Raccoon Mario

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Raccoon Mario
Raccoon Mario artwork from New Super Mario Bros. 2
Artwork of Raccoon Mario for New Super Mario Bros. 2
Applies to Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toadette, Goomba, Big Goomba, fake Bowser, Bullet Bill, Boo, Thwomp, Bob-omb, and any character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Item needed Super Leaf, P-Wing (Super Mario series)
normal and Shiny Tails (Paper Mario series)
Power(s) given Glide, fly (infinitely with a P-Wing), tail whip
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Move It! (2023)
“Hey, flying raccoons! You didn't happen to see where those two pesky plumbers went, did ya?”
Angry Sun, "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas"

Raccoon Mario (spelled Racoon Mario in Super Mario Bros. 3 materials) is a form Mario turns into after acquiring the Super Leaf, and as of New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's form is called Fox Luigi. Despite being localized as raccoon-themed, the form is actually based on the Japanese raccoon dog, or tanuki.[citation needed] First seen in the game Super Mario Bros. 3, this form allows Mario to slowly float down when falling, using his tail. Mario can attack enemies with his tail by spinning. He is also able to briefly fly if he runs for a short time and then jumps.

Raccoon Mario was created when Takashi Tezuka wanted a way for Mario to spin and knock away enemies with a tail. At first, the inclusion of a raccoon-like Mario made him worried, but he wanted this new action to implemented in some way. However, the spin was originally meant for when Super Mario Bros. 3 was still using a bird's-eye view, so adjusting the controls to a side-view was a challenge. Flying was a mechanic Tezuka wanted to add since Super Mario Bros., and Raccoon Mario ultimately ended up being able to do both.[1]

A related form is Tanooki Mario, which adds a statue transformation to these abilities. In Super Mario 3D Land, some enemies are also powered-up with Super Leaves, becoming "Tail" versions of themselves; this matches the original Japanese naming for Raccoon Mario. The game also removes the statue ability from the basic Tanooki form, making it more functionally similar to Raccoon Mario.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Artwork of Raccoon Mario in Super Mario Bros. 3
Artwork of Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3

Raccoon Mario is first introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, where Mario transforms into Raccoon Mario by obtaining a Super Leaf. When Mario is in this form, he can use his tail to slowly float down (by tapping A Button) or fly for a while if he fills the Power Meter (by running) beforehand, and tail whip enemies and blocks (by pressing B Button). A P-Wing will also transform Mario into Raccoon Mario, but with infinite flight; Mario keeps the infinite flight if he turns into Tanooki Mario. The benefit of a P-Wing will be lost once Mario takes damage, transforms into Fire Mario, Frog Mario, or Hammer Mario, or clears a level, the latter method reverting Raccoon/Tanooki Mario's flight to normal.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Even though Super Leaves return in Super Mario 3D Land, Raccoon Mario does not, though it was considered for the game; instead, it was passed over for Tanooki Mario, for visual clarity.[2] The Tanooki form given by Super Leaves acts as Raccoon Mario does, but without flight. Despite this, several enemies have "Raccoon" forms (retranslated as "Tail" forms, as they only gain this form's tail), including normal-sized and Big Goombas, Bullet Bills, Boos, Thwomps, and Bob-ombs; Fake Blocks also have tails. Additionally, Tail Bowsers appear in World 1-Castle Icon.png and World 5-Castle Icon.png; they are actually a Goomba and Magikoopa, respectively, disguised with Super Leaves.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. 2 screenshot.
Raccoon Mario and Fox Luigi in World 1-3 from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Raccoon Mario returns in New Super Mario Bros. 2, but Luigi's Raccoon form is now Kitsune-themed (like his Tanooki form in Super Mario 3D Land) and called Fox Luigi. Mario's Raccoon ears also have the same shape and color changes as those of his Tanooki form. The mechanics are somewhat different from Super Mario Bros. 3; the player can now simply hold the jump button instead of repeatedly pressing it for Mario to ascend and slowly descend, much like with Caped Mario. The tail whip is also quicker, usable underwater, and able to hit more enemies, like Dry Bones (which are immobilized but not killed as they were with Caped Mario). After being charged, the P-Meter now visibly decreases to show the amount of remaining flight time, but once Mario lands on the ground, it will be refilled. However, if he enters a Warp Cannon stage, he can fly almost indefinitely (if he repeatedly lands on platforms before the P-Meter runs out), much like when using a P-Wing.

Also, White Raccoon Mario (the counterpart of White Tanooki Mario from Super Mario 3D Land) debuts in this game. In addition to this form's abilities, it gives Mario invincibility for the stage, lets him walk on water (like his Mini form), and makes the P-Meter charge much faster than normal. Unlike the White Tanooki form, however, the White Raccoon form can be regained by losing five lives in a level, even after the level or final boss is beaten.

In this game, the Raccoon form adds a woodblock beat to the music, and when Mario touches the regular Goal Pole, he says, "Whoo! Mario number one!"

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

Raccoon Mario returns in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, where it is exclusive to the Super Mario Bros. 3 style, functioning just as it did in that game. Additionally, knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Although the form does not appear in Super Mario Odyssey, it is referenced in Pauline's quiz. For her question "Which of these things did I actually do a long time ago?", one of the possible answers is "Wore raccoon suit," which is incorrect.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Raccoon Mario returns in Super Mario Maker 2, functioning just as it did in its predecessor. Additionally, Luigi, Toad and Toadette are capable of obtaining this form, with Toad and Toadette using this form for the first time.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

The Tail Sticker
The Tail sticker from Paper Mario: Sticker Star

A form of Raccoon Mario appears in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, in that by using a Tail sticker, Mario is given a raccoon tail to deflect enemy attacks for one turn. However, using the sticker only overlays it behind Mario, instead of turning him into Raccoon Mario. Bowser Jr. is particularly vulnerable to it in his third and final battle. A shiny variant of this sticker also exists, giving Mario a rainbow-colored tail and a stronger counterattack.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

A Tail Card in Paper Mario: Color Splash.
The Tail card from Paper Mario: Color Splash

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, using a Tail card fully transforms Mario into Raccoon Mario, unlike in the previous game; he still deflects enemy attacks with his tail. It lasts until Mario takes damage or wins the fight. At least a few of these cards are required at the beginning of the boss fight with Ludwig in order to counter the cannonballs fired from the Ludship.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

The Tail returns as an item that can be used in battle in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where it fully transforms Mario into Raccoon Mario, like in Paper Mario: Color Splash. The Shiny variant also returns, but now retains its original coloration as opposed to the sticker's bright color scheme. As Raccoon Mario, he directly attacks enemies in the same 2x2 area a Hammer attack reaches, rather than counterattacking foes, and a very brief time period (more than other items or weapons) allows the player to input an Action Command to deal more damage using the tail whip. Once the attack concludes, Mario reverts to normal.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Raccoon Mario
Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Toad and Princess Toadstool also transformed into Raccoon Toad and Raccoon Toadstool using Super Leaves, and in one instance, P-Wings. In the episode "Super Koopa", Bowser uses the magic pendant to become Raccoon Koopa. On several occasions, the form is referred to as Raccoon Power.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Mario briefly transforms into Raccoon Mario once in the Nintendo Comics System, in the story "It's Always Fair Weather" (which takes place before the events of Super Mario Bros. 3). Mario gains the ability by using a piece of a plant labeled as "Magic Leaf Raccoonias" for a toothpick and then uses his new-found ability to save some hot-air balloonists trapped in a cyclone that Bowser creates.

Club Nintendo comics[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic "Marios Rückkehr," Mario somehow turns into Raccoon Mario after jumping on two trampolines consecutively. He is flying over the Mushroom Kingdom when he finds two Nintendo Gamer's Guides on a cloud, accidentally hitting a Koopa Paratroopa and falling to the ground.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

A trophy of Raccoon Mario appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It becomes available in the Lottery after collecting 250 trophies.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A Raccoon Mario sticker appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In The Subspace Emissary, it can be used on any fighter to boost their flinch resistance by 112 points.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Raccoon Luigi
Tail Luigi in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Super Leaf appears as an item, turning the player who grabs it into the Raccoon form and letting them briefly float by holding the jump button in midair. Like with most other equipable items, the player can lose this form if they are hit enough times or with a strong enough attack; it will also disappear after enough time has passed. This form's tail whip was considered during development, but it was later dropped.[3]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Raccoon form returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an effect of the Super Leaf item, functioning the same as previously. In addition, Fox Luigi appears as an Ace-class support spirit, granting the fighter easier dodging when used. In the spirit's battle, the player faces Luigi in Raccoon form on the Mushroom Kingdom U stage.

Unused appearances[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Raccoon Mario was going to appear in Super Mario World, but it was abandoned. In the SNES Test Program, Mario's graphics show him with the standard Raccoon tail and ears, which were also seen in preview images for Super Mario World. The transformation was ultimately cut and seems to have been replaced with Caped Mario, a transformation that functions similarly to Raccoon Mario, in the final game.


New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction manual description: Press Y Button/X Button to swing your tail. Hold B Button/A Button in midair to gently float down.
    • Dash to fill up the P-Meter. When P-Wing is lit up, press and hold B Button/A Button to fly for a short time.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Raccoon Mario
Raccoon Mario
Super Mario Bros. 3
How to unlock: Randomly obtainable from the Lottery after obtaining 250 trophies
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Leafs caused Mario to grow raccoon ears and a tail. By sprinting and rapidly wagging the tail, Mario gained the ability to fly for short periods. Like the Cape in Super Mario World, the tail also reduced the speed at which he fell, making midair moves easier. Needless to say, real raccoons were jealous.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Raccoon Mario
A Sticker of Raccoon Mario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Artwork from: Super Mario Bros. 3
Effects in The Subspace Emissary: Flinch Resistance +112
Usable by: Anyone

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
25 Fox Luigi Fox Luigi from New Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Series Support (1) Ace Easier Dodging
  • Spirit Board
  • Purchase from Vault Shop for 6000G
Tail Luigi

Hazard: Heavy Wind

  • Dangerously high winds are in effect
Mushroom Kingdom U Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Raccoon Mario.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しっぽマリオ
Shippo Mario
Tail Mario

Chinese (simplified) 尾巴马力欧
Wěibā Mǎlì'ōu
Tail Mario

Chinese (traditional) 尾巴瑪利歐
Wěibā Mǎlì'ōu
Tail Mario

Dutch Wasbeer-Mario
Raccoon Mario
French Mario raton-laveur
Mario raton laveur
Raccoon Mario
German Waschbär-Mario
Raccoon Mario
Italian Raccoon Mario[4]
Mario il Procione[5]
Mario procione
Mario the Racoon
Raccoon Mario
Korean 꼬리마리오
Kkori Mario
Tail Mario

Portuguese (NOE) Mario Mapache
Raccoon Mario
Romanian Putere raton (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3,

Ratonul Luigi (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3,
episode "Mind Your Mummy Mommy, Mario")

Raccoon power

Luigi the raccoon

Russian Марио-енот
Raccoon Mario

Spanish (NOA) Mario mapache
Luigi zorro
Raccoon Mario
Fox Luigi
Spanish (NOE) Mario Mapache
Luigi Zorro
Raccoon Mario
Fox Luigi

See also[edit]


  • Although Luigi's Raccoon and Tanooki forms are Kitsune-themed (as of Super Mario 3D Land), he is seen in Raccoon form in the Super Smash Bros. series to match the other characters.
  • The sound effect for transforming into Raccoon Mario (and to a lesser extent, Tanooki Mario) was taken from The Mysterious Murasame Castle.[6]


  1. ^ Sao, Akinori. NES Classic Edition Developer Interview. nintendo.com. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Henry Gilbert (March 9, 2012). Super Mario 3D Land interview - We talk with the director about secrets, Tanookis, and Mario's future. GamesRadar. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  3. ^ SakuraiMasahiroA (April 30, 2014). Pic of the day. With the Super Leaf, any fighter can have ears and a tail. You can also float in the air by pressing the jump button. We're still figuring out whether you'll be able to attack with the tail... Miiverse. Archived October 17, 2017, 18:05:13 UTC via Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Italian manual, pag. 7
  5. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Italian manual, pag. 24
  6. ^ World of Longplays (August 12, 2011). NES Longplay [117] Nazo No Murasamejou. YouTube. Retrieved August 14, 2017.