Turns Mario / Luigi into Raccoon Mario / Fox Luigi (most appearances) or Tanooki Mario / Kitsune Luigi (Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury). Gives karts a tail that allows the user to block items, flip over nearby players, and collect nearby Coins (Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Tour).
Super Leaves first appear in the game Super Mario Bros. 3. The item transforms Mario or Luigi into Raccoon Mario or Raccoon Luigi, respectively. Mario or Luigi can descend slowly by wagging the tail (by tapping ); he can briefly fly instead if he fills the Power Meter (by running) beforehand. Mario or Luigi can also tail whip (by pressing ) to hit blocks and enemies. In the NES version, Super Leaves are green while in the inventory or taken inside Toad Houses, and brown when found in a level.
Additionally, the rarer Tanooki Suit grants the same abilities as the Super Leaf, while also letting Mario and Luigi turn into a statue. The P-Wing also turns Mario or Luigi into the Raccoon form, but with infinite flight for one level.
After a 23-year absence, Super Leaves reappear in Super Mario 3D Land. However, they turn Mario and Luigi into their full-suited Tanooki forms, though Luigi's Tanooki form is now kitsune-themed and called Kitsune Luigi. Also, the Super Leaves were redesigned by being given stripes, eyes, and a hole. In spite of the changes, the Tanooki forms granted by Super Leaves still act as Raccoon Mario, but without flight. Gliding is executed by holding or , rather than tapping the buttons. The tail whip is still done by pressing or .
The Super Leaves are also tied into the game's plot, rather than just being in-game power-ups. It is revealed in the game's opening that the Mushroom Kingdom's Super Leaves grow from a rare tree called the Tail Tree. Bowser steals the tree's leaves after a storm blows them off; he uses them to power-up his minions, giving them "Tail" forms to attack and flutter around; two of them even become Tail Bowsers this way.
Unlike in Super Mario Bros. 3, in this game, all three Leaves have the normal power-up effects when grabbed, instead of the original "poof" effects.
Super Leaves also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, having the same design from Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Unlike in Super Mario 3D Land, they retain their original form and abilities from Super Mario Bros. 3. However, like in Super Mario 3D Land, Luigi's Raccoon form is kitsune-themed and called Fox Luigi, and the gliding controls are retained, which are also used for flight. While in this form, the P-Meter appears in the bottom left corner of the top screen. In addition, if Mario loses five lives in a level, an Invincibility Leaf Assist Block appears, just like in Super Mario 3D Land. The only difference is that the leaf inside changes Mario or Luigi into White Raccoon Mario or White Fox Luigi, respectively. In this form, Mario is invincible for the level, he can run on water, and the P-Meter fills up much faster.
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Super Leaves make a return in Super Mario 3D World and its port, albeit significantly less common than in its predecessor; they appear from World 3 onwards. They are used as they were in Super Mario 3D Land, still granting that game's basic Tanooki form. Tanooki Peach will use her floating ability before using the form's gliding ability. The Invincibility Leaf and its Assist Block also return, still granting the White Tanooki form, as in Super Mario 3D Land.
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2
In "Never Koop a Koopa", when escaping Kastle Koopa, Mario searches for Super Leaves by bashing blocks in the ceiling after Toad comments that they would be free if they could fly. Later on, when Cheatsy Koopa usurps King Koopa's throne and informs him that Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad are all locked in his bedroom as prisoners, they both witness them flying out of the castle in their raccoon forms.
In "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel", at the end of the episode, Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi return to the present day and stop King Koopa and Kooky von Koopa from making Princess Toad surrender the Mushroom Kingdom to them by throwing a drain clog from earlier at Koopa, which prompts them to retreat into a Warp Pipe. Despite being in their raccoon forms, Mario and Luigi transforming into said forms via a Super Leaf is not shown.
In "Do the Koopa", when needing to cross a wide gap in Dark Land's Temple of Gloom, Mario breaks blocks containing Super Leaves after Toad suggests he does. Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad then transform into their raccoon forms and fly over the gap. However, the group are later reverted back to their normal forms after taking damage from two Koopa statues.
In "Mush-Rumors", Mario and Luigi don their raccoon forms when rescuing a family of real-world residents from the Koopalings, which they keep for the remainder of the episode.
In "Up, Up, and a Koopa", Mario and Luigi find Super Leaves from bashing blocks with their fists and proclaim that they will fly to Koopa's Doomship and destroy the Koopas' Kooper-Dooper Raiser-Upper. They then carry Emperor Ed to his castle in Sky Land, while Ed gives directions. Later on, the Mario Bros. fly onto a porthole of the Doomship, when King Koopa spots them and traps the brothers in a cage, causing them to lose their raccoon powers.
In "7 Continents for 7 Koopas", Mario, Luigi and Toad use their raccoon forms they can fly up to King Koopa's Doom Ship and rescue Princess Toadstool, but lose them when crashing into a large, spherical force field appears in the Warp Pipe that the Doom Ship went through. The three later regain their raccoon forms and attempt to pull the force field out of the pipe using a giant plunger, but end up pulling the plunger off the force field, flinging themselves onto the ground and losing their raccoon forms.
In "Super Koopa", King Koopa uses the Power Pendant to use a Super Leaf and transform into "Raccoon Koopa". When Mario, Luigi and the submarine captain are imprisoned in the Bastille, Mario gets a Super Leaf from a Super Block smuggled in by Toad and uses his raccoon powers to break down a wall in his cell, allowing him, Luigi and the captain to escape. When Toad sees Raccoon Koopa in the sky, he tosses a Super Leaf to Luigi, allowing him to transform as well. Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi pursue Raccoon Koopa, but Koopa whacks Mario and reverts him back to normal, and Luigi catches him before he can fall.
A Super Leaf appears in volume 4 of Super Mario-kun, although the arc deals primarily with Super Mario World. Luigi, who is apparently controlled by Boos, traps Mario and Yoshi with a rope. Mario hits a ? Block, and he grabs the Super Leaf that appears and transforms into Raccoon Mario. He then frees Yoshi and himself and knocks the Boos from Luigi, returning Luigi to normal.
Super Leaves also appear as an actual item in Mario Kart 7, with the same design as the Leaf Cup logo. They can be obtained if the player is anywhere from 1st to 4th place, with CPUs being unable to obtain it in 1st place in VS races. Here, they create a striped tail on the back of the kart which doubles as an offensive and defensive feature. Pressing or swings the tail which can hit other karts, collect coins, and protect the player's kart from other items such as Green Shells. However, if the tail is hit by shells while idle, it disappears. When activated, the Super Leaf lasts for 10 seconds, or until the player spins out, tumbles over, or is hit by a Spiny Shell. The Tanooki Mario transformation sound from Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 plays when the tail is equipped, and the tail whip sound from the same game plays when it is used.
The tail replaces the kart's propeller when used underwater, and it lengthens air glides.
The Super Leaf reappears in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2021 Autumn Tour. It is the special skill of Tanooki Mario, Tanooki Rosalina and Kitsune Luigi. It functions similarly to its appearance in Mario Kart 7, with some additional functions: nearby coins are drawn to the player when used, similarly to the Boomerang Flower, and the player will hover in the air while using the item, which prevents the player from performing Jump Boosts, similarly to the Bubble. To use the item, the player has to tap the screen once, causing the tail to spin multiple times before disappearing. When Super Leaf+ is active, the player will have their movement speed increased when using the item.
North American website bio:Mario's classic power-up returns to put a spring in his step! Grab a Super Leaf and suit up as Tanooki Mario to add a powerful tail-spin, and the ability to gently float down from jumps for extra distance.
European website bio:Grab one of these to turn Mario into Tanooki Mario!
North American website bio:Grab this to turn into Raccoon Mario, and get a running start to fill up your P-Meter and fly for a short period of time. You can also whack blocks and enemies, or slow your descent with your tail.
European website bio:Whack bad guys with your tail, float down gently from a jump, or dash and then leap to fly as Raccoon Mario. It's amazing that such power can come from snatching up a simple Super Leaf.
Electronic manual description:The Super Leaf gives your kart a tail, which you can swing to knock over opponents or deflect items such as shells. Press or to swing the tail.
North American website bio:This new item outfits your kart with a swinging Tanooki Tail, which you can use to swipe at your opponents and swipe away (pesky items/attacks/incoming items/incoming artillery).
Tips & Tricks:Wag the Tanooki tail to attack nearby opponents. The tail will collect any surrounding coins for you while it's wagging!
Mario Kart Tour Twitter:The Autumn Tour is on now! With a Super Leaf in hand, fluffy-tailed Tanooki Mario has leaped into action in his trusty Tanooki Kart. And of course, the Tanooki Parafoil glider is also available! #MarioKartTour
Driver info:Swing the fluffy tail to knock over nearby opponents!
Driver info (Super Leaf+):Spin the tail to increase movement speed.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
A Super Leaf trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (left) / Wii U (right)
NESSuper Mario Bros. 3 (02/1990)
3DSNew Super Mario Bros. 2 (08/2012)
Transform into an adorable version of your normal self thanks to some raccoon ears and a fluffy tail. Unfortunately, you won't be able to fly through the air like Tanooki Mario–but you can hover for a bit by wiggling that tail. Hold the jump button while airborne to pull off this cute tactic. (American English)
This item gives you fuzzy ears and a tail. Remember, when it's just ears and a tail, he's Raccoon Mario - Tanooki Mario is the full suit. You won't be able to soar into the air like in Super Mario Bros. 3, but you can float by holding the jump button while in mid-air. (British English)
In "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas", Mario and Luigi managed to find a huge Super Leaf hidden within an equally large block in Giant Land. Due to the Super Leaf's size, Mario and Luigi were both seemingly able to obtain Raccoon Power by touching the single leaf at the same time.