Mini Mario (form)

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This article is about the transformation of Mario after he collects a Mini Mushroom. For other uses of the term "Mini Mario", see Mini Mario.
Not to be confused with Small Mario.
Mini Mario
Used on Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad, any playable character in other games.
Item needed Mini Mushroom
Power(s) given Jump higher, walk on water, enter tiny warp pipes/doors, fit through small spaces, run up walls (New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U only)
First appearance Mario Party 4 (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (cameo) (2016)
“Mini Mario: There are advantages to being small. This mini pipe is only accessible to Mini Mario. The pipe leads to a hidden Star Coin.”
New Super Mario Bros. official website

Mini Mario is a form that Mario or Luigi takes upon eating a Mini Mushroom. Occasionally, this transformation may also be brought about by using a Poison Mushroom, or other various items. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad can use this form too. This transformation is similar to Wario's Tiny Form and Tiny Kong's Mini-Monkey ability.


Mario Party 4[edit]

Mario Party 4 introduces the Mini Mushroom, and is thus the debut of Mini Mario as a power-up form. While in his or her mini form, the player can only roll a 1-5. There is also another item that can transform the player into their mini form: the Super Mini Mushroom, which allows the player to roll two 1-5 dice blocks. Players who shrink themselves can also enter Gates and play Mini Mini-Games or land on certain spaces.

Mario Pinball Land[edit]

In Mario Pinball Land, Mario can buy a Mini Mushroom for ten coins. While mini, Mario can get into entrances like beehives and igloos that are normally too small for him to earn more Power Stars.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., Mario once again becomes Mini Mario by eating a Mini Mushroom. While in this form, the player can jump higher, run on water, and fit through tiny Warp Pipes. Donut Blocks will also not fall under Mini Mario's weight. However, enemies that Mario can defeat with a stomp at regular size take a Ground Pound to defeat in this form, as Mini Mario merely bounces off of them if he just jumps on them. He also cannot grab and hold anything in this form. Finally, like Small Mario, he loses a life if hit in this form, and can only get Super Mushrooms from blocks.

In this game, Mini Mario cannot duck, which may refer to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, where Small Mario could not duck.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

The mini form also appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, retaining the effects from the previous game, except for the inability to pick up objects, thus making it possible to stomp on enemies without ground pounding if the player is holding a heavy object above their head. In this game, Mario gets a higher-pitched voice in his Mini form. He also gains the ability to duck.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

The mini form also appears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, along with the Mini Mushroom, having the same effects from the previous games. They only appear in World 3-B, World 4-A, and certain Toad Houses.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Mini Mario in the bonus area of Urchin Shoals in New Super Mario Bros. U. Note Mini Mario's new ability to run up walls.

The mini form reappears in New Super Mario Bros. U with the same effects from the previous games. The form now has the ability to run up and down walls in a similar way to a Triangular Block.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

While Mini Mario doesn't appear as a usable form, knocking on a Warp Door in the New Super Mario Bros. U theme may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Mini Mushrooms appear in Polastraits, Icepeak, and Blizland. As Mini Mario, Mario is able to cross thin ice, as well as narrow spaces. While Mario can become Mini Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog cannot.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

In Mario Sports Mix, Mini Mushrooms reappear as items. While mini, the player is not able to carry a basketball, hockey puck, or dodgeball. They also have the inability to spike in volleyball, or perform a defensive maneuver in dodgeball.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マメマリオ (New Super Mario Bros.)
Mame Mario
Bean Mario, signifying small size.
Russian Маленький Марио
Malen'kiy Mario
Small Mario

Mini Mario
Korean 땅콩 마리오 (New Super Mario Bros.)
Ddang Kong Mario
Peanut Mario, signifying small size.

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