Super Mario 3D World items: All powerups and what they do

Super Mario 3d World Bowsers Fury Bowser Blue Toad Peach Luigi Mario
Super Mario 3d World Bowsers Fury Bowser Blue Toad Peach Luigi Mario (Image credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo is continuing to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. by releasing Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on February 12. The game combines Super Mario 3D World, which originally came out for the Wii U in 2013, with a short new segment called Bowser's Fury.

In Super Mario 3D World, up to four players work together and engage in a bit of friendly competition as they try to rescue the Sprixies from Bowser's clutches. As they run and jump through courses, players will find various powerups that will give them new abilities that help them fight and move. Some will be very familiar to players of Super Mario Odyssey, which is one of the best Nintendo Switch games, while others are unique Super Mario 3D World items. Here are all the powerups you can look out for and what they'll do for your character.

Super Mario 3D World items

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ImageItemWhat it doesHeader Cell - Column 3
Row 0 - Cell 0 Boomerang FlowerAllows players to throw a boomerang which can be used to either hit enemies at long range or grab faraway objects.Row 0 - Cell 3
Row 1 - Cell 0 Double CherryYou can use this powerup to create up to five duplicates of your character. It's helpful when fighting lots of enemies and also needed to let you simultaneously trigger some of the game's switches and platforms.Row 1 - Cell 3
Row 2 - Cell 0 Fire FlowerJust like its classic Super Mario Bros. incarnation, this lets you throw fireballs at enemies to knock them out. It can also be used to light torches.Row 2 - Cell 3
Row 3 - Cell 0 Invincibility LeafHaving trouble beating a level? An Assist Block will release this item if you've died more than five times during a course, transforming you into a white Tanooki that can only die from falling off platforms.Row 3 - Cell 3
Row 4 - Cell 0 Lucky BellGain cat-like features that let you scratch, pounce, and climb. You'll also be able to ground pound to turn into a golden statue, which you'll need to do in order to defeat certain enemies.Row 4 - Cell 3
Row 5 - Cell 0 Mega MushroomGrow to gigantic size for a short period of time, allowing you to smash through obstacles and enemies.Row 5 - Cell 3
Row 6 - Cell 0 Super BellTransform into a cat that can climb walls and poles and attack enemies with your claws.Row 6 - Cell 3
Row 7 - Cell 0 Super LeafTurn into a racoon like in Super Mario 3, gaining the ability to use your tail to attack foes and to extend jumps by floating.Row 7 - Cell 3
Row 8 - Cell 0 Super MushroomThe classic powerup makes the character grow in size. If you're already large, grabbing the mushroom will increase your score.Row 8 - Cell 3
Row 9 - Cell 0 Super StarAnother classic, this powerup gives you a burst of invulnerability that also lets you kill almost any enemy you touch. You'll also run faster and flash while it's active, so make sure it hasn't run out before colliding with a foe.Row 9 - Cell 3

The power is yours

Be sure to look out for these powerups as you adventure through Super Mario 3D World, as you'll need them to succeed against Bowser and to rack up high scores when competing against your friends. Be sure to preorder Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and check back here for more information on the game ahead of and after its February 12 release date.

Samantha Nelson

Samantha Nelson writes about gaming and electronics for iMore, Windows Central and Android Central while also covering nerd culture for publications including IGN and Polygon. She loves superheroes, RPGs, cooking, and spending time outside with her dog. You can follow her on Twitter @samanthanelson1.