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======= World 1 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle W: Warp Zone Cannon GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House BT: Background Toad House (only appears after you beat the game) X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. BT GT MT /--- 5 ----------\ * * | | | | * *^x5 |^x5 | | | S --- 1 --- 2 --- 3 --- X --- T --- 4 --------- X \---GT X --- C * * * |vx5 | * * * | | ****RT **** **** W IT --- A ---------------/ Stage 1-1 --------- In this opening stage, you should expect nothing out of the ordinary, aside from the basics in a Mario game. Go right and hit the second block to get a Mushroom, then stomp some Goombas as you continue onward. If you jump onto the block formation ahead and hit the high block enough times, you will get a bunch of coins, as well as another Mushroom (which you'll most likely be storing right now). Up ahead, hit the lone block and you can take a Mega Mushroom if you're in the mood for wreaking havoc in the region, as well as gaining a 1-Up or so. Hop over a pit and jump from the pipe to reach some high blocks, then jump to grab Star Coin #1. At the next block formation, hit the top middle block to make a beanstalk appear. Climb it to a secret cloud area, where you can jump through a Red Ring to make 8 Red Coins appear for a limited time. Collect them all and you will receive a 1-Up, then drop down to the area below once more. On the ground again, backtrack to the left a little and go down the pipe into an underground area. Collect some coins and crush some Goombas, and collect Star Coin #2 at the far right before going through the exit pipe. Above ground once more, go back left and ground pound through some blocks to reach Star Coin #3. With your obligations done here, simply head right to the steps. Jump up them and hop over to the flagpole to exit the first stage! Stage 1-2 --------- You start this underground stage in a ground pound, dropping through some blocks to collect coins below (assuming you're Super Mario). Hit the first block to the right to get an item (Mushroom or Fire Flower), and ground pound some more to collect coins if you desire. For added coinage, you can ground pound into a hidden area below and grab 24 coins before springing/jumping back to the upper path. Run and jump onto the blocks in the air so you can reach Star Coin #1 in the upper alcove, then go down and continue right. Get through some Goombas and a Koopa Troopa, and you will reach a block formation with Star Coin #2 in the middle. Jump on the Koopa Troopa and kick its shell to break through the blocks, netting you the coin in the process. Go right some more and run/jump across the giant tilting platforms. When you reach the second tilting ledge, first thing you should do is get rid of the Koopa Troopa walking on it. Then, stand on the left side and run to the right, causing it to sharply tilt upward to the right. Run up the hill and jump onto the ceiling, and run right above the first pipe to a hidden room (don't do this and go into the pipe only to access the regular exit leading to Stage 1-3). In the hidden room, pick up Star Coin #3 and go through the pipe to reach the secret goal, which opens up a shortcut to the Tower on the world map. Stage 1-3 --------- Here, you will be faced with a whole load of tall mushroom platforms. Head right and jump across some platforms, collecting coins and crushing Goombas along the way. When you reach the Spin Block, jump onto it and fly upward to the next ledge. If you want to land quickly, simply press Down on the Control Pad to perform a spinning drill stomp. Jump onto the second Spin Block and float upward while spinning. Bounce on the mushroom platform to reach Star Coin #1 above you. Then, glide to the right while following a coin trail through the air. If you choose to fall, there are platforms below, so don't worry about that. You can jump to an upper mushroom platform to receive Star Coin #2 at the end of said coin trail. Further along, there are a series of tilted platforms that move up and down, so jump across them to reach Star Coin #3. Up ahead is a Red Ring which you can jump through to collect 8 Red Coins and gain an extra life. Either way, continue right across a few more wobbling platforms to reach the flagpole. Tower ----- In the very first tower you'll face, there are Dry Bones enemies, which are impervious to fireballs and will just come back to life after a few moments if you jump on them. Anyway, jump up the ledges and through the openings when the gray blocks move apart. Be careful that you don't get crushed between the gray blocks when jumping between them to reach an upper ledge, though! For the next part, wait for the entire formation of gray blocks to move down, then run left/right across the area when the opening appears. Then, jump up to the ledge above you and run back across at the next opening. At the top of this formation, go right and collect Star Coin #1. Get to the left side and jump up a couple ledges to reach a pipe. Go down the pipe and you will be launched straight up to a small ledge. A line of coins will also appear below you. Slide down the left wall, collecting all the coins, then wall jump to the ledge with the door. Go inside and jump to get Star Coin #2, then exit through the lower door. NOTE: If you are Shell Mario and you go into this room, jump to the northeast opening and walk into a hidden room. There, use your shell form to break through the blocks leading to the red pipe to the right. Then, jump to the flagpole and you will open up the Cannon stage outside. You will be to the right of the pipe now. Jump upward into the room ahead and wait for the gray blocks to recede, then jump up the blocks one at a time to reach the top. Be careful of the spikes to the left, though. At the top, you will find Star Coin #3. Above you are a series of gray blocks that will come together before withdrawing. When there are openings, jump to avoid being crushed. For the final part, hop into the pipe when the area above opens, and you will be shot up to the top section. Then, enter the door to face off with Bowser Jr. The fights with Bowser Jr. are reminiscent of Koopaling/Boom-Boom fights in Super Mario 3. Bowser Jr. will run back and forth trying to hit you, and all you have to do is jump on his head 3 times to win. You can also shoot fireballs to defeat him from a distance. Regardless of how you do it, once he is defeated, the stage is over. Stage 1-4 --------- Here, slide down the hills and defeat some enemies along the way. You will see a really skinny pipe below and a low passage leading to it, as you pass above them. Drop to the right and hit the blocks to get a Mini Mushroom to shrink down to Mini Mario. Then, go left and through that passage, and head down that pipe. Run across the water and collect the coins, then wall jump at the other end to reach Star Coin #1. Go back across the water and jump up to reach the exit pipe on the ledge. Above ground again, go down the hill with the constant stream of Goombas flowing from a pipe at the top. To the right, hit the center ? block to get a Mushroom to become regular-sized again. Jump on the Koopa Troopa and carry its shell to the top of the block formation to the right, and let go. Let the shell break all the blocks, giving you access to the pipe below. Go into the pipe and head all the way right (do NOT collect the coins in the air!). Hit the right block at the end to reveal a P switch. Hit it to make the coins turn into blocks; jump onto the temporary ledges and go left to collect Star Coin #2. Go right to exit the room, and you will be outside once more. Now, backtrack to the left a bit, to the large block formation. Wall jump to get past it, then jump on the Koopa Troopa and pick up its shell. Now, head back right past the Goomba pipe and you will come to a downhill slope. Run down the hill and go right to a low passage which you cannot fit through because of a low ceiling and a pit. Throw the shell down that hill and it'll cross the pit, and then it will go up the other side to collect Star Coin #3 for you. With that settled, go back left and jump to the higher ledge, and continue to the right. Go up another hill, watching out for the constant supply of Goombas coming at you, then jump to the flagpole for the finish. Stage 1-5 --------- Here in this mushroom platform stage, much of the area will be dominated by the bouncy platforms. Bounce to the right, and double jump to reach Star Coin #1 high in the air. Then, continue to the right, past a bunch of Koopa Troopas on the platforms below (you can kick the first one's shell to the right and follow it to gain lots of points, and eventually an extra life). Up ahead, jump onto the hanging platforms (the ones where if you stand on one, it will sink and the other one rises). From there, jump onto the higher ledge with Star Coin #2 atop it. You will now encounter some normal mushroom ledges that you can walk on. Go right until you reach the next set of hanging platforms, and use them to jump into the upside-down pipe above. Ride the wobbling mushroom platform to the right in this area, while jumping to collect coins along the way. Near the end, you can jump to get Star Coin #3 in the middle of a coin formation. At the end of the ride, drop down to the main stage below. Defeat a couple of Koopa Troopas before continuing right onto the trampoline platforms once more. Jump through a Red Ring and collect the coins for a 1-Up if you want, otherwise keep bouncing to the right until you reach the flagpole. Stage 1-A --------- When you enter this area, go right and down the pipe to go underwater to the main segment of the stage. Down here, swim to the right as the stage automatically scrolls with you. Hit the ? block to get an item (if you are Fire Mario, you can shoot fireballs at the fish enemies to kill them; don't ask me why fire works here, it's a video game!). Collect some coins that are floating in bubbles, and hit the upside-down P switch to make some coins appear in the area ahead. Swim between the bubbles and grab a bunch of coins if you want, as you head to the right. You will spot Star Coin #1 above you, but if you try to swim upward at it, invisible blocks will appear. A block does not exist below and to the right of the coin, so quickly find the opening and grab your coin. Continue to the right, and swim into the upside-down pipe to reach an above ground area. Jump to collect Star Coin #2, then go down the right pipe to submerge once more. Continue swimming to the right, being cautious of the increasing onslaught of sharks coming from behind. Swim through the Red Ring and collect the Red Coins if you want, while avoiding the sharks. Farther to the right, swim toward the middle area to avoid the sharks and you will spot Star Coin #3 on a ledge above you. You will have to swim right and then to the left in order to access it, though. There will be another upside-down P switch for more coin collecting if you wish. If not, then just keep going right to the final pipe leading to the flagpole. Castle ------ The final stage in this and every world is the castle, where you will have to face a world boss. Anyway, start off by jumping to the right and walking across a tightrope of sorts. Avoid the fireball coming out of the lava at the other end, and jump to the next ledge. Go across another rope, then continue right across some rising and falling platforms. Further ahead is a rather lengthy segment of spiky ceilings which will slowly move downward to the floor before rising up again. If you are Shell Mario, you can get through this rather quickly. Halfway through the area with the spiked ceilings, you will reach a safe spot between ceilings with Star Coin #1 above you. When the spiked ceilings around you are down, wall jump to reach the coin. When the ceiling goes up, run to the right and you will have reached the halfway point. Go across a rope and hit the block above you to get an item. Up ahead is a Dry Bones on a low platform that moves up and down. If you wait a few moments, a much smaller block will rise to the right; jump to it and you will claim Star Coin #2. From here, jump to the rope above and continue right. Jump to the second rope and avoid the fireballs, then bounce upward to reach a hidden upside-down pipe (be careful as you run back and forth trying to double jump). In the hidden room above, collect Star Coin #3 before going back down again. From here, go right to the red door. In the final room, go right and you will face off with Bowser at the end. The battlefield is quite familiar as well, for those of you who have played the original Super Mario Bros. Bowser will slowly move towards you, jumping every now and then to spit a fireball in your direction. You can defeat Bowser in a few different ways here. You can run under him when he jumps, and hit the red switch to the right. Secondly, you can jump onto the platform above you and dash jump right over Bowser to hit the switch. If you want a more traditional fight, you can always use fireballs as Fire Mario. Regardless of how you do it, when you win the fight, you will go on to the second world, having completed World 1! ======= World 2 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle P: Pipe W: Warp Zone Cannon GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. IT MT GT IT | | | | |^x5 |^x5 |^x5 |^x5 S --- 1 --- 2 --------- 3 --------- 4 --- T --- X ------- 5 --- X --- 6 --- C * * * * * * * * W *** A --- P ***************IT *************** P Stage 2-1 --------- In the first area in this desert world, hit the second block to get an item, then head up the hill and jump over Pokey (the segmented cactus). Go down and avoid the Spiny, and hit the yellow block a few times, then jump from it to get over the next Pokey. To the right, collect Star Coin #1 in the air, then wait for the Pokey to come down the hill before jumping over it. Continue along the path, jumping over the Pokeys as the platforms they sit on sink. Further ahead, wait for the platform with the Pokey on it to move upward, then jump over the gap to receive Star Coin #2. Keep going to the right and hop over some more Pokeys, then hit a ? block to get another item. Jump across a series of solid platforms while making it over the Pokeys (if you are Fire Mario, you can shoot them down). Collect Star Coin #3 on one of the lower platforms, then continue right into the pipe. (Just before the exit pipe, there are smaller pipes you can enter if you are Mini Mario, which lead to a secret coin room.) When you emerge, go right and hit the center block to find a P switch. Hit it to make the coins above the final Pokey turn into blocks. Jump onto them and make a running leap to the flagpole to finish off the level. Stage 2-2 --------- Here, head to the right and you will soon see Lakitu floating overhead, dropping Spiny enemies on you periodically. Since he is so high up, it may be hard to defeat Lakitu, but it is possible. Head to the right and jump to the higher blocks (hit the ? blocks to get items), then shoot a fireball at Lakitu to knock him out of the cloud. You can then ride in the cloud until it disappears, so take full advantage of this. Fly to the right until you see a bunch of coins surrounded by blocks on the ground, then from that point fly directly upward to find Star Coin #1 high above. Continue to the right and jump over a couple gaps, as well as a Piranha Plant. Past the first plant, ground pound through the blocks in the ground, and go right to grab Star Coin #2. Keep going to the right while avoiding the Lakitu onslaught, and you will reach yellow and green pipes. Go into the green one and it will shoot you high into the air. Hold Up as you rocket upward, and you will enter an upside-down pipe. In this bonus room, hop into either of the green pipes to rocket upward, collecting a whole lot of coins on the way. At the peak of your jump, move to the side to collect Star Coin #3. Go down the red pipe to exit here, then jump to the right onto the tilting mushroom platform. Run up the hill it forms and jump to grab the flagpole at the end. Stage 2-3 --------- From the start, go right and down the pipe into the sewer maze below. Slide down the long hill, defeating numerous Koopa Troopas, then drop down at the end. Go right and wall jump to the hill above the manhole, and run up to get Star Coin #1. Go back down and ground pound on the manhole to drop down some more. Head to the left and hit the block to get an item, then defeat the bat as it swoops down from the ceiling. Go all the way left and ground pound through 3 manholes, then continue right along the lower area. In the next room with the arrow flippers, defeat the Piranha Plant with a fireball if you can, otherwise jump to the higher ledges to avoid it. Make your way around to collect Star Coin #2, then go down and right to a new area. There, go right past the midpoint and slide down another hill. At the bottom, go down and to the right (if you go up and left, you can hit a coin block and jump to a hidden block containing a 1-Up). When you can jump onto a ledge above you, do so and head left to a ? switch. Step on it to make the water rise in the room. So, head right and jump to the top ledge, and swim all the way right through to the following room. NOTE: If you are up for exploring and swim into the opening in the ceiling, you will reach a coin room and a second ? switch on the ceiling. Hit that switch to raise the water some more, allowing you to access a high ledge. Note that if you don't do this quick enough, you can hit the first switch again and the second switch will have already been pressed, saving you some time. When you go outside there, you will reach a secret exit leading to Stage 2-A. In the next area, go right and jump over the giant plant (or kill it with fire), then go up the hill. At the top, jump to the left ledge. Hop onto a ledge to the left, then jump to the right ledge above. Run to the right, dropping off the ledge onto another one, and collect Star Coin #3. From here, drop down to the lower area and head right. Go up another hill and jump up through the thin ledges and out of a manhole above. Go right and jump through the ledge to the top area, and hit the ! switch to the right. This will create a red walkway above the Piranha Plant below, allowing for safe passage to the exit. As soon as you hit the switch, drop through the flippers to the bottom area, then quickly jump up the ledges to the left and run across the walkway before it vanishes. When you exit to the outside, jump onto the springboard if you want added points on the flagpole in front of you. Otherwise, jump at the pole to exit this stage. Stage 2-A --------- In this tropical oasis stage, head right and defeat some Koopa Troopas. You will notice the infamous giant fish in the waters below, which will try to jump and devour you whole. If you are Fire Mario, you can shoot it down temporarily, which majorly helps. Go right and when you reach the chance to take a lower path, do so and you will find Star Coin #1. Jump to the upper ledges and go right some more to find some Spin Blocks. Use them to fly high up in the air and collect a whole lot of coins. Farther to the right you will see Star Coin #2 in the air, so glide downward and to the right to claim it. While spin gliding still, float to the right and land on the Koopa Troopa to launch up into the air once more. Land on the upper ledge and go through the yellow pipe (if you want to get the regular exit leading to the pipe, take the green pipe below). If you took the yellow pipe, jump to claim Star Coin #3 in the next room. After you take the red pipe, go right and jump onto the secret exit flagpole, and you will gain access to the Cannon. Stage 2-4 --------- In this stage, start by going right and hitting the ? block to make a hill form, allowing you to hit the blocks above. Continue to the right, stomping the Goombas and Koopa Troopas along the way. Hop over a gap and take the low path at the other side. Wait for the Piranha Plant to recede into the pipe, then jump to collect Star Coin #1. Drop back down when the plant retreats, then jump to the upper ledge and continue to the right. Go down the hill when it's safe, while avoiding the Piranha Plants along the way. When you hit the water, swim to the right until you can jump onto dry land again (if you are Mini Mario, run across the water to the left and go into the skinny pipe, which will lead to a hidden exit, forming a shortcut on the world map). Instead of going up the dry hill, sink into the water a little and swim to the right underneath the wall. Go down the red pipe in the hidden area, and swim through the room with the Cheep Cheeps. Head up the pipe at the other end, and run left to find Star Coin #2. Next, hit the upside-down ? block to make a hill form leading out of this area. Jump up the hill to the upper ledge and continue to the right. Drop down and hit the blocks to reveal yet another ? block; hit that and a couple of hills will form on the landscape ahead. Jump over or defeat the Piranha Plants along the way, then jump from the second hill onto the upper ledge to the right. Evade or defeat the Hammer Bros here, and collect Star Coin #3 on the middle ledge. After that, go right and defeat a couple more Koopa Troopas. Then, jump up the steps and leap towards the flagpole to exit the stage. Tower ----- In here, go right and jump onto the rotating ledges. Ride them to the right, then hop onto the next side. At the top, jump atop the blue blocks and then onto another set of rotating ledges. Head to the left ledge and defeat a Dry Bones, then grab onto and climb to the left via the rope. Hop up to the upper area, and ride yet another rotating ledge. Up here, ride the platforms to the upper area, then jump to the rope above. Climb to the right, then drop onto the next set of rotating ledges. Use the Red Ring if you want to try for a 1-Up, then go down and right to collect Star Coin #1. Ride the platforms back up to the rope, then go back left and ride the first set of ledges to the upper-left corner. Jump to the small ledge over there to the left. Wall jump to a door high above, and enter that room. You will see a couple of yellow walls hanging from a track above. Constantly wall jump inside this contraption as it rides all along the track. When you reach the upper-right area, drop down and hop up the side ledges, then when the yellow encasement drops down, ride it to the left and jump to receive Star Coin #2. From here, jump to the upper ledge and wall jump in the next yellow encasement above. At the top, drop down and go through the door to exit this room. Drop into the room below and hit the red block to make rotating red blocks appear. Start by jumping across the two rotating blocks you formed, and wall jump upward in the space between the wall and the pipe, hitting the red block in the air. This will make a new block form to the left. Drop down to the ground below and defeat the Dry Bones, then head left. Jump from the far left red block onto the upper triangular rotating platform. From it, jump upward to the newly formed rectangular block, then simply jump into the air to reach Star Coin #3. After this, go back to the right and hop from the red block to reach the rotating blocks. Jump across the blocks, then go into the upside-down red pipe above. In the small room you emerge in, go through the door to meet Bowser Jr. The battle platform will be smaller, so you can fall off and die, so be careful. After the fight, you will clear the tower and move on. Stage 2-5 --------- Over here, head to the right and ground pound the blocks if you want some coins. You will start to encounter block monster enemies, disguised as blocks with a ? block at the bottom. Ground pound through the stack to defeat those. Anyway, go right to the first bunch of them and you will see some coins in the air above a pile of blocks. Wait for the block monster to jump upward, then dash jump toward the coins and with luck you will grab Star Coin #1 in the air above. Further ahead, you will reach several gray blocks with fire snake enemies jumping along them, as well as more of those block monsters. Go to the third set of gray blocks and lure the fire enemy into the pit, then jump onto the block enemy. Face the left to make it run in that direction, then when it jumps, hop up as well to collect Star Coin #2 (this may take some time). Alternatively, there are 3 blocks to the right; hit one to find a P switch, then jump onto the newly formed blocks to reach the star coin. Keep going to the right and you will have to defeat a Boomerang Bro. There will be some quicksand below that platform; sink into it and move to the right. You will see a gray block under the regular exit pipe; jump to that block and go right to enter a hidden room. Drop down all the ledges and go right to a block monster. When it jumps, do a jump as well to reach Star Coin #3. Finally, go back left and jump up the gray blocks to exit this underground room. Then, go right to the flagpole, using the block monster for added height if you so desire. Stage 2-6 --------- In the opening area, jump across the ledges and jump into the upside-down pipe to reach the main area of the level. When you emerge, you will be on a large moving platform for much of the stage. Jump to collect coins, and hit the blocks to get an item. Up ahead you will see Piranha Plants moving on their own platforms. Stay toward the middle of your platform, since two of the plants will end up occupying the edges. When the plant to the right leaves your platform, jump in the air as you pass to get Star Coin #1. Continue along and you will see a second large platform above you; jump onto it to get it moving. Be careful of the up/down moving platforms since the Piranha Plants may sit on them and move around, so try not to run/jump into them if you can help it. Stay on the upper platform and you will soon come to Star Coin #2. Below you will be a giant Piranha Plant, but it won't reach you, so don't worry. Up ahead, the two large platforms will disappear, leaving you on a bunch of smaller ledges. Jump across them, being careful of the plants above you, and jump in the air to collect Star Coin #3. After jumping across several more moving platforms, you will reach the end ledge. There is a Piranha Plant sitting on a cork, which blocks access to the pipe. Jump on the air pump below a few times to remove the cork and plant. Then, go down the pipe and head right to the flagpole. Castle ------ When you start, wait for the giant spiked ball to roll downward and into the pit, then head to the right. Jump over some smaller spiked balls along the way. Grab onto a rope hanging from the ceiling, and swing/jump from it to avoid the spiked ball below, while collecting coins in the air. Go right through the narrow hallway, ducking into the small pits to avoid the spiked balls as they pass. When you reach the split in the path, wall jump to the upper area and grab Star Coin #1 in the alcove. Go back down and continue to the right from here, then go through the door to reach an outside area. Out there, go right and avoid the Bullet Bills being shot at you. When you reach the inner segment, wait for the Bullet Bills to be shot, then jump from them to the upper ledge where Star Coin #2 is waiting. After that, go right and duck when the Bullet Bills are coming at you. At the end, jump onto the ? switch to form a pit below. Jump over the spiked ball and get across that pit, then go up the other side and continue right. Hit a block on the next ledge to get a Mini Mushroom, then head right some more. Avoid the spiked balls as they come down the steps, and run through the tiny passage in between the steps to reach Star Coin #3. Hit the right block to get a Mushroom, then jump out of there and go right. Stomp on the ? switch and a pit will form. Avoid the spiked ball and enter the door at the bottom of the pit. In the next room, go right across the sand and you will reach the boss's chamber. The Mummipokey boss will come out of the sand, will sometimes shoot a sand ball at you, then retreats into the sand before popping up again elsewhere. You will know where the boss is going to appear next by looking at the dust that kicks up in a certain spot. To defeat it, you have to jump on its head 3 times (or use fireballs). You won't always be able to jump and attack, since the boss can either re-emerge very small, or very tall. After you beat the boss, grab the golden key to complete this world. You will then automatically run to the next room, with a sign leading to World 3 pointing to the right. If you beat this boss as Mini Mario, you will drop into the crack in the floor, and the sign will flip around to say World 4 instead. Try beating the boss in both forms and you will unlock both of these worlds! ======= World 3 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle W: Warp Zone Cannon GH: Ghost House GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. /--- 1 ---------\ MT --- 3 --- - ---GH --- - ---\ | | <-x5| * | | | | * | S --- X IT X --- 2 --- T ---/ GT **** W X --- C |vx5 * | * | | | * | * |^x5 | \--------- A ---/ **** B --- - --- C ---------------/ Stage 3-1 --------- In the opening stage of this watery world, go right and down the pipe. When you reach the underwater area, swim to the right and avoid the large and small Cheep Cheeps you encounter. If you hit the first couple of blocks, you can get an item (if you are Fire Mario here, this level will be a breeze). You can swim through a Red Ring in the upper area and collect some Red Coins for a 1-Up. Further ahead, when you pass the midpoint, you will find a mixed item box; hit it when the item you want appears and you will get it. Continue right past some more fish enemies, and you will see some pipes blowing air upward. When you reach the formation of 3 pipes, the middle one will not be blowing air, so drop onto it and go into the room below. Swim to the right in this coin bubble room, and collect Star Coin #1. Go up the pipe to exit this room, then continue to the right. You will spot Star Coin #2 up above, so swim up to it from below, being careful not to get pushed away by the air coming from the pipes. Try your best to avoid the blue fish which will home in on you and try to eat you; fireballs are your best bet here. Keep going right and you will find an upside-down P switch; hit it to turn the blocks into coins. Then, quickly swim to the right and up to get Star Coin #3 before the coins revert back to blocks. Ahead is a more difficult Red Ring/Coin layout, followed by the exit pipe. Go up the pipe to reach dry land, then all that's left is for you to jump to the flagpole and exit. Stage 3-A --------- Here, you will be able to swim around in the water as well as jump along dry land. Head to the right, stomping on the water spiders along the way. There is a Red Ring under the water if you want to check it out. Keep going right for a while until you reach an area where there are outlines of blocks in the air, and a ! switch underwater. Hit the switch, then jump out of the water and onto the red blocks so you can reach the upper-right area. From there, go right and defeat a Koopa Troopa on the platform. Drop into the water to the right and you will see a bunch of blocks, and a water spider dropping bombs to clear said blocks. Move around to clear the entire area while you avoid getting hit yourself, then collect Star Coin #1 when you are able to. Swim to the right and hit the underwater block to get a Mini Mushroom. Go back up to the surface and jump onto the barrels. Bounce off the back of one of the Koopa Troopas to obtain Star Coin #2 high above. Run across the water to the right until you reach the pipe. Go through the pipe to reach the next area of the stage. In this next area, go right across the water and go into the first upside- down pipe you see. There, run across the water and jump to get Star Coin #3 above you. Go down the pipe at the other end, then continue to the right while avoiding the water spiders. Jump across the spinning ledges to the exit pipe, then go into the pipe and head right to the flagpole. Stage 3-2 --------- In this fairly simple area, make your way to the right by going across the wobbling mushroom platforms and stomping Goombas along the way. When you reach the elevator platforms, jump from them to collect coins, then continue right to the midpoint. Go down the yellow pipe and head right to collect Star Coin #1 when the platform tilts high enough for you to jump. Go up the pipe at the far right to exit this room. In the main area again, go right and jump across a series of elevator platforms. At the end, jump to the high ledge to receive Star Coin #2. Continue to the right and you will reach a giant wobbling mushroom platform that moves to the right as you stand on it. You will spot red, yellow, and green pipes overhead. If you want to go for the secret exit, go up the green pipe, then down the right pipe. In the following room, jump across a series of wobbling mushroom platforms to reach the secret flagpole leading to Stage 3-B. If you aren't going for the secret exit though, simply ignore the colored pipes overhead. When you reach the regular platforms again, jump onto them. Go through a Red Ring if you want, otherwise continue to the right and onto another wobbling mushroom platform. Head to the right while on this platform, and you will see a Paratroopa in the air. Try not to kill it early on; instead wait until you see Star Coin #3 above, then bounce off the enemy's head to reach it (make sure your platform is in reach though). You can probably jump to reach it from the platform if the tilt is sharp enough. Continue to the right and jump onto the solid ground, and the flagpole will be up ahead. Stage 3-B --------- In this pipe-filled stage, you will have to deal with plenty of Piranha Plants as you progress. If you are Fire Mario, you will once again have an easy time getting through this. Anyway, make your way to the right while hopping from pipe to pipe, evading the plants if you have to. Up ahead you will find a star coin in an enclosed area below your feet. To reach it, continue to the right and you will find a whole series of pipes. Go down the low red pipe, then head left through the room you turn up in. Avoid the plants and go up the other red pipe to emerge, collecting Star Coin #1 in the process. Go back down and hit the mix item box, then go right and up the first red pipe once again. Back in the pipe maze of sorts, go right and jump onto a yellow pipe. When the coast is clear, jump to the next green pipe. Wall jump between the pipes above you to reach the alcove to the right, where Star Coin #2 is located. Jump back around to reach the lower area, then continue to the right in the same fashion, being cautious of the Piranha Plants. Towards the end, you will find Star Coin #3 below one of the pipes, which you can easily access. From there, simply go right to the flagpole. Stage 3-C --------- Here, you will have to deal with that giant fish that jumps out of the water again. If you are Fire Mario, you can shoot it down each time it appears to help yourself out. Either way, head to the right by jumping from platform to platform. Be careful because some of the smaller platforms (you'll know them when you see them) will fall when you step on them). Go right and sink with the smaller platforms to collect Star Coin #1. Continue to the right and you will have to deal with flying Cheep Cheeps. At least there will be plenty of coins in the air to collect. Pass the midpoint and you will reach a structure with Star Coin #2 under it. If you can kill off the big fish, it will make things much easier for you right now. Go into the water and swim under the coin, then jump up to get it before swimming back out from under this structure. Go right and hit the upside-down P switch to turn the coins into blocks, and to make some blue coins appear in the air. Go right quickly and hit the ? block to receive a Starman, then quickly dash/jump your way to the right. When you reach the platform of blocks (hopefully before they turn back into coins), jump into the red upside-down pipe. When you emerge, fall with the platform below you to get Star Coin #3, then go right to the flagpole. Tower ----- When you enter, you will see 3 pipes on the floor in front of you. The middle one is the only working one, and it will shoot you upward to the fences. Don't grab onto the upper fence yet though; wait until you fall to the second one, then grab onto it by pressing Up. Climb to the left, then jump to the upper-left fence. Defeat some Koopa Troopas by hitting them from above or punching through the fences when they are at the other side. When you get to the top, jump to the upper ledge and jump again to get Star Coin #1. Drop back down to the ground and use the middle pipe to launch a second time. This time, grab onto the fence at the peak of your shot. Make your way to the top fence, then punch through to flip around to the opposite side. Take note that until you hit another flip panel on the fences, you will be behind the fences. Jump onto the regular platforms above and go left, then climb the fence and get to the ledge above. Go left and jump on the Koopa Troopa, then jump and toss its shell to the block wall to the right. Slide under the opening and jump to break the left half of that wall. Wall jump to the room above where another flip panel is located. Go to the right side and climb onto the fence, and punch it to flip back to the front side. Drop down to the left and collect Star Coin #2 now that you are able to do so. Next, go back right and wall jump to the fence you can flip around. Go right and jump to hit the blocks above you, then enter the door there. In this tall room, hit the ! switch to make red blocks appear in the room, but get ready to move fast! Hold B and jump, then quickly climb/jump your way through this room, while avoiding the Koopa Troopas on the fences. If you make it to the top on time, grab Star Coin #3 and enter the next room. In the final room, jump up and left, and go through the door to meet Bowser Jr. There is water below the battle platform that you can fall into, but you shouldn't really worry about that. Pounce on Bowser Jr. 3 times to win, as usual. Stage 3-3 --------- Here, go right and down the green pipe to enter this underwater stage. Down here, you not only have to outmaneuver Cheep Cheeps, but the Bloopers as well. They can get annoying, so hopefully you have a Fire Flower in store for this stage. Swim to the right, collecting coins and hitting the blocks along the way, while avoiding the enemies. Up ahead, you will reach a green pipe followed by what appears to be a pit. Sink all the way down that pit and you will find a hidden room with Star Coin #1 to the left. Also in this deep pit is a ? switch. Hit it and all the pipes to the right will stop shooting air bubbles for a limited time. So, swim back up and go right, and downward. Swim through the Red Ring if you want, otherwise keep going to the right. You will see a series of pipes forming steps; go down the third pipe and you will enter a large coin room. Swim to the bottom-right corner of the room to find Star Coin #2. To exit this room, get to the upper-right area. Swim your way upward through the currents, and continue to the right. You will see an arrow sign pointing at the upside-down pipe above you. Before you go there though, sink to the bottom area through the currents, and collect Star Coin #3. Be quick to swim back up since 4 Bloopers will appear as soon as you grab the coin. Go back up to the top and through the upside-down pipe. Once outside on dry land, simply jump up the pipes and leap towards the flagpole to exit. Ghost House ----------- In this house full of Boos, head to the right. When you reach the steep hill, take the lower path and hit the ? switch to make steps appear. Jump up the hill and slide down the other side. As a note when dealing with ghosts: if you turn your back to them, they will approach you; face them and they will turn away. With that said, continue right. Go into the door you see and hit the blocks inside to find a Boo and an item (Mushroom/Fire Flower). Leave the room and continue going right until you reach the platform that moves up and down. Enter the door to the right of it for now, and bounce on the pumpkin enemies to grab Star Coin #1 in the air. Exit the room and wait for the platform to come down. At that point, hit the ? switch and ride the platform upward. Quickly jump to the steps to the right, then go up them and jump to the upper-left steps. If you reach the top before the steps retract, you will be able to claim Star Coin #2. Go back down and hit the switch again, but this time, continue to the right from the first set of stairs. Go right and down the hill, then turn left at the bottom. Hit the block to reveal a ? switch; hit it to make a door appear above you. Go back right and up the steps, then drop down and head through that door. NOTE: If you want to reach the secret exit that leads to the Cannon, follow these instructions. Hit the last ? switch in the room, then quickly go right and wall jump against the right wall to reach the stairs slightly quicker. Jump up the steps and hop to the left, and go down the next set of steps fast. Once at the bottom, go right and you will see two doors. Go into the left door and you will end up at the secret exit's flagpole. In the new room, first jump up the ledges to the left and you will come to a mixed item box. You will need to be Shell Mario for the next part, so try and stop it on the Blue Shell (if you are unsuccessful, come back later to do this). Drop down to the lower area and head right to the ? switch. Hit it and jump up all the stairs to the very top. Once there, if you are Shell Mario, run and slide in shell form through the blocks to the right, then continue through the opening to get Star Coin #3. When you're done here, go through the door. Now that you are outside of the ghost house, jump up the blocks to the right and leap towards the flagpole to exit this stage. Castle ------ In the first area, there will be a series of giant spiked columns that come crashing down from the ceiling before retracting. Stay back and wait for the first column to go up, then jump across to the next safe ledge. Up ahead you will see Star Coin #1 in a small alcove below; when the spiked columns go up, drop down to get the coin, then stand there and wait for the column to come down and go up again. Continue to the right as you have been, then hit the block at the midpoint to get an item. Go right, being careful of the Whomps (when they fall, ground pound to defeat them). Climb the rope and keep going to the right for now. Hop across the donut blocks in the water, then jump onto the rope hanging from the ceiling. Swing to the left ledge and wall jump through the hole in the ceiling. Up there, go left and drop down to get Star Coin #2, which you passed up earlier. Now, go back to the right and swing from the second rope once again. Jump over the giant Whomp and jump across the donut blocks when the spiked column goes back into the water. On the next platform, hit the block to get an item, then wait for the passage ahead to clear up before dashing/jumping through it. It is possible to clear the entire path if you run and jump straight through without making mistakes. When you make it to the end, you will see the red boss door. Don't enter it at first, instead wait for the spiked column to the right to go back upward. Then, slide under the wall and swim against the left wall until the column goes down and up again. As it goes up, jump to the upper ledge and then onto the high ledge with Star Coin #3 on it. When it's safe to leave, go back down and left, and enter the boss's door. In here, jump over the water pit and go right to face the giant Cheep Cheep boss, Cheepskipper. The large fish, as well as 3 regular-sized Cheep Cheeps will be swimming around below, periodically jumping out to hit you. The battle plan here is to move around and wait for the giant Cheep Cheep to jump out, then you have to jump on its head to cause damage. Do this 3 times to win the fight. With the fight over, collect the golden boss key and you will be on your way to World 5 (or you can select World 4 on the touch screen if you unlocked it)! ======= World 4 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle W: Warp Zone Cannon GH: Ghost House GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. IT IT --- A ---\ GT IT | <-x5| | | | |^x5 |^x5 | |^x5 |^x5 S --- 1 --- 2 --------- 3 --- T --- - --- X X ---GH ------- 5 --- 6 --- C * * | | * * * | | * **********GT ********** \--- 4 *** W Stage 4-1 --------- Starting off this new world, make your way to the right, while stomping Koopa Troopas and hanging spiders along the way. There will be some blocks you can hit, which will give you items. You can also rack up the points rather quickly by bouncing from enemy to enemy. Along the way you will have to bounce from the enemies to reach Star Coin #1 in the air. Continue to the right and you will find Nessie, the friendly sea monster, in the water. When you jump on her back, she will start to move to the right. Be careful of the enemies along the way. When you see Star Coin #2 in the air, jump and bounce off a hanging spider to retrieve it. Continue riding along Nessie until you reach the dry land again, then jump onto the next ledge. NOTE: While riding Nessie, you can reach a secret exit. When you come to the part with 5 blocks you can stand on, jump above the middle one to reveal a hidden block containing a beanstalk. Climb it and go up the pipe, then hop across the spider enemies to reach the secret flagpole. This path will lead to a Green Toad House, as well as provides a shortcut to the Tower. Assuming you didn't take the shortcut, continue riding Nessie until you reach dry land, then jump off her back. Continue to the right by jumping across donut blocks and defeating some spider enemies. Towards the end, drop to the lower donut blocks and hop over the poisonous water to grab Star Coin #3. Then, continue to the right and jump to the flagpole to finish the stage. Stage 4-2 --------- In this area full of mushroom platforms, head to the right by jumping from ledge to ledge. There are purple and orange platforms here as you will see; those are the ones that will tilt sharply as you stand/walk on them, so be very careful. To safely travel across them, keep hopping. When you reach the area with several blocks, hit the first one to get a 1-Up, then continue to the right. When you spot Star Coin #1 in the air, stand on the mushroom platform to tilt it slightly, then wall jump from the high ledge above to reach the coin. From here, hop across a few more purple mushroom platforms and you will come across Star Coin #2 below one of them. Defeat the Koopa Troopa on that platform, then stand at the right edge so it tilts enough, allowing you to get the coin. Make sure you quickly jump up to avoid falling to your death, though. As you continue to the right, you will see some steps and a single block in the ground. Go right and drop onto the mushroom platform, then jump to the left ledge and hit that block from below to reveal a beanstalk. Climb it to reach a hidden cloud area. Jump from the pipe to the upper clouds, then hit the next block to reveal another beanstalk. Climb to the very top of the area to find Star Coin #3, then drop to the bottom cloud and go down the pipe. When you land, simply continue to the right by hopping from platform to platform, until you reach the flagpole. Then, jump onto the pole and the level will be over. Stage 4-3 --------- In here, go down the steps and into the pipe to submerge into the watery area below. There, swim to the right and the screen will start to automatically scroll along with you. Stay along the lower area of the screen, since a giant eel (from Super Mario 64) will pass through the area above you. Up ahead, collect the coins and hit some blocks as you swim along. You will see Star Coin #1 under an alcove ahead, so swim around from the right side to grab it. Swim upward to avoid the eel as it crashes through some blocks. Go through the Red Ring ahead if you want to do the red coin challenge, otherwise move around to avoid the smaller eels popping out of the walls, as well as the giant eel when it makes another pass above you. Near the bottom of the screen is Star Coin #2, so swim down to get it while avoiding the small eels on both sides. Further ahead, you will spot a ? switch on the ceiling. If you hit it, the pipes ahead of you will stop shooting air bubbles for a limited time. Stay low to avoid the eel, but try to get as far to the right as possible. Before the timer for that switch goes off, go down the green pipe into a hidden room. Swim counter-clockwise through here to get Star Coin #3, then exit through the same pipe you came down through. From here, continue to the right until you reach another structure in the way. Avoid the Cheep Cheep and stay toward the ceiling to avoid the eel's final pass through the area. Then, swim right to the final upside-down pipe and enter it to reach dry land. After that, simply hop up the steps and defeat the Goomba, and jump to the flagpole to exit here. Tower ----- In the starting room, defeat the Dry Bones and wall jump your way up to the top area (be careful not to get crushed by the walls though). At the top, hit the block to get an item, then go into the next room. In there, you will notice that the lava is rising from below, and you must hurry up to avoid being killed. Jump and climb your way up the fences, as you head towards the top of this room. When you reach the part where a gray block moves up and down in the center area, go left. Jump to the upper fence and punch the flip panel to appear on the back side, then drop down to get Star Coin #1. Continue jumping and climbing your way upward on a few more fences. When you reach the wide, long fence with the electrical ball enemies above it, climb to the right and jump to collect Star Coin #2. Climb to the left and jump onto an upper ledge from there. Hop up the steps when the spiked blocks move up, then continue climbing the fences. Defeat the Dry Bones as you cross the room, then go directly upward by jumping from fence to fence when the gray blocks move away. When you reach the ledge with an opening and a long gray block moving back and forth, jump onto the block and squat down as you pass under the wall. At the other side, jump up to get Star Coin #3. Then, stand on the left edge of that gray block and duck down to get back under the wall. From here, climb up the left fence and jump through the Red Ring if you want. Then, climb/jump up along the remaining fences to the top area. Once there, go through the door to meet Bowser Jr. The battle plan here is slightly different than what you're used to. If you try to jump at him, Bowser Jr. will go into his shell, causing you to take damage upon impact. The key here is to jump over him when he charges at you, and wait until he throws a green shell at you. At that point, jump onto the shell and grab it, then toss it back at him to flip him over. Then, jump on Bowser Jr's belly to cause damage. Do this three times to win the fight. Stage 4-4 --------- In this stage, go right and you will meet the caterpillar known as Wiggler, from Super Mario World. You cannot destroy them normally, unless you were Shell Mario, but if you jump on them they will become mad, as you will see. You can also bounce on their backs to reach areas high above. Anyway, go right through the first part of the area by jumping across platforms and defeating various enemies. When you reach a formation of steps, followed by a pit, take a Koopa Troopa and throw it at the walls of the pit. It will land on the lower platform and kill the Wiggler for you. Next, drop down onto that ledge and go right to obtain Star Coin #1. Wall jump out of that pit and continue right a bit. Cross the donut block bridge, collecting coins along the way. Hit the regular block ahead to sprout a beanstalk, then hit the mixed item box to get what you want (hopefully). Climb the beanstalk and go left to another couple of blocks. Jump to the left of the formation to hit a hidden block, which causes another beanstalk to grow. Climb it, then jump from it to reach Star Coin #2 in the upper corner. Head to the right from here and stomp on a Koopa Troopa to get its shell, then carry it up the hills ahead. Try not to hit another enemy with the shell since you will need it soon. When you reach the edge, drop down to the skinny pipes and throw the shell to the left, giving you Star Coin #3 in the process. Now, jump across a couple more pipes via the Wigglers. Stomp a bunch of Paratroopas, including a vertical formation of them at the end to get a 1-Up, then go through the yellow pipe. When you emerge, go right and jump to the flagpole to finish up. Stage 4-A --------- Starting off here, go right and jump to the next platform where you can hit an item block. Then, jump and swing from the vine to reach the following platform. Do this for the next several platforms, and then you will come to a wheel-like device in the water with several ledges around it. Jump on the side ledges to move the wheel across the poisonous water, making sure to jump to avoid dying. You'll have to use those wheels to get across the next several stretches of water, so you will have lots of practice using them. After the level's midpoint, use the wheel and jump from the Paratroopa to reach the upper ledge. Move to the right with the next wheel, then jump onto the Paratroopas to reach Star Coin #1 in the air. Continue to the dry platform on the right, and bounce from the green Paratroopa to a vine high above. Swing from it to reach the pipe to the right. In the room the pipe leads you to, jump on the blocks to reach the top of the structure and go right. Step on the P switch to turn the blocks into coins. Kick the shells around to get lots of points and even an extra life or so. Also, make sure to collect Star Coin #2 in the middle of the room. Go down the pipe at the right side to exit here. When you land, go right and jump onto the pipes when the Piranha Plants go back inside. Up ahead you will see 3 pipes with 3 Piranha Plants inside them; wait for them to go down, then jump over and go down the lowest pipe. In the room below, wall jump to get Star Coin #3. Go back up through the rightmost pipe. When you're above ground again, go right into the exit pipe. Swing on the vine to reach the upper platform if you want, then jump to the flagpole. Ghost House ----------- In here, start by jumping to the upper ledge and hitting the ? block to get an item. Head to the right by jumping from platform to platform while avoiding the Boos. When you reach a doorway on the low ledge, enter that room. Hit the ? switch to make 4 hanging boxes fall from the ceiling. Hit them if you want, but make sure to stand atop one before the timer goes off, and you will be whisked away to a new area. Now that you are on top of the previous room, go right and jump onto the upper ledges to find Star Coin #1. Jump into the cup platform to spin around the wall. Jump out at the other side and you will be faced with a giant Boo. When you face away, it will get smaller, but if you are facing it, it'll suck in air and become larger. You can't kill it, so your best bet is to keep it small while staying far enough away. At any rate, head right and jump up the ledges to the top area. Go left to a ! switch and hit it to make red blocks appear. Jump across the red ledges to the door, then enter that room. In there, go left and pound the ! switch again. The first thing you should do here is wall jump between the red walls above, then jump from the platform you land on to get Star Coin #2. Drop back down to the lower area by falling into a hole on the left side. Then, hit the switch again and go right. Jump from the regular ledge onto the red platform, then go into the pipe. NOTE: If you are Mini Mario, wall jump from the side of the pipe to a high ledge in the upper-right corner. Then, wall jump all the way up to get Star Coin #3. Go through the door that's up there and you will reach the secret exit leading to the Cannon. When you emerge from the pipe (assuming you didn't take the secret exit), go left and jump up the ledges to the top area, then go right to the door. Go through the door to reach the flagpole. Stage 4-5 --------- In the first area, go forward and through the pipe to reach the underground segment. Down here, go right and you will see a Bob-omb walking around in a block formation above; hit the blocks below it to stop the bomb, causing those cracked blue blocks to be destroyed (this will apply everywhere in this level, so keep an eye out for the rugged-looking blocks). Go right some more to some steps, then jump on a Bob-omb to clear the way onward. Continue to the right by jumping from platform to platform, and you will soon reach the midpoint. Pass that and you will see a couple of Bob-ombs walking along. You will also see one in a small room below you. Ground pound through the blocks to reach it, then place the bomb next to the cracked blocks to the left, so you can grab Star Coin #1. Go right across a drawbridge, making sure to jump to avoid falling into the pit. When you reach the second drawbridge, stand towards the middle so you move upward as the bridge goes up. You will see a Bob-omb walking on the platform above you; wait for it to reach the middle area, then hit the block below it to destroy those blocks. Then, when the bridge goes up, jump onto the now-accessible ledge to reach Star Coin #2. Further ahead in the level, you will come across an upside-down pipe with Bob-ombs falling from it onto the drawbridge below. Jump on a Bob-omb when it comes down, then drop through the opening when the bridge goes up and leave the bomb there to clear the blocks covering the pipe. Then, go down the pipe into a new room. Use the Bob-ombs in here to reach Star Coin #3 in the middle of the block formation, then go up the pipe on the right side of the room. When you emerge, go right and into the pipe to get back above ground. Once there, go up the steps and leap to the flagpole to complete the stage. Stage 4-6 --------- In this area, start by heading to the right and stomping the enemies you see. When you reach Nessie, jump onto her head and begin the ride across the poisonous waters. When Nessie's head goes down, do not worry, as you will not touch the water as long as you are somewhere on Nessie. Jump in the air to collect coins along the way. When you reach the Red Ring, ignore it and jump to the dry ledge so you can collect Star Coin #1. Hop back onto Nessie and continue to ride until you reach the platform with Piranha Plants hanging from the pipes above. Cross this platform and drop onto Nessie at the other end, then continue right. When you reach the next ledge, jump onto it and hit the P switch to make the blocks ahead turn into coins. Drop onto Nessie and jump in the air to collect those coins, but make sure you jump onto the ledge and collect Star Coin #2 as you pass. The next part of the ride with Nessie will send you through Piranha Plant territory. Squat down on Nessie's body to avoid the plants, then when you reach the Paratroopas, stomp on the lower one to avoid getting hit. When you pass the final pipe, jump onto Nessie's head and look up to see the ! switch on the ceiling. When Nessie raises her head, quickly dash and jump to hit the switch, then hop onto the red blocks that appear to enter the pipe. In the new room, go right and slide down the hill, defeating several Goombas on the way. At the bottom, run and jump to collect some coins, as well as Star Coin #3. Continue right and hit the block at the end to get a 1-Up, then go down the pipe. When you land in the main area, go right and defeat the Koopa Troopa and Goombas, then head through the final pipe. When you pop up, go right and you will reach the flagpole to exit. Castle ------ For the first part of this stage, you will have to jump between swinging platforms to avoid the lava below. When you reach the third platform, hit the Dry Bones and wait for the platform to swing to the right. At its peak, run and jump to a high ledge to the right, where you will find Star Coin #1. Drop to the lower ledge and continue right past the Thwomps (you can make it past them in one pass if you run without stopping). When you reach the giant Thwomp, you will see 3 rows of cracked blocks below it. Trigger the Thwomp to fall, breaking a row of blocks each time. When all of the blocks are clear, drop down when it's safe to grab Star Coin #2. As the giant Thwomp rises, hop back out and continue to the right. Drop down some steps and stomp on a couple of Dry Bones, being careful of some more Thwomps ahead. Keep going to the right past the midpoint, and you will reach the swinging platforms above the lava again. Jump onto the first one, then wait until it is far to the left or right. At that point, drop to the small ledge below to collect Star Coin #3. Jump across the next several swinging platforms, stomping the Dry Bones you encounter along the way. Fireballs can jump out of the lava, so watch out for those as well. When you reach the end of the swinging platforms, go into the boss door and head right. You will reach a room with a ? switch on the floor, and a Goomba will walk in. It will suddenly become giant-sized, and the battle will commence. As you can obviously see, jumping on it normally will not be effective. If you have trouble getting over the boss, hit the ? switch to make elevating platforms temporarily appear at the sides. If you get above the Mega Goomba, ground pound it to cause damage. The boss will get faster with each hit, but that shouldn't be a concern. After you ground pound the boss three times, the battle will end. So, pick up the golden key and head on out to World 5! ======= World 5 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle P: Pipe W: Warp Zone Cannon GH: Ghost House GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. /--- 2 ---\ P1 --- 3 ----------GH --- X --- - ---\ | * | | * | | | * | | * | <-x5| S -- 1 -- X P1 X --- T ---- X P2 W ** C GT --- 4 --- C |vx5 | |vx5 |vx5 * | * | | | | * |>x5 * \--- A ---/ \-IT \--- B -------- X ---MT P2 Stage 5-1 --------- Starting off in this icy world, wait for the snowball-throwing enemy above you to clear the Goombas, then head right. Make your way through the area, defeating enemies and avoiding falling snow, as well as snowy patches on the ground (your movement will be greatly hindered in the snow). When you reach a tall tree in the background with Star Coin #1 floating above it, jump onto the block ahead of it, then jump to the left to claim the coin. Further ahead, you will see Star Coin #2 in the air above you. Jump from the Paratroopa's back to reach it, or wait for the winged block to appear (hit the block, then jump onto it to reach). Keep going to the right from here and defeat another snowball thrower on the way. When you reach a high cliff with a snowball thrower on its edge, hit the yellow block a few times to make 4 blocks appear, forming a wall. Then, jump onto the stack to be able to reach Star Coin #3 above you. From here, go right and defeat more snow-throwing enemies while avoiding the falling snow from the trees, which can get rather annoying fast. Up ahead is the flagpole, and then the level will be over. Stage 5-2 --------- Here, go directly right and into the pipe to reach an underground area. Below you will see there are plenty of single-spiked Spiny enemies to be faced, as well as swooping blue bats. When you land, go right along the icy path, but be careful not to slide off the ledge to your death. Hop to the next ledge and hit the block to get an item, then continue right. Defeat a series of bats as you go up the icy hill, then get past a couple of Piranha Plants ahead. If you are Super Mario, you can break the blocks overhead to gain access to Star Coin #1. Onward to the right, you will see yellow and red pipes above you. Pass them for now and you will reach a springboard on a ledge. Use it to reach Star Coin #3 directly above you (yes, the third one). Then, pick up the springboard and jump across the left pit with it. Use it to bounce into the yellow pipe above you. In that outside area, chase the bandit enemy to the right, then when you reach the end, bounce on its head to reach Star Coin #2. Go down the green pipe to head back underground at the end. Head right along the icy floors, while avoiding the Spinys and swooping bats. You will reach a large block formation up ahead that you can break through if you want. NOTE: If you want to reach the secret exit to the pipe, you need to be Super Mario or better here. Break through the blocks and hop onto the upper platform that the Spiny enemies are crawling around. When the Piranha Plant goes back into the pipe, jump into the upside-down pipe and go right to the secret flagpole. If you didn't take the secret exit, continue right across a couple of icy platforms. At the very end, go through the upside-down pipe. Once outside, jump up the traditional steps and leap to the flagpole to exit. Stage 5-A --------- Head to the right here, and jump across the expanding and contracting mushroom platforms (keep in mind that the larger platforms will extend wider, but will retract the same distance, so be quick in jumping across them; if you want to be safe, stand on the middle of any of these platforms). After several of these platforms, you'll reach a Red Ring in the air. Hop across the next several mushroom platforms, then hit the block on the ledge to receive an item. Pass the midpoint, then hop onto the upper mushroom platform. When it expands, jump downward to the lower one as it expands. Then, go right when it expands again to get Star Coin #1. Hit the ! switch on the ceiling to make red blocks appear to the left; when the current platform expands, go left and jump across the blocks to get back onto the safe ledge. From here, head to the right some more via the upper path. At the next set of platforms, run and jump to hit the lone block, and a beanstalk will grow. Climb it to reach a hidden cloud area. Hit the P switch, then use the spin block to launch into the air. At the apex of your jump, land on the blocks up there before they turn back into coins, and jump to reach Star Coin #2. When you're done up here, drop down to the main area again. After you land, head to the right and you will reach some mushroom platforms with a line of coins that will appear when you run past their outlines. When the platforms retract, drop to the one below to nab Star Coin #3. Then, jump to the right and touch the flagpole to complete the stage. Tower ----- This particular tower stage is very straightforward, as you are on a single screen that scrolls upward. Along the way, you will have to deal with spiked balls moving back and forth before rolling off your platform altogether. They will clear the Dry Bones in the way, but you need to jump over the balls to avoid getting hit. If you don't touch any of the Dry Bones, the spiked balls will clear them on their own. On the way up, hop along the thin ledges and hit blocks to get coins and items. You will also see Star Coins #1 and #2 in plain sight on the way up. Soon after, you will have to deal with 2 spiked balls at once (try wall jumping to avoid getting hit by them), and then a giant spiked ball will bust through the wall. When that appears, hop along the ledges and stay to the right side of the room. Grab Star Coin #3 on a block ledge, then stay to the right when you reach the center wall which will divide the area. Continue evading the giant spiked ball and it will eventually roll away, leaving you to progress to the top in peace. Once there, go through the door to meet Bowser Jr. yet again. The fight plan here is the same as the previous battles: Bowser Jr. will run back and forth, jumping every now and then, without any added tricks. All you have to do is jump on him three times to win. The icy platform that you CAN fall from will make it annoying enough, so be warned. Stage 5-3 --------- In this stage, you will spend a great deal of time sliding down icy hills. Begin by hitting the nearby block to get an item, then slide down the first several hills, knocking out the enemies along the way. When you start going uphill and reaching plateaus, jump to the upper ledge to the right. Defeat the Koopa Troopa there and jump to grab Star Coin #1, then drop down and continue right along the hills. (If you are Mini Mario, you can drop into the pit directly below to find a skinny pipe. Go down it and hit the block to get a Starman, then move around the room to make coins appear as long as you have star power. It's an optional room, but a fun bonus nonetheless.) When you pass the midpoint, you will reach another steep downhill portion. Follow the hill all the way down and head right, sliding under the low walls. At the other side, break the blocks to get Star Coin #2. Get through the shell-headed enemies ahead, then wall jump when you see the coins above you to reach Star Coin #3. Next, defeat the Koopa Troopa and continue to the upper-right ledge. Go down the hill ahead and jump at the bottom to reach the flagpole, ending this stage. Stage 5-B --------- In this stage, run to the right, defeating the enemies and avoiding the shelled ones when you come across them. Ahead you will see some hills, and Star Coin #1 beneath an overhang. To reach it, walk down the hill to the right of it and jump to collect the coin. Continue to the right and you will see a row of Koopa Troopas on ledges below you, as you cross overhead. At the other end, jump to the upper ledge, then back to the left ledge where you will find a P switch. Hit it, then run to the left (jump over the larger gaps) to reach Star Coin #2. Go back to the right, and continue up a couple of hills. When you reach a downhill portion, go down it and avoid the shelled enemy to reach Star Coin #3. With all 3 coins now, take the upper path to the right. Defeat the Paratroopa and wall jump to the upper ledge at the far right. If you want to reach the secret exit here, wall jump into the opening in the ceiling just before the final platform, and head left. As Shell Mario, break through the low blocks and go through the pipe. When you emerge, go right to the secret flagpole. If you aren't here for the secret exit however, simply continue right to the regular flagpole. Stage 5-C --------- Starting off here, go down the pipe in front of you to go underground. Head right when you land, and you will soon see the ghost boxer enemy below, who can punch through blocks. Pass over it and hit the ? block to get an item, then hop over the pit and continue until you reach a roadblock. Wait for the boxer to punch through the blocks, allowing you access, but do not kill it yet. Let it pass you, then head to the right of it. That will cause the enemy to turn around and punch the blocks to the right away, giving you access to Star Coin #1. Continue to the right, stomping the Shelled Beetles you come across. When you reach the constant stream of platforms moving up and down, jump across to the down-moving ones and land on the lower ledge to the right. Stomp on the Shelled Beetle when it falls from the ceiling, then go right and toss it into the pit to retrieve Star Coin #2. Go back left and jump to the upper ledge, then continue to the right. You will see a ledge comprised of 4 blocks in the air, with a row of blocks above that. Jump up the steps, avoiding the boxer enemy, then jump onto that ledge. Break the blocks above it (you need to be at least Super Mario for this part), then hit the rightmost block on the ledge to sprout a beanstalk. Climb it to reach a secret room. In the snowy area above, go right and you will reach a P switch. Hit it to make the coins and blocks switch forms, then go down to the boxer enemy. Lure it to the left before time is up, and let the enemy break the solid blocks at the end. After it falls, drop into the newly opened compartment to claim Star Coin #3. Now, go right and drop through the coin-filled opening to some steps below. Then, jump to the flagpole ahead to end this stage. Ghost House ----------- In this ghost house, head up the steps until you reach the first dead end. Stand on the lower ledge and wait for the boxer enemy to break through the blocks on the upper ledge. After it does that, wait for it to turn around before jumping to the upper ledge, allowing the enemy to clear the blocks on the lower one. When that's done, defeat the enemy and go right along the lower path. Wall jump at the end to reach Star Coin #1 on a high ledge. Head back to the left and continue up the steps. At the top, go left and up a larger set of stairs. When the boxing enemy comes down the steps after you, bounce on its head to reach the door on the upper-left ledge, and enter it. Be quick since as soon as the door shuts behind you, all the boxer enemies will start cutting through the blocks on their respective ledges. Wall jump to the top area to grab Star Coin #2, then stomp the enemy on the top ledge and wait for the area below to become safe. Then, drop back down and exit the room. Head up the steps and go left at the top, and you will reach a ledge made of 3 blocks. Jump onto it, then hop around to reveal 3 more hidden blocks. Jump onto the middle hidden block, then squat down and jump to reveal a lower block which will sprout a beanstalk (you need to squat down, or be regular Mario to trigger it). Please note that if you want to reach the normal exit, missing a coin in the process, ignore the stalk and continue right up the stairs. Then, ride the moving platform upward to the top, and go through the door to reach the end. Now, if you want to reach the secret exit, climb up the beanstalk and wait for the boxing enemy on the ledge to cut through the blocks. When it falls, drop onto the ledge and enter the room there. Defeat the two enemies and ride the moving platform as it goes upward. Be careful since it will start to tilt sharply on both sides before reverting back to normal. Collect the coins on the way up, and wait for the platform to freefall. Once it stops, stay against the right wall and hold Right on the Control Pad. When you start to rise, keep moving to the right and you will drop onto a ledge on the way up (this is the only way to reach it, otherwise you'll miss it). If you make it onto the ledge, go right and collect Star Coin #3. After you get the coin, hit the nearby block to make another beanstalk grow. Climb it to the top, then jump through the ledge and head through the door to the left. Outside, go right and jump to the secret flagpole, which will lead you to the Cannon. Stage 5-4 --------- Here in this automatically-scrolling stage, there will be mushroom platforms that move up or down when you stand on them. The darker ones will move up, and the lighter ones will sink, so remember this as you progress through the stage. There will also be a slow but steady stream of Bullet Bills being shot at you from the right side, so be prepared to crush them if they come near. Go through the Red Ring up ahead, but be careful of the Bullet Bills as you collect the coins. When you reach the last mushroom platform, hop on it to keep it from sinking, then dash jump to the upper-right ledge. If you get up there, go right to collect Star Coin #1. If you have a Mini Mushroom, use it here to pass under the low wall to reach Star Coin #2. If not, you have to stand on the donut block and take the lower path to avoid being crushed (alternatively, if you're quick enough, go all the way right and up the rising mushroom, then go left to collect the second coin). Anyway, continue through the stage and you will reach a rising mushroom platform. If you hop along that platform, it will stay down, allowing you to grab Star Coin #3 on the middle ledge. Drop to the ground from there, and continue right, hopping across several more mushroom platforms. At the end, jump from the final platform to the flagpole to finish the stage. Castle ------ Here, head to the right across a bunch of fast-moving conveyor belts, evading the Piranha Plants and Dry Bones along the way. You will reach two conveyor belts and a ledge below them with Star Coin #1 on it; run to the right on the lower belt to reach the ledge and the coin, then quickly jump to the right to avoid the plant that will fall on you. Hop across a bunch of regular platforms with Dry Bones on them, then hit the blocks on the last one to get an item. The next part of the stage will put you against fireball-spitting Piranha Plants on the conveyor belts. Avoid then like you would the regular versions (if you are Fire Mario, it would greatly help here). Go right and you will notice a high ledge above you. Jump onto the next belt and bounce on the springboard when it approaches you to reach that ledge, claiming Star Coin #2 in the process. Jump back down to the conveyor belts and keep moving to the right through this castle. Hit the mixed item box, and hopefully you will get the Fire Flower or Starman, as both will help immensely. Up ahead there will be more Piranha Plants, as well as a giant-sized one which can take a few hits. When you are on solid ground, go right and you will see a lone block in the air, and a gap in the ceiling above it. Go right to the upper ledge and stomp the Dry Bones, then get a running start on the ice and jump to the ? block in the air to the left (this may take a few tries to get right). When you successfully land on the block, wall jump through the gap in the ceiling and run all the way right atop the ceiling. When you reach the far right, drop to the lower ledge and go left on the conveyor belt to find Star Coin #3. An alternate method would be to carry the springboard from earlier to the lone ? block, then bounce onto the block and wall jump through the ceiling hole, and run to the right. Run back across the belt and hit the block to get an item, then jump to the ledge above and enter the boss room. There, you will meet Petey Piranha for a boss fight. The giant plant will hover in the air and move back and forth before crashing into the ground in an attempt to hit you. The impact will cause Petey to temporarily become dizzy. This is when you should jump on the head to cause damage. Petey will also bounce around the room before hovering, so keep your distance and run underneath when he passes overhead. After you hit the boss 3 times, the battle will end. So, grab the golden key and head onward to World 6. Just like in World 2, if you were to beat this boss as Mini Mario, you will fall into the gap in the floor in the following room. Then, when you run to the right, the sign will be flipped, allowing you access to World 7 instead. You will have to beat the boss in both forms to reach both worlds (unless you used the Cannons in earlier worlds). ======= World 6 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle W: Warp Zone Cannon GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. 1 ---------\ GT MT IT 5 ---------\ | | | | | | | | | |^x5 |^x5 |^x5 | | S --- X IT X --- 2 ---T1 --- 3 ------- 4 ---T2 --- X GT 6 --- C vx5| | | |vx5 | | | | | | | | \--- A ---/ \--- B ---/ Stage 6-1 --------- The opening stage of this cliff-oriented world will be littered with Bullet Bill shooters, so be prepared for many projectiles floating around. Head to the right and you will partake in a new feature of this game: being able to shimmy alongside the cliff when crossing certain areas. You can press Down to hang from the ledge, which is good for collecting coins and dodging bullets above. Keep in mind you can also jump when shimmying across. With that said, continue to the right until you reach an upper ledge you can jump to. Wall jump from there to reach Star Coin #1 overhead. Then, take the lower path and continue to the right (if you want, wall jump upward when you get the chance to reach some coins and an item box). Up ahead, wall jump up the ledges, then leap to the left ledge to find Star Coin #2. Hit the ? block to get another item, then continue onward. Wall jump while avoiding the Paratroopa to reach the upper ledge. Shimmy along the cliff ahead, while jumping and hanging to dodge or defeat the Paratroopas. When you reach the tall stack of Bullet Bill cannons, drop to the very bottom area and head right. When you reach the second shimmying section, hang from the cliff to grab Star Coin #3 below you. Then, continue to the right and you will spot the flagpole. If you wait for a bunch of Bullet Bills to be on the screen before tagging the pole, you can get lots of points as well! Stage 6-A --------- Here in this sandy stage, you will have to deal with Lakitu flying overhead once again. Hit the first block you encounter to get an item, then continue right while avoiding the Spiny enemies that Lakitu rains on you. You will come across a giant whirlwind up ahead; jump into it and it'll send you flying in the air. Glide to the right and you will reach Star Coin #1. Drop to the ground and head right through various block formations, ground pounding them to collect the coins below if you want. Up ahead, you will see a column of quicksand between two solid blocks. Sink into that column to enter a hidden room. Down there, wall jump to reach Star Coin #2 on the way down. At the bottom, go right and up the other side, while jumping to avoid the Spiny enemies. Then, go through the pipe at the top to get back outside. Out here, go right and you will notice that there are now multiple Lakitus in the air to torment you. Continue right and you will reach an alcove that can only be reached by treading through the quicksand, but the lone block there contains a Starman, which may be helpful. Further ahead you will spot a bunch of pipes. Submerge into the middle yellow one to enter the room below. There, go left and you will see a giant Piranha Plant. If you are Fire Mario, destroy it with some fireballs and jump to claim Star Coin #3. If you are daring, you can try jumping over it if you can afford to sacrifice. Despite your actual method, exit through the red pipe to the left. Once outside again, continue right across some more platforms until you reach the final pipe. Go through it and head right to the flagpole, thus ending the stage. Stage 6-2 --------- Out here, head to the right across the Spiny-filled platforms, hitting blocks and collecting coins along the way. You will notice that the tide will cause the water to rise and fall every now and then. Continue right to the red pipe, then go through to reach the second part of the stage. In this area, go right and you will see a palm tree. Wait for the tide to rise, then jump directly above the tree to reveal a hidden block which will sprout a beanstalk. Climb it to reach a high cloud ledge. Hit the block to reveal a P switch (use the first winged block to reach it). Hit the switch, then jump across the winged blocks to the right. On the last platform, grab Star Coin #1 before the blocks disappear, then drop down and continue right like you have been. Head all the way right until you reach the pipes. Jump into the second green pipe to launch over the wall to the right (the first pipe leads to a bonus room in the clouds with lots of winged boxes). After you land at the other side of the wall, go right past the underhang and wait for the tide to rise. When it does, swim upward to grab Star Coin #2. Continue to the right and use the next pipe to get over the wall ahead. Go right and drop into an opening where you will find a mixed item box. Hit it if you want, otherwise keep going to the right across a long platform filled with Spinys. When you drop off the far end of that platform, run back to the left and collect Star Coin #3. From here, head right and up a hill, jumping over the Spinys along the way. At the top, go into the pipe to reach the final area. There, head right and jump onto the platforms, then leap to the flagpole at the end. Tower #1 -------- In here, jump up the platforms as you make your way upward, but be careful of the giant spiked walls that will jut out from the sides. When the coast is clear, jump up to the next platform, and so on. Once you pass the first three of them, go left and jump to the ledge above you. Wait for the next spiked wall to shoot out and move back right, then run onto that ledge to grab Star Coin #1. Duck into the small opening until the spiked wall retreats again, then continue upward. For the next part, go right and hop up a few ledges, then wait for the spiked walls above to retract. At that point, bounce on the springboard to reach the upper ledges. Once you make it to the top, go into the door leading to a new room. In there, wait for it to be safe above you, then jump up the ledges to the very top. Wait for the spiked walls to come out and then retract before dropping down to collect Star Coin #2. Once you have it, jump to the top and go through the door. When you reappear, jump to the upper ledge and stomp the Dry Bones. To reach the higher ledge, you will need to wall jump as Mini Mario to gain the leverage needed to reach it (you can also bounce off the Dry Bones and wall jump as regular Mario, and succeed). If you get up there, go up the pipe to a well-covered room in terms of those spiked walls. When it's safe, quickly jump to grab Star Coin #3 and drop back to the door to avoid dying (if you duck on the middle platform, you will be safe as well). Exit the room and go down to the boss door. In here, you will meet up with Bowser Jr. yet again. This time, the battle takes place atop a tilting platform which is above a bed of spikes (you can fall off the platform and into them, so be careful). Bowser Jr. has no tricks here either, so all you have to do is stomp him three times (wait for him to emerge from the shell after each hit) and the battle will end. Stage 6-3 --------- When you enter this stage, you will notice a new feature: red ? blocks with spikes on one side. Be careful not to hit the spikes on them, though. Anyway, head right and avoid a couple Piranha Plants, and you will see a block swinging from a rope above. hit the block to stop it, then jump from it to obtain Star Coin #1 in the air. Continue right and go down the red pipe to reach an underground room. Down here, go right across the cylinder platforms that roll when you move (jump to avoid falling into the poisonous water). Jump through the Red Ring halfway through and collect the coins, then go up the pipe at the end. You will emerge in a pipe maze of sorts, with several Piranha Plants popping out of them. Go down the second green pipe and collect Star Coin #2 below, then exit the same way you came in. Next, go down the very last pipe to the right. Run across the rolling platforms and the pipes when the Piranha Plants aren't out, to avoid getting hit needlessly. At the other end, go up the pipe to exit this room. Back outside, hit the red block, then dash jump to the left, over the green pipe wall. Collect Star Coin #3 in the middle area, then wall jump back over to the right side. Chase the bandit to the right while hopping between platforms. Up ahead, hop across some blocks and avoid the Piranha Plants in the pipes. Then, jump to the flagpole ahead to exit. Stage 6-4 --------- Here, start by going right and passing under the fire sticks when it's safe. Wall jump to the upper ledges to find Star Coin #1, then continue to the right. It will take some fancy footwork to shimmy along the cliffs ahead, all while avoiding the rotating fire sticks. When you pass that part, continue onto a ledge and go right to a ! switch. Hit the switch, then go left and jump onto the red blocks. Wall jump from them to reach the ledge above, then go right and wall jump some more when it's safe. Jump to the ledges on the left side to reach Star Coin #2. From there, continue right and enter the red pipe. In the next area, drop down to begin shimmying along the cliff. Head to the right, jumping from ledge to ledge along the way. You will reach a section with many ledges to stand on. Make your way up them to the top, then go right into a green pipe. Shimmy to the right, jumping to avoid the fire sticks along the way, then collect Star Coin #3 at the other end. Then, jump to the lower ledge and head back to the left, and through the yellow pipe. When you land, go left and up the green upside-down pipe, then jump to the flagpole to end this stage. Tower #2 -------- In here, go right and make your way upward by jumping on the fast-moving conveyor belts. There are spikes along the sides of the tower, so be careful not to slip on the belts and hit them. You will come to a long belt with a couple of small spikes along it; jump to the right on that belt to reach Star Coin #1 against the wall. Quickly run to the left and jump up to avoid the spikes, then go up and across some more ledges to the far left side. After you trigger the midpoint, make your way up the next set of belts, stomping the Dry Bones (and ground pounding the giant ones) along the way up. When you reach the pipes, go down the right one to be shot upward to the next platform. Land on the lower regular ledge, and wait for all the spiked beetles to crawl to the left. Then, squat down and ride the conveyor belt to the left. Jump up to break the blocks towards the end, and claim Star Coin #2 in the process. Jump out and continue upward along the conveyor belts. Go up the steps and you will reach a point where you can jump to a rope hanging above. Jump to the rope and climb to the right while hanging to reach Star Coin #3. After that, you can either drop to the belt below and grab the coins, or go back left and drop down the pipe. Regardless of the way you take, you will make it to the final ledge at the top. Up there, go through the door to meet up with Bowser Jr. yet again. The fight with Bowser Jr. here is just like the previous one, but the one difference this time is the way you can attack him. You will not be able to land direct hits, so keep your distance and avoid contact, all while staying on the tilting platform. When Bowser Jr. throws a green shell at you, jump on it, then pick it up and throw it right back at him. This will stun him, so now is your chance to jump on Bowser Jr's belly to cause damage. Do this three times to win the fight here. Stage 6-5 --------- Here, go right and down the pipe to enter another underwater level. Below, swim to the right while avoiding contact with the fish. The green ones will try to swim directly at you if you get close, so be careful. Head to the right and stay towards the top half of the screen. Grab Star Coin #1, but be ready to swim away from the green Cheep Cheeps ahead of you. Continue to the right and hit the lone ? block you see to get a Starman (the next several blocks will also yield Starmen if the power is still active when you hit them). Swim to the right, hitting the blocks to renew your star power, then when you reach a yellow pipe in an alcove above, swim around and go up the pipe. In that coin room littered with green Cheep Cheeps, swim to the middle and collect Star Coin #2. Exit the coin room when you are done, and keep going to the right. Be extremely careful of the whirlwinds in the water, as they can suck you in, causing you to lose a life. Swim quickly to avoid getting sucked in, though. Head to the right and you will find a whirlwind surrounded by blocks at its base. Let that one suck you in and you will enter a hidden room below. Down there, swim around to get Star Coin #3, then exit via the pipe. From where you emerge, simply avoid the giant Cheep Cheeps, then go up the next pipe to reach dry land. Up there, jump across the platforms that drop when you step on them, then leap to the flagpole. Stage 6-B --------- Start here by going right and dropping into the rightmost pipe to launch upward. At the peak of your shot, go right and land on the ledge. Head right and swing from the pole to reach the next ledge. Jump onto the next pole as it moves along its track, then swing to the following ledge and defeat the enemies there. When you reach the hill, jump on the Koopa Troopa and grab its shell, then go down the hill (avoid the Goomba) and throw the shell right to receive Star Coin #1. Go back up and jump from the Paratroopa to reach the pole in the air, then swing and jump to the next platform. Go right and hit the blocks to get an item and a coin. Jump across the tilting mushroom platforms ahead, then go down the pipe to the far right, and you will be launched upward. At the peak, bounce from the Paratroopa to obtain Star Coin #2 in the air. Get launched by the pipe again, then land on the right ledge this time. Go right and jump over a couple of Piranha Plants, then slide down the hill. Drop down along several tilting mushroom platforms on the way, then go right some more. Take the upper path and hit the mixed item box, and hopefully you will get something good. Up ahead you will see three pipes; go down the left one as it will be the most profitable one. When you land, go right and jump to the first rotating pole. Swing from it and jump to reach the second one, then keep swinging on that one. When you reach the upper-right part of its track, jump to the right ledge and slide under the wall to grab Star Coin #3. The blocks in front of you will break, so go down the steps ahead. Up ahead, slide down the hill and jump at the bottom, then hop across the tops of a few pipes (if you are regular Mario, you can run along the ground to get coins). At the far end, go right and jump to the flagpole to finish this stage. Stage 6-6 --------- From the start, go right and launch from the Spin Block, hitting the ? block above to get an item. Launch a second time and glide to the right, totally clearing the Chain Chomp on the ledge. Launch from the second Spin Block, and land on the upper-right ledge (if you want, drill through the blocks to the right and nab another item at the bottom). Up there, jump onto the next Spin Block and glide to the left. Bounce off one of the red Paratroopas to reach the left ledge where the next Spin Block is located. Launch from the next Spin Block and drill through the column of blocks to the left. At the bottom, hit the P switch to turn the remaining blocks into coins. With that done, jump to the left ledge and collect Star Coin #1. Get back onto that Spin Block and launch/glide to the upper-right ledges. Jump across them and launch once more to the upper-left ledge. There, jump over the Chain Chomp and collect Star Coin #2 from atop its wooden stake (ground pound it to get 3 coins if you want). Go right and jump to the other ledges, then continue right and downward for a bit. Stay to the right side, dropping downward one platform at a time. When you are able to go right again, do so. You will see a ? block containing an item, and a tall column of blocks. Ground pound through the blocks to access the Spin Block below, then shoot up to the ledge above. Now, wall jump to the right and hit the upside-down P switch, then bounce from the Paratroopa to reach the right ledge (this works if you are Mini Mario). If you are not Mini Mario, use that Spin Block you just opened up and hold Right to land on that high ledge before the switch's timer ends. If you are not interested or don't need this coin, take the pipe at the bottom of this room to the next part. Alternatively, you can use the Spin Block right from the start and bounce off the Paratroopa's head to hit the P switch, then hold Right while still gliding to land on the high ledge. Assuming you got onto that upper ledge, go into the pipe there. In the secret room, use the Spin Block and land on the high ledge, then drop down the right side of the room. Slide along the left wall to acquire Star Coin #3 on the way down. At the bottom, go down the yellow pipe to reach the next area. There, go in the first pipe to be shot onto the next ledge. Go into the next several pipes to reach the very top area. Once there, jump to the right and you will find several more pipes. Depending on which one you go into, you may reach a certain spot on the flagpole, or get shot back to the left where you just came. If you want the extra life, go down the third pipe to reach the flagpole. Castle ------ Starting off here, head to the right by jumping on the gray platforms when they move into range. When you reach the small platform with a Koopa Troopa on it, stomp it to get its shell, then stand at the right edge of the platform and throw the shell to the left, allowing you to get Star Coin #1 below. Go right by jumping between platforms a little more, avoiding the fireballs jumping from the lava, and you will see 2 gray platforms moving back and forth. Jump onto the top one, then drop to the lower one so you can grab Star Coin #2. From here, continue to the right and pass through the midpoint on solid ground. Hit the block up ahead to get an item, then wall jump to the upper platform. Go right and wait for the gray blocks to come together, then bounce from the Koopa Troopa onto the ceiling to the right. Up there, run all the way right and collect Star Coin #3 at the end. Now that you have all three coins in here, go back left and drop to the ledge, then go right between the gray blocks when they move apart. Run across the platform when the gray blocks move down, so that you don't get crushed by the spikes above. At the end, go into the door to reach the next room. In here, jump up the gray ledges, one at a time, as they stick out of the right wall. When you reach the top, go into the boss door to meet this world's boss. Outside, run to the right and you will be confronted by Monty Mole in a tank. The boss battle will then commence out here in the courtyard. Monty Mole pilots a tank, as you can see, which shoots Bullet Bills from its large turret. You can jump on them to eliminate them, which is not a problem. The boss itself will pop its head out of the top of the tank, and will toss a Bob-omb in your direction (jump to avoid it). To attack this boss, simply jump on its head when it pokes it out. When you hit him, the tank will go haywire, spinning around and randomly shooting Bullet Bills in random directions. When it calms down, a second (and then third) turret will be added to the tank. Repeat the same battle plan again, and hit Monty Mole 3 times to destroy the Monty Tank. Once you win this fight, run over to collect the golden key and you will be done here. Unless you select otherwise on the touch screen, you will now be headed to World 8 (unless of course you used a Cannon in a previous world, or beat the World 5 boss as Mini Mario to reach World 7). ======= World 7 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle GH: Ghost House GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House X: Path Intersections/Empty Spots *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. MT IT GT ****GT ********** | | | * * |^x5 |^x5 |^x5 * * S --- 1 ---GH --- 2 --- 3 --------- T --- 4 --- 5 *** A --- X --- C * * | | | * * | | | ****************GT **** \--- 6 *** 7 ---/ Stage 7-1 --------- Here, start by going up the ledges before dropping down to the platform on a track. As soon as you step on the platform, it will begin to move along its track. Jump to the second platform when you get to it, and ride to the right above some Paratroopas. The trick is to stay on the platform even when it appears that it's about to fall off the track. There is a hidden segment of track below that you will ride to the left on, giving you access to Star Coin #1 if you wait. Then, take the platform back to the right and continue on. (NOTE: If you want the second coin, read this paragraph; otherwise continue along the platforms as normal to reach the next part of the stage. You will need to return to this stage again to get the coin you missed.) You will see a winged block floating overhead; hop onto it and ride it all the way to the right. At the end, drop down to a small ledge and go up the upside-down pipe. In that coin-filled room, swing/jump from the hanging poles to the top area. Then, jump to grab Star Coin #2 and exit via the pipe at the bottom. When you emerge in the next area, go right and the midpoint will trigger. Jump onto the blocks, then onto the platform on the upper-right track. Ride it to the right, stomping the fire-spitting Chomps in the air, and jump to collect Star Coin #3. Then, ride the platform as it drops below and continue right at the end. Keep going to the right, and jump through the Red Ring if you want, and continue onward. Hop across some more platforms and go up the pipe at the end, then jump to the flagpole to exit this stage when you emerge. Ghost House ----------- This ghost house can definitely be tricky, especially if you don't know what you're doing and can't move quickly enough. In the room where you start, hit the left block to make a ? switch pop out; hit it and 5 doors will appear around the middle area. Start by going into the left door. Jump across the wobbly floor, bouncing on the pumpkin enemies if needed, and you will find Star Coin #1 in the air. Exit via the door at the right side of this room. Go into the top room next. There, stay to the left side and ground pound through the yellow ooze to sink through it. Pound your way down to get Star Coin #2, then move to the right and ground pound to the ? switch. Hit it, then jump out to reach the door that appears. Back in the center room, go into the bottom-right door (the other two doors are optional). In this room, you will see a whole row of ghostly hands above you, and they appear to be moving something back and forth. Jump below the ones that are moving and you will reveal a hidden block with a ? switch on it. Use the springboard to hit the switch, then go right and ride the moving platforms upward. Then, jump up the ledges and enter the door to the left. When you arrive in the next room, hit the P switch above you, then run to the right. Here, you must be quick to jump across the platforms (try your best to dodge the Boo on the second ledge), then hop up the small steps leading to the ceiling before the time runs out. If you do this successfully, run all the way right along the ceiling and you will find Star Coin #3 at the end. Then, go back left and drop down to the ground, and enter the door to the right. Now that you are outside, simply go right and the flagpole is there. NOTE: If you want to reach the secret exit instead, run left from the P switch and you will find a block on the upper ledge with a shine to it. Hit that block to make a beanstalk grow, then quickly jump up the ledges to reach the stalk before the blocks turn back into coins. Enter the hidden door at the top of the stalk and jump to the secret exit flagpole. This will open up the path to a Green House, as well as provide a shortcut to the Tower. Stage 7-2 --------- When you enter, jump across the ledges in the air and go up the upside-down pipe to reach the next area. Here, you will see a large platform with arrows pointing to the sides and upward. When you step on it, it'll begin to move. To change direction, walk to one of the sides to tilt slightly, otherwise it will just move straight up (this is how you will progress through this stage, so get used to it). Another fun aspect of this stage is how the sides of the screen wrap around, so if you go off the right side, you will reappear on the left side (this will also come in handy). Make your way upward, defeating Paratroopas along the way. After you pass through the area with walls on both sides, get to the right side and hit the blocks surrounding Star Coin #1, so you can collect it. Keep going upward as that's the only way you can go, and pass through the Red Ring for a red coin challenge if you so desire. Continue going upward past the midpoint, and stomp some more Koopa Troopas. You will soon come to a ledge on the right side with 2 blocks on it and a ? block floating overhead. Around this point, stomp a Koopa Troopa and take its shell upward. You will pass between platforms with blocks on them, as well as Star Coin #2 to the right. To obtain it, throw the shell to the left and it'll break the blocks on the right side, nabbing the coin for you in the process. Hit the blocks in the air as you continue upward, then stay toward the middle area, since there will be plenty of Paratroopas above you. When the wave of them flies downward, bounce on their heads to reach Star Coin #3 to the left. Then, get back onto your platform and continue to the upper-right ledge. Go through the pipe there, then when you emerge, bounce on the Paratroopas to reach the flagpole. Stage 7-3 --------- From the start, go right and bounce on the second Wiggler to hit the ? block for an item. Then, go down the green pipe to reach the next area. Here, you will see a giant Wiggler start walking to the right. It has MANY segments, but they do end, so try not to get too far behind as you make your way through the stage. Drop onto its back and run to the right, while jumping to collect a ton of coins in the air. After you pass the upside-down pipe which spits out Goombas, there will be a ledge with a Boomerang Bro on it. Hit the block below the Boomerang Bro to defeat it, then jump onto the remaining blocks to grab Star Coin #1. Continue onward while stomping Goombas and Paratroopas along the way. Up ahead, there will be a high ledge you need to bounce from a Paratroopa to reach. When you get up there, you will be able to claim Star Coin #2. Head right through the rest of the area, and when you reach the end, be careful of the Boomerang Bro. Go up the upside-down pipe to reach the final area by the flagpole. You will notice some blocks in a step formation below you. Ground pound the top one to make a beanstalk grow upside-down, then ground pound the lower blocks to gain access to it (you need to be at least Super Mario for this). Climb down the stalk a little bit, then jump to the right to reach Star Coin #3. Now that you have the third coin, jump back to the beanstalk and climb upward again. At the top, go right and jump to the flagpole to exit this stage. Tower ----- In here, go right and jump up the ledges, then go up the upside-down pipe while avoiding the moving spiked walls. In the second room, go up some more ledges when the spiked blocks move up and down. When you reach the right side of the room, you will see moving blocks below you, the top one moving fast while the bottom is moving slow. Drop down when the blocks move to the right and collect Star Coin #1. When it's safe, jump back out of here and continue going upward. When you reach the three moving platforms in the air, jump to the first one and squat down to avoid the spikes overhead. When it's safe, jump up to the second block and wait until it moves to the right. Squat to avoid the spikes, then walk to the right edge and squat down again. When you move back to the left, jump onto the top platform and then onto the upper-right ledge. Wait for the gray platform above you to move to the left, then wall jump upward to the next set of ledges. Head to the left and jump up to reach a series of steps with spikes on the sides of each. Wait for the steps to move left, then quickly but carefully jump up them to the top. Once there, go up and left to a door, and enter that room. In there, hit the blocks to get an item, then continue on to the following room. Jump onto the block above you when it comes down, and ride it upward. Then, head across to the left between the spiked blocks moving up and down (be careful of course). At the left side, jump onto the ledge and then hop across the gray blocks to reach the right side, one block at a time. When you reach the far right, go up the get Star Coin #2. Next, go back to the left side and hop up the thin ledges. There will be several large spiked blocks that will move around in close proximity. Hop your way between them when it's safe, and get to the ledge above them. When you reach the very top area, jump to the ledge where the door is. Before you go in however, wait for all the blocks around you to move away, then jump to reach Star Coin #3 to the left. Now, go into the room and meet Bowser Jr. You cannot attack this version of Bowser Jr. directly, as you may be used to; you have to wait for him to throw a green shell at you, and then you throw it back at him. After you throw the shell, jump on Bowser Jr's belly to cause damage. The platforms below you will move back and forth, so things can get slightly tricky, but it's still not too hard. As always, 3 hits will beat Bowser Jr. Stage 7-4 --------- In this stage, you will have to make your way all the way upward, by means of Spin Blocks and mushroom platforms. Begin by running all the way right along the ground. When you reach the rightmost area, jump onto the Spin Block there and glide upward and to the left to grab Star Coin #1. Land on the platform below, then use the Spin Blocks and bounce upward via the trampoline mushroom platforms. Glide to the left when you reach the highest platform and you will reach Star Coin #2 as well. Once you grab the second coin, go left and use the Spin Blocks to continue upward. After you pass the midpoint above, continue bouncing upward and using the Spin Blocks to gain even more height. At the top, you can bounce from the platform to reach Star Coin #3, then glide in the air to collect the rest of the coins. If you are high enough as you glide to the right, you should reach the upside-down pipe above the trampoline platform (if not, then use the Spin Blocks and bounce/glide your way upward to try again). NOTE: If you want to reach the secret exit, you need to be Mini Mario. From where you get Star Coin #3, use the Spin Block and jump onto the winged block above. Jump into the wall alcove, then jump from that to the top ledge, and go up the skinny pipe as Mini Mario. Then, go right to the secret exit's flagpole. This will open up a shortcut to the Castle. In the next area, use the Spin Blocks to make your way upward to the top of the cliff. If you want to reach a secret coin area, break the 3 blocks to the right, then hit the block at the bottom of the area to sprout a beanstalk; climb it and go up a pipe to reach the bonus coin area. Either way, at the top, head right to the flagpole and this stage will be completed. Stage 7-5 --------- Here, make your way to the right across the landscape littered with Bullet Bill cannons and Bob-ombs. After you cross the first pit, jump on the Bob-omb at the other side. Pick up the bomb and bounce from a Bullet Bill to reach the upper ledge to the right. Have the bomb clear those blocks, then go right to receive Star Coin #1. Continue to the right along a straight flat path, and you will see a skinny pipe covered with a block. Use a Bob-omb to clear the block, then if you are Mini Mario or have a Mini Mushroom in reserve, use it now and go down that pipe. In the room below, jump across the platforms to the right side of the room and hit the ? block there to get a Mega Mushroom. Charge to the left side of the room, and push the pipe above Star Coin #2 to the right, so you can drop down and collect it when the power wears out. After you get the second coin, make your way to the right side of the room and go up the pipe to exit the room. Outside again, make your way to the right some more, being careful not to get hit by Bullet Bills. Between two of the cannons ahead, you will spot Star Coin #3 in plain sight, so pick it up while being careful not to get hit. Farther ahead to the right, you will see a pipe covered with blocks. If you want to reach the secret exit leading to Stage 7-A, clear the blocks with 2 Bob-ombs, then continue to the secret flagpole. Here is a diagram showing where you should place the Bob-omb (shown with an X) in both instances to clear the way to the pipe: First Bob-omb: Second Bob-omb: _ _ _ _|_|_|_ |_|_ _ X|_|_|_|_|_ _ |_|_|_ _ _ _|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_ _ _ _ _ _ _ X|_|_|_|_|_ _ |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| PIPE PIPE If you're not interested in the secret though, stomp the giant Bullet Bills being shot from a huge cannon to the right, and continue to the flagpole behind it. Stage 7-6 --------- In this stage, make your way through the first part by jumping across mushroom platforms and defeating numerous Paratroopas. When you reach the large tilting mushroom platform, bounce off a Paratroopa's head to reach the upper ledge to the right. When you pass the midpoint, you will come to 2 rows of blocks. NOTE: If you want to get the first star coin, as well as the secret exit (you'll have to return to this stage to get the remaining coins then), follow these instructions. Break the top row of blocks (need to be Super Mario), then hit the middle block in the bottom row to grow a beanstalk. Climb it to reach a hidden area. Ride the mushroom platform to the right, and jump to collect Star Coin #1 in the air. At the end, go up the pipe and head right to the secret flagpole. This exit will lead to the hidden Stage 7-7 on the map. If you don't want the secret exit (or will return later to get the first star coin, go right past the 2 rows of blocks, then drop down to the lower area past the wall. Go right and jump up to grab Star Coin #2 when the Paratroopas don't present a danger. Jump up to the top ledge and continue right, avoiding the Piranha Plant as it emerges from the pipes. Go down the yellow pipe when it is clear to reach a new area. There, bounce across the Paratroopas to reach the red pipe to the right. Go up it and you will receive Star Coin #3 as you emerge. Then, jump up and avoid the Paratroopas as you continue onward to the right. Get past the large block formation infested with Koopa Troopas, then go up the hills and jump from the final Paratroopa to reach the flagpole. Stage 7-A --------- From the start, go right and into the pipe to head into a pipe-filled area. In here, go right and jump below the horizontal pipe to reveal 3 hidden blocks. Go left and jump onto the upper ledge, then go right into that pipe to get Star Coin #1. Head back through the pipe and go through the upside- down pipe to reach the next part. Be careful, as Baby Wigglers may fall out of certain pipes. In the room above, head right and avoid the Piranha Plant, and go into the rightmost pipe. When you launch up, collect the coins on the way up and down. You will notice a pipe acting as the left wall; as you fall back down, slide along the right wall, then wall jump and go up that pipe. You will reach a hidden room to the right, where you can obtain Star Coin #2. Then, go back through the pipe and drop to the area below. When you land, jump to the upper blue ledge and then go up the left pipe. Up there, head to the right and up a couple ledges to the yellow platform. From there, go right and up, being careful to avoid the Piranha Plant, then jump across the pipe steps leading to the left. At the end, jump into the upside- down pipe directly above you when the Piranha Plant recedes into its pipe. Head to the right and hit the ? block to receive a Mini Mushroom. As Mini Mario, head back to the left and wall jump between the left wall and the upside-down pipe. Then, go up the skinny pipe and collect Star Coin #3 when you appear at the other end. Grab the coins overhead, then exit via the pipe to the right. From here, be careful of the Piranha Plants since you're particularly vulnerable right now, and jump to the far right. Hit the yellow face block a few times to form a stack, then jump onto it and go through the right pipe. Once you're outside, go right and hop over to the flagpole to exit. Stage 7-7 --------- Starting off in this automatically-scrolling stage, go right and hit the ? block to get an item. When you reach the wheel with ledges around it, stand on the ledges farthest to the side to make the wheel move. Go right with it, making sure to grab Star Coin #1 as you pass. Hop along the donut blocks so they don't sink, then jump to the next ledge with the Koopa Troopa. Make your way right by jumping across platforms that move back and forth, then jump onto the platform on a track going upward. Head upward atop the platform on the track, jumping through the Red Ring on the way if you want. At the end of the track, jump to the left platform and stand on the first set of donut blocks. Sink with them to obtain Star Coin #2 then jump onto the ledge above to avoid dying. Go left onto another series of donut blocks, hopping along them to keep them from sinking. When the screen scrolls upward again, jump up to the higher tiers of donut blocks. At the top, jump to grab Star Coin #3 in the air, then get onto the moving platform to the right. Hop across the next bunch of donut blocks (or sink with some to grab the coins under the platforms). When you reach the next track, hop onto the wheel of ledges, but this time, you have to manually turn it to progress up the track. Simply stand on the rightmost ledge of the wheel and keep jumping upward as it turns to keep a constant pace, so you don't get caught by the scrolling screen. At the top of the track, bounce on the Paratroopas to reach the final flagpole to the right. Castle ------ In here, go right and hop onto the line of green blocks, and they will begin to move (another element from Super Mario World here). The blocks will act as your means of transport throughout this castle, so stay towards the front of it and be ready to jump to avoid any obstacles in the way. Go right and up the steps, then jump over the first electrical ball enemy. When the line of blocks turns downward, jump in the air to grab Star Coin #1. Follow the line of blocks to the left, jumping over the second electrical ball below you. Continue to the right with the blocks, as they pass over the spiked floors. Hit the ? block along the way to get an item. When you reach the Thwomps, trigger them to fall by getting close, then jump over them so you don't end up falling off back end of the blocks. Up ahead, you will hit the end of the line, so jump onto the regular platforms to reach the midpoint. Hit the next ? block to get another item, then hop onto the next set of green blocks. Follow them to the right, this time moving to avoid the spiked balls that rotate around the blocks they're connected to. When you are above Star Coin #2, drop down from above to grab it, then squat down on the block until the green blocks come back to the right. At that point, jump back onto the blocks and continue onward. Up ahead, watch out for the fire-shooting blocks (you can move around on the blocks to avoid them, but a couple of them you'll have to jump over). When you reach the far right, the blocks will stop moving before they fall into the pit below. Stand to the right and wait until the block you're on starts to fall. When that happens, jump to the right, grabbing Star Coin #3 on the way up. Then, land on the ledge and enter the boss's room. Out here, jump up the ledges and go right (if you want a hidden item, jump to the left ledge and hop around to find a hidden block). On the bridge, you will meet up with Lakithunder, who appears to be this world's boss. Lakithunder will float around high above, throwing Spiny balls at you, and every now and then will try and hit you from above with a lightning bolt. There are gaps at each end of the platform, so be careful not to fall into them as you avoid the attacks. Lakithunder will swoop down every now and then; when he does, jump on his head to score a hit. Do this three times to win the fight. Once the fight is over, grab the golden key and head on out to World 8! ======= World 8 ======= S: Start Point #: Stage Locations T: Tower C: Castle GT: Green Toad House IT: Item Toad House MT: Mega Toad House *: Secret path unlocked by finding a secret exit within a level. x#: Pay the designated amount of Star Coins to open the path. /---MT IT | | |^x5 |^x5 S --- 1 --- 2 ---T1 --- 3 ---- 4 ---C1 ---- 5 --- 6 --- 7 --- 8 ---T2 C2 |vx5 | | | | | GT ---/ \----/ Stage 8-1 --------- When you arrive in this opener stage, you will notice that things are much darker. Also, there will be crows hovering overhead and swooping down at you every now and then, so watch out. Anyway, head to the right and defeat the numerous enemies you come across. Eventually you will come to a point where there is a single ? block in the air and two blocks below it. Hit that block to get a springboard. Pick up the springboard and carry it to the right, then jump to the ledge comprised of 2 blocks and drop it there. Bounce on the springboard to reach a hidden area in the sky, where you will be able to grab Star Coin #1. When you land, hop over the pits as you continue to the right. Hit the block past the midpoint to get an item, while stomping the various Bullet Bills you'll encounter as you head right. When you reach a bunch of step platforms with Bullet Bill cannons on them, bounce from a Bullet Bill to reach Star Coin #2 high in the air. Next, jump to the upper-right ledge and go right. Jump on the giant Bullet Bill when it gets shot at you, then drop to the ledge below to retrieve Star Coin #3. Jump back up and bounce on the next giant bullet to land on the cannon itself. From there, jump to the small ledge to the right, then onward to the flagpole. Stage 8-2 --------- Start off this level by entering the pipe directly in front of you. In the watery room, swim to the right and hit the ? switch to raise the water level temporarily. Quickly swim upward to the surface, then jump to the ledge and head through the left pipe. In that room, hop across the barrels floating on the surface and hit the ? switch on the far ledge to raise the water some more. Get back across the room by hopping on the barrels, then go through the pipe on the upper ledge (the skinny pipe you can access as Mini Mario only leads to a coin room). In the next room full of blocks, stand about 3/4 of the way to the right side of the blocks, then ground pound straight down through all the rows. If you were in the proper position, you will grab Star Coin #1 in the air on the way down. When you hit the ground, the midpoint flag will pop up, so go into the right pipe. When you appear in the next room, go right and hit the ? switch to raise the water level again. Swim to the very top and the two spider enemies will be at the surface. Get to the right side and bounce on one, then wall jump at the peak of your jump to grab Star Coin #2 in the air high above. After that, go into the water and enter the lower of the two pipes on the right side of the room. In the next room, hit the ? switch on the ceiling and swim upward in the right side of the room. At the top, jump to the ledge and grab Star Coin #3. Then, sink back to the bottom area and hit the ? switch again. This time, swim up the left side and go up the upside-down pipe there. When you get outside, jump across the small ledges to reach the flagpole. Tower #1 -------- Starting off, wait for the first gray platform to move over the spike pit so you can safely cross. Then, jump to the next ledge and stomp the Dry Bones there. Go left and walk along the second gray platform when it moves left, then jump to the ledge where Star Coin #1 can be recovered. Go back right and jump onto the extremely long gray platform above you, then hop onto the ? block to the right. From there, jump to the next couple of gray platforms above. When you reach the plateau, stomp on the Dry Bones and jump to the upper-left ledge when the gray platform below moves to the left, allowing you to reach it. Jump upward onto the upper ledge when the large gray block moves away, then hop up to a small ledge and squat down. Allow the gray ledge to push you to the right, below all the spikes, then jump onto the upper ledge at the end. Go left and onto the ledge where the gray block is moving back and forth on. When it moves to the left, follow it, then squat down and hop through the opening between the block and the left side of the room. Once there, jump up the ledges while avoiding the Spiked Beetles, and collect Star Coin #2 at the top. Squat down on the top ledge to get pushed out of this alcove, then continue to the right. Ride the block upward and head left through the midpoint. Keep on heading upward by jumping upon the gray blocks when you have room to do so. Get to the right side, and use the springboard to reach the top area. Once there, stomp on the Dry Bones enemies and wait for the winged block to fly overhead. Hit it and jump onto it, then leap in the air to grab Star Coin #3 (there are some hidden blocks, so be careful). With that done, go into the boss door to meet Bowser Jr. This tower fight with Bowser Jr. will be a bit tricky, with the moving blocks on the sides that can crush you if you fall, and the fire-shooting blocks. Additionally, you cannot stomp on Bowser Jr. normally; you have to avoid him and wait until he throws a green shell to send it back at him. Throw the shell and stomp on his belly to cause damage. Do this three times and Bowser Jr. will run off to the castle, leaving you with a victory. Stage 8-3 --------- When you enter this stage, go into the pipe ahead of you to reach the underwater portion. Hit the ? block between the bubbles to get an item, then start heading upward through the area. As you swim towards the top, try to stay away from the holes in the sides, since small eels will try to come out and hit you if you're not careful. When you finally reach the top, a giant eel will bust through the blocks to the left and give chase to you through the rest of the stage. You must keep swimming to the right as quickly as you can to avoid getting hit, since the giant eel WILL keep up with you rather well. There will be plenty of pipes blowing air to the right, which can assist in pushing you along. There are Cheep Cheeps swimming around every now and then, so try your best to avoid them as well. Stay towards the bottom half of the room as you go, and you will eventually come across Star Coin #1 below a row of blocks. From where you get the first coin, swim to the upper half of the room and continue to the right. You will soon see Star Coin #2 in an alcove by the ceiling; break the blocks below it to reach it (you'll have to be quick to avoid the eel here, it can be tough). Continue onward and you will reach a wall with Star Coin #3 at the other side of it, in an underhang of sorts. Swim around to get it quickly, but then you have to keep moving to stay ahead of the eel. After this, swim along the top of the area and you will reach the end very shortly. Go through the red pipe to get outside, and away from that eel once and for all. Out here, go right and bounce on the Paratroopa to reach the flagpole and get some points! Stage 8-4 --------- In this final regular stage before the castle, you will have to be careful since spiders will constantly fall from the sky as you move to the right. Head right from the start and hit the ? block to get an item, then hop across a bunch of gray moving platforms. When you reach the ledge with the Koopa Troopa, bounce from a falling spider to the right in order to reach the upper-right ledge (or you can get a good running start from the lower blocks and dash jump, but that's more dangerous). Either way, when you get to that ledge, grab Star Coin #1 there. Pass the midpoint to the right, then hit the next ? block to get an item. Jump over the pit and continue to the right, and you will reach a series of platforms that move up and down. Above the last one is Star Coin #2, so dash jump from the second-to-last platform to reach it. On the next platform, hit the left ? block to get a Starman if you want it. Up ahead, get onto the moving gray platforms and you will see a skinny pipe below (you will need to be Mini Mario for this; if you aren't, either come back to this level later, or continue right to the flagpole). As Mini Mario, go down the skinny pipe into a hidden room. Hit the first ? block to get a Starman, then go across to the right side of the room, killing the Mini Goombas along the way. At the other side, hit the other ? block to get another Starman. This time, jump to the upper ledge and run all the way left. At the end, grab Star Coin #3 and go through the pipe to exit. When you emerge, simply go right and jump to the flagpole (hopefully your Starman power will still be active to make this easy). Castle #1 --------- Here you are at last, in the final castle of the final world (so you think). So you are aware, on every dry platform there is a red block that will switch the platforms on the surrounding tracks. Anyway, hit the block above where you begin and ride the platform on the low track. Ignore the second block and continue right. On the third ledge, hit the block, then ride the upper platform back to the left so you can nab Star Coin #1. Ride the platform back across, then ignore the block and continue to the right. At the next stop, hit the block and use the platform above the one you're currently on to reach the upper track. Ride that platform to the right, but stay aboard when it falls and you will reach Star Coin #2 below. On the next safe ledge, do not hit the block and ride the lower platform onward (make sure to jump over the wall as you pass and avoid the fireballs). At the end of the ride, swing from the rope to reach the next platform. There, hit the second block to get an item. For the next part, jump across the rotating triangular blocks, followed by some rectangular blocks. Swing from another rope, then jump to the final ledge. Drop to the platform on the track, and squat down as it passes to the right. Over there, jump across the rotating platforms to reach Star Coin #3 (there is a hidden third platform above the lava, which you can stand on when they're vertically aligned). When you're done, wait for the platform to return, then ride it back to the left. Then, jump to the upper ledge and go through the door to reach the boss's room. Inside, head to the right and you will run into Bowser Jr. once again. He will run off, leaving you to face Skeletal Bowser. This version of Bowser will move towards you, stopping periodically to throw bones or spit fire at you. Every so often he will jump in the air (sometimes high, other times just a slight bit). When that happens, quickly run/slide underneath and step on the red switch to end the fight. Just when you thought that was it, Bowser Jr. will escape with the Princess. The view will shift to the world map, where a bridge forms leading to an entirely new area of the world. Guess it's not over yet, so you might as well continue onward. Stage 8-5 --------- In this lava-filled stage, head to the right, jumping from platform to platform while avoiding the fireballs and lava. Head right and hit the ? block above the large wobbling platform to get an item. There will be brown platforms balancing on tiny bases, and they will fall over shortly after you step on them, so be quick to avoid sinking with it. Continue right and drop to a lower ledge to get Star Coin #1 on the way (it's below the platform with two ? blocks). Up ahead, hit the ? block on the next large platform to get another item. Hop along a series of platforms, then jump onto the wobbling platform at the top of those steps. Jump to the lower platform to the right, then stomp a Koopa Troopa and kick its shell to the left to receive Star Coin #2. Go right and jump along the coin arc, then continue by jumping across a bunch of low-lying platforms, defeating the Koopa Troopas along the way. At the end of this stretch, you will reach a slightly raised platform. On that one, dash and jump to the higher ledge, then jump from that to reach Star Coin #3. Now, go into the pipe ahead to reach the final area. When you emerge, go right to the flagpole and exit this stage. Stage 8-6 --------- In here, you will have another of those stages where both sides of the screen are connected (you run off the right side and appear on the left, and vice versa). Start by going left and up the path to the first ? block, which will contain an item. Jump through the thin ledge above, and then jump upward through the opening in the center. Go down the pipe to launch over the left wall, then go down those steps to reach Star Coin #1. From here, go up the steps and jump through the thin ledge above, then go up the hills while defeating the Goombas on the way up. Hit the next ? block for an item, and you will now see some Spin Blocks. Use the first two to reach the upper ledges. Avoid the Paratroopa and use the third Spin Block to reach the upper-left ledge, then ground pound through the blocks to obtain Star Coin #2. Hop up the small ledges and go left to the other side of the screen, then drop onto the Spin Block and use it to reach the upper section. Move to the left as you jump up the red platforms, avoiding the Spiny enemies (if you are Fire Mario, kill them). When you reach the fourth red platform, jump through the right opening to reach Star Coin #3. After that, hop up the final couple of ledges and drop into the pipe to launch out of here. Out there, you can simply go right to the flagpole (if you want some coins and possibly the 1-Up, go left and use the Spin Block, then glide to the flagpole). Stage 8-7 --------- Starting off, go right and jump across the Paratroopas to reach the upper ledge. Hit the ? block to get an item, then go right and defeat some more enemies. When you reach the high wall, jump to reveal a hidden block, and use it to jump over. Ahead, you will meet the Sledge Bro, who will throw hammers and periodically jump up and down, causing the ground to shake (jump when he lands to avoid being stunned). Defeat it or use the platform above to avoid it, then drop to the lower area at the other side, and run across the blocks below to reach Star Coin #1. As soon as you grab the coin, jump to the ledge above to avoid falling into the pit. Continue to the right, shimmying along the cliffs while jumping to collect coins. Up ahead, stomp the Paratroopas you encounter and continue right to reach a couple of Fire Bros. Jump to avoid their fireballs, then jump on the first one and hit the second one from below by utilizing the blocks. Hit the ? block to get a Starman, then go right and kill the Koopa Troopas to accumulate points quickly. Jump onto the moving platforms and defeat the Boomerang Bro, then collect Star Coin #2 on the platform where the enemy was. Hop across a couple more platforms to the next part, where you will see another Sledge Bro. You will need to be Super Mario to ground pound through the blocks below, so you can reach Star Coin #3. If not, then come back later. Continue right and defeat another Boomerang Bro, and jump through the Red Ring. Collect the first two coins, then launch through the pipe to cross the pit. Then, go right to the flagpole to exit this stage. Stage 8-8 --------- Here, you will have to worry about falling chunks of molten rock, which can get VERY annoying. If those rocks hit the Fireworks Bob-ombs, it will ignite them to explode, but they won't damage you, instead shooting off fireworks in the air. Also, the molten rocks can break through the cracked yellow blocks throughout the stage. The falling rocks have a pattern though: after they fall, there will be a brief pause before the volcanoes in the background erupt again, so take advantage of this pause when you can. Go right and jump up to the higher ledge, then head back to the left to retrieve Star Coin #1. Head to the right some more while avoiding the falling rocks, and you will see a skinny pipe below a thin ledge. Ignore it for now, and continue to the right. When you reach a long flat path with cracked blocks occupying every couple of spaces, stand over the second set of cracked blocks (they're a lighter gray than the surrounding blocks). You will need to be Mini Mario for this, so hopefully you brought along a Mini Mushroom; if not, you will have to return later. Wait for the falling rocks above to clear those blocks, then go down the skinny pipe. In the maze below, make your way through it, collecting Star Coin #2 at the bottom center area. Exit via the upper-left pipe. When you emerge, jump to the ledge directly above, then jump again to hit a hidden block containing a Starman. Run all the way right along that flat path, and you will see Star Coin #3 surrounded by blocks. Wait for the falling rocks to clear some of those blocks away, giving you access to the coin. With all three coins in your possession, continue to the right through the rest of the level. There will be another long platform comprised entirely of cracked blocks. Run across it, hopping over the Fireworks Bob-ombs and avoiding the rocks. At the very end, jump to the flagpole to end this stage. Tower #2 -------- In this final tower of the game, go right and you will get to ride on another of those long green block platforms. Move along with the platform as it moves upward and to the right, avoiding the rotating fire sticks along the way. When you start moving to the left again, watch out for the spikes as you go left with the platform. Jump to collect Star Coin #1 in a niche between the spikes. Keep riding the green platform as it snakes around the open area above. When the platform starts moving upward and to the right amongst the rotating fire sticks, jump to the ledge above the green blocks, and head right to collect Star Coin #2. Reunite with the green blocks at the end, and continue riding it upward and to the left. For this next part, you will have to deal with spiked balls plowing through the walls and falling in your direction. As you reach the left side of the room, one of the spiked balls will land on your platform and will roll along, so jump to avoid it. As you reach the upper-left area of the room, you will see another spiked ball blasting through the wall, but there will also be a ledge above that point. Jump to the ledge and you will find Star Coin #3. Now, ride the platform as it makes its final ascent in the center area, while avoiding the spikes on the walls. At the top, go right and into the door to face up against Bowser Jr. For this matchup, you cannot jump on Bowser Jr. directly, but there are no other hazards in the room, so long as you stay on the battle platform. Anyway, Bowser Jr. will jump and charge at you before throwing a green shell rather quickly at you. Jump on the shell and toss it back at Bowser Jr. to flip him over, then stomp his belly to cause damage. Do this three times and the battle will end. Final Castle ------------ At last, you are at the final castle of the game, but don't expect things to be too easy! In this first room, go right across all the platforms while being careful of the fireballs jumping out of the lava. At the end, go through the door to reach the next room. In here, hit the middle block to reveal a ? switch; hit it to flip the room, then enter the newly accessible door. In this room, make your way upward and to the right while avoiding the fire- shooting blocks. When you reach the rightmost point by the door, go into the room there. Trigger the giant Thwomp to fall, then jump over the platform as it rises again. Hit the third block above to reveal a ? switch, then continue right. Hit the ? block above to get an item, and hop over the left wall to hit the switch. After the room flips, drop to the lower area and go left. Wait for the giant Thwomp to fall and rise before crossing underneath, then enter the next room. Make your way all the way to the far left side of the room, while jumping over the fire-shooting blocks when it's safe to do so. Jump over the spike pit and you will see a lone block; hit it to reveal a ? switch. Jump on the switch to make a moving platform appear in the adjacent room to the left. Next, go back to the right side of the room again. After you pass the platform with the two fire-shooting blocks, you will see an upper ledge above the path with the Dry Bones. Jump to that ledge and slide under the upside- down fire-shooter to reach the door. In that next room, go up the steps after you trigger the Thwomps. At the top, jump to the upper ledge and head left to find Star Coin #1. Now, go back to the right and make your way downward. Avoid the spikes as you go down and to the left. When you are going down the steps, hit the blocks overhead and one will yield a ? switch. Hit it to flip the room, then jump back up the steps. Avoid the Thwomps as you reach the top area, then trigger the Thwomp to the right. When it rises, quickly slip under it and go right. Jump over the spike pit and defeat the Dry Bones, then enter the room below. Here, you will see a spike pit to the left and a platform moving up and down above it (the one you made appear before). Jump to the platform and enter the upper-left door it leads you to. In that room, go right to find Star Coin #2, then jump to the upper ledge and go through the door there. Go right in that room to pass the midpoint finally, then hit the ? block ahead to get an item. Go right and you will see three levels of platforms you can travel on. If you remember the original Super Mario Bros., you will know that you have to get through this next section by traveling the different levels in a certain order, or else it'll loop infinitely. If you took the right path, you will hear a ding; if you took the wrong path, you will hear a heavier sound, and you will have to start from the beginning. Anyway, for this next part, take the bottom path, then the top path, and finally the middle path. If you did it right, you will be able to continue onward. Below you will see Star Coin #3 in the corner. Ground pound the blocks to the right of it, then go into the corner and grab the coin. Jump through the thin ledge and continue right to the boss door. Go inside and head right to meet up with Bowser and Bowser Jr. The fight will now commence against both father and son, together. Your first priority will have to be Bowser Jr. He will jump and charge at you, and you are not allowed to jump on him normally because of the spiked shell. Wait for Bowser Jr. to throw a green shell, then toss it back at him, and jump on his belly to cause damage. Do this three times and Bowser Jr. is done for. While you're dealing with Bowser Jr. though, regular-sized Bowser will slowly move towards you while spitting fireballs. After you beat Bowser Jr, the Resurrected Bowser will start shooting several fireballs at once in various directions. Stay back, then jump to avoid the lower-flying ones. He will sometimes shoot three blue fireballs at you: one straight ahead, and the other two will go in each of the diagonal directions. All you need to do is wait for Bowser to jump in the air. When he does, quickly dash under him and step on the red switch to remove the bridge, finishing him off in such a traditional fashion. Following the fight, you will be reunited with Princess Peach, and the credits will begin to roll. Congratulations on playing through and beating the New Super Mario Bros. game! *****************************************************************************