Mushroom and makes him huge, invincible, and destructive for a brief time. Princess Peach can also swallow a potion that makes her momentarily giant, although no other effects are seen.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, when Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Bowser collect a Mega Star, they will turn into giant versions of their 8-bit sprites from Super Mario Bros. (Mario and Luigi use their Small form sprites). As Mega Mario, Mario will be able to break any Brick Blocks, Pipes, and enemies in his path, as in New Super Mario Bros.. Mega Mario and Luigi are shorter and faster, while Peach and Bowser are taller but slower. In Chapter 3-1, there is a specific Koopa Troopa that uses a Mega Star, causing it to become the Mega Koopa. According to The InterNed, the music that plays while one of the characters is in Mega form (including the Mega Koopa) is titled "An Unrivaled Battle".

Additionally, by feeding Princess Peach a Red Apple while she is in her comatose state, she momentarily grows to a giant size.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mario can enlarge himself in battle by using the Magnifying Glass thing card, which lets him trample over enemies. He also does so as part of his performance at the Emerald Circus, after being tossed several Super Mario Bros.-styled Super Mushrooms.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mega Yoshi trampling on Piranha Plants while collecting coins from Super Mario 64 DS.
Mega Yoshi trampling on Piranha Plants in Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 DS, the mushroom has the same effects as the Mega Mushroom and makes the player grow to a larger size. The character can then obliterate almost anything in his path, and if he breaks more than eight objects, he will get a 1-Up for every additional object he destroys. The mushrooms are always found in Bricks and stumps scattered throughout the level and are introduced in the Bob-omb Battlefield. The character cannot do any special types of jumps, such as the Triple Jump. If Yoshi grabs a mushroom, he gains the ability to punch.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Mario under the effect of a Mega Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros.
Artwork of Mega Mario about to crush a brick for New Super Mario Bros.
Mega Mario in New Super Mario Bros.

The Mega Mario form returns in New Super Mario Bros., being obtained from the rare Mega Mushroom. The more objects Mega Mario breaks, the Mega Meter[1] will get filled in. If he fills in each segment by crushing a certain amount of objects, Mega Mario can gain up to five 1-Up Mushrooms when the form wears off. Ground Pounding as Mega Mario usually causes a group of Goombas or coins (or both) to fall from above. Mega Mario also has the ability to defeat almost all of the enemies in the game or squash any of the game's bosses in one hit, including Bowser in any of his forms. Mega Mario can also walk through Mega Unagis and Skewers. If Mega Mario falls into a pit, the purple toxic water or lava, or if time runs out, he can still lose a life. If the Mega Mushroom is activated in tight spaces, Mario's transformation will be canceled and the Mega Mushroom will return to the touch screen; however, if Mega Mario is crushed in any way, he will revert to Super Mario and lose a life immediately after. Mega Mario also reverts to this form if he falls into toxic water or lava, though he remains in Mega Mario form if the player runs out of time. If Mega Mario completes the level, he destroys the flagpole and obtains 8000 points, which will fill up one-fifth of the Mega Meter, ensuring at least one extra life is gained when doing so. After the Mega Mushroom wears off, Mario reverts to Super Mario, regardless of whatever form he was in before using the Mega Mushroom. When Luigi grabs a Mega Mushroom, the sound effect is louder.

The Mega Mushroom's colors were originally going to be similar to those of a Super Mushroom, but was changed in the final version.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Mega Mario

Mega Mario would have returned in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but it was removed from the final game. However, the form does return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, again being obtained from the Mega Mushroom, acting the same as in the previous game. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros., though, Mega Mario can only gain 1-Up Mushrooms (three of them) by destroying the Goal Pole, though this is only possible in World 5-6. Mega Mario overrides every other form except White Raccoon Mario, though this will give the player 1,000 points instead of putting the Mega Mushroom in the item storage, which is not possible in this game. Like in New Super Mario Bros., the player reverts to their Super form regardless of what form they were in before obtaining the Mega Mushroom.

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

Artwork of Mega Mario and the three other playable characters, from Super Mario 3D World.
Mega Mario in Super Mario 3D World.

Mega Mario appears in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port. making this game the form's second appearance in a 3D Super Mario platform game after Super Mario 64 DS. The form functions identically to the way it does in New Super Mario Bros. 2, allowing players to smash through objects and enemies. However, in Mega form, they can ground pound to create a shockwave that hits nearby blocks and enemies. The heroes have scowling expressions in their Mega forms, except for Toad, as he only makes a frowning expression instead. Like in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. 2, players revert to their Super form regardless of what power-up they had prior to obtaining the Mega Mushroom. Entering a Warp Box automatically reverts the player back to their Super form.

In the Bowser's Fury campaign, although not actually his Mega form, Mario can take damage as Giga Cat Mario during any of the fights with Fury Bowser (excluding the final boss) and revert to a powered-down version of himself in the same size as Giga Cat Mario. An unused angry and larger variation of the Mega Mushroom with a color-inverted cap named the Giga Mushroom also appears in the game's data. When used, it transforms Mario into a gigantic size.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, any character can become temporarily Mega by finding a Mushroom in the mini-game, Graffiti Runner. When players are giant, they can create small earthquakes that can paralyze all ground opponents for a brief period. However, they are still vulnerable to body checks, Chain Chomps, and characters that are invincible.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

In Mario Kart Wii, Mega Mushrooms appear as items. When characters use the Mega Mushroom, they become temporarily giant, allowing them to squash opponents and get a speed boost, even on off-road terrain. However, they are not immune to Lightning, invincible racers or Bullet Bills; Mega players affected by Lightning revert to their original size, which cancels out the giant effect. When a racer is giant, the original Mega Mushroom theme from New Super Mario Bros. can be heard from them.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Players can become giant again in Mario Kart Tour with the return of the Mega Mushroom item. However, instead of squashing other racers, drivers that are giant simply cause them to crash. They can also take out large obstacles such as Thwomps and metal balls and obtain points in the process. Giant drivers are considerably more vulnerable than in Mario Kart Wii, shrinking back to their original size if they are hit with Bananas or any offensive item, including shells. They also do not get a speed boost and do not have off-road advantages. The Mega Mushroom theme, in addition, does not play.

Mega-sized opponents appear in Vs. Mega and Take them out quick! bonus challenges. In the former, the player must beat the opponent in a race, while in the latter, they must pop all of their balloons. These opponents retain their size for the whole race, and they can use items whenever they want. Sometimes, they can also use different special items.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, one of Broque Monsieur's attacks during his battle with Bowser involves hitting a block and obtaining a Mega Mushroom. While mega, he attempts to ram Bowser, but this attack can be countered by punching him.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Bowser Memory M uses a Mega Mushroom to enlarge himself for his Brick Block breaking attack, rather than a Super Mushroom.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Luigi about to hammer some Shy Guys in the Bros. Attack Mega Thwonk in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Mega Luigi in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Luigi uses a Mega Mushroom as the pivotal part of the Mega Thwonk Bros. Attack. He grows to his giant size from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and must charge at the enemy before smashing them away with his hammer.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash[edit]

In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, any character can temporarily transform into Mega form by picking up a Mega Mushroom the sideline Toads randomly throw onto the court. While in this form, players can hit the ball more easily.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

During Toad's Special Shot in Mario Golf: Super Rush, he uses a Mega Mushroom to transform into Mega Toad to hit the ball.


New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction manual description: Run into enemies to defeat them. You can also smash through pipes and blocks!
    Note: You will turn into Super Mario after a short time.


Names in other languages[edit]

Mega Mario[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大きょだいマリオ[2]
Kyodai Mario
Giant Mario

Chinese (simplified) 巨大马力欧[3] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Jùdà Mǎlì'ōu
巨型马力欧[4] (Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury)
Jùxíng Mǎlì'ōu

Giant Mario

Chinese (traditional) 巨大瑪利歐[5] (New Super Mario Bros. 2)
Jùdà Mǎlì'ōu
巨型瑪利歐[6] (Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury)
Jùxíng Mǎlì'ōu

Giant Mario

Dutch Mega-Mario
Italian Mega Mario
Korean 거대마리오[7]
Geodae Mario
Giant Mario

Portuguese Mega Mario
Russian Мегамарио

Spanish Mega Mario

Mega Meter[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大メーター[2]
Kyodai Mētā
Giant Meter


Interwiki links[edit]


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. American English instruction booklet. Page 23.
  2. ^ a b New Super Mario Bros. Japanese instruction booklet. Page 23.
  3. ^ Official Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  4. ^ Nintendo HK官方頻道 (January 13, 2020). 《超级马力欧 3D世界 + 狂怒世界》介绍视频(简体中文) YouTube. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  5. ^ Official Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros. 2. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Nintendo HK官方頻道 (January 13, 2020). 《超級瑪利歐 3D世界 + 狂怒世界》介紹影片(香港) YouTube. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  7. ^ 한국닌텐도 공식 채널 (January 14, 2021). 『슈퍼 마리오 3D 월드 + 퓨리 월드』 소개 영상. YouTube. Retrieved November 12, 2022.