Superstar Mario

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Superstar Mario
Artwork of Super Baby from Yoshi Touch & Go (later reused in Yoshi's Island DS)
Used on Baby Mario
Item needed Super Star
Power(s) given Super speed, invincibility, and the ability to run up walls and float.
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a spirit) (2018)

Superstar Mario[1][2] (also known as Powerful Mario[3], Super Baby[4], Super Mario[5], Super Baby Mario[6], Super Mario Baby[7], or Caped Mario[8]) is the form Baby Mario obtains when he comes in contact with a Super Star in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi Touch & Go, and Yoshi's Island DS. Baby Mario gets a Super Cape[9], and Yoshi turns into a Giant Egg. After the time runs out, Yoshi emerges with Baby Mario. Superstar Mario gains speed, enough to dash on walls and ceilings. He can use his cape to float down slowly. Superstar Mario is also invincible against enemies, attacks, and even hazards such as spikes and lava, but not bottomless pits. During development, the star item was initially conceptualized to turn Baby Mario into the adult, mustachioed Mario, but it was pointed out this concept would seem strange. Shigeru Miyamoto joked he still prefers this early idea to the final version.[10]

Powerful Mario appears as Baby Mario's power-up in the Super Mario-Kun volume 14, the adaption of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. It enables Baby Mario to climb up walls and float as it did in the games, but also gives him super strength. The strength enables him to beat up enemies and even use boulders to hurt Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi when he gets angry.

Superstar Mario appears as a Legend class spirit with a neutral type in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is obtained when players level up the Baby Mario spirit to Level 99. His special ability is a First-Strike Immunity, in which the player who uses him gets a brief moment of invincibility if they get the first strike. He also comes with three open slots for support spirits.

The music heard in the background received rearrangements in Super Mario 64, its remake, New Super Mario Bros., Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Super Baby A Sticker of Super Baby in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Yoshi's Island DS Launch Resistance +6

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パワフルちゃん[11]
Pawafuru Aka-chan
Powerful Baby
Chinese 无敌宝宝
Wúdí Bǎobǎo
Wúdí Mǎlì'ōu Bǎobǎo
Invincibility Baby

Invincibility Baby Mario
Dutch Superster Mario Superstar Mario
French Mario Costaud Tough Mario
Italian Mario Superstar Superstar Mario
Russian Малыш Марио-суперзвезда
Malysh Mario-superzvezda
Superstar Baby Mario


  1. ^ Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 instruction booklet, page 26.
  2. ^ Yoshi's Island DS instruction booklet, page 20.
  3. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island instruction booklet, page 18.
  4. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go instruction booklet, page 24.
  5. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 11.
  6. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 72.
  7. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 77, page 16.
  8. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 77, page 24.
  9. ^ Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Characters Tab.
  10. ^ Haou Magazine, September 1995 issue interview with Shigeru Miyamoto. (English translation by Blackoak, retrieved March 08, 2016)
  11. ^ Super Mario: Yossy Island instruction booklet, page 17.