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The P-Wing (originally Magic Wing) is a special item that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3. The "P" stands for Paratroopa or Patapata (the Japanese name for that enemy). It is considered a successor to the power-up simply known as the Wing.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, the P-Wing allows Mario or Luigi to fly in the air with their Raccoon forms for an unlimited amount of time for one level only; they revert to their normal Raccoon form abilities after clearing a level. However, if the brothers are hit or receive a non-flight-based power-up within a level, they will lose the power of the P-Wing.
If a P-Wing is used from the map screen, the "P" on Mario or Luigi's body (as shown in the sprite on the left) indicates that they have P-Wing abilities. The "P" isn't seen in the actual level or on the map screen after the level is completed.
The P-Wing can be combined with the Tanooki Suit. However, in order to do this, one must use a P-Wing, then enter a level that has a Tanooki Suit hidden within it (World 4-5, World 5-5, World 6-3, or World 7-) and collect that Tanooki Suit without losing the P-Wing's power.
P-Wings are commonly found in chests left behind after defeating certain Hammer Bros. on the map screen. They can also be found in secret white (blue in the game's remakes) Toad Houses accessible by collecting a certain amount of coins in certain levels in the odd-numbered worlds (World 1-4, World 3-8, World 5-5, and World 7-2), while in the even-numbered worlds (apart from Dark Land), white Toad Houses contain Anchors. Additionally, by beating the game and restarting without resetting the game, the player is rewarded with twenty-eight P-Wings in their inventory, though only in the original version of the game.
Super Mario 3D Land
In the Nintendo 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land, the P-Wing functions differently, warping Mario to the end of the course. If Mario touches a P-Wing, it will go into storage to use later. It only appears if Mario or Luigi loses 10 lives in a (skipped) normal world level (making P-Wing Assist Blocks appear), or within certain Mystery Boxes. Mario will lose the P-Wing if he gets any other power-up (excluding a Super Star, or Invincibility Leaf, as the P-Wing will be replaced if Mario is in Super form or better).
New Super Mario Bros. 2
While the P-Wing does not appear as a power-up in New Super Mario Bros. 2, it is seen as an icon on the Power Meter, replacing the "P" icon in the meter's original appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3. Both the Power Meter and the P-Wing appears when Mario or Luigi gets a Super Leaf (i.e. turns into raccoon form).
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
The P-Wing makes a cameo appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. It appears on the side of some trucks in Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City. Additionally, the license plate of the truck that has the P-Wing on it says "SMB3", a common abbreviation of Super Mario Bros. 3.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Names in other languages