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I've spent plenty of time discussing my love for the Mario series in articles and on Replay, and playing through Super Mario 3D Land brought back lots of great memories. Nintendo fans are thrilled about the game's inclusion of the classic Tanooki suit, so I put together my ten favorite Mario power-ups in honor of its return.
10. Wing Cap
If you saw our Replay of Super Mario 64, you'll remember that I was the only one defending the wing cap. While the other guys on that episode seemed to have issues with the control, I thought flying over the Mushroom Kingdom in 3D for the first time was a great experience. You never really did much other than soar around and collect coins, but it was fun while it lasted.
9. Boomerang Suit
Super Mario 3D Land isn't all about nostalgia and fan service, as it introduces some new suits to the mix. My favorite of the new power-ups was the boomerang suit, which you can acquire from a boomerang flower or the occasional Hammer Brother. The blue projectile works great for taking out enemies, and you can even hop over its return trip if you want to whip it around like that sweet throwing star in Ninja Gaiden.
8. Invincibility Star
One of the few power-ups with its own (unmistakable) theme song, the invincibility star is a staple of the Mario series. Outside of an awesome somersault jump in Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario 3D Land, it doesn't change the way Mario moves at all. Instead, it simply makes him unstoppable. Sprinting through crowds of Goombas is fun, but my favorite levels were the ones from SMB 3 that required you to collect successive stars so you could cross over those chompy flower jerks.
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Cloud Suit Mario=best 3D power up hands down. Good list
Nice to see the awesome Kuribo's Shoe on the list, which to me always looked more like a boxing glove. And ahhh, the cape. I still remember the moment when I actually figured out how to use it. SMB 3 and SMW are incredible games.
The Cape is my favorite. I hope they bring it back in a new game, like the Tanooki Suit for Super Mario 3D Land.
the copter-block in 3D land is pretty sweet.
This list makes me want to play all of my Mario games, lol. Awesome list Dan. Can't wait to play the new mario at christmas. :)
the cape was awesome. nuff said.
Wheres the blue,red,and yellow yoshis from SMW?
Idk if you consider yoshi to be a power up but if so he's the best. And where's the propeller hat from new super Mario bros?
I love turning into the Tanooki statues... too bad they're useless. That's why the Cape is my favorite, from my favorite Mario game!
People often forget about the bog-standard mushroom. That handy item embiggens Mario and essentially doubles his life - it's the most found item in all Mario games, but undoubtedly one of the most useful. Can you imagine if they removed it? Those games would be considerably harder.
I love the cloud suit also the tanooki suit
I'm not a big Mario guy but I love the fire flower.