Super Mario 3DS: Most Wanted Suits
Gamers cannot live on Tanooki alone.
Nintendo sent fans into a frenzy when the company announced Super Mario 3DS, the plumber's first adventure on the new handheld.
In many ways, the game feels like the spiritual successor to Super Mario Bros. 3, the universally beloved NES classic. Similar to the 8-bit sensation, players will navigate through dangerous airships and square off against Bowser's annoying kids.
Most importantly, they'll don the famous Tanooki suit, which grants Mario the ability to hover for brief periods of time and smack enemies with his raccoon tail.
That said, and this being a Mario game, we expect the developers to include additional suits to give players that all-important edge.
On that note, here are the suits we'd most like to see.
We already know that Super Mario 3DS has water levels, so the frog suit from Super Mario Bros. 3 would help Nintendo's mascot swim better than Michael Phelps.
Nabbing underwater coins is a huge pain unless Mario transforms into metal and sinks like a stone. Then he can walk around with ease.
A Super Mario Bros. 3 staple, this silly looking boot comes in handy for safely jumping on dangerous Piranha plants and other hazards.
With this useful power-up, Mario dons a cape and flies through the air collecting hard to reach coins. Sure beats hovering.
First seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Penguin Suit lets Mario hit and freeze enemies with snowballs. He also receives better traction on ice.
Mario climbs the walls, literally, while wearing this adorable suit that also grants him the gift of flight, at least temporarily.
It's time for Nintendo to throw open the closet and brush the dust off Mario's rabbit ears, last seen in the 1992 Game Boy classic, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. The hovering ability is OK, but we're much more interesting in jumping higher.
Instead of flying, Mario can rely on this nifty suit that lets him create up to three clouds that double as platforms.