Wing Cap

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Wing Cap
WingCap SM64.png
Mario's cap with wings

First appearance

Super Mario 64 (1996)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Effect on player

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 (by holding 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 only be obtained from a red ! Block, which will become solid upon hitting the red ! 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 Wing Cap does not, as it is replaced by a feather (with both the form and the item referred to as Wings[3] in English) 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, Wario, or Luigi to acquire wings in the single-player mode of the game. However, the feathers are located in two of the game's multiplayer stages: Sunshine Isles and Battle Fort. They add wings to their 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 Pack in Minecraft, the original game's feather is replaced with one of the wings to the Wing Cap.

Course locations[edit]

There is also a red ! Block (? Block in the remake) on the roof of Peach's 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.


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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 when Mario turns into Balloon Mario after obtaining a Power Flower.

This theme is a cover of the music heard when Baby Mario transforms into Superstar Mario, as well as the music heard in certain bonus rooms in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, which 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 melody. The theme was reused in New Super Mario Bros. as the invincibility theme, and was later remixed 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."


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
French Casquettes ailées[5] Winged Cap
Chinese (Simplified) 飞行帽
Fēixíng Mào
Flying Cap


Language Name Meaning
Japanese 羽根[6]
Chinese (Simplified) 羽毛[7]


  • In the Wii U version of Rayman Legends, there is an exclusive Mario costume for Rayman. If Rayman flutters while wearing this outfit, wings appear on his cap, referencing the Wing Cap.
  • In both versions of Nintendo Monopoly, there is a Coin Block/Brick Block card that reads "Purchase a Wing Cap - Pay $50."
  • In a preview for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the gliding power-up was described as a winged "Cap" rather than the Carrot, and the screenshot was blacked out.[8] It is possible that the design was decided later in development, and it might have resembled the Wing Cap.


  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 manual, page 18.
  4. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese manual, page 19.
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  6. ^ Super Mario 64 DS Japanese manual, page 18.
  7. ^ Official Chinese website for Super Mario 64 DS. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5, page 54.