Wing Cap

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
Wing Cap
WingCap SM64.png
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Turns Mario into Wing Mario, letting him fly for a limited time

The Wing Cap, or Winged Cap,[1][2] is an item found in Super Mario 64. It is Mario's signature power-up in Super Mario 64, being shown on the game's box art and a majority of its merchandise. When wearing a Wing Cap, Mario becomes Wing Mario and gains the ability to fly and slow his falls (when the player holds A Button), like with the Super Leaf and Cape Feather from previous games. Mario can begin flying by performing a Triple Jump (which can be done in place in that form) or by getting shot from a cannon. The item can be obtained only from a red block, which becomes solid upon Mario hitting the Wing Cap Switch in the Tower of the Wing Cap course. The wings last for 60 seconds before wearing off.

The "Wings" item from Super Mario 64 DS

While Wing Mario returns in Super Mario 64 DS, the original Wing Cap is replaced by a white feather (with both the form and the item referred to as Wings[3] in English, although instances of "Wing cap" remain in-game) that only Mario can use, which can drop from red blocks. The form does not slow down descent as effectively in this version, as Mario can now take fall damage even when slowly descending. It is not possible for Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario to acquire wings in the single-player mode of the game. However, the feathers are located in VS Item Blocks in two of the VS mode courses: Sunshine Isles and Battle Fort. They add wings to the character's cap regardless of who picks them up. In the case of Yoshi, he grows wings on his back.

Mario can be seen wearing the Wing Cap in one of Mario Party's title screens, where he is shown flying through the air in Mario's Rainbow Castle.

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, the original game's feather is replaced by one of the wings to the Wing Cap.

Course locations[edit]

Regular courses[edit]

Secret courses[edit]

There is also a red block on the roof of the Mushroom Castle. When all 120 (N64)/150 (DS) Power Stars are collected, the cannon on the Castle Grounds is unlocked, allowing players to easily access the roof.


Audio.svg Wing Cap - Wing Cap theme
File infoMedia:SM64-Wing Cap.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

The Wing Cap theme also plays when Mario rides on a Green Shell or becomes Vanish Mario. Also, in the Nintendo DS remake, a slower-paced version plays when Hoot is carrying Mario, and a different slower-paced version plays when Mario turns into Balloon Mario after obtaining a Power Flower.

This theme is a cover of the music heard in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island when Baby Mario transforms into Superstar Mario, as well as the music played in certain bonus rooms in said game. The Yoshi's Island theme is in turn is a cover of the music that plays when Mario acquires a Super Star in the original Super Mario Bros. but with an added countermelody. This theme was reused in New Super Mario Bros. as the invincibility theme, and it was later rearranged for Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the equivalent Rainbow Star power-up.


Super Mario 3D All-Stars[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Transform into Wing Mario and triple-jump or get fired out of a cannon to fly though the air."


For full gallery, see here.

Names in other languages[edit]

Wing Cap[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 羽根ぼうし[4]
Hane Bōshi
Hane no Bōshi
Wing Cap
Chinese (Simplified) 飞行帽
Fēixíng Mào
Flying Cap
French Casquettes ailées[5] Winged Cap
German Flügel-Kappe Wing Cap
Italian Cappello Ala[6]
Cappello Alato
Wing Cap
Winged Cap


Language Name Meaning
Japanese 羽根[7]
Feather; note that the same word can also translate to "Wings"
Chinese (Simplified) 羽毛[8]



  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #44, page 28.
  2. ^ Bath, Prima. Ultimate Nintendo 64 Pocket Power Guide, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 58.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 DS English instruction booklet, page 18.
  4. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Super Mario 64 instruction booklet, pag. 38
  7. ^ Super Mario 64 DS Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.
  8. ^ Official Chinese website for Super Mario 64 DS. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5, page 54.