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Author Topic: P Switch, P Wing... What's the "P"?  (Read 11156 times)

« on: September 30, 2017, 11:39:21 PM »
Has there ever been official word on what the "P" stands for in these objects' names? Or how about the "N' on the backs of the cards in SMB3's matching game? Is a P-Wing related to a G-string?
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 02:16:11 AM »
I thought it was power but I found this from a quick web search on the Mario Wiki.

'The P-Wing (originally Magic Wing) is a special item that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3. The "P" stands for Paratroopa or Patapata (the Japanese name for that enemy). It is a successor to the power-up simply known as the Wing.'
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2017, 08:17:09 AM »
Mario Wiki only knows this because it was revealed in an Iwata Asks interview. (Though for some reason it refuses to load. Anybody have any idea why?)

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2017, 02:32:25 PM »
Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced several enemy-based items:
Jugem/Lakitu's Cloud
Kuribo/Goomba's Shoe
Hammer (Bros.) Suit
and the P-Wing (Patapata/Paratroopa Wing)

The name Patapata Wing was part of the original SMB3 Japanese manual.

However, it also fills the P-Meter, or Power Meter, and derivative power-ups like the P-Acorn don't really make sense with the Patapata name. P also officially stands for Power in the case of the P-Balloon. I'd guess it's the same for the other occurrences.

The N-mark spade card is a reference to Nintendo's playing card designs, which refers to Nintendo.


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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 05:43:11 PM »
Do adblockers assume the interview is an ad or does Nintendo do that deliberately like other major websites?

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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 06:44:19 PM »
There is a tracking script embedded in the article that breaks the loader when it is blocked. I don't think it was intentionally done, just sloppy.

« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 02:01:20 AM »
Thanks for the answers, fellas.
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