Superstar Mario

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Superstar Mario
Artwork of Super Baby from Yoshi Touch & Go (later reused in Yoshi's Island DS)
Applies to 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][3] (also known as Powerful Mario,[4] Super Baby,[5][6] Super Mario,[7] Super Baby Mario,[8] Super Mario Baby,[9] or Caped Mario[10]) is the form Baby Mario obtains when he comes in contact with a Super Star in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (and its reissue), Yoshi Touch & Go, and Yoshi's Island DS. Baby Mario gets a Super Cape,[11] and the Yoshi turns into a Giant Egg. After the time runs out, the 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 mustachioed adult Mario, but it was pointed out this concept would seem strange. Shigeru Miyamoto joked he still prefers this early idea to the final version.[12] Sprites related to this concept can be found in development assets.[13]

Powerful Mario appears as Baby Mario's power-up in Super Mario-kun's fourteenth volume, 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 it 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, Super Mario 64 DS, New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2.


Audio.svg パワフル赤ちゃん - Powerful Infant
File infoMedia:SMW2YI Powerful Infant.oga
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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 Touch & Go Launch Resistance +6


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パワフルちゃん[14]
Pawafuru Aka-chan
Powerful Baby

Chinese (simplified) 无敌宝宝
Wúdí Bǎobǎo
Wúdí Mǎlì'ōu Bǎobǎo
Invincibility Baby

Invincibility Baby Mario

Chinese (traditional) 無敵瑪利歐寶寶
Wúdí Mǎlì'ōu Bǎobǎo
Invincible Baby Mario

Dutch Superster Mario
Superstar Mario
French Mario Costaud
Tough Mario
Italian Mario Potente[15] (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Mario Superstar/superstar (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3)
Super Baby (Yoshi Touch & Go)
Baby Mario Superstar (Yoshi's Island DS, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Baby Mario (Super Baby) (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Powerful Mario
Superstar Mario
Superstar Baby 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 Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
  4. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island instruction booklet, page 18.
  5. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go instruction booklet, page 24.
  6. ^ Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker
  7. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 11.
  8. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 72.
  9. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 77, page 16.
  10. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 77, page 24.
  11. ^ Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Characters Tab.
  12. ^ Haou Magazine, September 1995 issue interview with Shigeru Miyamoto. (English translation by Blackoak, retrieved March 08, 2016)
  13. ^ Development:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/Sprites#Mario. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  14. ^ Super Mario: Yossy Island instruction booklet, page 17.
  15. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island GIG's manual, pag. 10