Super Mario 3D World: Is Daisy in the Game?

Does Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury include a secret playable character? Here's what we know about Daisy:

Super Mario Daisy
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While Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury includes more than enough content to keep Super Mario fans busy while we wait for Super Mario Odyssey 2 (or whatever comes next), fans can’t help but talk about Daisy: a character that doesn’t initially appear be in the game.

See, much like Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D World lets you choose between several playable characters that have their own unique abilities. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad are available from the start, and you’ll be able to unlock Rosalina later on after you’ve completed the necessary objectives. You’ll also be able to play as Captain Toad in special bonus stages.

Where does Daisy fit into all of this? Well, going off of what’s in the Wii U edition of the game, she doesn’t. Daisy wasn’t a playable character in the Wii U version of Super Mario 3D World, and there has been no official word she’s featured in the recent port of the game in any other capacity. However, a strange rumor that’s only grown since it was proposed suggests that Daisy is in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury as one of the port’s hidden characters.

Are the rumors true? That’s the question we’ll try to answer as we take a look at what we know so far about Daisy and whether or not she’s actually in Super Mario 3D World.

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Why Are there Rumors That Daisy is in Super Mario 3D World?

This shouldn’t surprise you if you’ve been following our coverage of the Bowser’s Fury DLC, but the genesis of the Daisy rumor is a picture of a cat. To be more specific, this is the cat that’s causing all the trouble:

As you can see in that photo, there’s a cat in Bowser’s Fury that kind of shares Daisy’s basic color scheme. That may not be such a big deal if it weren’t for the fact that there are other cats in the DLC with color pallets that also kind of resemble some of the other playable characters in the game. There have also been loose rumors of Daisy’s involvement ever since Rosalina was discovered in Super Mario 3D World as a (somewhat) surprise unlockable character.

No, that doesn’t give us much to work with, but Daisy and Nintendo fans looking for more original Super Mario 3D World content than we’ve seen so far remain hopeful that the character is somewhere in the game.

Is Daisy a Playable Character in Super Mario 3D World or Bowser’s Fury?

Based on everything that we’ve seen, heard, and played of Super Mario 3D World so far, the simplest answer to that question seems to be “no.”

As we mentioned, this rumor was born from images of a cat that kind of resembles Daisy. Well, that cat has been found in the Bowser’s Fury DLC, and it turns out they’re actually the star of a side quest that sees you return a litter of lost kittens to them.

What happens when you return all of the kittens? Some hoped that the cat would turn into Daisy or unlocks Daisy in some other way, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The only immediate reward for taking on the task is the satisfaction of seeing a bunch of cute kittens returned to their mom and an unlockable Cat Shine. You can see the whole thing play out in this video:

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What about the Cat Shines, though? Is it possible that discovering all of them unlocks Daisy somehow? That’s another popular theory at the moment, but again, that doesn’t seem to be the case. You can unlock a secret ending by collecting all of the Cat Shines, but so far as we can tell, you don’t unlock Daisy or any other playable characters by doing so.

There’s been no lack of effort so far, but it doesn’t seem that anyone has found a way to unlock Daisy as a playable character in any of Super Mario 3D World‘s levels or the Bowser’s Fury DLC.

Is it Possible That Daisy Is Still Hidden in Super Mario 3D World?

While we can’t rule out anything at this time given that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury was just released and fans are still searching it for clues, there’s been no indication that Daisy is in the game in any way, shape, or form.

Not all hope is lost, though. Not only are fans still looking for signs of Daisy, but there’s a popular theory at the moment that Nintendo is getting ready to reveal the next major Super Mario game. If the cries for Daisy as a playable character grow loud enough, there’s a chance that she could be featured in the next game in some way.

Then again, given Nintendo’s history of slowly addressing fan requests, maybe it’s best to stick to Super Mario games that Daisy is already in such as Super Smash Bros., Mario Tennis, and Mario Party.

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