Super Mario has thrown fireballs for about three decades. In Super Mario 3D Land next month, he'll throw a boomerang in what Nintendo is saying is a tribute to The Legend of Zelda, a series that turns 25 this year.
Mario can throw a boomerang when he dons the Boomerang Suit, one of several power-ups in the portable Nintendo 3DS game, along with a Propellor Suit, a Raccoon Suit and maybe more.
Nintendo has also made a level in the game that's a throw-back to the top-down dungeons of the original Legend of Zelda. (We showed a glimpse of that in June.)