Become familiar with Mario’s tools of the trade.
In franchise tradition, Super Mario 3D World includes a variety of Power-Ups and Items to help you defeat Bowser. Even better, all characters can use them. Not only do they grant access to boomerangs and fireballs, but you may also need a specific item to obtain Green Stars or reach a new area. Then we have Cat Mario. Meow!
With this in mind, here’s a list of every Power-Up and Item in Super Mario 3D World.
Super Mario 3D World Power-Ups
Super Mushroom: A Mario staple, this adorable fungus transforms your hero into Super Mario.
Super Bell: This turns your character into a Cat.
What Can I do as Cat Mario?
Claw: Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), 1 (Wii Remote), B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Pounce: ZL + Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), B + 1 (Wii Remote), Z + B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Claw Dive While in Midair: Hold Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), Hold 1(Wii Remote), Hold B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Climb Walls: Tilt L after jumping towards a wall (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), press D-Pad after jumping towards a wall (Wii Remote), Tilt analog stick after jumping towards a wall (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Super Leaf: Yes, the Tanooki Suit makes a welcome reappearance in Super Mario 3D World.
What Can I do as Tanooki Mario?
Tail Attack: Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), 1 (Wii Remote), B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Tail Spin: ZL + Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), B + 1 (Wii Remote), Z + B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Float Down in Midair: Hold B (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), Hold 2 (Wii Remote), Hold A (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Boomerang Flower: As the name implies, this imbues your character with the ability to throw boomerangs.
What Can I do as Boomerang Mario?
Throw Boomerang: Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), 1 (Wii Remote), B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Fire Flower: This one’s just as old as the Super Mushroom. Prepare to toss some fireballs.
What Can I do as Fire Mario?
Throw Fireballs: Y (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), 1 (Wii Remote), B (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Double Cherry: Seeing double? Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your vision. Picking up the Double Cherry adds another Mario (or Peach/Toad/Luigi) to your team, depending on the character you chose.
Mega Mushroom: Your hero becomes super sized with this Power-Up. Not only can he or she smash through objects, but also enemies without taking damage.
Propeller Box: Use this to fly upwards.
How do I use the Propeller Box?
Fly Upwards: Hold B (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), Hold 2 (Wii Remote), Hold A (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Cannon Box: Enemies won’t stand a chance against an infinite number of cannonballs. This weapon fires automatically, or you can charge up a shot if you prefer.
How do I use the Cannon Box?
Supercharged Shot: Hold Y, then release (Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller), Hold 1, then release (Wii Remote), Hold B, then release (Wii Remote and Nunchuck)
Lucky Bell: Same as Cat Mario, except you can turn into an invincible golden statue.
Beam Box: Shines a ray of light in the direction you face. Lights up dark portions of a stage and permanently destroys Boos.
Super Mario 3D World Items
Gold Coin: Grab 100 of these to receive an extra life.
Blue/Red/Green Coins: You’ll see these coins after jumping into or touching a Star Ring of the same color. Then you must collect all the coins before time runs out. Red coins produce a Power-Up, while Blue and Green coins usually lead to a collectible Green Star.
1-Up Mushroom: Always collect these green mushrooms to score an extra life.
+ Clock: The big green one adds 100 seconds to the timer, while the little blue ones add 10 seconds. Sometimes that’s all you need to reach the Goal Pole.
Super Star: Makes Mario and friends temporarily invincible.
Green Star: Levels feature three of these hidden collectibles, while sub levels (World 1-A, for example) contain one. You’ll need to get them all as part of 100 percent completion of the game. On top of that, you must have a specific number of Stars to unlock key levels in the game.
Stamp: There’s one hidden in every level, though you’ll also be able to snag one here or there. Then you can attach these Stamps to your Miiverse posts.
Ice Skate: Found in the snowy levels, the Ice Skate prevents you from slipping on ice with the tradeoff of reduced jumping ability.
Goomba Mask: Put one of these on to fool enemies into thinking you’re one of them!
Koopa Shells: Did you know Mario and friends can ride inside Koopa Shells and destroy enemies? Pick one up with the Y or X buttons, then hold the ZL or ZR buttons. You may also find rare gold shells that produce a ton of gold coins when kicked.
Head back for the rest of our Super Mario 3D World guide.