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An acorn with a white top and scarlet bottom with a "P" on the top

First Appearance

New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)

Latest Appearance

New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U (2013)

Effect on Player

Transform Mario into P Flying Squirrel Mario with unlimited flying power
P Flying Squirrel Mario.

A P-Acorn is a item in New Super Mario Bros. U. It transforms its user into P Flying Squirrel Mario with the ability to fly an unlimited number of times for the entire stage, similar to the P-Wing from previous games. In Mario's case, his hat and shirt becomes white; his hat has a large, red "P" instead of his "M" emblem; and he also appears to have a sheen around him. The P-Acorn's power will perish if the player completes a level without losing the power-up, causing the player to change back to the regular flying squirrel form. However, the player will not lose the power-up if the course is completed via capturing Nabbit.

To obtain a P-Acorn, the player must either capture Nabbit and return his sack to a Toad, or after defeating Bowser, if the player saves their profile then opens it again, a P-Acorn will appear instead of a Super Acorn (it also seems to appear at other times). A P-Acorn can appear sometimes on the main map in the place of a Super Acorn. Its appearance is similar to the Super Acorn, but has pale white and gray stripes on the top, scarlet bottom, and it has a large, red "P" imprinted on the top. Another way to obtain a P-Acorn, with a very slim chance of doing so, is that sometimes, in the middle of Tilted Tunnel and Crushing Cogs Tower on the world map, it is either this power-up or the Super Acorn (which is more common) that appears.

It should also be noted that the player is not able to make a Miiverse post if a level is completed with this power-up, even if the level is cleared without taking any damage. This is the same way if the level is completed while playing as Nabbit in New Super Luigi U.

The sound effect heard when flying through the air in this form is the same one heard when flying as Raccoon Mario.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Bellota P P Acorn
French Gland-P P-Acorn
Dutch P-Eikel P-Acorn
German P-Eichel P-Acorn


  • In certain levels that go underground by a pipe such as Perilous Pokey Cave, at the beginning of the level, if one flies high enough using this power up, one can take a shortcut over the wall and make it to the flagpole without entering the actual level.