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You might know me as Deathborn 668 on the message boards and I decided to write this FAQ for Super Mario 64 DS because....well....I enjoy writing FAQ's. What more must I say? I absolutely loved the orginal, and upon hearing of the arrival of this game, I nearly 'sploded from excitement. After getting it the controls took some time to getting used to, but this game delivers so much the orginal had and more. Anyways... If you see any information that's wrong, or that I haven't put in here yet, please E-Mail me at someguy668 (at) yahoo (dot) com About the FAQ....I repeat the description for Stars. Why do I do this? It helps both people using this FAQ. During the normal Walkthrough I will list most Secret Stars as we pass them, useful for people following step by step, reading this FAQ as they play the game in order. I also cover some things in a seperate section, so those people who just want to look at a particular thing not in a jumbled mess of other Stars can look their easily. Thanks for understanding. As always, use Ctrl+F to quickly find what you are searching for. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Table of Contents~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ============================================== I.Disclaimer | ============================================== II.Story | ============================================== III.The Cast of Characters | | III A.Mario | | III B.Luigi | | III C.Yoshi | | III D.Wario | | III E.Princess Peach | | III F.Toads | | III G.Bowser | ============================================== IV.Controls | | IV A.Standard, Touch Mode, Dual-Hand Mode | | IV B.Basic button controls | | IV C.Moves for every character | | IV D.Character specific moves | | IV E.Items in the Game | ============================================== V.Adventure Mode | | V A.Course 1:Bob-omb Battlefield | -Getting access to the Castle | -Big Bob-omb on the Summit | -Footrace with Koopa the Quick | -5 Silver Stars! | -Big Bob-omb's Revenge | -Mario Wings to the Sky | -Find the 8 Red Coins | -Behind Chain-Chomp's Gate | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V B.Course 2:Whomp's Fortress | -Chip off Whomp's Block | -To the Top of the Fortress | -Shoot into the Wild Blue | -Red Coins on the Floating Isle | -Fall onto the Caged Island | -Blast Away the Wall | -Switch Star of the Fortress | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V C.Course 3:Jolly Rodger Bay | -Plunder in the Sunken Ship | -Can the Eel Come Out to Play? | -Treasure in the Ocean Cave | -Blast to the Stone Pillar | -Red Coins on the Ship Afloat | -Switch Star of the Bay | -Through the Jet Stream | -100 Coins Star | -The Secret Aquarium | -Back to the Castle..... | | V D.Course 4:Cool, Cool Mountain | -Slip Slidin' Away | -Li'l Penguin Lost | -Big Penguin Race | -Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins | -Snowman Lost His Head | -Mario's Super Wall Kick | -Switch Star of Cool, Cool Mountain | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V E.Goomboss's Chamber | -Princess's Secret Slide | -Looking at the Character Doors | -Sunshine Isles | -Red Coins in Goomboss's Area | -Wall Kick Switch Star in Goomboss's Area | -Goomboss Battle | | V F.Bowser in the Dark World | -Red Coins | -Switch Star | -Facing Bowser | -? Switch Level | -Back to the Castle..... | | V G.Course 5:Big Boo's Haunt | -Red Coins in the Courtyard | -Go on a Ghost Hunt | -Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round | -Secret of the Haunted Books | -Seek the 8 Red Coins | -Big Boo's Balcony | -Eye to Eye in the Secret Room | -Switch Star in the Basement | -100 Coins Star | -Getting Luigi | -Back to the Castle..... | | V H.Course 6:Hazy Maze Cave | -Swimming Beast in the Cavern | -Elevate for 8 Red Coins | -Metal-head Wario Can Move | -Navigating the Toxic Maze | -A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit | -Watch for Falling Rocks | -Underground Switch Star | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V I.Course 7:Lethal Lava Land | -Boil the Big Bully | -Bully the Bullies | -8-Coin Puzzle with 15 Pieces | -Red-Hot Log Rolling | -Hot-Foot-It Into the Volcano | -Inside the Volcano | -Flaming Silver Stars | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V J.Course 8:Shifting Sands Land | -In the Talons of the Big Bird | -Shining Atop the Pyramid | -Inside the Ancient Pyramid | -Stand Tall on the Four Pillars | -Tox Box Switch Star | -Pyramid Puzzle | -Free Flying for 8 Red Coins | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V K.Course 9:Dire Dire Docks | -Board Bowser's Sub | -Chests in the Current | -Pole-Jumping for Red Coins | -Through the Jet Stream | -Koopa Surfin' Switch Star | -Inside the Cage | -The Manta Ray's Reward | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V L.Bowser in the Fire Sea | | V M.Course 10:Snowman's Land | -Snowman's Big Head | -Chill with the Bully | -Yoshi's Ice Sculpture | -Whirl from the Freezing Pond | -Snowman's Silver Star | -Into the Igloo | -Red Coins in the House | -100 Coins Star | -Unlocking Wario | -Back to the Castle..... | | V N.Course 11:Wet-Dry Land | -Shocking Arrow Lifts! | -Top O' The Town | -5 Secrets in the Shallows & Sky | -Express Elevator--Hurry Up! | -Go to Town for Red Coins | -Quick Race Through Downtown! | -Soaked Silver Stars | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V O.Course 12:Tall, Tall Mountain | -Scale the Mountain | -Mystery of the Monkey Cage | -Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins | -Mysterious Mountainside | -Blast to the Lonely Mushroom | -5 Secrets of the Mountain | -Breathtaking View from the Bridge | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V P.Course 13:Tiny-Huge Island | -Pluck the Pirhana Flower | -The Tip Top of the Huge Island | -Rematch with Koopa the Quick | -Klepto the Condor | -Wiggler's Red Coins | -Make Wiggler Squirm | -Switch Star on the Island | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V Q.Course 14:Tick-Tock Clock | -Luigi in the Cage | -The Pendulum Switch Star | -Get a Hand | -Stomp on the Thwomp | -Timed Jumps on Moving Bars | -Stop Time for Red Coins | -Tick Tock Silver Stars | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V R.Course 15:Rainbow Ride | -Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow | -The Big House in the Sky | -Coins Amassed in a Maze | -Swingin' in the Breeze | -Tricky Triangles! | -Somewhere Over the Rainbow | -Switch Star of the Manor | -100 Coins Star | -Back to the Castle..... | | V S.Bowser in the Sky | -Red Coins | -Switch Star | -Facing the Final Bowser | | V T.All of the Castle's Secret Stars | | V U.Bowser Battles | ============================================== VI.Quick Walkthrough | ============================================== VII.Mini-Games | | VII A.Yoshi's Mini-games | | VII B.Mario's Mini-games | | VII C.Luigi's Mini-games | | VII D.Wario's Mini-games | | VII E.Rabbits locations for Mini-games | ============================================== VIII.FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) | ============================================== IX.Signs and Plaques List | ============================================== X.Unique Star Requirements | ============================================== XI.Multiplayer | ============================================== XII.Well-Known Glitches | ============================================== XIII.Secrets of the Castle | ============================================== IXV.Maximum Coin Counts | ============================================== XV.Complete 150 Star Checklist | ============================================== XVI.Credits | ============================================== -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~I.Disclaimer~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- This FAQ IS NOT to be used in any way other than for refrence. The only sites allowed to host this FAQ is GameFAQ's, Gamespot, IGN, and GameInformer. That is it. Feel free to print this out and use it as a quick and handy guide for yourself. I don't really care if you do so. DO'S -Print his guide for your own useage -Host this guide on another site (If you want to please E-Mail me for permission) -Give this guide to other people PROVIDED you don't use it for profit DONT'S -Sell this guide on EBay/Any other site for profit -Take this guide and call it your own -Plagerize and not give me credit Thank you for following these guidelines. It's appreciated. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~II.Story~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was a quiet and boring day as usual for Princess Peach. Bowser was quite being expected to kidnap her for like the bazillinth time, so Peach decided to invite Mario over for cake....again. Mario arives along with Luigi and Wario, ready to crash the party (Having cake is classified as a party?). The three enter he castle....but they never come back out. Yoshi is seen sleeping on the roof and Lakitu notices as well that the three never came out. Lakitu tries to wake Yoshi up (Oddly, the cutscene shows him on the ground now sleeping. Huh?) and Lakitu tells Yoshi what happened. Yoshi soon finds out that Mario, Luigi, and Wario have been trapped inside the castle walls, along with Princess Peach and 150 Power Stars. It's up to Yoshi to rescue his friends and save Peach from the evil King Bowser. Can Yoshi manage to accomplish this all by himself? Of course not, but he will have some help along the way. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~III.The Cast of Characters~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mario-Mario is, of course, the main character of the game. Mario is, of course, worldly famous for his classic Jump, throwing a ton of parties, his personality, and above all, saving Princess Peach hundreds upon hundreds of times. Of course, Mario didn't start out with Peach. He started way back over 20 years ago in Donkey Kong trying to sav his girlfriend Pauline from the nastiness of Donkey Kong. Nobody knows whether they broke up, or Pauline is the new Princess Peach. It'll never be said. Mario is quite a well balanced character in this game, and his speed and jumps will serve you well. You will be needing Mario for most major elements of the game, so get used to using him a lot. Fortunately, he's easy to use and if you played the original Super Mairo 64 you'll find he hasn't changed a bit. Luigi-The brother of the world famous Mario is finally playable again! Ever since his experience at Luigi's Mansion, Luigi hasn't done a lot... for quite a while. He's back with his trademark high jump and kick in the air to keep him suspended up their longer. Luigi is sadly quite weak...but that doesn't make any difference for the brother that has laid in the shadows of Mario for a really long time. Everyone comes to love Luigi at some point in playing Mario games, and the fact he can walk on water is no exception. Yoshi-How does anyone NOT know cute Yoshi? You start out as Yoshi, and I do believe this is his first 3-D platformer that he can play in. Yoshi has had a really long history, dating back nearly 15 years ago when he first popped out of an egg and greeted Mario. Ever since then they have been best friends Yoshi has a cool variety of moves. He has his trademark Flutter Jump where you can stay suspended in the air a bit longer. Quite useful if you jump off a cliff by accident. Yoshi is also able to swallow his enemies and turn them into eggs which he can fling into other foes. He'll be needing this move because Yoshi isn't capable of punching or kicking, so you'll need to use eggs to destroy objects the other characters would destroy by punching. Wario-The Wario-Man is back in action, and this time starring in a game with Mario. Oh, that's quite ironic. Wario has always been known for his immense greed, which usually results in putting his life in danger just to make off with a ton of cash. In the game, you probably won't be using Wario all that much. The only thing useful about him is that he can break certain blocks other characters can't, and he has a special ability that allows him to walk underwater. He runs slow and has a terrible jump, so in the platforming area you really don't want to be relying on him. Princess Peach-Also famous for being the damsel in distress, Peach has been trapped inside the castle walls by her mortal enemy-Bowser. Mario has had a really long relationship with Peach for a long time. Isn't that nice? Not much is known about Peach's life, but perhaps it will be soon thanks to the upcoming release of Super Princess Peach. Maybe secrets will finally be revealed about this princess' life.... Toads-Toads have always been friendly and helpful to Mario and his friends and love to have fun, and they are also easily frightened. However, the hostile takeover of this castle doesn't stop many Toads (Or supposedly just 1 warping all over the place) from helping Mario on his quest to defeat Bowser. 3 Toads will kindly hand over Power Stars when talked to. Bowser-How does anyone not know Bowser? He's been Mario's rival for only 25 glorious years! Bowser is stupidly doing what he did several years ago. Steal all the Power Stars of the castle, hide them, get some baddies, trap Mario, Luigi, Wario, and hope to god Yoshi doesn't find out. That's what Bowser did. Yay. Bowser has been a good guy on a few occasions, once in Super Mario RPG. You will fight Bowser several times through the game, but they will be fought only with Mario. Payback time! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~IV.Controls~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every game has to have controls! There are 3 different control types in this game so you can go ahead and choose which one fits you best. ============================================== IV A.Standard Mode, Touch Mode, Dual-Hand Mode ============================================== Standard Mode-In Standard Mode you use the D-Pad to Move around, holding Y to run, B to jump, A to Grab objects (Or do other moves seen a few sections below) and X to change the camera angles. Touch Mode-In Touch Mode you use the Thumbstrap that should have come in your DS's box to touch the screen and move around. The strap goes on your left thumb, the X, B, A, and Y buttons are the same as in Standard Mode. Dual Hand Mode-In Dual Hand Mode you can use the Thunbstrap or pen in either hand. X, B, A, and Y buttons have the same actions if you use the left hand for the Thumbstrap or stylus pen, but if you use the right, the D-Pad works like the X B A Y buttons. Up=X, Down=B, Left=Y, Right=A. =========================== IV B.Basic Button Controls: =========================== Here are the buttons you need to push to do some things.... Y (Hold)-Run D-Pad-Move around L-Center camera aroud players' shoulder (Camera will buzz if an object is blocking the rotation of the camera) R-Hold to crouch down, while in air push to make a Ground Pound B-Jump A-Grab an object X-Change camera view to far away, your characters head (Player can move, but can manuver the camera to get better views), or back to normal view Select-Choose which mode you want (Dual Hand, Standard, Touch) Start-Pause the game Power-Turn your DS on and off ============================== IV C.Moves for Every Character ============================== Each character has these following moves: Walking-Use the D-Pad without holding Y to walk. If you walk for a few seconds without stoping you will start to fast walk. Dashing-While walking hold the Y button to make your character dash around. You can hold Y without moving until your character is jogging in place. When you move when they are doing this you will have a quick dash for a few seconds. Jump-Simply push B to jump into the air. If you land on enemies with a jump, they will be killed (Unless they are an unkillable enemy, or something that can't be jumped on). If you jump near a ledge, you will grab onto it. Double Jump-Like the normal jump, push the B button after you land from your first jump to jump again, but higher. You can grab onto ledges and kill enemies, etc. just like the first jump. Triple Jump-After landing from a double jump, push B one more time to jump really high into the air and spin a lot (It doesn't effect the jump at all). What you can do with the Triple Jump has the same effects as normal jumps, but you can rach higher ledges. You MUST be moving to do a Triple Jump. Ground Pound-Push the "R" Button while jumping to fall butt first onto the ground and pound it. This is useful for killing those annoying enemies you can never seem to get jumped on. This technique is also useful for pounding many switches that can only be activated by using a Ground Pound. You can also use it before hitting the ground from a high fall to not take any damage. Side Somersault-This is one of the most useful moves to reach high places in an incredibly fast amount of time, and if you have little room. First, you need to be running (By holding Y) and then quickly tilt the D-Pad, Thumb Strap, etc. in the opposite direction you are currently running and while your character is mid-way through changing directions, Jump. You will flip sideways in the air, and get a LOT of height. As I already said, this move is VERY useful later in the game. All four characters are able to utilize this excellant move. Use it well (You need some room to pull this move off however....) Long Jump-This is, by far, the number one most USEFUL move in the entire game. You will be using it often. To cover long distance quickly, get you across large gaps, and so much more. Simple. Start running with Y of course, then Crouch with R, then quickly push B. Your character will jump low, but very far. Like I already said, you will be using this move everywhere before you know it. The best place to practice this awesome move is outside of the castle. Punch-The punch is a useful move when you are right next to an enemy that you are trying to kill. Simple push the A button to lunge a fist at the enemy, killing it (If the enemy can be killed). As a little note, Yoshi CANNOT Punch. Instead of Punching, he gobbles enemies into his mouth (This information is covered later). You can also puch away other objects, walls, boxes, etc. Pick Up an Object-If you are standing right next to a box, or some other Pick-up-able object then simple push the A button to grab the object in your arms and carry it around. As with Punching, Yoshi can't grab boxes and stuff like that. He can however, devour small boxes into square eggs. Throw Object-While you are holding an object in your arms simply push the A button again to throw the object. Depending on the object, Coin(s) may come out of it. Isn't that just wonderful? Yoshi can throw eggs by this action. Crouch-Push the R button while not walking at all to Crouch down, with your head between your knees. It's pretty much ducking really from objects that are passing above you. While Crouching, you can use the D-Pad, etc. to move around slowly, so you can pass through small tunnels. All of the characters can pull off this stunt. Swim-You'll be swimming very often in this game. When you jump into a body of deep water, your character will stay in the water and the Power Meter will appear. Push Y or B at an even rate to gain speed in swimming. Use the D-Pad to steer, pushing Up to dive under and Down to swim up (It's impossible to Dive/Surface with the Thumbstrap/Touch Screen). Your Power Meter is like your Air Meter underwater. Every 6 or so seconds you will lose 1 bar of health from Air. When you surface you will gain back all of your Air, then you can keep going. At the surface of water, hold down and push B to jump out of the water. That's all there really is to swimming. Keep in mind that if you lose your entire health bar underwater, you will drown and lose a life. You must come up for air eventually before drowning. Kick-Yoshi cannot perform this move because he can't Punch. Simply Punch three times. On your thrid Punch you will Kick instead. I don't see much of a big deal out of Kicking, so you don't need to worry about this move. I believe that it has a slightly larger range than punching, but again I'm not too sure. Jump Kick-You will rarely find the use for this move....only when you need to knock something down or kill an airborne enemy. Anyways, while Jumping, push A to make a Kick while in the air for a Jump Kick. Because Yoshi can't Kick, he can't perform this move. Some enemies can be easily defeated by this move, especially the ones whose weak points are suspended above the ground. You can also use this move instead of a Ground Pound to avoid damage before hitting the ground, but it doesn't work sometimes. Use at your own risk. Slide Kick-This is a pretty cool attack, but one that can easily get out of control. While you are dashing, push R to Crouch (So you're Crouching, and moving on the ground a little (sliding)), then push the A button. You will put your foot out and slide across the ground, destroying all in your path....assuming you don't die from a fall into a pit before then! Slide Attack-While your dashing, push the A button to leap far ahead face first. You can bump into enemies and kill them, as well as grab objects that you ram into while in the air, or sliding on the ground. Just be sure you slide off into oblivion. Side Step-If and when you stand next to a wall, your character will start to do a pose like their hugging the wall. You can move left and right slowly while hugging the wall to cross narrow pathways without the threat of falling off. Crawl-While you are Crouching (with the R button), you can move around to easily crawl underneath things. Other than that there isn't much point to this move. You are able to crawl up some hills that you can't run up, sometimes providing shortcuts within a level. This move can also be useful to avoid some enemies' attacks, such as ones that go in a straight line in the air. Climb Poles-When you are near a pole, jump onto it to grab onto it. This doesn't work just for poles though. You can grab onto trees too. You can press B to jump off in the direction the back of your character is facing. Hold Up to climb up the pole, and hold down slide down it. Hold Left or Right to rotate your body around the pole. Handstand-Climb to the top of the pole. Stop, then hold up again, and your character will be doing a handstand at the top of the pole/tree. You can Jump really high and far when you jump from a Handstand position, but your character will jump in the direction they are facing, however. Climb-When you get close to a ledge, your character will grab onto it instead of falling. While they are hanging on you can push Down to make them let go and fall (Possibly to their death). Press Up to have them Climb Up onto the ledge they were dangling from. If you hold B or Y while climbing Up, they will climb faster. Climb Poles Quickly-Whenever you are hanging on a pole, simply hold the Y button to quickly pull yourself quickly up the pole/tree. This is useful if you need to climb the pole/tree quickly without much worry to what direction you are facing. Wire Nets Hanging-If you see a mesh net above you, jump and HOLD the B button to grab onto the net. While on the net use the D-Pad, Thumbstrap, etc. to move around on the net. Release the B Button when you want to drop from the mesh net. ============================= IV D.Character Specific Moves ============================= -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Mario~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Power:** Speed:** Jump:** Mario is an extremly balanced character. All of his stats are great, perfect for beginners, and you should probably use him as soon as you unlock him, which isn't very long after you start the game. He has some intresting moves, and a decent amount of them can only be performed by him, making him very useful in many situations. Normal Moves: Wall Kick:When Mario gets on a wall he will slowly slide down it. You can push B to kick off of that wall and gain a lot of height. You know Mario is sliding down the wall when dust is coming from his feet on the wall. The Wall Kick is useful when needing to reach high places with 2 walls between you. Power Flower Boxes: Wing Cap:Certain Power Flower Boxes will contain a wing when Mario hits them. Mario will then grow wings on his cap after gaining them. He needs to Triple Jump to start Flying through the air (Or basically, jump 3 times in succession, you don't need to be running). While flying, push Up to fly down, and then push Down to gain more alitude from that quick speed. It's best to shoot Mario out of a cannon with the Wing Cap, that will give you plenty of speed, and enough altitude. Floating Power:When you get a Power Flower Mario will bloat up like a balloon for about 15-20 seconds. In this time you can keep pushing B to make Mario float higher and higher in the air. When you want to quickly end your floating Power, simply push the R button and Mario will revert to normal. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Luigi~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Power:* Speed:** Jump:*** The man in green is finally playable again since his last major adventure. Luigi is quite basically the best character in the game because of his insanely awesome abilities, one of which will make most of the games stars pathetically simple. Normal Moves: Walk On Water:Hold the Y button then walk onto water (Jumping onto it will NOT work) and Luigi will run on it for a few seconds, then he will start to swim like the other characters. Scuttle Walk:If you hold the B button you will slowly walk. This can also be done in the air too. Not much purpose actually. Copter Somersault-If you do a backwards somersault with Luigi, after reaching the apex of his jump he will go into a helicopter motion (spinning around) and he will fall slowly, so controlling his fall is much easier. You can cheaply get many difficult to obtain stars using this move. You can also use this from high heights and you won't take damage when you hit the ground because you are slowly floating down. Power Flower Ability: Invisibility:When Luigi gets a Power Flower, he becomes invisible for around 20 or so seconds. In this time, he can walk through walls and he can easily bypass all enemies and not get hurt (or noticed for that matter). He still has all of his normal moves while invisible like jumping and stuff, however, he isn't able to kill any enemies when invisible so be aware of that. He will flash several times before the power wears off, so be alert for that. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Yoshi~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Power: Speed:** Jump:*** Mario's best and most loyal companion. Yoshi is insanely cute, no? You agree with me right? I know you do. Yoshi is really good. He may be lacking in the Power department but that makes no difference. He can easily eat enemies and make them eggs as weapons, which is pretty cool when you start using it. Normal Moves: Swallow:Push A to stick out Yoshi's tounge and grab enemies (And even some boxes!) into his mouth. If he eats enemies they will be swallowed a few seconds after being inside his mouth. Lay Egg:While you have an enemy, or a box inside Yoshi's mouth, you can push the R button to lay an egg. You can then push the A button to throw the egg at nearby enemies. The egg will continue to combo hit enemies as well, and after being killed you get Coins that he been earned from the killings you have done. This is effectively used just like punching foes. It will destroy boxes normally destroyed by punching, so think of this as Yoshi's altered punch. Flutter Kick:While you are jumping hold B to have Yoshi do his classic Flutter Kick, which will keep him in the air longer and have him gain a little more height. This can only be done on the Normal Jumps and Double Jump's only, however. Like the rest of the characters, he spins in this Triple Jump and won't be able to perform this move there. Power Flower Ability: Inferno Yoshi-After getting a Power Flower, Yoshi will be able to spit out fire by pushing A button for the next 15 seconds or so. This can instantly kill most enemies and melt ice. Very cool power and has awesome music to it. The power runs out quickly, so do what you need to do before the time expires. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Wario~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Power:*** Speed:* Jump:* Hey Hey Hey! It's Wario! Your greedy little pig is back for action in yet another platformer, but he isn't hoarding money this time around. He's here to crash the fun! And damn does he do a good job doing it. You may like using Wario, but when you realize that his jumping and running really hinder him, as well as atrocious swimming, you may want to just do his stars and never use him again. Or not. Normal Moves: Wario Super Punch:Push the A button to punch. Super ain't it? But, Wario is so strong he is able to break the super solid Black Bricks you may have been seeing from time to time. Swing n' Fling:This can only be done in VS Mode. Get near an enemy and push the A button to grab them. Now, you can spin them like Bowser, faster and faster and faster, then fling them away. Such an annoying attack to use on your opponents! Power Flower Ability: Metal Head Wario:After getting a Power Flower, Wario has the effects of the old Metal Cap. He will turn insanely heavy. He will be able to walk and not get effected by high winds. He can instantly kill enemies by walking into them also. He can walk underwater too! Just don't attempt any high jumps while metal, as he'll fall faster than a Goomba under Mario's foot. ====================== IV E.Items in the Game ====================== Coin-A yellow Coin. It is worth 1 Coin Blue Coin-These coins are rare, but can easily be found in groups for a short time after activating a Blue Coin Switch. Worth 5 Coins. Red Coin-These Coins come in groups of eight, scattered throughout the level. Collecting them all earns you a Star. They are worth 2 Coins. 1-Up Mushroom-Collect these green mystical Mushrooms for an extra life. Mushroom-If you find one of these rare Mushrooms, your character will grow SUPER big, and will be able to bulldoze their way through literally anything! Signs, bowling balls, posts, if you hit it when super sized, it will be knocked off and a number appears 1-7 just adds, but after your 8th kill you will get an extra life for everything killed after 8. I love killing stuff. It's just so much fun. Spinning Heart-On some world's you may find a slowly spinning heart. If you walk through it, some of your health will be recovered. The faster you run through it, the more health that will be recovered. ? Switch-If you hit this large, bulbous red switch, all red blocks that have been in levels will become solid, and can finally be opened. They will reveal Power Flowers when hit. ? Block-Once you hit this block after the ? Switch has been activated, a Power Flower will float down and you can pick it up. If you are Mario, some ? Blocks will reveal Wings for you to get. Block-Just a normal red brick. Nothing to much to get excited about. A simple punch destroys the crate. Black Brick-A very hard and solid brick. Only the power of Wario's punch is able to break this heavy brick. Mario's Cap-If you grab a character's Cap inside a level, you will transform into that character. You still have the voice of your orginal character, but you gain all of their abilities for the level (You look like them...). However, if you are hurt by an enemy, you will lose the Cap. It will run on the ground for a few seconds, then dissappear if you don't get it again. The hat will reappear somewhere else inside the level. Luigi's Cap-Transforms your character into Luigi. Wario's Cap-Transforms your character into Wario. "!" Block-These orange blocks usually contain Coins, but sometimes other various items. Koopa Shell-If you are able to find one of these rare shells, hop on it and cruise around the level. You will instantly kill any kill-able enemies you shred over. However, if you run into a brick, wall, unkillable enemy, etc. your shell will break and your back to running around again. What could be more fun than Koopa Surfin'? You can also get a Koopa Shell by killing the Koopa inhabiting it, then stealing the shell. Once you knock the Koopa out of his shell, be quick about getting on the shell or he will hop right back into it. Cannon-Not really an item...but a helpful device. By talking to a certain Bob-omb Buddy in the world, it will unlock the Cannon in the level. You can hop in the cannon and move the crosshair around to where you want to go. Push B to shoot out of the cannon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V.Adventure Mode~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is finally it. The main mode of the game. Your mission is to retrieve all 150 Power Stars. Let's get on with the Walkthrough! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V A.Course 1:Bob-omb Battlefield~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mission:Getting access to the Castle Well, you've finally started the game! You'll be shown the picture of Peach to the side with her reciting the shown letter on the screen for her inviting Mario for cake once again. Anyways, Lakitu is shown with his camera on his fishing pole as he zooms around the castle a few times (Notice Yoshi sleeping like a baby on the top of the castle). The camera zooms far away from the castle like in the original and a Warp Pipe appears. Mario jumps out but suddenly, 2 more Warp Pipes appear and Wario and Luigi come out! All three of them have a fight and then enter the castle, the camera high above the castle looking at them, with Yoshi in view again. After a while Lakitu notices the three of them haven't come back yet. Lakitu attempts at waking Yoshi up (Who is sleeping on the ground now....who knows how?) and Yoshi wakes up, looking dazed and tired. You finally get complete control over Yoshi, so start off by heading over to the Castle and try to go through the doors. Bowser's voice appears, and you are greeted with the message "You need a key to open this door!" Turn back across the drawbridge and Lakitu will tell you he saw a rabbit with a Key in his mouth. So now, head over to the headge maze which was right near where you first started and find the rabbit. Chase him around and when you get close to him push A to stick out Yoshi's tounge and gobble him. The rabbit will plea for mercy, and you will let him go, and he will hand over the Castle Key! Go inside the Castle now. Bowser's voice appears again with "Go Away! Nobody's home!" Head to the left and go through the door without a number on the Star on it, and then jump through the Painting of Bob-ombs, and get ready for your first world! ================================ Star 1:Big Bob-omb On the Summit Difficulty:*/***** Recomended Character:Anybody ================================ Welcome to Bob-omb Battlefield! Currently as you enter, the Pink Bob-ombs are at war with the Black Bob-ombs! Anyways, proceed straight up the hill and across the bridge, following the dirt path to the right, and up ahead you will see a huge Chain Chomp! He'll be playing in his little pen, safely connected to his post, just don't go too close to him or you will risk getting bitten by him and losing 3 bars of health. Anyways, continue along the path until you reach a tilting bridge. Jump to keep it from tilting too much and proceed up the stairs to an open field. Manuver your way through the Bob-ombs and exploding bubbles to a large gate with an opening in it, which leads to the Mountain. Go right making sure to avoid those bowling balls rolling back in forth in that small pit. Across that you'll see a white slide, but DON'T go down it. Continue staying on the dirt path. As you go higher and higher up onto the mountain the path will get thinner and you'll see more bowling balls, at faster speeds. Eventually you will see a little hole in the side of the mountain. Jump into it and you will be warped to a spot that is higher on the mountain, effectively saving time. Continue your last few steps to the top where you will see a big Bob-omb. Get near King Bob-omb to engage a conversation, which will begin the fight! King Bob-omb will throw Bob-ombs at you, and your job is to pick them up in Yoshi's mouth, get close to King Bob-omb and spit them back out at him (With the A button again). King Bob-omb will begin bouncing around the arena for a few seconds. You don't need to worry. Simply avoid him. He'll throw Bob-ombs again at you so just repeat this simple drill and he'll bounce some more again. Hit him in this same process one more time and he will concede. He'll break open, and the first Power Star is yours for the taking! ===================================================== Star 2-Footrace With Koopa the Quick Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Mario, if not get the Mario Cap ===================================================== Start off the course by looking for the giant Koopa, also known as, Koopa the Quick. He really wants to challenge Mario badly, and refuses to race anybody else. If your not Mario, we need to take a little detour. Head straight up the path and over the bridge, then before meeting Chain Chomp go right into the large field with a Bob-omb, and a lot of Goombas. A Goomba near the top right area of this field is wearing the Mario Cap. Kill the Goomba and quickly grab the hat before it dissappears. Now, head back to Koopa the Quick and talk to him and agree to his proposal to race to where King Bob-omb was before-At the top of the mountain. As soon as Koopa the Quick starts running you gotta get yourself to the top of the mountain. Like we have already done before simply go straight up the path and over the bridge and to the left, past Chain Chomp. To save time and cover distance faster keep Long Jumping. Head over the tilting bridge and over the stairs and then go through the field, dodging and falling bubbles and stupid Bob-ombs in this area. After passing "Mountain Toll Booth" (That big gate) run up the hill to the left of the bowling ball pit. This little shortcut saves some time. Anyway, once your back on flat land continue your ascent around the mountain, jumping over any bowling balls that decide to get in your way. Once you reach that hole in the wall take the warp up the mountain. After getting out of the hole do a Backflip up to the top of the mountain and touch the flagpole to stop the timer. If you beat Koopa the Quick (And my god I'm sure you did) it's just a matter of waiting until he arrives at the finsih line to congratulate you, and then he will hand over his Star to you. Koopa the Quick will finish the race in about one minute and thirty seconds, so that's how long you have to beat him. You are allowed to use the hole-in-the-mountain work, but if you use any cannons Koopa the Quick will deem you a cheater and not give you the Star. ============================= Star 3-5 Silver Stars! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= This is your first searching Star! Here, the object is to find 5 Silver Stars that are hidden through the level! That's pretty simple right? Actually, that is very simple. The locations of all the Stars appear on the Touch Screen map below, so you have an easy refrence if you need it. But if your looking here, your at the right place. From your starting position go forward until you see a tree that lies the infront of the bridge. Climb to the top of it and do a Handstand Jump to collect the first Silver Star that was waiting at the top of that tree. That's Silver Star Number 1! Now, as you have done in the previous two Stars continue straight along the path and over the bridge. Go into the large field you will be surprised to see that Chain Chomp has escaped and is running freely in this field. He won't be chasing you, however. He is programmed to continue circling the exact same path around the field over and over and over again. The second Silver Star is bouncing on the end of his chain. Chase that bad Chain Chomp around, or if you just can not get it very easily, memorize the path Chain Chomp takes around the field. Then, get in his path and intercept him (Not literally like take him down, but to the side so you can get to his chain) and then you will have finally grabbed Silver Star Number 2! With two Silver Stars in our possesion, keep going along the dirt path as if this was one of the Stars we already have gotten. Go past the pen where Chain Chomp used to be, and across that annoying tilting bridge. When you reach the stairs that we normally take up to the large, giant field, take a left turn to reach a small area with some trees, 5 or so posts stuck into the ground, and a few Goombas wondering around aimlessly. One of those Goombas is the holder of a Silver Star, so jump (Or if Yoshi, swallow) all of them until one of the Goombas releases a Silver Star when it has been killed. The Silver Star will start to bounce around the field, and if your unlucky will start to make a path going to start, so to avoid the trouble of going up the bridge and all that stuff again I suggest that you quickly retrieve that Silver Star before any such foolishness happens to it. That is Silver Star Number 3! Now, after retrieving Silver Star Number Three, make your way across that giant field by going up those stairs as usual, and go near the giant gate like we have done every time so far. Make your way across the field, avoiding all of the falling junk and evil Bob-ombs that litter the field until you come across a few flower patches. One of these flower patches has the Silver Star lying right in the middle of it! The catch? There is none! Go up to it and easily claim Silver Star Number 4! Great, we already have four Silver Stars in our possesion! Now it is just a simple matter of finding the last and final Silver Star! As usual, like in the previous few Stars, head up through the giant gate and take the path to the left of the bowling ball pit. Quickly run up it, or if you feel like you can do it much faster, run around the base of the mountain until you reach a little streach of land with a tree and two Goombas. One of those two Goombas holds the final and last Silver Star, so kill it and collect the fleeing Silver Star before it jumps away to annoying places. Now that you have all 5 Silver Stars, do you remember that Glass Dome near the beginning of the course? The Power Star will appear in that dome. Run over to it (It is just a short hop, skip, and jump away) and bash into the glass dome to break it, and retrieve your next Power Star. ========================================================= Star 4-Big Bob-ombs Revenge Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario, get Mario Cap if anyone else ========================================================= It seems that King Bob-omb is quite ticked off over his previous defeat, so he now calls out Mario to the ring and he wishes to destroy him! Whether you are Mario or not start heading up the path like we have done every single time so far in this course. Butm before you do talk to the Bob-omb Buddies (The Pink Bob-ombs) and one of them will open all of the cannons on the course. Isn't that nice? Anyways, continue straight through the path and over the bridge. If you aren't Mario, take a right (Like we have done before) before the Chain Chomp and head into the open field. In the small array of Goombas the are wondering around looking like total idiots, one Goomba, like before, has a Mario Cap on him. Kill/Swallow that damn Goomba to make him drop hit Mario Cap, and grab it if you haven't already done so. (Note:The Mario Cap here WON'T appear until you have unlocked Mario!) Anyways, head straight along the dirt path as usual, being sure to dodge the rampaging and angry Chain Chomp trying to bite your head off like he has done almost every time so far in this course. Continue your trek by heading across the tilting bridge and going up the stairs to the large battlefield. Manuver your way through the Bob-ombs and falling water cannonballs. If a Bob-omb sees you, run away. Of course, if you are caught in its explosion, I highly doubt one bar of health is gonna make you lose. Continue through the field until you pass through the opening in the gate, and head across the pit of bowling balls. Continue walking around the mountain, making sure not to fall off of its narrow paths, or worse, get hurt by a raging bowling ball. If you do, you will lose your Cap (If you weren't Mario to begin with) and you will need to quickly retrieve it before it gets teleported automatically back to the field near the Chain Chomp. That is a long way back my friend. Anyways, continue heading up the mountain until you reach the commonly-sighted hole in the wall, so jump in like we have done before and prepare to get warped to the top of the mountain. Continue along the now larger path to reach the top of the mountain as Mario, where King Bob-omb will greet you, only this time he wants his revenge on Mario. As you may remember before, Yoshi had to spit Bob-ombs at King Bob-omb to make him lose three times to earn victory. This time around, you will need to avoid him walking slowly at you, then run behind him and pick him up with the A button. Then release him to throw him on the ground with the A button again. He will get up, and start to walk a little faster. Continue doing this until you have thrown him three times, in which case he will concede defeat. (Note:If you throw King Bob-omb off of the mountain arena, he will lecture you on NOT being allowed to throw the King out of the Ring. You will start the battle anew if you do this). After his three hits, King Bob-omb finally decides to not mess with you anymore, and leaves behind another Power Star for you. ======================================================================== Star 5-Mario Wings to the Sky Difficulty:***/***** Recommmended Character:Mario, possible with others but takes MUCH longer ======================================================================== NOTE:This Star is VERY frustrating to complete without Mario! If you want to be Mario for this Level, you will need to Wing Cap to collect all of the secrets. In order to get the Wings, you will need to have gone to the Wing Cap ? Towers and have pounded the ? Red Switch, which will make every Red Floating Ghost Block solid, so you will be able to hit them. Mario can hit the Red Block on the Floating Island for the Wings, which will make this Star much easier. Mario won't really be flying to the sky, he'll be flying around in it! The object of this mission is introducing you to "Secrets". They are special coins that when gotten, give you a number and the secret sound. After finding all five secrets, a Star will appear. There are several "Collect the Secrets" levels, and not all of the secrets are coins! Anyways, if you haven't talked to the Bob-omb Buddy that is standing next to the Cannon Cover, you must do so now. That way, you will have access to all of the cannons inside Bob-omb Battlefield, and we will be able to goto our destination. Go into close up camera view and look around until you see a floating island in the sky. That's where we are going. Head straight through the dirt path as usual and go over the bridge, as usual. When you reach Chain Chomp, take a right to the open field with the Goombas wondering around with nothing in their minds (If they have any). Head up a small grey hill in this field and you will enter the cannon that lies on top of it. Look around until you spot the Floating Island, then move the crosshair to the point of the Island that is closest to you, then aim the cannon as far high as you can possibly go. Now, push B to fire the Cannon! After a few seconds of flying through the air you will finally have landed on, face first, on the Floating Island! As Mario, grab the Wing Cap inside the Red ? Box and hop inside the Cannon on the Island that is located just near the tree (You can't possibly miss the hole in the ground). Now that you are inside the cannon, you have the right of knowing this: When you launch yourself out a cannon with the Wing Cap, you will gain a lot of altitude after being shot out, very useful for high areas. Anyways, look around with the crosshair of the cannon until you see a circle of coins. You can't miss it. Aim for the center of that circle of coins and push B to shoot yourself outta that cannon. After flying through the coin in the center of the circle, you get the first secret! Now, Mario will start to fly upwards for a few seconds. He may get a few more secrets in this flight too. (There are five circles of Coins, and each one has a center, which is the secret.). Now, if you missed any secrets, and odds are you probably did, fly back to the island while still in the air, grab the Wing Cap again, and hop inside the Island's Cannon. Aim the cannon higher this time. If you see the secret, but you miss it, then fly back to the Island, adjust the crosshairs, and fire again. Continue to fire until you have collected all five secrets. The Star will appear in the small field to the left of the stairs which are past that darn tilting bridge. Fly down and land on the ground, and then you should collect your Star and get out of the course. For a challenge, try collecting the Star while you are still flying. It's quite fun when your speeding down in a nosedive at the ground. The reason why you want to keep getting the Wing Cap each time you return to the island is so you don't need to worry about it disappearing mid-flight. Nothing says loving like free-falling several hundred feet back to earth. ============================= Star 6-Find the 8 Red Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= This should be your first red coin challenge! The object is simple. Locate and collect all eight red Coins scattered throughout the level. After you have found all eight shining beauties, a Power Star will appear. It's location is always the same-Above a blue star on the ground. Simple enough. Let's get started. Head straight as usual when you start, up the dirt path. But, before crossing the bridge go to the left and you should see 2 platforms going up and down in a continuous circuit. When one of the platforms reach near the ground, jump on it and ride it to the top. Before the platform rotates and you (likely) fall off, a Red Coin should be seen above it. Jump and grab it, and still in the air while jumping, move to the ground infront of you. Now, continue along the dirt path until you reach Chain Chomp (Not too far away) and head into the commonly-gone-into field to the right of his pen. To the left of the hill the cannon is located on is another hill, which looks quite uneven and isn't very tall. Your next red Coin is on the top of this hill, so run up it and grab the coin, the slide back down that short hill. All right! Two Red Coins down! Six more to find! Great, we have two red Coins in our possesion. No cheering yet though. There is a lot more left to find. Get out of the field you are in and continue going along the dirt path until you enter Chain Chomp's pen again. If you haven't noticed, Chain Chomp is connected blatantly to the small post that is lodged in the ground. Floating above that post happens to be yet another Red Coin. Get near Chain Chomp, but not too close so he hits you. Get close enough to be out of reach, and then when he lunges at you but fails, use the time he plays around for a few seconds to get atop the post and jump for your third Red Coin. Now, continue along the dirt path and past the tilting bridge to those common stairs. Remember the field to the left of the stairs as we will be coming back to it. Head through the large battlefield until you reach the giant gate....again. Don't go through the door, but face it and move left until you reach a little portion of land that is underground and hidden from view. Inside is a Bob-omb, a switch that opens a giant gate infront of you, and extra life, and your fourth Red Coin. Halfway there! That's four Red Coins in our possesion! Just another four left to get. Now, head through the giant gate (Not the one opened by the switch, but the one that we always use to head towards the mountain). Instead of going through the bowling ball pit, run up the large hill to the left of it. Conveniently placed on the hill about halfway up or so happens to be another Red Coin! Continue making your way around the mountain until you reach a cannon. (There are two cannons on the mountain however. Use the one that is closest to the top of the mountain). Once you have gotten inside of the cannon, aim for the floating Island as we did before, but aim for the tree that is sticking out of it. Aim above it (Not too above it, but somewhat above it) and fire away. Your character will start to lose altitude of course, but you should grab onto the tree, or even land on the island. Anyways, climb to the top of the tree and do a Handstand so your feet collect the sixth Red Coin! Just 2 left! Now we have six Red Coins! Where on earth could the last two possible be? Well, they are stuck in the easiest to find spot ever. All you need to do is jump off of the Island and ground pound before you hit the ground (I don't want you taking a suicide fall). Then, make your way back to the dirt path again and pass Chain Chomp's pen again, and you will reach the tilting bridge and the stairs, again. I said before, remember the area to the left. Simply, head to the left where you should see a few posts in the ground and a few Goombas. Oh, and your shiny last two Red Coins are also nicely there. Nintendo probably couldn't think of any better locations. Oh well. It is best to save these last two Red Coins for last because the Star will appear just a few feet away from the last Red Coin in this small field. Isn't that very convenient? You simply have to agree that is nice. Anyways, grab the Power Star, and get ready for the next Star of this course! ======================================================================= Star 7-Behind Chain Chomp's Gate Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi for easiest way, but anybody else works too ======================================================================= I'm sure we have seen a Chain Chomp in the course somewhere. Does anybody here remember where exactly? As always, head straight along the dirt path and go over the bridge, having no intention of stopping at all until you reach that dreaded Chain Chomp once again *sigh*. It's about time we helped the poor beast right? Get just outside of his lunging range and wait for him too, well, lunge at you. When he does and fails, quickly run to the post he is connected to and Ground Pound it. Quickly get off and to safety before Chain Chomp decides to lunge at you again. When he does lunge again, repeat that exact same process, jump off. Now, just like before, wait for the lunge, then make the final Ground Pound on the post to make if pounded all the way into the ground. Chain Chomp will bounce around for a few seconds in joy. He will then ram into a gate near his pen and break it, which gives you easy access to the Star that was once hiding behind it. Not too hard was that? However, if you want an easy way out of doing this Star, enter as Luigi. Now, head straight along the path until you reach the bridge and go to the right of it. A Red Block is there, so hit it for the Power Flower inside. Luigi will now become invisible! At this time, mad dash your way to Chain Chomp and simply WALK through the gate and collect your golden prize. Either way you choose to tackle this Star makes no difference, use whichever you prefer. At least try to make it a challenge and complete it the normal way. =========================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== This is your first 100 Coins collecting challenge! This isn't exactly a selected Star from the menu. Instead, you just choose whatever Star you want, don't even bother doing it but actually go for collecting 100 Coins. The Star will appear right above the 100th coin you recieve. So, let's get cracking! Don't choose the first Star as the cannons aren't open, however. Choose any other Star except for that particular one. As we all know, go straight from where you start up the path and when you reach the bridge for like the umpteenth time, go around and under it. You will find five Yellow Coins to your pleasure. Now, head left from under the bridge to a whole area of Bob-ombs in this dirt area. Pick up and throw all of them to have them explode and give up a Coin. They will quickly regenrate (Meaning they will reappear in the same place again) but won't give up another Coin. But now, we should have around 12-15 Coins or so. Oh yeah, make sure that you head back near where we started to a brick. Punch it to reveal a few Coins. So, head over the bridge now, killing the few Goombas that are on it for a few extra Coins. Keep going until you reach Chain Chomp. Before Chain Chomp and to the left was that rotating platforms right? Grab the Red Coin at the top for two more Coins to your total. At this time we should have around 20 Coins, that is very good. Head to Chain Chomp but this time head towards the field to the right of him. In this field that we have commonly gone to in our travels lies a lot of Goombas, so kill them all and collect the Coins that they spit out. Also, if you choose Stars 3-7, a Koopa Troopa will be wondering around in this field too. Jump on him to kick him out of his shell, then stomp on the actual Koopa that's running around in embarassment to kill him, and he will give up a Blue Coin! It is worth five Yellow Coins, so you should get it! After killing all of the Goombas and Koopa in this area, your Coin total should be around 30-35 ish. Now, it is time to truly start getting a ton of Coins, and being Mario is absolutely neccassary for this mission. But before we should go to "Coin Heaven" as I like to call it, head over to kind little Chain Chomp, but grab a Bob-omb that is pretty close to him. Pick it up and run over to Chain Chomp and throw the bomb into his face. Chain Chomp will fly high for a few seconds, so get to the post he is attached to and run around it 3 times. After you have run around it a few times, five Yellow Coins will pop out. Don't forget to jump up and grab the Red Coin for another two Coins to your total! Great! We have 40-45 Coins by this point! Let's get a ton more. Head back to the field that was to the right of Chain Chomp. Head up that ol' small hill into the Cannon, then launch yourself to the Floating Island. This is where being Mario comes in BIG handy! Grab the Wing Cap from the Red Block and the head into the cannon on the Island, but before that get the Red Coin at the top of the tree. Head inside the cannon and launch yourself into the first Coin in the middle of the circle of coins. Secrets Coins also count as 1 Coin too! You should grab all five secrets, but don't grab the Star that'll appear of course! Continue to shoot yourself out of the cannon to fly into the Coin Circles and collect their Coins! After around 10 loops you will have probably collected most of the Coin Circles' Coins. At this time right now, you should have around 70 or so Coins! Wow, just around thrity or so by now left! You can continue to shoot yourself out of the cannon, but there are 5 Coin Circles, 9 Coins per circle so there are only 45 Coins to be collected there. 30 is enough. Anyways, jump off of the island, making sure to ground pound before landing on the ground to not lose any health. The last few Coins are easily, easily gotten. Head onto the dirt path and follow it past Chain Chomp and over the tilting bridge of doomyness, and continue along up the stairs. In the large battlefield, you can easily kill 5 or so Bob-ombs walking around in the field for one Yellow Coin each. Continue along, not going through the giant gate until you reach some flower patches. One of the flower patches has a string of eight coins going around it. Collect them all (No big fat duh is needed for you to do that right?). Head back to the tilting bridge, but take a right (If your facing away from it, it's a right) until you reach the small area with two Red Coins. Collect them. There are also four or five posts stuck in the ground too. Run around each post several times to have five Yellow Coins pop out of each one. Pretty damn awesome right? That is another 20 to 25 more coins for your total! By now, if you have followed everything, you should have at least 100 Coins by now. If you don't, circle around the mountain where you will find a few Goombas and a few strings of 5 Coins. If you still don't have enough, there are the leftover Red Coins and Coins in the sky. If you need more coins after this, start heading up the mountain. There are some bricks along the way, and several strings of five coins. There are two Bob-ombs along the way as well, just incase you need one last coin. ========================= ~Back to the Castle.....~ ========================= After getting your first Star from Bob-omb Battlefield you will get a message saying you can open any door on the first floor with a "1" on it. If you did many Stars in Bob-omb Battlefield, you will also get a message saying you canopen the doors with a "3" on them too. The hunt for Mario and his pals continues! Head towards the right side of the lobby and enter the room with a 1 on it. Head into the painting..... -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V B.Course 2:Whomp's Fortress~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inside of the Lobby, head to the right and inside the Star with a "1" marked on it. Inside the room you will find another painting. It shows of a large tower, like a fortress. Whatever you make out of it, it is the second world, so get the B button ready and jump into Whomp's Fortress! ============================= Star 1-Chip Off Whomp's Block Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= As like in Bob-omb Battlefield, you start off this world with another Boss Battle, but this one just requires you to push the R button. Isn't that hard? I thought so. Start off by jumping onto the ledge that is right next to where you start, and make your way up the small dirt path like hill until you see three wierd things that are jutting out from the wall, then retracting back in, then jutting out again, and so on. If one of them pushes you off of the edge of the pathway you are on, you will fall onto a small piece of land, where you will need to work your way around back to this point again. Carefully get yourself past these things, where their only intention is to push you off. After you get past the three of them you will find a series of 4 platforms. 2 of them are retracing into the wall and coming out again. You can wait until they are fully out and use that as the path, or you can simply jump across the small gap easily. If you fall into the hole, you will be near the same place as if you had fallen off from those wall things you just passed, so simply make your way back to this point. Make your way forward until you come across a series of stairs with Thwomps on some of them. Now...there are two large Thwomps moving up and then smashing down, both at even intervals. When the massive pieces of stone are moving up, quickly move up the stairs before the first can come crashing on top of you. You need to also repeat this same (but easy) feat for the second Thwomp. Now, take the path to your right and you will reach a Pirhana Plant sleeping and blowing a nose bubble. Walk slowly (The touch screen is the best way to tip-toe silently) and Punch it when you are close (If you are Yoshi you can easily run past it, or jump over it, or you can do that anyways to save time). After you have managed to get past that, you will see a grey bridge in front of you. Quickly dash across it because it is divided into segements (They are easy to see) and once stepped upon, fall down to the earth. After that, quickly mad dash and you will see another Pirhana Plant, so kill it or ignore it, makes no difference. Infront of you is a rotating platform. When the platform stops at your side where you are, walk across it to the middle, and wait for it to stop at the other side of the fortress, then walk off of it. You will come around a bend, and should see a slow moving Whomp, with that stupid look in his eyes. Pass him, and continue on the path, where you will find another Whomp so pass him too. Behind the second Whomp is a platform that goes up and down (Like in Bob-omb Battlefield) so ride the platform to the top, and talk to the Whomp King to engage in battle! The Whomp King will complain and complain how that they are used merely as stepping stones and pavement and all that wierd stuff (That is what a Whomp does? I had the wrong idea....) and will get really pissed off and you two will begin fighting! Like I said at the beginning of the level, if you can push the R button, this fight is very easy. Simply, get near him and when he stops moving for about half a second, get the hell out of his way. He will fall down with a slam, and if you weren't in his path, he will be lying on the ground for a few seconds. At this time, jump onto his back and then you need to execute a Ground Pound. That will damage him. The Whomp King won't be pleased by this, and he will quickly get up and chase you around again, and when he gets the chance he will try to smash you. As long as you avoid him and do another Ground Pound, he doesn't get much harder. After that, he will get right back up and try to smash you AGAIN. Make him miss and do one last Ground Pound to beat him. He will make a stupid pun (All puns are stupid aren't they?) and he will explode and a Star will pop out. Grab it to end the level. ================================= Star 2-To the Top of the Fortress Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================= The very top of Whomp's Fortress has been replaced from a fighting arena to a large lookout tower (For what? There's nothing there really....). Whatever the reason, start off again by making your way up the first hill until you reach those stupid wall blockers. Jump over them and jump over the gaps between you and the moving platforms if they are in the wall. Continue around and up the stairs again, making sure to NOT get smashed by the Thwomp, because that is three bars of health right down the drain. Continue up those stairs, and up another series of tiny stairs with the sleeping Pirhana Plant. As before, you can easily jump over it or run past it and not get hurt. Next, you got the collapsing bridge, so quickly dash across the bridge to avoid falling into a little pond below (where you will need to get all the way back here again...). As before, make your way across the smaller bridge, and next to another sleeping Pirhana Plant. Wait for the rotating platform to get to you then run over to its center, and wait for it to rotate around back to the other side. Now that we are on the other side, continue along the path. If you need coins quickly (I doubt you will now but whatever) you can kill the Whomp's that are on this path. Continue to circle around this small area until you reach the rotating platform elevator. Wait for it to come down, then hop on and get onto the top of the fortress. You will see the new additions to the top right away. First of all, nearby is a Bullet Bill Blaster, which will launch unkillable Bullet Bills at you. They are VERY easy to avoid however, no worries. Go around the tower until you see a platform near the floor. Hop on it, and the next platform on the tower is moving into the wall, and back out. Hop onto it, then hop onto the next platform, and every other platform, for your information, is retreating into the wall and then back out. The last platform that is revolving around the tower (You are tecnically....) will be an elevator when stepped on and will take you to the top of the fortress, where another Star lies for the taking! There is a slightly easier way to obtain this Star. Get onto the tree at the beginning of the level and jump to the shallow water area above. Head left and talk to the Bob-omb Buddy to open up the cannon. You can use the cannon to shoot yourself to the Star. Beware, though, this is slightly difficult despite saving time. If you miss you will easily fall into oblivion past the tower. Use the cannon at your own risk. ======================================================= Star 3-Shoot into the Wild Blue Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody, Luigi can make this easy ======================================================= Another Star that utilizes the importance of cannons! Hooray! When you first start off, face away from the grey wall and do a backflip up there. You should now be standing inside a pool (Or should I say, a pond) of shallow water. Head to the right where you should find a string of five Coins, a Cannon Cover, a nice Bob-omb Buddy that is standing right next to it (Now that is convenient....like it always should be). After you have talked to the Bob-omb Buddy, hop inside the Cannon for a short ride to the Star. Look around with the crosshairs once you are inside the cannon for a pole. Don't look for a pole that is tall and pretty high-that is the wrong pole you are aiming for! Instead, bring down the crosshairs until you can see a pole with a platform below it and above it. Move the crosshairs just barely above this pole and fire away! If you aimed the crosshairs perfectly, your character should grab onto the pole, and at that point, climb up onto the platform above you and grab that Star. If you overshoot the pole, there is a pillar to the left of the pole you can crash into. You won't break it or take any injuries, but you will drop right next to the pole. It's much safer and easier to perform. There is a secondary way you can grab this Star if you are absolutely horrible at controlling the Cannon. Go past the Bob-omb Buddy and you will be at a slanting down pathway. You can go into Close-Up Camera Mode to view the platform the Star is on. Not very far up high is that? Go near the cannon and start a running dash towards that platform. Get the Jump ready, then do a Double Jump, and after that, a Triple Jump. If you did everything just so perfectly, your Triple Jump will have gone high enough for your character to grab onto the platform above which contains the Star! If you are paying as Mario, you can also use a Wall Jump instead of a Triple Jump to reach this platform. There is actually yet another way of conquering this Star also. Personally, I find it (Actually, it is) the easiest way and the quickest and the most effeicient way of getting the Star. The only thing is you need to be Luigi. Get pretty close to being to the side of the high platform that contains the Star to Shoot into the Wild Blue. Simply do a Backflip, and Luigi's Copter Move after the backflip and you should be on the platform with the Star on it. Of course, there are NO Luigi Caps in the level until you have rescued Luigi which I will cover later in this FAQ. Use whichever of these three methods to claim your shiny prize. ======================================= Star 4-Red Coins on the Floating Island Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ======================================= All right. We are about to start our second Red Coin collecting challenge! Sounds fun doesn't it? I know it sounds fun. That's because it is kinda fun. Nobody should like collecting these thing, but this one isn't too bad. It is a challenge none the less. As always, start off the level by going up the first hill until you reach the things that are moving in and out of the stupid wall once again. Above the thing in the middle is a pretty Red Coin. Wait until the thing is retracted out, and then you should jump on top of it and collect your first Red Coin. That is only number one however, we have seven more left to go, but the rest aren't all that hard. After collecting your first red Coin, continue on your merry way and keep jumping across the gaps made by the platforms that keep going in and out of the wall. Continue and make the turn as you head up the large stairs with the even larger Thwomp smashing up and down. Avoid him, and his brother that is a few stairs away from him. However, after you pass the second Thwomp, don't keep going. Instead, wait for that same second Thwomp to come down, and then you need to jump on top of him. Don't worry-the spikes on him won't affect you at all. At the apex of the Thwomp's rise, a Red Coin is visble. Jump up to reach it before the Thwomp comes down with a mighty fall again. That is two Red Coins down. This isn't too hard is it? If you can't get the Red Coin easily with a jump, then use a backflip to reach it. Be careful where you land so you don't take too much damage. Now, we are in a convenient position. Fall down off the wall and you will land in that large section below Whomp's Fortress. Follow the path around, dodging Goombas, Pirhana Plants, boxes, and other junk until you reach a small section with three Pirhana Plants and two flower patches. Lying above one of these flower patches lies the third Red Coin. To avoid getting killed before we reach that Coin, it is best to tip toe and kill (or just Punch) the Pirhana Plant heads to kill them. Once all three of the Pirhana Plants are killed, nothing should stop you from getting the third Red Coin. The only thing you need to worry about before you were to actually get this Red Coin is how you fall from your previous position. If you fall to fast or high, then odds are you are gonna go crashing out of the level. You can also take the safe, long path around if you aren't feeling very great about jumping a long jump to an easy position. Now that we finally have three Red Coins in our possesion, make your way back very carefully to the Thwomp we passed a Red Coin or two ago. After passing both Thwomp Bros., continue along the path until you reach some brownish black stairs and another sleeping Pirhana Plant. Kill him, or tip toe past behind him, because the Red Coin he guards is sitting just behind him. Use either strategy then quickly run away from him, but stop before passing the collapsing bridge. Now we have four Red Coins in our possesion, let's head to number five. Actually, we barely have to head anywhere to actually recieve it. Before the collapsing bridge is a very narrow ledge. On that ledge lies your fifth Red Coin. Go up and collect it. You should sidle around the ledge by hugging the wall. Doing this is much safer and it is highly unlike you will fall off the thin ledge. After collecting it, slowly make your way to the Pirhana Plant and Punch him in the mouth, which makes easy access to the rotating platform ahead of you. Past the Pirhana Plant that is not there any more, you should be able to see the rotating platform once again. Wait for the platform to reach your side then get onto it and head for the center. When it reaches the other side get onto the stick that is attacked to the middle of the rotating platform and stand on the middle of it. Now, when the platform rotates it's way around back to where we started again, you will pass through a string of Coins, with a Red Coin being one of them. Now, get back to the center of the rotating platform and wait for it to swing around to the other side again. Now it is just a matter of finding those last two naughty Red Coins! Now you get several options. There are two optional ways of getting up to those last few Red Coins, and it depends on the character you are currently using. If you are Yoshi you must take one of the options, the other is impossible for him. Anyways, here are the following options you have to take: You can always continue up the fortress after getting off the rotating platform again. Avoid the Whomp's and avoid the other Whomp as you board the orange elevator up to the top arena. Near the actual tower, is a large wooden plank. All you need to do is punch and Jump Kick the board to make it fall over. After it has fallen over, simply walk across it to the other side where you will find a series of Islands for you to cross. The first island is only an arrow, so jump to the next Island which contains your Seventh Red Coin. Then, jump onto the next smaller Island carefully for your eigth and final Red Coin. This will make the Power Star appear at the very bottom of the level. Great. However, if you are Yoshi you should know that it is impossible for the little dino to punch so we must use the alternative plan to reach the Floating Islands. Simply, go back all the way to where you started the level. Yes, all the way back there. Now, go onto the tree and climb to the top and jump off. An owl should pop out. The owl will say he will take you any place you want to be taken by grabbing onto him and holding the B button. Do so. He'll soar high into the sky, and then you will have control of him. Manuver the owl until you can see your shadow over the Floating Islands, then release B. Hop over the two Islands to collect your last and final Red Coins to make the Star appear way back at the very bottom of the level. Now, head down off the Floating Islands very carefully, making sure you don't fall into an empty abiss and die, as that would be absolutely bad at this point in time. Continue making your way down the tower and fortress, skipping the rotating platform and simply sliding down the hill to the spot near the cannon. Then, head through the water back to where you started. Head to the left like we did earlier to collect your third Red Coin, and above the Blue spinning star will be your next Power Star! Awesome job, that wasn't too hard was it? Get ready to exit the level and prepare to enter for more Stars! Oh boy! ================================= Star 5-Fall Onto the Caged Island Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================= You may have noticed while flying around in the previous challenge that there was another Floating Island with a cage on it. In that cage is another Star. Your objective now is to simply retrieve the Star, easier said than done. Start off by climbing your way to the tippy top of the tree right near where you start. An owl will pop out and excaim that he has been sleeping, but he is happy to take you where ever you want to go right now. Simply jump up to him and hold the B button. The owl will fly sky high into the air. Your objective now is to manuver the owl and drop down onto the Caged Island. However, the owl at first is flying much higher than the Caged Island, so it is nearly impossible to find your shadow on the Caged Island...and remember, your shadow is your friend when knowing where to drop down onto that darned island. However, there is an easier way of telling where you know when to drop off the owl. There is actually a simple way of landing on the Island safely and there aren't too many problems involved with this method. Simply circle around the island over and over again with the owl. The owl starts to fly lower and lower as time goes on. This makes it so that eventually you will be so low that you are only a few feet off of the ground on the Caged Island. At this point, it is pretty simple to let go of the B button to drop down. Then, enter the cage and retrieve your prize, which is yet another Power Star. ============================= Star 6-Blast Away the Wall Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= This is, in my opinion, a really clever Star to get, not to mention it is pretty cool what you have to do to get the Star. After you start take the usual path up the hill and carefully past those stupid wall-pushers (Hey...that is a pretty good name for them) and cross over the gaps between you and those moving platforms. Make your way up the stairs of death by being careful to avoid those constantly irritating Thwomps that possibly cause you so much trouble. Once you reach the top of the stairs, go down the white ramp and jump into the shallow water and make your way forth to the cannon located on the other side of the pool (You should probably know by now where it is). Now, the fun begins. Once you are in the cannon move he crosshair around and you can view two corners of a wall. One corner is close to the cannon and the other is much further away from the other wall and the cannon. Look for the pointed wall that is further away from the cannon and aim just barely above it. Fire the cannon and when your character plows into the wall head first, it will shatter and another Power Star will be revealed. Now, make your way up the white ramp again and jump past the sleeping stupid Pirhana Plant. Now, quickly get across the collapsing bridge where you will find the corner of the wall, the Power Star is just lying there on top of that wall that was broken away, so grab that Power Star and get out of the course. ========================================== Star 7-Switch Star of the Fortress Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody except Yoshi ========================================== I love mad dashes! Anyways, this is your first Switch Star. A Switch Star is where you must locate a yellow Star shaped switch, and then step on it. A Star will appear inside a glass dome somewhere else inside the level, and you must get the Star before time runs out. Otherwise, the Star will disappear and you must hit the switch again to make the Star appear to restart the chase for the Star. Anyways, as long as your not Yoshi, head to the right of where you start and make your way across the meadow, avoiding stupid Goombas in your way, then jump over the fence connecting the two areas together. Now, there should be a box nearby, so punch it and it will reveal a Star Switch. You can break this block as Yoshi, however, if you swallow and enemy and hit the block with an egg. Anyways, hit the switch to make the Star appear inside the glass dome in the level. Let's run! Start running forward, past the group of three Pirhana Plants and a few Goombas and plenty of posts. Now, jump over the fence and over the crates that are blocking you. Jump over the small gap and use the crates that lie infront of you as stairs to reach the next section of land. Make a turn, and the Glass Dome that contains the Star should be in perfect view. Hurry up and get it before time runs out. This Star wasn't too hard really. But Switch Stars in future levels are going to be far more difficult, as they will have very strict time limits and you generally have to cross a larger, more lethal distance in order to reach where the Star is located. ========================================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= Whomp's Fortress is literally loaded with Coins. You can find them almost everywhere within this level. However, you are going to need to Punch, Kick, and Ground Pound your way to most of them, so Yoshi won't be much help here. Mario is definately the preferred character you should use, but Luigi works just as well. Start off by turning around when you start and kill the Pirhana Plant in the flower patch for a Blue Coin, worth five normal Coins. Don't go up the hills just yet. Keep heading along at the bottom section of Whomp's Fortress where you will see some Goombas and a circle of coins that are sitting, circling a flower patch. Killing everything here will net you another ten coins. By now we should have around 15. Not bad for a start. Head to the fence and jump over it making sure to land on the path. Break the nearby four brick boxes to collect three coins out of most of them. Head up the ledge to a few more flower patches. Two Pirhana Plants will spring up, so keep your distance until they fall asleep. Then, tiptoe and kill both of them for another two Blue Coins, which is the same as ten more Yellow Coins. Run around the post that is nearby a few times until five more Yellow Coins pop out of it. So far, we have only explored one area of the fortress and we should have 30-40 Coins by now. This is a pretty decent start. Now, head back to where you started the course and head up the hill to those things that pop out of the wall at random times once again. You'll find a red coin that we collected before, worth two Yellow Coins so of course, collect it. Now, head across the moving platforms again and up the stairs where the Thwomps are located and avoid them. When you get past the second one, wait for it to stomp the ground, then jump on top of him. At the apex of the Thwomp's rise there will be another red coin, worth two more Yellow Coins so of course, grab it. Now, head off and continue to the top of the stairs. Instead of going right to the Pirhana Plant, go straight and follow the ramp down. On the ramp are five more Yellow Coins. After those coins jump into the shallow pool of water and collect the circle of eight Yellow Coins perched near a wall. Go over near the cannon where another string of five more Yellow Coins waits for you to collect. Hop into the cannon and blast to the pole like we did a few Stars ago and go up to the next platform for another circle of eight Yellow Coins. Jump off onto the ground and find a Blue Coins Switch. These switches, once Ground Pounded, make a few Blue Coins appear nearby for a limited time. Activate the switch and collect the four Blue Coins nearby for another twenty Yellow Coins. At this point, we should have around 60 Coins. Time to find the rest of them easily. Just so you know, there's about another 140 coins in this level, so the remainder to find isn't all that challenging. Now, head back to the grey ramp that we came down forth earlier and climb back up it. Head to the left to where the Pirhana Plant is sleeping like a baby, tip toe up to him and kill him with a Punch for another 5 Coins. Also, you should collect the Red Coin that is lying nearby. Now, don't go through the collapsing bridge. Instead, cross the narrow ledge that contains another Red Coin nearby. Right after you collect that Red Coin you will be near another Pirhana Plant. Kill him with a Punch and collect his Blue Coin. Now, wait until the rotating platform comes to you then run to the middle. When the platform stops at the other side, get onto the middle of the walkway of the platform, and wait for it to take you around and collect four Yellow Coins and a Red Coins. By this point, you should have at least 80 Coins. Now, actually cross the platform to the other side and wait for the Whomp to fall down on you (But make sure you get away just in time). Then, jump on him five times. Each time you jump on him you get one Yellow Coin. After five jumps, do a Ground Pound to actually kill him, for another five Coins. You should also do this same technique for the Whomp around the corner. By now, you should have 100 Coins and the Star should appear. If you don't have 100 Coins yet, go up the elevator and punch down the board and collect about 20 or 25 Coins that are on the Floating Islands. That should get you your missing Coins. ========================== ~-Back to the Castle.....~ ========================== Back inside Peach's Castle, if you already have gotten 3 Stars and opened up all the doors nothing new has happened. If you already have eight or more Power Stars you can now go and rescue Mario. Obtaining Mario is covered in a later section. For now though, head to the right of Whomp's Fortress and enter the 3 Star door there and enter the painting for our next world. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V C.Course 3:Jolly Roger Bay~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- At the far left side of the main lobby of the Castle is a door with a 3 on it. This door leads to Jolly Roger Bay, your first water based level. Many new things are going to happen within this very level, so sit tight and keep reading for the strategies on the next 8 Stars and a Castle Secret Star. ================================= Star 1-Plunder in the Sunken Ship Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================= Welcome to Jolly Roger Bay! The whole land is covered in for the most part, surprise surprise, water. But don't fret, this isn't like most dreaded water levels. It is actually quite calm and relaxing. Anyways, in this Star the object is to raise the sunken ship far below the surface of the water, by entering it and opening a special treasure chest. Sounds fun doesn't it? Anyways, you will start on a tiny beach of land, so start off by walking into the water infront of you. Incase you have forgotten how to swim, keep pushing Y at even intervals to keep swimming. You can push B and hold Down on the surface to jump from the water. Continue to swim on the surface of the water until you come up to some large sticks popping up out of the ground really high. After this you should be in a large area of water. Now, start swimming down into the depths of the ocean here. Keep swimming down (Holding Up on the D-Pad) until the sunken ship comes into view. Now, keep going until you are swimming on the deck of the ship. Try to swim around and find a giant eel that is lodged inside the window on the deck of the ship. He will pop his head out once or twice. Now, head back up to the surface for air to restore your Power Meter. Now, head back down to the ship and to the same window the eel just was. He is out of the window now, so swim inside it to appear in the ship. You are now inside of the sunken ship. Swim around until you see a treasure chest. Swim up to it, and when it opens, start swimming like a mad man towards the bow of the ship. Why? The ship is rising, and the water is flowing out of the ship. Keep swimming higher until you can't swim higher anymore. If you are close to the top (And you should be) just carefully make a few jumps to the very top platform where the Star lies inside a ! Box. However, if you are stuck down pretty far down the ship, you are gonna have to make a lot of careful jumps to reach the top of the ship. Alternatively, you can crouch down and climb the wall that way, but it is faster if you can jump good. If not, start climbing the wall because you don't have any other options if you choose not to. You could, of course, just restart the level and try again if jumping up the platforms is too difficult for you. No matter which method you use to reach the top, hit the ! Box at the top to recieve your shiny reward. ==================================== Star 2-Can the Eel Come Out to Play? Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ==================================== Oh, that is such a nice title. Uh-huh, do you really want a giant eel to come out and play with you? Not to mention he might just eat you (He doesn't in the game but he should). Of course, he has a Star attached to the end of his tail, so that peaks out intrest into getting him into coming out to play with us. So, start off as usual by swimming into the waters. Keep going straight and straight, past the two large poles from the water until you reach the wall on the far end side. Now, start to swim down and down and down....but DON'T swim right up at the wall. Keep a little distance between you and the wall. Eventually you will come across a hole in the wall, which is the eel's home. He is still there, so stay beneith him as he pops his head out in rage. After a few seconds of roaring, he will slowly come out of his home in the seaweed and he will start to swim around in the ocean for about thrity seconds before he goes back to his home in the seaweed. The Star is attached to the very end of his tail. While he is coming out of his home you can easily touch the Star there, otherwise you gonna half to swim around for him to get it. Once you touch the Star on his tail it will float over to a location that is right near his home, so go get your reward for playing with that jerk. At least your not food for Unagi. ================================= Star 3-Treasure in the Ocean Cave Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================= Just as the title of the Star suggests, you will be out hunting treasure that is located somewhere in an ocean cave. Start out, as usual, by jumping into the water ahead of you and swimming past those same two pillars, every time, and heading for the now risen ship. When you reach that floating ship, start to dive under the water and keep moving to the left. Eventually, you will come across a cirlce of coins under the water, with a cave opening right behind it. How convenient can this possibly get. You can get a 1-Up if you swim through the rings of coins. It's difficult to reach in the water, though, so be careful if you attempt to grab it. If you are having any trouble finding the exact location of the entrance to the ocean cave, remember that the overhead map on the Touch Screen shows to location of the Star so you should find the entrance near that too. Once you have swum into the entrance you will finally be on dry land again. However, in this old pirates cave, some old Cap'n has set off plenty of booby traps, along with a few Goombas, to protect his treasure. Now that you are finally in the Ocean Cave, start to walk forward. You will hear a strange sound, and may see a giant pillar falling towards you! This was the booby trap I was telling you about earlier. Somebody set up a lot of pillars around the Ocean Cave and made them set off when any unwelcomed visitor walked in. It just doesn't seem like the best security system to me. Walk around the Ocean Cave being sure to not get smashed by those falling pillars. If you do, it's your health on the line, but they do minimal damage so you don't need to worry. When you reach the end of the Ocean Cave you will see a group of four treasure chests. This is the treasure the signposts are referring to. However, there is a riddle. You have to open all four chests in a certain order to collect your Star. I am going to give you the correct combonation for opening the Treasure Chests. I am going to assume you are standing in front of the first one, facing their keyholes. Anyways, open the chest to the very far back most. After touching it's lock, it will open up, and the number one will be revealed. Next, touch the treasure chest in the far left and touch its lock to open it up, revealing the number two. Now, open the chest in the far right and touch its lock again to have it open. The number three will appear. Now, open the final chest in the front. It will open when you touch its lock and a Star will appear in the center of all the chests, yours for the taking. ================================ Star 4-Blast to the Stone Pillar Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario ================================ There are two different ways you can use to tackle this Star. It is your option which path you want to take. It makes no difference which. The goal is the same-to reach a small piece of land jutting from the wall of the world and break the ! Box to reveal a Star. Simple, but getting there is the difficult part of the task. Okay, here's the longer but more loyal path. See infront of where you start in the water is a small grey hill with a cannon cover? Remember that, we will be coming back to that shortly. Start swimming towards the right side of the level until you reach a platform and some land. Jump onto the platform on the water and use that as a boost in order to get to the land on the right side of it. Right there is the Bob-omb Buddy that we are looking for. Talk to him and he will open up the Cannon Cover. Now, easily swim all the way back to the cannon near the start. Hop inside the cannon at the top of that tiny grey hill. Once inside manuver the crosshairs until you find those pillars sticking up from the water that we have passed like on every previous Star. Aim a little above the very top of the pillar and fire away! You should grab onto the pillar (Your character CANNOT grab onto the fat part of the pillar!). Now, have your back facing the little platform near the pillar and jump. Break open the box there and claim the Star. If you miss, either being too low or too high, you will need to swim back to the cannon and try again. However, there is a much easier way to obtain this Star. You need to be Mario to do this technique. At start head to the right near those wondering Goombas. They are standing near a Red ! Box. Break open the box with Mario for a Power Flower to make him inflated like a balloon. Keep pushing B to make Mario gain height, and manuver his way over to that piece of land that has the Star in the box on it. You have to be quick though, you won't have much time to get over to that island. However, this way is much faster and easier than taking the cannon, however it is faster to take the cannon if already unlocked. Mistakes are easy to make in each option, and it is a long swim back to try again! There is also a Red ! Box near a ! Switch to the right of the platform with the Star on it. You can attempt to float to the platform from here if you wish. =================================== Star 5-Red Coins on the Ship Afloat Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody =================================== Once again, you will have to look high and low for all eight Red Coins hidden within this level. Half of them are actually hidden from view, and if you can't find them, you have come to the right place to look where their locations just might be. This Star isn't so bad. If you somehow get injured, just hop in the water and surface to the top to refill your life meter. Let's get started! First start off by jumping into the water like you must have done in almost every single Star so far. Repetitive isn't it? Swim down, but not too far where you will see two clams right near each other. One of the clams, when you get close to them, contains a Koopa Shell. It is quite pointless to ride underwater as it just makes you swim a little faster for about 10 seconds. Go near the clam that is close to that one and he will open up to reveal our first Red Coin. Awesome, one red Coin down and just seven more to go! Now, you should surface for more air unless that previous Red Coin gave you your Air back, in which case you should keep on swimming under water. Swim down into the next section which is deeper than the clam we just found. Keep going until you see two clams on the left and one on the right. Go to the one on the right and get close to him. He will open up and he will reveal Red Coin number two, simply sitting there just waiting to be taken. Grab this as well. Now, it is off to finding Red Coin number three Actually, it is right next to Red Coin number two. I said before to choose the clam on the left didn't I? Now, go back a few feet and choose the clam on the right and wait for him to open up, and he will reveal another Red Coin, just lying there begging to be taken by you. That's three down! Now, keep swimming forward, going all the way to the very bottom of the level, where another clam is perched near some seaweed. I do believe that you are capable of figuring out what to do form there. Collect your fourth Red Coin that lies inside that stupid clam. But don't worry, there aren't anymore Red Coins that can be found inside clams (Not like that is hard or anything, just repetitve). Now, swim back to the surface quickly so we avoid the risk of running out of air and suffering a horrible death. Do any of you remember where that Bob-omb Buddy was that you (Should have) talked to a few Stars ago? Swim to the surface and swim to the right side of the level and then jump onto the platform floating in the water. Then, jump onto the platform the Bob-omb Buddy is happily trotting on. Right next to the platform you are currently standing on is another large, tall pillar sticking up from the water. Climb this pillar all the way to the top. Do a Handstand (There is no neccessity to jump) and you will have collected your fifth Red Coin. Now we are about to enter the home streach for wrapping up this Star! Let's keep going and stay focused! Go back to the platform that is on the water then go to the other side and jump on that large platform there. There is no need to hit the ? Red Block there, unless you'd rather float to your destination. Activate the ! Switch by stepping over it, then carefully go over the next few platforms that lead to the risen ship. They are very thin, so don't do any dashing unless falling off doesn't bother you whatsoever (you can also use Mario's floating powers to reach the ship). Once you reach the end of the path, wait for the ship to tilt close to you, then jump aboard. Stay near the bow of the ship and wait for the front of the ship to tilt upwards. It will reach high enough for your next Red Coin to come into view, so quickly jump and reach it for Red Coin Number Six! However, likewise I already said, it is easier to use Mario's Balloon Power from a Power Flower to quickly and easily reach the ship, and even better, reach the Red Coin that is on the bow even if the ship is tilting away from it! Now, head for the stern of the ship. You will need to use a Triple Jump to get over the wall and onto the back of the ship. Fortunately, there is plenty of deck space to pull a quick and easy Triple Jump together to reach the back of the ship. Once you are on the back of the ship you should easily see the blue star marker, signifying that is where the Power Star will appear after getting these last two Red Coins. Wait for the back of the ship to tilt upwards, and those last two final Red Coins will finally come into view. Quickly catch both of them before the ship tilts away from them and you have to wait for the back-tilt again just to reach them. The Power Star will, like I already said, appear just a few inches away from you, so easily grab it to clear this Star. ================================== Star 6-Switch Star of the Bay Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Luigi needed ================================== Oh boy! This is your second Switch Star. If you read what I said at the end of the Switch Star star in Whomp's Fortress I clearly said "You won't always be just running to the Star...". That is true here. As Luigi, start swimming and keep going past those pillars once again, and as you reach the middle of the rather large lagoon, start swimming into the depths of this ocean. Like you did before, locate the entrance to the Ocean Cave. It is easily marked by those circlce of coins, so you can't miss it. Once you have surfaced inside the cave, you should find a Goomba wearing a Luigi Cap nearby if you aren't Luigi already. Anyways, I hope you get ready for some fun! We are, of course, inside the wonderous Ocean Cave. As Luigi (or at least wearing his Cap) Hit the Red ? Block nearby, and grab the Power Flower. Luigi will turn invisible. This is his Flower Power. He can walk through walls and enemies and not get detected, well for at least a short time. Try the cap out on those falling pillars. They go right though you don't they. Go near Goombas and they won't notice you (You can easily see yourself, but they can't). After you have finished looking at the cool stuff with this power, hit the Red ? Block again to get another Power Flower to turn invisible. Hurry along and stay near the right side of the Ocean Cave's wall until you find the Star Switch. Hit it! To your surprise, the Star will appear in a Glass Dome behind a gate wall. Oh boy. The timer is ticking down for the Switch Star, and your Flower Power is going to wear off soon. There isn't much time. Quickly start long jumping your way to the gate, then run through it while invisible. Just one of the powers of being invisible-walking through walls. Break the Glass Dome for your Power Star reward! If you run out of time, you will need to go back and rehit the switch to place the Star into the dome. ================================== Star 7-Through the Jet Stream Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== I'm sure that this whole time in the lagoon you have surely seen a Power Star just sitting in a pile of bubbles. If you tried to get it you would have found it to be impossible because the rapid air is pushing you in an upward motion. However, this is one way you can obtain this Star. You need to be Wario, or at least get his cap within the level so you can be him, so start your swimming and trek over to the floating platform in the water on the far right side of the level that we have been to a few times previously. Once you have jumped on just cross over to the platform that is to the left of it (With the switch that leads to the floating ship, that platform) Once you are finally on that platform as Wario, and not anybody else, hit the Red ? Block for a Power Flower. It will turn Wario all metallic. He has awesome powers because he is metallic! For one thing, you don't have to breathe. Period. Oh boy...Next, you can simply bulldoze your way through almost anything just by touching it. Enemies instantly die and give up their coins once touched in your metallic form. Also, you can't swim. You walk underwater. That final trait is what is gonna help you retrieve this Power Star in the Jet Stream. Once you are Metal Wario, quickly jump off of the platform into the deep deep lagoon. Wario will be falling to the very bottom and once you are at the bottom you can control his walking again. Walk over to the Jet Stream, which can't push you anywhere because you are so heavy. Just simply jump to claim your shiny Star as a prize. If you need to get this Star and you haven't unlocked Wario yet, then head into the ocean cave. There is a Goomba in here who is wearing a Wario Cap. Kill him and collect the cap, then head to the area in the aforementioned paragraph. ========================================= Star 8-100 Coins Star Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= There aren't too many Coins stuck inside Jolly Roger Bay. Infact, I estimate about 140 Coins. You better be quick at collecting coins from enemies because they can mean everything. However, there are a ton of Blue Coins in the beginning to make up for the lack of Yellow Coins. Start off by turning to your right and killing the few Goombas that are wondering nearby. Now, go over to the 2 brick blocks. Destroy the one that was closest to you when you started the world. It will spit out 3 Yellow Coins. Now, Ground Pound the nearby Blue Coin Switch to make a massive amount of Blue Coins appear on the surface of the water. Quickly break the other block to reveal a Koopa shell. Ride it quickly over the water to collect all of the Blue Coins before they all disappear. There are eight wonderful Blue Coins. A hefty sum indeed. We have just started the level, and by now, you should have at least fourty Coins. That didn't take to long to collect. To save time, ride the Koopa Shell all the way back to the beginning of the level and crash into the wall. It will break and you won't be riding it anymore. Anyways, jump into the water and start swimming down. There will be a tiny submerged pillar sticking out of the ground underwater and there are eight Yellow Coins circling around the little pointy thing. After collecting all eight keep going until you see a clam. One clam has a Koopa Shell that you can ride for a few seconds underwater, but it is really pointless. The other clam shell nearby has a Red Coin inside of it, so grab that. By this point in time you should have at least fifty Coins. Were doing damn good! Come back to the surface for air if you need it, and prepare to dive right back down again. Keep swimming on the surface now until you reach those tall pillars sticking out from the water that you have passed on practically every Star you have done already and around one of those pillars is another circle of eight Yellow Coins. Awesome, and by now you should have at least sixty Coins or more if you have done some exploring on your own. Head back to the surface if you haven't already and swim to the far right side of the level now and hop on top of the platform in the water and head to the right, then jump on top of the pole there and climb to the top to find a Red Coin. You just can not argue with an easy two Coins. Now, head back to the left across the platform in the water and head up onto the adjacent platform with a ! Switch and a ? Red Block on it. Activate the ! Switch to create a temporary pathway between the platforms infront of you. There are a total of five Coins on each of the platforms that lie infront of you, so collect all fifteen Yellow Coins. At this point in time you should have at least Seventy Five or even more Coins. Not too bad. Continue along the platforms however and board the risen ship again. Grab the three Red Coins that are hanging above the ship. If you can't reach them easily, wait for the tilt of the ship to rock the ship high so you can easily jump into the three suspended Red Coins. Now, jump into the water and start swimming torwards the very bottom of the lagoon here. You should find another clam which contains another Red Coin, perfect for the taking. Also, you can find some of the character Caps near many strings of Coins. I can't say for sure how many strings of Coins there are exactly, but there are a few. Also, head for the Ocean Cave entrance and collect the circle of coins underwater near it. By now, if you have followed everything, you should have at least One Hundered Yellow Coins. Your shiny Star should appear. If you don't have 100 Coins just yet, go into the ocean cave and kill all the enemies there and collect the coins near the walls of the cave. If you STILL don't have enough then there are still a few Red Coins that I didn't cover yet. If you don't have 100 Coins at that point, I don't think it is very possible to get the Star. Exit the level and come back to retry this annoying challenge for the rare Coins! Remember, there may be a few Goombas somewhere in the level you may not have killed yet; they just might have your missing Coin(s)! ===================== ~The Secret Aquarium~ ===================== Near the door that leads back to the lobby from Jolly Roger Bay is a little hole in the wall. Jump inside it for a seret Star challenge. You are inside a giant aquarium! There is no way of getting any air. The object is to collect all eight Red Coins. Pretty simple really. No detailed explainations are needed. Simply, there are four circles or coins in the upper half of the aquarium. In the center of all four of these coin circles lies a Red Coin. After you have easily collected four Red Coins, swim down to the bottom of the aquarium. There are another four Red Coins down here. There is one Red Coin in each corner of the room. After you have collected all eight of the Red Coins, your Star will appear in the bottom, center of the room. This is an absurdly easy Castle Secret Star to obtain right now, so you might as well just get it out of the way. ========================= ~Back to the Castle.....~ ========================= By now you should have access to every door in the lobby except the Big Star Door, depending on how many Stars you have and who you have unlocked. Let's continue to the left side of the lobby and enter the 3 Star Door there too, and get ready to enter the next painting of snowballs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V D.Course 4:Cool, Cool Mountain~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- You have finally made it to your first snow-themed world! Cool, Cool Mountain! The paths are all slippery, I warn you, and evil snowmen are you to whack you with their mighty snowballs. More annoyingly is how this is a mountain suspended in air, so one wrong move and you may be sliding off the mountain. Try not to do that. You can enter this course by entering the door on the bottom left side of the lobby with a "3" marked on its Star. Have fun. Snow levels are far more fun then what they probably sound like. ============================= Star 1-Slip Slidin' Away Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Ever felt the need for speed while sliding on your butt down a giant slide made of ice? Well, I'm sure you haven't but that is exactly your mission today! As soon as you enter Cool, Cool Mountain, you will get a message saying to enter the cabin that lies only a few feet in front of you. It's a shame that there isn't a door. However, a nearby sign kindly tells you to act like Santa. So, hop onto the roof of the cabin and jump into the chimney. Oh boy, what fun! You will appear at the top of a huge slide, as you can easily tell by your trusty map on the Touch Screen. Get ready to race down this here slide! Start off by running for the slide, and you will instantly be sitting on your butt sliding down it. The controls for sliding are pretty simple. Hold Up to slide faster, hold Down to slow down, and move left and right (You don't move very quickly though, so be aware of that in turns). Keep on sliding down at whatever pace is safest for you and carefully turn right around the first turn. In a few seconds you will pass over a small gap, but at whatever speed the hill of the slide makes you cross over. Now, you will take a quick right turn, followed by a very sharp left turn. Now, you have two choices on the path you want to take. You can now take the shortcut path, or the real path. You can take the shortcut if you don't want to easily die. However, you are gonna be doing this course again, in a race, with no shortcuts allowed! It's your choice. Anyways for the shortcut, right after that sharp left turn you will find a string of five Yellow Coins leading into a wall. Should be fairly obvious. Follow the coins into the wall and you will pass through the wall into a super secret shortcut. Your in a big tunnel, no way to possible die. Isn't that great? Just hold up to quickly pass through the tunnel easily and you will be spit out inside the ending cabin, the finish line. You can earn a few wondering 1-Ups when you are sliding down the tunnel. (I'll discuss what happens next soon.) However, if you want practice (And I highly suggest you do!) then instead of following the coin path, follow the slide to another right turn. The path will slowly curve to the left, only to bring you to two ninety degree turns! This is the hardest part of the track. The slide is tilting toward the edge, so I suggest staying near the inside of the track, close to the edge. Why? The track doesn't tilt there. You will need speed to pass through these tight curves without falling off. If you attempt to hug the outside of the track, the hills will probably push you off the course. It's better to risk going on the inside of the turns than the outside. After passing through Dead Man's Curves you will go into a small hill, then the path will tilt in a circle inside a tunnel to the right. Then for the finale, you will go over a thin ice bridge (Non collapsing) and pass the finish line. Which ever path you took makes no difference. Either way, head out of the cabin door to the left and out comes your Star, so go ahead and claim your bounty. ========================================= Star 2-Li'l Penguin Lost Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= Ah yes. I hope you aren't a mugger or something because in this mission you are required to act like the good guy and help return a lost baby penguiun to its mother. Doesn't that just sound great? Start off the course again by jumping up to the chimney, but don't go into it. Instead, jump up to the next ledge above you. You should be able to easily see a baby penguin waddling around up here and crying for attention. If you are Yoshi, you can't grab the penguin. This will just make the penguin freak out if you put him into your mouth. You will spit him out no matter what. Grab him with Mario, Luigi, or Wario and prepare for a frosty slide! Go back to where you pretty much started and turn around and walk on the short path until you reach a bridge that is broken. Look downwards. You should see a giant side of the mountain with a giant ice block on land far below. Walk off the edge of the bridge and slide down the side of the mountain but make sure you jump before you reach the land at the end of it! Otherwise, with your momentum you will keep going, and off the side you will plummet to your doom! Now you should see that giant ice block. It is quite difficult to miss, as you should have landed right next to it. Continue to the left and when you reach the edge of this little platform you should go into close-up Camera View and look down to make sure you see a ledge. Now, continue forward and if you look to your left, you should see a giant bridge, this time with the middle collapsed. Save that memory for a later Star, however. Contine following the dirt path until you reach a hill going down shortly afterwards. A Mr. Blizzard (Those are the snowmen) will pop up in the middle of this hill. He'll attempt to throw snowballs at you. If they hit, you will drop the pengiun. If that happens, pick him up before he walks over and gets lost. Avoid the Mr. Blizzard, and reach the resting point with another enemy. Avoid all enemies because if hit, you drop the penguin. Now, follow the wooden ramp down to the very bottom of the mountain where the giant Mother Penguin lies. Bring the penguin up to her and she will talk to you and you will be awarded with a Star. However, if you wanna play a funny joke on the Mother Penguin, go to the tree that lies right near Mother Penguin. Get on a Handstand at the very top of it and jump to the top of the cabin (The one you exit from in Star 1). There will be another penguin crying on this roof. Go ahead and bring it to the Mother Penguin. Mother Penguin will cry that it isn't her baby and then you just let go of the penguin. There's nothing else but that funny conversation, and it isn' necessary to do to get anything. ============================= Star 3-Big Penguin Race Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Like you did in Star 1, head into the chimney of the nearby cabin. Instead of absolutely nothing blocking your way to the frosty slide, a big penguin (Father Penguin?) is standing there. Get near him and he will challenge you to a race to the bottom of the slide. First one there wins and gets to keep the prize, which is a Star in this case. Start off quickly, holding Up the whole time. Get past the calm first right turn and don't lose focus when you jump over the following gap. Keep your speed steady as you make your way through the tight right turn, folowed by an even tighter left turn. Now, DON'T take the shortcut! If you do, once you and the penguin reach the finish he will accuse you of a cheater (he's so mean). Now, you are gonna quickly approach the two big hairpin turns. Stay at the inside of the track, keep your speed pretty high, and just follow the turn you will then find yourself heading into the final phase of the slide (again) by going down a short but pretty big hill, then circle around in a tunnel all the while gaining speed, make sure to keep yourself in the middle of the track! Now, you will go across a thin ice bridge in the middle of the track, and then cross the finish line. If you beat the big penguin (And you should have done so with ease) then just wait in the cabin for the big penguin to cross the finish line. He will waddle around for a few seconds and then give you the Star for crushing his record. It's best that, during the race, to stay just behind the penguin. If you get ahead of him, he will speed up really fast to get ahead of you, and barely tends to slow down. Try to overtake him just at the end so he doesn't have enough time to speed up. Also make sure you don't leave the cabin at the end, otherwise you will have to beat the penguin all over again. =================================== Star 4-Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Yoshi needed =================================== Whoopee! Another frantic chase for another eight shiny Red Coins. This time around we have to search everywhere on the mountain just to find all of them. This sounds fun doesn't it? Just so you know you will be finding a few Red Coins inside large blocks of ice, which can only be melted and accessed by Yoshi. So, here we go! Start off as usual by jumping on top of the chimney but not falling down. Jump up to the ledge above you and walk to the right, down a little slope until you reach a campfire....which should be extingished by now, but whatever. Have Yoshi eat the campfire (That's gonna hurt tomorrow) and walk back up that same slope until you reach an ice block near that penguin that got lost again. Have Yoshi spit out the fire (With the A button again) which will melt that dumb ice block which will reveal the first Red Coin. Now you have one Red Coin in your posssion. Next, from where you are standing now go back to where you started and go to the broken bridge that is behind where you first started. Run off the bridge and start quickly sliding down the mountain for a few seconds. When the land gets flat again at that little section, jump and make a Ground Poind so you don't go sliding off the edge, which just leads to your quick death. Once you are on this little section of land you should see another ice block. Walk around the ice block and you should see another campfire. Awesome. Like you just did a few seconds ago, gobble up the campfire and unleash the breath on the ice block, which will promptly melt away into nothing. The ice block will leave a Red Coin behind. Collect the second coin. Now after collecting your second Red Coin, turn around, and continue to walk until you walk off the edge onto the ground of the mountain again. You will know if you are in the right place if you see a giant snowball's head infront of you. If that Snowball is there, head to the right and stay along the mountainside. Eventually you will come upto a Bob-omb Buddy, who when talked to will show you the locations of all the Red Coins on your Touch Map (But only for as long as you talk to it). Anyways, after finishing that conversation, you will easily find your third Red Coin lying conveniently right next to where the Bob-omb Buddy is. Grab the coin. The fourth Red Coin, fortunately, isn't far away at all. Simply turn around from where you were from getting the previous Red Coin, and head back towards the bodyless Snowman. Head to the right and you should fall down a short ledge, and be near the edge of the world. Head to the left, following the path until you fall into yet another little ledge, which is the top stop for the gondola ride. Here, is where you fourth Red Coin awaits. Not too bad, halfway there! Jump back up two levels so you are even on the path with the giant snowball head and the long bridge, which should be at this point right next to you. Head across that long bridge. However, there are two Mr. Blizzards that are kindly hopping back and forth on it. If you get hurt you will be bumped back, and possibly off the edge of the world. That's not good. When the Mr. Blizzard in front of you is in the air, quickly run under him and repeat that same process for the next one that guards your path. After that bridge you will find a wooden pathway leading downwards, and another ledge to the left of you. Jump up onto that ledge. The only thing here is another bridge, but the middle of it is broken and missing. On the remaining side closest to you, however, lies another thing. Your fifth Red Coin. Grab the Coin, and prepare to move on. Awesome, now your almost there. The remaining few Coins are easily gotten. Head back off the ledge again, and onto the wooden pathway. Follow it down and you will start to slide down on the snowy path ahead of you for a second or two, and then be back on another wooden pathway. Follow the next pathway down to the every bottom of Cool, Cool Mountain. Once you are off the wooden path and on snow, head to the right near the cannon, but don't go inside it. You should see a tree that is right next to the cannon. I wonder what could be at the top of this tree. Quickly jump onto it and climb to the top, and push up until you do a Handstand. The Handstand is high enough for you to grab the Sixth Red Coin. Now, climb back down the tree. From where you are now (at the bottom of that tree), head over to the right, stopping (or not) to visit Mother Penguin. Soon enough you will reach another wooden bridge that is extending out way over an empty abyss, and connects to a small island where another wooden bridge is connected to that, but ends so you would just walk right off if you did. If you were to stand on the end of that second bridge you would be warped back to start. Anyways, you will easily find your Seventh Red Coin on that small island that both bridges are connected to. Now it is time to find the last and final Red Coin. The position of the last Coin usually stumps a decent amount of the players that first did this level. Isn't that funny? And come to think of it, the Red Coin lies a few feet from where Coin seven was. Simply head back away from the previous bridges and farther to the right. You will eventually reach the end of the mountain. Heh, and wouldn't you know? There is your last Red Coin, tucked away at the very corner of the wall, right next to the edge. Walk very carefully to make sure you don't fall off the edge. If you hit the wall, you'll just slide off of it. However, you will probably then end up sliding off the level. Avoid doing so. Getting the final coin makes the Power Star appear. Remember that broken bridge near Red Coin five? The Power Star happens to appear on the other end of that same bridge. However, it is pretty simple to make your way back up there again. Head all the way back to the left, left and left some more, past Mother Penguin until you reach the Gondala Ride. Get yourself onto it, and the gondala will automatically start moving and it will make its way up the mountain to the very spot where we saw the fourth Red Coin, right near the long bridge. Head across the long bridge, making sure to avoid those nasty Mr. Blizzards and head up the ledge to the broken bridge. You have two options of making it across with Yoshi. You can either take a step back and quickly run forward and before you reach the end of your section of bridge, make a long jump and you hopefully aimed corectly at the other side. Or, you can double jump with Yoshi, and use his Flutter Kick to make it over to the other side. Either way, whichever path you choose, collect your Power Star. ============================== Star 5-Snowman's Lost His Head Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================== I'm sure that by now you have all encountered the large bodyless Snowman that lies near the bridge with the hopping Mr. Blizzards right? I'm sure you must have felt sorry for him, but now is the time to finally help him turn that frown upside down with his new body! From where you start head up over the chimmney and onto the ledge above it where that baby penguin is still crying. Head down the little hill to the left and you will see a tiny snowball on a tiny platform. Walk up to the snowball and it will explain its situation. You see, the snowball is without a head. He asks you if you know any good places where he can find a head to connect to. Don't you know someone who could use a good body? Yep, it's that snow-head near the midpoint of the mountain. After you finish talking to the snowball, agree into leading him towards his new home. He will stand still on the platform for a few seconds, use this time to jump off of the wooden area you are currently on, and start sliding down the mountain as fast as you possibly can. The snowball will follow your path. It will grow bigger and bigger, rolling faster and faster too. Hurry along through the mountain, past that really hard 180-Degree turn. By now the giant snowball is possibly in view! Oh my! There isn't too much time too lose! Keep sliding until the land comes flat again. Then jump to be back on your feet again, and now it is time to run like hell to the final destination before the snowball comes around the bend. Your final destination is, of course, the snowman's head himself. Run over to it as quickly as you can and get near him to talk to him. The sad snowball head will look gloomly at you and ask you to find a body for him. It should be coming right on cue. Stay there to the side of the snowman and quickly manuver the camera until you can see the giant snowball rolling quickly at you. You should be facing it to make the snowball roll towards you, otherwise it will just roll of the mountainside. Right before it hits you, dodge out of its way, and it will hopefully crash into the snow-heads head. The fully completed snowman will be very delighted with his new body, and he will hand over a Star. I'm not sure what triggers the snowball to crash off the mountain or not, the detection for it is very finnicky. I have the most success standing behind the snow head, but even that sometimes fails. Just keep retrying the level if you fail until you finally get the snowball to crash into the head. ======================================= Star 6-Mario's Super Wall Kick Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario (Go figure) ======================================= Yes, you have little choice whether or not to go into this world as Mario. If your not Mario, you can easily find his Cap elsewhere in the level. Mario does have a special Wall Kick doesn't he? Well, it now is time to put that famous Wall Kick of his to the test. Start off by turning around from where you start and head onto the broken bridge. Wait at the end of it for a few seconds to get warped down to the very bottom of the mountain. Awesome, you are at the very bottom of the mountain. The position that we need to be in. Now, head across the bridges that you are standing on, and go back to solid ground. Head all the way to the left, and even past Mother Penguin until you see a cannon cover on the ground, with that old tree right next to it. Right near the cannon cover is the easiest way too suicide-fall off the level. However, near the cannon too is a small gondala. Oh boy! Simply jump onto the gondala, and within a few seconds of you doing so it will start moving slowly up the side of the mountain on its chains. There is no need to worry about cliche stuff, the rope won't break or anything. In the middle of your ride you will see a floating island with a Switch Star Button, a tree, and the most important factor for this Star, the Bob-omb Buddy. Jump off of the gondala ride and carefully get onto the island and then talk to the Bob-omb Buddy. She will kindly and promptly open the cannon for you to use to reach our next destination. Now, you just need to wait. Wait for the gondala to slowly make its way back to your position. When it finally gets to you, jumpback onto it and ride it all the way back to the bottom of the mountain. Now, with your newly opened Cannon, simply jump into it and prepare to fire away at the destination. Look around for a tree that is across the large gap and is pretty even in elevation to where you are looking. Obviously, if you were to aim right at the tree, you wouldn't come anywhere near hitting the tree. You'd undershoot it and fall to your death. Same here. You are going to need to shoot pretty high. Shoot up at the mountainside's roof (As I call it) but not too high. The exact position is slightly hard to determine. Don't worry about hitting the roof, Mario should arc perfectly if you did it right. If you were lucky enough and choose the right position for the cannon you will hopefully grab onto the tree in the distance. However, a shot aimed too high will cause Mario to hit his head on the wall and fall to his death. Too low, you won't even make it close to that tree. Either way, you are pretty much dead if you can hit the tree. Now, slide down off the tree, and you will be greeted with a thin, not to mention long ledge with a few enemies wondering aimlessly on it. Oh what fun this is going to give us. Walk along the path that simply continues to get narrower and narrower, punching the Flower-like enemies that are currently occupying the ledge at that same time too. Clear the way, and cross the bend to another portion of the mountain. Here, you will be greeted with a large gap. But I'm sure that by now we know just how to handle things like this. In case you've forgotten (shame if you did), it is the Long Jump technique. Get across the long gap. Pass through the heart there if you lost any health so far. You should be on a slanted hill right now, with another hill right near you. Get on that hill, which will continue to slowly rise and then you will come to a wall. Doesn't everyone just love walls? Stand back, and get a good running start. Before hitting the wall, perform a Double Jump, and then when you hit the wall, Mario will start sliding down it. You can push B again to make him do his famous Wall Jump during this time, which will propel you higher from the boost from the wall. Now you are on a higher piece of land, here comes the final stretch! Now that you are on this higher piece of land, start dashing, and keep the camera behind Mario for the best view as to know when to execute your jumps. Eventually, you will see a large gap. Stop there and look at the wall. Pretty un-even wall isn't it right there? There isn't much choice right now. Head back a little ways, then start running. Perform a Triple Jump into the wall, with your final Jump at the very edge of the platform you are on right now. If you did it successfully, you will start sliding down the wall, so Wall Kick onto the final platform. If you missed, you'll be back at the Spinning Heart to recover any damage taken, so you need to do your Wall Kicks all over again. You may be able to clear this wall jump with only a Double Jump, but its fairly tricky and often you won't get enough height in order to make the jump. The final platform is simple. Carefully cross the bridge of ice and on the platform that comes afterword, your shining Power Star is waiting. ========================================= Star 7-Switch Star of Cool, Cool Mountain Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ========================================= We have had some experience with Switch Stars before, and like I said again and again, its never just running towards that Star in a Dome. Anyways, whoever you are, start off again like before be turning around and following the path to that broken bridge again. Wait on the end of it for a few seconds to get transported to the very bottom of Cool, Cool Mountain. Here, I hope you are prepared, because the actual switching, and the actual Starring are coming up! If you aren't Wario yet, grab the Wario Cap one of the Goombas is wearing right near where you are on the bridges. Finally, when you are Wario, head over to Mother Penguin and go to her frozen waddling pool. Go into close up Shoulder Camera view, and look down. You can see the glass dome under the ice! We shall worry about this later. For now, head over to the cannon, and continue past it. Head over and hop onto the gondala for a short ride to our good old pal-The Switch. About halfway through the Gondala Ride you will see that floating island with the lonely tree and the Bob-omb Buddy on it, doing very little to pass the time away. However, there also happens to be a Switch on this island too (I'm sure by now from previous Stars that you must have noticed it too). So go ahead and walk on the Switch to activate it. You will find out the Star is in that glass dome under Mother Penguin's frozen pool. Lucky us? There isn't any time to wait for the gondala to come back and take us to solid land again however. Our solution is quick, easy, and seemingly suicidal. Long Jump off of the island towards land where Mother Penguin is. You won't make it. However, wind will gust out from under you, and you still have complete control of yourself in the air, so float on over to solid land again. Hurry up and run to Mother Penguin's little pond and stand on it. Make a Ground Pound and the ice will shatter (Was it thin ice or has Wario gained weight?) and you will drop down to the Glass Dome, should break it open, and claim the Star. =========================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Yoshi =========================== Ah yes, the dreaded Collect 100 Coins challenge that perils everyone in every course. Fortunately, Cool, Cool Mountain has plenty of Coins, and then some. In fact there are around 150 Coins or so, that is if you do everything perfectly and don't miss anything. There isn't anything Yoshi can't do on this level, so he's your man. (You need his fire breath to destroy some blocks!!!) Best of all, there's a glitch that can allow you to get infinite coins, so you should have no reason not to get over 100 within several attempts. First off, anyone who has played this level before should know that there are tons, and I mean many Coins on the Frosty Slide itself alone. Yep, you should remember that there are a ton of coins indeed if you have ever been down there. Start off as usual, jump onto the chimney and grab all five Yellow Coins that lead inside it. Ninety five more to go. Are you ready to round up a ton of Coins? Good. Head down the slide. A Blue Coin is quickly running down the slide too, so as you are quickly making it down, you should grab it. A few Yellow Coins come before that Blue Coin too. By now you should have at least ten Coins. Head around the next turn and there are five more Coins before that little "Jump" you always make. There are five more Coins above the jump, so jump before the jump itself to collect those too. Now as you enter the winding right turn follwed by the sharper left turn there are a few more coins placed on the slide. Get them. Now, there are five Coins leading into the wall "Shortcut". Try to get them, but avoid the shortcut. Keep going as the slide goes striaght into those big bad turns. The giant hairpin turn has a few Coins on it, risk it if you want too, but a few Coins won't make much of a difference. Keep going along the track, but stay in the middle. You will go down the gap, with a huge string of about 20-30 Coins in it. Easy cash. As you head through the final tunnel stay in the middle again as you go along the thin ice bridge. Another 20-30 or so Coins lie on this bridge as well! Now you have crossed the finish line, but who cares? Exit the cabin, but don't get the Blue Star that appears from the door opening. By now you should have at least 50 to 70 Coins. If you don't have that much I suggest you head to the top and do the slide over again. Head to the right of where you exited and where you will find two Goombas. Kill them both for the Coins they give out. Head along and over the nearby bridge and collect the coin on the island. Head back, and farther to the right and collect the other Red Coin there at the very corner of the mountain. Head all the way back, past Mother Penguin and to the tree that is right next to the cannon. Do a Handstand at the top of the tree to collect another Red Coin, further boosting your coin total. After this head all the way back again to those two bridges that are connected to the small island. Stay at the end of the second bridge to get warped all the way back to the beginning of the course. Now, instead of going into the chimmney, head down the path until you start sliding down the mountain. There are a string of five Coins coming up. Around the next corner of this mountain is another five coins. Soon enough you will see the path your sliding on take a 180-Degree turn. To the right of this turn is a ledge, so while sliding Jump up to this ledge, where a Blue Coin Switch awaits its duties. Pound it for a measly two Blue Coins that appear nearby. If you don't have 100 Coins by now, then head down the next ledge and long jump across the broken bridge, and kill the enemies nearby, as well as the coins just lying on the ground. If not STILL by now, head back for the Frosty Slide. You are obviously missing a lot of coins on that, because I've covered the whole mountain. However, there is still the matter of a few Red Coins remaining, so get those too. If you're curious about the glitch that allows you to get infinite coins, remember the Goombas near the exit of the cabin? Every time you go down and complete the frosty slide, the Goombas there will reappear, and you can kill them again for their coins. If you want to, it's as simple as going down the slide over and over again for three coins. If you use the shortcut, this isn't too hard at all. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= Well, that is it for the first four worlds, and currently the only ones you can access. Well, since you have nothing else possible to do right now, I do believe it is high time that you saved Mario right about now. Of course, there are a few Secret Stars I'm gonna tell you how to get on the way their of course, so that's pretty useful for the future. Mario is close, so don't lose focus! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V E.Goomboss's Chamber~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like I just stated above, you have done almost everything you can in the Castle so far. The exception is a few Castle Secret Stars that you can obtain, and a look at the future. Buckle up, because it is finally time that we rescued glorious Mario. ========================= ~Princess's Secret Slide~ ========================= This Star is pretty easy to obtain. Go forward in the lobby to the second floor of the lobby, and head to the right and enter the 1 Star Door. Upon entering this door, head to the right and you will see a picture of Princess Peach looking sideways holding flowers. Jump into that stained glass painting for a secret level. In this secret level, you will find yourself sitting at the top of a rather large slide. Damn that sounds cool doesn't it? Remind you of something? It's similar to the Cool, Cool Mountain slide, but far easier, so I think you have had enough practice on these stunts. Head down the first ramp, and you should notice the timer in the top right corner of the screen. Don't worry about that until later. Go around the first left sharp turn, about 270-Degrees or so until the wall dissappears and there aren't any walls. You will slide down a rather large hill, followed by a 180-Degree right turn, where you will pass through a lot of coin strings and a series of mini-hills. Then, you will pass through a quick left turn, then a right turn, then another left turn, and then it is a quick straight slide to the finish line. After crossing the finish line, jump up onto the platform and break the ! Box to open the Star, claim it. ================================ ~Looking at the Character Doors~ ================================ After clearing the Secret Slide you will appear back in the Castle Lobby again, so make it back to the second floor and enter the 1 Star door again. This time, we are going to look at those Character Doors. There are four doors. One of them has a red M over it, one has a green L over it, another has a yellow W over it, and the fourth door has nothing over it. Walk over to the three doors with letters on them. You will get the message that someone is calling for help on the other side of the door. The fourth door you will find out has only silence on the other side. Did someone die? Heh, that would be funny, but alas, no. Obviously, Mario, Luigi, and Wario are stuck trapped behind those doors with their corrosponding letters. We need to find their keys keys so that we can unlock them to play as them! Head into the middle door now. ================ ~Sunshine Isles~ ================ You should be inside the middle door now. You will see that your in some sort of playroom. Talk to the Toad inside and he will explain his situation. This room is actually the Princess' Playroom. She has had these games ever since she was a little kid (....my the years pass...) and that he has lost all of the keys that open the drawers to access those games. He will ask you to find them, but you should worry about finding those keys later. They are a bit annoying to find as well. Anyways, it is time to actually go to Sunshine Isles. Isle Delfino, anyone? Inside of the Princess's Game Room, to the left of the Toad is a painting of what seems like a resort island, so jump into it for a Mini-World. There is only one Power Star to be found in this region though, but no matter. You will start off on a small island, with the Star Sphere right near you. Let's get those Silver Stars! Start off by heading to the left onto the nearby small island. Then, head straight until you are upon a tiny sand bar. It is upon this sand bar you will find your first Silver Star. Now, from your location on the sand bar another island, that is short though, should be pretty close to you. It also has a palm tree on it. Walk in the water over to that palm tree island. Once you are on that island, climb up the palm tree until you are at the very top. It is here, you shall find your second Silver Star. The next Silver Star from your location is currently never in an exact location. Klepto the Vulture is flying around with the Silver Star clawed firmly. It is best advisible to just stay in one place and wait for him to fly over to where you are. When he comes near jump up and him. Klepto will get all freaked out and drop the Silver Star, which will start to bounce around Sunshine Isles. Grab it before it gets annoying to catch, and that will be Silver Star number three. Now, the last two Silver Stars are pretty close nearby, fortunately. Head to the center and tall island, and jump up the the very top of it. It is here, bouncing happily up and down, where your fourth Silver Star lies. Now, jump off of the island into the water, and start circling around the center islands base until you find a tiny alcove in the bottom of it. This is where your fifth and final Star lies. Now, the Power Star appears in the Star Sphere near where you began. From this point, head just back a few feet and you should be there. Claim the Star. ============================== ~Red Coins in Goomboss's Area~ ============================== This secret Star lies only in Goomboss's Area. Wow, what a surprise that was to find out. Start off in the lobby, and head to the second floor of it and enter the One Star Door on the far right side. Once inside, head straight through the middle door into the Princess's Play room. Head to the right of the bouncing Toad, and through the 8 Star Door. In this next tiny room you are going to see some tables and chairs, not to mention a nearby Mario painting. Wait, what? I think you know the drill with paintings. Jump inside it, as this must be where Mario is getting held. Awesome. You now, once again, have the glorious and yet daunting task of searching frantically for another set of eight Red Coins. Many of them are hidden well, and you are going to need to use every character for the job. Wario to break some bricks, Mario to float up high, Luigi to mad dash while invisible, and Yoshi for some jumps that are slightly easier if you use him. Start off as usual by sliding down to log and moving around to the left. Kill that Goomba if he is in your way. After you pass the above part, keep heading straight until you find the giant log stump platforms moving up and down. They subside into the water, then come back up onto dry land. Jump onto the first moving platform as it is going up. Then, jump onto the second platform as it is receding down, now quickly jump onto the third platform. If you can't, keep yourself in the air to avoid falling onto the stump which is in the poisonous water. After getting past the third log, jump onto solid land for your next task, and Red Coin! All right. You are away from the daunting water of doom. What now? Look to your left and you should see a small platform going back and forth to where near you are standing now, and into the empty abiss. When that small platform comes back to you, jump onto it and wait until it takes you over the abyss. Now, another platform is coming your way too. When it is right next to your platform jump onto it carefully, and ride it over to a small tree stump with a lone Goomba and a black brick. The Goomba standing around there will be wearing a Wario Cap, if you aren't Wario right now. Grab the Cap and destroy the black brick for our first Red Coin. Seeming daunty task now right? Carefully head back over the platforms, making sure not to fall off into the empty abyss. When you get back to solid land, head straight until you see a sleeping Pirhana Plant to your right, and a wire mesh net right behind it. Grab onto the wire net and hand over hand, move all the way over to the other side, however, along the way in the middle of the net you will find your second Red Coin. Collect it, and go back to where you came (The spot before you jumped for the wire net.) That's two Red Coins already! Now, head straight along the path, killing the Pirhana Plant along the way if you feel like it if you need health. Climb up the very tall pole. There will be a Lakitu circling around you now, but you can simply ignore him because he can't do anything while you are climbing the tall pole. Climb quickly (By holding Y and climbing the pole) until you reach the very top. Pretty damn great view isn't it? On this circular log is a small branch extending out (Not the wooden bridge you may see!). At the tip of this branch lies your third Red Coin. After you retrieve this Red Coin, go back to the pole and slide all the way back down the pole back to the log where the Pirhana Plant used to be. More Red Coins coming up! Now that we are on this log, jump back to the checkered-colored pathways and head towards the left, and the pathway will quickly become narrow. Destroy any annoying boxes that may get in your way, and keep following the path until there are two directions to go-Left or Right. Choose to go left and continue following the path, still getting rid of useless boxes that may block your path. Follow the path some more and it will appear as to come to a dead end. However, the seemingly "wall" that signifies the dead end is actually a big tree stump moving up and down. When it stops at the bottom for a second or two, jump onto it and ride it to the top. At the apex of the stump's travels, you will find the fourth Red Coin in mid air. You can jump to get it, but a Backflip is the best way to ensure you grab it. That's four down! After retrieving your fourth Red Coin, head back onto the tree stump and wait for it to reach ground level again, then hop off of it. Now, it is a bit of a long path to the fifth Red Coin. Follow the pathway, to the right instead of left when you get to the fork again. Keep following the winding pathway, with moving platforms to add to the annoyence until you come across a wide section of platform. Head to the left, where you will see a sleeping Pirhana Plant. Kill it if you feel like it, then head behind it and you will see the Blue Star Marker, and that's where the Star will appear after the eight Red Coins are found. Head behind it to find five logs that are moving up and down, and go way out over the pit of emptiness. Carefully navigate over all five logs and you will be on the last platform, with another sleeping Pirhana Plant (Is this their home or something?). Kill it to easily clear the path for the prize that is behind it-your fifth Red Coin. Be careful! That's another Red Coin down! The remaining three are all in the same area, but require Mario and Luigi to get. Anyways, after collecting your fifth Red Coin, head across the logs again (You should notice they are actually in-sinc with eachother to create the path back easier). Once you are on the other side, take a left until you reach a pretty big gap over the poisonous water. Long Jump over it, until you are on a realitvely large platform, with a small, tilting diamond shaped platform in the middle of it. Jump onto the small diamond-shaped and tilting platform. You can see the sixth Red Coin lying just within a Jump's reach hovering above the diamond platform. Nearby is a Goomba wearing a Mario Cap if you aren't already him yet. You need Mario for the following Red Coin. The Goomba should be within a few feet or so of your current location on the platform. If there is no Mario Cap lying nearby, either you are already Mario, or you need to look at the Touch Screen Map. Easily locate the Mario Cap, and rush over to it and grab it. If you are sure there is no Mario Cap within the level, go ahead and beat Goomboss (path is a few sections below), that way you can be sure a Mario Cap will appear somewhere within Goomboss's Area. Anyways, from where you should be, near the diamond shaped platform, look around and nearby you should see some more diamond-shaped tilting platforms all lined up, and they connect to a log far away in the distance. Hmmm, so hop aboard the tilting platform (Heh, the tilt is pointless if you are worried about falling off into the abiss, you can't fall off these platforms unless you walk off intentionally). Then jump to the next platform, and then to the final one, and then hop to the small log. All there is here is a lonely signpost and a ? Red Block. Hit the block and recive the Power Flower that pops out of it. Now, quickly push B to keep floating upwards. Aim for the very top of the gigantic tree stump that isn't moving. Once you reach the very tip top of the tree stump, you can't posssibly miss the Red Coin lying in the middle. Now we are only one Red Coin away from another Star! Jump off of the giant tree towards land, and make sure to Ground Pound before slamming onto the ground to not lose four Bars of Health (It is a huge fall). Anyways, turn right near that lonely diamond shaped platform and kill the nearby Goomba for a Luigi Cap, which we need to earn the last Red Coin. If that Goomba isn't there, look at the Touch Screen Map until you find the Luigi Hat. It's always there even if you haven't unlocked him. Head back across those three diamond shaped tilting platforms. Well what do you know? You happen to be right back on the small log containing the Red ? Block we hit eariler. Get ready for a quick race! Hit the ? Red Block and get the Power Flower that falls from it to recieve the power of being invisible. You don't have very much time, only 15 or so seconds. You need to hurry! Head quickly across those three tilting diamond shaped platforms again. After you do that, head to the left and keep going until you are at the base of the giant tree stump. Stand in the middle of it, then do a high Backflip. You will see a wire gate on this small ledge you are currently standing on. Because of the fact you are invisible, you can, with ease, go right through the gate and collect the last and final and eigth Red Coin that simply lies there. If you are trapped inside the gate right now, then grab the Power Flower in the red ? block to get out. Now, it is a matter of actually getting the Power Star that appeared. It is actually close by. You even saw that Blue Star Marker before right? After jumping off of the not high up ledge, make your way to the left and cross the gap with a Long Jumpo when it appears. Cross along the narrow and winding platforms until you reach those moving up and down tree stumps again. Your Power Star is waiting there! ========================================== ~Wall Kick Switch Star in Goomboss's Area~ ========================================== This secret Star lies only in Goomboss's Area, as if the title didn't already make you think that. In order to obtain this Star you need to be Mario, so either beat Goomboss first to play as him or obtain his cap in the area (I think you must unlock Mario first to have the cap appear). You have to use Mario for this Star, obviously as the title states, only he can do the stupendous Wall Kick. So it is best that you enter Goomboss's Area as Mario to make this Star short and easy to get. Anyways, start out as usual at the top of the log, so slide down it to the first platform. Instead of taking the path to the left as usual, go straight across the short gap and follow the mild path to the right. Keep going and going. By the time you meet back up with the main path you should see a very narrow path that is a hill going upwards. That hill leads to our destination, so, wonder what happens now? Walk up the path. By the time you reach the top, the platform will flatten and get a little wider. There will be a Pirhana Plant sleeping soundly up here. Kill it. No risk of falling off this high platform thanks to no more Pirhana Plants. Cross the diamond shaped platforms very carefully to reach another platform, quite high up above land...actually, technically it is floating because of the pit right past the edge of the platform. Anyways, head to the right when you are on this platform making sure to not fall off (It is wide so that isn't a problem, but it never hurts to be extra cautious) until you reach a little bit of pathway sticking out. It is here, where the Star Switch of Goomboss's Area is located. Ready for a little fun? As Mario (you have to be Mario at this point), activate the switch. You will see the Star appear in what seems to be a cage, but that isn't a difficult problem. After hitting the switch, run all the way to the end of the platform, making sure you don't bump into those Goombas to stall up time, or worse, knock off the cap you are currently wearing. Next, the bottom of the "cage" should be infront of you. Jump onto the wall infront of you, and do a wall kick to the other side of the cage. Keep doing this quickly, pressing in the direction you wanna go after each Wall Kick until you finally reach the very top of the cage. Quickly now, jump into the Star Sphere to break it, and claim yet another Power Star. ================= ~Goomboss Battle~ ================= Alright! I think it is about high time to find the Key for Mario's Room and unlock him. Head back to the Princess's Play Room and enter the 8 Star Door, then jump into the Mario painting afterwards. Now you are inside Goomboss's Area. Your objective is to navigate this large complexion of platforms to find the secret hole, which warps us to where Goomboss is waiting. Let's roll! Begin the area by sliding down the log that rests infront of you at start. Kill the Goomba (or swallow him) if he gets in your way, and then continue onto the left to the next area, where another Goomba might get in your way. If he, and his constant running around in annoys you, then just make an egg out of him. Can't hurt. Now, infront of you are three giant logs that are moving up and down. Jump onto the first one as it is moving up, then jump onto the second log as it is moving up from the poisionous water. Just a good mention to let you know, the water is poison. Every few seconds that you are in it you will lose one Bar of Health. Anyways, continue onto the third platform as it rises from the poisonous water (or jump quickly to the other side, it itsn't far away) onto solid land. Now, follow the platform forward then jump up to another platform where a Pirhana Plant is sleeping. You should have made an egg earlier, and if you did, chuck it at the Pirhana Plant to kill him if its sleeping. If you don't have an egg, jump over him as he wakes up and onto the next platform. On this platform, you will find a rather tall pole, and an annoying Lakitu flying around and around. Climb the pole quickly to save time, then once you reach the top I must inform you that you are pretty damn close to Goomboss. Head across the very large bridge that lies infront of you, with three Goombas wondering on it. A thin bridge. Swallow the Goombas, and be sure to make one of them an egg. After passing this bridge you will see three platforms. The first one has a Pirhana Plant on it, so kill him with your egg. The second has a spinning heart on it, so use that to recover any damage you have recieved on your way up here. The last has a hole in it. Jump into it to be warped to Goomboss. Goomboss is a bit wacked out. His eyes just explain it. You see, Goomboss is quite pissed at the fact Mario continues to just stomp all over Goombas, and his interference has annoyed him to no end. So, he decided to lock up Mario in a room and take the key. Well that wasn't very nice was it? And so, you begin the battle! Goomboss will throw out three Goombas behind him, and will start slowly marching his way around the giant tree stump you're on. The middle is all poisonous water, so be careful. Dash around the inside of the tree stump to catch up to Goomboss quickly. Be prepared to stop, because as you approach behind Goomboss, he, and his small army of Goombas, will stop. His Goombas will now attack you. Swallow one and transform it into an egg. Throw the egg. It will kill the other two Goombas, and hit the back of Goomboss. Goomboss will turn around and look at you angrily, and then grow larger in rage. Now you've pissed off Goomboss once. He will throw out six Goombas behind him now, two rows of three. They will march FASTER around the tree stump. You better get yourself moving, or Goomboss will plow right into you. When you finally get to the back of Goomboss again, he will stop as usual and his army of six Goombas will attack you. Like before, swallow one and make it into an egg, then throw it. It will kill the other five Goombas, and hit Goomboss right in the rear again. Now, Goomboss will turn around to look at you again, and now, he will grow even bigger, and redder in terrific rage. He will spit out nine Goombas, three rows of three. He is now literally stomping his way around the tree stump. Dashing isn't nearly enough. You will barely be faster than Goomboss when running, so that may take a while. Instead, get near to front of him, then jump into the poisonous pool, then jump out when he and his Goombas have passed you. Sure, you take some damage, but it speeds up the battle. Catch up to his army of Goombas and simply repeat the process. Swallow a Goomba and make it into an egg, then throw it to kill the other eight Goombas and hit Goomboss the final time. Goomboss will admit defeat in other ways a Goomba can be destroyed, and then he will grow bigger until he explodes into hundreds of Goombas that fall off the field. Then, the Mario Key is left behind. Grab it to clear the level. Now, go to the Mario door and open it to greet our old superhero! However, you can also clear the Goomboss battle as Wario, Luigi, and even Mario. If you enter the battle as the famous Mario, Goomboss will be upset and surprised. He'll say "I thought I had you locked up in a room! I will now stomp all over YOU!" The way to beat him with the 'Stached Three is to go around the stump as usual, and when caught up to Goomboss, punch a Goomba into the back of him. Do that three times to win. Also, you get a different ending for winning as Mario. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V F.Bowser in the Dark World~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- After collecting Twelve Stars, and thusly freeing Mario from Goomboss, you will have access to the large Star Door at the top, left hand corner inside the Lobby of Peach's Castle. With Mario, head over to the door to unlock the seal Bowser put on it. Now, any character can access that door now. Enter as anybody (Even as Yoshi, however he will be grabbing a Cap later if you enter as him) and continue down the long hallway. You will see a picture of Peach in the distance. So close! As you get closer the painting turns from a picture of Peach, to a picture of Bowser. When you are a few feet away from the painting, a trapdoor will open underneath you (What a cliche surprise) and you will fall into Bowser in the Dark World (Its not really dark) for the first time. Now you are inside the Dark World. You'll be greeted by a message from Bowser saying "Bwahhhahahahaha! You fell right into my trap! I warn you my friend!" or something to that extent. Obviously, as anyone can plainly see, the object of the Dark World is to make it all the way to Bowser and fight him. Start off by running across the wide platform you start off on. You will go a few platforms down, then go across a very thin wooden bridge. After that, and up the next hill you will come to a Fire Breathing Statue. Wait until after it shoots its flames, then run past it. After the fire shooter, you will see two large diamond shaped floating platforms moving in a counterclockwise direction. Jump on one of them, and ride it over to the other side of the platform then jump off. On solid ground again, start running up the hill. You will come to a sudden U-Turn though. In that U-Turn happens to be another Fire Breathing Statue. How fun. Wait for it to stop shooting, then make the U-Turn. Then, after the U-Turn, run up the following hill. It will come to an end, and a few feet infront of you is a bunch of platforms moving in a circular motion. Jump on one of them and ride it higher to the top. When you reach a large, circular platform, jump off the ride. Now that you are on the circular platform, kill the Goombas if you feel like it (or are running out of health). Anyways, you will see a wooden bridge to the north. Head on it, and then the platform will quickly take a sudden left turn (a guardrail here protects the possibility of still running forward). Now, on this thin green pathway, there are no guardrails. There is no need to run like its the Olympics. Take your time. Pass the crystals in the ground as they do nothing. You will see a few Amps circling some crystals. Avoid getting shocked by them. Continue along the pathway until you reach the end of it. Then, you will see a platform floating in midair, with an orange platform going out and receding into it over and over again. While the platform is out, jump onto it and quickly jump onto the middle platform. Now, on the other side of it is the same orange platform moving in and out. Jump onto it then quickly get off when the next platform is visible. Now, infront of you is another set of two moving platforms moving in a counterclockwise direction. Jump on one when it passes you, then face to the right. You will see another pair of moving platforms, perfectly insync with the platform you are on. When one of them passes you, that is your time to jump onto it. Now, just sit tight until it passes the solid platform. When the moving platform passes it, jump onto it. Now you are back on solid land. This next part of the Dark World is a bit tricky, so kill the nearby Goomba that may hinder you. Turn to your left to view the large tilting platforms. Remember that tilting bridge in Bob-omb Battlefield? This one (and the following one) is just like that, except much bigger and more tiltier. Jump onto the first tilting platform and keep running. Your weight will shift the platform up, so you will start running slow for a second as it begins evening out again. As the next platform is in view, get near it and jump. It is quite an easy jump if the first tilting platform is tilted up while you jump. At the end of this platform is the final platform. Jump onto it, then fall down a short way to another platform with some Goombas on it. Kill them so they won't bother you. Climb up the few platforms to the right and you will find a ! Red Switch. Activate it to make the large ramp infront of you form into stairs. Climb up the stairs before time runs out. Then, a pipe will be infront of you. Jump in to fight Bowser. You'll fall onto a large, blue, octagonal platform, then the camera will shift towards Bowser. He'll say he trapped your friends behind the castle walls, took the Power Stars, all that lovely stuff. I think it is time we kicked his freakin ass. Bowser will slowly stomp towards you during the whole match. He will stop around every 10 or so seconds to breath fire at a low range. Most of the flames leave Coins behind, pick them up for health. Now, to the real fighting. You see the 8 Big Black Bombs lined up around the corners of the stage? Your object is to throw Bowser into one of them to win. To do so, you need to run around Bowser, and grab his tail. If you are Yoshi, wait until Bowser breathes fire breath, and a random Cap will be left behind so you can kill Bowser. Anyways, once you have grabbed onto his tail, you need to twirl him around. Rotate the D-Pad in which ever direction you want. Or, you can use the Touch Screen to swing him around too. The faster you spin the faster you spin in-game. Press A again to throw Bowser when you have lined up his flight with a Bomb. If you miss, he will be thrown over the edge into the bottomless pit, in which Bowser just flies up from somehow. Keep battling until you have thrown Bowser into a Bomb once. He will concede defeat, but you will get no Stars from him (that jerk!). He will evaporate into the sky, and leave a Key behind. Grab the Key to clear the level, and head back to the Castle. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V G.Course 5:Big Boo's Haunt~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah yes, Big Boo's Haunt. What a creepy course with scary memories many years ago. I always had a personal grudge against this course, but now I've changed my views. I just wish it could be much scarier than it is now. It seems so plain, as you will see when you first enter. However, this is a pretty neat course, so hopefully you aren't too spooked by what the house is going to throw at you. The music is cool as well. There is a very intresting way of entering this course, and it isn't to difficult of figuring out either. In the Lobby, head through the wooden doors on both sides of the first floor. Instead of going down the staris past the door, head down the long hallway where a Boo will be waiting, then run off in fear of seeing you. It is a tiny Boo you should see, the normal sized ones. After getting 15 or so Stars, (and hitting the ? Switch I think), a Big Boo will be there, and then run off in fear. At the end of the long hallway is a door entering to the Courtyard. In here, many, many Boos float along the ground. Big Boo is waiting in right corner of the courtyard. Kill him with a Ground Pound to kill him. He will leave a birdcage type thing, with a small house inside. Get near the cage to be transported inside, where Big Boo's Haunt lies. However, Yoshi, sadly, cannot enter this level. I dunno why the game desginers didn't allow him. Ground Pounds from him only phase the Boo's. And everybody knows you can't eat ghosts. ============================ ~Red Coins in the Courtyard~ ============================ Before you begin your official business entering Big Boo's Haunt, there is an easy Castle Secret Star you can get before entering. All around the Courtyard is a TON of Boo's. I mean a lot (And the Big Boo in the corner of course). Most of the Boo's have Yellow Coins inside them, which can only be gotten after Punching/Ground Pounding them to death, which they will then drop. However, eight Boo's contain Red Coins instead of Yellow Coins inside them. This, fortunately, is such an easy Red Coin mission I don't think I need to explain to you how to do it. Boo's will float towards you while your back is turned away from them, however, you still may run into a bit of trouble with finding all of them. If you face a Boo, it will become transparent in fright. Oh boy. If you get hurt by a Boo in its normal state, that's 2 Health Bars ticked off. However, there's infinite life here. Simply, jump into the water around the Eternal Star statue, float at the surface, and wait for your health to be replenished back to full. Pretty darned simple isn't it? Anyways, right past the door when you enter the Courtyard a Boo will begin coming towards you right then. He contains Red Coin #1. There are a few Boo's in the water, none have Red Coins however. To the right end of the Courtyard are around 5-7 Boo's just wondering around with no intention. Three of them have Red Coins inside of them, so I think you know the drill. A hop, spin, Pound. Then, head behind the Star Statue for another Boo with another Red Coin. Now you have three left to find. Head to the left side of the Courtyard for where the Big Boo is located, and there are another bunch of Boo's. The final three Red Coins are inside some of them. After collecting all 8 Red Coins, head over and grab the Power Star that appears behind the Star Statue (Would made sense above the statue, but that's just the opinion of others). Just as a note, many people complain that this star is impossible to obtain after a certain time. It has been proven this rumor is total bullcrap. Please, if you don't see the red coins, then you HAVE gotten this Star. There is no way of making the coins disappear without getting the Star. If you are missing a Castle Secret Star, and the coins aren't here, you aren't missing this Star. Stop complaining about how this is a glitch. ========================================= Star 1-Go on a Ghost Hunt Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= All right! You have finally entered Big Boo's Haunt for the first time. Are you ready? Good. Just don't ask how we got transported into the birdcage on the ground, or why the time of day is nighttime all of a sudden (Creepiness). Anyhow, as the title of this Star suggests, you are going to go on a hunt for ghosts and kill them like you have never killed a ghost before (Even though in the Red Coins Star you should have done you have already killed a bunch of ghosts). Aside from that silliness, you will start off infront of Big Boo's Mansion, at nighttime like I said. The object is to kill the five Boo's that are roaming around somewhere inside that Mansion. Instead of going into the main doors right now, we are going to save some time. Head around the Mansion to the very back of it. There will be a door in the back. Head inside it. There will be two Boo's floating around (At least they were. Now they will start floating towards you!), and if you have unlocked Luigi already, one of them will be wearing a Luigi Cap (And that makes sense, how?). Kill the nearest Boo to you. You will get the message "Ghosts....don't...DIE! Can you make it out of here alive?". Creepy right? Kill the next Boo in this room to get that same message again. You have to ignore the messages, these Boo's have to die. Head back outside of the Mansion. Anyhow, you have already killed 2 of the 5 Boo's inside Big Boo's Haunt. Now you need to find the other three. Head around the Mansion like you did before, heading for the front. Head inside the front doors and you will be inside Big Boo's Mansion. You will see there are many doors on the first floor and the second floor. The second floor is in-accessable right now because the stairs are retracted into the ground now. We don't need the stairs though, not yet. Head into the door at the top left corner of the first floor (On the northern wall, not the leftern wall). Inside of this room you will find a Mr. I staring at you, and another Boo. Kill the Boo there and recieve that familar message again. Now, head of the room you are in now, and move over one door to the right. In here you will be in a pretty large room. There is a seemingly bottomless pit in this, and the following room. However, falling down takes you to the basement of Big Boo's Mansion. Just follow the path around, through a few doors, and then take the elevator back up and get back here if neccassary. Anyways, you just entered the door to this room. Stay along the path railing until you come to a collapsing bridge yet again. Quickly run across this bridge before falling. On the other side is your 4th Boo. Kill him, and let's find the last one. After killing that Boo, another door should be right in front of you. Head into it, and you will be in a smaller room with no railings at all and narrow pathways. Head along the pathway, hugging the wall until you get to a little piece of walkway that is jutted out with a Red Coin on it. A Boo will come towards you when your back is turned from him, so do that. Then do a Double Jump to get height, then Ground Pound to kill the 5th and final Boo. He can be a bit stubborn and likes to stay suspended above the empty pit sometimes. If the Boo does this, exit and re-enter the room to reset his position so he hopefully comes toward you. A message will come up saying the Master of Terror and Mischief has arrived. The Big Boo! Heehee, so, I think it'd be rude to keep Big Boo waiting for us. Leave the room and back into the main lobby of the mansion. Head into the door right past the final Boo that leads right back to the Lobby of the Mansion. You may not see him at first, but Big Boo is in the room with you. Run around him and Punch him (or Ground Pound, either one works fine) to make him get pushed around, and get a little smaller. After three hits Big Boo will dissappear. If you leave the fight at any time and leave the Mansion, Big Boo will be back at full health again. Anyways, he will put the Star on the Second Floor (figures) after his defeat. However, the stairs will come out of the ground too so you can easily reach the Star at the top of the stairs. ========================================= Star 2-Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= What you need to do to complete this Star is a lot like Big Boo's Merry Go Round, kill the five Boo's on it, then kill Big Boo himself once again. Not a very hard mission, but you'll see! Getting to the merry-go-round is harder than the actual fight itself. As you start off, don't head inside the Mansion as it is just a waste of time. Head to the left from where you start and you should see the Mansion Shed next to the edge of the world. Enter that shed by its only door. You will find a Mr. I in there, ignore him, and hop on the red-grated elevator and ride it to the basement of the mansion. Head along the narrow path, knee deep in water. You will eventually come to a door. Can you hear it now? Head through the door to find another long hallway infront of you. At the end of this hallway you should start to here creepy and odd Merry-Go-Round music that they play at carnivals. Erm. Head through the door and in this room, head to the left, and get back on solid ground on your near right. There is a door leading inside the large building thing right next to you, where the source of the music is. Head inside the door to be in the next area for the Star. Now, you will be inside a small room, with a Merry-Go-Round circling around and around, with many large pictures of Boo's on the sides, some spitting out flames. Watch out. Head to the other side of the ride (No rhyme intended) and turn your back away from the painting. A Boo will come out. Kill him as usual with a Ground Pound. Now, another two Boo's will appear. Kill them both before you get hurt by them. Then, another Boo, shortly followed by another Boo. Kill them both. Out of the painting the Boo's have been spawning out of comes Big Boo once again to steal the show. The constant rotation of the Merry-Go-Round and the fire spitting paintings makes this a slightly cramped battle. The Ground Pound method is best for defeating Big Boo. Keep trying to kill him and don't get hurt at all because 3 hits from either Big Boo or the fire is death for you. If you need health, head outside and jump into the deep water. However, you will start the battle with Big Boo at full health again. Keep cool, and Pound your way to another Star. ========================================= Star 3-Secret of the Haunted Books Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= Ah yes, the long forgotted haunted library in Big Boo's Mansion. How fun it seems, the librarian must have freaked out in the mansion and then left. Anyways, the haunted library in the Mansion has a few "dishelved" books, and being the nice person that you are, you need to put them back in their proper order. Head into the Mansion as usual. There isn't anything of intrest on the first floor, so head up the stairs to the second floor. Go into the door on the left wall, farthest away from the window at the far end of the hallway. That door over there is useless. Now, you are in the haunted library. Two tall shelves of books line up the long hallway, but make a narrow path. No, nothing important will happen here. They won't be falling ontop of you when you pass them, or something silly like that. However, when you get near some parts of the bookcase, flying books will fly out to the other side. This makes this area another Mad-Dash scene. Quickly run through the hall of books and even if a few hit you, its just 1 Health Bar. Keep going until you reach a dead end. Here at this dead end wall, three books are sticking out of the wall. Oh great. First, hit the highest book. Then, hit the lowest book to punch it into the wall. Then finally, hit the final book in the middle into the bookshelf. You hit the books by jumping into them. Punching works as well, but the higher one is tricker if you decide to punch it. You will hear the "You solved the puzzle!" sound effect and then the bookshelf infront of you will slide out of the way revealing another passageway. Follow the short path to a door infront of it. This door will lead you to a tiny balcony above the Music Room, with your Star within easy reach. =========================== Star 4-Seek the 8 Red Coins Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== Well, it was fairly obvious this had to happen. Another set of 8 Red Coins are stuck in Big Boo's Mansion and it is up to you to retrieve them. It is always up to us to save them. Anyways, no Red Coins are in the Basement of the Mansion (Big Boo's Merry Go Round area is the basement area) so if you fall down there, head right back up to the top of the Mansion. Anyways, when you start, head into the Mansion. Head inside the first door on the far left right near where you came in. You will see a nice Piano sitting in the corner and a chair. Behind the Piano is your first Red Coin. Get close to that Piano though, and he will start to chomp really loud, with the sound effects like piano keys getting mashed together. If he touches you that's 2 Health Bars gone. You need to quickly get in there, distract the piano briefly by luring it out into the open, then run in and get the red coin before the Mad Piano (The name it has gotten for 8 years) before anything else happens, then quickly get the hell outta the room. The Mad Piano will start chomping the heck out a few seconds after the chair attacks you. That's enough time to make off with the bounty. After getting the red coin in that creepy room, don't go back the way you came. There should be another door (Far from the Piano) on the wall, so head into it. There are a few bookshelves, a few chairs, a large picture of a Boo in fright, and some Red Coins. Near another door on the wall (That leads back to the Main Lobby) is a bookshelf. Double Jump up to the top and claim your second Red Coin. Get down, and near the door leading to the Piano is another bookshelf. Double Jump up there to collect your third Red Coin. Not too hard is this? Now that we are in the main Lobby, head straight across to the other side of the wall, and enter the door nearest to the door leading back outside of the Mansion. This room, again, his a pit leading back to the Mansion Basement so avoid that. There is a Boo in this room. Don't take chances wasting time by killing him as Boo's aren't ever much of a threat. Head along the narrow pathway, hugging the wall until you reach a small jutted out platform, basking near a window under the moonlight. Your fourth Red Coin is here. Head back the way you came now. Now you have four Red Coins. Halfway there, lucky you. There aren't anymore Red Coins on the 1st Floor, so don't bother looking. Head up to the second floor instead now. There are two doors infront of the stairs on the Second Floor. Head inside the door to the left. You will be walking on wire mesh now. The whole floor isn't covered, however, only some parts of it. Sad isn't it. Carefully make your way around the mesh, and to the other side where a Red Coin can be found nearly camoflauged into the grating. Collect it. Carefully head back around the wire mesh again and back out to the exit of the room. If you fall down at all, your in a room on the first floor. No big deal really. If that happens, just climb back up to the second floor. Outside back on the second floor, head into the other door on the exact same wall as the door you just exited. You will find a Mr. I in this room. Kill him if you wish, and head into the open room near him. There are 6 coffins on the floor (Nothing comes out of them, fortunately). Get near the one at the bottom right corner of the room. The coffin will lift itself up. Get the Red Coin before it slams down again. You can see what lies under other coffins too, but there isn't much else to see. Anyways, leave the room. Head to the far right wall, and enter either door there. If you entered the farthest one, longer path. Anyways, your seventh Red Coin is in this bookshelf room, near a piece of tilting floor. The floor is under a Yellow ! Box. Stand on it too long, you'll tilt down all the way into the basement. The seventh Red Coin is here, so grab it. Exit to the farthest door away from this Red Coin. You need to be Mario for this part. The final Red Coin is now in the top-middle area of the lobby. The only way to reach it is using the Power Flower inside the ? Red Box on the platform you should be on right now. Grab it and float up to reach the eigth and final Red Coin. If you aren't Mario, a Cap for him is waiting underwater near the Merry Go Round. You can also Triple Jump into the Coin, however, it is very difficult to pull off. Do so if needed and not wanting to waste time. After uniting all 8 Red Coins, the Power Star will appear on the top floor, in the shine of the moonlight. Run up the stairs to the top floor, run to the left until you reach another shining prize. =========================== Star 5-Big Boo's Balcony Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== Big Boo actually wants to fight us again? After two straight thrashings he simply wants more!? Wow, what a trooper. Fortunately, this is your last encounter with Big Boo (Unless you count unlocking Luigi's Big Boo, but that is King Boo in my opinion). Anyways, enter the Mansion as usual and head up the stairs to the second floor. Head to the door on the far right wall. Oh the joy. Run straight past the bookcase (Make sure not to get hurt by giant books that may pop out) and get onto a small platform with a ? Red Block on it. Hit the block and take the Power Flower that lies inside. Float up high until you can see a ledge with a door on it. Get onto the ledge, and inside the door. If you are a character other than Mario, jump onto the Red ? Block and do a Backflip. You will be able to go high enough and far back enough to land on the ledge there. Go through the door. On the wall you will see a painting of Luigi. You should worry about that picture in a later section. For now, keep going forward until you see double-doors on a small platform in the attic area of the Mansion. Go through the doors. You will be, literally, on Big Boo's Balcony. Great view from up here if it weren't for the fact Big Boo is trying to ruin the fun. He is exactly the same as all the other times you have fought him. Simply Ground Pound him or Punch him while he is visible. Keep doing this, smaller and smaller he gets after each hit (3 times) until he dies. (Note that Big Boo will be at full health again if you fall off the balcony and re-enter the Mansion.) The Power Star will appear at the very top of the Mansion. This is where being Mario comes in handy. Its quite a long way around, if it weren't for the convienent Power Flower in a ? Red Block on the balcony. Double Jump to hit the block. Get the Power Flower and float up to the top of the Mansion and claim your prize. If you aren't Mario, then things are trickier. You need to Long Jump to one side of the Mansion (The left or right) and land on the small flat section near the roof. Now, run or Jump up to the very top of the roof. The very top is pretty flat, and not tilted like one would expect. Now, run over to the middle of the roof until you are pretty much even for the area the Power Star is floating on. Slide down the side of the roof and get the Star. ==================================== Star 6-Eye to Eye in the Secret Room Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi needed ==================================== Gotta love Luigi's Invisible Power! In fact, it is neccessary to complete this Star! If you aren't Luigi, head to the back of the Mansion, and through the back door there. A Boo will be wearing a Luigi Cap (It still makes no sense) so kill the Boo and put on the Cap if you need to. Anyways, head into the Mansion like you have for almost every Star. Head up the stairs to the second floor, and enter the door on the right side, like you did in our previous Star. Run past the bookcase again, avoid the giant chomping books that may appear. When you are on the small platform with the ? Red Block, hit it and collect the Power Flower to be invisble. Turn and face the wall, now do a backflip. Maunver Luigi's "Copter" move so you land on the small alcove above. Enter the door there. You shall now be in the attic of the Mansion, like you were a short time ago. Now that you are in the attic, head straight away from the Luigi painting, past the double doors leading to the balcony, and make a left turn. You will see a Boo picture who is cowering in fear from being looked at I suppose. As Luigi, and being invisible, you can easily walk right through this painting. On the other side is a small room with a single Boo in there. Also, there is a giant Mr. I. Run around him in circles until he spins and dies, where he releases the Star. ================================== Star 7-Switch Star in the Basement Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== I have recieved e-mail tips on another, easier way of doing this Star. I describe it in the last paragraph. Like mad-dashes? Damn good. You shall be doing one in this mission. It is quite a hectic Switch Star. The timer for the Star is plenty, it is just a matter of doing so before you run out of invisibility power. Ahem. We will need to start out as Wario. Head into the Mansion and take the door on the right closest to the entrance doors. Remember this room? It leads down to Big Boo's Merry Go Round if you fell down. Heh. Fall down. Now you are in the basement of the Mansion (Obviously from the Star title, the Switch must be here). If you aren't Wario, there will be a Wario Cap somewhere underwater near where you are now. Head into the Big Boo's Merry Go Round, but head to the other side simply and out that other door. As Wario, go to the left and you should see a black brick just sitting there. Use Wario's power muscles to break it. It will reveal the Star Switch. Activate it and you will see the Star appear behind a mesh wall. The timer is about 8 seconds. Wario can't reach the Star. You are gonna need some help for this one. Head towards the mesh wall, and a door is near it. Follow the one way path from the door until you reach an elevator, taking you back to the haunted shed. Head out to the Mansion. Instead of going inside, head to the back of the Mansion, and inside the back door there. A Boo will be wearing a Luigi Cap. Kill him and grab the Cap. Head back outside now and goto the front of the Mansion. Once inside, head to the second floor, and the door on the right side of the wall. Get the ? Red Block Power Flower. Here comes the Mad Dash! Head to the left of the room. Under a ! Yellow Block is fake floor. It tilts. Stay on the left side and wait for you to fall over from the floor. You will fall to the first floor and miss land, cause you will fall into the pit and land in the basement waters. Head to land, and to the left. Jump past the Star Sphere and through the gate while invisible and quickly activate the Star Switch. There is plenty of time to reach the Star. However, it is a matter of "Will the invisiblity wear off?". Quickly head for the gate and jump through it and break the glass dome to claim another Power Star. I don't think there is any other path to take for this Star. However, many (and I mean tons) of people have E-Mailed me about an easier method for this Star. Simply reveal the Switch then switch to Mario. Activate it then run across the outside of the Merry Go Round until you reach the Star Sphere. Heh, it works but is a little tricky (but eons easier than my method to say the least) ========================================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= This place is absolutely full of freaking Coins! There are eleven Boo's, each one contains a Blue Coin. Not to mention, many Mr. I's, Blue Coin Switch, and normal enemies, this Star is rather simple. Just irritating if you fall down to the basement all that often. As you start, there should be a spider or 2 nearby. Kill him for three Coins. To the left of where you started, there should be a small box hoppning up and down a few inches off the ground. Grab the box, and it will spring into the air three times, going higher and higher each time. After the thrid time, when it hits the ground it will break open. Out will pop out five Yellow Coins. Meh, that's chip change but it'll do for now. Now that there aren't anymore Coins infront of the Mansion, head over to the left and look at the haunted shed. Actually, don't look-go inside instead! You have been here many times before. I'm sure you have seen the Mr. I staring at you plenty of times. Run around him three times. Make sure his actual eye is actually staring at you as you run around, otherwise you won't have his attention and you won't be able to kill him. After you succesfully run around him a few times, he will spin in defeat, and hand over a Blue Coin. You will get to Big Boo's Merry Go Round later (When it is convenient) so for now, head out of the shed. You aren't going to go inside the Mansion just yet. Head to the back of the Mansion like you have done a few times before. You will see two Spiders crawling around on the ground. Kill both, for three Yellow Coins from each one, for a total of 6. Then, there are a few more Coins stored inside the nearby ! Yellow Block, so break it for some more. Now, head inside the back door of the Mansion nearby. You are in a small room and there are two Boo's floating around inside, most likely floating towards you now. Run around them and Punch them from behind, or if you want to, Ground Pound both of them. They will each give up a Blue Coin. By now, you should have at least 25 Coins. Now there aren't anymore Coins around the perimeter of the Mansion. No real choice but to go inside. Inside the main room of the Mansion, head towards the room at the far wall, leftern door. Inside of this room is another Boo. To make it less annoying, use a Ground Pound on him quickly to kill it and claim his Blue Coin because another Mr. I is in this room too. You know the drill. Run around him like a little kid, making sure his pupil is watching your every move until he spins around and around and dies, where he gives you another Blue Coin. Leave this room now and head back to the main lobby. Go into the room on the rightern side of the back wall this time around, pretty close to your current location. Walk around the short pathway until you reach the collapsing bridge again. Quickly (But, of course, to make things less annoying, carefully) run across the bridge to the other side. The camera controls are pitiful in this room. It is pretty hard to coordnate yourself to kill the Boo that rests on the other side of the bridge. Killing him with a Ground Pound is your best option. Now that you should have at least 40 Coins, head through the door to the next room. In this next, but familar room, there are thin pathways along the wall, with no railings at all. Slowly cross the dreaded pathway, hugging the wall the whole time until you reach a jutted out piece of platform. There is a Red Coin here, so grab it for 2 more Coins. Also, a Boo should be floating towards you as well. Kill the Boo when he is entirely over the platform you are on. You don't want the precious Blue Coin to fall down into the basement where it is impossible to retrieve. That's around 45-50 Coins so far. Not bad at all. Much more left. Keep hugging the wall until you reach a door leading to the main lobby. Head straight across the room to the door on the other side. Enter it and you will be in the dreaded Mad Piano Room. Oh no! Quickly swing around the Mad Piano and grab the Red Coin resting behind it. Exit from the door on the wall, not the one however leading to the main lobby. In this next room is another 2 bookshelves and a table, Boo painting in fright, and a few chairs. Get on top of both bookshelves with a Double Jump. On top of each bookshelf is another Red Coin. You should have at least 60 Coins by this point in time. That is all the Coins on the first floor of the Mansion. Head up to the second floor, where even more Coins await. Head into the door on the right of the backern wall. Inside lies another Mr. I. Run around him a few times, as long as he is watching you, until he spins in defeat. Collect the Blue Coin then leave the room. Head into the door on the right wall. Inside, avoid the giant books and go to the other side of the room onto the tilting floor. Hit the ! Yellow Block over the floor for a few more Coins. Now, head for the Red Coin and get it, then get onto the platform with the Red ? Block. As Mario, you can grab it and then float to the door on the hidden ledge. As Luigi, you can easily backflip up there. As Wario, get ontop of the ? Red Block, then make a backflip to reach the attic door. Head inside the door. You should be inside the attic. Near the stairs in the attic leading towards the doors for Big Boo's Balcony lies a Blue Coin Switch. Ground Pound it (What else???). 4 Blue Coins will appear, 2 to the left of the stairs, and 2 to the right of the stairs. Collect them all for 20 more Coins. Now, head over to the Boo-in-fright painting. Keep your back to the painting and wait a few seconds for a Boo to pop out of the painting. Kill him with a Ground Pound as he approaches you for another Blue Coin. By now, we should have at least 70 Coins, even 90 if you can. Head up the short stairs to Big Boo's Balcony. We have no business with Big Boo (depending on the Star you choose to enter the level, he may be there or not). If you are Mario, head behind him and hit the ? Red Block for a Power Flower, then float to the roof of the Mansion. If you are Luigi or Wario, head to a Long Jump to the sides of the roof, then climb the wall of the roof to the very flat section at he very top. Walk carefully along it-there are 6 more Yellow Coins up here for the taking. Afterwards, jump off the roof, Ground Pound before landing. Now, if you haven't recieved the Power Star for 100 Coins yet, there is one last place to check. On the ground, head for the haunted shed. Inside, take the elevator downwards until you reach the bottom, then run through the winding path, knee deep in water until you reach a door. Go into the door and cross the long hallway until you reach another door. In this next room, head up onto the platform and enter the door (There many doors aren't there?) for Big Boo's Merry Go Round. Head around it until you find the painting that is spitting out Boo's. There are a total of 5 Boo's that come out of the painting before the actual Big Boo arrives. Kill all the Boo's. Each one contains a Blue Coin. By this point, you should have at least 100 Coins, so collect your Power Star. If you don't have 100 Coins, you must have missed a few enemies, or you didn't collect the blue coins that most of them dropped. If the former, go back into the Mansion and find them (Or Red Coins I missed). If the latter, then you need to restart the level to collect the blue coins. =============== ~Getting Luigi~ =============== Its about time we finally unlocked poor, scared Luigi. His painting you have found out to be in Big Boo's Haunt. Head inside the Mansion at start. As usual, and make your way up to the second floor. Head into the door at the the far right wall. Grab the Power Flower inside the Red ? Block in the platform if Mario, otherwise Backflip up to the serect attic. Inside the Attic is the Luigi painting. Jump inside. Note:It is quite advantageous to enter as Mario, as he is faster and can jump better. Wario cannot do much stuff in the secret world that Mario can do easily. However, both heroes are neccessary for all 8 Red Coins, covered later! Welcome to King Boo's area! Seems simple when you first get dropped into a room similar to Big Boo's Merry Go Round. there are 4 doors. Does it matter which one you choose? Actually, yes it does. 3 doors are fakes. Enter them and you will reappear where you are now. 1 door leads to the next room, so keep doing that until you are in King Boo's lair. From where you start, head inside the door to the right and enter inside it. You will be taken to the next room. Just a note:If you lose all of your health, or fall in a pit, you will be back at start of the merry go round. Anyways, run across the platform to the center platform, avoiding the collapsing bridges tumbling. At the Mr. I platform, take the collapsing bridge to the left. Hurry and get across there for a door to the next room. In this next room, there is a square platform in the middle with a ? Red Block on it. Under the block is another tilting floor. Long Jump to this middle platform. Then, Long Jump to the ledge on the right and enter the door there to be transported to the next room. There are another 4 ledges with doors, but no center platform. Instead, there are several moving platforms. Look to the left, and get a running start. Long Jump over to the platform on the left. Now you will enter a rather thin but large room. There is a huge chasm infront of you, with a very long collapsing bridge across it. Get a running start, and start rushing across the bridge. Ignore the pesting Boo's near the bridge, walk into the 1-Up on the bridge and quickly cross to the other side. You will see a platform nearby. Jump onto it and ride it upwards. When you see another platform, jump onto it. It will work its way to the right, stopping near another platform. Jump onto it. This platform will ride to the very top. Now, jump off and hop into the nearby hole to be teleported once again. Now, you will fall down into a rather large rectanglular room, with a large mirror infront of you. Walk up to the mirror and get into the camera mode behind your shoulders. Keep the camera there for a few seconds, then you will see your reflection turn into Luigi! Next to you appears King Boo who will introduce himself. (Note:I realize he introduces himself as Big Boo, but that crown on him, not to mention that laughter in the entire level, clearly signifies he's King Boo). He will teleport himself to the other side of the mirror. At this point, pretend you are Luigi in that mirror. Simply Punch King Boo from behind, or perform a Ground Pound on him. You can see his shadow on your side of the mirror, so he's still easy to hit if you view the battle like that. He will then get angry and teleport to your side of the mirror. Now, act like the character you really are now. Ground Pound or Punch King Boo from behind again while he is visible. Sometimes on your side, he will breathe a few blue flames. Avoid them. After a 2nd hit he will teleport back to the other side of the mirror again. As Luigi, hit him once more. He will give up and tell you to visit him anytime you want. King Boo will dissappear into the sky, and the Luigi Key will fall from the sky. Pick it up to clear the level. ========================= ~Back to the Castle.....~ ========================= Head back to the character room and insert the Key into Luigi's Door. You will have successfully unlocked Luigi! Awesome. Head back to the long hallway where Big Boo's Haunt is, but head down the long stairs nearby. Put the Key you got from Bowser into the door, and head into the basement. Head along the path, ignoring the big Star door until you reach another door. Head inside, take the path to the right. Then right again, then left. Jump onto the platform and go into the door with a Star on it. Inside the plumbing room is a small tub of a silvery liquid. Jump inside to be teleported to Hazy Maze Cave. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V H.Course 6:Hazy Maze Cave~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hazy Maze Cave has many paths, but one simple goal. Get all 8 Stars in the world. The actual highlight of the cave is, quite literally, the Hazy Maze lying within. It is a complex maze of toxic fumes. Every few seconds you are in the gas, you lose 1 Health Bar. However, a few Power Flowers can fix that problem eliminating damage or even the need to breathe. Sea beasts, manual elevators, large gaps, black holes, and the actual Hazy Maze, all combine into one gigantic level. Do your best not to get completely lost while navigating the maze. =================================== Star 1-Swimming Beast in the Cavern Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed =================================== The Star title may make you have second thoughts about this Star. But don't worry, the swimming beasy is actually very friendly. Even though signs around the level may say otherwise. Welcome to the Hazy Maze Cave! Many paths, many routes, and many Stars lie within this complex cave. At the start there are always two ways to go-Left or Right. There are elevators around the level so you can reach other areas if you take the wrong path. Anyways, for this Star you want to take the left path first. Keep running until you see a large gap in the ground. Long Jump your way across it and then open the door to the next room. You are now in the Black Hole Room. This room got its name for, obviously, the gigantic black hole in the middle of the room. At the other end of the room are giant boulders falling from the sky rolling towards the hole, then fall into it. Head to the right on the red grating path. There are some Swoopers and a Spider on the grating, so avoid them from getting pushed off of the path into the hole. Keep going, passing the wooden door on the right, and over another grating. Now you are on the path the big boulders are on. Stay close to the wall to avoid chances of being hit by one of these giant boulders. Keep going until the path goes to the right. Follow it, then open the door to the next room. In this next small room there is a wire wall seperating you and a Star, but this isn't the Star you are currently searching for. In this room also is an elevator. Ride it down quite a long ways to the bottom. Then, follow the short path with Goombas to the water. Now you are actually in the cavern of the swimming beast. His name is Dorrie (Yes, that is a guy). He is calmly swimming peacefully around a small island in the middle of the giant pool. Hop into the water if you haven't yet already and swim around the cavern to get a look at things. There is a ! Switch and a nearby gate, also a high platform with double doors WAY out of reach above the water. That is for later as well. For now, however, swim around the cavern until you reach Dorrie who is swimming slowly. You may notice something he is wearing on his head. Get onto Dorrie's back and do a Ground Pound. He will screech and then lower his neck. Walk on her neck and get onto her head. You will pick up the Wario Cap he is wearing if you aren't already Wario. Now, on his head, he will rise back up. On Dorrie's head, you are pretty much in control of him. Face the direction on his head to make him swim in that direction. Look around for the small island in the lagoon. Wait until Dorrie swims close to the island and then jump off of the kind sea creatures' back onto the island. Grab the coins if you want to. There is a gigantic boulder in this island. Break it with Wario to reveal the Star. ========================================= Star 2-Elevate for 8 Red Coins Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= Once again you will need to collect the eight red coins hidden somewhere within the level. Fortunately for you they are all near eachother, making this a pretty simple Star. Some Red Coins are lying in boxes in this mission. Because of the fact Yoshi can't punch even with fists, he is useless for the challenge. As the title says, you will be using elevators to collect your Red Coins. Anyways, start off this Star by heading down the right path this time. Stay to the left side as you see a Spider jump from a bottomless pit. After that pit, avoid a small one on the left, then take the wide left path around another pit. Then, you should see a door over a small but wide pit. Two flame towers emerge from it every few seconds, so avoid that, then jump across. On the other side, go inside the door there. In this next but large room you will find yourself on a high platform with a cage to the right. To the left of you is a pole. Use that pole to slide down and touch the ground. Head to the right now and keep on running. In the near distance are a series of very large stairs that take a few jumps to get up. Jump on the first one, then the next and then the last one. Jump onto the platform next to them. Now, turn around and face to the right. You should see the metal Work Elevator infront of you, awaiting you commands. Jump onto the middle of it. The Work Elevator is 100% Manual. It operates this way. You can clearly see the 4 directional arrows on the elevator, can't you? If you step on an arrow, the Work Elevator will move at an even pace in that direction. The Work Elevator stops motion if you get off of it. If your off for too long, it will disappear in reappear in its original position. So as a recap:Directional arrows you step on to make motion. You don't to stand on it for the button to stay pressed. Only 1 button at a time can be pressed. If you hit a button while another is already pushed, the elevator starts moving in the new direction. Now, the directions I am going to give you are assumed you are facing to the right of the Star Sphere on a platform infront of you. Anyways, hit the forward button to start the elevator moving forwards slowly. Now, before the elevator crashes into the platform, hit the left button (Note: If the elevator crashes into something, the button the opposite will be automatically active)Next, when you see a nearby platform with the Star Sphere I was talking about eariler, crash into it. Its no big deal. The elevator will shake a little. While it is shaking, hit the forward button one more. When the elevator is clear of the platform, hit the left button to get the elevator to move left now. Soon enough, a small brick block will come into view. When the elevator is lined up with the block (And is still moving left), hit the forward button. Now, just wait until the block is close enough, then punch it to reveal the Red Coin. Now, after plowing into your first Red Coin, keep on going until you see a large middle platform with a Mr. I on it. Once you crash into it, activate the right elevator button to start that motion. Soon enough another brick block will come into view. When the Work Elevator is lined up with it, activate the forward button to do that motion. When the block is within range, Punch it. There is no Red Coin in here however. That was just to get that useless brick out of your way. Keep on going forward until you see a long but thin line of platform. It is pretty low. The elevator will slip right under it, but you need to jump over it. If you don't, you will slide off of it and likely fall back to the ground, in which case you will need to work yourself all the way back up here. Now, keep on going forward until another red brick comes into view. When the elevator is lined up with this brick, activate the Right arrow to move the elevator in that direction. Now, when the brick is within range Punch it to reveal your second Red Coin. Don't get off the elevator just yet. Ride it over to the top right corner of the room (If the elevator is still moving right you are fine). On a small platform in this corner is another Red Coin. Grab your third coin, then jump off the platform to ground. There is no need to worry about the Work Elevator anymore. You have collected all of the Red Coins we can from the Work Elevator alone. Now, head back straight from where you are off the platform until you reach the wall. Then, head along across the long hall towards to the right until you reach the stairs all the way at the other side again. Now, head up the stairs again by jumping as usual and get onto the upper platform. Facing the Star Sphere, get onto the Work Elevator and Long Jump over to it. Using the Work Elevator works as well. Now, you should see a purple pole near the Star Sphere. Climb the pole quickly then once you reach the top jump off onto the top platform. Now that you are here, look to your left. You should see another tiny platform across a brick block. This is the Automatic Elevator. This type of elevator is, fortunately, automatic! You have no control over it. It follows a preset path until the user jumps off of it for a few seconds, where it then returns to its original position. Walk onto the Automatic Elevator and face the direction it starts to move in. The elevator will start to move pretty quickly. Its path will put you directly in line for your fourth Red Coin. It is inside a crate though, so you need to punch it open to reveal it. Next, the elevator will continue to chug along its path and you will find your fifth Red Coin just there in mid air. No need to move, the elevator will pass right under it and you are tall enough to just stand and recieve this glorious beauty. That's 5 Red Coins down! Continue to stay seated/standing on the elevator. You will see a little platform looking like this: RC ---------- |Elevator| The Elevator travels under the small platform, the Red Coin simply lies on it. You need to jump over the platform, grab the Red Coin, and get back onto the platform rather quickly. Now, its a pretty simple ride from here. Eventually you will come to a large floating platform on the elevator's right hand side. Here, you need to jump off of the Automatic Elevator. Hurry along (Or take your time...no difference) and grab the nearby seventh Red Coin. And quite conveniently nearby where the seventh Red Coin lies is your eighth and final Red Coin. Hurry along and grab this last Red Coin, then jump onto the elevator. The Power Star will appear in the middle of the large room you are currently in right now. Wait until the elevator passes where it started, then walk off onto the brick block. Walk to the right and slide down the purple pole. Now, jump off of the platform you are on right now that has the Star Sphere. Keep on walking now that you aren't on your platform and keep heading towards the middle of the room according to the map. The Power Star is waiting for you there. ================================== Star 3-Metal Head Wario Can Move Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== You are going to be needing Wario's Power Flower ability of turning Metal for this particular Star. If you don't start off as Wario, head to the right of where you begin and keep going until you see a Goomba that is acting silly with Wario's Cap. After getting the Wario Cap if neccassary, head back to the start of the world. From where you start at the beginning of the world, you as usual have 2 paths to choose from. This time around for this Star choose the left path. When you get to the large gap in the ground Long Jump just as you are at the edge. The reason is because Wario can't jump for crap, and his Long Jump isn't very long. After clearing the gap, head inside the wooden door infront of you to enter the Black Hole Room. Stay on the main path, heading towards the right. Avoid the enemies to avoid getting pushed off, especially if you are wearing a Wario Cap because you don't want to waste time going back to get a new one. Head past the Spider and the Swooper until you are on solid platform. Ignore the wooden door there and keep going heading onto the wire grating path. When you get onto the area where the giant boulders are, they WILL knock the Cap off of you if you are wearing Wario's, so hug the wall carefully to avoid them. After getting past them, head to the right and enter the metal door that is there. You have been in this room plenty of times. That Star on the other side of the mesh wall is probably irritating you to get. Get onto the elevator waiting in the floor. Once you are on it ride it all the way to the bottom as usual. However, don't follow the path to the lagoon just yet. As Wario, you have stuff to do. Before heading for the path with Goombas, you should see a ? Red Block right near where the elevator lands at the bottom. Inside is as usual a Power Flower. Hit the block and grab the Power Flower to turn Wario into a metal machine. Head down the light brown path of Goombas, knocking them out of the way if you want. There isn't much time because Metal power is short lived. Head into the water. By now you should now you just fall and sink to the bottom underwater, but don't need to breathe. Underwater there is an easily seen light brown path compared to the rest of the ground. Follow this path until you come to a short wall. Jump up to the top to find a ! Switch. Activate it. Nearby, two large mesh wire doors will swing open, allowing you access to the wooden door that laid behind it. Enter the wooden door there. You will now be in the abanded mine shaft (Gee, I can understand why). There is a large gap infront of you now. Getting a running start, head for the gap and Long Jump to the very thin platform in the middle. There isn't much landing room here, so you need to have a perfect Long Jump. Now, there is another large gap infront of you. You can't get a running start, so you will have to make due without it. Start running (Hardly able to though) and then Long Jump before the gap. You should be able to make it. Near the wall on the other side of this rather large gap lies another Power Star ready for the taking. Grab it to clear the level. ===================================================== Star 4-Navigating the Toxic Maze Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Luigi for easy path, else Mario ===================================================== Its just the plain and simple fact that there is almost always more than one way to get a Star. Not to mention one of those ways can be a bit... sneaky, cheap, unfair, and downright easy. As Luigi, you are gonna abuse his Power of being invisible. So obviously, it is most advantageous to start as Luigi. As you start the level as Luigi, head and take the left path like you did in the previous Star. If you don't start as Luigi, his cap can be found in the elevator room with the red coins. As you approach the gap, perform a Long Jump right before you get to the edge of the gap. Once you are on the other side, enter through the door. Now you will be in the Black Hole Room. Make your way over the red grating avoiding the enemies to make sure that you don't get pushed into the Black Hole of death. Once you make your way around the enemies, follow the path ignoring the wooden door as usual. If you went to the red coin room to get a Luigi Cap, then there is a long hallway with a wooden door at the end at the corner of the room. This door leads the the black hole room. Make your way across the other red grating bridge and to the path of the falling boulders. Avoid them by hugging the wall and slowly making your way northwards to avoid the giant boulders as the path turns to the right. As the path goes right, head into the door that follows it. The next room contains the Star you want. Behind the mesh gate lies that annoying Star you hate so much. Get onto the elevator that waits patiently in the middle of the room. Get onto it and just sit there as it slowly makes its way all the way to the bottom near the lagoon. Make sure the elevator is at the bottom for this part. If you jumped off of the elevator before it reached the ground, that's ok. There isn't much of a big deal there. As you or the elevator and you reach the bottom of the lagoon area, hit the ? Red Block nearby for a Power Flower to come out. If the elevator hasn't reached the bottom yet, let the Power Flower wait on the floor until the elevator is completly at the bottom. Once the elevator has finally made it to the bottom and has stopped, pick up the Power Flower. Quickly hop onto the elevator. There isn't much time. It's pretty much just up to waiting for the elevator to reach the top? Once the stupidly slow elevator makes its way to the top, quickly run off of the elevator and, as you are still (hopefully) invisible, run right through the gate. Now that you are through that annoying mesh gate, nothing stops you from the Star. If you want to complete this Star normally, then head back to the red coin room. Left of the pole you use to slide down into the room is a hallway. Head past this hallway to another short hallway leading to a door. In here is the entrance to the Hazy Maze. Drop down into it. Run straight, ignoring the enemies, then head right when you hit the wall. Head left at the ledge, then follow the path until the ground dips into the ground. On the wall to the left you should see light green stripes. Head over to them and Double Jump to grab onto the ledge (go into over your shoulder camera view to get a better look if necessary). Head through the door here. Head up the elevator at the end of the hallway, and you will appear behind the mesh gating, allowing you to grab the Star. ================================== Star 5-A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Wario, Luigi ================================== Ah yes, now you actually have to go into the Hazy Maze to access this Star! Note:I have found reports of people actually being able to get this Star without going through the Hazy Maze. I think I saw a video once, but it's been lost and nobody can really confirm whether or not it is possible to get this Star without entering the Hazy Maze. I think it's fake, the Star is far too high for a simple backflip to get even close to. Anyways, surviving the actual Hazy Maze Cave can be quite an ordeal for your lungs. The noxious gas that lies inside is quite toxic. One whiff and you lose 1 Health Bar. Only Luigi's and Wario's Power Flower abilities allow them to easily not breathe the gas, and quickly head for the A-Maze-Ing Exit. Start off as either one of the characters. Instead of going left like you have for the past while, head to the right this time. You will see a Spider pop out of the darkness pit unexpectedly, so be prepared and not get hurt. Continue along the path, avoiding the bottomless pits on both sides. Right here are 2 Goombas doing nothing really. If you aren't Wario, grab the Cap on one of their heads. If you aren't Wario or Luigi and want to be Luigi, don't bother with his Cap as you can get Luigi's also. Continue along this path until you reach a small gap, with 2 towers of flames emitting from the pit every few seconds. While the flames are down, jump across to the other side. On the other side of this gap is a door. Enter the door to be on a platform high above this large room. Near where you are currently standing is a red and rusted pole. Get on the pole and slide down to the bottom of the room. If you want to be Luigi for this mission, head straight over to the top right corner of the room. You will find a few Goombas. One is wearing a Mario Cap and the other is wearing a Luigi Cap. Kill the Goomba with the Luigi Cap and collect it to be Luigi. Now, head back over to where we were, under the tall pole. To the left of where you are standing is a pathway. Don't go through that pathway. Keep heading straight until there is another pathway to the left. Head into the pathway, which is short and comes to a door. Enter that door. Head along the short and winding pathway until you see a large map on the wall, a hole in the ground, and a few coins. Jump into the hole. You are now in the actual Hazy Maze. There is limited time to survive in here if you aren't Luigi or Wario. See the purple gas? That's the toxic haze. In that for every few seconds you will easily lose 1 Heath Bar. From where you land from falling from the hole into the maze, you will immediately lose 1 Health Bar. Quickly run up to safe land. A Sniffit flies nearby. Straight ahead is a ? Red Block. Hit that block to become either Invisible or Metal. Regardless of which form you are, you won't need to breathe the toxic fumes for the time the Power lasts. Quickly run to the right. When you come to a ledge, go to the left of it. Keep going over land until you pass a small piece of raised land with a Monty Mole. There is a high ledge just past this area. Double Jump or backflip up to it. Go throught the metal door there. Go along the winding path until you reach an elevator. Get onto the elevator and ride it to the top. Exit out through the door when you get to it. Now you are high above the black hole room. Double Jump up to the Wire Mesh Over Hang and hang onto it. There are 2 paths to take while holding onto the mesh. Take the right path. Keep moving forward on the mesh path and then the path takes a right. Then, the path stops over a platform high high above the Black Hole. This platform happens to contain the Power Star, so grab it to clear the level. ================================== Star 6-Watch For Falling Rocks Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== Remember those giant boulders that were consistantly falling and rolling into the Black Hole? Those boulders hold a secret, and that is needed to get this Star. If you aren't Wario right now, take the right path from the start, and avoid the bottomless pits until you find the typical Goomba wearing that darned Wario Cap. Kill the Goomba and put it on. Head back to where you first started. At the beginning of the cave, take the path to the left this time around. Once you reach the same old gap like you have countless times before, get a running start if you haven't already, then Long Jump to the other side before running into the pit. On the other side, head into the door lying just infront of you. Now, follow the red grating path as usual, dodging the enemies to avoid the risk of falling into the Black Hole of doom. Ignore the wooden door nearby as usual. Follow the path around and go across another red grating bridge over a side of the Black Hole. Now, instead of going straight into Boulder Territory, head left until you reach a black brick. Punch it and a Mushroom will pop out of the block. Grab the Mushroom to become Super-Sized Wario! Time to smash! Head back over to the oncoming barrage of boulders. As Super Wario, you can simply walk into the boulders, and they will explode upon contact. A number will appear after the destruction of each boulder. Once you destroy three boulders, your Star will appear at the top of the pathway the boulders roll over. Also as a note, you don't need to use the Mushroom to destroy the boulders. A simple Punch destroys them too. But the timing for the Punch on the boulders is a bit harder, so I recommend using the Mushroom. Grab the Star afterwards. It appears at the spot where the boulders fall to the ground. ======================================================= Star 7-Switch Star Underground Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Wario to get Switch, then anybody ======================================================= Another Star Swithc lies under another Black Brick, so you need Wario again for another mission. Obviously, Wario is needed to reach the switch, but I advise Mario or Luigi for their high jumps after the Switch is revealed. Anyways, head to the path towards the right once you begin. Keep avoiding the spiders and the bottomless pits nearby until you reach a pair of Goombas just walking around aimlessly. If you aren't Wario, one of these Goombas is wearing a Wario Cap. Grab the Cap after killing the Goomba if you need it. After that, keep running past the next pit on the right, and then you will come to the pit with 2 flame towers coming out of nowhere. Because Wario can't jump even if he was paid to do good, a Long Jump is your safest action. Crashing into the wall on the other side won't knock you into the pit. Enter the door there. As you have been here before, you should be familar with you being at a high platform high above this large room. Jump onto the nearby pole and slide down to the bottom and touch the ground. Head along the wall straight ahead. Keep on going, passing the nearby enemies that won't hinder you at all. Keep going until you reach the the wall at the other side. Turn to the left once you reach this corner. You should see 2 Goombas close by this corner. One has a Mario Cap, and the other a Luigi Cap. Kill them both, but don't collect the caps. Continue moving forward until you finally reach a black brick near another corner of this large room. Using Wario's immense strength, Punch the block to destroy it. Once the block is clear away from you, a Star Switch will be revealed. Quite intresting. Before you in a quickmotion activate the Star Switch, you're going to be doing a usual mad dash. Nearby the Star Switch should be the Luigi and Mario Caps. Collect either one as their speed is needed to grab the Star quickly. Once you have either Mario or Luigi (Or lose the Wario Cap and become Yoshi again if you are), head over to the Star Switch. But first, manuver the camera to face the giant stairs always infront of you as best as you can. Now, activate the Star Switch. The Star will appear in the Star Sphere near a purple pole. There isn't a lot of time so quickly start running. Keep going until you are remotely close to the giant stairs. First Jump. Then do a Double Jump, and when you are right near the stairs, pull of the Triple Jump. If you aimed and timed your jumps correctly, you will have quickly already be at the top of the stairs, which saves time. Now, head over onto the Work Elevator. There isn't any time to waste operating it, so Long Jump onto the next platform. Near this platform you jumped to is a purple pole, and the Star Sphere. Grab the Star. =========================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:****/***** Recommended Character:Luigi =========================== Its that time again! Find the 100 Coins lurking in this god forsaken world. The Hazy Maze Cave is very complex, and there are mutiple ways of accoplishing this Star. The difference is the order you collect the Coins in. Hazy Maze Cave isn't a gold mine or anything, your going to have to kill everything to reach 100 Coins, but barely. Its very hard because death is everywhere. I'll cover the cave in my personal order, not hard to understand. But why 4/5 difficulty? I already said. Its a race. Killing almost every enemy findable and getting their coins is not easy at all. You, most likely, will be taking several trips into the actual Hazy Maze to hoard all of the Coins that are in there. Anyways, Luigi has the speed, the jump, and the Power Flower Ability to survive everything in the level, so no need to worry with the man in green around. As usual, start off by taking the path to the right. You'll get to the leftern path later. Near a pit coming up a spider will jump out. Kill him for an easy 3 Coins. Next, is the lovely pair of 2 Goombas. Kill them both for another Coin each. Near where the Goombas were is a thin ledge, with 5 Coins on it. Carefully get on the ledge and grab the Coins and walk back onto wide ground, away from death. Now, after the fire shooters stop coming from the pit infront of you, jump across the gap and enter the door. You'll be in the common large room again, on a high platform. Yay. Head down the nearby pole and land on the bottom. Head straight along the wall, not turning onto any of the paths. There are a few Spiders in this room, along with a few Goombas. That's about 10 more Coins to your total. Chip change really, how sad. Now, head over to the bottom left corner of this room, where the large stairs are. Jump up to the top and get onboard the Work Elevator. I'll give you directions based on the fact your back should be facing the wall behind you. Get the elevator in motion, heading forwards. Then, make it go left until you either hit a platform, in which case go up, then left once you clear it. After that, head forwards once you are lined up with a brick box. Heading forward, break it once your able to. It'll have a Red Coin inside. Keep heading forward, then taking a right once you meet the platform with the Mr. I on it. Head to the right, then back up. A box is near you to break, but nothing is in it. Keep heading forwards until another brick box is lined up with you on the left, then head left and break the box for another Red Coin. Keep going until you reach the corner platform, where another Red Coin lies. Get it, and hop back on the elevator. Head backwards, moving to the right as well until your on the Mr. I platform. Run around Mr. I not falling off until he spins in defeat. He will give up a Red Coin once you kill him. Now, jump off and go back to the stairs. Climb back up to the top again. Once at the top, get on the Work Elevator and Long Jump to the nearby platform with a Star Sphere. Once there, climb up the purple pole to the top, then walk across the brick to the Automatic Elevator. As it moves by itself, punch the brick when it comes nearby, and grab the Red Coin it was hiding. Then, the Elevator will pass you through another Red Coin. Then, it will go under a platform, and over that same platform is a Red Coin. Just ride the elevator to the final platform with 2 more Red Coins. The Star will appear, but that's not the one we want. Hop off, and pound the ground before you hit it. Walk over to the middle of the room and turn left through the walkway, then enter the door there. Walk along the pathway and collect the nearby 5 Coins. Prepare yourself as Luigi. Mad dashes all about! Enter the hole nearby to appear in the Hazy Maze. You'll fall into the toxic gas, so quickly get to dry land. Kill the nearby Sniffits for 2 Coins each. Now, grab the Power Flower inside the nearby ? Red Block. After getting it, quickly run right and onto the ledge. A Blue Coin Switch is there. Activate it, then run behind you and follow the trail of telltale Blue Coins. Quickly run through the maze and collect them. Double Jump to reach the set of 3 Blue Coins in the air. That's about an additional 40 or so Coins. Your Invisiblilty Power by now is probably running out. Don't fret though. Suck it up like a man. Keep heading deeper into the maze. Many Swoopers and Sniffits will find you before reaching dry land again. kill them all for Coins. Now, at this section of land you should take a left, and follow the path for some more giant stairs. Climb them then go down the slide to be back in the giant room again. By now you should have 70+ Coins. If you don't, head back into the Hazy Maze and kill more enemies. Now, head right from where you exited. Go one hallway past where the Hazy Maze entrance door is, then take a right and go down the long hallway. You'll come to an elevator. Ride it up all the way to the top, then exit out through the door there. Your in the Black Hole Room now. Take a left and kill the Spiders there for more Coins. Head back to the right and follow the boulder path upwards. You'll find an additional 5 Coins to the side as well. Go through the door to the right when you get to it. When you enter the next room, get the circle of 8 Coins around a block, then head down the elevator. At the bottom, kill the nearby Goombas for a few Coins. Then, swim out into the lagoon and to the center island and collect the Coins that rest there. By now you should have at least 100 Coins. If not, check back for enemies you might have missed. ========================= ~Back to the Castle.....~ ========================= Hazy Maze Cave has been fully completed! Head out of the room, and back into the main basement. Nearby should be a large picture of a fireball. Enter that painting. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V I.Course 7:Lethal Lava Land~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah yes. Lethal Lava Land. One of my favorite courses. Let's just say its quite full of lava. Isn't that great? Lava lava everywhere! However, this is one of the greatest Koopa Surfin' spots, so hop on and take it for a ride! Lethal Lava Land is pretty much a large series of platforms. Most of them moving, or sinking back into lava and coming out. Watch your every move because the lava certainly isn't a place you want to commonly land in, or is suicide your option? =========================== Star 1-Boil the Big Bully Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== It's always best to get a Star the easiest way possible right? I'm sure most of you agree with me. Lethal Lava Land isn't a place to play around in. Touching thst hot stuff will damper your parade, so Mario and his Wing Cap are highly advised. When you start you will be advised to fight back against Bullies. A Bully is a small black ball with horns and just eyes. If they see you they will ram into you, trying to push you into the lava. Ground Pound them or Punch them into the lava first to kill them. Anyways, when you start, turn around. You should see an island in the distance. Long Jump to this island. Now that you are on this island, jump up into the Red ? Block and grab the Wings that float out of it. Triple Jump to soar up and start flying. From where you are flying, keep going straight. To your left, you should soon see a spinning platform with 2 fire emitters on it, circling around. Make sure that's on your left so your going to the right destination. In the distance you will see a large brown platform infront of a very tall black tower. Soon the Big Bully will come into view. He is your target. Land on the platform to start the battle. Beating the Big Bully is a rather easy and simple feat. There are many ways to defeat him. Choose one of the available options (As they are the only ways to beat him). You can keep Punching him over and over again until he falls into the lava. You can also do the same thing, only with Ground Pounds. Or, if you are still flying with Mario, simply keep pushing him while in the air. Hey, whatever works! Another technique that makes this feat rather simple also it to get near the edge of the platform, and have the camera face you, so you can see the Big Bully. Crouch down, then when the Big Bully comes near you, perform a Backflip. Once behind him, quickly Punch Big Bully into the lava. Another alternative instead of a backflip is to simply move out of Big Bully's way when he comes towards you at the edge. Then a simple Punch/Ground Pound will push the bastard into the lava. You can also jump ontop of the Big Bully to shove him. Whatever way you choose, the Power Star will appear ontop of the nearby black tower. Its near imposssible to reach up there alone however, so a stairway bridge appears. However, there is a catch. It is a collapsing bridge. Quickly jump up to the top and claim the Star. =========================== Star 2-Bully the Bullies Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== Hmmm, another Star involving these Bullies? Don't you think there just might be a shortcut for this? Heh. There is. There almost always it. Start off as Mario to have the easiest time while trying to accomplish this Star. Turn around from where you start off and face the island not too far away from you. Get a running start then Long Jump over the lava to clear it and land on the island. Now, hit the Red ? Block that is on the island, and watch the Wing Cap float down piecefully. Pick them up and do a Triple Jump to start flying over Lethal Lava Land. You want to be aiming a little bit farther right this time around while flying. Once the platform with the Big Bully from the previous Star comes into view, head right of him and keep going until another platform with the exact same shape is visible. Three normal Bullies are on it. Land on the platform. Beating normal Bullies is rather simple of course. A simple Ground Pound or a Punch will knock them back a few steps. Keep on repeating the process until they all fall into the scorching lava. The only hard part about this feat is that 2 or all 3 at a time might be attacking you, so aiming for one, while another is ramming you isn't very easy. Try to lure away one of the Bullies at a time away from the group, that way you can easily kill them. Afterwards, Big Bully will fall down. Beating the Big Bully is a rather easy and simple feat. There are many ways to defeat him. Choose one of the available options (As they are the only ways to beat him). You can keep Punching him over and over again until he falls into the lava. You can also do the same thing, only with Ground Pounds. Or, if you are still flying with Mario, simply keep pushing him while in the air. Hey, whatever works! Another technique that makes this feat rather simple also it to get near the edge of the platform, and have the camera face you, so you can see the Big Bully. Crouch down, then when the Big Bully comes near you, perform a Backflip. Once behind him, quickly Punch Big Bully into the lava. Another alternative instead of a backflip is to simply move out of Big Bully's way when he comes towards you at the edge. Then a simple Punch/Ground Pound will push the bastard into the lava. Jumping ontop the Big Bully works the same like before. He hasn't changed since the last time you fought him. Once you push him into the lava, the Power Star will appear nearby your position on the same platform, so run and get it. If you ever run low on health in this fight, collect some of the coins in the center of the platform. ======================================= Star 3-8 Red Coin Puzzle With 15 Pieces Difficulty:Joke Star/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ======================================= Well, somebody at Nintendo was too lazy to think of clever hiding places for the red coins, so they put all eight in the exact same place. Seriously, this is considered the easiest Star in the game. There's a moving puzzle. Red Coins lie on top of them. Dandy. Anyways, start off by running forward, jumping the small gap when you come to it. Take a left under the archway and continue up the stairs and to the left. Go across the raising and falling bridge to a small caged area with a Mr. I. Get past the Mr. I. And continue along the pathway and jump onto a triangle shaped platform. It is sinking into the lava partially, and coming back up, where the other half of the platform is then dipped into the molten hot lava. Doesn't touching that hot stuff sound fun? Avoid falling into it, so time your running well. Turn to the right and you shall see the puzzle I have been talking about for a while. It is a large puzzle of Bowser, one of those really annoying puzzles where you move a piece into an empty space, and try to complete the picture. That's what's going on here. However, floating above 8 of the puzzle pieces are 8 Red Coins. Kill me now people. This couldn't be any easier. (Then again, Nintendo could have just given them to you). Maybe it could be easier. Hop onto the 15-piece Puzzle of Bowser. Quickly run around, avoiding the "Empty Spot" revealing lava. If a piece shakes for a second, it is about to move into the "Empty Spot" so if your standing on the shaking piece, jump, then wait for another piece to fill the gap. When the picture of Bowser is completed (Which is done roughly every 30 seconds) no pieces will move for about 3 seconds. Simply keep your cool, don't panic, and quickly retrieve all of the 8 Red Coins. The Power Star will appear nearby, so grab it to clear the level. =========================== Star 4-Red-Hot Log Rolling Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== The one thing about Lethal Lava Land is how there is always an easy way to reach every single Star. It takes the difficulty out of things, by quite a lot. It annoys me. Oh well. From where you start turn around and face the island situated in lava that we have been to before. Long Jump over to it. Once you are on the small island, hit the ? Red Block from below with Mario to have another set of Wings to fall from the box. I think by now you should know the drill. Grab the damn Wing Cap. Wow. What a surprise that statement was. Triple Jump as usual into the air and start flying towards a giant and tall black gate past near where you started. It's impossible, however, to fly directly at the gate and hope to god you don't fall into the lava, so we are gonna have to make a brief jumping stop firstly. Keep flying striaght until you see a small black arch, the same one you passed under in the previous Star. Land on the flat surface on the top of it. Now, face the giant gate infront of you and make a big, tall Triple Jump. Your jump should be high enough even if it isn't that tall. Start flying towards the gate, and try most importantly now to lose too much altitude. You need to fly towards safe ground, which is near the left corner of the gated cage, where the 2 walls of cage connect. Once you have safely flown over the tall gate, and are sure you are above this spot in the cage, do a Ground Pound to fall down. If you were too high you may lose some Health Bars, but that isn't a big deal with what's about to happen. Near where you are standing now, head down a thin pathway with arrows down to where the next Power Star resides, all in easy reach. =================================== Star 5-Hot-Foot-It Into the Volcano Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody =================================== During this whole time in Lethal Lava Land you may have noticed a small volcano in the world's center area. That is your next destination. The island behind you this time around is utterly pointless, so continue to move forward when you start and Long Jump across the small gap when you come to it. Just to make getting to the Star much easier, don't bother going under the archway this time, but continue heading straight. You will end on a small platform with a brick block and a ! Block. Hit the ! Block and the jump onto the Koopa Shell that falls. Hop on the Koopa Shell for Ode to Invincibility, or at least until you hit a solid object like a wall, which there are plenty of within Lethal Lava Land. Anyways, the Koopa Shell is a 1-Way ticket to your final destination very quickly. Enemies? Shred through them. Walls? Avoid them as best as possible. The shell breaks after colliding with a solid object, so watch out! Now, once you hop onto the Shell, start riding towards the giant gate that blocked easy passage from the previous Star. Right before you reach the wall, take a left. Jump over any platforms that may be in your way because you don't want to lose that shell. Now, eventually to your left you will see a large spinning platform, with a volcano in the middle of it. Isn't that lucky? Hop onto the spinning platform, but avoid getting disoriented, then try to slide up the volcano. Jump, then aim to fall into the middle of it. Now, you will fall right into the bottom of the volcano. Don't worry, even though there is a huge waterfall of lava (Lavafall?) doesn't mean you have to quickly escape the deadly volcano as the lava levels never actually rise. Take a good look of your surroundings. You have two paths to go-The one infront of you and the path behind you. For this Star, you need to take the path that lies infront of us. Jump over to the next platform. A few Coins are on it, and some fireballs are constantly jumping over the platform. Cross it then jump to the next smaller platform. Careful of the lava, then jump to the platform sticking out of the wall. Now you are on the outer edge of the volcano, and will be here for some time. Keep moving forward on this relatively thin ledge. You will see a small hole in the wall, but don't go near it. It's actually another fire emitter, which may make you go screaming off the edge if touched. After it blows the flames, run past it and jump up to the next ledge. There is an annoying Bully on this here ledge, so its best to avoid him so not to fall. Jump to the next ledge. Now, you may have noticed there are plenty of booby traps inside the volcano (Who the hell would expect someone jumping into a volcano?). The ledge you are standing on now has another booby trap waiting for you. Walk forward and part of the wall will crash to the floor. Stay still, and wait for this section of wall to slowly makes its way up. After it is up, jump up to the next ledge. Keep running across this next ledge until it ends. However, and lucky for you, there a a chain of several floating islands serving as stairs reaching up to the next level. They are all very small, so that poses a problem. Jump on the first large one. Then, jump a little higher to the next one right near you, which is smaller. Near you is another smaller island, then once you are on it you need to jump to the smallest island. Once there you can simply jump to the next ledge. Now on this next ledge, you will find a cute cuddly Bully who wants to push you over and make you fall down half a mile head first into boiling lava. What a great thought, right? Stay near the wall and kill the Bully so he doesn't interfere with this next section of the volcano. After his fiery death which can't be heard, head along the thin path that branched away from the outer wall. However, take time to see the lavafall right next to you. Pretty nice sight to see. Keep running across the thin bridge until you come to the end of it. This is the hardest part of the Star because of the crap they give you for camera angles. Ugh. Jump onto the nearby pole. Quickly now, climb up all the way to the top of the pole. You should see another pole nearby. Make sure your back is facing that pole, then jump off the pole towards it. Hopefully you grabbed onto it. Now, quickly climb pretty close to the top of it again. Another pole should be floating on an island nearby. The camera won't cooperate with you on this, so try to position your back as best as you can to the pole. When you think its perfect, jump. Now, climb to the top of the final pole and do a Handstand. Have your face aimed towards the Star not too far away from you. Once you are in the right position, jump away, land on the platform, and grab the Star. ============================= Star 6-Inside the Volcano Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Another Star inside the volcano? It figures, main part of the level you could assume. Well, no matter. This Star isn't that hard anyways. The island behind you this time around is utterly pointless, so continue to move forward when you start and Long Jump across the small gap when you come to it. Just to make getting to the Star much easier, don't bother going under the archway this time, but continue heading straight. You will end on a small platform with a brick block and a ! Block. Hit the ! Block and the jump onto the Koopa Shell that falls. Once again, hop onto the shell. You will be invincible once more. Once you hop onto the Shell, start riding towards the giant gate that blocked easy passage from the previous Star. Right before you reach the wall, take a left. Jump over any platforms that may be in your way because..don't wanna lose that shell. Now, eventually to your left you will see a large spinning platform, with a volcano in the middle of it. Isn't that lucky? Hop onto the spinning platform, but avoid getting disoriented, then try to slide up the volcano. Jump, then aim to fall into the middle of it. Once again you fall down to the very bottom of the volcano. No worries about lava rising again. Last Star we went forward from where you start in the volcano, however, this time you need to turn around. You should see a few small platforms leading around behind you. Jump on each platform taking the Coins if you want to until you meet the dreaded Automatic Elevator. Jump on it to make it start. Ride the boring Automatic Elevator for about 20 or so seconds, as it climbs higher around the volcano's interior. Eventually, another Automatic Elevator will come into view. The Elevator your standing on will stop for a brief second before falling when right next to the next Elevator. Ride this next Auto Elevator around the volcano, but you won't be gaining as much height as you may think. You'll eventually come to a pole in the distance, and the Elevator travels around it only once. In that time, you need to jump onto the pole and grab it. Miss, and you will drop right into the lava and be forced to start the elevator sequence again. Once you are on this pole placed high above lava, quickly climb to the very top of it. Manuver yourself until your back is facing another pole that is a bit higher (most likely) than you current position. When you have your back aimed correctly, jump to the next pole. Climb quickly to the top of this pole as well. At the top you should see a medium sized floating island. At the top of the pole, jump to it. You, most likely, will overshoot the pole, so when you are sure (I don't see how you couldn't be) you are over the island, do a Ground Pound to make sure you make a safe landing on it. Now, nearby this island are 2 more smaller islands serving as footsteps to the Power Star. Grab the Power Star. ============================= Star 7-Flaming Silver Stars Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= You have to love catching the Silver Stars! This is probably the most fun new types of challenges put into this game. Anyways, this mission is mainly going to test your Koopa Surfin' abilities, so I hope you've polished up on them, because it makes this Star grabbing task really simple. Otherwise, the task will get a whole lot harder. Start off, again, by not taking the path behind you, but rather heading straight along until you reach the small gap where a simple jump will do for getting across. Head forward still, and ignore going under the archway like before. Just past the archway is the common platform I'm sure that you have been to before. Nothing new here really. Just the ! Block which happens to contain a freshly packed sealed Koopa Shell. Hmm, why not hit that block? Hit the block and of course grab the Koopa Shell that falls out of it. Hope your surfing is good! Face the direction you just came from, and take the off to the right. As soon as you are off the right side of the platform, start going back straight back the way you came, heck, even farther than where you started. But stay clear to the right side, yet at the same time avoiding the walls that will destroy the shell in an instant. Once the walls on the right side finally end, head over past them. An oddly shaped moon- like shaped platform just barely above the lava is sitting there with the first Silver Star bouncing happily on top of it. Ram your shell right into the Silver Star to collect it. After collecting your first Silver Star, you are pretty much on a direct path for the edge of the level which will break your shell. Quickly make a nice and smooth U-Turn and head back the same way you just came. Take it easy, and watch the walls now to the left of you. Soon enough you'll see a drawbridge. Go under it. As you are heading towards the left, make sure the drawbridge is up before attempting to rush under it, otherwise you'll enter a low overhang zone, and your a bit too tall. Push L to have the camera swing around to behind you to make the rest of this description easier. As soon as you pass under the drawbridge, you should see a large tall half-circle shaped structure to your left. Head up to the top of this strucuture. You will need to jump though so you need to do so. Head down the other side of the mountain, but jump to maintain good speed. Nearby is another crecent shaped platform, with your second Silver Star. Ram your shell, as usual into the Silver Star. That's 2 down and 3 to go. From where you are on the crecent platform, head straight to the right. If there are any platforms in your way, head more to the left because you have probably aimed a bit incorrectly. Eventually, you will see four platforms shaped like diamonds, all in the lava. Every few seconds nearly the entire platform is covered by lava, then the lava recedes out. Because the platforms are connected to the lava, you can easily surf right over them and not lose your shell. A little ways in the distance of these four sinking and rising platforms is a small island in the lava. There is no receding tide to it, but a lone Mr. I resides there. A circle of Coins entangles around the Mr. I as well, however. Another prize lies up on this island. The third Silver Star. Go ram into it. Now, you should be on a crash course for the edge of the level. That's not a good thing. Quickly steer to the left, and you should see in the distance another half-circle shaped platforms that you saw like before. Head over to it and keep jumping until you reach the top section of the half-circle shaped platform. Along with a few Coins up here, your fourth Silver Star is here too. Ram your shell into the fourth Silver Star. Head down the steep slope, and then quickly steer to the left. Another tall platform looms in the distance, so get near the edge of the level for safety. Keep your shell speed steady as you make your way across to the other side of the world. Eventually you will finally see another crecent shaped platform. Your final Silver Star is here. The Power Star will appear on a platform you have been to many times before. From your current location, start heading to the left to avoid hitting some invisible walls. Keep going until you go past the old crecent shaped island. Eventually you will come to the island with the Red ? Block and the Star Sphere for your taking. =========================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Wario =========================== You can easily get 100 Coins before even setting one foot inside the volcano, so I won't bother covering the volcano section. However, 50 free and easy Coins can only be accessed by Wario so starting out as him is highly recommended (And needed for the job). As soon as you start, begin running forward as usual. Your gonna have to Long Jump across the small gap between platforms unless you want Wario's ass to be extra crispy. Continue heading forwards, going past the small archway, onto the platform with the old ! Block, and a Brick Black Block. Firstly, we want to break open the Black Brick. 3 Coins will pop out so grab them unless they are in the lava. The Block proved to be hiding something. It's a Blue Coin Switch. Don't be crazy and activate it now though. First, Jump up and hit the ! Block for the famous Koopa Shell to fall down. Now, go crazy and Ground Pound the Blue Coin Switch. Hop on the Shell quickly as there isn't much time. Ride the shell away from the nearby sign, into the lava. You should see a Blue Coin as soon as you enter the lava. Hurry along now at full speed. The Blue Coins keep going and going and going. They will take a tight turn through the little gap near where you started. The Blue Coin trail keeps going still! Time of course is running out. The Blue Coins head under the drawbridge, so take you chances and rush it. Then, after that the final Blue Coin is midway up the large half-circle nearby. That's already 50 freaking Coin in only a minute practically! Head back to where you got the Koopa Shell and press R. Now you are back quite roughly where you started. Time for an easy 50 Coin hunt, don't you think? Head back near the starting position from where you are right now, then take a right and go under the archway. There are 3 Coins just lying on the ground. Head up the stairs, and a Bully will be waiting for you. Head to the left from where he used to be, and cross the drawbridge quickly while its down. After that a Mr. I will be on the grating area. Run around him a few times to make him die, then grab the Blue Coin that appears nearby. Keep heading towards the left. The platform gets a bit wider, then you can see a tilting platform in the lava, with a few Coins in it. Grab the Coins once you jump on it. Continue forwards along the path until you reach the 15-Piece Puzzle. There are 8 Red Coins lying in plain view on top of the puzzle. Carefully grab them without falling into the lava thanks to the moving pieces. Also, many more Coins are here too. You may find that after collecting a Red Coin or 2 many Yellow Coins will appear on top of the puzzle top. Quickly grab all of them before they dissappear, which happens in only a few seconds. After you have collected all of the 8 Red Coins on the puzzle, the Star will appear for it, but since you already have that Star don't bother retrieving it. Keep going forward along the path and up the next ramp where you will find 2 Bullies and a few Coins on the ground. Kill the Bullies before getting pushed into the lava too much, then collect the Coins they give. Then, grab all of the Coins on the ground, then walk forward and jump onto the next platform. On this next platform there are a few Coins lying on it, however, there are two flame lines on both sides of the spinning platform, and they move pretty fast. Quickly run around the platform and collect the 4 Coins. Then jump to the right onto a few wooden blocks. Jump onto the next platform that is nearby. There are a few Coins that are lying on this platform. Grab them all of them, of course. Follow the tilting platform, constantly dipping in lava until you see another platform. Jump up ontop of it. Big Bully is on this platform from way before, but you aren't here to kill him or anything. A few Coins lie on this platform, so quickly grab all of them before it is too late. Nearby this platform is a small mesh platform in the lava. Jump onto it, and it will take you to another platform lying not that far away. A circle of 8 Coins are on this platform as well, so grab them. 3 Bullies reside here too, kill them for their Coins. Big Bully will appear again, but don't bother fighting. Nearby this platform are a series of 4 platforms in the lava, all in sync with eachother sinking and rising back out of the lava. You can easily jump to them from where you are. Only do so though when they are nearly fully out of the lava. That way you have a better chance of landing on them. At the peak of each platform is another Coin. Grab all 4 of them. Another long, twisty platform should be nearby also. There are a few Coins on this path as well. Grab them all. Nearby, is where the Koopa Shell ! Block is. Head over following the easy to see path and grab the Shell. Head along forward, going to the right when the gate wall ends, then reach the edge of the level, then make a left. A Mr. I on a small island should easily be spotted. There are a few Coins around him, grab them. Then on your shell, spin around him a few times until he spins around in defeat as usual. Grab the Blue Coin that follow Mr. I's death. By now, if you don't have over 120 Coins you must have missed something major. Heck, I got 180 Coins from all of the above descriptions, so if you haven't even crossed the 100 Coin barrier yet, exit the level and try again, unless you skipped the Blue Coin Switch part in which case a lot of money can easily be made there. Also, if you are short a few Coins, head into the volcano in the middle of the level. There is around 20-25 Coins lying around the Volcano so I suppose its up to you to find them, of course they are easily on a direct path from the start of the volcano so you can't possible miss them. This was one of the easier Collect 100 Coins challenges, but there are much harder ones. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= Nothing else new has happened unless you've already got 30 Stars in which case you can head for the Large Star Door in the basement. In any case, you should head to World 8, Shifting Sands Land. From the Lethal Lava Land painting, take a left and follow the path to a dead end. Jump into the dead end to enter the world. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V J.Course 8:Shifting Sand Land~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- You take a break from all of the hot lava to find a hot desert. Great. Not just a desert, a desert that wants to kill you, and fast. Quicksand is everywhere, death is everywhere, sand tornadoes are everywhere, and the pinnacle of your time will involve the great pyramid in the middle, or traversing the maze of Tox Box's, which are constantly smashing around their territory. ==================================== Star 1-In the Talons of the Big Bird Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ==================================== Oh boy. Klepto the Vulture has stolen a Power Star. Whatever will we do to the bastard? Let's hit him. That'll work well. Anyways, Klepto has stolen a Star and you need to retrieve it. You will start off on a small raised platform, so just walk off into the sand. Its not quicksand, which is a different color, so don't worry. Keep running forward until you see what appears to be a whirlpool of sand. This is a sand pit. You can enter it, but it sucks you towards the middle so you need to keep running out. If you get too close to the center, your pulled under the sand and you die. How lucky. From the sand pit, head left, and under the little cabana. Soon up ahead you will come to what appears to be a large maze with large boxes on it. This here is the Tox Box Maze. Tox Box's are big boxes you see with different expressions on them. They have a hollow interior though. They move around in the maze. Anyways, up ahead should be the first Tox Box. Wait on the second closest square to the sand. The hollow inside will protect you. After the Tox Box moves back, keep running forward until the path splits. Take the left path, and follow it around. Jump to another portion of the maze if a Tox Box is coming after you, then jump back when safe. Keep avoiding the only three Tox Box's in the maze until you reach the end of the maze. However, you need to be careful of something. There is a special type of sand below the Tox Box Maze. It is "Insta-Kill Quicksand". If you go in it, you instantly die. Heh, be careful! Soon enough you will be out of the Tox Box Maze, and in a small oasis. Head to your left. There should be a relatively tall red pillar near you. Walk up the side of it (Yes, you can do that easily) to the very top and just wait there until you see Klepto the Vulture starting to fly towards you. Klepto enjoys only circling around the 4 pillars that are around the pyramid, and this is the easiest one to be at. Wait there until Klepto starts to fly around this pillar. While he is flying around you should notice a Power Star in his clutches. When he is over your head, or at the least prettty close to you, jump up and into him. He will be shocked, and drops the Star nearby. Grab the Star to clear the level. =============================== Star 2-Shining Atop the Pyramid Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario =============================== There are 2 different paths for completing this challenge. The shortcut way with Mario, or the normal way that's still not that difficult. Your choice as to which one you want to do. The Star is, like the title says, shining atop the giant Pyramid. Time to grab the Star! Anyways, start out as usual from start and keep heading forward until you reach the large sand pit. Don't go into it you fool. Turn to the left towards the little roofed area. Stay barely to the left of the roof and do a running Triple Jump with Mario. In the middle of your Triple Jump, hold right so you land on the roof. It may take a few tries but you should be able to do it. On top of this roof is the Blue Star Marker, a ! Block with a Koopa Shell inside, and a Red ? Block. I think its obvious now. Walk over to the ? Red Block and hit it to make the Wings fall down. Grab them, then aim for the Pyramid. Do a high flying Triple Jump to start soaring into the skies. Start flying for the top og the pyramid, but not the very top. Just above the middle on the pyramid's left side lies the Star at the very top or it. It isn't hard to get so fly right into it to win and earn the Star. However, some of you fancy a challenge. Head forward normally to the Tox Box Maze of Doom. Anyways, up ahead should be the first Tox Box. Wait on the second closest square to the sand. The hollow inside will protect you. After the Tox Box moves back, keep running forward until the path splits. Take the left path, and follow it around. Jump to another portion of the maze if a Tox Box is coming after you, then jump back when safe. Keep avoiding the only three Tox Box's in the maze until you're at the end of the maze. Don't fall into the quicksand as you navigate the maze. After getting out of the maze like before, your in the oasis area of the level. Head past the 2 pillars on the ground to the left. You have no business with them. Keep heading forward now until you reach a sand pit. Get close to it and a tornado will form. Cool. Jump into the tornado to lift off the ground for a second, and start twirling down. Land on the base of the pyramid. Head past the entrance of the pyramid and to the edge where you should see a bit higher ledge. Jump up to it. Keep following the series of ledges, going progressively higher around the pyramid. Eventually you will start to see some Fly Guy's. Avoid them. It'll get thinner towards the top, but that's just a bit closer to the Star. Once at the top the Star awaits so grab it. ================================= Star 3-Inside the Ancient Pyramid Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================= It's about high time you entered the forbidden pyramid, right? Head straight until you reach the long seen sand pit, and head over to the left towards what you have been to every single Star-The Tox Box Maze of death. Wait on the second closest square to the sand. The hollow inside will protect you. After the Tox Box moves back, keep running forward until the path splits. Take the left path, and follow it around. Jump to another portion of the maze if a Tox Box is coming after you, then jump back when safe. Keep avoiding the only 3 Tox Box's in the maze until you reach the end of the maze. Again, don't try anything too stupid and end up falling into the quicksand below. That will kill you instantly, remember? Don't try it. On the other side of the maze now, the commonly found oasis. Head left until you see another sand pit. Get near it and a tornado will form. Jump into it and while spinning in the air, move over to the base of the pyramid. Once there, look for the entrance that's easily found, then slide down inside to enter it. Ah, take a good look at your new surroundings. Pretty odd. Very big and spacious pyramid compared to being outside. Start heading forwards, then when the wall ends take a right. Keep following the path until you reach a group of 3 Goombas. They pose no threat to you unless you need some health, so otherwise just ignore them. Head to the left now and keep going. You'll be hearing the sounds of a pounding Thwomp. Stop once you see an opening on the floor above you. A Mummified Thwomp is pounding up and down over and over again. While he is pounding the ground, jump up on top of him, then ride him to the second floor. Before the Thwomp crashes you into the wall, jump off to the right. You will come upon another group of three Goombas. If you need the health, go ahead and murder them. If not, go ahead and quickly climb the pole that rests near them. Head to the right after jumping off the pole on the third floor. Keep heading towards the right until you see a mesh net attached to some nearby poles. Below the mesh net is a slope that dumps you out nearby onto a trail of quicksand, or so it appears to be. It's (what I call) the sand river. Just a long river of sand that'll pull you down to waist level (You won't go further than that) and the sand move towards the sandfall at the end. It dumps out at the very bottom of the pyramid. Don't enter the Sand River unless you can quickly jump out. Jump up to the mesh overhand and climb to the other side. There are some stairs infront of you now in a zigzag formation, and with a few Coins on them too. Climb them to the top onto the fourth floor. Head to the left (Your only possible direction) and turn the camera behind you. You will see a Thwomp Roller. This special one of a kind Thwomp (The mummified ones though) will roll back and forth on your pathway. Keep running on the pathway until you see a little hole in the wall. Hide there until the Thwomp Roller passes you, then run out of the hole and continue on your normal path past him. As you pass the next corner, heading to the right in the pyramid, you will see a couple of platforms that are rising up and down in a continuous motion. Jump onto the first one, then at the peak of the raise jump onto the middle platform (There's no holes, but there are two platforms, and if you didn't make it your just wasting some time). Then when the next platform is low enough, jump on it and ride it to the top of the peak. At the top, jump off to the fifth floor. Now you are on the fifth floor. Very close now. Head along the pathway to the right until you see two Amps come out of nowhere. They will start to spin around as usual, so dodge or jump over their paths to avoid being shocked. Keep going forward to the next corner, where the pathway then becomes very narrow. If you don't wanna fall a long way, sidestep while hugging the wall. If your feeling confident and are a steady walker, walk there. Climb up the nearby pole after that. Now you are on the sixth and final floor. Just one more enemy keeps you from getting the Star. Keep heading along until the pathway ends, then look to the right to find another walkway continuing. There are no walls on this walkway because a Mummified Thwomp is jumping up and down over it. If the Thwomp is traveling towards you, wait for it and when he stops, jump ontop of his head and ride him to the other side. If he is going away from you, head towards the middle of the walkway and wait for the Thwomp to turn around, and then run under him while he is jumping. Jump up the small ledge on the other side. Head up the nearby hill, collecting the Coins to replenish your unnecessary health at this point. Double Jump to the next ledge and grab the Star on it. ======================================== Star 4-Standing Tall on the Four Pillars Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario ======================================== Mario is going have a fun job in this level, and the Wing Cap is going to be his main method of transportation. He's the best and makes this Star the easiest. This Star is impossible with Yoshi so don't bother trying. Anyways, as Mario, head forward as usual until you reach the sand pit. Take the left like before, and Triple Jump onto the top of the pavillion. Now that you are ontop of the pavillion, head over to the Red ? Block. Break it to reveal the Wings. Grab them, of course. Face a tall Red Pillar in the distance all surrounded by quicksand (The one closest to you). Triple Jump and start flying towards it. Nearby is a sand pit that will spring a tornado when you get near it. Ignore that. Ground Pound when your shadow from flying is on the Pillar. Turn to the right, and face another nearby pillar. Do a Triple Jump and start flying torwards it. Be careful with this one. You need to Ground Pound it exactly. Insta-Kill Quicksand is all around the pillar so don't miss the pillar. Pound it, then face towards the left. Another Pillar is quite a distance away. Do a high Triple Jump and start flying towards it. Be careful of Klepto the Vulture after landing on this pillar. He will lunge for you and try to steal your hat, which is bad. From this Pillar, face to the left and Triple Jump to start flying towards the last Pillar. Once you land on it, you should hear the familar sound signaling something is happening. Face the top of the pyramid. As you can see, the top part is rising off the ground, spinning, then explodes. Fly to the top of the pyramid, then fall into the revealed hole. You will be at the top of the pyramid, but inside the pyramid that is. You should see the old previous Star there (A shortcut eh? You could have used this method before, but the other is more fun). You will be in a large, caged elevator that will slowly make its way down. Once it reaches the bottom of its path is will stop, and a hole in the wall is seen. This is extremly hard, nearly impossible to reach without the elevator. I think Luigi can backflip off an above platform and land here, but I've never tested it myself. Anyways, a brick block is blocking your way so easily punch it to bits. A thin passageway (Wall are on both sides, don't worry) is revealed. Walk down it and reach the bottom of it. You will fall into a small, but rather large room. The problem is that most of the room is just emptiness. Bottomless pit. Your on a small platform connected to the wall. Exciting. Infront of you appears to be some vases, some Egyption couch, and a coffin. This is probably some weird tomb I suppose. Jump ontop of what appears to be "The Couch" and it will spring up (Even though I was expecting this I was still startled) and will form two hands that were evidently fists before. The hands are named Eyerok. They are two hands with eyes in the palms of them, ancient spirits they are. They are angered at you for disturbing them, and they are gonna crush you! Prepare to fight! At the start of the battle both hands will be rised fists form and starts to pound the ground. Really hard and shaking it. Focus on the left hand first. After its fist shakes, the left hand will open for a brief moment, revealing its eye. Quickly run to it and Punch it. The Hand will fall down, but quickly get back up. The right Hand now will have opened its eye up to you, so quickly run over to him and Punch him in the eye. After this he will repeat the process of falling down then getting right back up. Not close to being over yet. After that Punch, the left hand, again, will have its eye revealed once more. Quickly run over again and Punch it to have him fall down then get back up...see where this is going? The right hand again by now has opened up once more so run over and punch it. Now that you have two Punches on each of them, both hands start to go crazy. They will wildly Pound the ground with their fists and go into fist mode and slide across the platform randomly. Its gets pretty crazy. Eventually one of the hands will open up, so Punch it one more time and he will explode. Then simply wait for the other hand to open up, then Punch it to make him die too. They will give up the Star, which will lie on top of the coffin. ========================================================== Star 5-Tox Box Switch Star Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed, then Mario/Luigi/Yoshi ========================================================== To have access to this Switch Star, Wario will be needed first off. Mario/Luigi/Yoshi are recommended for their speed and Jumping powers to reach the actual Star quickly. If you don't enter as Wario, or Yoshi in a Wario Cap, then a Wario Cap is in the level somewhere (Tox Box Switch Star is available no matter which Star you choose) and varies from Star to Star selection. From where you start head forward, passing the Fly Guy and the Bob-omb until you reach the Sand Pit. As usual, head left. Keep going until you reach the Tox Box Maze. Wait for the first Tox Box to make its way right near where you are standing (Next to the first tile of the Tox Box Maze). When it comes, follow the Tox Box until you reach the split in the road. The Tox Box will go right, then stop. That's the way you need to go as well. Wait for the Tox Box to head to the left, then as Wario head to the right. You will soon reach a dead end. From here you only go 2 options. Them are 1:Either Jump and hopefully grab onto the platform in the middle of the quicksand or 2:Long Jump to the platform in the quicksand, but risk getting undershot or overshooting and dying. Either way you choose death as an easy to take option, so do whichever you are most comfortable with. Once you have grabbed onto/Long Jumped to the platform in the quicksand, make a Long Jump to the nearby, larger platform, and don't miss it! Once on the large platform, head to the left. Don't worry, this is a subcluded island in the quicksand, and no Tox Boxes invade it. You will soon come up to a Black Brick Block in the middle of the pathway. As Wario, you easily have enough power in your guns to blast away the block. The now not there anymore Black Brick has revealed a Star Switch right there! If you want to beat this Star as Wario, you can, if not follow this step in the next paragraph. Simply head back the way you came from the Tox Box maze, and make your way back to the pavillion. Here, two Goombas have a Mario and Luigi Caps. You can lose your to turn back into Yoshi if you were Yoshi to begin with. Grab/lose whatever Cap you want, then head back to the Switch on the island in the Tox Box Maze. Back on the Switch Island, with your character you want to be as, activate the Star Switch! You'll find out the Star Sphere in near the little pond in the oasis, far on the other side of the Tox Box Maze. This is trouble. There is some time, only a portion can be used for sitting around, so get moving! Long Jump to the platform infront of you as long as no Tox Boxes are near that spot. The spot ahead is way to long for a simple Long Jump to reach, so you need to take the normal path. When it splits, keep heading forwards and not to the left. Tox Boxes are nearby, so stop for safety if you need to. Keep going until you reach a series of mini gaps. Depending on if you are Wario or not, Long Jump across each one, otherwise a simple Jump will do. Get across the final platform and your outta the Tox Box Maze. Head forward and swing around the pond in the oasis. The Star Sphere is behind the pond, so break the dome for it. BranBranMB@aol.com writes:Its easy to grab the Star with plenty of time. Simply walk to the opposite end of the platform the Switch Star is on, and you will get warped to the oasis with the Star Sphere. ============================= Star 6-Pyramid Puzzle Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= You need to head inside the pyramid once again for another Star! Dandy right? Heh. I ain't not gonna repeat the very long explaination on how to reach the pyramid, and I sure won't repeat how to actually get to the top. The actual way to get the Star is 10 paragraphs below this one. The following 9 are just how to get to the top of the pyramid. Head straight until you reach the long seen sand pit, and head over to the left towards what you have been to every single Star-The Tox Box Maze. Wait on the second closest square to the sand. The hollow inside will protect you. After the Tox Box moves back, keep running forward until the path splits. Take the left path, and follow it around. Jump to another portion of the maze if a Tox Box is coming after you, then jump back when safe. Keep avoiding the only three Tox Box's in the maze until you reach the end of the maze. As per usual, you most certainly want to avoid the quicksand that is churning below the maze pathway. If you fall into it, you will die and will have to restart this Star. On the other side of the maze now, the commonly found oasis. Head left until you see another sand pit. Get near it and a tornado will form. Jump into it and while spinning in the air, move over to the base of the pyramid. Once there, look for the entrance that's easily found, then slide down inside to enter it. Start heading forwards, then when the wall ends take a right. Keep following the path until you reach a group of 3 Goombas. They pose no threat to you unless you need health, so just ignore them. Head to the left now and keep going. You'll be hearing the sounds of a pounding Thwomp. Stop once you see an opening on the floor above you. A Mummified Thwomp is pounding up and down over and over again. While he is pounding the ground, jump up on top of him, then ride him to the second floor. Before the Thwomp crashes you into the wall, jump off to the right. You will come upon another group of three Goombas. If you need the health, go ahead and murder them. If not, go ahead and quickly climb the pole that rests near them. Head to the right after jumping off the pole on the third floor. Keep heading towards the right until you see a mesh net attached to some nearby poles. Below the mesh net is a slope that dumps you out nearby onto a trail of quicksand. Don't fall into the river of sand. If you happen to fall into it, quickly jump out of it. If you don't do so in time, then you will likely fall off the edge back to the bottom of the pyramid. Jump up to the mesh overhand and climb to the other side. There are some stairs infront of you now in a zigzag formation, and with a few Coins on them too. Climb them to the top onto the fourth floor. Head to the left (Your only possible direction) and turn the camera behind you. You will see a Thwomp Roller. This special one of a kind Thwomp (The mummified ones though) will roll back and forth on your pathway. Keep running on the pathway until you see a little hole in the wall. Hide there until the Thwomp Roller passes you, then run out of the hole and continue on your normal path past him. As you pass the next corner, heading to the right in the pyramid, you will see a couple of platforms that are rising up and down in a continuous motion. Jump onto the first one, then at the peak of the raise jump onto the middle platform (There's no holes, but there are two platforms, and if you didn't make it your just wasting some time). Then when the next platform is low enough, jump on it and ride it to the top of the peak. At the top, jump off to the fifth floor. Now we are on the fifth floor. Very close now. Head along the pathway to the right until you see 2 Amps come out of nowhere. They will start to spin around as usual, so dodge of jump over their paths to avoid being shocked. Keep going forward to the next corner, where the pathway then becomes very narrow. If you don't wanna fall a long way, sidestep while hugging the wall. If your feeling confident and are a steady walker, walk there. Climb up the nearby pole after that. Now you are on the sixth and final floor. Another obstacle blocks the way up ahead. Keep heading along until the pathway ends, then look to the right to find another walkway continuing. There are no walls on this walkway because a Mummified Thwomp is jumping up and down over it. If the Thwomp is traveling towards you, wait for it and when he stops, jump ontop of his head and ride him to the other side. If he is going away from you, head towards the middle of the walkway and wait for the Thwomp to turn around, and then run under him while he is jumping. Jump up the small ledge on the other side. Head up the nearby hill, collecting the Coins to replenish your health if you need to at this point. Right near the very top is your first bouncing Silver Star. Grab it, of course! The rest of the Silver Stars aren't too hard to reach from here. Keep walking forward until you see a slight hole in the wall. Face the camera as far away from it. Near the beginning sandfall. The Silver Star was here, not anymore, fall down the gap. You want to actually stay against the wall though. Once you fall you should have fallen onto a platform with another Silver Star. If you are having trouble actually reaching this Star, stand above the gap aforementioned, and slowly walk towards it, then grab the ledge. Lightly tilt away from it, and you'll fall to this platform. The third Silver Star is just as close as the second one was. Go into shoulder camera view and look left of the sandfall. There is another platform across it with a hopping merrily Silver Star. Turn the camera as far away as possible from the Sandfall and jump across it. When your character is across the sandfall, do a Ground Pound to hopefully land on the platform, to claim the third Silver Star. If you missed, I'll just say its a long way back up to the top of the pyramid. Now you are on a platform near the Sandfall, after getting your third Silver Star. Fall down behind the Sandfall to be on the large red platform, that was the hole to the home of Eyerok. Nearby is where the sandfall is dumping into-the sand river. This river ends at another sandfall to fall to the bottom of the level. Get onto the ledge of the sand river, then jump into it. Now your on the sand river. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. You will start to sink into the quicksand, but you'll stop at waist level because the river isn't that deep. Eventually the river will cut a corner, and you will plow into your fourth Silver Star. The River has widened at this point, so just wait as it keeps on going. You will eventually come into contact with your fifth and final Silver Star. Awesome. The Star is at the end of the sand river? Right behind the sandfall! Now as you cut this final turn the sand starts to pick up speed. Your going to plow over the sandfall, if only the Star Sphere wasn't in the way of that. No worries at all. You can easily grab the Star. ================================== Star 7-Free Flying for Red Coins Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario needed ================================== The Star title should tip off you will be needing Mario for this challenge. Several red coins are looming high in the skies, and only the Wing Cap enables you to reach them. There is no need to enter the pyramid, fortunately, as no red coins were put in there. Don't bother entering. From where you start, head backwards along the path. The left of you is insta-kill quicksand on the edge of the level so don't go near it. Keep going as the path becomes narrower. You will eventually come to the first Red Coin at the very edge of the level, thinly. Grab the Coin, head back to where you started. Keep going, past the enemies until you reach the common sand pit. No worries, head left, and do a Triple Jump to get ontop of the pavillion. Before you do however, go under the pavillion roof and punch open a brick for the second Red Coin. From the roof, Triple Jump to get into the skies, and aim for the closest red pillar. As you are flying, you may be able to see some Red Coins in the disatance. There are a total of 4 Red Coin that are positioned around the great pyramid. Ground Pound to land on the red pillar once you reach it. Aim to the left a little and do a very high Triple Jump. You will start flying pretty darn highly. The Red Coin should be right near where you took off, but if you are a little too high, start aiming lower to grab the Red Coin. After you fly into the third Red Coin, aim for another pillar that's a bit of a ways away from where you are now, but your on a direct route to it. Right near this next red pillar is another Red Coin. If you are too low, Ground Pound to land ontop of the nearby red pillar, face the Red Coin, then do a high Triple Jump to reach it. You should be able to do it perfectly. After earning that Red Coin, head right (Or left if you had to stop on the pillar) to start flying towards another nearby pillar. When close, land on it, then face the Red Coin lying nearby above it. Do a high and tall Triple Jump to get enough height to earn the fifth Red Coin. Head towards the final pillar. Hurry up as the Wing Cap power probably is running out, and you don't want to die now. Grab the Red Coin if you are high enough, or land on the pillar to get enough height. Turn back and head for the oasis (The area with the small pond). If you are running out of Wing Cap power (Wings are flashing), you have two seconds or so to get to land safely, so quickly dive towards the Tox Box Maze and land anywhere. From there, make your way past the Tox Boxes towards the oasis. Now you have 6 Red Coins, and should be in the oasis in the desert. Hop inside the small pond. Not for a relaxing dip, though-the seventh Red Coin resides in that pool of water. Now, head back to the Tox Box Maze. Search around until you come to the entrance area again. Don't head down the path to where the maze starts, but continue forwards, and jump the nearby gaps like you did when doing the Switch Star in the Maze. Nearby the Black Brick Block is your final Red Coin. If you have any trouble getting to this point, there is a ? Red Block at the pyramids base, so use it to find the Red Coin from high above, then swoop down and Ground Pound to earn the final Coin safely. Now that you have gathered up all 8 Red Coins, all that is left to do is to rightfully claim your Star. The Star appears way back on the pavillion rooftop. Nice. Head back through the entrance way of the Tox Box Maze to go back to near where you started. Triple Jump onto the rooftop (Or fly there) to claim the Star. =========================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== Great. You have the annoying and daunting task of once again collecting all 100 Coins, any we can find to retrieve this Power Star. Sadly, Shifting Sand Land doesn't contain a ton of Coins like some levels do. Around 140-150 is about how many Coins this place has, assuming you grab everything. It isn't too hard, but if you don't milk the main area out first by the time you enter the pyramid, you are screwed. You can't leave the pyramid when you enter, so make sure you are certain you have nowhere left to check! Start off by running behind you, and keep going as the path gets much thinner and you will soon and eventually come to a Red Coin. 98 Coins down! Head back to the start. Infront of you should be the bouncning "Crazy" Box. Grab it, and hold the opposite direction your bouncing in. This will prevent you from bouncing straight into quicksand, death, sand pit, or something else that is bad. Collect the 5 Coins that pop out after the third bounce. Nearby (Hopefully if you are still alive) are two Bob-ombs, and a Fly Guy. Kill everything for a total of 5 more Coins. Head to the pavillion, but you have no business on the roof so don't bother. Nearby is a Pokey. Eat his body (Or his head to make things easier, Punching is fine too) until his head is dead/swallowed. You will recieve a Blue Coin after doing so. Head to the pavillion and kill the 2 Goombas that are acting stupid in it. 2 more Coins. Nearby are some bricks and boxes. Destroy bricks with Punches for a few Coins from each one, and throw the boxes at a wall to break them for some more Coins. Head forward, out of the pavillion. Another Pokey will slowly be making his way around in the hot sand. Gobble up/Punch his head off to recieve another Blue Coin. By now you should have at least 20 Coins. Head into the Tox Box Maze. Avoid the giant Tox Boxes and look everywhere in the Maze. There is a Red Coin near where the entrance is, you can break the Black Brick if you want to for a few Coins. Some Coins are also just placed on the path in the Tox Box Maze. After draining out all of the cash flow inside the Maze (Wonder if they are happy about that...), exit the maze to the oasis. Jump into the small pool to the right of the exit from the Tox Box Maze. Get the Red Coin there. Head to the left now and go past the pillar to find 5 Coin lying on the ground. Nearby is a Pokey, so kill off his head to make him give up another Blue Coin. Nearby is another Crazy Box, but be careful of where it goes! Head to the base of the pyramid. As Mario, you can grab the Wing Cap from the ? Red Block, and collect the floating Red Coins around the pyramid. That isn't neccessary, but makes the job easier. Or, you can go right into the pyramid now. Before heading to the pyramid, have at least 35 Coins, so its easily possible to reach 100 Coins. Head along the pathway until the left wall ends, then follow the left wall around the corner to find a Blue Coin Switch. Head up ontop of the Blue Coin Switch and Ground Pound it to have it activated. 4 Blue Coins will appear, but they aren't easily found. They are behind you leading down into the quicksand. They stack ontop of each other, so you collect all 4 in about a second. Now that you got all the possible Blue Coins, head to the route to the right. You will eventually come to a trio of Goombas. Kill them all to hoard their Coins. Continue along the path to the left. Don't take the shortcut up the Mummified Thwomp, instead pass under him and continue along the path killing any Goombas you find. You will eventually come around a corner. Turn to the left and their are some gaps with quicksand between them in the pathway. On each of the non-pit segments is 1 Yellow Coin. Jump across them because jumping out of the quicksand is annoying. Continue to the other side where you will find some stairs. Go up them. Once you are safely on the second floor, make your way to the right until you find an Amp circling around under wire mesh area. On the net (Or should I say, below it) are a circle of 8 Coins. Grab them all. Once you have them all climb back onto solid land. Continue along the pathway to the right, jump over the gap when the Thwomp is down, and kill the Goombas for Coins. Head up the pole. Now you are on the third floor. Nearby the pole is another wire net you have to cross to the other side. There are 5 Coins you can easily collect when climbing the net, so do get them. There are a few stairs after the net, 4 to be exact. On each one is another Yellow Coin. Grab them all, and jump to the fourth floor. Now that you are on the fourth floor, jump over, or hide in the wall until the Mummified Rolling Thwomp has passes you. Continue along, passing the corner until you reach a series of small platforms rising up and down. There are a few Coins above each platform. Collect them all, then jump to the sixth floor. Now that you are on the sixth and final floor, make your way forward until the pathway ends, but a small bridge lies to the left. Another Mummified Thwomp is jumping up and down back and forth on this bridge. When you get the chance run under him and jump up the small ledge. To the right is a small hill with about 10 Coins on it, then another 5 Coins in the air nearby. That's it. No more Coins can be found in the pyramid. If you haven't gotten the 100 Coin Star yet, start the level over and try to get some more Coins from outside first. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= We have enough Stars to enter the Big Star Door in the basement now, so we can enter Bowser in the Fire Sea. To actually get to that, we must complete the first Star in World 9. Head to the big star door (Can't miss it really) and enter it. A blue bubbly wall with ripples in it will be there. Jump in for Dire Dire Docks. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V K.Course 9:Dire Dire Docks~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah, Dire Dire Docks, a great but annoying course indeed. Why so? It's a complete water level. It's much like Jolly Rodge Bay, but there are far more lethal things lurking in the water in this course. Because your spending so much time underwater it is critical you keep getting Coins to replenish your air meter. Fortunately, there are tons of coins underwater so even long excursions won't be to much trouble. ============================= Star 1-Board Bowser's Sub Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= I need help on this one. How did Bowser fit a large submarine in a tiny world? Man that's weird. This is an easy Power Star if you know how to swim fast and avoid underwater hazards. Once you start you will be dropped into the water. Start swimming downwards quickly. Eventually you will see some enemies swimming around and a whirlpool at the bottom center of this area. Don't go anywhere near the suction. It continues to pull you closer no matter where you are, so keep swimming away from it. Insta-death if you get too close because you'll be sucked under. Look around on the ocean floor for a hole in the wall (Look at the Touch Screen map if you need to). Start swimming inside it. Resurface at a little hole area for air. Once your air is back head back underwater and keep following the arrows on the walls. Eventually the hole ends and you will be in the second area of Dire Dire Docks. Here is where Bowser's Submarine lies. Keep swimming forward until you reach land then jump out of the water. Depending on where you are, look around for a ! Switch. Activate it when you do. Nearby will be a block staircase leading up towards the submarine. Go up them, board the submarine and claim the nearby Star. ============================= Star 2-Chests in the Current Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= At the bottom floor from the previous Star you may have noticed some chests just sitting there, unaffected by the current. In this Star you will reveal the secret of those chests. As you start off as usual, start swimming downwards until you reach the whirlpool. Head either direction from it and keep swimming downwards to the sea floor. There are 3 chests in this local area. 1 infront of the whirlpool with another tangled around some seaweed, with the last near a clam. On the ocean floor, swim around the base of the raised area near the whirlpool until you find a clam. Near it is a chest. Get close to if so it opens. An air bubble will pop out. Once the first chest has been opened, get the air bubble to completely replenish your air supply. Keep swimming around the edge of the whirlpool's base area until you reach a small section with some seaweed. It is here a second chest lies. Get close to it for it to open, then grab the air bubble that comes out. After getting your health back you may notice that without swimming your getting sucked from the whirlpool. The suction is bad. Swim to the left now letting the suction do the work so you don't risk getting sucked into the whirlpool and dying. Try to avoid that. Nearby the whirlpool is the final chest. You may have to search around the whirlpool to actually find the chest, but it isn't hard to find. Get close to it and open it, then time will freeze and the Power Star will come out. Quickly swim away from the whirlpool and claim the Star. ================================= Star 3-Pole-Jumping for Red Coins Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario ================================= You may have noticed some red coins when collecting the first Star, all impossibly out of reach. However, by beating the first Star you activate poles in that area, allowing you to reach all of the coins. Start off as usual in the water, then start swimming down towards the hole in the wall. Collect the Coins inside to keep replenishing your health. No need to surface really unless you are awful at swimming. Keep heading along the arrowed path until you come out of the tunnel in the larger area. Swim up towards land then jump up on it. Once on land search around for the ! Switch. Can't miss it. Activate it then run away from the switch, past the stairs that once led to the submarine. You will see a second set of brick blocks. Climb up them to the top to another platform not very high above the surface of the water. The first Red Coin is found here. From the Red Coin, turn left and to the edge of the platform. In the distance a pole is moving back and forth towards you then to the distance. Once the pole is close to you Jump to it. When it takes you back there are 3 Red Coins you will get only from this pole. You need to be high on the pole for the first Red Coin, pretty low for the second, then in the middle for the third. Once you have acquired the fourth Red Coin, jump off to the starting platform once you reach it. Once you are back on the starting platform again, turn towards the left again and walk towards the edge of the platform. Another pole is heading back and forth in this area. When it comes near you jump on it. Wait for a few seconds until it starts moving again, then when you are over the next platform slide off it. Head towards the left edge on this platform. Wait for the nearby pole to reach where you are then jump onto it. Once you reach the next platform, slide off of the pole onto the next platform. You have no use for the Blue Coin Switch so ignore it. Head to the right and wait for the next pole to come. Jump on it when that happens then ride it over to a seemingly caged area. Jump off of the pole and grab the nearby Red Coin. Quickly jump back on the pole. Ride this pole again back over to the platform the Blue Coin Switch is on. Slide off the pole once you are there, then head to the left and jump onto the pole there when it comes back to you. Jump onto it when its above the platform. Ride it back to the central platform, then head left and wait for the next pole there. This part is pretty hard from crap camera angles so be careful. Jump onto this pole then ride it over to the corner. Another pole will meet up with you to the left at this corner. Move around so your character's back is facing this next pole then quickly jump to it. If you can never make it, as Mario, jump down into the water and swim to a platform with a ? Red Block and grab the Power Flower inside, then float up to the required pole I previously mentioned. Now, as you are riding this pole you will encounter a platform, and a Red Coin in the air. Stay on the pole and collect the Red Coin once you reach it. Then, once you head back to the large platform, slide down onto it. Head behind the caged area to find another pole heading back and forth between a long distance. Hop on it, and grab the last 2 Red Coins suspended in the air here. Now that you have reunited all 8 Red Coins the Power Star will appear on one of the platforms. Jump off the pole into the water then head onto dry land and activate the ! Switch. Head up the stairs again to the beginning platform and here, is the Star. ================================== Star 4-Through the Jet Stream Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== Hmmm, another Star with the exact same name, eh? Yes, same name as in the Star from Jolly Rodger Bay. Same kinda concept, but as usual, from where you start keep swimming down down down. Avoid the suction of the whirlpool and make your way to the tunnel in the wall. Swim along the path of arrows until you reach the raised section, so take a breather there. Continue swimming along the marked path until you reach the large submarine port, which is currently unused. If you aren't Wario right now, his Cap will be on the ocean floor of the submarine port. Easily found. Swim up to the surface of the water and take a left (While still underwater). Nearby will be the Jet Stream you are looking for. But, no Star? You may notice, however, a trail of rings continuously being created from the current of the Jet Stream. Head over to the rings it is producing. Get as close to the Jet Stream as you can (Which probably isn't too close). Just stay in the position. Not much left to do at this point but wait for 5 rings in a row to pass through you. After the 5th one goes through you, the Star will appear in the middle of the Jet Stream. Head to the surface now and head towards solid land. Get on it and walk over to where the ? Red Block is. Grab the Metal Flower, and run into the ocean into the Jet Stream. Claim the Star there. ================================== Star 5-Koopa-Surfin' Switch Star Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== This Switch Star is moderately easy. Wario is required to access the Switch, then you can use anyone else but it makes no difference. Swimming isn't one of the things on your list. As you start as usual you'll be dropped out of nowhere into the ocean. Stay on the surface this time around and search around for a sand bar with some black bricks and an ! Block on it. Swim over to the sand bar and break some bricks until you find the one that reveals the actual Star Switch. (The other blocks hold a few Coins inside). Don't activate the switch yet. Nearby the Star Switch is a ! Block. Break and a Koopa Shell will fall down to the ground. Hop on the Koopa Shell and ride over the Star Switch. The Star Sphere appears on another island some distance away. Quickly ride the Koopa Shell across the water aiming in the direction of the Star (Look at the Touch Screen map to find the correct direction). Quickly Koopa surf over there and ram into the Star Sphere to claim the prize. If you fail, you must ride over and try again. If you lose the shell then you need to restart the level. I don't think this is possible without the shell. ================================== Star 6-Inside the Cage Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi needed ================================== Another Star that requires and involves a cage. Stop reusing ideas people. Start off as usual by being dumped into the water, then start diving downwards until you reach the hole in the wall. Follow the arrows in the tunnel until you reach the air resting point to surface and refresh your Power Meter. Afterwards, keep diving down until you reach the submarine port. Nearby on the ocean floor is a Luigi Cap, grab it if you need it. Swim to the surface and jump to solid ground. Now that you are on solid land once again, head over to the left and follow the wooden path until you reach a mesh wall. Double Jump over this wall then Double Jump once more over the next wall. Grab the Power Flower inside the Red ? Block. Now that you are invisible, head into the ocean and quickly dive down to the bottom. Straight ahead, or maybe a little left or right depending on where you jumped, is a mesh cage. Inside is the Star you want. While invisible, swim through the cage for the Star. ============================= Star 7-The Manta Ray's Reward Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= I'm sure by now that while swimming underwater in Dire Dire Docks, you must have noticed a large manta ray swimming around. He's the main target of this Star. No, not killing him or anything. That's wrong. Start off as usual by dropping into the water then swimming downwards a little until you see the manta ray. Behind the manta ray, its tail is creating rings similar to the how the jet stream created rings in a previous Star. Get behind him and start tailing him, going though 5 consectuive rings without missing one (Otherwise you must start at ring 1 again). After going through 5 rings the Star will appear. It is none other than placed right above the whirlpool. This is a bit tricky as the manata ray likes to move up and down sporatically, and the hit detection on the rings is really crappy. Keep a decent distance from him. Passing through the rings just as they form generally doesn't work. Carefully swim to it and collect your prize. =========================================================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:*****/***** Recommended Character:Start as Wario, Switch to Mario later =========================================================== Dire Dire Docks has an extremely low shortage of Coins. That poses a problem. There's about 115 Coins in all. However, 15 Coins need to be gotten quickly or they dissappear, and 30 of your Coinage comes from a kind Blue Coin Switch. Like I said, start off as Wario. If not, you can always return to this step later. As Wario (If not skip the next few sentences), head to the right and head until you go upon shore, with the Black Brick Blocks you used a few Stars ago. Break all of the Black Bricks for 3 Coins out of each one. Go onto the Star Switch if a Coin or 2 is on it, because the Star Switch is of no value right now. After collecting the few Coins there, head onto the surface of the water, but no need for swimming down yet. You should see some Skeeters (Blue spiders incase you don't understand) skating on the water surface every few seconds, stopping and skating and so on. Get next to one then jump out of the water onto it. It will die, and 3 Coin will pop out, but will start sinking underwater. They will disappear very quickly, however. Swim down quickly and get as many as you can get. Do this for every Skeeter. Don't worry-If you have at least 20 Coins after killing all of the Skeeters you are in good shape for the Collect 100 Coin Star. Now, pretty much the next 35 or so Coins are located underwater, so don't worry. Swim towards the right or left, and start simming downwards until you reach a string of 5 Coins coming up from the ground. As anyone would say, collect them, then follow the trail of Coins on the ground around the base of the whirlpool. The suction is strong, so you want to be swimming as fast as you can at all times. Once there are no more Coins at the base of the whirlpool, start heading for the opening in the wall the leads to the Submarine Port. Before heading in there exactly, you should easily notice the circle of Coins leading inside the hole in the wall. There are 2 strings very close to the whirlpool, and 3 more inside the hole. Without getting sucked into the whirlpool (That'd suck, no pun intended) head in a circle while swimming to collect those circle of Coins. You may not get them all in 1 go, so keep trying until you get them all. Then head inside the hole in the wall and simply repeat the process. Once you have hoarded all 40 Coins, your Coin totals should represent at least 60. If you haven't broken 60 yet, there's still plenty of Coins left to make up for that. Head through the tunnel, making sure to surface for more air when you need it. Keep going until you are close to the Submarine Port. Before getting out of the hole in the wall, get another 2 Coin Rings for 16 more Coins. Easy stuff really. Get the Mario Cap nearby. The Mario Cap, if you can't find it, its at the bottom of the area in the Submarine Port. Nearby is a circle of 8 Coins, on the bottom and not floating vertically. Grab them easily, no problem there. Surface on top of the water from where you are and head left. Another 5 Coins are just lying on the ground so collect them. Head to the left some more now, and go past the ! Switch. Go straight, then jump over the mesh walls with Mario. Jump past both mesh walls to be on a platform near walls with a ? Red Block on the platform. You need Mario for this part. Can't stress this enough. Grab the Power Flower after hitting the block. Start floating quickly as Mario, there isn't much time. During the Red Coin Challenge you must have seen a platform with a Blue Coin Switch on it. Head for it. Its dead behind you from the ? Red Block (If you were facing the wall that is). Head for it, quickly tapping B to gain height, then using it to float quickly forwards. Ground Pound to land on the small platform. Pound the Blue Coin Switch once you are in position. 6 Blue Coins will appear, but you need to jump to reach all of them. They are all on the edges of the platform. You have about 8 seconds. If you fall off the platform, but have more than 84 Coins at that point don't worry. If you don't have 84 Coins if you fell off, reset the level. Heck, after collecting all of the Blue Coins you should easily have gotten 100 Coins by now. If you haven't, don't worry. There are still the matter of the 8 Red Coins in this room still. Float/Pole your way to all of them, then claim your Star. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= Now we have covered all of the Stars we can get to at this point of the game. After beating Board Bowser's Sub, the painting will shift back revealing the entrance to Bowser in the Fire Sea. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V L.Bowser in the Fire Sea~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- In order to actually access Bowser in the Fire Sea, you may notice the little hump in the ground behind the Dire Dire Docks painting. You need to collect the Star "Board Bowser's Sub" in order to make the painting move back. Jump into the revealed hole. This place looks familar. Bowser has relocated himself to a sea of fire. At least you can't fall to your death, although the lava will still kill you pretty quickly. Start off by heading right and hop onto the nearby blue mesh platform. It will start moving so be ready. Eventually the platform will go underneath a long platform, so hop on the platform then onto the blue mesh elevator when it rises from the lava again. You can easily see the blue railway under the lava right? You may notice it dip down in a few seconds. Jump to the left towards some tilting diamond shaped platforms in the lava. When the mesh elevator comes from the lava, jump back to it and jump at the final platform it stops at. Continue along this path until you reach several blue platforms sinking and rising in the lava. When they aren't submerged quickly run across them to the adjacent platform. Here will be several Goombas, a Bully, and a spinning heart. Run through the heart while still running right until you reach a sinking and rising pole in the lava, with an Amp circling it continuously. Jump onto the pole and position your back to the raised platform behind you. Climb to the top of the pole and wait for the pole to reach the top of its movement, then jump to the raised platform. This platform is tilting, so quickly jump to the next tilting platform and then climb the pole there. At the top you will be in an enclosed mesh cage. There is a nearby elevator that will take you to the second floor of the Fire Sea. Here, head to the left, then jump across the small gap. Next, jump over the triangle shaped platform then hold onto the wire mesh net on the other side. Collect the Coins there then fall off on the other side. 2 square shaped platforms are moving back and forth across the lava. Walk across them quickly to reach the next platform with a few Bullies on it. Walk past them quickly then walk up the wire yellow pathway to a higher platform. Then, follow the pathway to another yellow walkway, then avoid a hole to another yellow walkway. At the top seems to be a dead end. You may not notice, but these platforms are rising and sinking. Wait for another pathway to come into view then jump onto it. Follow the winding pathway around to a Bob-omb, and you are on the third floor. Now infront of you are 5 blue platforms rising and sinking in the lava, an Amp circling around one of them, and a fire breather on the third one. Ouch. Once they are all un-submerged quickly run across all of them to the other side. Avoid everything they throw. Jump over the fire breather, avoid the Amp and don't touch the lava. On the next platform is a spinning Heart. Use it to recover if you need to. Jump onto the nearby pole, then face your back towards the next platform, with a now pole sinking and rising into the lava. Swing down the pole then jump to the lower platform. Climb one more pole and you willl appear infront of a falling bridgeway. Quickly run across the yellow collapsing bridge. On the other side jump into the blue tube to be transported to Bowser. Bowser will greet you once again. He will then roar at you after you finish the conversation then jump high into the air, and slam onto the battlefield. It will tilt majorly towards him and to the lava. Quickly run in the opposing direction, but its never enough. When the platform straightens out focus on Bowser. If your close to him for a few seconds he will teleport himself somewhere else on the field, generally nearby. Once you have him grabbed by the tail, swing him around towards one of the now 6 Bombs edging the battlefield and throw him away. Hopefully you hit him into one, otherwise keep trying. If you entered the battle as Yoshi, don't worry. Wait for Bowser to breathe fire and one of the flames will leave behind a random Cap. No big deal. Good luck! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V M.Course 10:Snowman's Land~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- After defeating Bowser in the Fire Sea, he will leave behind another key. Take it and head all the way back to the lobby, then use the key to enter the door on the 2nd Floor of the lobby. Head around the spiral staircase and enter the door at the top to be on the 2nd Floor of the actual Castle. Take a right from the big spider painting and enter a door inside a little enclosed space on the wall. This is the mirror room. Head to the left and when you get to the wall, jump inside for your next world, the ever so fun Snowman's Land! ============================= Star 1-Snowman's Big Head Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Welcome to Snowman's Land, one of my favorite levels. The second and last of the snow related levels, sadly, but still the Stars are fun. They aren't very difficult however, so don't expect much of a challenge. The main attraction of Snowman's Land is the giant Snowman in the middle of the course. It isn't hard to miss. You will see it right away. Start off by heading to the right, and past a Mr. Blizzard when it pops from the ground. Keep going and when the path splits head towards the right. You will pass a campsite of Goombas with Caps. Ignore them, and keep going. Don't head up the ramp nearby. Keep going into an open area, then head left. You will soon come to the Freezing Pond. This pond is pretty bad. The water is so cold it does the same effect as jumping onto lava. You will lose a lot of health quickly if you touch the water, so avoid it. Jump across the pond's waters to a nearby island sorta thing. The water here is very bad as well, but not quite as lethal. It will slowly kill you because it is so cold, so avoid dipping into it. You will not gain health by staying at the water's surface, so don't even try to do that. If you accidentally fall in, quickly Jump out. Head along the island path to the left where a hole in the wall is making large ice sheets. Jump over the ice sheets, then once you reach the wall, Double Jump, then climb up the ledge. Now on this ledge, carefully make your way across a small wooden plank hanging onto the large snowman's side area. At the end of this small and thin pathway is a little ramp and a tree. Pass the tree and go ahead along the following path until you come up to a large ice bridge. Step onto it and the giant Snowman will talk and think you are nothing but a flea and start to breathe along the bridge. Go any further and you will be blown off and have to climb back from the start. Not only that, but your cap will be blown off and you will need to recover it, unless you are Yoshi who isn't wearing a cap in which case you will just be blown off. How to get across? Simple. You see the large penguin constantly waddling across the bridge? Wait for him to reach your side of the bridge then Double Jump over onto his head and climb to it. Ride him across to the other side, and you won't get blown off. When he finally reaches the other side Jump off of him. Once across the ice bridge follow the wooden path until you reach a small wall. Double Jump or Backflip up to the higher ledge above you. The Star is here so grab it. An alternative way to reaching the Star is activating the cannon at the start of the level. The Bob-omb is found in the igloo (instructions to get there are in a later Star). Hop in the cannon and try to land on the tree at the top of the snowman's head. If you grab onto it, slide down then jump down a ledge to the Star. ============================= Star 2-Chill With the Bully Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= This level isn't very hard. Head along to the right from where you start. If you are Wario or Yoshi when starting this level, head to the left up the hill. Even if you aren't, it is still a shorter path. At the top of this small hill is a Red ? Block. Hit it to become Fire Yoshi/ Metal which will make this Star a tad easier. Once you have the Power Flower, look around and aim yourself towards a large sheet of blue ice raised above some ice water. If you miss, no big deal. Head to the right and follow the lake around until you reach a hill, leading to the ice sheet platform. Here is where the Ice Bully resides. He is just like the Big Bully from Lethal Lava Land. If you are Wario, simply walk into him while metal for him to be knocked back. If Yoshi, breathing fire makes him knocked back really far. If your Mario or Luigi, you will need to Punch him or Jump into him to knock him back. Once he hits the Freezing Water, you will win. However, that water is exactly like lava, so don't touch it! Grab the Star that appears when you win. ================================== Star 3-Yoshi's Ice Sculpture Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Yoshi needed ================================== This Star kinda got my hopes up. I was hoping for a large block of ice carved like a Yoshi. Sadly, all we get are a few ice blocks with a Star in one of them. Disappointing. Oh well, as the name implies, only Yoshi can tackle this Star. Head right from where you start then head left up the large hill. Once you get to the top hit the ? Red Block and take the Power Flower to have the ability to breathe fire for a limited time. Quickly run back, past where you started. Evevntually you will see a wooden platform with many ice blocks ontop of it. Double Jump to the one with only 2 blocks (Bottom right corner). Get towards the left edge on this block and breathe fire at the stack of 3 blocks. The top one will melt. Jump to where it was, then face forwards and melt that block once your at the edge. The jump to where it was and face towards the right, where the Star is. Melt the block, and the Star will be revealed. Grab it. This may take a few times because you just might run out of time with the Power Flower though. Also, freezing the wrong blocks can make it impossible to complete the Star, so you may need to restart anyways if that happens. =================================== Star 4-Whirl From the Freezing Pond Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody =================================== Hmmm? There appears to be a mystery with the freezing pond, eh? Whirl? You will find out soon. When you start head towards the right, past the Mr. Blizzard. Head up the leftern hill, then continue Jumping to the left. Walk along the snowland, past a large field of enemies until you finally reach the freezing pond once again. Head onto the middle island of the pond, and go past where the ice sheets dump out. Right now, take the time to look at a large and high ledge not too far from where you are. That's your destination. Stay near the edge of the freezing pond and wait for one of the Flowergirl's swimming in the lake to make their slow selves come near you. When they are pretty close, jump onto their heads to get a large height and start spinning slowly back to the ground. Quickly start making your way towards the high ledge. If you don't think you will make it, try to bounce on another Flowergirl in the water for some more height. Once you reach the other side of the ledge, break the ! Block to the left to reveal your Star. ============================= Star 5-Snowman's Silver Stars Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= 5 Silver Stars are bouncing in place in many sections of Snowman's Land. However, you need the use of the lone Koopa Shell in this level to get the Stars. When you start head towards the right, past the Mr. Blizzard. Head up the leftern hill, then continue Jumping to the left. Walk along the snowland, past a large field of enemies until you finally reach the freezing pond once again. Head onto the middle island of the pond, and go past where the ice sheets dump out. Right now, take the time to look at a large and high ledge not to far from where you are. That's your destination. Stay near the edge of the freezing pond and wait for one of the Flowergirl's swimming in the lake to make their asses come near you. When they are pretty close, jump onto their heads to get a large height and start spinning slowly back to the ground. Quickly start making your way towards the high ledge. If you don't think you will make it, try to bounce on another Flowergirl in the water for some more height. Once you reach the other side of the ledge, you will notice 2 ! Block's. One contains the Star from the previous earned one, and the other has a Koopa Shell. Get on the Koopa Shell. Start Koopa Surfin' to the right now, and up the small hill. Your first Silver Star resides here. You need to be careful though. You will need to Jump on the shell a few times to actually start gaining any speed. Keep going until you are close to the wall, then make a right and keep following the path. However, there are 2 Mr. Blizzards along this path so beware of them! At the end of this pathway is your first Silver Star. Now, head off to the right. Continue along this wall, avoiding everything else, enemies, other walls, and other Silver Stars (You will get later) and keep going until you reach the infamous campsite of 3 poor Goombas. Nearby is another Silver Star in the air. Turn around from where you got the second Silver Star and start heading towards the Ice Bully. Near the little pathway that leads to him is another Silver Star in the air. Grab it. Now, if you don't have your Shell you need to go get another one because you risk an easy death if you don't have one. Head to the left from the Silver Star and go under the ice sheet covered platform the Ice Bully is always on. Underneath here on the freezing lake is another Silver Star. Grab it with ease. Now that you have reunited all 5 Silver Stars once more, the actual Power Star will appear in the Star Sphere back near the beginning of the level. After geting the previous Silver Star, make a sharp U-turn to the right, then continue following the path that way. You may encounter the campsite of Goombas or an Amp depending on your path. They both end right near the Star Sphere so break it for the Star. ================================== Star 6-Into the Igloo Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi needed ================================== You need to be the man in green to complete the level. Otherwise, head for the Goomba campsite. Start off by heading to the right, and past a Mr. Blizzard when it pops from the ground. Keep going and when the path splits head towards the right. You will pass a campsite of Goombas with Caps. Ignore them, and keep going. Don't head up the ramp nearby. Keep going into an open area, then head left. You will soon come to the Freezing Pond. As always, avoid falling into the water. Jump across the pond's waters to a nearby island sorta thing. The water is very bad. It will slowly kill you because it is so cold, so avoid dipping into it. If you accidentally fall in, quickly jump out. Head along the island path to the left where a hole in the wall is making large ice sheets. Right here you should notice 2 Flowergirl's in the water. Jump on the one that is closest to you to get propelled into the air, and start spinning downwards slowly. Quickly start spinning towards the high walled ledge, where the Whirl from the Freezing Pond Star resides. Don't actually get that Star on the other side though. Break the ! Block on the right to have a Koopa Shell come out. Jump onto it, and head back the way you came. Surf over the wall back onto the Freezing Pond. Look around on the water for a trail of Coins leading up a sharp hill. Follow the Coins, then jump up the hill with the Shell. Its very steep, and you will lose speed very quickly. Quickly keep jumping up to the top of the hill, then crash your Shell into the fence. Crawl into the nearby Igloo that's by the fence. Wow, what the hell? The Igloo from inside is far bigger inside than it is outside. Creepy stuff. You may notice that when you start off you will be over a wire mesh grating. Look down, there is your prize. The Star rests there. Head along the left side of the igloo, and Jump across from platform to platform avoiding the freezing cold water. Eventually you will reach the platform with a ? Red Block on it. Nearby this block is a Bob-omb Buddy. Talk to her to open up the cannon resting near the start of the level. This will let you easily access the igloo in the future. Back to the Red ! Block, hit it and grab the Power Flower as Luigi. Quickly go back the way you came, Jumping over platforms, then fall though the mesh gate and grab the nearby Star. ============================= Star 7-Red Coins in the House Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Back to the Igloo I guess! Use the cannon if you unlocked it, otherwise start off by heading to the right, and past a Mr. Blizzard when it pops from the ground. Keep going and when the path splits head towards the right. You will pass a campsite of Goombas with Caps. Ignore them, and keep going. Don't head up the ramp nearby. Keep going into an open area, then head left. You will soon come to the Freezing Pond. Don't fall into the pond. Jump across the pond's waters to a nearby island sorta thing. The water is bad. It will slowly kill you because it is so cold, so avoid dipping into it. If you accidentally fall in, quickly jump out. Head along the island path to the left where a hole in the wall is making large ice sheets. Right here you should notice 2 Flowergirl's in the water. jump on the one that is closest to you to get propelled into the air, and start spinning downwards slowly. Quickly start spinning towards the high walled ledge, where the Whirl from the Freezing Pond Star resides. Like before, don't get it. Break the ! Block on the right to have a Koopa Shell come out. Jump onto it, and head back the way you came. Surf over the wall back onto the Freezing Pond. Look around on the water for a trail of Coins leading up a sharp hill. Follow the Coins, then jump up the hill with the Shell. Its very steep, and you will lose speed very quickly. Quickly keep jumping up to the top of the hill, the crash your Shell into the fence. Crawl into the nearby Igloo that's by the fence. You will appear inside the igloo again. There are only 8 Red Coins that lie inside this Igloo, like the title implies. There are a few Coins under the freezing water, so quickly grab those. There are a few Coins in the air so use the Backflip to reach them. A few Coins are just lying on the ground. Their descriptions for locations are hard to describe but this should take no more than 2 minutes. It is a fairly easy Star. Talk to the Bob-omb Buddy near the entrance/exit of the igloo to point out the locations of the remaining red coins if you are having some trouble finding them. ============================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Another 100 Coins challenge it appears, why must it always be this way. Good for you though, Snowman's Land is chuck full of Coins, so you shouldn't have any trouble reaching 100 in a few minutes. Better yet, like Cool, Cool Mountain, there is a glitch you can do to get infinite coins. Seriously. This really will take just a few minutes, or a little more if you need to use the glitch. From where you start head right until a Mr. Blizzard comes from the ground. Run around him a few times until he dies where he will then spit out 3 Coins. Head back to the left now, towards the ice sculpture. Head right of the sculpture, and you will see 3 Coins on the ground. The first 2 are normal but when you get near the third it will transform into a Money Bag. It will hop around a little bit, so Jump on it for him to die, and spit out 5 more Coins. Turn around and head for the wall. A few Flowergirl's are lined up against the wall, so Ground Pound them all for another three Yellow Coins each. Now, head back to where you started, but keep on heading forward. Keep heading up the hill until you reach another Flowergirl. Kill her for 3 more Coins. Jump off the small cliff you are on now onto the windy valley below. When you have the chance, kill the nearby Fly Guy for more Coins. Head to the left after the wind sweeps you out of the valley. Eventually you will come up upon a campsite. 3 Goombas are wondering around in there, all with Caps on then. Kill all 3 for 3 more Coins, then kill the nearby Flowergirl for another 3 Coins. After you have hoarded all 6 Coins in this small section, head left, but stay to the right of the rampway that leads to Ice Bully. Once you pass the Ice Bully and the Freezing Pond, you will be in another small section of Snowman's Land. Here, walk to the left and Mr. Blizzard will pop out of the ground. Run around him several times to kill him and make him squirt out several Coins. Nearby is a Coin on the ground, which will morph into a Money Bag when you come near it. Jump on it for a few Coins. Near where the Money Bag was, is another Flowergirl. Kill the Flowergirl to recieve 3 more Coins to your totals. Now, head to the Freezing Lake to the left now. There will be another Flowergirl on the way there, so kill her and collect her 3 Coins left behind. When you reach the Freezing Lake, jump over the small area to the island platform. Another Flowergirl will slowly be approaching you, so kill here once she comes near. Head out into the Freezing Lake and kill the Flowergirl closest to the wall and collect here 3 Coins that sink to the bottom of the lake. After you do that, head back to the middle island. A Flowergirl nearby in the water will just be floating there. Jump ontop of her to get a high whirl, and start to spin slowly towards the ground. Keep heading towards the area with the Whirl from the Freezing Pond Star. Once you reach over there, break the ! Box for a Koopa Shell. Once you have the Koopa Shell and are riding it, head back over the cliff into the Freezing Lake. Head towards the tall slope near the ice maker machine. There is a trail of Coins leading up the hill, so grab them as your Shell makes its way up there (You may need to jump once or twice). Once at the top, break the shell then crawl into the Igloo. If you haven't gotten 100 Coins yet (You may have by now) then the remaining 40 or so Coins rest inside the Igloo. Whether in the air or under the water, the Coins, not to mention Red Coins worth 2 Coins each, are in here. There are around a dozen or so Flowergirl's, so another 36 Coins will be added to your totals there. If you still don't have 100 Coins, then you may want to perform the simple glitch. When you leave the igloo, return to the campsite with the three Goomba's. They will give you coins again. Use the cannon to reach the igloo again, enter and exit, then kill the Goombas for more coins. You can repeat this glitch infintely for as many coins as you want. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= We won't be heading to the next course just yet. You are back in the mirror room of course. Enter the mirror room as Luigi, and on some of the pedistals in the room will be a Power Flower. Grab one as Luigi, then run through the mirror. On the other side you can enter the opposite door for a Star, or enter the nearby Wario Painting. Do so. ================= ~Unlocking Wario~ ================= Unlocking Wario can be a bit tough, to be honest. Getting to him is pretty damn annoying. Firstly, the only requirement is to have beaten the 2nd Bowser to have access to the 2nd Floor of the Castle. Next, you need to be Luigi. Sadly, nobody else is able to pull off this stunt. Head up the stairs in the Lobby and through the door. Climb around the spiral staircase then go through the nearby door. Head to the right inside this next large room and go through the next visible door. Finally, you will be in the mirror room. As Luigi, some of the pedistals in the room will have a Power Flower ontop of them. Sweet. Grab one of them and quickly run through the mirror. Cool. On the other side, walk towards the right. The Wario Painting will be in view. Jump into the painting. You will be dropped onto the new course, and what do you know? Its a snow level. Well, more like an ice level. Everything is more like ice. You'll be slipping and sliding everywhere. Start off by sliding down the slide that lies infront of you. Eventually, the slide will end into a bottomless pit. However, fortunately for you, there is a gust of wind though once you fall off. Manuver yourself forwards still, until you drop onto land. There will be a few Bullies on this platform. Ignore them, and head towards the left. There will be four diamond shaped tilting platforms all near each other. Once you are on the fourth one, jump back onto solid land. There is another lone Bully here, but ignore him. Head towards the right and a mesh pathway will be moving back and forth across a gap. Jump on it, then Jump onto solid land once there. Once you are on this large platform, the pathway spilts. Take the path to the right, and eventually it will end. Don't worry, but Jump off and another gust of wind will push you high and will eventually stop once you clear the gap. You will land in another freezing pond. Swim across, then Jump out and across the fence. Once you are out of the lake and across the fence you will be on another rather large section of ice. There are 5 Bullies here, and will all charge at you when your close to them. Jump over them to pass them, then Jump over the next fence. You will be on a small piece of land, with a lot of large and small ice blocks infront of you. Some are moving back and forth, left and right, or even some are moving up and down. It is very hard to describe what to do exactly. Jump carefully from one to the next until you are back on solid ground again. Now that you are back on solid land once and for all, continue forwards along the fenced path. Head past the gated bars once you come to them. Soon enough you will soon see some platforms rising and sinking and poping out and in of the nearby walls. Once again, they move in weird patterns, so simply keep jumping up them until you reach the next level. On this next level you will once again see some more walls of the walls moving back and forth, up and down and the like. When you have the chance keep Jumping up them to the next level. Here, keep heading forwards, past a Mr. Blizzard that is in the ground. Pass him, and the last set of platforms that are coming in and out of the walls will be infront of you. Simply wait for them to be in the right position then continue to Jump up them to the top. Jump into the hole here. You will be dropped down onto a small battlefield, infront of another Ice Bully. He will introduce himself as Chief Chilly, and comment that your moustache sucks and his is the best around. He also comments that he locked up another yellow fellow with a good moustache. So, let's kill him to rescue Wario. Outside of the battlefield is icy cold water. Don't touch it at any cost. When you get the chance, Jump into him or keep Punching him until he finally falls off the edge. He will then proceed to bounce around the outside of the stage, making some of it fall into the water. On a smaller arena now just repeat that same process. After he is in the water again he will bounce around the arena breaking off and even larger portion of the field. On a rather small field push Chief Chilly to the edge, and while he is bouncing hit him again. He will then forfeit the Wario Key. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V N.Course 11:Wet-Dry World~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to Wet-Dry World! Odd name, wouldn't you say? After beating Bowser in the Fire Sea, head up to the second floor of the Castle, and enter the painting of a Skeeter. Wet-Dry World's painting though has a catch. Depending on how high you entered the painting, this will determine the water level when you enter the world. The higher your jump the higher the water level and vise versa. Also within the world are multicolored Diamond Water Raisers (As I call them). These, when touched, will raise or lower the current water level to where the diamond is in the level. There are sevral diamonds placed throughout the world. Easy to find. Also, the world contains 2 sections. The normal area and Downtown. Near start you should see a very, very tall cage. If the water level is very high or you use the cannon and swim along the path, you'll enter Downtown. From Downtown, you are able to do several things you can't do in the regular area. You can swim between the areas at any time. Have fun. ============================= Star 1-Shocking Arrow Lifts! Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Special moving elevators with arrows signifying their directions + Amps that circle them, and you get Shocking Arrow Lifts. Pretty simple Star. Wet-Dry World usually wants you to take the normal route to the Star, but sadly there are always shortcuts in life, and this world is no exception. I'll always list the shortest routes to the Star. Before you Jump into the painting for this Star, make sure you Jump into the bottom to make the water the lowest. When you start off, head left. Keep going until you see a medium ranged high platform, with what looks like stairs on it from above. This sorta makes a backwards L shape. Stand in the corner of the "|" and the "_". By standing in this corner, you will activate the warp. When you reappear, you will soon find out you are near a cannon cover, on a high platform pretty high off the ground. Turn to the right, then grab the edge and fall down. You will land on a small platform, with a fire emitter and a ! Yellow Block. Hit the ! Block, which will reveal this Power Star. Go grab it. ============================= Star 2-Top O' the Town Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= When you enter the painting for Wet-Dry World, Jump into the painting as high as you can go to flood the world to the highest point (That's not all of it, but up like 90% to the top). Now, when you start, swim forwards. When you reach the edge of the level, turn to the left and face a brick slope. Jump up ontop of it. Once you climb up onto the tilted surface, run forwards past a Goomba and a Bob-omb Buddy. Some brick stairs will be infront, leading to a small gap. Jump over the gap. Once you are on the main flat section, if you aren't Mario, ignore the ? Red Block. If you are, grab the Power Flower and turn around and keep floating towards a small platform. The Star is on the platform so grab it. If you aren't Mario, continue along and before you reach the Chuck-Ya, turn left. A long wooden plank will be there. Jump ontop of it and walk over the precariously perched platform. Soon you will reach a spinning platform right near the Star. Grab it. ====================================== Star 3-5 Secrets in the Shallows & Sky Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ====================================== There are 5 hidden secrets hidden secretly about this secret world. Seriously now, like I said you are on another hunt to find 5 secrets, but they aren't exactly "Coins" secrets. You will find out soon. Start the level with the water as low as possible. From where you start when dropped to the bottom, head to the left and onto another platform. Go past the fire breather, Skeeter and Blue Coin Switch until you see a metal block in the wall. You can push this block. Push it in until you get the first Secret. Head to the left some more and drop down into the shallow water. There is another metal block here near the wall. Push it to the left until the block is under a ! Yellow Block. Get ontop of the brick and break the block for the second Secret. While you are pushing you will earn the third secret as well (How odd). Head back onto the platform we just dropped ourselves off of and wait for the Heave-Ho to be approaching you and facing away from the wall. Walk into his heaving device thing to be flung up to the next level. Repeat this same process with another nearby Heave-Ho to be flung to the next level. Ignore this Heave-Ho and the Amp and go left until your near a round small tower. Get ontop of this tower (Don't fall down though) and break the ! Block for your fourth secret. Head to the left on the same high area, and walk towards a ! Red Switch. Activate it to have some stairs lead to the top of the wire cage leading towards another ! Yellow Block ontop of it. Break it open for the fifth and final secret. The Star will appear on a platform quite a distance away from your location. From the top of the cage, Long Jump over to the nearby platform jutting out of the wall, with a Goomba and a Bob-omb Buddy there. Head to the right on that platform to find a Diamond Water Raiser. Rise the water to the top, then get in it and swim down under the water to where the Power Star is. Grab it to clear the level. ================================== Star 4-Express Elevator-Hurry Up!! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi ================================== You all love and know shortcuts. Heh, this Star is a rather large one at that! Not to mention, you save a lot of time and its literally a backflip away. So of course, you want to start off as Luigi (The Luigi Cap is downtown, and you can swim back to uptown once downtown). Also, it is highly reccommended that you start off this Star whilst the water is at its highest level to make this quick and simple. Once you start off, head forwards from where you start into the water. Keep swimming and make a left once you reach the big mesh wall. Take a left from the mesh tower. Keep swimming then head onto land, and ignore the Goombas. Jump up the large stairs and ignore the Bob-omb Buddy who exclaims that there is a wildfire of Wario Caps in the world. Who cares? Walk under the nearby ? Red Block over the gap. Jump and break the ? Red Block to reveal none other than a Power Flower! Run forwards now, hurry, hurry! Go past Chuck-Ya and to the left, then jump ontop of the big and long wooden plank. Walk on it, ignoring the Amps that can't hurt you. When you reach the spinning platform, head 1 platform to the left of it and face away from the large cage with the Power Star. Backflip and twirl down to the Star, and you go right through the Cage. Amazing! If your Flower Power runs out, its easy to retry. This Star is possible with the Backflip from many different positions so do whichever suits you best (The above I personally like). Simply grab the Star (Don't fall onto the actual elevator!) to clear the level. If you want to do it the normal way, then that too is pretty simple. At the top of the town, get on top of the large metal cage with the water at its lowest level. You'll need to use the Heave-Ho's to reach the top again. On the side of the cage are two brown platforms. One has a Star inside the cage. The one to the left doesn't. Fall onto the left platform to make it move downwards. Fall off the platform to the bottom of the world and break the brick there and get inside the cage. When the elevator falls, jump onto it. When it reaches the top again you will be right next to the Star. =============================== Star 5-Go to Town for Red Coins Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody =============================== Before entering Wet-Dry World, enter the painting as high as you can go so the enitre world is flooded and the Star will be easily accessed from there. Once you start, head forwards and into the water. Keep swimming towards the very tall mesh wire structure. Once you are close to it jump out into the structure. Start diving downwards once you are inside the mesh grating. At the bottom the path continues to form a tunnel. Its pretty long, so I advise you to swim as quickly as you can before you completely run out of air. Keep heading inside the tunnel, following the arrows until you reach 2 mesh walls in the tunnel. There are holes under and above them so you can easily squeeze through there. Once out of the tunnel you will be in the Downtown area of Wet-Dry World. Head to the left and keep swimming downwards. You will see a Diamond Water Raiser. Hit it to lower the water to the very bottom, revealing all of Downtown. Now that you are downtown, you need to find all 8 Red Coins that reside here. Almost all of them are hidden in crates, but the crates are too easy to find, but harder to actually reach. Start off from the Diamond Water Raiser by backflipping onto a thin brown wall. There are 2 crates up here, and each of them contains your first and second Red Coin. From the blasted bricks, head to the right and up a few large steps and you will be near what appears to be a church. A Red Coin rests inside the little alcove in it so grab it. Backflip to the pole ontop of the church (Also, a brick block near the church contains a Red Coin if you didn't figure it out already) and climb to the top, and head across the bridge to a small platform with a Diamond Water Raiser. Don't activate it. Face to the left towards the rooftops of some houses. Long Jump over there. Break a brick there for another Red Coin, then Jump to another nearby roof for the 6th Red Coin. From there, head all the way back to the top via the pole ontop of the church. This time around face to the right and Long Jump over thatta way. You should land on another rooftop with a brick containing the 7th Red Coin. Jump to another nearby rooftop and break the final brick for the last and final, 8th Red Coin. The Star will now appear in the little alcove in the church. Go over there and grab the Star. =================================== Star 6-Quick Race Through Downtown! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi needed =================================== Before entering Wet-Dry World, enter the painting as high as you can go so the enitre world is flooded and the Star will be easily accessed from there. Once you start, head forwards and into the water. Keep swimming towards the very tall mesh wire structure. Once you are close to it jump out into the structure. Start diving downwards once you are inside the mesh grating. At the bottom the path continues to form a tunnel. Its pretty long, so I advise you to swim as quickly as you can before you completly run out of air. Keep heading inside the tunnel, following the arrows until you reach 2 mesh walls in the tunnel. There are holes under and above them so you can easily squeeze through there. Once out of the tunnel you will be in the Downtown area of Wet-Dry World. Head to the left and keep swimming downwards. You will see a Diamond Water Raiser. Hit it to lower the water to the very bottom, revealing all of Downtown. One the water has been completly drained, turn around and head towards the ? Red Block in the distance. Grab the Luigi Cap along the way if you need it. Break the ? Red Block and grab the Power Flower that lies inside to become invisible. Now that Luigi is invisible for a limited time, we can finally access the cage in the corner of Downtown. Run back the way you came, slipping through the walls that you come to. Once you reach the mesh cage quickly run through it. Once inside the cage, Backflip to a higher level. From there you can easily Jump up a few stairs, and this all leads directly to the Power Star. ================================== Star 7-Soaked Silver Stars Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario needed ================================== All right, then. Its time to collect another batch of 5 Silver Stars hidden throughout the level! You are going need the water level to be at the very top to make this pretty simple, so do so and this Star will be a breeze. Start off by swimming forwards towards the giant mesh gate, then taking a left onto land with a Goomba and a Bob-omb Buddy. Head forwards until you reach a ? Red Block. Grab the Power Flower as Mario, and float high until a Silver Star is visible in the distance in the air. Float all the way over to it and grab it. You will fall down and do you Star dance. Yay, yay. Fall from there into the water, and start swimming right and diving downwards. There is a bridge leading to the upper level submerged underwater. Under that bridge is another Silver Star. Collect it, and start heading back the way you came towards the starting point. From where you started, keep swimming backwards, then heading underwater towards a small section of raised land with a Diamond Water Raiser. Near it is another Silver Star. Swim to the right of the Diamond and there is another platform made of bricks. This platform contains your fourth Silver Star. From this point, head back to start. From start, keep swimming downwards until you see a Diamond Water Raiser all the way on the bottom on the ground. Activate it to lower the water level to its lowest point. Now, head back past start towards an area with some bricks. Breakk all of the bircks and one of them will reveal the fifth Silver Star. Now, the Power Star will appear in the Star Sphere high above the world on a platform. Head back some more towards an L shaped platform. Stay between the | and the _ to be warped to the Cannon in the level. Hop inside the cannon and shoot towards the far left corner of the highest level of the world. From this point, head right over some gaps to reach a Diamond Water Raiser. This will raise the water to its highest point. Now, you should see a long line of wooden platforms floating on the surface of the water. From where you are, head along those platforms until you reach the end, where you are a Backflip away from the Star. ========================================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Luigi, Wario ========================================= Once again, the task of reaching a shiny prize at 100 Coins becomes annoying once again. It isn't too bad, though. Wet-Dry World is full of Coins like Snowman's Land, and if you collect everything in the uptown area, there is no need to actually head to downtown. Unless you run out of Coins. No big deal really. Enter the world with the water level at its lowest. Start off by killing the Skeeter that always is near you at the start of the level. Collect his 3 Coins, then head right to an area with a few brick blocks. Smash them all with Punches to reveal 3 Coins that comes out of all of them. Head back the way you came, and onto the raised platform. Kill the nearby Skeeter and collect his 3 Coins. Nearby where you killed him is a Blue Coin Switch. Activate it, and collect the 6 Blue Coins along the edge of the platform. Head over to the corner of the level, where you found a secret a few Stars while back. Move the giant block until the shadow of the ! Block can be seen, then jump ontop of the box and break the ! Block. 10 Coins will pop out so quickly retrieve all of them. Head over to the Diamond Water Raiser closest to the bottom of the level, and activate it. Then climb up the platform with the Amp circling around it, and activate the Diamond Water Raiser. Head onto a nearby wooden long platform. On it is another ! Block with 3 Coins in it. Hit the ! Switch to make another path leading upwards to another Diamond Water Raiser. Hit it. By now, you should have the water level raised high enough to reach the highest area of the level. Swim over to the rised black bridge like structure and run up it to the top of the level. Head over to a platform an Amp is circling around constantly. There are a circle of 8 Coins around this platform so grab them all. Jump up onto the raised structre and break the ! Block for an additional 10 Coins. Head over to the cage that contains the Star for Express Elevator-Hurry Up!! and activate the ! Switch to make a stairway of blocks. Jump up on the blocks to reach the top of that cage. There is a ! Block here that contains 10 Yellow Coins (Not to mention a secret. You may have all 5 now but don't bother with that Star). From the top of the cage, Long Jump over to the little section of platform sticking out of the wall with a Goomba wearing a Wario Cap. Get over there and head to the right and activate the Diamond Water Raiser. Kill the Goomba for another Coin. Head up to the left and jump up the nearby platforms to reach a platform with a Chuck-Ya on it. When you have the chance to, run behind him/her/it and pick it up, then chuck it anywhere (Not at the water because that ruins the point of this) to make him break, and to reveal 5 more Coins. From here, head onto the long wooden platform to the Top O' the Town Star and collect the Coins along that platform, and the spinning platform up ahead. If you don't have 100 Coins yet, head towards the cage the leads all the way to downtown. Once in Downtown, drain the water level, then collect the Coin Circles in front of the "Church" and get all the Red Coins. There are also many Coins on rooftops too. This place holds an easy 100 Coins Star. Not too hard at all. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= Head to the right of the Skeeter painting and eventually you will reach a tiny painting with some Mushrooms on it. Tall Tall Mountain is this next course. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V O.Course 12:Tall Tall Mountain~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to Tall Tall Mountain! This incredibly high peaking mountain has an ton of secrets, and a few pesky things to get in your way. Falling from the mountain doesn't rarely results in your death. Rather, you will land on a lower area of the mountain usually and will have to spend more time climbing back to your previous location. Your going to need to be fast and have good jumping power, so avoid using Wario unless you need him for a specific Star. Luigi shines brightly on this course, so you probably want to be him for most of these Stars. ============================= Star 1-Scale the Mountain Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= In case you missed the intro, Tall Tall Mountain is quite literal to its name. It indeed is a very tall mountain. You will be traversing many gaps and needing to go across very narrow ledges, so let's get started. Your first objective is to reach the Star at the top of the mountain. Not too hard, until you see for yourself. Start off by heading forwards towards a trio of Goombas. Head along the path past them then Jump over the gap, and Long Jump over the following gap. Once you are past those gaps, you will be near a group of Mushrooms just floating mysteriously in air. Wow. Some Red Coins are on them, but for now simply ignore them as you don't have business with them until much later. After you have followed the curving path past those mushrooms, you will be in a small field with many holes in the ground. Monty Moles occasionally appear. The Monty Moles will be annoying and throw rocks at you, but they are pretty easy to avoid. Head past all the Monty Mole Holes and past the nearby rock wall with platforms. Some consider using it a shortcut, but the normal route is proven to be just as fast. Continue along the side of the mountain, and along the path you will find a trio of Bob-ombs all in sync with eachother. Quickly run past them all. Even if they spot you, a little damage makes no difference at all. Now in this slightly larger area, a Chuck-Ya is constantly bubbling around like any jerk would. Run past him continuing to the left and forwards. A very thin wooden bridge should be visible. Walk across it to a small platform on the other side. Jump over to another nearby platform, then a little distance upwards towards a higher ledge. The path has now widened out for the better. A waterfall is booming near you in this section, along with a Ukiki following you and an Fly Guy spinning around. Pass them all and hop onto the nearby log. Start walking on it slowly towards the right, but enough so you don't fall off. This will move the log over to another position where more path is available. Jump over to it. There is a nearby pole. Fun. Pound it into the ground and a Mushroom will appear. Grab it to become gigantic size. Start running upwards on the path as usual. Many bowling balls are constanly rolling down this black pathed section. Ram into them all, you easily destroy them. By the time you reach the source of the falling bowling balls, your Mushroom power will probably have ended. Continue by sliding down the hill and to the left, where you will be near a group of Goombas. You can easily kill them all, but it makes no difference in your travels. Soon past them you will come to a large gap. Long Jump across it to the other side. If you fall, hopefully you didn't miss the waterfalls' river, or your stuck right back at start and will have to traverse the mountain all over again to reach this point. Be careful to avoid missing. Once here you should see a small white cloud. Quickly run past him, because if you are too close to him for too long, he will blow at you and you'll be knocked back to the bottom of the level and your hat will be blown off if you weren't Yoshi. Once you're past the cloud, hop into some green vined area with a few Goombas. The green vines hinder your Jumping power, so at the other side, Double Jump a few times to grab onto the ledge. Once you've climbed up, continue along the path. There is hardly anything left to hinder you from reaching the summit of the mountain. Just 1 more thin path and your done. You will soon come up to a small bridge near the waterfall, and its beautiful source. Carefully walk across this bridge, don't fall off as that isn't a very smart thing to do. Continue along the path, and you will finally be all the way at the top of the mountain. The Power Star is nearby, so grab it. ================================= Star 2-Mystery of the Monkey Cage Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================= Start off by heading forwards towards a trio of them thar Goombas. Kill the Goombas. Head along the path past them then Jump over the gap, and Long Jump over the following gap. Once you are past those gaps, you will be near a group of Mushrooms just floating mysteriously in air. Some Red Coins are on them, but for now simply ignore them as you don't have business with them until a later Star. After you have followed the curving path past those mushrooms, you will be in a small field with many holes in the ground. Monty Moles occasionally appear. The Monty Moles will be annoying and throw rocks at you, but they are pretty easy to avoid. Head past all the Monty Mole Holes and past the nearby rock wall with platforms. Some consider using it a shortcut, but stick with the normal route. Continue along the side of the mountain, and along the path you will find a trio of Bob-ombs all in sync with eachother. Quickly run past them all. Even if they spot you, just keep running to avoid them. Now in this slightly larger area, a Chuck-Ya is constantly bubbling around once again. Run past him continuing to the left and forwards. A very thin wooden bridge should be visible. Walk across it to a small platform on the other side. Jump over to another nearby platform, then a little distance upwards towards a higher ledge. The path has now widened out for the better. A waterfall is booming near you in this section, along with a Ukiki following you and an Fly Guy spinning around. Pass them all and hop onto the nearby log. Don't grab the Ukiki or it will steal your hat, and you will have to catch it again to retrieve your hat back. Start walking on the log slowly towards the right, but enough so you don't fall off. This will move the log over to another position where more path is available. Jump over to it. There is a nearby pole. Like before, pound it into the ground and a mushroom will appear. Grab it to become huge. Start running upwards on the path as usual. Many bowling balls are constanly rolling down this black pathed section. Ram into them all, you easily destroy them. By the time you reach the source of the falling bowling balls, your Mushroom power will probably have ended. Continue by sliding down the hill and to the left, where you will be near a group of Goombas. You can easily kill them all, but it makes no difference in your travels. Soon past them you will come to a large gap. Long Jump across it to the other side. If you fall, hopefully you didn't miss the waterfalls' river, or your stuck right back at start. Be careful to avoid missing the jump. Once here you should see a small white cloud. Quickly run past him, because if you are too close to him for too long, he will blow at you and you'll be knocked back to the bottom of the level and your hat will be blown off if you weren't Yoshi. Once your past the cloud, hop into some green vined area with a few Goombas. The green vines hinder your Jumping power, so at the other side, Double Jump a few times to grab onto the ledge. Once you've climbed up, continue along the path. There is hardly anything left to hinder you from reaching the summit of the mountain. Just 1 more thin path and your done. You will soon come up to a small bridge near the waterfall, and its beautiful source. Carefully walk across this bridge, don't fall off as that isn't a very smart thing to do. Continue along the path, and you will finally be all the way at the top of the mountain. Once at the top, you will find another Ukiki. He will try to avoid you, so run around and soon enough you will catch him. It's best to use running dives when you make him run into a corner, as it usually results in an easy catch. You will be asked if you want to let him go. Even though he is a pesky monkey, let him go anyways. He said he would give you a nice prize, so, what is there to lose? Follow him down the mountain trail until he stops. He will Jump onto the nearby Monkey Cage you probably saw earlier, and make it fall and break. The Star will be revealed, and will appear on a platform to the right of the waterfall below. Jump and grab it. ================================ Star 3-Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ================================ Fortuantely, this is one of the easier Red Coin challenges. Not too much trouble actually. A bit time consuming if you are constantly falling down in the second phase, but otherwise pretty easy. Continue forwards from where you start and head past the trio of Goombas. Long Jump over both gaps that are infront of you. You will now be infront of a field of Mushrooms I told you earilier these Mushrooms would be of an importance eventually, and here they are. Several of these mushrooms contain red coins on them. Jump onto the big mushroom right near your point right now, to earn Red Coin number one. Jump to another medium sized mushroom to gain the second Red Coin. From there, Jump to a really small Mushroom, then to another tiny mushroom right near it to pick up the third Red Coin. Jump back to a mushroom that's a bit bigger then to a pretty large mushroom after that one. That last Mushroom has the fourth Red Coin. From here, simply jump back to the main path again. Now that you have half of the Red Coins in your possesion, let's go get the other half. Once you are back on the path, continue along until you reach the field of Monty Mole holes. Head to the left, and get up close to a ledge out of the mountain wall. Turn around from the ledge so your back is facing away from it. Do a Backward Somersult onto the ledge platform. Turn around once you land on it, and easily hop up to a nearby ledge, The fifth Red Coin is perched just above this platform. Hop down 1 ledge, and face the small ledge where you just earned the previous Red Coin. Do another Backwards Somersult to a higher platform, and it too has a Red Coin. Once you earn the sixth Red Coin, pull off yet another Backwards Somersult. Walk forwards on this next ledge until another higher ledge becomes visible. Do another Backwards Somersult onto it. Now, you should land on a higher ledge on the side of the mountain. Do a Double Jump once you are there, which is high enough to grab onto the next ledge nearby. Before doing so you should have gotten the seventh Red Coin, which couldn't be missed. Double Jump to the next higher ledge. This is the final ledge you need to visit. The side you are trying to get up on is a bit slanted, which isn't very good. Quickly Backflip onto the platform or Double Jump onto it and grab the 8th and final Red Coin. The Power Star will appear on another large Mushroom far below. Jump right off this ledge to the Monty Mole field. Turn the camera around to make it face the Mushroom, then Long Jump to it and claim the Star. ============================== Star 4-Mysterious Mountainside Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================== Well, I must go ahead and simply state this is one of my favorite Stars in the game, because the main section is so much fun. I really don't know why, but I'm sure you will love it too. You simply need to reach the area with the big bad blowing cloud, so if you are intrested in simply finding out only how to accomplish beating the Star, skip down several paragraphs for the slide section. Start off by heading forwards towards a trio of them thar Goombas. Kill the Goombas. Head along the path past them then Jump over the gap, and Long Jump over the following gap. Once you are past those gaps, you will be near a group of Mushrooms just floating mysteriously in air. Wow. Some Red Coins are on them, but for now simply ignore them as we don't have business with them until much later. After you have followed the curving path past those mushrooms, you will be in a small field with many holes in the ground. Monty Moles occasionally appear. The Monty Moles will be annoying and throw rocks at you, but they are pretty easy to avoid. Head past all the Monty Mole Holes and past the nearby rock wall with platforms. Some consider using it a shortcut, but the normal route is proven to be just as fast. Continue along the side of the mountain, and along the path you will find a trio of Bob-ombs all in sync with eachother. Quickly run past them all. Ignore them if they start following you. Now in this slightly larger area, a Chuck-Ya is constantly bubbling around as usual. Run past him continuing to the left and forwards. A very thin wooden bridge should be visible. Walk across it to a small platform on the other side. Jump over to another nearby platform, then a little distance upwards towards a higher ledge. The path has now widened out for the better. A waterfall is booming near you in this section, along with a Ukiki following you and an Fly Guy spinning around. Pass them all and hop onto the nearby log. Start walking on it slowly towards the right, but enough so you don't fall off. This will move the log over to another position where more path is available. Jump over to it. There is a nearby pole. You can Ground Pound the pole into the ground the recieve a Mushroom. You become huge if you grab it, so get it and run into the falling bowling balls to collect some extra lives after a short time. By the time you reach the source of the falling bowling balls, your Mushroom power will probably have ended. Continue by sliding down the hill and to the left, where you will be near a group of Goombas. You can easily kill them all, but it makes no difference in your travels. Soon past them you will come to a large gap. Long Jump across it to the other side. If you fall, hopefully you didn't miss the waterfalls' river, or your stuck right back at start if you fall. Don't miss the jump. Once here you should see a small white cloud. Quickly run past him, because if you are too close to him for too long, he will blow at you and you'll be knocked back to the bottom of the level and your hat will be blown off if you weren't Yoshi. Now, several feet infront of the cloud is a string of Coins leading into the wall. Look familar? As with the shortcut in Cool, Cool Mountain's Frosty Slide, jump into the wall here and you will be teleported to a whole new area. Welcome to Tall Tall Mountain's Secret Slide! This slide is a complete monster, and there are plenty of oppertunities to easily fall off the edge and out of the world. Don't worry though. If you jump right back into the Tall Tall Mountain picture after dying, you will reappear back in the Secret Slide. From where you start, head into the beginning of the slide and turn around to find a 1-Up. At least now if you fall off you can keep recollecting this 1-Up so you have infinite chances. Start off into the slide and keep heading down. You will quickly be picking up speed. Eventually the track will make a hard left turn then another hard right turn. Think of it like a bobsled track. After quickly sliding down some more you will see a trail of signs pointing you to a wooden section of track. Follow the signs. If you continue along the normal white slide path you will fall into a skull head and die. How thoughtful. You need to be going fast as the wood is at a slant, so you need speed to bounce onto it. The track will revert back to its normal white color again. Continue sliding along the wonderous path, and soon enough if your looking at the Touch Screen Map you will notice 2 gaps pretty close to eachother. Hold on to the Up button to ensure you make it through. Then, the slide will become circular, but the path to the left quickly ends. Hold right to avoid being pulled to the left then wait for the path to straighten out again. Then its a matter of getting through a few turns to win. Slide into the hole, or Jump when on solid ground to be brought to the Star. How lucky you are. Grab the Power Star and finish the level. =================================== Star 5-Blast to the Lonely Mushroom Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Luigi =================================== Well, Luigi really makes this too easy. Have you noticed a mushroom placed really far away from land? Did you also notice that a Power Star was placed on it? No cannons are needed to reach it with Luigi! Abusing his Backflip abilities couldn't make this Star any easier. Start off by heading forwards towards a trio of them thar Goombas. Kill the Goombas. Head along the path past them then Jump over the gap, and Long Jump over the following gap. Once you are past those gaps, you will be near a group of mushrooms just floating mysteriously in air. Wow. Some Red Coins are on them, but for now simply ignore them as we don't have business with them until much later. After you have followed the curving path past those mushrooms, you will be in a small field with many holes in the ground. Monty Moles occasionally appear here. The Monty Moles will be annoying and throw rocks at you, but they are pretty easy to avoid. Head past all the Monty Mole Holes and past the nearby rock wall with platforms. Some consider using it a shortcut, but the normal route is proven to be just as fast. Continue along the side of the mountain, and along the path you will find a trio of Bob-ombs all in sync with eachother. Quickly run past them all. Ignore their silly antics if they follow you. Now in this slightly larger area, a Chuck-Ya is constantly bubbling around like normal. Run past him continuing to the left and forwards. A very thin wooden bridge should be visible. Walk across it to a small platform on the other side. Jump over to another nearby platform, then a little distance upwards towards a higher ledge. The path has now widened out for the better. Now, look towards the Lonely Mushroom far in the distance. See it? Can't really miss it. Face away from it and make a Backflip. Steer Luigi onto the Mushroom, then grab the Star. With any other character, get a running start on the rolling log (but don't make it move from its original spot), then make a long jump at the end. You will fly down to the mushroom. There's also a Wing Cap on the level you can use with Mario to reach this Star, or hell, use the cannon. The Bob-omb Buddy is on a floating island near the Ukiki and Fly Guy within jumping reach, and the cannon is near the bottom of the world, hidden to find. I think a warp is needed to reach it, or you can fall off a ledge to reach it as well. ================================== Star 6-5 Secrets of the Mountain Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario needed ================================== As if a Red Coin hunt just isn't enough for us, you have the daunting task of reaching your necks out to reach another five secrets. Unfortunately for you in this course, some looking around is gonna end up with a load of nothing. All five secrets are inside a Coin circle in the middle of nothing. They are simply floating off course above the pit of death. So, since Long Jumping wouldn't get you anywhere, I think its right Mario had his time to shine again. His Wing Cap is needed, of course. If you don't start off as Mario, that isn't a big deal. There is a Mario Cap pretty close to the summit of the mountain. Start off by turning around and facing a tree that lies behind you. Jump to the top of it to disturb another owl. Grab onto him and ride him up to the very top of Tall Tall Mountain and drop off. If you aren't Mario, follow the path down to a Goomba with the Cap, then return to the summit. Anyways, if you are flying high above the summit when holding onto the owl, its best to circle around the summit to lower the owl, until your sure you won't overpass it when falling off. Now, as Mario, hit the ? Red Block and grab the Wings for the Wing Cap. Now, if you skipped the intro, there are 5 clusters of floating Coin circles out in the open circling the summit of the mountain. The Coin in the middle of each one is a Secret Coin. So, with the Wing Cap aim for a Coin clusters and Triple Jump. Trust me on this fact, this isn't a very fun Star at all. All 5 Coin circles are placed at the same height, so that means its impossible to collect all five on one run around the mountain, so don't even bother trying it. After your first takeoff, head right for any Coin cluster, aiming and changing your height accordingly so you reach the Coin. After collecting the first Secret, turn around and land back at the summit of the mountain. Grab another Wing Cap and Triple Jump into the air and fly towards another Coin cluster with a Secret you haven't earned yet. The rest of this level pretty much plays in this exact same fashion. Get a Secret, return to the summit of the mountain, grab another Wing Cap, get another Secret. Once you have earned all 5 Secrets around the mountain, the Power Star will appear near the ? Red Block, so simply fly from your current position and easily reach it. ======================================== Star 7-Breathtaking View From the Bridge Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ======================================== You may have noticed among trips to the summit of the tall mountain the very top of the waterfall, and the fact there is a ledge leading to a small alcove inside it. Indeed, as your final Star of this world, the Star involves that hidden factor, and the Black Brick behind it. You know what that means. Wario is needed for this mission. Don't worry though about not being him at the beginning. You will be able to pick up one of his Caps near the top summit of the mountain, which is where you are going anyways. Turn around from where you start and climb up to the top of the nearby tree that is there to make the kind owl appear once again. Grab onto his legs as you ride him up to the top of the mountain. Once you reach the top, let go of him as you hopefully didn't miss the summit (You will probably die as a result if you do miss). The Power Star, as I already mentioned, isn't at the summit. Start climbing down it. There is a Wario Cap nearby the summit, so grab it if you aren't Wario. Now, continue following the path down the mountain slightly until you reach a small bridge that extends a little distance from the waterfall, with 5 Coins on it. Turn the camera around so it faces the waterfall, and look for a pretty thin bridge jutting out near the waterfall. Walk onto it, but be careful to not fall off. The bridge simply lasts a few steps when your Wario. It leads you into a small alcove inside the waterfall. There is a Black Brick in this room. Incase this is not obvious to you already, break the block. Another Power Star will appear for your taking. =========================== Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Mario =========================== Another 100 Coins collecting task. I know I know, you are all sick and tired of doing this lame type of Star. Tall Tall Mountain has 105-ish Coins without the neccesity of heading into the Mysterious Mountainside. Good thing too. If you get your 100th Coin on that slide, no friggin way your gonna be able to reach the Star, unless the Star appears on one of the few flat areas of the slide. Simple geomerty and speed really. Worst of all, there is a metal gate near the Mysterious Mountainside Star. If you finish the course you will be trapped in the cage so you are stuck there, forcing you to restart the 100 Coin Star attempt. Anyways, you are going to have to venture over death many times during this Star, and if you die, feel free to throw your DS at the closest wall and curse in anger. I do that too. Mario is able to collect nearly everything, so it is best to start out as him. His Cap is near the top of the mountain. If you forgot how to get there, just jump onto the top of the tree in the beginning and climb to the top. Use the owl to reach the summit with ease. As you start off your mountain trek, head to the right and down the slope instead of up the slope with the trio of Goombas. Eventually you will come to the bottom of the slope and reach the wall of a gap. There is a circle of Coins nearby, so collect all 8 of them. Also, a Crazy Box is here, but it is highly likely to bounce you right off the level, so I advise you not to take the box. Risk it if you want for 5 more coins. Head back up the mountain slope you just came from, back to where you started. Once you are back on the main path of the world, continue heading forwards until you get close to the gap. The trio of Goombas you saw before are just waddling around here, so kill them all and take the 3 Coins that they give out kindly. Head forward and Long Jump over the gap. Then Long Jump over the next gap that shortly follows. The Scary 'Shrooms are infront of you now. Jump ontop of the first one and collect the Red Coin on it. Nearby this mushroom is another mushroom with another Red Coin so collect that as well. Head over the next few small and tiny mushrooms carefully and collect the Red Coin on the smallest one, then jump over a few more to get the fourth Red Coin on a medium sized mushroom. By now, you should have over 20 Coins. Jump back to solid land. Head along on the path continuing to the left. Eventually you will come upon the area with a ton of Monty Mole Holes. Avoid those damned rock throwing moles and head to the left. You should see a ledge shortly to the left. Jump up ontop of it. You will see another Red Coin here. Double Jump or Backflip onto the next ledge, and take the Red Coin there. Jump across the precarious platforms using Backflips mostly to get to the top section. Head to the left for another Red Coin. Head onto the green mesh grating for the last Red Coin. The Red Coin Star will appear, but we don't need it. Head back carefully to the bottom area with the Monty Mole's. Head forwards and to the left once you are back down there. Once you are past all of the Monty Mole's, you will pass another corner, and 3 Bob-ombs will be walking around on the ground. Pick them up and throw them all at the wall for them all to explode. Take the single Coin they each spit out after their death. Continue along the path around the next corner until a Chuck-Ya is in view, circling around the platform as the little jerk always does. Stand a little ways away from him, then when he comes to try and grab you, Backflip over him, then grab him from behind and chuck him to the side, then collect the 5 Yellow Coins that pop out once he goes explodes on the ground. After collecting his Coins, head continually to the left and over the very narrow bridge. There are 5 Coins on this bridge so grab them all. Jump over to the next ledge, then jump up the small hill to the middle portion of the mountain. A Ukiki and a Fly Guy are in this section. Kill the Fly Guy with a Ground Pound and collect the 2 Coins that come out of him. After that, jump onto the giant log and run to the right (Not too much, however) to make the log start rolling to the left. Once you are close enough, jump over to the next ledge. Run around the log several times to make five coins appear. Ground Pound the log into the ground. A Mushroom will soon appear. Grab the Mushroom to grow super sized! Bulldoze your way through this next section, easily killing any bowling balls along the way. Pass the next corner, head up the bowling alley, slide down the hill and you will see another trio of Goombas. When you are supersized, and plow over Goombas, they each give 2 Coins instead of one. Easily kill them all for another 6 Coins. By this time you should have shrunken back again. Keep heading forward until you reach the large gap by the waterfall. Long Jump your way across it, then continue along the path and past the blowing Lakitu cloud. Nearby are a trail of Coins leading inside the Mysterious Mountainside. Collect the Coins, but don't enter the mountainside slide. Head along the path some more until you pass over a green grass section with 4 Goombas. Because your jumping is hindered in this section, Punch all 4 Goombas for their Coins. Get out of the thick underbrush and continue along the path. There will soon be a thin bridge leading across the waterfall, with 5 Coins on it. DON'T GET THE COINS! You want to save them for last to make the ending of the Star simple. Jump over the 5 Coins and jump to the next ledge. Back flip up for the next 5 Coins, then continue to the top of the mountain. As Mario, a ? Red Block will be waiting here. Grab it for the Wings to fall. Incase you don't remember, 5 Coins circles, each with 9 Coins in them are around the top of the mountain. Triple Jump into flight and circle the top of the mountain for about 15 seconds and collect as many Coins as you can (After about 15 seconds you will be too low to get anymore Coins). Fly back to the summit of the mountain and get another Wings. Repeat this process. Whatever you do, don't get the 100th Coin while flying. Just don't. Stop collecting the Coins in the circles when you have 95-99 Coins, and guess what now. Head back down the mountain and to the bridge overlooking the beautiful waterfall. There are the last 5 Coins, so collect them. That's every Coin in the world I covered for the most part. You can always risk heading to the mountainside slide for the remaining few Coins if you can't find anymore. Hard time getting the Star, though. Good luck! Also, if the Star appears in the air because you got the last coin from a coin ring, then you can fly into the Star and still collect it. You will die before the game says you got it, however. Just remember to save when you get thrown out of the level. If you get a game over, though, from doing this, you won't get to keep the Star. Make sure you have a life to spare if you need to get the Star and suicide. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= After the completion of Tall Tall Mountain, you have probably earned at least 50 Stars by now, giving you access to the Third Floor of the Castle. However, there is still one more course left on the Second Floor, so let's explore it. Look for a door that isn't indented into the wall (Ala the Snowman's Land door). That door leads to a room with 3 paintings, all of a small and large Goomba. This is the Tiny-Huge Island entrance. The middle picture is a fake, it contains nothing. If you enter the left painting, the world will be very tiny as you go through it. Entering the gigantic right painting makes the world seem like your an ant, as even Goombas tower over you. Some fancy footwork on your part is gonna be neccessary for World 13! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V P.Course 13:Tiny-Huge Island~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah, now this is an awesome world. One of the most annoying, but a cool world with an awesome concept. As stated earlier, enter the left painting makes the world seem tiny under your footsteps while entering the larger right painting makes you seem like an ant. However, there are Warp Pipes scattered throughout Tiny-Huge Island. Entering one while tiny makes you huge, and vice versa. Fancy footwork and constant pipe hopping make this a puzzle solving world. ========================================= Star 1-Pluck the Pirhana Flower Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Mario, Wario, Luigi ========================================= As you enter Tiny-Huge Island, make sure to enter through the left painting into Tiny Island. This is the easiest path to the Star unless you wanna spend an extra 10 minutes or so go through into Tiny Island. When you start, ignore the Goombas. They can't even harm you (Technically they can, but no damage dealt). Anyways, look towards the left and you should see a few islands sticking out of the water. Jump onto the nearby one with a tree on it. Climb to the top of the tree and do a handstand on it. Then, aim yourself at the next island, higher out of the water with a Warp Pipe on it. Land on the island, then jump inside the Pipe. After Jumping into the Warp Pipe, you will be spit back out in like, another world, or something to that extent. Your on Huge Island now, and damn are those there Pirhana Plants out to get you now! How funny. For a Pirhana Plant that is so damn tall, a single Punch will knock them out for good. The Star is located here, but in order to recive it we need to kill all five Pirhana Plants that infest this large Island. From where you exit out of the Pipe, a Pirhana Plant should suddenly spring up towards the left. Kill it with a Punch. If you were close enough, to the right on the edge of the island is another large Pirhana Plant. Knock him out with a Punch too. Now, head right towards the other corner of the island. A third Pirhana Plant will appear, so another Punch will do the trick. Head a little bit more to the right, and directly across from the place the first Pirhana Plant you killed was to find another Pirhana Plant. Another Punch for him and he's down. The fifth and final Pirhana Plant lies behind the Warp Pipe. Get near him and Punch him, and now that everyone, except for you, is dead, the Power Star will appear near the Warp Pipe. Go grab it. As a little note, if you fall off the island by accident you should simply drown in the water. It takes too long to get back to the spot so don't even bother wasting your time doing so. ==================================== Star 2-To the Tip Top of Huge Island Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ==================================== Wonderful. Normally, this should be the first Star of the world if you follow the basic concept of most other worlds. But that aside, your going to need to be tiny to claim the Star, but actually getting to the top is faster while in Tiny Island. So, start off by going through the left painting to be huge. Once you are dropped onto the small island with several Goombas, head over to the middle island with the tree. Do the same as before with the previous Star. Handstand over to the island with the Warp Pipe. Don't go into the Pipe though. Nearby on a lower ledge near the Pipe is a red ! Switch. Activate it for some wooden platforms to appear. Walk across them until some ledges a bit higher on the mountain appear. Double Jump up to them, and avoid the bowling balls and keep making your way to the right on these ledges. Soon enough a Warp Pipe will be in view. Jump in it. You will now be back on Huge Island. As your tiny character, the Goombas tower over you. Besides the fact they hurt you a lot, you are pretty close to the Star the way it is. Nearby you should see some ledges hanging out of the wall and the ground. They are a bit hard to see, but can be found by looking upwards, though. Double Jump or Backflip up to them. On another platform higher than the one you are currently on, a happy Chuck-Ya is moving back and forth looking for another victim for its evil hands. When Chuck-Ya's back is facing away from you, that is the best time to Backflip up to the last and higher ledge and make a quick dash for the nearby wooden bridge just barely jutting out of the wall. Run across it and follow the mountain path towards the left, until you reach a steep slope going upwards. At the top is a ! Box, with your next Power Star inside. =================================== Star 3-Rematch with Koopa the Quick Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario needed =================================== Ah, what a fun day at the races. Of course you will be participating, however. Koopa the Quick is furious at his previous loss, and is ready to try and take you on, with his special Koopa Mach 2 shoes. On another note, this is Koopa the Quick's homeland, so you'd think he would be pretty tough right? He has been toned down a bit from the original Super Mario 64, so he isn't that hard to beat. Anyways, start off by entring the small painting to be on Tiny Island. From where you start off, Jump onto the nearby island, then jump again to the higher island right near it. Avoid the Pirhana Plant's fire (Falling off into death here is easy) and activate the ! Red Switch nearby. Walk across the platforms until you can Double Jump to reach a nearby ledge with passing bowling balls. Climb up it, and walk right. When you reach a Warp Pipe, hop in it. After you have Jumped into the Warp Pipe, you will be transported to Huge Island, so don't freak out again at them there Goombas. Head right from the Warp Pipe and down a small hill, near the bowling ball creator. Follow the path opposite where the bowling balls are falling. Stay in this path, as it gradually dips down. There are some Coins along this path, so collect them to replenish any lost health. At the end you will be in a bigger open field like area. A large Goomba is trapped by a fence, so don't worry about him. Nearby that Goomba, though, is Koopa the Quick. As Mario, talk to him to start the race. The race has offcially begun! You have roughly 23 seconds to make it to a desolate location you haven't been to yet unless you took the normal route to get here, but that isn't of any concern. It is the matter of not dying along the way there. Anyways, start off by running through the fenced Goomba's area, as this is a shortcut Koopa the Quick doesn't think about. The mountain path will turn to the right, and start climbing upwards. Keep running as fast as you can until you reach the bowling ball creator. Now, here comes the harder part of the race course. There are now many ledges, going downwards that is! However, many, many bowling balls are pounding down this path at the same time. Long Jump from the top of these ledges to gain a ton of distance. Keep running downwards making sure to avoid the evil bowling balls. Soon enough you will reach a windy bridge. The wind will try to push you off as you cross it. The wind flows from left to right (If the camera is behind you, that's the direction). Quickly cross the bridge and in this smaller field, the Flagpole rests. Reach it to stop the timer. Then, simply wait a few seconds for Koopa the Quick to come and hand over the Star. ============================= Star 4-Klepto the Vulture Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= I'm sure you all remember this pest from Shifting Sands Land. Unfortunately, he has escaped somehow (Or is that a cousin with the same name?) and once again holds a Power Star firmly in his tallons. In order to locate Klepto, you need to be on Tiny Island, so start off by using the left painting to make you huge. Start off like you do everytime you are big. Jump to the nearby island to the left of the starting point. From there, another Island is clearly visible. Jump to that one next, then activate the nearby ! Switch. Several platforms form nearby, so run across them until your able to jump up and grab the above ledge on the side of the mountain. Pull yourself up and start heading towards the right. Get to the Warp Pipe area and simply stay there. Boring, yes, but simple, I must agree. You just gotta sit here patiently. Why? It's how you claim this Star. There are roughly four different locations Klepto circles around. This location happens to be one of them. When he comes near you, he will circle around you a few times then fly off again. Quickly jump up and bump him in mid-air. Like you did in Shifting Sands Land, this will have him release the Star. The Star will proceed to land in the middle of absolutely nowhere, on a floating island above an empty abyss. Smashing. From where you are, head back towards the ledge with falling Bowling Balls. This is a bit tricky, and may result in death, but its not a hard feat doing the above again. Zoom out the camera until you can see land below you. Position yourself correctly and jump down there, near the small island with a Warp Pipe. Simply activate the nearby ! Switch on the island. Run across the platforms to the island, and claim the Star. ============================= Star 5-Wiggler's Red Coins Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Well, I'm sure most of you playing this game are familar with the kind Wiggler. You aren't going to be fighting him (That's for the next Star!) but his house contains another set of 8 Red Coins. Shall we get started on this hunt? For this Star, you will actually need to start off small, so take the right and big painting in the Castle to wind up on Huge Island. From where you start, walk through the nearby hole in the wall. On the other side get into the water and begin swimming. Keep on swimming quickly, as it naturally saves time. Eventually on your left you will see a large beach on a hill. Swim over to the beach and land on it. Kill the annoying Lakitu and Fly Guy if you want to if the annoy the piss out of you. Also nearby those enemies is a Koopa Troopa, the last one you'll ever find in the game (One was in Bob-omb Battlefield, but they are alive again once you exit the world). Knock him out of his shell and get on it to start riding it. From where you are, don't go into the water. Jump the Shell up the right side of the mountain's sandy hill. Once you reach the top wall, turn right. Continue going up this hill, and if you are ever slowed down for whatever reason, keep Jumping on the shell to gain speed and moving upwards. Keep making your way to the right slightly, and you will eventually come to a flat small grassy area with a large Goomba and a signpost on it. Note:If all you see is a Goomba, you in the wrong area. Continue to head up the mountain. Anyways, hop off your shell by pushing R. Once you are in the right place, you should see a nearby long wooden bridge extending from where you are on the grassy field to a small and tiny hole inside the mountain's wall. Run across the pathway, or walk of you feel like it, and run inside the hole. If you want to you can also simply ride the Shell across the wooden bridge, and then inside the hole. However, this is much more difficult, and with a thin walkway your likely to fall off. Just walk into the hole. Once your inside the hole you will be in a dank cave now. Look above you-that indeed is Wiggler, running around. He can't do anything right now but make an annoying walking noise, so simply ignore him. Jump over to the first platform (Did I mention? There is a bottomless pit below you) and grab the first Red Coin. And from here on out to the 6th Red Coin, there are just several platforms all within a very short distance of eachother. I simply don't need to tell you how to jump well at this point of the game, so I am going leave that job up to you. All the platforms are in a simple order, and you can't really skip any. The camera angles are a bit crappy in here, but that isn't a big deal. Once Red Coin number six has been found, 2 large platforms will be near you. One infront and one to the right. Jump to the right one first, as it contains another Red Coin for you. Then Jump back to the previous platform, and simply take the platform that lies infront of you. The Red Coin here lies in plain view so you can't miss it. After you have all 8 Red Coins, the Star will appear on a platform a little distance away, but pretty high. In order to reach it, do a Backflip so you are holding onto the wire mesh grating (If you can't Backflip that high, then get onto the nearby ! Red Block then Backflip to the mesh wire). Simply make your way over to the Power Star and drop onto it. ============================= Star 6-Make Wiggler Squirm Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= We saw kind Wiggler in the previous Star, but this time around you actually get to fight the stupid worm! Start off by heading into the left painting to be on Tiny Island. Start off as usual, using the only path possible by jumping to the nearby island with a tree on it. Climb up the tree to the top of it, and do a Handstand. Then, turn around so your facing the mountain, then jump all the way over to it. If your not in the right spot, head over a little bit near the top of the mountain with a Warp Pipe nearby. Stand close to the edge of the mountain, behind the Warp Pipe, and do a Backwards Somesault onto the top of the mountain. Its nothing but a tiny pool of water, but besides from that fact, simply do a Ground Pound. This will puncture a hole in the floor and flood out the water, revealing a hole. You, naturaly, can't fit inside it. But, I'm-a thinking you just might know how to easily get inside. Jump off from the peak of the mountain towards the small area where the bowling balls are created. From there, jump right inside the Warp Pipe. Once you hop out of the Warp Pipe in the second dimension, you will be on Huge Island like you've been to in the past. Your objective now is to reach the very tip top of the mountain. Shouldn't be too hard of a task to accomplish. From where you are, head forwards towards the tall ledges. Jump up the two ledges that are here. Be careful of the Chuck-Ya that astrides atop the upper ledge, as he can easily chuck you right off of the mountain, and that is pretty damned bad. Nearby Chuck-Ya's area is a large Wooden Bridge. Yep, same one you used in the second Star. Run across it, then up the steep hill to the very top of the mountain. A pool once was here, but now there is just a hole. Jump into it. You will now fall right into Wiggler's home. Unfortuantely, you soaked the poor critters' home (Oddly enough...its 1 tiny grass platform and wire mesh. How is everything all "soaking wet"?). He is a tad pissed off and will engage you in combat! He will slowly make his way around the room. All you have to do is jump onto his head. May not be that hard, but touching Wiggler results in you losing 3 bars of health, and that quickly adds up to death. There are 3 strings of 5 Coins around the room. Get them only when neccessary, unless you are going for the 100 Coin Star. After you hit him once, he will charge around the room a tad faster now. Jump on his head again, and he will turn all red (Easter egg anyone?) and will very angrily charge around the room (Ala Super Mario Sunshine style). It's a bit tough, but land another foot on his head, and he will give up this Power Star. ==================================== Star 7-Switch Star of the Island Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Mario or Yoshi ==================================== It is highly reccomended that Wario is not used for this Star. Although it is possible to beat it with any character, Wario is going have the hardest time, so spare yourself a little agony and don't bother with him. Now, you haven't seen a Switch Star for some time have you, eh? Plenty of time for this one though, but you don't really need it. For this Star, you will actually need to start off small, so take the right and very big painting in the Castle to wind up on Huge Island. From where you start, walk through the nearby hole in the wall. On the other side get into the water and begin swimming. Keep on swimming quickly, as it naturally saves time. Eventually on your left you will see a large beach on a hill. Swim over to the beach and land on it. Kill the annoying Lakitu and Fly Guy if you want to if the annoy the piss out of you. Also nearby those enemies is a Koopa Troopa. Knock him out of his shell and get on it to start riding it. From where you are, don't go into the water. Jump the Shell up the right side of the mountain's sandy hill. Once you reach the top wall, turn right. Continue going up this hill, and if you are ever slowed down for whatever reason, keep Jumping on the shell to gain speed and moving upwards. Keep making your way to the right slightly, and you will eventually come to a flat small grassy area with a large Goomba and a signpost on it. Note:If all you see is a Goomba, you in the wrong area. Continue to head up the mountain. Anyways, hop off your shell by pushing R. Once you are in the right place, you should see a nearby long wooden bridge extending from where you are on the grassy field to a small and tiny hole inside the mountain's wall. Run across the pathway, or walk of you feel like it, and run inside the hole. If you want to you can also simply ride the Shell across the wooden bridge, and then inside the hole. However, this is much more difficult, and with a thin walkway your likely to fall off. Just walk into the hole. Once your inside the hole you will be in a dank cave now. Wiggler is above you, but he can't do anything so ignore him. Head over to the platform infront of you, and continue Jumping around the series of well thought out platforms until you reach a much larger platform that contains a Blue Coin Switch. Also, them there Red Coins can be ignored, so stay away from them as they may cause death. The Star Switch is also on this platform. As if it weren't obvious enough, activate the Star Switch. The Star will appear on top of a pillar not too far away. It's not over a bottomless pit, fortuantely, so don't worry about falling. When you activate the Switch, turn around and face the general direction the Power Star is in. Start running towards it, then make a Double Jump so you land on top of another pillar that lies a few feet away from the Power Star. Once there, simply jump right over to the other nearby pillar and grab the Star from the Star Sphere. If you happen to fall, you'll be on another large platform. Manuver the camera around a little so you can see the platform with the Star Switch, to try again. ============================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Once again, you are on the chase for 100 more Coins hidden around the level. Tiny-Huge Island has its secrets for Coins, and we are going need to exploit them all to reach 100. Start off by entering the large painting, making you tiny. The large Goombas? Couldn't be happier that they are huge. When you Ground Pound a huge Goomba, it doesn't spit out 1 or 2 Coins. But rather a Blue Coin. This happens for every large Goomba. Sweet right? Start off by Ground Pounding all 3 Goombas that are near you from the start for 15 quick Coins. Head near the hole in the wall and pound the pole into the ground. Collect the Coins that pop onto land quickly, then jump into the water if any fall in there and collect them. After that, head through the hole in the wall and swim to the sandy beach. Once you have made it to the sandy beach, head to the top of it and collect the 2 Coins up there. Kill the nearby Fly Guy for 2 more Coins, then kill the pesty Lakitu for another 5 Coins. With Yoshi, you can constantly eat and kill Spinies (The things Lakitu throws at you) for a Coin. Wanna wait for a while? You can collect infinite coins this way if you have the patience. Heh, anyways, nearby where Lakitu was on the beach should be a Koopa Troopa. Kill him after knocking him out of his shell and take his Blue Coin. Get on the Shell, and surf over to the nearby shoreline with the cannon, or cannon cover if you haven't unlocked it yet. Kill the Fly Guy as he is a big pain for 2 Coins, then kill the nearby large Goomba for another Blue Coin. Now that you have recieved the large Goomba's Blue Coin, you are ready to climb higher in the mountain. Head forwards and you should see the gap infront of you right? Get back a little ways, then start running towards it. Once you are close to it do a Long Jump to the floating platform a little distance aways. If you are Wario, get a different Cap. Wario's Long Jump isn't enough to clear the gap. You don't want die right now, that's annoying and frustrating. Once you are on the floating platform head forwards and fall off the platform. The wind gusts will start flowing you upwards so aim yourself for the ledge that is sticking out of the wall. Its hard to miss, honestly. Connected to the platform you are on, and slightly lodged in the wall is a very narrow wooden plank for a platform, with 5 Yellow Coins on it connected to more land. Carefully cross it, mainly by hugging the wall for safety. Once you reach the other side a large Goomba will be near you. Ground Pound him for a Blue Coin. Head to the left now and make your way across another wooden bridge. Its slightly wider this time around, but it has no walls near it, not to mention a strong wind gust is blowing on the bridge so you have to avoid plowing off the left side of it. After you cross the windy valley you will see a series of ledges getting progressively higher and higher. Bowling balls are plowing down these ledges, so stick to the wall and you will avoid everything. Keep heading to the top most ledge and keep following the path. You will see a green Warp Pipe, but you have no business with it yet. Head past the bowling ball creator and follow the path southern. You will see 4 Coins lying on the ground. Collect them and keep going. Soon you will come to a small field with 3 more large Goombas. Do a Ground Pound on each of the Goombas to recieve a Blue Coin. After that head back towards the green Warp Pipe and jump inside it. Once you exit the Warp Pipe, you will rule as a giant on Tiny Island. You need to head back to where you were before so head down the small now slope near the bowling ball creator and head towards the small fence you saw before. In the semi-large open field, a Koopa will be there, but he's pathetically tiny. Heh. Kill him with a simple jump and take away the Blue Coin he leaves behind. Head back the way you came towards the green Warp Pipe again, up the slope and past the bowling ball creator. Jump up the tiny ledges avoiding the green Warp Pipe for now. A Goomba is at the top, stomp on him for a Coin. Head along the edge of the mountain carefully. There are 5 Coins placed on this ledge. Now, skip this step if you already unlocked the cannon. Head back to the spot where the cannon is when you are tiny. Along the lake's shoreline. The cannon is too tiny for you to squeeze into, but a normal sized Bob-omb Buddy will be there waiting. Talk to it to activate the cannon. You won't see the animation because it's too tiny. As your large character still, head for the sandy beach. You are so big you can easily jump up to the land nearby. Do so (The land on the left that is) and you will be in that small open field we were in a while ago. Head up the slope and past the bowling ball creator. Jump inside the green Warp Pipe. Head up the now large ledges that are close to you. At the top is an annoying Chuck-Ya. If you are Yoshi, don't bother with this. If your not, run behind him and pick him up, then throw him towards the wall of the mountain to have him break into 5 Coins. Collect them all. Head onto the small wooden bridge close to you for another 5 Coins. Now from your current position on the high point of the tall mountain, look towards the sandy beach a long ways down. Pretty far isn't it? Jump. That's right. Jump off of the mountain and start falling towards the sandy beach. Don't worry about a Ground Pound because you'll just fall into the sand, which won't hurt at all. Aiming for the water isn't a great idea because you may land too close to Bubba and risk dying. Not good at all. Start to swim towards the shoreline with the cannon, then once you are on it hop inside the cannon. Once inside the cannon aim towards the right for a tree, then aim north 1 full crosshair. Shoot and you will hopefully crash into the mountain wall or land on a tree. Once there, Ground Pound a nearby large Goomba for a Blue Coin. (If you happened to defeat the Goomba while being shot out of the cannon he would have given up the Blue Coin that way as well. Cool and funny isn't it?). Near where you killed the Goomba and the tree is a small wooden path. Walk along this path collecting the Coins along the way as well until you enter a hole. In Wiggler's cavern, jump from precarious platform to precarious platform, collecting the Red Coins as you go along. They will continue to add to your total, and by now you might have 100 Coins. Near a flame creator and another Red Coin is a Blue Coin Switch. Activate it for 2 Blue Coins. If you don't have 100 Coins, head back along the path and exit the cavern. If you still don't have 100 coins yet, there is yet one more way to get some more coins and the Star if your total is over 85. After exiting the cavern make your way around the mountain by swimming towards the cannon shoreline, jumping across the gap then using the updraft of wind to reach the higher area, then run across the windy bridge and up the large cliffs and avoid bowling balls until you finally reach a green Warp Pipe. Jump inside to turn giant and the course tiny again. Head along the ledges and do a Backflip to reach the top of the mountain. Do a Ground Pound to drain the pool of water, then jump back down into the green Warp Pipe to turn the course huge and you tiny once more. Head up the now large ledges and past Chuck-Ya (Unless he is already dead) and head along the wooden bridge. Head up the steep hill to the very top of the mountain, then fall into the hole there to be in Wiggler's Home. There are some sccattered Coins in here. You must have gotten the Star by now. If not, then head back to the Lakitu on Tiny Island as Yoshi, if you didn't kill him. Eat the Spines, turn them into Eggs, throw them into a wall for one coin each. Repeat as much as you want. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= By this point in time you should have at least 50 Power Stars recovered. It's time to head to the final 2 worlds, and overall the last Bowser fight. Head up the stairway in the hallway and through the big Star door. In here are 4 different areas on the North, South, East, and West walls of the room. North of the Big Star Door is a giant grandfather clock. Jump into the face of the clock to be transported to Tick Tock Clock (The 14th World, covered up next). To the right is a hole in the wall leading to Rainbow Ride (the 15th final world). The left hole contains a Secret World, with two Castle Secret Stars, and the stairs behind you lead to the final Bowser. Are you ready for these tough challenges? -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V Q.Course 14:Tick Tock Clock~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The words "damned great world" comes to mind when you think of Tick Tock Clock. Just incase the name of the world doesn't strike you what the course is, Tick Tock Clock takes place in a huge clock with many moving parts and gears. Getting to Tick Tock Clock is pretty simple. Firstly, collect 50 Power Stars, then enter the Big Star Door that rests on the 2nd floor of the Castle. From there, your on the third floor with the final 2 worlds, one being Tick Tock Clock. As well as having a cool atmosphere, you get to control the speed of the moving parts. It is all determined by when you enter the clock face (Which is the entrance to the world). There are 4 numbers on the clock face, them being 3, 6, 9, and 12. The Minute Hand revolving around the face is everything. When you enter the painting, where ever the Minute hand was determines the speed of the clock. If it was on 3, the clock parts will be pretty slow. If it was near 6, the clock parts will be moving at random speeds and random directions with quick and sudden changes. Stopping it near 9 makes the parts go really fast. Stopping the clock near the 12 does just that-all the parts are not moving. Not much timing is required before entering the painting. ================================== Star 1-Luigi in the Cage Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Luigi needed ================================== The name of the Star says it all right then and there. Your going to want to be Luigi for this Star. Along with that, enter the clock with the minute hand on 12 for everything to be stopped. Alright! Your first Star inside the giant Tick Tock Clock! Excited? Everything in the middle of the world is a bottomless pit, so avoid falling off the stage. Everything is mostly attached to the walls around the clock, so no biggie right? You'll soon see. Anyways, from where you start, look around for a swinging pendulam between a gap. Well, it won't be swinging with the clock stopped. Jump across the small gap, and to the rising path upwards to the left. Keep going until you see a yellow box. Double Jump ontop of it, then you should be close to another gap nearby. Jump across it to the platform on the other side. Now that your on the platform sticking out of the wall, make sure to watch your step. One wrong move and you'll be flying out of this level. Keep heading upwards along the path (Its only going one direction, not too hard) and keep going until you reach the large yellow boxes, all right near each other. They kinda form a staircase to the higher areas of the large clock. Climb up the boxes to the very top. Once you are at the top, simply jump to the nearby pathway. Now, you are once again on a path that is indented out of the walling. Lovely. Head to the right to continue circling around the clock. Eventually you will reach a big wire box. This happens to have your Star inside, but it is inaccessable right now. So, jump over it and continue along the path until you reach several spinning gears. Jump up one after another to reach a higher platform. Once on the last gear, you will see another platform jutting out of the wall. Obviously, jump to it. Once you are on this path, simply continue along until you reach a pretty big wire cage. Nothing much of intrest right now, so jump over the cage. Once you are over the large cage, keep going, by staying to the wall on top of the cage until you reach the normal brown path again. Eventually you will come to a yellow platform about the same level as you. Normally, this would be moving up and down, but on 12 it just isn't. Do a Backflip to reach the next higher section. This smaller section has a pole on it. Climb onto the pole and climb to the top of it. On the top, you will recieve a 1-Up for jumping off of it. Turn around to find another yellow non-moving platform. Get ontop of it, and as close to the front edge wthout falling off. Do a Backflip upwards. Hopefully, if you did it correctly and didn't fall downwards very far, you will have landed on/grabbed a higher platform. Climb onto it. Turn around and face another platform that is too high for normal jumping. Backflip onto it as well. Once you are on this platform, run across it to the end of it. Here you will find a platform right above it. Simply Double Jump up there to grab and pull yourself up. Head forwards, and soon enough you should see a wire platform to the right of your location. Simply jump onto the wire platform not too far away. Head along the platform (as Luigi of course) until you see a Red ? Block. I think what you know what to do. Hit the block genius, and simply wait right there. Don't move at all. When the Power Flower hits Luigi, he will be invisible and will simply fall right through the platform. In the air, again, dont' move. If you didn't touch the D-Pad whatsoever, you will land square inbetween 2 non-active pendulams. Quickly start running to the right, Jumping over any gaps that try to hinder you. Keep going, down the pole that comes up, and further to the right. Down the platform and slightly up the hill is the cage, and if invisible still, walk through for the Star. =============================== Star 2-The Pendulam Switch Star Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody =============================== Now for this Star, you have to cross a tiny chasm of pendulams. What fun right? If you've played Super Mario 64, this was the Star "The Pit and the Pendulams", but now its been slightly changed to a Switch Star. However, your destination is yet the same. Stop the clock on the number 12 to make this pretty easy. Most of this is Copy/Pasted. No biggie. From where you start, look around for a swinging pendulam between a gap. It won't be swinging with the clock stopped. Jump across the small gap, and to the rising path upwards to the left. Keep going until you see a yellow box. Double Jump ontop of it, then you should be close to another gap nearby. Jump across it to the platform on the other side. Now that your on the platform sticking out of the wall, make sure to watch your step. One wrong move and you'll be flying out of this level. Keep heading upwards along the path (Its only going one direction, nothing has changed) and keep going until you reach the large yellow boxes, all right near each other. They kinda form a staircase to the higher areas of the large clock. Climb up the boxes to the very top. Once you are at the top, simply jump to the nearby pathway. Now you are once again on a path that is indented out of the walling. Head to the right to continue circling around the clock. Eventually you will reach a big wire box. The previous Star is inside here. Jump over it and continue along the path until you reach several spinning gears. Jump up one after another to reach a higher platform. Once on the last gear, you will see another platform jutting out of the wall. Obviously, jump to it. Once you are on this path, simply continue along until you reach a pretty big wire cage. Nothing much of intrest right now, so jump over the cage. From where you are on the large platforms, take a left. The platform widens out, and shows up that a Heave-Ho is quite nearby. Avoid him unless your willing to get flung off the world and have made this a complete waste of time. Pass him and soon enough you will reach several triangle platforms. These platforms continuously spinning unless the clock is frozen. In their (hopefully) frozen places, jumping over them is quite an easy task. Don't fall now, because you are almost done with this Power Star. On the other side of these platforms, you will finally see the Star Switch. Activate it with haste! The Star Sphere is located in an old familar area-The Pit and the Pendulams. If you don't know where that is, its behind the Star Switch, over a little path, and then when you see a few gaps and a path, follow them. You will end up near the Star Sphere, so break it and claim the Power Star! I advise not falling now. Pretty simple location. ============================= Star 3-Get a Hand Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= This is by far the shortest Star name in the game. Meh, that doesn't mean that Star takes several seconds. You will want the clock to be moving for this Star, so stop to clock on the 3 this time around. If you have some skill and want this to go faster, stop it on the 9. Anyways, on with the Star. From where you start, look around for a swinging pendulam between a gap. If you mistime your jump, the pendulam will hit you and you will likely be pushed down into the abyss. Time your jump accordingly. Jump across the small gap, and to the rising path upwards to the left. Keep going until you see a yellow box. Double Jump on top of it, then you should be close to another gap nearby. Jump across it to the platform on the other side. Now that your on the platform sticking out of the wall, make sure to watch your step. One wrong move and you'll be flying out of this level. Keep heading upwards along the path, like before as always, and keep going until you reach the large yellow boxes, all right near each other. They kinda form a staircase to the higher areas of the large clock. Climb up the boxes to the very top. Once you are at the top, simply jump to the nearby pathway. Now, you will be on a large open section with some weird black ball constantly blowing fire at you. Don't touch it because one, it hurts bad and, two, you might run off the edge when you are on fire. Wait around this area until you see a large hand (the clock hand in question) come your way. Jump ontop of it. Just stand on the clock hand (Preferably the red arrow) until you circle around, and right near where you started you will find a small indent in the wall. There is your Star, so go grab it. As a note, there are several other means of getting this Star, including Backflipping Luigi from above. Get the Star whatever way you want to. ==================================================== Star 4-Stomp on the Thwomp Difficulty:****/***** Recommended Character:Anybody, Wario not recommended ==================================================== Well, this time around you have to journey all the way to the very tippy top of Tick Tock Clock. Although this Star can be obtained with out any movement, it is considerably easier if there is some movement. So place the minute hand on the 3 and enter the painting. You have already been pretty close to the top of the clock already, but you may not know the exact steps to get past the final section. Its a pretty long journey. From where you start, look around for a swinging pendulam between a gap. It won't be swinging with the clock stopped, or it may be if it is moving. Avoid it if it is moving. Jump across the small gap, and to the rising path upwards to the left. Keep going until you see a yellow box. Double Jump ontop of it, then you should be close to another gap nearby. Jump across it to the platform on the other side. Now that your on the platform sticking out of the wall, make sure to watch your step. One wrong move and you'll be flying out of this level. Keep heading upwards along the path since it is the only way you can go, and keep going until you reach the large yellow boxes, all right near each other. They kinda form a staircase to the higher areas of the large clock. Climb up the boxes to the very top. Once you are at the top, simply jump to the nearby pathway. Now you are once again on a path that is indented out of the walling. Lovely. Head to the right to continue circling around the clock. Eventually you will reach a big wire box. You have already gotten the Star inside to ignore the cage. Jump over it and continue along the path until you reach several spinning gears. Jump up one after another to reach a higher platform. Once on the last gear, you will see another platform jutting out of the wall. Obviously, Jump to it. Once you are on this path, simply continue along until you reach a pretty big wire cage. Nothing much of interest right now, so jump over the cage. Once you are over the large cage, keep going, by staying to the wall on top of the cage until you reach the normal brown path again. Eventually you will come to a yellow platform about the same level as you. The platform here won't be moving if the clock is on 12. Do a Backflip to reach the next higher section. This smaller section has a pole on it. Climb onto the pole and climb to the top of it. On the top, you will recieve a 1-Up for jumping off of it. Turn around to find another yellow non-moving platform. Get ontop of it, and as close to the front edge without falling off. Do a Backflip upwards. Hopefully, if you did it correctly and didn't fall downwards very far, you will have landed on/grabbed a higher platform. Climb onto it. Turn around and face another platform that is too high for normal Jumping. Backflip onto it as well. Once you are on this platform, run across it to the end of it. Here you will find a platform right above it. Simply Double Jump up there to grab and pull yourself up. Head forwards, and soon enough you should see a wire platform to the right of your location. Simply Jump onto the wire platform not too far away. Now comes the fun part of the Star. Near the previous moving platform is another higher platform. You can easily grab it from a Backflip. Walk carefully along this pretty thin walkway until you come to another rotating yellow block. Quickly Jump onto it and Jump to the higher platforms above you quickly before it rotates again. On this higher area of ther clock, start making your way left. You are almost at the top of the clock. Just a few more obstacles lie in your way. Continue moving until you are forced to jump onto a conveyor belt. Quickly run to the left and jump onto the nearby platform to avoid being swept off by the conveyor belt. On the next platform you will have, naturally, another conveyor belt! This moves in the opposite direction the previous one did and also moves a bit faster. Quickly, very quickly, jump over to the next platform. Now you are really close to your goal. Keep along the path. Unless you jump its pretty impossible to fall off, that is until you reach two triangle rotating platforms. Before it is too late, quickly jump over them both to the next upper section platforms, and follow the path around. Eventually you will reach the very top of the clock, and it will seem you can't go any further. Just sit they for a few seconds until the rotating clock hand makes its way to you. Get on the clock hand and wait for it to rotate to the other side, where another conveyor belt lies with a Thwomp on the end. Get on the moving belt and when the Thwomp stomps down, quickly jump on top of him with a backflip. At the top of his movement you will see your Star, so jump to it and finish this area. ================================== Star 5-Timed Jumps on Moving Bars Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Wario needed ================================== Another classic Star, just changed a little bit. There is a Black Brick Block standing between you and the Star, so your going to need to be Wario for this road trip. He is absolutely horrid on this course, but you will have to make due with it. You've been near this location for a previous Star. Stop the clock on 12 before entering. The Star is easy to get when the clock is frozen. From where you start, look around for a swinging pendulam between a gap. Well, it won't be swinging with the clock stopped. Jump across the small gap, and to the rising path upwards to the left. Keep going until you see a yellow box. Double Jump on top of it, then you should be close to another gap nearby. Jump across it to the platform on the other side. Now that your on the platform sticking out of the wall, make sure to watch your step. One wrong move and you'll be flying out of this level. Keep heading upwards along the path as it's the only way to go, and keep going until you reach the large yellow boxes, all right near each other. They kinda form a staircase to the higher areas of the large clock. Climb up the boxes to the very top. Once you are at the top, simply jump to the nearby pathway. Now you are once again on a path that is indented out of the walling. Lovely. Head to the right to continue circling around the clock. Eventually you will reach a big wire box. Ignore the Star inside, jump over it, and continue along the path until you reach several spinning gears. Jump up one after another to reach a higher platform. Once on the last gear, you will see another platform jutting out of the wall. Obviously, Jump to it. Once you are on this path, simply continue along until you reach a pretty big wire cage. Nothing much of intrest right now, so jump over the cage. Once you are over the large cage, keep going, by staying to the wall ontop of the cage until you reach the normal brown path again. Eventually you will come to a yellow platform about the same level as you. Normally, this would be moving up and down, but on 12 it just isn't. Do a Backflip to reach the next higher section. This smaller section has a pole on it. Climb onto the pole and climb to the top of it. On the top, you will recieve a 1-Up for Jumping off of it. Turn around to find another yellow non-moving platform. Get ontop of it, and as close to the front edge wthout falling off. Do a Backflip upwards. Hopefully, if you did it correctly and didn't fall downwards very far, you will have landed on/grabbed a higher platform. Climb onto it. Turn around and face another platform that is too high for normal jumping. Backflip onto it as well. Once you are on this platform, run across it to the end of it. Here you will find a platform right above it. Simply Double Jump up there and grab it to pull yourself up. Head forwards, and soon enough you should see a wire platform to the right of your location. Simply jump onto the wire platform not too far away. Walk along this pretty wire platform. Ignore everything on here, and be sure to avoid that Goomba. Falling now as Wario isn't a fun thing. Its happened to me before, and I was pissed. On the other side of these platforms the wire mesh will dip down to a lower section. Here on the left wall you will see several platforms constantly swinging in and out of the wall, or simply in place if the clock was stopped on the 12. As Wario, you may need to backflip to reach these platforms. However, at the top there is the talked about before Black Brick Block. As Wario you are able to break it, so why don't you do so? You will unlock the entrance to the cage, where the Power Star is being held. Grab it. ============================== Star 6-Stop Time for Red Coins Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================== Well, it is about time you earn our Red Coin challenge right? Unless you want this to be maximized impossible, stop the clock on the 12, otherwise make suicide and try again. This is hardly possible when the clock is moving. The reason is because all 8 of our Red Coins are supended over rotating platforms that will move if the clock is in motion. Kinda hard to grab the Coins on spinning platforms. Let's start our small hunt by turning around from where you start off. Look towards an indented area in the ground with a ! Yellow Block and a Spinning Heart. Nearby those things are several rotaing platforms. (That shouldn't be rotating). Jump onto the first platform to claim your first Red Coin. Nearby that platform you will find another platform that is on a bit of a higher level. Jump over to it and claim the Red Coin that it holds. Then jump onto another nearby higher platform for another Red Coin bringing the count to 3. Your fourth Red Coin is simply near you as usual. Just jump to the next, higher platform a few pixels away from you to claim it. Instead of going up to the higher platforms, look over to your left to find a string of a few platforms. On these platforms you will find your fifth Red Coin and your sixth Red Coin. Carefully jump over to these platforms and claim them for yourself. From here, jump back to the previous platform. Now you want to jump up to the next highest platform. Here you will find your seventh Red Coin. Jump up to the highest platform to find and claim the eighth and final Red Coin. The Power Star will appear right next to where you earned Red Coin number six. Jump downwards and across the small gap to the platforms forming a bridge and claim the Star. ============================= Star 7-Tick Tock Silver Stars Difficulty:*/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Well, it all has wound down to the final challenge inside Tick Tock Clock. And what kind of challenge do you think is going to get thrown at you? I doubt you guessed that there was gonna be a Silver Stars challenge. Meh. Being in a huge gargantuan clock you think it would be difficult to find everything, right? Well, its easier than it is said to be. You'll find out when you start the level. Begin at any time speed, it's irrelevent what you start with. When you start just stay at the very bottom of the world. You may think your accomplishing nothing, but you are actually making this Star much easier. See the 5 Silver Stars bouncing on the screen? Wait, bouncing around the screen...? It may not seem right, but those Silver Stars are actually moving. And where do you think their final destination will be? Yep. You guessed correctly. Right at the very bottom of the world. Just wait there for about 20-40 seconds. You will see and hear all of the Silver Stars. Maybe not all of them though. You'll probably find them one at a time at the bottom of the world. But that's ok. Take your time getting the Stars. The Silver Stars fortunately cannot fall off the edge into the abyss, so there's no rush. Sometimes, a Star will simply stop in place and never come down to the bottom, regardless if the clock is in motion or not. I advise suiciding and restarting the level as it takes forever to track the offical location of that Silver Star. After collecting all 5 Silver Stars you will see the Star appear very, very far away in the Star Sphere. What joy. You have been near that location before. From where you start, look around for a swinging pendulam between a gap. Do your best to avoid this if the clock is in motion. Jump across the small gap, and to the rising path upwards to the left. Keep going until you see a yellow box. Double Jump on top of it, then you should be close to another gap nearby. Jump across it to the platform on the other side. Now that your on the platform sticking out of the wall, make sure to watch your step. One wrong move and you'll be flying out of this level. Keep heading upwards along the path, and keep going until you reach the large yellow boxes, all right near each other. They kinda form a staircase to the higher areas of the large clock. Climb up the boxes to the very top. Once you are at the top, simply jump to the nearby pathway. Now you are once again on a path that is indented out of the walling. Lovely. Head to the right to continue circling around the clock. Eventually you will reach a big wire box. Ignore what's inside, jump over it and continue along the path until you reach several spinning gears. Jump up one after another to reach a higher platform. Once on the last gear, you will see another platform jutting out of the wall. Obviously, Jump to it. Once you are on this path, simply continue along until you reach a pretty big wire cage. Nothing much of intrest here, so jump over the cage. Once you are over the large cage, keep going, by staying to the wall ontop of the cage until you reach the normal brown path again. Eventually you will come to a yellow platform about the same level as you. Normally, this would be moving up and down, but on 12 it just isn't. Do a Backflip to reach the next higher section. This smaller section has a pole on it. Climb onto the pole and climb to the top of it. On the top, you will recieve a 1-Up for jumping off of it. Turn around to find another yellow non-moving platform. Get ontop of it, and as close to the front edge wthout falling off. Do a Backflip upwards. Hopefully, if you did it correctly and didn't fall downwards very far, you will have landed on/grabbed a higher platform. Climb onto it. Turn around and face another platform that is too high for normal jumping. Backflip onto it as well. Once you are on this platform, run across it to the end of it. Here you will find a platform right above it. Simply Double Jump up there and grab and pull yourself up. Head forwards, and soon enough you should see a wire platform to the right of your location. Simply jump onto the wire platform not too far away. From here walk over to the right and Jump down into the area where the Timed Jumps on Moving Bars Star was located. Climb up the moving not moving bars and jump ontop of the Black Brick. Jump to the top of the cage now, and would you look at that! Your Star is sitting in its Sphere right there! Grab it. ============================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:****/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= It isn't the fact that you can die. It isn't the fact there aren't a lot of Coins in this level. Well, that actually is the problem. There is a shortage of Coins in this level. Only one area holds half your Coins, and the other half are scattered everywhere. I will follow the path in my special order, which in my opinion is comfortable to me. You will want the clock stopped for this Star, though. Once you start off, turn around and head towards the cage on an area dipped below. There is a ! Block there with a fast and easy 10 Coins inside. Once you get those Coins head onto the first non-spinning platform. Jump up to the next one nearby it. A Red Coin is floating there. Grab it and turn around. Another platform higher is there, so Double Jump up to it and another Red Coin will be there. Also, a Red Coin was near the first non-spinning platform in case you missed. Jump up to the next platform, then jump higher to another nearby platform. There are 2 Red Coins here. Jump up even higher to another non-spinning platform and take the Red Coin on it. Jump a little higher for the final Red Coin. The Red Coin Star will appear, but don't grab it. Fall to the bottom now. Once you have those Coins head to where you started and continue forwards and jump over the small pit near the pendulam. Head up the wire grating path until you reach a big yellow block. Jump up on it and grab the 2 Coins floating just above it. Head over the next pit near a larger pendulam and then follow the path around the dge of the clock. Eventually you will come to the large mesh grating field with a ! Block. Inside this block are another 3 Coins. Head along forwards again now and over the tuna can-like platforms. Double Jump over the big cage fit for Luigi, and continue along the rising path. Eventually you will come to a platform that isn't moving up and down. Double Jump up to the higher ledge. There is an Amp circling a pole. Grab the 5 Coins that are sitting near the pole. Now, climb up the pole and jump to the left. In this next area, a Heave-Ho is constantly moving around at you trying to lift you away, possibly into death if he gets you. Bad thoughts! There are two ! Blocks in this area, each one containing three Coins. Lure the Heave-Ho! away from the boxes, then quickly break them both and collect their prizes inside. Also, two Goombas (One of them is wearing a Mario Cap) are nearby so kill them both for a Coin. Jump across the tuna shaped platform and to the other side where another Goomba is waiting. Jump back to the other side again and Ground Pound the Blue Coin Switch. Jump across the platform and to the other side and you will see a triangle of Blue Coins. There are 7, so hurry up and collect them all. Your Coin totals should be over 55 by this time. Head back the way you came until you reach the pole, but don't go down it. Instead, keep going towards the platform a bit raised off the ground. Jump on it, then Backflip up to a higher platform. Walk off nearby onto a large grating. There is another ! Block here, with 3 more Coins inside it. Nearby is a black brick block reached by the moving bars. Above all of the moing bars is another Coin, so grab them. Get back onto the other raised platform and Backflip onto the highest platform. Backflip or Double Jump to another nearby ledge leading to more platform on the edge of the clock. Follow the pathway past the Wario Hat and past four moving/unmoving bars. Jump inside the cage once you find the chance. There is a ! Block here that contains ten more Coins. Now for the final Coins. By now the Star should be yours, but incase you haven't gotten it, a few more Coins are still available. Head along the path now until it starts winding around, where another ! Block lies with three more Coins inside. Nearby this area should be a circular wire floating island. When you get the nearest chance Jump to it and break the ! Block for ten more Coins. Jump back to the mainland and contnue your way up through the clock to the very top, and near a fire shooter is the last ! Block with ten Coins. The Star should be yours by now. ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= Well, 14 Courses down, only 1 to go! To the right of Tick-Tock Clock is an indented area in the wall. Backflip up there to a small room with a hole in it leading to the final course of the game:Rainbow Ride. It sounds cute, but the course is extreme, not fun, and has caused several DS's to be destroyed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V R.Course 15:Rainbow Ride~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total. Hell. Those two words perfectly sum up the complexity and difficulty of Rainbow Ride. I'm getting ahead of myself though, what is Rainbow Ride like? Basically, its one huge course. You use a series of closely packed platforms and magic carpets which ride along rainbow paths (Hence, the name of the world) to get to your destination. Just one little thing-you're above an empty abiss the entire time. Aren't you lucky? One false move and you will be plummeting off the edge of the world, forcing you to start over from the beginning of the world. You need at least 50 Stars to access Rainbow Ride. From the Main Lobby of the Castle, head straight up the stairs and through the big door. Go up the spiral staircase and out the door. Proceed up the nearby stairway and through the Big Star Door, then turn right. Triple Jump up the hole in the wall then jump into the hole in the ground, and you will appear in Rainbow Ride. Here are some things to keep in mind: 1.Move slowly! You have all the time in the world to make most of your moves, so be patient and careful! 2.Be accurate! Don't miss any jump to any platform, or you will surely die. Be careful! 3.Don't hit enemies! Although there are few, they can easily push you off the edge of a platform! =========================================== Star 1-Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Wario or Mario needed =========================================== Most likely to be said as the most famous Star in the game. The signiture Star of the game. It's tough getting to the famous winged ship in Rainbow Ride, and the path is really long. There are some shortcuts, so just pay attention! Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you should see a pole in the distance. Here's the big shortcut:Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. Once you are near the pole, or on it, start climbing all the way to the top of it. Once you reach the top, simply perform a jump onto the nearby platform, or into the little basket you are in. Jump to the long platform, then run over until you reach a series of spinning platforms. Be very careful at this part-there is a Lakitu continually throwing Spines onto your position and you will get hit if you stand still. Don't let the spinning platforms disorient you. Go to the end of the first spinning platform then jump to either the left or right spinning platforms. It makes no difference which one you go to. Then, jump to the last spinning platform then jump over onto a long non-spinning platform, which has a magic carpet at the end of it. Go to the end of this platform then Jump onto the magic carpet. It will quickly begin to move along its pre-determined rainbow path, so you can clearly see where it is going. You will quickly get stuck infront of a platform as the carpet goes under it. Jump over the platform and land back on the carpet. The carpet will continue to wrap around a 180 degree turn, and you should gather a few Coins along the way. Eventually you will come to two short flat platforms. You need to jump over both of them, and land back on the carpet. If your not standing on the carpet too long, it will dissappear and you will be stranded out here. Not good. Eventually you'll reach the end of the path. At the end of the rainbow comes a place you will be seeing quite a lot during your time in Rainbow Ride. Its the infamous carpet choice. You will see two more carpets, going in different directions, going to different places. Wait until your carpet reaches the end of its path, then before it falls quickly jump over to the carpet on the left. I'm assuming the camera is facing the direction the original carpet was going. Your new carpet ride to the Cruiser has begun. The first half of your second capret ride is pretty calm. Just sit back until the action begins. Of course, you are likely to die more than once during this stage. You can't take your time, so you need to be quick. Eventually you will begin circling around several times around a small, tall platform with two long platforms sticking out of it. You need to be careful here. The two long platforms will push you off the carpet if you don't jump over them. At the bottom of the circle they won't effect you, but once you are their height, they will effect you. Quickly jump over them until the path straightens out again. You can ignore the blue fire at the bottom of the platforms. It can't hit you as far as I know. Now you will go under a few platforms. Well, at leat the carpet will. The giant Cruiser is also visible. The giant wings, much like oars, of the ship will not push you off, you just go through them. Jump onto the first platform, and say goodbye to the carpet you won't be seeing again. Make the Double Jump to the second platform, then perform the Triple Jump to a much higher platform. Quickly move here! They will begin to fall down. Jump to the small platform nearby. You know it is the platform because it will have a plank on it. On the solid platform, simply make your way slowly across the wooden bridge to the Crusier, then board it. Your finally on the famed Cruiser of Rainbow Ride! Now, where the hell is your Power Star? Oh. It's just to the left of you. And wouldn't you know it? Winds on the Cruiser will quickly push you to the back of the ship. (Yes I'm aware the ship isn't moving and that winds shouldn't be present). Well, now how do you reach an unreachable Power Star? Never fear! There is, very conveniently, a Wario Cap nearby on the ship. Be a good person and go pick up that Cap! If you aren't Wario already (And I'm sure you aren't) you will be now. What good is Wario to you? He is able to reach the Power Star even with these extreme winds. How? Just grab the damn Power Flower inside the Red ? Block on the back of the ship. Your now Metal Wario! The strong winds are now no match for you! Run to the front of the ship with ease, then jump onto the bow. Slowly make your way to the Power Star. It's easy to fall off since the Star is on a really thin plank, so walk carefully. Good job. Hate this course yet? =============================== Star 2-The Big House in the Sky Difficulty:****/***** Recommended Character:Mario =============================== Another Super Mario 64 classic-the Big House in the Sky. Its a long, pretty damn tough road all the way up there. It's extremely difficult near the very end. However, there is a very awesome shortcut, which bypasses that difficult part. Lucky you! You need to be Mario though, so it is recommended you are him when starting this Star. If your not him his hat is too far away for you to reach it, so stick with the difficult path. Its not that hard. Actually, Mario's Cap IS in the Big House. So no needing to be him when you start the level! Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you will or should see a pole in the distance. Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump to take the shortcut, landing all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. Once you are near the pole, or on it, start climbing all the way to the top of it. Once you reach the top, simply perform a jump onto the nearby platform, or into the little basket you are in. Jump to the long platform, then run over until you reach a series of spinning platforms. Be very careful at this part-there is a Lakitu continually throwing Spines onto your position and you will get hit if you stand still. Go to the end of the first spinning platform then jump to either the left or right spinning platforms. It makes no difference which one you go to. Then, jump to the last spinning platform then Jump over onto a long non-spinning platform, which has a magic carpet at the end of it. Go to the end of this platform then jump onto the magic carpet. It will quickly begin to move along its pre-determined rainbow path, so you can clearly see where it is going. You will quickly get stuck infront of a platform as the carpet goes under it. Jump over the platform and land back on the carpet. The carpet will continue to wrap around a 180 degree turn, and you should gather a few Coins along the way. Eventually you will come to two short flat platform. You need to jump over both of them, and land back on the carpet. Avoid not standing on the capret for too long, it will dissappear and you will be stranded out here if you do. Eventually you'll reach the end of the path. You will reach the same place you reached in the previous Star. Face the direction the carpet is going. Doesn't this all seem like the exact same plan from the previous Star? Until now of course. Once you reach the two carpets on the sides, jump to the right one instead of the left. This will start it moving, so be prepared! The path to the Big House you go! Don't expect a leisure cruise. Far from it. The carpet begins, rather quickly actually, to gain altitude. The carpet goes right through a large glass object thingy (No idea what it is), however you won't. In order to get back on the carpet you must jump over the object. No easy feat. The easiest way is to perform a backflip as soon as the front of the carpet starts going through the glass. You will land on the top of the glass, if not back on the carpet on the other side. The carpet will go through one more of these things, so be ready. Eventually the carpet will finally enter the Big House in the Sky. Wait, that's it? A dinky room with a fireplace spewing fire trying to kill you, a table with 5 Coins on it, a ? Red Block, and a Mario Cap? What gives!? Let's not get carried away though, hehe. Grab the Mario Cap if you aren't Mario right now, then hit the ? Red Block. Obviously, a Power Flower will float down. Grab it. Now that you can float, rapidly keep pushing B to keep climbing higher. There is a small opening in the ceiling, which Mario can easily fit through. Go through the top of the ceiling and onto the roof of the Big House. Take a minute to simply take a gander at the glorious view of this place. Really big right? When your done, simply grab the Power Star that is floating nearby. ============================== Star 3-Coins Amassed in a Maze Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario ============================== Although the title of the Star seems intimidating, it is actually quite easy. It will put you in a 2-d maze (Its the view really, your still in a 3-D world) and all eight Red Coins lie in there. It's not too hard unless suicide is your only option. Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you will or should see a pole in the distance. Take the usual shortcut. Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. Once you are near the pole, or on it, start climbing all the way to the top of it. Once you reach the top, simply perform a jump onto the nearby platform, or into the little basket you are in. Jump to the long platform, then run over until you reach a series of spinning platforms. Be very careful at this part-there is a Lakitu continually throwing Spines onto your position and you will get hit if you stand still. Go to the end of the first spinning platform then jump to the left platform. From here jump onto more adjacently small leftern platforms. Eventually you should drop down onto solid ground. Go to the middle of the bottom base platform. You will see the blue shadow star signaling where the Power Star will appear. Triple Jump onto the platform to the left, nabbing your first Red Coin. Long Jump over to the right side then Jump up a level for the second Red Coin. From here it is pretty damn hard to give you a description of where to go. Follow the maze around-its not very hard. Remember this little tip-there are some jumps you'd be surprised you can make here! Keep that in mind the grab all the Coins and the Power Star. Don't forget that you can Long Jump and Wall Kick. They will prove useful in creating shortcuts to some coins otherwise much more difficult to access. ============================= Star 4-Swingin' in the Breeze Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Anybody ============================= Yeah, ignore any bizaare thoughts the title may provoke. So far, you've only gone through half of Rainbow Ride, so I do believe you may have a bit of trouble. You need to work fast-otherwise you will easily die in this new, unexplored area. Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you should see a pole in the distance. Here's the big shortcut:Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. From here run down the stairs to the left of you until you reach a tilting platform. The platform will begin to tilt in whatever area your character is in. There are two sides to the platform. One side leads to death (You fall off and die) and the other has a platform high above it. Run over to the side near death to have the platform tilt the other way, rising the other side near the platform. When you think your in a good position, quickly run over and jump on the platform. On this short platform, walk forwards until you see a blue swinging platform going back and forth just like a pendulam. You can easily die at this part if you rush it, so take your time. Jump onto the platform when it comes to your side, then ride it over to the other platform. Double Jump onto the next platform. Your jumping capabilities are slightly hindered by the incline, so if you don't think you can make it, wait to try again on the next pass. On this next platform, keep walking forwards until you reach a short gap, followed by three slightly higher brown platforms. These are Donut Platforms. If you stay on them for over a second, they will begin to fall. However, you can keep jumping on them quickly and they will remain in position. Jump on top of the Donut Platforms and run over to the tilting platform that lies on the other side. Stay on the end of the tilting platform for a moment, which will, as you should remember, tilt the platform in the opposite direction. Now, with the platform in a perfect position, you should quickly run to the other side and jump up to the next Donut Platforms. Now for the hardest part of the Star-after getting on these Donut Platforms you must quickly jump up to higher Donut Platforms a bit higher than you. You must then quickly turn around and Jump onto one last set of Donut Platforms. From here, a platform is set across a short gap, with a damn fire emitter blocking it. After it shoots fire, quickly Double Jump across the gap from your Donut Platform. Keep jumping on the platform to avoid it falling, remember? Ok, you are very in the level right now, and there are still two more steps left where you can quickly and easily die, but you have to be fast otherwise your gonna die anyways. From this platform, perform a Long Jump to the few Donut Blocks a little distance from you. Make sure not to overshoot them! Now, keep jumping on the last one to ensure it doesn't fall, then jump onto a yellow moving platform when it comes near you. Jump off on the other side once you reach it. This new platform has a Goomba on it, so you shoud know where you are (ironically, the only Goomba in Rainbow Ride. How about that?). There are two paths you can choose from here-going straight to some more Donut Platforms, or go up the slope right next to you. For this Power Star, you need to head up the slope. There are three platforms jutting out of the slope to act like stairs, but if you miss one, you will fall down the slope and are likely to have enough momentum to fall off the edge of the world. Its safe to crawl up the slope, and to the top of it. Kill the Goomba first before it tries to kill you. Phew! Its been a long journey, but you are right next to the Star! Just one last thing-you need to go across one more swinging platform. Its not that difficult though, but you can die if your a total miss the last jump. Wait for the swinging platform to come your way, then jump onto it. Wait until it reaches the other side, then cautiously Jump onto the final platform. Your jump is a bit hindered from the angle of incline the platform is in, and there is a small gap inbetween the swinging platform and the final Star platform. Double Jump to ensure you snag the Star. Don't hit the fire emitter beforehand, though. ======================================= Star 5-Tricky Triangles! Difficulty:***/***** Recommended Character:Anybody but Wario ======================================= Remember that split path near the end of the previous Star? Well, you are about to take the remaining path. Its exactly the same method to get there, however. Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you will or should see a pole in the distance. Take the usual shortcut. Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. From here run down the stairs to the left of you until you reach a tilting platform. The platform will begin to tilt in whatever area your character is in. There are two sides to the platform. One side leads to death (You fall off and die in the abyss) and the other has a platform high above it. Run over to the side near death to have the platform tilt thatway, rising the other side near the platform. When you think your in a good position, quickly run over and jump on the platform. On this short platform, walk forwards until you see a blue swinging platform going back and forth just like a pendulam. You can easily die at this part if you rush it, so take your time. Jump onto the platform when it comes to your side, then ride it over to the other platform. Double Jump onto the next platform. The incline, again, makes this a bit tricky. If you fall there is a platform below to save you. It leads back to the tilting platform. On this next platform, keep walking forwards until you reach a short gap, followed by three slightly higher brown platforms. These are Donut Platforms. If you stay on them for over a second, they will begin to fall. However, you can keep jumping on them quickly and they will remain in position. Jump on top of the Donut Platforms and run over to the tilting platform that lies on the other side. Stay on the end of the tilting platform for a moment, which will, as you should remember, tilt the platform in your direction. Now, with the platform in a perfect position, you should quickly run to the other side and Jump up to the next Donut Platforms. Now for the hardest part of the Star-after getting on these Donut Platforms you must quickly Jump up to higher Donut Platforms a bit higher than you. You must then quickly turn around and jump onto one last set of Donut Platforms. From here, a platform is set across a short gap, with a damn fire emitter blocking it. After it shoots fire, quickly Double Jump across the gap from your Donut Platform. Keep jumping on the platform to avoid it falling, remember? Ok, we are very high above death right now, and there are still 2 more steps left where you can quickly and easily die, but you have to be fast otherwise your gonna die anyways. From this platform, perform a Long Jump to the few Donut Blocks a little distance from you. Make sure not to overshoot them! Now, keep Jumping on the last one to ensure it doesn't fall, then jump onto a yellow moving platform when it comes near you. Jump off on the other side once you reach it. This new platform has a Goomba on it, the only one in Rainbow Ride. There are two paths you can choose from here-going straight to some more Donut Platforms, or go up the slope right next to you. You went up the slope last Star, so this time keep heading right. Make a Long Jump to the Donut Platforms a little distance out. Quickly jump over the triangle shaped obstruction to some more Donut Platforms which you will land on. Keep jumping on the platforms until the fire-spewing statue has stopped, then Long Jump over to the far away platform. On this platform you will find several up-right Traingles, and a ! Red Switch nearby them. The object of this puzzle is to activate the ! Switch to make the Triangles turn upside down, so you can stand on their undersides. From this advantage you must use them as stairs to reach the upper platform, which contains your Power Star. Activate the Switch, then go to the 3rd Triangle on the bottom row. The Switch stays active for about 6 seconds, so you need to be very fast. Do a Backflip to the upper row from the 3rd Triangle on the bottom row. You can now easily jump over two more Triangles, and then its one jump to your Power Star. ================================== Star 6-Somewhere Over the Rainbow Difficulty:****/***** Recommended Character:Mario needed ================================== This Star, for most people, is quite impossible to figure out. Honestly, in the orginal N64 version, I spent hours trying to figure out what to do. You shouldn't make the same mistakes I did, and somehow stumble upon the key to the Star. Anyways, enough talk. Basically the Star is located on a small island floating in the middle of nowhere. To get there you must use the cannon on the stern of the Floating Ship. However, the Bob-omb Buddy isn't on the Ship. Instead, she is miles away. Mario is needed to reach the Bob-omb Buddy. Let's go! Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you will or should see a pole in the distance. Use the shortcut again. Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. Once you are near the pole, or on it, start climbing all the way to the top of it. Once you reach the top, simply perform a jump onto the nearby platform, or into the little basket you are in. Jump to the long platform, then run over until you reach a series of spinning platforms. Be very careful at this part-there is a Lakitu continually throwing Spines onto your position and you will get hit if you stand still. Go to the end of the first spinning platform then jump to the left platform. From here jump onto more adjacently small leftern platforms. Eventually you should drop down onto solid ground. Keep heading left until you reach the very end of the large platform. You will see a Blue Coin Switch. There is no need to activate this Switch as you are not currently doing the 100 Coin Star. If you want Coins for whatever reason, I can't stop you from activating that Switch. Anyways, you should also notice a Spinning Heart. Now why would there be a Spinning Heart in the middle of nowhere? Well, to the right of the Heart are 2 walls, very close to eachother. As Mario, it's very possible to Wall Jump up these walls. Do so. After several Wall Jumps you will eventually reach the top. The only thing that is up here is the Bob-omb Buddy, and a ton of blue coins if you activated the switch. Talk to him, and the camera will shift a long distance to the Cannon, which is aboard the Floating Ship. Its a long journey! After you are finished with your conversation, continue to the right. Stop on the yellow platform, which will lower to the bottom. Jump off to the base of the giant maze. From here it is pretty simple to get back on the floating platforms. Its a long journey. I can assure that fear now. Jump to the last spinning platform then jump over onto a long non-spinning platform, which has a magic carpet at the end of it. Go to the end of this platform then jump onto the magic carpet. It will quickly begin to move along its pre-determined rainbow path, so you can clearly see where it is going. You will quickly get stuck infront of a platform as the carpet goes under it. Jump over the platform and land back on the carpet. The carpet will continue to wrap around a 180 degree turn, and you should gather a few Coins along the way. Eventually you will come to two short flat platform. You need to jump over both of them, and land back on the carpet. Remember to keep on your carpet. If you are off of it for too long it will disappear, leaving you screwed. Eventually you'll reach the end of the path. Wait until your carpet reaches the end of its path, then before it falls quickly jump over to the carpet on the left. I'm assuming the camera is facing the direction the original carpet was going. Your new carpet ride to the Cruiser has begun again. The first half of your second capret ride is pretty calm. Just sit back until the action begins. Don't get too conforatable. The tricky parts come up just ahead. Eventually you will begin circling around several times around a small, tall platform with two long platforms sticking out of it. You need to be careful here. The two long platforms will push you off the carpet if you don't jump over them. At the bottom of the circle they won't effect you, but once you are their height they will affect you. Quickly jump over them until the path straightens out again. Ignore the blue flames again. They can't hurt you. Now you will go under a few platforms. Well, at leat the carpet will. The giant Cruiser is also visible. The giant wings, much like oars, of the ship won't push you off, you just go through them. Jump onto the first platform, and say goodbye to the carpet you won't be seeing again. Make the Double Jump to the second platform, then perform the Triple Jump to a much higher platform. Quickly move here! They will begin to fall down. Jump to the small platform nearby. You know it is the platform because it will have a plank on it. On the solid platform, simply make your way slowly across the wooden bridge to the Crusier, then board it. Your finally on the famed Cruiser of Rainbow Ride! Again! The winds, the same as you experienced from the first Star, will quickly push you to the back of the Cruiser. Jump on the stern once you reach it. The winds will continue to push you back. If left unnoticed, you may be pushed right off the edge of the ship. Make sure you get pushed into the Cannon! Once you are inside the cannon, look in the distance for a large Rainbow in the shape of a circle. This is your destination. DON'T SHOOT YET! You need to be able to make out, far away, a purple pole on the island. In order to land safely on the island, you must hit the pole and slide down. Aim the center of the crosshairs about 2/3rds up the pole. When you think your safe, fire the cannon! Its a matter of life or death now. Either you will soar far over the pole, or you aimed too low and will hit the base of the island. Or maybe you were stupid and went to the left or right of the pole? All possible ways you can die. If none of these apply to you, you should be holding onto the pole on the island. The only thing on this island is a ! Yellow Block, holding your Star, and a Chuck-Ya. What? You make one wrong move now, Chuck-Ya will fling you into oblivion. When Chuck-Ya is far away from you, slide down the pole and run like hell to the Block, break it open, and nab the Star. Nice job! Pretty tough right? One Star to go. ================================== Star 7-Switch Star of the Manor Difficulty:**/***** Recommended Character:Mario needed ================================== The final Star in Rainbow Ride! Fortunately for you, its not too hard to obtain. Wait, what Manor? I'm not sure a one room house with a fireplace that wants to kill you is much of a manor. Well, it's the same path to the Manor. This Star will play almost exactly like Big House in the Sky. Once you start you will be dropped onto a platform. Turn around and you will or should see a pole in the distance. Use the shortcut again. Get a running start on your platform then do a Long Jump all the way over to the pole. You should hopefully either grab the pole or land right next to it and take a little damage. Once you are near the pole, or on it, start climbing all the way to the top of it. Once you reach the top, simply perform a jump onto the nearby platform, or into the little basket you are in. Jump to the long platform, then run over until you reach a series of spinning platforms. Be very careful at this part-there is a Lakitu continually throwing Spinies onto your position and you will get hit if you stand still. Go to the end of the first spinning platform then jump to either the left or right spinning platforms. It makes no difference which one you go to. Then, Jump to the last spinning platform then jump over onto a long non-spinning platform, which has a magic carpet at the end of it. Go to the end of this platform then jump onto the magic carpet. It will quickly begin to move along its pre-determined rainbow path, so you can clearly see where it is going. You will quickly get stuck infront of a platform as the carpet goes under it. Jump over the platform and land back on the carpet. The carpet will continue to wrap around a 180 degree turn, and you should gather a few Coins along the way. Eventually you will come to two short flat platform. You need to jump over both of them, and land back on the carpet. Make sure you stay on the carpet as much as possible. As usual, if you are off of it for too long it will disappear The path splits ahead. Face the direction the carpet is going. Once you reach the two carpets on the sides, jump to the right one instead of the left. This will make it start moving, so be prepared! The path to the Big House we go! Hmph, not very intresting right? The carpet begins, rather quickly actually, to gain altitude. The carpet goes right through a large glass object thingy, however you won't. In order to get back on the carpet you must jump over the object. No easy feat. The easiest way is to perform a backflip as soon as the front of the carpet starts going through the glass. You will land on the top of the glass, if not back on the carpet on the other side. The carpet will go through one more of these things, so be ready. Eventually the carpet will (finally) enter the Big House in the Sky once again. Nothing has changed from before. Grab the Mario Cap if you aren't Mario right now, then hit the ? Red Block. Now, activate the Switch Star. The Switch is located on the veranda outside. Hit it, run back into the House, grab the Power Flower, and mash B to rise. Head through the hole in the roof, and onto the roof itself. Push R to end your little balloon trip, and land on the roof. Quickly run over to the Star Dome, break it, and grab the final Star! ================================================================= Star 8-Collect 100 Coins! Difficulty:*****/***** Recommended Character:Yoshi, but character switches may be needed ================================================================= That's right! The 100 Coins challenge in Rainbow Ride is considered by most to be the hardest Star in the game, and for good reasons. There is a limited amount of coins, unless you like to play cheap. Not only that, but since it is so easy to fall and you will need to travel everywhere to collect as many coins as possible, you constantly risk death, forcing you to start the task all over again. This is probably to only time you don't want to take the shortcut at the beginning as you miss out on several coins. Once you start, don't bother with the pole behind you and Long Jumping to it unless you want to miss some Coins. Take the first carpet and ride it until a small block blocks you and you must jump over it. Jump on top of it and jump to the circular platform with an Amp on it. There is an 8-Coin circle, so grab them quickly, then head back onto the carpet. Ride it until a fire emmitter starts spewing fire on the carpet. Jump over the flames and land back on the carpet, then jump off on the circular platforms. There are 2 platforms out of these 4 that have a circle of 8 Coins on them. Grab them easily. Then, there is a Lakitu in this area who is a pest. Stay in the middle of one of the platforms and jump up to hit Lakitu when he is over you, then take his 5 Coins before they fall off the edge of the level. After you get these Coins head to the Red Coin Maze. Once on the platform at the bottom of the maze, head past it until you reach a spinning heart, and a Blue Coin Switch! Practice first as Mario, Wall Kicking your way up the wall as fast as you can. Fall back to the bottom then activate the switch. Grab the first Blue Coin near where the switch was then start Wall Kicking as fast as you possibly can. At the top there is a row of 5 more Blue Coins, for a total of 30 Coins in this area. Once you have all of the Blue Coins head back to the bottom of the maze. Double Jump and grab onto the ledge to the left for the first Red Coin. Long Jump to the other side and traverse the nearby platform for another Red Coin, and another just above it. Another Red Coin is a Long Jump away near a fire emmitter, and another needs a Double Jump to reach. The last you will need to lunge out to reach. The Red Coin Star will appear, but you have no need for it. Head back to the spinning platforms. Head on to the spinning platforms, and to the right. You will eventually come to the pole we always use to head down to the lower area from the start. Get onto it and slide down it. There is a string of 5 Coins here and a Fly Guy. Kill the Fly Guy for 2 Coins and get the 5 Coins on the ground. On the tilting platform head right and jump to the next ledge. On the swinging platform you should get on you will encounter 5 Coins in the air. Grab them all. Continue the ride to the next platform, leading to another tilting platform and then donut blocks. Quickly jump from one level of donut blocks to the next until you reach solid ground. Collect the Coins on the blocks when you can. On solid ground, jump the gap to the next donut blocks then wait for a platform to come near you. Jump on it to the other side, then climb up the wooden planks to the swinging platform that leads to Swingin' In the Breeze Star. In the air above the platform are 5 Coins. Get them then head back to the platform you were on. Head down the wooden planks and to the right some more. Jump across a small gap to another donut blocks and a small ramp with 5 Coins on it. Get them, then head all the way back to the spinning platforms. Once back on these platforms head across them to the other side and then get on the carpet that takes you further away. Ride it around, collecting the few Coins that come across your path, jumping over platforms, and just plain waiting around for the oppertunity to switch carpets. Once it comes, you have 2 options. Take the left carpet to the flying ship. The ship has a ring of 8 Coins, a Lakitu for 5 Coins, and a Bob-omb for a total of 14 Coins. Or, you can take the right carpet to the Big House in the sky with 5 Coins inside and 5 Coins in the air, and 5 on another platform, for a total of 15 coins. Its your choice. Do whichever. The Coins, like I just described, are in plain view. Get there then claim the Star. Note:I have a record of 255 Coins on this Course. Have you run out of places to find them there Coins? Head up to the Flying Ship with Yoshi, assuming of course that you haven't already killed the Lakitu. Grab a Spiny, convert it to an egg, get close to a wall far from the Lakitu and let the egg fly and hit the wall. A Coin pops out. Simply repeat until you get the Star. This can also be done with the Lakitu near the circular platforms at the beginning of the level, but its a bit more tedious as you have to grab a Spiny and find a wall, the nearest one being the Red Coin Maze. No biggie, and no falling off! ========================= ~Back in the Castle.....~ ========================= Alright! I do believe its high time you wrapped this square dance off with a showdown with Bowser for old times sakes, right? Near Rainbow Ride and Tick Tock Clock are some stairs leading to the final Big Star Door. Enter it with 80 Stars and Mario as your main character. If your not Mario, then the stairs leading to Bowser in the Sky go forever (Oh, what memories). So get ready to pummel Bowser once and for all! The Endless Staircase Skip glitch has been removed, so don't waste your time trying. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V S.Bowser in the Sky~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- And now it is time for the final showdown! Once you have at least 80 Stars, head to the top floor of the Castle. Behind the Star door, and to the left are some stairs leading a bit higher in the room, leading to another Star door. Enter it with Mario (The other characters will simply lead to the endless staircase). Climb the short hallway, then enter the hole near the Bowser picture. Now you will dropped onto the Bowser in the Sky world. It's a really big place. Time to get started. Start by jumping over each of the three gaps until you reach a platform with a box. Run past it onto a tilting platform. Quickly run across this platform. Then, you will need to run up a huge hill like a ninja. After that, the path will turn north, and loop around a little. Simple, really. Avoid the Goomba's to avoid your imminent death. Then, jump over a spinning platform with an Amp on it, then over another gap. A Pirhana Plant will attack you here. Run past it. You should be near a rotating platform now. Get on one of the 4 small platforms on it and ride it to the top. You should see a ledge at the top-perform a Double Jump up to it. It's just a shortcut. Now, activate the nearby ! Switch to create a staircase to the upper levels. Now, you will have to go up a large platform, and back down a hill after a 180 degree turn. The catch is that there are those things spewing fire practically everywhere. Be careful here-you don't want to fall off. Once past this another Pirhana Plant will attack you, run past it to a platform with an arrow on it. Jump on it, and it will begin moving. Jump over the various platforms it goes under until you reach a platform with several Bob-omb's on it. Run past them to a spinning platform with a pole. Quickly climb to the top and jump off. Now, run forwards and grap onto the next pole in the air. Jump off to the other side, and run forwards to the next rotating platform. Get on it (Don't miss this!) and ride it to the top, then jump to the next spinning platform. Finally, at the top, jump off to the final platform. Wind is guarding the Pipe, but you can still run. One of the pillars has a 1-Up Mushroom behind it. So, if you die to Bowser, you can always get this Mushroom and never have to restart this level! Jump into the final Warp Pipe of the game. Now you will drop to the final Bowser greeting (Come on! What happened to his pretty colors?). There are 5 bombs surrounding the arena this time instead of eight, so you need to be careful. Run over to a bomb and crouch there. If Bowser starts charging at you, backwards-somersault over his head and Bowser will be immobile at the edge for a few seconds. Pick him up by his tail and fling him into the bomb. If Bowser doesn't charge at all (Instead, doing his shockwave attack over and over again), then you're going to have to beat him the old fashioned way. Its a bit tedious but it will eventually get the job done. Once you have bombed him once, repeat the same pattern and bomb him again. Bowser also has some new attacks. He can spit a huge rain of fire into the air, and make a ton of fireballs land on the ground. Green fireballs will continue bouncing, red ones are stationary. He can create three small fireballs that follow you for a few seconds as well. Other than that he will pretty much use just those attacks. He can also jump into the air and upon landing, create two shockwaves which will do minimal damage by paralyze you for several seconds. Jump over them. After hitting him twice, Bowser will get pissed off and destroy most of the stage and shape it into a Star. Now the battle is tough. You have to grab Bowser, and swing him really fast and accurately throw him into a bomb that is really far away. It's not easy, especially if Bowser covers the battlefield in fire, then your as good as dead. Once you happen to manage to hit Bowser with one last bomb, he will admit defeat and a giant Star will appear. Go ahead, and grab the Star! (This doesn't add to your total Stars, though!). Watch the ending cutscene, and credits, then return back to your file for more playing! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V T.All of the Castle Secret Stars~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hidden within the castle are 30 Castle Secret Stars. These Stars don't count towards the total of any course, but instead have a catagory of their own. All 30 are hidden quite well, some are hidden together with slightly different objectives that need to be completed. Here's a list of all of the Castle Secret Stars, in no particular order, and how to complete them. There's is no official name for any of these Stars, so the names will likely differ elsewhere. =================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #1:The Princess's Secret Slide~ =================================================== Difficulty:*/***** This Star is pretty easy to obtain. Go forward in the lobby to the second floor of the lobby, and head to the right and enter the 1 Star Door. Upon entering this door, head to the right and you will see a picture of Princess Peach looking sideways holding flowers. Jump into that stained glass painting for a secret level. In this secret level, you will find yourself sitting at the top of a rather large slide. Damn, that sounds cool doesn't it? It's far easier than the Cool, Cool Mountain slide, so you should have little difficulty in this Star. Head down the first ramp, and you should notice the timer in the top right corner of the screen. Don't worry about that until later. Go around the first left sharp turn, about 270-Degrees or so until the wall dissappears and won't reappear for a little bit. You will slide down a rather large hill, followed by a 180-Degree right turn, where you will pass through a lot of coin strings and a series of mini-hills. Then, you will pass through a quick left turn, then a right turn, then another left turn, and then it is a quick straight slide to the finish line. After crossing the finish line, jump up onto the platform and break the ! Box to open the Star, claim it. =================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #2:Princess's Secret Slide-Race to the Finish!~ =================================================================== Difficulty:*/***** You need to revisit the Princess' Secret Slide for another new Power Star. However, there is a simple catch:You need to finish in under 21 seconds. Still think you can make it, hot shot? No big deal actually. It is very simple because there is a big shortcut. Wario can't make the shortcut though, so don't bother with him. You can still make it under 21 seconds without the shortcut, if you are incapable of doing it. Start out by holding forwards and hugging the inside walls. Keep building you speed until the path flattens out for a second and the walls end. Right before the first big hill, jump off to the left. Keep a steady eye on the Touch Screen Map to make sure your aiming for another section of track. Land on it, and continue sliding to the finish. You will make it in under 21 seconds with plenty of time to spare and a new Power Star will appear. If this method is too hard, you can always try to beat it the normal route way. Hug the inside walls to save as much time as possible. You should be able to finish just over 20 seconds with the regular method. ====================================== ~Castle Secret Star #3:Sunshine Isles~ ====================================== Difficulty:*/***** Head into the 1 Star Door in the lobby, at the top-right corner of it. Head straight through the center door. This is the Princess's Playroom. You should notice to the left of the Toad standing in the room is a picture of a sunny island. Hop into the portrait to get sent into Sunshine Isles, a small mini-world. There is only one Power Star to be found in this region though, but no matter. You will start off on a small island, with the Star Sphere right near you. Let's get those Silver Stars! Start off by heading to the left onto the nearby small island. Then, head straight until you are upon a tiny sand bar. It is upon this sand bar you will find your first Silver Star. Now, from your location on the sand bar to another island, that is short though, should be pretty close to you. It also has a palm tree on it. Walk in the water over to that palm tree island. Once you are on that island, climb up the palm tree until you are at the very top. It is here you shall find your second Silver Star. Your next Silver Star from your location is currently never in an exact location. Klepto the Vulture is flying around with the Silver Star clawed firmly. It is best advisible to just stay in one place and wait for him to fly over to where you are. When he comes near jump up and hit Klepto. He will get like freaked out and drop the Silver Star, which will start to bounce around Sunshine Isles. Grab it before it gets annoying to catch, and that will be Silver Star number three. Now, the last two Silver Stars are pretty close nearby, fortunately. Head to the center and tall island, and jump up the the very top of it. It is here, bouncing happily up and down, where your fourth Silver Star lies. Now, jump off of the island into the water, and start circling around the center islands base until you find a tiny alcove in the bottom of it. This is where your fifth and final Star lies. Now, the Power Star appears in the Star Sphere near where we began. From this point, head just back a few feet and you should be there. Claim the Star. =========================================== ~Castle Secret Star #4:The Secret Aquarium~ =========================================== Difficulty:*/***** Near the door that leads back to the lobby from Jolly Roger Bay is a little hole in the wall. Jump inside it for a seret Star challenge. You are inside a giant aquarium! There is no way of getting any air. The object is to collect all eight Red Coins. Pretty simple really. No detailed explainations can really be given. Simply, there are four circles of coins in the upper half of the aquarium. In the center of all four of these coin circles lies a Red Coin. After you have easily collected four Red Coins, swim down to the bottom of the aquarium. There are another four Red Coins down here. There is one Red Coin in each corner of the room. After you have collected all eight of the Red Coins, your Star will appear in the bottom, center of the room. It should be easy from there to grab the Star. Remember that collecting Coins refills your air meter, and that's the only way you can keep getting health in this mini-world. ====================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #5:8 Red Coins in Goomboss's Area~ ====================================================== Difficulty:**/***** This Star lies within Goomboss's Area. To get there, start off in the lobby, and head to the second floor of it and enter the 1 Star Door on the far right side. Once inside, head straight through the middle door into the Princess's Play room. Head to the right of the bouncing Toad, and through the 8 Star Door. In this next tiny room you should see the Mario painting. This leads to Goomboss's Area, so jump in. You will appear in the large level. Now, once again, you have task of searching frantically for another set of eight Red Coins. Many of them are hidden well, and you are going to need to use every character for the job. Wario to break some bricks, Mario to float up high, Luigi to move quickly while invisible, and Yoshi for, making the rest of the jumps rather simple. Start off as usual by sliding down to log and moving around to the left. Kill that Goomba if he is in your way. After you pass the above part, keep heading straight until you find the giant log stump platforms moving up and down. They subcede into the water, then come back up onto dry land. Jump onto the first moving platform as it is going up. Then, jump onto the second platform as it is receding down, now quickly jump onto the third platform. If you can't, keep yourself in the air to avoid falling onto the stump which is in the poisonous water. After getting past the third log, jump onto solid land for your next task, collecting a Red Coin! All right. You are away from the daunting water of death. What now? Look to your left and you should see a small platform going back and forth to where near you are standing now, and into the empty abyss. When that small platform comes back to you, jump onto it and wait until it takes you over the abyss. Now, another platform is coming your way too. When it is right next to your platform jump onto it carefully, and ride it over to a small tree stump with a lone Goomba and a black brick. The Goomba standing around there will be wearing a Wario Cap, but only if you aren't Wario right now. Grab the Cap and destroy the black brick for your first Red Coin. Seemingly daunty task now, right? Carefully head back over the platforms, making sure not to fall off into the abyss. When you get back to solid land, head straight until you see a sleeping Pirhana Plant to your right, and a wire mesh net right behind it. Grab onto the wire net and hand over hand, move all the way over to the other side. However, along the way in the middle of the net, you will find your second Red Coin. Collect it, and go back to where you came (The spot before you jumped for the wire net). That's two Red Coins already! Now, head straight along the path, killing the Pirhana Plant along the way if you feel like it, or if you need health. Climb up the very tall pole. There will be a Lakitu circling around you now, but you can simply ignore him because he can't do anything while you are climbing the tall pole. Climb quickly (By holding Y and climbing the pole) until you reach the very top. Pretty damn great view, isn't it? On this circular log is a small branch extending out (Not the wooden bridge you may also see!). At the tip of this branch lies your third Red Coin. After you retrieve this Red Coin, go back to the pole and slide all the way back down the pole back to the log where the Pirhana Plant used to be. More Red Coins coming up! Now that you are on this log, jump back to the checkered-colored pathways and head towards the left, to where the pathway will quickly become narrow. Destroy any annoying boxes that may get in your way, and keep following the path until there are two directions to go-left or right. Choose to go left and continue following the path, still getting rid of useless boxes that may block your path. Follow the path some more and it will appear as to come to a dead end. However, the seemingly "wall" that signifies the dead end is actually a big tree stump moving up and down. When it stops at the bottom for a second or two, jump onto it and ride it to the top. At the apex of the stump's travels, you will find the fourth Red Coin in mid air. You can jump to get it, but a Backflip is the best way to ensure you grab it. That's four down! After retrieving your fourth Red Coin, head back onto the tree stump and wait for it to reach ground level again, then hop off of it. Now, it is a bit of a long path to the fifth Red Coin. Follow the pathway, to the right instead of left when you get to the fork again. Keep following the winding pathway, with moving platforms to add to the annoyance until you come across a wide section of platform. Head to the left, where you will see a sleeping Pirhana Plant. Kill it if you feel like it, then head behind it and you will see the Blue Star Marker, marking where the Star will appear after the eight Red Coins are found. Head behind it to find five logs that are moving up and down, and go way out over the pit of emptiness. Carefully navigate over all five logs and you will be on the last platform, with another sleeping Pirhana Plant (Is this their home or something?). Kill it to easily clear the path for the prize that is behind it-your fifth Red Coin. Be careful! That's another Red Coin down! The remaining three are all in the same area, but require Mario and Luigi to get. After collecting your fifth Red Coin, head across the logs again (You should notice they are actually in-sinc with eachother to create the path back easier). Once you are on the other side, take a left until you reach a pretty big gap over the poisonous water. Long Jump over it, until you are on a realitvely large platform, with a small, tilting diamond shaped platform in the middle of it. Jump onto the small diamond-shaped and tilting platform. You can see the sixth Red Coin lying just within a jump's reach hovering above the diamond platform. Nearby is a Goomba wearing a Mario Cap if you aren't already him yet. You need Mario for the following Red Coin. The stupid Goomba should be within a few feet or so of your current location on the platform. If there is no Mario Cap lying nearby, either you already are Mario or you have just overlooked the Goomba. Look at the touch screen to pinpoint the Mario Cap. You may need to beat Goomboss first to unlock the cap here. Locate the Mario Cap, and rush over to it and grab it. If there really is no Mario Cap here, then you must beat Goomboss if you haven't already. From where you should be near the diamond shaped platform, look around and nearby you should see some more diamond-shaped tilting platforms all lined up, and they connect to a log far away in the distance. Hop aboard the tilting platform (The tilt is pointless if you are worried about falling off into the abyss. You can't fall off these platforms unless you walk off by accident). Then jump to the next platform, and then to the final one, and then hop to the small log. All there is here is a lonely signpost and a ? Red Block. Hit the block and recieve the Power Flower that pops out of it. Now, quickly push B to keep floating upwards. Aim for the very top of the gigantic tree stump that isn't moving. Once you reach the very tip top of the tree stump, you can't posssibly miss the Red Coin lying in the middle. Now you are only one Red Coin away from another Star! Jump off of the giant tree towards land, and make sure to Ground Pound before slamming onto the ground to not lose four Bars of Health (It is a rather large fall). Anyways, turn right near that lonely diamond shaped platform and kill the nearby Goomba for a Luigi Cap, which you need to earn the last Red Coin. If that Goomba isn't there, look at the Touch Screen Map until you find the Luigi Hat. It's always there even if you haven't unlocked him. Head back across those three diamond shaped tilting platforms. Well what do you know? You happen to be right back on the small log containing the Red ? Block you hit eariler. Get ready for a quick race! Hit the ? Red Block and get the Power Flower that falls from it to recieve the power of being invisible. You don't have very much time, only 15 or so seconds. You need to hurry! Head quickly across those three tilting diamond shaped platforms again. After you do that, head to the left and keep going until you are at the base of the giant tree stump. Stand in the middle of it, then do a high Backflip. You will see a wire gate on this small ledge you are currently standing on. Because of the fact you are invisible, you can, with ease, go right through the gate and collect the last and final and eigth Red Coin that simply lies there. If you are trapped inside the gate right now, then grab the Power Flower in the red ? block to get out. Now, it is a matter of actually getting the Power Star that appeared. It is actually close by. You even saw that Blue Star Marker before, right? After jumping off of the not high up ledge, make your way to the left and cross the gap with a Long Jump when it appears. Cross along the narrow and winding platforms until you reach those moving up and down tree stumps again. Your Power Star is waiting there! ================================================================ ~Castle Secret Star #6:Wall Kick Switch Star in Goomboss's Area~ ================================================================ Difficulty:**/***** This Star is located in Goomboss's Area, naturally. Start off in the lobby, and head to the second floor of it and enter the 1 Star Door on the far right side. Once inside, head straight through the middle door into the Princess's Play room. Head to the right of the bouncing Toad, and through the 8 Star Door. In this next tiny room we gonna see some tables and chairs, and a Mario painting. Jump through it to enter Goomboss's Area. You have to use Mario for this Star. Quite obviously, as the title states, only he can do the stupendous Wall Kick. So it is best that you enter Goomboss's Area as Mario to make this Star short and easy to get. You can also get his Cap if you aren't already playing as him. Start out as usual at the top of the log, so slide down it to the first platform. Instead of taking the path to the left as usual, go straight across the short gap and follow the mild path to the right. Keep going and going. By the time you meet back up with the main path you should see a very narrow path that is a hill going upwards. That hill leads to your destination, so it should be fairly simple to figure out what to do. Walk up the short path. By the time you reach the top, the platform will flatten and get a little wider. There will be a Pirhana Plant sleeping soundly up here. Kill it. No risk of falling off this high platform thanks to no more Pirhana Plants. Cross the diamond shaped platforms very carefully to reach another platform, quite high up above land. Although they tilt a bit, they won't fall off their little stand. The only real way you can fall off of these platforms is if you intentionally fall off. Anyways, head to the right when you are on this platform making sure to not fall off (It is wide so that isn't a problem, unless you are rushing this Star) until you reach a little bit of pathway sticking out. It is here where the Star Switch of Goomboss's Area is located. Ready for a little fun? As Mario (If you aren't Mario, grab the Mario Cap a Goomba is wearing a little while back), activate the switch. You will see the Star appear in what seems to be a cage, but that isn't much of a problem. After hitting the switch, run all the way to the end of the platform, making sure you don't bump into those Goombas to stall up time (You have to be quick). Then, the bottom of the "cage" should be infront of you. Jump onto the wall infront of you, and do a wall kick to the other side of the cage. Keep doing this quickly, tilting in the direction you wanna go after each Wall Kick until you finally reach the very top of the cage. Quickly now, jump into the Star Sphere to break it and claim yet another Power Star. ================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #7:Red Coins in the Courtyard~ ================================================== Difficulty:*/***** All around the Courtyard is a ton of Boo's. I mean a lot (And the Big Boo in the corner of course). Most of the Boo's have Yellow Coins inside them, which can only be gotten after Punching/Ground Pounding them to death, which they will then drop. However, eight Boo's contain Red Coins instead of Yellow Coins inside them. This, fortunately, is such an easy Red Coin mission I don't think I need to explain to you how to do it. Boo's will float towards you while your back is turned away from them, however, you still may run into a bit of trouble with finding all of them. If you face a Boo, it will become transparent in fright. Oh boy. If you get hurt by a Boo in its normal state, that's 2 Health Bars ticked off. However, there's infinite life here. Simply, jump into the water around the Eternal Star statue, float at the surface, and wait for your health to be replenished back to full. Pretty darned simple, isn't it? Anyways, right past the door when you enter the Courtyard a Boo will begin coming towards you right then. He contains Red Coin #1. There are a few Boo's in the water, but none have Red Coins, however. To the right end of the Courtyard are around 5-7 Boo's just wondering around with no intention. Three of them have Red Coins inside of them, so I think you know the drill. A hop, spin, pound. Then, head behind the Star Statue for another Boo with another Red Coin. Now you have three left to find. Head to the left side of the Courtyard for where the Big Boo is located, and there are another bunch of Boo's. The final three Red Coins are inside some of them. After collecting all 8 Red Coins, head over and grab the Power Star that appears behind the Star Statue (It probably would have made more sense above the statue). Just as a note, it has been rumored that this Star is impossible after a period of time. The Red Coins in the Boo's are said to disappear making the Star ungettable. This rumor has been confirmed to be complete bull. There is no way to make this Star disappear into thin air. It is simply impossible to do that. If the Boo's aren't holding Red Coins, then you already have this Star. Do not whine, complain, or even think there is a glitch preventing you from earning the Star. You already have it. End of story. If you are missing a Castle Secret Star, then it must be another one if the Red Coins aren't here. ======================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #8:Silver Stars in the Battle Fort~ ======================================================= Difficulty:**/***** I find this Secret Star quite fun to earn. Sadly, you can't be Yoshi to obtain this Star, so do make sure you aren't him. This Star is located in the Courtyard of the Castle. Once you reach the Courtyard, head to the upper right corner of it, and head near a small pile of bricks. Punch several of the bricks. Once of them was covering a small hole in the ground. Jump in the hole. You will be transported to the Battle Fort. For those who have played multiplayer, this is one of the levels. As the name of the Star implies, you need to collect all 5 Silver Stars of the land in order to claim your prize. Start off by heading forwards towards a pole in the distance. Once you reach the pole, climb to the top of the pole. When you reach the top, you should easily see a nearby Silver Star just waiting to be captured. Just 4 left to go! Jump right off the wire grating back to the ground. Look around for a nearby Goomba, walking aimlessly with no intention of doing anything but to annoy you. The Goomba is probably thinking you'll never think to jump on him for the Silver Star. Do just that. Go right over to him and jump on him and claim the Silver Star. Now you only need 3 more Silver Stars. From where you are, run over to each corner of the Battle Fort. One of the 4 corners has several crates around it. Simply destroy the crates. One of them will reveal the 3rd Silver Star once destroyed. Now simple 2 more Stars remain. The 4th is guarded by another Goomba in the level, however, I find its impossible to determine this one's exact location. Look at your map for a moving Silver Star and run over to it- that will most likely be the Goomba you are looking for. Defeat the Goomba and claim the 4th Silver Star. And the final Silver Star is, once again, in the corner of the Battle Fort. Look at the map again to see which corner hides the last Silver Star and then run over to it. Destroy the crates again, and recover the last Silver Star. The real Power Star will appear in the Star Sphere is in a different corner of the Battle Fort. It's in the corner opposite of the the last Silver Star. Go collect your prize. Make sure not to lose any Silver Stars along the way from taking damage or the Power Star will dissappear until you have all five again. ====================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #9:8 Red Coins Hidden in Bowser in the Dark World~ ====================================================================== Difficulty:***/***** Once you have obtained 12 or more Power Stars, you can open the Big Star Door on the Castle Lobby and go to Bowser in the Dark World. Simply walk down the hallway until you fall through a trapdoor. Simple as that, and you're in the Dark World. Also in the Dark World is a host of Red Coins, all ready for a Star to appear. Let's go get them! Start off by running along the path until you reach a fire emitter. Step on the ! Switch when it isn't making fire. This activates two nearby platforms giving access to two Red Coins. First, there is a Red Coin straight down from the fire emitter. Cross the platform to reach it. Quickly, now, make your way back to the beginning of the course (Try not to get burned along the way!) to find another platform with a Red Coin at the end of it (Shift the camera to get a more visible view if you don't see it right away). The platforms don't last forever, so if you feel like your not going to make it, simply press the ! Switch again. You don't have any time limits. Now you can continue along with the level. Keep following the linear path, past several fire emitters, and over a rotating platform. Ignore the Goomba's on the next platform and keep going over a bridge to a twisted path with a green floor. Behind one of the crystals on this path is the third Red Coin. Get it without getting hurt by the Amp's. The next Red Coin is nearby, and not too hard to get. Keep going along your merry way until you reach a yellow platform jutting in and out of a wall to serve as a platform to and from a small platform above it. Cross over to the middle platform, then as the yellow platform is coming out on the other side, drop down to obtain the fourth Red Coin. Jump over to the next platform. Now you will be near 2 rotating platforms. Get on one of them and follow it around. If your facing away from the aforementioned yellow platform, stand in the bottom left-ish corner of the platform. Stay there for a few moments as the platform rotates around. Eventually you will pass right through the fifth Red Coin. Now you only need three more Red Coins! Head over the next pair of rotating platforms to reach the main, central platform with a few Goomba's on it. Kill them so you don't risk getting killed, then rotate the camera around to the left of the platform. You will see a small, thin brown plank leading to a big circular platform. Walk onto the nearby plank and carefully walk to the big platform. Once there, simply jump to obtain the sixth Red Coin. Head back to the central platform. Now, jump onto the first tilting platform and quickly run to the other end. Then jump to the next titling platform. Quickly run again to the other end. If you made it quick enough, you should be able to jump to a semi-higher platform. Do so. Once here, turn around, facing the opposite direction of the pipe to Bowser. If you change the camera angle to this direction (And you should) you will see several other platforms in the distance. If you are Yoshi, you can easily perform Flutter Kicks to each platform until you reach the end. If you are anybody else, you need to use Long Jumps. On the last platform, grab the 7th Red Coin. From here, Jump down onto the platform beneith you (Use 1st Person View to make your jump accurately). If the Goomba's are still there when you get down on the platform, kill them. Now, this is a very tricky Coin to get, so try not to fall here. Look a little bit to the north of the tilting platforms to see a very narrow walkway infront of the wall. Take this walkway. Hug the wall. There are several openings so you can take a breather. One of these areas contains a 1-Up Mushroom, and the other happens to contain the final Red Coin. Finally you have all 8 Red Coins. The Power Star appears right behind the pipe to Bowser. From here, walk the last narrow pathway to the nearby stairs. Climb a few platforms to reach the ! Switch. This will activate the nearby stairs so you can climb them. Do so to reach the very top of the level. Be sure to not go in the pipe, or you will have to collect all of the Coins all over again. From here simply run behind the pipe and grab the Power Star. Hope that wasn't too hard! ================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #10:8 Red Coins in the Tower of the Wing Cap~ ================================================================= Difficulty:**/***** Okay. This is a fairly annoying Star to get. You need to be Mario for this Star as only Mario can really do this. Anyways, once you have at least 14 Power Stars, there will be a light shining on a sun icon in the Castle Lobby. As Mario, stand on the sun and look up at the light to be transported to the Tower of the ? Switch. Press the giant red Switch to activate all Red ? Blocks. You can re-enter this level as much as you like. As Mario, there are 8 Red Coins in the air around the tower. Sounds simple, doesn't it? However, you have to use the initial Wing Cap you are given to complete this challenge. The reason is because the Tower is too low to get enough height to round up all of the Coins. From where you start flying, you will quickly need to make to nosedive slightly to the right. You will be going very fast when you plow into the first pair of Red Coins. After getting the first 2 Coins, the rest are very easy. Just follow the pattern of Yellow Coins around the level, running into the Red Coins when you get to them. Once you have them all, the Star will appear on the middle tower near the ? Switch. Go ahead and grab it. Jump out of the level if you mess up. You don't lose a life for it. ======================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #11:Red Coins Hidden in the Maze of King Boo Battle~ ======================================================================== Difficulty:**/***** This Secret Star lies inside the King Boo Battle level. This is also where you unlocked Luigi. To get here, head right to Big Boo's Haunt. From there, enter the Mansion. Head up the stairs to the second floor, and to the furthest right door. Head past the bookshelves in the next room, but don't turn the corner. Instead, jump onto a small ledge in the very corner of the room. Perform a Backflip up onto the third floor of the mansion. However, if you can't do so, then as Mario grab a Power Flower and Balloon up there. I don't think Wario has the ability to get up here, though. Anyways, go right through the third floor door, and you should see the painting of Luigi. Go jump through it. You will appear on Big Boo's Merry Go Round, or so you think. This is the Big Boo Battle level, even though the boss resembles King Boo. 8 Red Coins lurk around this world, and you need to find them. Start off by going straight across where you start for the first Red Coin, then go out the door. You will re-appear at the beginning of the course. This time, head out the door on the right. This next room has four collapsing bridges, and two Red Coins in here. Head right across the first bridge to the middle of the room, and grab the Red Coin that lies there. Now, head off to the bridge on the right. Grab the Red Coin that lies here. Since you pretty much trapped ourselves on this ledge (Wasn't that smart thinking on our part?), you have no choice but to go through the door. And what do you know? You're back at the beginning, once again. You must be Mario to get several Red Coins from now on, so grab his Cap from the left doorway. Then, head back out through the right door. This time in the next room, head to the center platform and go across the left bridge and out the door once you reach it. You are now in the third room of the level. Jump over to the middle platform, and under the ? Red Block. Quickly grab the Power Flower inside. Or at the very least, keep jumping. The middle of this platform has a tilted floor and if you stand on it too long you will fall into the bottomless pit and go back to the beginning of the level. So, grab the Power Flower as Mario and float to all of the corners of the room. Once of the corners has a Red Coin in it. Grab it. Now, float over to one of the platforms with the doors that has a Red Coin on it. Collect the Red Coin, then proceed through the door on that platform. This next room is full of moving platforms, and has two more Red Coins. Ride the first moving platform and collect the Red Coin that it passes under. Once it reaches the next platform, jump off onto it. There is another moving elevator attached to this platform. Get on the platform and start riding it over to the next platform. Once you are there, ride it over to the next platform. Be sure to grab the Wario Cap that is on this platform, because you will need it for the last Red Coin. Lastly, ride the last platform to the next platform. Go through the door here. This is the last room of the level. Look to the right and you will see a Black Brick Block. Since you are Wario, you can punch these blocks. Punch the block and it will reveal the final Red Coin. Go collect it, and the location of the Power Star will be revealed. Heh, its right next to you. Go five steps backwards and collect the Star. ========================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #12:Luigi's Quick Sprint in the King Boo Battle Area~ ========================================================================= Difficulty:**/***** Welcome to King Boo's area! Seems simple when you first get dropped into a room similar to Big Boo's Merry Go Round. there are 4 doors. Does it matter which one you choose? Actually, it does. Three doors are fakes. Enter them and you will reappear where you are now. One door leads to the next room, so keep doing that until you reach the area with this Secret Star. From where you start, head inside the door to the right and enter inside it. You will be taken to the next room. Keep in mind that if you lose all of your health, or fall into a pit, you will be sent back to the start of this mini-world. Run across the platform to the center platform, avoiding the collapsing bridges tumbling. At the Mr. I platform, take the collapsing bridge to the left. Hurry and get across there and into the door to the next room. In this next room, there is a square platform in the middle with a ? Red Block on it. Under the block is another tilting floor. Long Jump to this middle platform. Get the Power Flower inside, and hurry with the rest of this before it ends! Remember that you must be Luigi for this to work. Long Jump to the ledge on the right and enter the door there to be transported to the next room. There are another 4 ledges with doors, but no center platform. Instead, there are several moving platforms. Look to the left, and get a running start. Long Jump over to the platform on the left. Now you will enter a rather thin but large room. There is a huge chasm infront of you, with a very long collapsing bridge across it. Hurry up and run right across the huge gap. Once you reach the end, jump through the Boo painting and you will be in a secret room. A Power Star is right here so grab it, and exit the world or defeat King Boo, whichever is your pleasure. ========================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #13:8 Red Coins Behind the Waterfall~ ========================================================= Difficulty:**/***** I love secret levels hidden already in a level. It is likely you already found this place, so all you need to do is go back here via Hazy Maze Cave. If you haven't been to this world, read on. Enter Hazy Maze Cave in the basement of the Castle. As always there are two ways to go from the start. Head left. Get a running start and Long Jump across the large chasm, then head through the door on the other side. Now you are in the black hole room. Follow the red, grated path around to the right, and try to avoid the spiders and bats that attack you-they will push you off into the black hole if you aren't careful. Once you reach the area where the giant boulders are falling from, stick to the left wall. Its a much safer place than the right wall. Restore your health with the heart, and follow around the corner and through the next door. You are in the transport to the underground lake where Dorrie resides. On the other side of the wire grating is a Star you have probably already gotten. Head down the elevator. Jump off of it and Ground Pound before hitting the ground to avoid damage. Follow the brown path on the ground towards the water. Kill any of the wondering Goomba's for health if you need it, then jump into the water and swim over to Dorrie. He will probably have the Wario Cap on his head if you aren't Wario. If he doesn't, it doesn't matter. Swim over to him and get on his back and Ground Pound it. This will have him lower his neck so you can get on his head. Do so, and get the Wario Cap (If it is there). Wait a few seconds for Dorrie to left his head. You can now control the direction he moves by facing any direction, and Dorrie will swim that way. You need to direct him towards a small piece of land jutting out from the wall, high out of the water where some double doors lie. Its a bit tricky trying to control Dorrie, but you have to do it. Just remember that if you face something like left, Dorrie will continue to go left until you face forwards or another direction. Seriously, it can be annoying controlling him. Just hurry up and make it over to the double doors. Once you reach the double doors island, Jump off of Dorrie onto it, and go through the doors. Walk through the really short hallway. You will eventually come to an opening with a weird metallic liquid, much like the entrance to Hazy Maze Cave. Jump into it. Now you are in cave behind the waterfall. The suction flow is absurdly fast and powerful here, so don't fall into the water, otherwise you will be quickly pulled out of the cavern. If that happens, you will reappear out of the waterfal infront of the castle. So, simply from the start head forward until you reach the river. It doesn't look to fun to swim in. Just don't touch it because your life depends on it. Anyways, face upstream, and jump to the nearby platform. Kill the nearby Sniffit, and then jump onto the next island nearby. On this small platform there is a thin little bridge nearby. Head across the bridge and don't fall in the water! Once across the bridge you should be right next to a little area inside the wall. In this little hole are a few pillars, a 1-Up Mushroom, and 2 Red Coins. Grab everything, then proceed to the next platform. This platform contains nothing, so jump to the next platform (Don't fall into the water here). This platform has a Goomba wearing a Wario Cap if you aren't him already. Kill the Goomba then grab the Wario Cap (Before it falls into the water!) before moving on. Jump onto the final platform. For those who have played the orginal Super Mario 64, this platform held the giant Green ? Switch. Now it only has 2 Red Coins. Grab them both, then grab the Power Flower inside the ? Red Block as Wario to become Metal Wario. Once you are metal, jump into the water. You sink like a rock. There is limited time, so don't waste any of it. The remaining four Red Coins are circled around this last platform. Run around the platform, collecting them all. The Power Star will finally appear once you have all of the Coins. It appears underwater, right behind the last platform. You should be able to easily reach it from here. It isn't too much of a hassle. ================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #14:Mario's Balloon Trip Behind the Waterfall~ ================================================================== Difficulty:**/***** You're going to the exact same place as the previous Star. Same copied description up until the part where you need Mario. Its much easier than the previous Star, that be true. Enter Hazy Maze Cave in the basement of the Castle. As always there are two ways to go from the start. Head left. Get a running start and Long Jump across the large chasm, then head through the door on the other side. Now you are in the black hole room. Follow the red, grated path around to the right, and try to avoid the spiders and bats that attack you-they will push you off into the black hole if you aren't careful. Once you reach the area where the giant boulders are falling from, stick to the left wall. Its a much safer place than the right wall. Restore your health with the heart, and follow around the corner and through the next door. You are in the transport to the underground lake where Dorrie resides. On the other side of the wire grating is a Star you have probably already gotten. Head down the elevator. Jump off of it and Ground Pound before hitting the ground to avoid damage. Follow the brown path on the ground towards the water. Kill any of the wondering Goomba's for health if you need it, then jump into the water and swim over to Dorrie. He will probably have the Wario Cap on his head if you aren't Wario. If he doesn't, it doesn't matter. Swim over to him and get on his back and Ground Pound it. This will have him lower his neck so you can get on his head. Do so, and get the Wario Cap (If it is there). Wait a few seconds for Dorrie to left his head. You can now control the direction he moves by facing any direction, and Dorrie will swim that way. You need to direct him towards a small piece of land jutting out from the wall, high out of the water where some double doors lie. Its a bit tricky trying to control Dorrie, but you have to do it. Just remember that if you face something like left, Dorrie will continue to go left until you face forwards or another direction. Seriously, it can be annoying controlling him. Just hurry up and make it over to the double doors. Once you reach the double doors island, Jump off of Dorrie onto it, and go through the doors. Walk through the really short hallway. You will eventually come to an opening with a weird metallic liquid, much like the entrance to Hazy Maze Cave. Jump into it. Now you are in cave behind the waterfall. The suction flow is absurdly fast and powerful here, so don't fall into the water, otherwise you will be quickly pulled out of the cavern. If that happens, you will reappear out of the waterfal infront of the castle. So, simply from the start head forward until you reach the river. It doesn't look to fun to swim in. Just don't touch it because your life depends on it. Anyways, face upstream, and jump to the nearby platform. Kill the nearby Sniffit, and then jump onto the next island nearby. Now you are in cave behind the waterfall. The suction flow is quite rapid here, so don't fall into the water. If you do, you will be sucked out of the waterfall and will land outside of the castle. So, simply from the start head forward until you reach the river. Don't get into it. Just don't do it because your life depends on it. Anyways, face upstream, and jump to the nearby platform. Kill the nearby Sniffit, and then jump onto the next island nearby. On this small platform there is a thin little bridge nearby. Head across the bridge and don't fall in the water! Continue past the hole in the wall, and jump over onto the next platform. Kill the Goomba if you want, grab the nearby Mario Cap if you already aren't the mustached hero, and head to the final platform. Here, grab the Power Flower inside the ? Red Block and quickly start floating upwards. Keep mashing B. You will pass through a chain of coins resembling an up arrow. Eventually you will run right into the Power Star. Yay for you! ======================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #15:8 Red Coins on Moving Platforms Under the Moat~ ======================================================================= Difficulty:***/***** This Castle Secret Star is located beneath the moat, so you need to have drained that first off. Second, in order to access this area you must be Wario. So go switch to him in the Character Rooms, then head outside as Wario and into the moat. Find a Black Brick Block and break it, and go down the revealed hole. You will be dropped onto a huge slide, well the top of it at least. This is the old Vanishing Cap level from the orginal Super Mario 64. Heh, what memories. Start off by falling down the slide right where you are standing, and holding up making you slide down a bit more slowly. You should land on a platform with the 1st Red Coin. From here, three more Red Coins are on the slide. It is basically a look a different direction and change the camera angle-type thing. From where you are, face away from the left wall and hold L to make the camera behind you. Another platform slightly further down should be visible, and it has a Red Coin on it. Get a running start then jump over to it (Don't miss!) and collect the Red Coin. Once you have secreted the 2nd Red Coin, turn the camera around until you see the next platform, which has a ! Yellow Block on it. Jump over onto that nearby platform. Break the block for a few Coins if you wish, then look around for another nearby platform that has a 1-Up Mushroom on it. Run and jump onto that nearby platform. Grab the Mushroom once you are on the platform, then head right off the side of the platform. Hold up again to slow your decent on the slide, and you should run right onto the next platform with the 3rd Red Coin. Now, there are 2 platforms to the side of this platform. If you take one side you will goto a ! Yellow Block. Not something you want right now. Head to the other platform, which contains the fourth Red Coin. Once you have obtained that, slide all the way to the bottom level. Once you reach the very bottom of the slope, simply ignore the ? Red Block that is down there, and grab the Mario Cap because you are going to be using some fine jumping. Head away from the Red Block and around the corner. Keep running! There are a ton of those black ball things that shoot fire when close to them. Eventually you should hopefully reach a tilting platform. Jump onto it then while the other end is high in the air, run and Jump up to the next ledge. Now things from here on out get a bit trickier. Keep running on this next platform to the end of it, then jump up to the next platform. Ignore the ! Yellow Block and wait at the end of the platform near some rotating platforms and jump on one when it is close to you. Simply wait for this moving block to reach the very top of its run, and then jump up to the nearby wooden plank/tilting platform, grabbing the fifth Red Coin in the air as your jumping. Run all the way to the end of this platform and grab the sixth Red Coin. Once you have obtained the sixth Red Coin, simply wait on the end of the tilting platform for the next platform to rotate towards you so you can jump onto it. Obviously get on one once you can easily jump to it from your position. If the platform tilts too much in your direction, then head to the other end to make it all even again then wait near the next set of platforms. Jump on the one closest to you. This next set of moving platforms is a bit tricky, so listen closely. At the top of your moving platforms you need to quickly jump off onto the next set of platforms. This is because the platform you are on will flip over once it reaches the other side. In other words, you will just die. So make sure to pull off this jump because you don't have much of a choice. It isn't that hard to be honest. Ride this platform to the very top of its route. The seventh Red Coin is located between the gap inbetween the set of platforms your on and the next once you need to Jump to. If you don't think you can make the jump, wait until you reach the top of the loop again to try the jump. You can easily die here, so try not to miss. By now you should be sick of moving platforms. Luckily, this is the last one. Simply wait until the platform you are on goes as high as it can, then jump off onto the nearby solid platform. Grab the nearby Luigi Cap and get ready for the last Red Coin. Once your Luigi, head right over to the ? Red Block and grab a Power Flower from it. Luigi will become invisible. You can now walk through walls here. Continue along the path and walk through the metal gratings you come across and you will easily walk into the final Red Coin. The Power Star will appear inside the next cage. Hopefully your power hasn't run out now! Keep walking to the last cage and grab the Power Star. There is a hole nearby you need to use to exit the level. Of course, only use it after you have the Power Star or this will have been a whole waste of time for you to have read and accompish. ================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #16:Mario's Balloon Trip Star Under the Moat~ ================================================================= Difficulty:**/***** This Castle Secret Star is located beneath the moat, so you need to have drained that first off. Second, in order to access this area you must be Wario. So go switch to him in the Character Rooms, then head outside as Wario and into the moat. Find a Black Brick Block and break it, and go down the revealed hole. You will be dropped onto a huge slide. Well, the top of it at least. This is the old Vanishing Cap level form the orginal Super Mario 64. Heh, what memories. The only thing you need to encounter on this level is the giant slide. Simply slide down to the bottom of it. You can gain massive speed, which is nice and all, but by doing so you may fly right off the ledge at the bottom and be forced to do it all over again. So, to spare you some trouble, keep your speed reasonable as you make your way to the bottom ledge of the world. You will find the Mario Cap right at the end of the slide. You need to be Mario for this Star so you better grab it. Now, head to the Red ? Block nearby and grab the Power Flower inside. Start floating into the abyss, and turn the camera around to see just where your going. Your trying to float over to a platform not too far away, in the middle of nothing. Land on the platform and activate the Star Switch. You have about 40 seconds to climb 2 vertical shafts to reach a high platform with the Star Sphere. You now have 2 choices. You can either do a much faster Wall Jump successfully up the first shaft, or take the little bit slower method of using the nearby Power Flower to float up the first shaft. Your call. Head up to the next platform up the 1st shaft. Now you can repeat what you did before for the next shaft, which is a little bit longer than the first. You can easily Wall Jump up to the top of it for a much faster ride, or use another nearby ? Red Block and use the Power Flower to float the rest of the way. Remember, you only have about 40 seconds so you need to make your decision fast. Whichever you choose, just climb to the top of the shaft. Once you reach the top of the shaft, simply head over to the Star Sphere and collect your Star. Simple as that. If time ran out, jump off the ledge and hope to land on the platform with the Star Switch, or die and go back down the slide and over to the platform with the Star Switch. Either way, this isn't very hard. ======================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #17:Switch Star; Stairway Madness in the Dark World~ ======================================================================== Difficulty:**/***** Notice:The following few paragraphs just explain how to get to the Switch Star, located right behind the Pipe to Bowser. If you know how to get there, skip the following paragraphs. Otherwise, read on. Enter the Big Star Door in the Lobby to enter the Dark World. Start off by running across the wide platform you start off on. You will go a few platforms down, then go across a very thin wooden bridge. After that, and up the next hill you will come to a Fire Breathing Statue. Wait until after it shoots its flames, then run past it. After the fire shooter, you will see two large diamond shaped floating platforms moving in a counterclockwise direction. Jump on one of them, and ride it over to the other side of the platform then jump off. On solid ground again, start running up the hill. You will come to a sudden U-Turn, though. In that U-Turn happens to be another Fire Breathing Statue. How fun. Wait for it to stop shooting, then make the U-Turn. Then, after the U-Turn, run up the following hill. It will come to an end, and a few feet infront of you is a bunch of platforms moving in a circular motion. Jump on one of them and ride it higher to the top. When you reach a large, circular platform, jump off the ride. Now that you are on the circular platform, kill the Goombas if you feel like it (or are running out of health). You will see a wooden bridge to the north. Head on it, and then the platform will quickly take a sudden left turn (a guardrail here protects the accident of still running forward). Now, on this thin green pathway, there are no guardrails. There is no need to run like it's a marathon. Take your time. Pass the crystals in the ground as they do nothing. You will see a few Amps circling some crystals. Avoid getting shocked by them. Continue along the pathway until you reach the end of it. Then, you will see a platform floating in midair, with an orange platform going out and receding into it over and over again. While the platform is out, jump onto it and quickly jump onto the middle platform. Now, on the other side of it is the same orange platform moving in and out. Jump onto it then quickly get off when the next platform is visible. Now, infront of you is another set of two moving platforms moving in a counterclockwise direction. Jump on one when it passes you, then face to the right. You will see another pair of moving platforms, perfectly insync with the platform you are on. When one of them passes you, that is your time to jump onto it. Now, just sit tight until it passes the solid platform. When the moving platform passes it, jump onto it. Now you are back on solid land. This next part of the Dark World is a bit tricky, so kill the nearby Goomba that may hinder you. Turn to your letf to view the large tilting platforms. You have probably used these platforms before in variou worlds, and they act the same, but these are just a bit bigger. Jump onto the first tilting platform and keep running. Your weight will shift the platform up, so you will start running slow for a second as it begins evening out again. As the next platform is in view, get near it and jump. It is quite an easy jump if the first tilting platform is tilted up while you jump. At the end of this platform is the final platform. Jump onto it, then fall down a short way to another platform with some Goombas on it. Kill them so they won't bother you. Climb up the few platforms to the right and you will find a ! Red Switch. Activate it to make the large ramp infront of you form into stairs. Climb up the stairs before time runs out. Head behind the Warp Pipe and hit the Star Switch. The Power Star will appear on a platform a little ways away. Hurry and go back the direction you came from. The stairs are gone, so jump and do a Ground Pound once you reach the end of the slide. From here, quickly make a Flutter Kick (or Long Jump if somebody else) to the next platform. Keep repeating this until you make it to the last platform, which holds the Star Sphere. Break it open and claim yet another Power Star. ========================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #18:A Kind Power Star Gift From Toad~ ========================================================= Difficulty:*/***** Once you have beaten Bowser in the Dark World, you will recieve the Key to the basement of Peach's Castle. Start off down there by taking the path to the right, and not through the Big Star Door. Head through the door at the end of the hallway to be in another section of the basement. Take the right path here and follow it along to the picture of a big Podoboo (The Lethal Lava Land picture) and take a right, through the door with a Star with no number on it. In here is the entrance to Hazy Maze Cave. Nearby the silver pool of transportation liquid, a Toad rests here. Talk to him and he will kindly hand over a Power Star he found. NOTE:I've gotten word that Toad doesn't immediately hand over the Star once you have access to him. People say this is in effect with the Boo Courtyard 8 Red Coins. Like that glitch, this one is also complete bull. If Toad doens't give you the Star, then once again you have already collected it. If you talk to him once, then talk to him another time and he gives you the Star, then I'm not so sure. There may just be something else that triggers when he can give you the Star, but as far as I know all you need to get this Star is access to the Toad himself. ======================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #19:8 Red Coins Within the Fire Sea~ ======================================================== Difficulty:**/***** I doesn't really matter which character you are for this Star, but Mario will have the most advantages so you should choose him. Whenever you are ready, head through the Big Star Door in the basement and head through to the Bowser in the Fire Sea level. The first part of the level is pretty easy. Just hop onto the blue platform and ride it over to the other side of the lava. You will need to jump onto some nearby platforms when the platform submerges so make sure you do so. Once you reach the side with the Bullies, look for an orange, wire-grating path north of the platform. Follow it to the end, and you will see the first Red Coin. Jump to grab it. Don't fall through the hole in the grating while attempting this. Once you have gotten that Red Coin, head back to the platform with the Bullies on it. Continue to the right, quickly running across the blue platforms when lava isn't covering them. Once on the other platform, continue to run forwards, past the Goombas and Heart, and onto the pole. Climb to the top and jump off onto the tilting platform. You can easily (But carefully) grab the second Red Coin here. Head to the very end of the tilting platform, and climb the pole there to the very top. You will be in a large yellow cage. In the corner, there lies the third Red Coin. Also inside this large cage happens to be a yellow elevator on the opposite side you found the 3rd Red Coin. Here is where pretty much most of the players who attempt this Star miss this Red Coin. Get on the elevator, then quickly run off. The revealed hole will reveal the fourth Red Coin. Fall down and grab it. You will be back on the platform with the Goomba's. Quickly run back to the nearby pole, get on the tilting platform, get into the cage, and ride the elevator to the top. Long Jump across the short gap as the fire emitter isn't spitting fire, unless you want a very fast and painful way to die. Now, there should be a yellow platform infront of you. There is a very thin flat surface at the top of it, and you need to land on it. You can try normal jumping, but you might easily slip off. I suggest crawling to the top. Once there, follow the pathway upwards to a high platform with a Bully on it. Grab the fifth Red Coin that lies there. Once you have that Coin, jump off from the top of the platform and you should (very hopefully) land on some more lower platforms, with a Heart and some Bullies. Heal up with the Heart, and continue up the yellow- grated path. These platforms are moving up and down for whatever reason. Stay on each platform-one of them, once it reaches the top of the cycle, has a Red Coin. Grab that Coin very easily. With just 2 Coins to go, head to the very top of the moving platforms. You will have to cross a huge sea of fire. Only 5 blue platforms are here, but they are rising and sinking into the lava. There are 2 fire emitters and two Amps. You need to be careful. Run quickly past everything to the last fire emitter. The seventh Red Coin is infront of it. Get it when the thing isn't spitting out fire. You're almost done here, just 1 Coin left. Run past the large fire sea, and you will come to several platforms that move up and down. Get on the first one and jump off at the top. Go below the second one, and get onto the third one. Be patient for the last Coin. Once the pole is at the top, you can easily jump off to it. Now that you have all 8 Red Coins, you can grab the Power Star which is on top of a tall platform. In order to get here, you need to be Mario. Head back to the second pole and climb to the top and onto the wire grating there. Now, perform Wall Jumps between the walls there to reach an upper platform. Now, it is the matter of a don't miss this jump moment to the platform which holds the Power Star. ======================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #20:Long Jump and Fall Switch Star in the Fire Sea~ ======================================================================= Difficulty:***/***** Well, the last time you need to enter Bowser in the Fire Sea this is, and it's a bit of a difficult Star. Anyways, I like Luigi for this Star so its best to choose him. Once you reach Bowser in the Fire Sea, start off by getting on the wire platform and riding it to the other side, jumping off whenever neccessary. Once at the end, run to the right, past some groups of enemies and over a sea of lava, and past some more enemies and up a pole at the very end. Head up the pole, and go over the tilting platform. Go up the next pole. In this yellow cage, find the elevator on the left side. Ride it to the second floor of the level. Long Jump across the nearby gap, and go up the yellow platform and across the mesh wiring. Then you will come to a huge platform that is constantly going up and down, changing the slant of the hills making it hard to run sometimes. Make it to the top, then head over the really long sea of lava to the last platform with a spinning heart on it. Now the fun begins. Jump right onto the pole that is right infront of you, then climb to the top of it and jump off to the nearby ledge. Keep going until you meet up with some more metal wiring on the ground. There is a pole here going in and out of the hole in the ground here. Ignore the pole, and run for the wall. Perform several Wall Kicks off of it until you reach the very top platform. Jump off onto the next higher platform, one that has a ! Yellow Block and the Switch Star. Step on the Switch Star to place the Star inside the Star Sphere. Yowza! That Star is a long ways away, not the mention a long drop's fall away. Get a running start and perform a Long Jump towards the Star. It pretty much is your only choice as there is barely 15 seconds to make it over there. Well, the only problem is that by Long Jumping towards the Star, you won't make it. I mean you can't make it with just a Long Jump. You will land in that huge sea of lava with the 5 blue platforms. If your unlucky, the lava will be high and you will burn to death. If your lucky, you will lose health just from the landing and can easily run right over to the Star Sphere. If you landed in the lava because your really unlucky, your gonna have to make your way back to the Star Switch and try again. You may need to do this Star several times before you obtain it. ============================================================ ~Castle Secret Star #21:A Suspicious Mirrored Door's Secret~ ============================================================ Difficulty:*/***** This is a Power Star that is massively overlooked. You need to be Luigi to get this Star which is one of the easiest in the game. Head to the Mirror Room, the one that has the painting for Snowman's Land. Once you are in the room as Luigi, all of the stands have a Power Flower on them. Grab a Power Flower to become invisible. Wheee! Now what? You're invisible and there isn't a single thing to do! Well, you can easily walk right through the mirror. That's something Luigi can do right now. Head right through the mirror. Now, most people only see the Wario painting to the right, and simply jump right in. However, see that door in the distance? Most people overlook it, but you can actually go in it! The only thing in it is blankness and a Power Star. Go ahead and easily collect your prize. ================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #22:8 Red Coins Hidden in Chief Chilly's Area~ ================================================================== Difficulty:***/***** In order to do this challenge, you are going to need to be Luigi, then later switch to the other characters. In order to reach Chief Chilly's area, you need to head to the Mirror Room (Also the entrance to Snowman's Land) as Luigi. Once there,you should notice a Luigi painting and a Wario Painting on the other side of the mirror. As Luigi, there will be Power Flowers in this room. Grab one of them and quickly run over to the other side of the mirror. Quite intresting, isn't it? Oddly enough on the other side, you can jump into the Wario Painting. Do so. You will now appear in Chief Chilly's Area. You are now standing on a lone island with nothing but a small slide infront of you. You have nothing much to do besides head onto the slide. At the end, you will fall right off into the empty void, but a wind gust will push you all the way to a nearby platform with several Bullies on it. Avoid the Bullies as they can easily ram you right off the edge of the world. Head to the left and pass over 4 square titling platforms. Once you reach the other side, another Bully awaits you. Ignore him and head right. Wait before the gap for a small wire platform to come. Ride it over to the next platform, collecting the Red Coin along the way. Once you have collected the first Red Coin, jump off onto the platform once you reach the other side. Once you are there, head to the right. Get a running start before the ending ledge then jump right off of it. Make sure you are in the middle of the path. A wind will blow you upwards, and make you pass through a group of Coins. The second Red Coin is in the middle of this pile of Coins. If you drop down back onto ground and missed the Coin, head back over the ledge to get blown up and try again. Once you have it, land near the giant pool of water. The wind is likely to blow you right into the giant really cold pond. If this happens to be the case, quickly swim your ass out of there before you take too much damage. The third Red Coin happens to be above the surface in the middle of the pond. Quickly swim over there, then right back out. Walk around the pool of water to the other side and jump over a short fence leading to a group of Bullies. Run right down the middle of the Bullies' path. Near the end of the path is the fourth Red Coin. Get it without getting knocked out of the level. Once you have reached the end of the path, simple jump over the next fence for some real platforming action. Now you will be standing infront of a huge pit with many blocks of solid ice moving in all sorts of directions. The platforms syncronize with eachother well, so timing is easy to get down and crossing to the other side isn't a problem at all. But, for this challenge you need to collect the 2 Red Coins that are in this pit of blocks. They are lined up in the middle of the path, so you can't possible miss their appearence. Make sure you have Red Coins five and six before heading to the next section. Don't die now. I seriously mean don't die now! Now that you are finally past some annoying platforming and are on the other side of the field, continue moving forwards. The seventh Red Coin is behind some metal bars but you can't access it yet. Soon you will reach a part of the land that has some of it moving in and out of the walls. Continue to the top of this area. Now on the higher area of the land, more parts of it are moving back and forth into and out of the wall. Its annoying, very annoying to do, really. Simply get on the bottom platform, then wait for the next platform to come out of the wall. When it does, wait there for the last piece to come out so you can reach the top of the platform. Here you will finally be at a ? Red Block. Grab the Power Flower that is inside to become invisible. Now, head back the way you just came. Make sure you don't build up too much speed because you might just run right off of the level. That would be bad. Keep running back to that metal barred fence I was talking about earlier. Since you're invisible you can go right through it and get the seventh Red Coin. Now the final Red Coin is on a platform really really far away. In order to reach it you need to be Balloon Mario. The Mario Cap is nearby the barred fence, so quickly grab it. Once you have the Mario Cap, simply make your way back up those annoying platforms and back to the Red ? Block. Now look in the distance and high in the sky. See that platform? It's your destination. Get the Power Flower and start mashing B as you rush over to it. You should have plenty of Balloon time to reach the platform, which contains the final Red Coin. Now that you have the final Red Coin, the Power Star will appear somewhere near that barred gate. To get all the way back over there, grab the Power Flower from the block on the huge platform and simply float all the way over there. Actually, its more like slowly fall over there. Grab the Power Star once your back there. ====================================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #23:Blown Away Secret Star in Chief Chilly's Area~ ====================================================================== Difficulty:*/***** Heh. This is a very easy Star to obtain. Its the last one we need in Chief Chilly's area. You should be Wario for this so you will need his Cap in the level so make sure he's unlocked. This is possible with any character, but not as easy. Anyways, you need to be Luigi to enter Chief Chilly's Area. Head up to the Snowman's Land room as him. The path here is always the same. Once there, you should notice a Luigi painting and a Wario Painting on the other side of the mirror. As Luigi, there will be Power Flowers in this room. Grab one of them and quickly run over to the other side of the mirror. Quite intresting, isn't it? Oddly enough on the other side, you can jump into the Wario Painting. Do so. You will now appear in Chief Chilly's Area. You are now standing on a lone island with nothing but a small slide infront of you. You have nothing much to do besides head onto the slide. At the end, you will fall right off into the empty void, but a wind gust will push you all the way to a nearby platform with several Bullies on it. Avoid the Bullies as they can easily ram you right off the edge of the world. Head to the left and pass over 4 square titling platforms. Once you are past those, you should be near a Bully and Wario's Cap. Quickly grab the Cap to become Wario. Now that you are Wario, the rest of this Star is pretty simple. From where you got the Wario Cap, head to the right to a short gap and a moving wire platform. Wait until the platform comes towards you, then jump on it and ride it over to the other side. Once there, head to the left and you will see a ? Red Block and a short pathway leading to a dead end with a Black Block. The Star is inside that block. In order to get the Star, you need to go past that pathway, with a ton of winds. You will easily get blown off, but since you're Wario, that Power Flower nearby will make you metal, and make you weigh a ton more. Grab the Power Flower and walk over there. Stupid winds! Your utter attack fails against Wario's mighty weight! Har! Once you reach the other side simply break the block and claim the Power Star. However, if you want a challenge getting this Star then read on. Try to get over to the black brick with a different character (Break the block as Wario and leave the Star, and come back to where you orginally got the Power Flower). Now get across the pathway with Luigi or Mario. Despite what you may think, it is possible. If you want to know how to do so, continue to read the next sentences. Simply hold on the D-Pad the opposite direction the wind is pushing you against. You will still get blown to the edge of the pathway, and that is it. You won't fall off. Cool, huh? Now head to the other side. By the time you reach there you probably will have fallen off. I don't know what causes that, but if you keep trying you might make it. Its not too hard, so keep trying this challenge! ============================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #24:Another Kind Gift From a Nearby Toad~ ============================================================= Difficulty:*/***** Pfft. The second out of three really incredibly easy Power Stars to get it isn't funny. It matters not what character you are, as if it matters. This is the second Power Star tha Toad gives to you. The location of this Toad, however, is on the second floor of the Castle. Head up the spiral staircase from the lobby to reach the second floor. Okay, now that you are here, simply talk to all of the Toad's on this floor. There should be like, only two I believe. One of them will kindly hand over a Power Star. Take the really easy to jump to Power Star. Yay. ========================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #25:Another Gift? Where Does Toad Get These Stars...~ ========================================================================= Difficulty:*/***** ...and this here is the last Power Star you are going to get from Toad. What a shame, these were easy Stars too. Oh well. You need to wait until you have at least 50 Stars. You can't access the final Toad Star until then. Once you do have at least 50 Power Stars, from the main lobby head up the stairs and through the door. Head up the spiral staircase then head right and go up another staircase. There is a Big Star Door at the top. You can't go through until you have at least 50 Power Stars. Once you do, go right through the door and you will be on the third floor of the Castle. The Toad is to the right of the giant clock. Talk to the Toad to make him give you this absurdly easy Power Star. Where does he find them...? =================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #26:Red Coins Over the Rainbow~ =================================================== Difficulty:*****/***** This is, by far, considered the hardest Castle Secret Star, as well as one of the hardest Stars to obtain in the entire game. Your objective is simple. Just collect all of the red coins. Of course, there is a slight problem. All of the red coins are located on clouds in a rather large level. There is no actual land at all. You will need to use the Wing Cap and expert use of cannons to collect the coins. You won't lose a life if you fall through into the abyss (something you will likely do many, many times), but you will appear in the pool near where you begin the game just outside the castle. Basically, if you fail you need to climb all the way back to the entrance of the secret level. The entrance is located on the third floor of the Castle. Head to the third floor via all of the staircases and what not. Once there, head inside the hole in the wall to the left of Tick Tock Clock. Jump inside the opening that is there. It looks like a copy of Rainbow Ride, but it isn't. And now total hell has begun. Welcome to Mario Wings Over the Rainbow. Or something like that. There are a ton of clouds scattered around the area, some with Red Coins on them. You, obviously, need to collect all 8. You need to use Wing Mario to fly over to level and collect the Coins. Grab the nearby Mario Cap on the cloud you start off on if you aren't already Mario, and then grab the first Red Coin nearby. Grab the Wing Cap from the ? Red Block, then turn around and face the first curving rainbow. Now you can finally fly. Flying it quite fun. But before you take off into the blue yonder, make sure you don't go too fast. Almost every cloud has a ? Red Block on it. If your worried about your cap running out, stop for a moment and collect a new one. Never take any unnecessary risks! Start flying with a Triple Jump and fly towards the rainbow you were staring out (The one close to the ? Red Block). Keep going until you reach a cloud. Land on the cloud, and grab the second Red Coin that is there. Grab another Wing Cap and then face a huge platform (It's not a cloud, it's a pink platform) way below you. It's pretty obvious on the map, or if you just plain look for it. There are 2 of them, however. You only need the one with Wario's Cap on it. Take a long dive down to the platform, and for goodness sake don't miss! Once you land on the platform safely, grab the third Red Coin nearby. Nearby as well is a Bob-Omb Buddy. Talk to him and the Cannon's will be open. You will be needing them. Jump inside the nearby Cannon on the platform. Now you are inside the Cannon. Take your time here-your Wing Cap won't run out inside the Cannon. Look to the far right and high into the sky towards another solid platform. The only other one in the level. That is where you need to go. However, if you aim too low you won't make it to the platform. Aiming too high will result you in getting high, but gaining little distance and in the time it takes to get to the platform you will have lost too much altitude to make it. Aim a little bit below really high and then fire away! Now you will be shot really high into the air. Aren't you lucky. Once you gain control of Mario again, keep heading straight. Eventually you should land right on the giant platform you were aiming at. Get another Wing Cap and hop inside the Cannon. Make sure you don't screw up this Cannon shot because it can easily result in failure of this Star. Look upwards and to the left, looking for a giant cloud with several green poles sticking out of the bottom of the cloud. Once you have located the giant cloud, aim as high as the cannon can go and then fire away. You don't want to land on the poles of the cloud just yet-aim for the TOP of that giant cloud. Just continue flying until you get there, its not far away. Making your job just a little easier, there are two red coins on this cloud. Quite nice. Claim Red Coins four and five. Just 2 remain. Grab another Wing Cap from this cloud. This next part is a tad difficult, to say the least. Your gonna have to be quick and accurate as to not die. Anyways, there's nothing left on the cloud so Triple Jump to start flying again. Start flying straight ahead to lose a little height, then make a quick u-turn. Head straight back to those giant green poles you saw earlier from the Cannon. Fly to the giant poles then grab onto one of them. Carefully jump to the poles near the middle, and climb near the top of them. There is the sixth Red Coin, hanging between the 2 poles. Make sure the jump is accurate then jump over and collect the Coin. Fall down onto the cloud below you. This cloud contains the seventh Red Coin. Just one left that remains. Grab another Wing Cap to ensure you can make it to the final Red Coin, then look around for the giant rainbow you saw earlier. There are several, you need to look for one that comes out of the sky and passes through a cloud and lands on another lower cloud. And wouldn't you know it, you need to start flying to that same cloud! Do so. Now. The eigth and final Red Coin rests on this cloud. Don't mess up now! Grab the Red Coin and the Star will appear on the cloud you started on. How ironic. Getting back to that cloud is no easy matter. Try not to get nervous and fall right out of the level because that is quite bad. Fly to the largest lower platform of the level, and hop inside the Cannon that is there. Grab another Wing Cap beforehand, though. Then look on the map and aim pretty high and right at the cloud with the Star. Then fire away. Hopefully, if you aimed correctly, you should be heading right for the Star. Grab it! Yay for you. If you missed, head back to the cannon and try again. ================================================================ ~Castle Secret Star #27:Secret Brick Somewhere Over the Rainbow~ ================================================================ Difficulty:**/***** Last time (thankfully) you need to enter this hell driven level. If you can't tell by the name of this Star, there is a black brick in the Red Coins Over the Rainbow level. You may have seen it while you were busy collecting the red coins. You may have also noticed a Wario Cap in the level next to the cannon, whose island is next to the cloud with this block. Quite nice. Most people hate this level. Seriously. Keep in mind that if you fall in this level at any time, you will appear in a pool of water outside of the castle. Your climb back to this stage will get annoying after a while if you continuously fail. Clearly it is best if you do this first time through. It isn't too hard. You can enter this level on the third floor. It's in the small nook to the left of the Tick Tock Clock entrance. Once you enter the level, grab the nearby Mario Cap if you aren't already the man in red. Whee, I love clouds. I hate this world. Stupid evil clouds. Grab the Wing Cap inside the nearby ? Red Block and Triple Jump to start flying. And now the fun of the Star begins. Look around on your map for a pretty large platform far below. It's is the one with a Wario Cap on it. That is the very platform you need to reach. Start taking a divebomb right to the platform, but try to even out so you don't go speeding into the platform then fly off because that is a very stupid way to die. On the platform, grab the nearby Wario Cap and talk to the Bob-omb Buddy. Talking to the Bob-omb Buddy will activate the Cannon. If you already have activated the Cannon (Probably from the previous Star) then that's okay too. Hop inside the Cannon. Now comes the final part of the Star-reaching the final cloud. Look a little above your intial aiming point for a cloud with a tree on it. This cloud has a Black Brick Block on it. You need to aim onto the tree and have Wario land on it, thusly you can simply slide down right onto the cloud and obtain your Star inside. Aim a little bit above the tree. Whenever your confident enough, go ahead and fire the Cannon! If everything was correctly placed, you will fly across the level (Longer distance than it seemed...) and should land right on the tree. If so, slide down right onto the cloud. There is the already said Black Brick there. Break it to expose the Star. Grab it to clear the level. ======================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #28:8 Red Coins Floating High in Bowser in the Sky~ ======================================================================= Difficulty:***/***** You're almost done with all of the Castle Secret Stars. Bowser in the Sky, as one would expect, has another whopping 8 Red Coins floating about. Let's just say that several of the Coins are extremely hard to see, but too damned easy to get. It's annoying, really. Especially the last Coin which, if you never played the original game, will make you spend hours looking for. Are you ready for the final Coins? Start off as usual by jumping across the first few platforms. Nothing major so far. Once you reach a large, red metal box, stop. Push the box back a little bit until a shadow appears on the box. Get on top of the box, and you should easily be able to grab the Red Coin that is in the air. Jump right back off of the box. Continue along with the level. Head carefully and quickly across the large titling platform, then run straight up the next platform. The path will turn some, and then you will have to go across a spinning platform. Simple stuff. Right after that you will see the 2nd Red Coin near a Pirhana Plant. After collecting the Red Coin, run right past the Pirhana Plant and keep following the path. Eventually you will come to a tilting platform. Don't get on it just yet, instead fall down through the gap between the platform and yourself to land on a much lower platform. The third Red Coin is nearby, and trust me when I say almost everyone misses this very easy (Hardly anyone acknowledges the fact this platform exists). Head about halfway down the platform, and go right. You should easily see a ledge right off of the platform. Grab the 3rd Red Coin there. Turn the camera around until you see this platform. Guessing where it is located will quickly lead to your death. It's a bit of a distance to the next Red Coin. Go back the way you just came and head up some platforms to reach the tilting platform again. This time get on it, and jump over to a platform with 4 spinning platforms. Ride one to the top and jump up to a higher ledge for a shortcut (You're not passing any Red Coins so don't worry). Activate the Red ! Switch to form a nearby staircase, then run up. Then, next run right up a really tall ledge. Be careful of several fire emitters here, because falling off is really bad. Once you reach the top, carefully jump to reach the fourth Red Coin just dangling in mid-air. The fifth Red Coin is the hardest Coin to get, because missing the Coin during its chance will spell death. Anyways, continue down the next platform, dodging more fire emitters. The path will turn, and you will eventually reach a moving platform with a large arrow on it. It will pass under several platforms, and you will eventually see a much higher, tilted platform in the air. This is where the fifth Red Coin is, but if you land on the platform you will fall right off. So, you need to either build up a Triple Jump and sail right through the Red Coin and still land on the platform, or do a Backwards Somersault and still land on the platform. Both are very risky, but they are your only options. The last three Red Coins should be a breeze as long as you don't (stupidly) fall off any platforms. Once you reach the end of the moving platform, jump to the next platform with 2 Bob-ombs on it. Run right past them and jump onto the next spinning platform. There is fire emitter here, you quickly run past it and onto the next spinning platform. An Amp is circling around the platform. Turn the camera around 180 degrees if you can't see the Red Coin right now. There it is, tucked behind the small tower. Once you have collected the sixth Coin, jump onto the pole near the end of the spinning platform. Climb to the top, and then jump right off. You will be near several Goombas who will probably attack you on sight. Kill them both so they are out of your way. Now, wait until the yellow platform infront of you extends to the far away pole. When it does, run and jump onto the pole and grab the Red Coin there. And now the final Red Coins is left. Do a Handstand Jump on the pole to easily reach the next platform. Circle around it and head to the next 2 sets of rotating platforms. Be very careful here as you really don't want to fall now. Once you reach the very top of Bowser in the Sky, head over to the final Warp Pipe. DON'T GO IN IT. Turn around, and head to the ledge. Look down. Right below the stairs you will see a very thin ledge. And what is that spinning there? It's none other than the final Red Coin. Jump to the ledge (its an easy jump) and claim the final Red Coin under the stairs. The Power Star will appear right behind Bowser's Pipe, so jump back over the short gap and claim it already! ================================================================= ~Castle Secret Star #29:Mario's Switch Star in Bowser in the Sky~ ================================================================= Difficulty:**/***** Last time you will ever have to go into Bowser in the Sky ever again. Doesn't that just make you feel very happy? Anyways, head to the top floor of the Castle as Mario, and you should know how to enter this world. The Switch Star isn't too far into the level. No biggie. Start off by heading across the first few platforms, and head right over the large tilting platform. Then run straight up the cliff and continue along the path as it turns 180 degrees around. Jump over the gaps over the spinning platform. Ignore the Pirhana Plant, and head to the tilting platform. Don't get on it but instead fall through the gap between you and the platform. You will be on a very long platform now. Head all the way to the other end where you will see the Star Switch. Get ready for a long dash! Step on the Star Switch to make the Star appear in the Star Sphere (Star this, Star that) which is quite a distance away. You have about 25 seconds to reach that dome. Hurry! Quickly run back the direction you just came from. Eventually you will reach the end. Once there, quickly jump up the small platforms to the upper level again. Run in the opposite direction the purple tilting platform is in, and pass the Pirhana Plant. Quickly Long Jump across the spinning platform to reach the other side with moments to spare. There it is, the final Star Sphere. Grab the Star that lies inside. =========================================================== ~Castle Secret Star #30:Mystery Door in the Character Room~ =========================================================== Difficulty:**/***** The final Castle Secret Star will either be the easiest or most annoying Star to obtain, depending on how your luck is. Remember how in the Character Room there are four doors, and one of them is white with no letter above it? Behind that door is the final Castle Secret Star. You need to obtain the key, however. You can't just waltz in and collect it. To begin the process of collecting the Key, talk to the Toad in the Princess's Play Room. He mentions how the keys to the minigames have been stolen. This triggers the locations for rabbits to appear in the castle. Their locations vary depending on your character. When you catch a rabbit, it will hand over a key which unlocks a specific minigame. To get the Key to the White Door, you must catch eight white and shiny rabbits. Any rabbit you have already captured has a chance of appearing white and sparkly when you enter the room it is located in. It isn't any harder to catch, however. When you capture it, the rabbit will say how many of its brothers are faster than him. That's a counter showing how many rabbits you have left to catch. Once you have caught the eight one, he will hand over the Key that unlocks the White Door. The easiest way to get the shiny rabbits is with Yoshi. Outside of the castle there are six rabbits. There's good odds at least one will be shiny. Capture them, then enter the doors and walk right back outside and try again. Eventually, with some patience, you will have collected all eight and can recieve your final Castle Secret Star. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~V U.Bowser Battles~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- You have to fight Bowser on three different occasions in the game. I'll describe some good stratigies on how to beat him easily, his attacks, and how to avoid everything he throws at you. ========================== ~Bowser in the Dark World~ ========================== The first Bowser battle is pretty simple and basic. All you need to do is fling Bowser into one of the bombs that line around the giant platform you are standing on. To do this, you need to run around Bowser and grab his tail. Then you need to spin the D-Pad (Or touch screen) until Bowser reaches your desired flinging speed then release him to send him packing. If he hits a bomb then you win. Yay! If he gets flung off the platform, he will just jump right back onto it. Bowser attacks in a pretty old-school way. If you're infront of him, odds are he will just breathe fire on you in hope you get burnt. Occasionally he will spit out three flames that wonder the field for a few seconds before disappearing. They sometimes leave Coins that you can collect if your running low on health. When Bowser jumps back onto the platform after being flung into oblivion, he crashes onto the floor which will stun Mario if he is standing on it. Once you have flung Bowser into just one bomb, he will hand over the Key to the basement. Don't be stupid though, you can jump right into the bombs, destroying them for a little damage. But if you destroy them all, well, you can't exactly win anymore. ======================== ~Bowser in the Fire Sea~ ======================== The second version of Bowser is much like the first. However, as soon as you start off, Bowser will show you a new move. He will jump up high and land on the ground, completely tilting the platform towards him. You will start to fall that way too, so jump quickly to avoid falling into the lava until the platform settles itself. Bowser has more new tricks to try and stop you from throwing him into one of six bombs. Bowser has the same set of attacks from the previous battle. That being he will shoot a jet of fire if your near him or he will shoot several flames around the field. But his most annoying new attack would be him teleporting. Whenever your near him for a few seconds Bowser is extremely likely to try and teleport around the field. This makes it much harder for you to grab him and throw him into a bomb. You need to be careful so you don't run into him by accident when he's reappearing. You can tell where he is by his black shadow on the ground. Overall, its not too hard of a battle. There are six bombs overall. Just pick one and keep throwing Bowser at it until you make him hit one. Once he has, he will hand over the Key that leads to the second floor of the Castle. Alternatively, you can keep throwing him a little distance until he is right next to the bomb, so much so that your next shot can't possibly miss. Use this method if your accuracy is pretty bad. =================== ~Bowser in the Sky~ =================== This is the final Bowser battle and it indeed is quite a toughie. Beefing up the difficulty several notches, infact. You need to throw Bowser into three of the five surrounding bombs around the platform. As if that wasn't bad enough, after you hit him a second time, he makes most of the platform crumble so there's nothing but a star shaped platform. He also has a new, really powerful attack. This battle is going to be hard, but it's somehow actually possible. Bowser will use the same attacks as he did in the first battle. He isn't able to teleport anymore, so that's a relief. Occasionally Bowser will jump up and land on the ground hard, creating 2 shockwaves that travel across the entire platform. They are easy to avoid-simply jump over them. His other attack is quite nasty. Bowser will breathe a lot of fire into the sky and it will rain onto the ground. Lots and lots of flames rain onto the ground. About 30 or so. Several green fireballs will roam around the battlefield as well. Its best to sit in one place and jump over any fireballs until the huge mess has subsided. His other old attacks are basic and shouldn't even hurt you. Remember to collect the leftover coins if you are in dire need of more health. Hitting Bowser into the first two bombs is the easy part, but the final one is madness. You need to pick Bowser up and circle him around at a really high speed. Then you need to release him and hope that he hits one of the last bombs. Odds are he's gonna miss by a longshot. But if your lucky enough to make him hit one last bomb, then that is it and the game is over! A giant Power Star will appear. Grab it to trigger the game's ending (It does not add to your Star Count so don't concern yourself). -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~VI.Quick Walkthrough~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find the huge, detailed guide for some Stars just a little too confusing? Your in the right place then. This Quick Walkthrough was designed to solve that annoying problem. This guide covers all 150 Stars as well, but in a smaller format. Think of it as a summary to all the actual long- winded descriptions for the Stars. It was an idea I got while browsing many topics, most often with people demanding summaries to long stories. These are just that; summaries of a long description. Instead of a paragraph for each Red Coin location, its just a few words for example. Nice, short, simple, and easy to use. Obviously, if this isn't descriptive enough, then look to the main walkthrough for more assistance. ========================================================================== ~Course 1:Bob-omb Battlefield~ ========================================================================== -------------------------------- Star 1:Big Bob-omb on the Summit -------------------------------- This Star is pretty easy seeing as how it's the first in the game. Simply follow the marked path to the mountain. There are arrows pointing the way so you shouldn't get lost. Start going around and around the mountain, avoiding the cannonballs along the way. Once you reach a hole in the wall, jump into it to use a warp to get near the top of the mountain. Walk to the top and face King Bob-omb. As Yoshi, you need go eat the Bob-ombs he throws then spit them into him again. King Bob-omb will bounce around the summit for a few seconds before he keeps attacking you. Repeat this process twice more to claim the Star. ------------------------------------ Star 2:Footrace with Koopa the Quick ------------------------------------ Another simple Star. First off, Koopa the Quick is standing near the start of the level. Talk to him to start a race to the top of the mountain. However, you must be Mario to start the race. Find the Mario Cap in the level or just start as Mario and then begin the race. Follow the same path as the previous Star to reach the top of the mountain. If you beat Koopa the Quick then you win a Star. Koopa the Quick gets to the top in about 1:30:00. Try to beat that. ---------------------- Star 3:5 Silver Stars! ---------------------- There are 5 Silver Stars wondering about the level. You need to get them all. One is above the tree near the beginning of the world, another is held by a Goomba near where the Red Coin Star appears, another is being held by another Goomba half-way up the mountain. The 4th is on Chain Chomp's chain and he is merrily running around the level so its a pain to catch him. The last Star is in the middle of a ring of flowers near the center of the level. Once you have all 5 Silver Stars the real Star will appear right near where you began the world. ----------------------------- Star 4:King Bob-omb's Revenge ----------------------------- You need to head right back to the top of the mountain again to face King Bob-omb once more. You can't be Yoshi for this task, however anyone else will do just fine. The battle is a bit different this time around. You need to pick up King Bob-omb from behind and throw him anywhere except off the mountain. Do this three times (What an easy battle) and another Power Star will be yours. ----------------------------- Star 5:Mario Wings to the Sky ----------------------------- You need to have activated the ? Red Switch in order to complete this level. Make your way to the island in the sky as Mario. Once there, grab the Wing Cap from the ? Red Block and hop inside the cannon. There are 5 Coin Rings going higher and higher near the cannon. There is a Secret in the middle of each. Aim for the middle coin in the first ring and fire away. If you did it properly you will have gotten all 5 Secrets and a Star will appear on the ground. If you didn't, fly back to the island and try again and again until you succeed. --------------------------- Star 6:Find the 8 Red Coins --------------------------- As the title of the Star says, you're out to find all 8 Red Coins to get a Star. Here are their locations: Red Coin 1:Head forwards from start until you reach some rotating platforms. The Coin is atop of them. Red Coin 2:In the field with many Goombas there is an odd shaped rock. The Red Coin is ontop of it. Red Coin 3:It is above the post Chain Chomp is chained to. Red Coin 4:Head across the tilting bridge and take a left to find some poles. The Red Coin is near these poles. Red Coin 5:There is another Red Coin near #4. Red Coin 6:In the big field with flowers, near the giant gatepost is a little path leading under it to your next Coin. Red Coin 7:Just past the gatepost is a steep hill. Halfway up the hill you will find the next Red Coin. Red Coin 8:The tree on the floating island has a Red Coin floating just above it. Nabbing all 8 Red Coins will make the Star appear near where you got Red Coins 4 and 5. -------------------------------- Star 7:Behind Chain Chomp's Gate -------------------------------- Head right on over to Chain Chomp's area. You see the post he is attached to? You need to Ground Pound it 3 times to release Chain Chomp. Do it quickly before you get hurt. Releasing Chompy will make him destroy the nearby gate that was once guarding the Star. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Grabbing 100 Coins isn't too challenging. There are many wooden posts in the world and running around it several times spits out 5 Coins. The Red Coins are also valuable so collect those too to boost your total. There's also 45 Coins in the sky if you need them. Don't get the Star in the sky, otherwise its a pain nabbing it! ========================================================================== ~Course 2:Whomp's Fortress~ ========================================================================== ----------------------------- Star 1:Chip off Whomp's Block ----------------------------- Follow the path to the top of the Fortress. Be sure not to fall off into the empty void! At the very top you will have to face King Whomp. Make him fall over then quickly Ground Pound his back. Do this three times and he will reveal your Power Star. --------------------------------- Star 2:To the Top of the Fortress --------------------------------- Simply said in the title. Just head to the top of Whomp's Fortress. The top has a new tower so you will need to climb that around to reach the Power Star at the top. Some of the platforms around the tower are retracting into the wall and jutting out time to time, so be sure to make your jumps carefully. ------------------------------- Star 3:Shoot into the Wild Blue ------------------------------- Head into the shallow water and follow it across to reach a Bob-omb Buddy. Talk to it and he will open up the cannon for you. Hop inside and aim at the multi-platform level straight ahead of you. Aim for one of the back pillars and blast away. If you hit it correctly, you will land on the platform where you can slide down a pole and claim the Star. If you missed, you're probably dead. ------------------------------------- Star 4:Red Coins on the Floating Isle ------------------------------------- Once again, you're up to the task of collecting another set of 8 Red Coins. Here they all are: Red Coin 1:Head along the path until you reach those three things that come in and out of the wall. The Red Coin is above them. Red Coin 2:Its above the second Thwomp on the stairs. Get on top of him to hitch a ride up to it. Red Coin 3:After the stairway you will come to a Pirhana Plant. The Red Coin is located right behind him. Red Coin 4:Right near the collapsing bridge there is a thin ledge with a Red Coin in the middle of it. Red Coin 5:Once you reach the spinning platform, stand on the end until you pass through the Red Coin. Red Coin 6:Punch the plank at the top of the fortress to create a bridge to the floating islands, and a Red Coin. Red Coin 7:On an adjacent island near Red Coin 6. Red Coin 8:Near the group of three Pirhana Plants on the bottom level is the final Red Coin. Once you have all 8 Red Coins, the Power Star will appear near where you begin the world. --------------------------------- Star 5:Fall onto the Caged Island --------------------------------- Climb to the top of the tree right next to where you start to make an owl appear. Hang onto him as he flys into the air. Control him over to a very, very tiny island high above the sky. Drop off of him correctly and you will claim the Power Star inside easily. Miss and it isn't going to look pretty down there. You can hang onto the owl for a long time, and he will gradually get lower and lower, making the timing for the fall a bit easier for you. -------------------------- Star 6:Blast Away the Wall -------------------------- Head into the cannon in the Fortress. Aim to the right and you will see two corners of walls. Aim yourself at the one furthest from the cannon and blast away. If you hit the corner, you will break it off revealing a Power Star. Head up the Fortress until you reach this piece of wall then simply walk into the Star. ---------------------------------- Star 7:Switch Star of the Fortress ---------------------------------- The Switch Star is on the lowest level of the Fortress so don't go climbing around the place. Once you pass an area with several bricks, break one of them to reveal the Switch. Press it to make a Star appear. Hurry around the ground level of the Fortress and grab it. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- This Star is insanely easy. There is a little over 200 Coins in Whomp's Fortress and you only need half of them. Simple stuff. There's a Blue Coin Switch near the cannon, all the red coins and some posts you can destroy for more Coins. An easy Star indeed. Don't forget about the floating islands. You can find some more coins lurking up there. ========================================================================== ~Course 3:Jolly Rodger Bay~ ========================================================================== --------------------------------- Star 1:Plunder in the Sunken Ship --------------------------------- Paddle out your way to the middle of the sea. Take a big breath and dive down underwater. Eventually you will come to a sunken ship. Swim near Unagi the Eel and then swim to the surface. Swim back down and Unagi will be swimming around and the hole he was covering will be open. Swim into it to be inside the ship. Open up the treasure chest inside to lower the water in the ship. Quickly swim to the other end. If you don't make it you will have to jump up the narrow platforms to the top. At the bow of the ship lies a box with the Power Star. ------------------------------------ Star 2:Can the Eel Come Out to Play? ------------------------------------ Swim out into the big ocean once again. Once you reach the edge of the world, dive down. Search for a small opening in the walls where Unagi the Eel is (It's where the Star is on your Map). Once there, get under the little hole Unagi is in. He will swim out of his hole into the open. The Star is on the end of his tail. Try to nab it as he's coming out. Its not easy when he's quickly swimming about. --------------------------------- Star 3:Treasure in the Ocean Cave --------------------------------- Once again you need to swim out into the middle of the ocean and dive deep underwater once more. Look to the left on the walls for a large opening you can swim into. Doing so and you will find an ocean cave. Here make your way to the other side of the cave while dodging the falling pillars. Open the chests on the other side like this: (1) (2) (3) (4) The Star will appear after the 4th chest is opened. -------------------------------- Star 4:Blast to the Stone Pillar -------------------------------- Get into the cannon near the beginning of the level. If you haven't talked to the Bob-omb Buddy yet, he's on the right side of the level near the main platforms. Blast to one of the pillars sticking out of the water to grab onto it. From there just jump onto the platform nearby and hit the block to claim your Star. You can't grab onto the bottom half of the pillars, so aim well to grab onto the top half. ----------------------------------- Star 5:Red Coins on the Ship Afloat ----------------------------------- You need to once again collect all 8 Red Coins stuck inside this world. Here they all are: Red Coin 1:Near the Bob-omb Buddy there is a pillar. Climb to the top of it to reach one of the Red Coins. Red Coin 2:Inside a clam in the deepest part of the ocean. Red Coin 3:Inside a clam near the start of the world. Red Coin 4:Inside a clam near the start of the world. Red Coin 5:Inside a clam near the Bob-omb Buddy. Red Coin 6:Abord the front of the ship. Red Coin 7:Abord the back of the ship. Red Coin 8:Abord the back of ship. The Star will appear on the stern of the ship. If you got Red Coins 6, 7, and 8 last you'll be right next to it. ----------------------------- Star 6:Switch Star of the Bay ----------------------------- Head back to the cavern as Luigi by swimming to the middle of the ocean and diving down into it. Find a ? Red Block as Luigi and grab the Power Flower. Hit the Star Switch and quickly run through the cave and through a gate while invisible to hopefully claim the Star. ----------------------------- Star 7:Through the Jet Stream ----------------------------- You need to be Wario for this one. Head onto the only platform in the main ocean area with a ? Red Block. Become Metal from the Power Flower and then jump right into the waters. Find the Star underwater once you can walk and easily jump right into it. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- There aren't many Coins about in Jolly Rodger Bay. 140 is the max and there are a lot of tricky ones. Go for the Red Coins. There's a Koopa Shell and a Blue Coin Switch near where you start. Koopa surf along the surface of the water to reach all the Blue Coins. There are many Coin rings in the world too, so use them to raise your total. Don't forget to check the underwater cavern for some coins you may have missed. ========================================================================== ~Course 4:Cool, Cool Mountain~ ========================================================================== ------------------------ Star 1:Slip Slidin' Away ------------------------ You start off right next to a snow cottage in the world. Jump inside the chimney to be transported to a giant slide. Race your way down it without falling. Once you reach the very end, head out the door and the Star will appear. Go grab it. ------------------------ Star 2:Li'l Penguin Lost ------------------------ Right above the snow cottage is a ledge with a baby penguin on it. Grab him (You can't be Yoshi for this!) and transport him to his mommy at the base of the mountain. You can't use the slide as a shortcut down because the penguin won't go down the chimmney. If you get injured in any way on your way down the mountain, you will drop the penguin. If you get too far away from him or he walks off the mountain, then you can find him again from the start of the level. ----------------------- Star 3:Big Penguin Race ----------------------- The object of this Star is pretty simple. Head into the giant slide once more to find a big penguin. Talk to him to start a race against him to the bottom of the slide. Obviously, you need to kick his ass. Once you reach the bottom first, wait for the penguin to finish before talking to him. He will give you the Star upon defeat. You can't use the shortcut to beat him quickly. If you do, you'll be disqualified. ----------------------------------- Star 4:Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins ----------------------------------- Another Red Coin challenge. You need to be Yoshi to obtain most of these Coins, so obviously choose him. Red Coin 1:There is an ice cube right near the top of the cottege. Inhale fire from a nearby campfire as Yoshi then burn up the ice cube revealing this easy Red Coin. Red Coin 2:At the top of the mountain near you start is a broken bridge. Run off the edge and slide down the mountain until you reach a small ledge (Don't overshoot the ledge). Eat fire again from a fire as Yoshi and burn down another cube to obtain this Red Coin. Red Coin 3:This Red Coin resides in a little corner of the mountain near Snowman's big head. Red Coin 4:Head for the ski lift near Snowman's big head. You'll find the Red Coin there. Red Coin 5:After the giant bridge make a left to find a broken bridge. The Red Coin is on this bridge. Red Coin 6:At the very bottom of the mountain there are several trees. The Red Coin is on top of one of these trees. Red Coin 7:On a bridge at the very bottom of the mountain. Red Coin 8:In an extremely tiny corner of the very bottom of the mountain. Try not to fall off! Once you have obtained all 8 Coins, the Star will apear on the other side of the bridge you found Red Coin 5 on. ------------------------------ Star 5:Snowman's Lost his Head ------------------------------ This Star is a bit difficult if your unlucky. Anyways, all you need to do is head to the ledge above the cottage and head towards the campfire. You will find a snowball there. Talk to him and he will ask you to lead a path to a Snowman who needs a body. Start sliding down the mountain quickly. The snowball is very fast. Don't take any shortcuts, otherwise the snowball will easily pass the target! As long as you don't, make your way to Snowman's big ol' head. Hide behind it and wait for the snowball to crash into it. If you succeeded, the Snowman, with pleasure, will hand over another Star. ------------------------------ Star 6:Mario's Super Wall Kick ------------------------------ Of course, you need to be Mario for this Star. Get yourself to the bottom of the mountain and find the ski lift. Halfway up you will find a Bob-omb Buddy. Talk to him to open up the cannons. Head back down to the bottom of the mountain and hop in the cannon. Aim for a tree over the gap with good aim and fire away. If you get on the tree without dying, then good. Follow the path around to some high platforms. You need to perform Wall Kicks in order to reach these platforms. Once you reach the top one walk across the icy bridge to the Star. ---------------------------------- Star 7:Switch Star of the Mountain ---------------------------------- Head down to the base of the mountain once more, as Wario this time around though. Head to Mama Penguin's little pond and Ground Pound the ice to destroy it. Head to the Bob-omb Buddy halfway up the ski lift. The Switch Star is right next to him. Once activated, jump right off the small island. Wind gusts will push you over to land again where you can make a quick sprint right to the Star. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Another easy Star for you to obtain. Make sure you collect many Coins in the cottage slide first because if you get the Star activated on the slide and leave, the Star will disappear. There's also the 8 Red Coins and many Coins on the way down the mountain. Oh, and don't forget about the good Blue Coin Switch as well. It's near where the Red Coin Star appears. ========================================================================== ~Course 5:Big Boo's Haunt~ ========================================================================== ------------------------- Star 1:Go on a Ghost Hunt ------------------------- There are 5 Boo's roaming about the first floor of Boo's Mansion. You need to kill all 5 of them. While outside, head around to the back of the mansion to find a door leading to 2 Boo's. Kill them with a ground pound, then re-enter through the front door. The top left door and furthest right door will lead you to the other Boo's. Once they are all dead, Big Boo will appear in the main room. Ground Pound or punch him in the back three times to reveal the Star. ------------------------------------ Star 2:Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round ------------------------------------ Once you begin the course turn to the left of where you start to find a shack like place. Enter it to find an elevator leading to the basement of the mansion. Enter a few doors to find yourself in Big Boo's Merry-Go- Round. There are several Boo painting on the wall. One continually spits fire and another one holds all the Boo's. Turn your back on each painting until you find it. Kill all 5 Boo's to make Big Boo appear. Kill him again to make a Star appear. ---------------------------------- Star 3:Secret of the Haunted Books ---------------------------------- Using the newly formed stairs inside the mansion, make your way to the second floor. One of the doors up here leads to the haunted library in the house. Once inside, make your way to the other end of the hallway without taking too much damage from the Bookends. You will find 3 books sticking out of their shelves at the end. Push them into the shelves by jumping into them in the following order:Highest book, lowest book, middle book. This causes the bookshelf to move away, revealing a door. Head through it to be on a balcony with a Star on it. --------------------------- Star 4:Seek the 8 Red Coins --------------------------- Another 8 Red Coins lurk around somewhere in the Mansion. There's nothing in the basement, so don't look there: Red Coin 1:The furthest left door on the first floor leads to a room with a piano that tries to chomp you if you get too close. The Red Coin is placed conveniently behind it. Red Coin 2:The furthest left door from the entrance of the Mansion leads to a room with two bookshelves. There is a Red Coin on top of one of the bookshelves in the room. Red Coin 3:On an adjacent bookshelf Red Coin 2 was on. Red Coin 4:The furthest right door from the entrance leads to a room with thin ledges. The Red Coin is placed very precariously on one of these itty bitty ledges. Red Coin 5:One of the doors on the second floor leads to a wire grating room. The Red Coin is sorta camoflouged on the ground. Red Coin 6:A door on the second floor leads to a room with some coffins. Get near one and it'll lift up. One will reveal a Red Coin. Red Coin 7:The furthest right door on the second floor leads to a room with a Red Coin in the corner. Red Coin 8:Use Balloon Mario to reach the top of the main room where a Red Coin lies in a suspended fashion. Once you have obtained all 8 Red Coins, the Star appears in the moonlight on the second floor. ------------------------ Star 5:Big Boo's Balcony ------------------------ Head to the second floor of the Mansion as Mario and take the furthest right door in the main room. Use the Power Flower to float up to a ledge just a bit higher than your current position. Enter the door, and then take the double doors there out of the room. You'll find none other than Big Boo on this tiny balcony. Kill him easily and the Star will appear on the roof. Long Jump to once of the sides of the mansion and run onto the flat roof, then over to the Star, or use Balloon Mario to quickly reach it. ------------------------------------ Star 6:Eye to Eye in the Secret Room ------------------------------------ You need to be Luigi for this Star. Head to the same ? Power Flower box as in the previous Star as Luigi. Grab the Flower and Backflip to the third floor ledge. In the next room, find a Boo painting you can walk through. Inside you will find a huge Mr. I. Once you are not invisible, run around him several times for him to die, and to claim your Star. ---------------------------------- Star 7:Switch Star in the Basement ---------------------------------- Use Wario and travel to the basement of the mansion. There is a black brick covering a Star Switch. Break it then switch to any fast character, like Mario. Activate the Switch and run around the basement to the other side of a grating to find the Star. Hurry up! You don't have enough time to take a shortcut through the Merry Go Round. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- There are tons of Blue Coins to be horded in the Mansion. Every Mr. I and Boo spits out a Blue Coin. There's 5 Boo's in the Merry Go Round, 5 in the Mansion and one on the third floor of it. There are several Mr. I's and don't forget the Blue Coin Switch near the entrance to Big Boo's Balcony. There are several spiders outside you can kill, and the red coins. There's coins in a bouncing box near the outside shed, and some coins on the roof. ========================================================================== ~Course 6:Hazy Maze Cave~ ========================================================================== ----------------------------------- Star 1:Swimming Beast in the Cavern ----------------------------------- Once you begin the world, start off by head down the left path at the beginning. You need to use a Long Jump or a Triple Jump Dive in order to clear to long gap. Once on the other side, head through the door. In the Black Hole Room, make your way around the room to the other side very carefully because the black hole if you fall into it is instant death. Once on the other side you will have to avoid several rolling boulders in order to reach a door. Be careful here. Once through the door, you should find an elevator. Head down it to the underground cavern. Dorrie the swimming sea beast is slowly paddling around in the water in this room. Get onto his back by jumping up to it from the water and Ground Pound it. He will lower his neck so you can walk onto his head. Grab the Wario Cap here and then jump off and swim over to the island in the middle of the room. Punch open the giant boulder to reveal a Star. ------------------------------ Star 2:Elevate for 8 Red Coins ------------------------------ Another 8 Red Coins lie inside the Hazy Maze Cave. Head into the main room (The one with access to the Hazy Maze). Red Coin 1:Head onto the stairway in the corner of the room and walk up it onto a elevator with arrows on it. The elevator moves in the direction you push the buttons on. Using these instructions, make your way to a block near you and break it to expose the Coin. Red Coin 2:There are many more bricks in the air while using the manual elevator, but only one of the contains the Red Coin your looking for. Try to find it. Red Coin 3:One of the corners of the main room holds a Red Coin on a high ledge. Make the elevator reach it. Red Coin 4:Long Jump from the elevator's default position to a pole in the distance. Climb it to the top to find an automatic elevator. It will pull you right into a Red Coin. Red Coin 5:Further along the automatic elevator's path you will come to a box. Smash it to reveal the Red Coin. Red Coin 6:The automatic elevator will go under a small clearence platform. Above it is the Red Coin. Red Coin 7:Eventually the elevator will pass by a large platform. One of the Red Coins is here. Red Coin 8:Right next to Red Coin 7. Once you have gotten all 8 Red Coins, the Star will appear in the middle of the main room. -------------------------------- Star 3:Metal-Head Wario Can Move -------------------------------- You're going to have to be Wario for this Star. Heh. Anyways, from the beginning just head down the left path once more. You are aiming to go to the cavern. You need to use a Long Jump or a Tiple Jump Dive in order to clear to long gap. Once on the other side, head through the door. In the Black Hole Room, make your way around the room to the other side very carefully because the black hole if you fall into it is instant death. Once on the other side you will have to avoid several rolling boulders in order to reach a door. Be careful here. Once through the door, you should find an elevator. Head down it to the underground cavern. Dorrie the swimming sea beast is slowly paddling around in the water in this room. Get onto his back by jumping up to it from the water and Ground Pound it. He will lower his neck so you can walk onto his head. Grab the Wario Cap here incase you aren't Wario. Head back to the elevator, but don't step in it. Grab the Power Flower nearby to turn metal. Follow the light brown path into the water and keep on following it underwater as well. Eventually you will come to a ! Switch. Step on it. This opens a nearby gate. Now, enter the revealed door. You need to Long Jump to and extremely thin platform and make another Long Jump to the Star. Don't mess up here! Take your time if need be. -------------------------------- Star 4:Navigating the Toxic Maze -------------------------------- From where you start this time around you want to follow the path on the right to the main room. It's time you actually entered the Hazy Maze. Once you're inside the main room, take the second door on your left. It's through a very short hallway so you'll know what's what. In the room you will find a map of the maze, a hole and a few Coins. Jump into the hole. You'll fall into the toxic maze full of nausiating gas. Quickly run onto high ground. Face a nearby Sniffit and follow these instruction to reach the Star. Head forwards and to the right, then make a left before the ledge. Continue along this passage until you reach some Monty Moles. Keep going (You're likely a bit low on health now) past them and you will find a wall with some light-green stripes. Double Jump to the ledge above it and head through the door. Ride up the elevator to your Star. You can also head to the underground cavern as Luigi, pick up a Power Flower, head back up the elevator and walk to the Star through the wire grating if you wish. -------------------------------- Star 5:A-maze-ing Emergency Exit -------------------------------- From where you start this time around you want to follow the path on the right to the main room. Its time we actually entered the Hazy Maze. Once your inside the main room, take the second door on your left. Its through a very short hallway so you'll know what's what. In the room you will find a map of the maze, a hole and a few Coins. Jump into the hole. You'll fall into the toxic maze full of nausiating gas. Quickly run onto high ground. Face a nearby Sniffit and follow these instruction to reach the Star. Head forwards and to the right, then make a left before the ledge. Continue along this passage until you reach some Monty Moles. You will be right infront of a ledge now so jump onto it and head through the door and up the elevator. At the top, head through the door to be above the black hole room. Get onto the mesh wiring and make your way danglingly over to the Star on a precariously placed platform. ------------------------------ Star 6:Watch for Falling Rocks ------------------------------ Head left once you begin and make your way over the pit gap as Wario. In the black hole room, Long Jump to a black brick block to the left. Break it to find a Mushroom inside. Grab it and run over several boulders to destroy them. Once you have destroyed several, a Star will appear nearby. Alternatively, you can Punch them with Wario but the timing is hard and its easier to just run them over. ------------------------------ Star 7:Underground Switch Star ------------------------------ Head right as you start the level to eventually reach the main room. You need to be Wario for this task so start as him. There is a black brick block in this room so try to find it. The Switch Star is hidden right under the block. Activate it then rush over to the manual elevator that is right up those there steps. At the top, run over the elevator and Long Jump to the other side where the Star Sphere is located. Just bump right into it to claim the Star inside. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- This is pretty much been polled on as one of the hardest 100 Coins Star in the game. I'm confused as to why. There is a Blue Coin Switch in the Hazy Maze. You can use Invisible Luigi to run through and get them or Metal Wario because neither of them is affected by the gases. There's a Coin ring near the elevator leading to the underground cavern and one on the island in the underground cavern. Also, there's the Red Coins and plenty of enemies to be found in the main room. There's lots of Coins here. ========================================================================== ~Course 7:Lethal Lava Land~ ========================================================================== ------------------------- Star 1:Boil the Big Bully ------------------------- Turn around from where you start to see an island with a ? Red Block on it. Make a Long Jump over to the island as Mario and grab the Wing Cap inside. Now start flying over to a normal platform along to course. If you fly over a giant Bowser puzzle then your going the right way. Just follow the path over land and soon you will make it to a platform with a giant Bully on it. Kill him just like a normal Bully. He's no different then any other Bully, so don't worry. All you need to do is jump into him to knock him back. The Star will appear on a tall platform nearby. Quickly jump up a collapsible staircase to get it. ------------------------ Star 2:Bully the Bullies ------------------------ Turn around from where you start to see an island with a ? Red Block on it. Make a Long Jump over to the island as Mario and grab the Wing Cap inside. Now start flying over to a normal platform along to course. If you fly over a giant Bowser puzzle then your going the right way. Just follow the path over land and soon you will make it to a platform with a giant Bully on it. You already defeated him so continue on flying to another platform with 3 Bullies on it. Land here and defeat them all. They all like to attack you at once so be prepared. Once they have all died, Big Bully will appear for a rematch. Defeat him just like you did before. Once he's dead, the Star will appear on the platform you're on. ----------------------------------- Star 3:8-Coin Puzzle with 15 Pieces ----------------------------------- This is the easiest Red Coin Star in the entire game. It's sad to see how easy this thing is. Head to the Bowser Puzzle. Red Coin 1:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 2:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 3:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 4:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 5:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 6:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 7:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Red Coin 8:On a piece on the Bowser Puzzle Once you have easily obtained all of the red coins, the Star will appear on a grey platform right next to the puzzle. -------------------------- Star 4:Red-Hot Log Rolling -------------------------- Turn around from where you start to see an island with a ? Red Block on it. Make a Long Jump over to the island as Mario and grab the Wing Cap inside. Now start flying over back to where you started until you reach a small arch. Stand ontop of it and face a giant and tall black grating. Start flying towards it and head over it. The Star is on the other side, so try to fall onto it (This is the shorter, easier method of doing this Star without doing the actualy log). ----------------------------------- Star 5:Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano ----------------------------------- There is a volcano right smack-dab in the middle of the level. Make your way to it and jump inside the opening (Which you may think is suicide, but it isn't). Inside you need to work your way around and around the edge of the volcano to somewhere near the top where a Star is. If you get on an elevator, you're going the wrong way. Be careful! There are several booby traps along the way that will hurt you, possibly flinging you off the edge of the ledge you are currently on. The most surprising is a giant piece of wall that falls out once your near it. Remember to take your time as you work your way to the Star. ------------------------- Star 6:Inside the Volcano ------------------------- There is a volcano right smack-dab in the middle of the level. Make your way to it and jump inside the opening (Which you may think is suicide but it isn't). (Sound familar?) Instead of going the path you took before, you are going to go the opposite direction as the last Star. Walk onto the automatic elevator and just wait for it to reach a second elevator which you need to jump onto. This elevator will circle around a pole before being dipped in lava so get onto the pole while you have the chance. At the top, jump onto a platform and from there it is pretty easy to reach the nearby Star. Just don't fall. No pressure! --------------------------- Star 7:Flaming Silver Stars --------------------------- There are 5 Silver Stars scattered throughout the world and the only way to obtain them all is to use a Koopa Shell which is located inside a ? Yellow Block near the start of the world. Once on it, surf your way into each of the Silver Stars. Be careful through and don't run into any walls or anything because you will lose the Koopa Shell and possible stranded on an island in a sea of lava. The hurts real bad. Once you have them all, the real Star will appear near the start of ther world. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- As always you need to collect 100 Coins within this world. However, it isn't as hard as it looks. As Wario, punch away the black brick block near the Koopa Shell to reveal a Blue Coin Switch. Activate it then follow the trail of Blue Coins on the lava with the Koopa Shell for some massive Coinage. There's a ton of Bullies in the world and many strands of Coins. Don't forget about the Red Coins as well! If you need some additional coins, hop inside the volcano. Be forewarned that there are limited coins in the volcano, and you can't leave once you enter. ========================================================================== ~Course 8:Shifting Sand Land~ ========================================================================== ------------------------------------- Star 1:In the Tallons of the Big Bird ------------------------------------- You need to make your way onto any one of the 4 pillars in the level. But what pillars am I talking about? The tall red ones. You can walk up their sides no problem. Once your on top of one of them wait for Klepto the Vulture to get above you. He is holding the Star in his tallons. Jump into him to get him startled and have him drop the Star. Jump off the pillar and head right over to it. It will appear near the oasis which is just past the Tox Box maze. ------------------------------- Star 2:Shining Atop the Pyramid ------------------------------- There is a Power Star resting near the top of the pyramid. Either take the Koopa Shell resting on the room of the pavillion and surf up the sides of the pyramid to nab it, or use the ledges placed around the pyramid to eventually reach the top. If you choose the latter your in for some trouble as many enemies and thin ledges make the path hard. But you will get to the top eventually. You can also use a Wing Cap, found at the top of the small hut near the beginning of the level, if you are Mario. ------------------------- Star 3:Inside the Pyramid ------------------------- Use the same tactics as in the last Star to reach the pyramid once again. However this time you're not going to the top outside per-se, but rather the tippy top of the inner pyramid. Looks shallow and tiny from outside? Enter the hole to find out its real size. The pyramid is gigantic. You need to reach the Star placed at the very top of the pyramid. Just follow the paths around the edges of the pyramid as you go up and up and up. Be sure not to fall. It's extremely easy, and I mean really easy to fall right off the edges and have to start your climb over again. Pain in the ass. Once you reach the top you need to make one last jump in order to actually claim the Star. ------------------------------------- Star 4:Stand Tall on the Four Pillars ------------------------------------- This Star just sounds so obvious. Stand tall on the 4 pillars. It is said right there in the title! If you are clueless as to which pillars there are referring to, they are the tall red platforms placed around the pyramid. Its a simple mission really. Simply use Mario, grab the Wing Cap on top of the pavillion near the beginning of the level and fly to each of the pillars. Stand on top of every pillar and once you have done it correctly, you'll hear a common noise and the top of the pyramid will explode, revealing a hole at the top. What now? Fly to the now exposed top of the pyramid and drop down the hole. You will be inside the ancient pyramid once more, but this time around you will appear on an elevator that will begin moving once aboard. It will eventially reach the bottom and stop, and you will be infront of a hole in the wall. Punch a block infront of you and walk down the path to appear inside a small chamber with a pit on the edges and a couch. Get on the "couch" and it will appear that it was just 2 giant hands resting. You've disturbed Eyerok and it's a fight to the death! The battle is very simple. Simply keep moving and whenever one of the hands open their eyes, punch them. Punch each eye 3 times to defeat them and claim a Star. -------------------------- Star 5:Tox Box Switch Star -------------------------- Yeah, those giant Tox Boxes hold a secret. Well at least their maze does to whatever extent. You need to be Wario for this one so start off as him or grab his Cap in the world. Somewhere in the hard to describe Tox Box maze is a black brick block. Once destroyed it will reveal the Star Switch. It is imperitive that you don't get killed when attempting to navigate the Tox Box maze. Once have located and destroyed the black brick and have the Star Switch revealed, you can attempt to sprint over to the Star with Wario. This saves time, but some jumps are a bit difficult to pull off and if you miss one of the gaps you will die right there on the spot. If you switch back to Luigi or Mario then you have a better chance of reaching the Star. The Star Sphere is located next to the pool of water in the oasis. Quickly get there! --------------------- Star 6:Pyramid Puzzle --------------------- This Star is likely to get on your nerves if you keep messing up a lot like someone here. Enter the pyramid via any method. Flying, walking, Koopa Surfin', doesn't matter. As long as you get inside the pyramid, you're fine. Now once inside you need to once again make your way to the top. When you get near the platform that holds the Star at the top, stop. There is a piece of guardrail on the side near the sand-fall that is missing. You will drop onto a Coin which is one of the secrets if you jumped correctly. Jump to the left a bit and fall onto another Secret Coin. Jump over to the right for a third Secret Coin. If you miss a platform you have no choice but to get back to the top again. This may infuriate you to extreme ends. Once you have three, jump onto the moving quicksand river. You won't sink all the way down so don't worry. You will move right into the other 2 Secrets. The Star is right near the end of the path. ---------------------------------- Star 7:Free Flying for 8 Red Coins ---------------------------------- Another Star that is clearly labeled in its title. However, there are only 4 Red Coins hovering around the pyramid. The other 4 are strewn somewhere in the world. Red Coin 1:Turn around from your starting point and run that direction until you find this Red Coin. Red Coin 2:This Red Coin lies inside a brick block inside the pavillion. Destroy it to earn the Coin. Red Coin 3:This Coin lies right next to the pool of water in the oasis. Swim to reach it. Red Coin 4:Somewhere in the Tox Box maze. It is located directly adjacent from the cannon. Red Coin 5:This Red Coin is hovering in the air right near the pyramid. Use Flying Mario to reach it. Red Coin 6:This Red Coin is hovering in the air right near the pyramid. Use Flying Mario to reach it. Red Coin 7:This Red Coin is hovering in the air right near the pyramid. Use Flying Mario to reach it. Red Coin 8:This Red Coin is hovering in the air right near the pyramid. Use Flying Mario to reach it. As always, collecting all of the Coins will enable to Star. It appears on the top of the pavillion. Make sure you don't fall into quicksand if your Wing Cap disappears when flying! -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- There are a ton of Coins inside Shifting Sand Land, but you have to search extremely hard to obtain all of them. Collect all of the Red Coins and defeat all of the Pokies around the world-each one give up a Blue Coin. Once you have about 45 or so Coins you can enter the pyramid and still get the Star easily. There is a Blue Coin Switch near the entrance of where you drop down into the pyramid. Use that, and all to enemies and Coins in there to eventually reach the Star. ========================================================================== ~Course 9:Dire Dire Docks~ ========================================================================== ------------------------- Star 1:Board Bowser's Sub ------------------------- Bowser has a hidden submarine somewhere in the vincinity of Dire Dire Docks. Completing this Star is the only way to gain access to Bowser in the Fire Sea, so you have little choice on the matter. Start off by diving down into the water (your dumped into water at the beginning) until you see a hole in the wall. Be careful down here, though! There are tons of enemies and a giant whirlpool that will kill you instantly if you venture to close to it. Once you reach the tunnel, swim through it. Near the middle is a place where you can get back all of your lost energy so use it if neccessary. At the end you will be in a large room with a giant submarine at the top of it. Get onto dry land and find a ! Switch. Flip it to create nearby platforms you can use to reach the top of the submarine for a few seconds. Once your aboard the submarine you can easily find the Star. ---------------------------- Star 2:Chests in the Current ---------------------------- This Star is very quick to do and die all at the same time. Near the whirlpool there are 3 chests. You need to open them up in the correct order to earn the Star. You want to open them up in this order in my pretty diagram: [ 2 ] <-- Furthest from whirlpool [ 1 ] <-- Kinda close to whirlpool [ 3 ] <--Right infront of whirlpool It is an extremely dangerous Star. After opening the 3rd chest, swim like mad to the Star. --------------------------------- Star 3:Pole-Jumping for Red Coins --------------------------------- Remember where Bowser's Sub was? It has moved out of the world via some giant hole in the wall. Meh. Swim your way back to that room again. 8 Red Coins are in this room. Use the poles on the ceiling to reach them, or use Mario's Floating ability. Red Coin 1:Using the brick blocks that didn't lead to Bowser's Sub, you will find a Red Coin at the top. Red Coin 2:Use a pole to reach an area left of the first Red Coin. Red Coin 3:Near Red Coin 2. Red Coin 4:Near Red Coin 3. Red Coin 5:It inside a caged platform reached via a pole after the Blue Coin Switch platform. Red Coin 6:Floating in mid-air near some caged platforms. Run into it with one of the poles. Red Coin 7:Floating in mid-air near some caged platforms. Run into it with one of the poles. Red Coin 8:Floating in mid-air near some caged platforms. Run into it with one of the poles. Once you have all of the Red Coins you will get the usual reward- another Power Star for your collection. ----------------------------- Star 4:Through the Jet Stream ----------------------------- Head back to the same room with Bowser's Sub you've been to for a few Stars. Underwater, there is a giant vent that is creating rings in the water. They quickly float upwards. You need to go through 5 consecutive rings. Just stay in one place and wait for them to pass through you. Once you have gone through 5 of them, you can use Metal Wario to reach the Star that is dangling in the strong currents. -------------------------------- Star 5:Koopa Surfin' Switch Star -------------------------------- You must be Wario for this aggrivating Star. Once you start off, swim on the surface of the water towards a small island with several black bricks on it. Break several of them. One will reveal a Switch Star, one reveals some Coins, and another reveals a Koopa Shell. Activate the Switch Star to have a Star appear in the Star Sphere on the other side of the water. You have about six or so seconds to reach the Star. Get on the Koopa Shell and quickly zip over there before its too late! ---------------------- Star 6:Inside the Cage ---------------------- Once again you must make your way back to the same room where Bowser's Sub once laid. Once there you need to get out of the water as Luigi and turn invisible via the Power Flower in the room. Once invisible you can jump into the water and dive down deep to find a cage with a Star inside. Because Luigi is invisible he can go right through the cage and collect the Star that awaits inside. ----------------------------- Star 7:The Manta Ray's Reward ----------------------------- Now you don't have to travel back into the area I know you love so much. In the first area of the world there is a rather large Manta Ray just merrily swimming around the world. Behind him his tail is creating the same kinds of rings you had to travel through in the fourth Star. This Star is basically the fourth one only with a moving target and you have to work for 5 consecutive rings. The Manta Ray moves up and down so you need to react fast. The rings also disappear really quickly so you need to be very careful. Once you have 5, the Star will appear right above the whirlpool, so good luck getting it. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- You know the drill. Barely 110 Coins are in this world and its a pain getting most of them. There are a lot of Coins near the giant whirlpool in the world so get those Coins first so you don't die later and scream in anger a lot. There is a Blue Coin Switch in the giant submarine area, which gives a total of 30 Coins. Good stuff. Many Coin rings abound too. Not hard for the Coins, but the dangers are plenty. ========================================================================== ~Course 10:Snowman's Land~ ========================================================================== ------------------------- Star 1:Snowman's Big Head ------------------------- The Star is perched on the very top of the giant Snowman in the world. It's a bit tricky getting to it, but you have no choice. Start off by heading right from where you start and follow the path around the world. There isn't any other way to go so you should not be getting lost or anything. Eventually you will reach a pond of water. Don't get in the water! It's freezing water, see? It hurts you slowly if you are in it. Jump over the small gap of water onto an island where giant icicles are being shot down a long passageway. Head down that said passageway to the end, jumping over the giant mounds of ice. At the end, Triple Jump onto the top of the cannon. Once there, simply follow the very thin path around the side of the Snowman to get infront of his face The Snowman will be angered by your appearence and will start blowing really hard. If you set foot on the bridge you will get blown off and lose your hat (unless you're Yoshi). To get across without being blown off, get on top of the Penguin that is waddling back and forth across the bridge or stay to the side of him until you cross it. Either way, on the other side follow the simple path to the very top, and claim the Star. --------------------------- Star 2:Chill with the Bully --------------------------- You may have noticed during your trek on the previous Star a giant Ice Bully on a small ice bridge. Head there for your next Star. On the slippery platform you need to do what you do for any Bully-push him off the platform. However, you're being pushed into really cold water. Not just cold from the pond, but so cold it's not funny. You will bounce around like you jumped into lava if you touch it. Just push the Bully into the water before you die to claim a Star. ---------------------------- Star 3:Yoshi's Ice Sculpture ---------------------------- To the left of where you start are a ton of ice blocks, and inside the one on the top is a Power Star. Now this is a bit of a difficult puzzle and you may have to leave the course several times to reset it. Using Yoshi's Power Flower ability, melt the highest block on the first column so you can jump onto the lowest block. Then look left and burn the ice block there to make another platform. Jump onto an ice block one block higher than you and you are from there able to burn away the block containing the Star. If these directions are a bit too confusing, you could always try thinking out this minor puzzle yourself. ----------------------------------- Star 4:Whirl from the Freezing Pond ----------------------------------- Head around the world until you reach the freezing pond. There are many Spindrifts in this pond and a brick wall on the other side. The idea here is to jump onto one of the Spindrifts to kill it and be propelled into the air and slowly float back down. You want to float over to the other side of the aforementioned brick wall. Its not too difficult but you need to have the right Spindrift that isn't very close to the wall but a good distance from it that can easily be jumped on. Across the wall are 2 boxes. One has a Koopa Shell, the other has the Star. ----------------------------- Star 5:Snowman's Silver Stars ----------------------------- 5 Silver Stars are roaming about the world, and its up to you to unite all of them into one true Power Star. You must use the Koopa Shell for this Star. Its in the box that is right next to the box that contained the previous Star. Three Silver Stars are near the Koopa Shell and if you don't get them then its impossible to get them again unless you leave the world due to the Spindrifts no reappearing, making it impossible to get over the wall again. There is a tricky Silver Star. It's under the platform the Ice Bully rests on. If you hit one of the icicles there while on the Shell your as good as dead. Be careful. The Star will appear near the beginning of the world once you have all 5. --------------------- Star 6:Into the Igloo --------------------- Once again you need the Koopa Shell for this Star. Once you have it, head back over the brick wall and head right. You know that little passageway those giant icicles are being shoved on? There's a steep ramp to the right of them. Head up that ramp with the Koopa Shell to find an igloo. Enter it as Luigi. Inside you'll find a spacious room, with lots of freezing water and a small part of floor that is grated down...with a Star under it. Great. There is a Power Flower in the back of the igloo. Hurry up and get it then rush over to the grating, fall through it and you are easily able to claim the Star resting there. ----------------------------- Star 7:Red Coins in the House ----------------------------- There isn't exactly any house inside Snowman's Land, but there is an igloo. And that is where all 8 Red Coins reside. Use the Koopa Shell again to reach it. Red Coin 1:High above the ground Red Coin 2:High above the ground Red Coin 3:On the ground Red Coin 4:On the ground Red Coin 5:On the ground Red Coin 6:In the cold water Red Coin 7:In the cold water Red Coin 8:In the cold water The Star appears near the entrance of the igloo. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- There are so many Coins inside Snowman's Land its hard to say truly how many there really are. The outside out the world has tons of enemies and tons of Coins and same with the igloo. Somewhere in the world is 3 Goombas around a campfire. If you go inside the igloo and come out, those Goombas will give you more Coins. You can easily exploit this over and over again until you have 255 Coins if you wish. ========================================================================== ~Course 11:Wet-Dry World~ ========================================================================== ---------------------------- Star 1:Shocking Arrow Lifts! ---------------------------- Enter the course with the water at its lowest possible level. Head left from where you start and find a structure with a diamond water raiser at the top of it, shaped like an "L". Stand at the corner where the lines intersect and you will be transported near a cannon high above the level. Fall off the structure you are on to a ledge below you. Hit the ! Block here to reveal the Star. ---------------------- Star 2:Top O' the Town ---------------------- Enter the course with the water level raised to its highest point. Swim straight ahead from where you appear and up the part of the ramp that isn't underwater. Jump up the few steps ahead of you and over the gaps until you reach a small clearing with a Chuck-Ya. To the left of him is a wooden plank suspended in the air. Get onto the plank and follow it to the end to a spinning platform. Two platforms away from here is the Star. -------------------------------------- Star 3:5 Secrets in the Shallows & Sky -------------------------------------- You need to find all five secrets to make a Star appear, and none of them are actual coins. Enter the course with the water level at its lowest. From where you start, head left all the way to the end of the level. Along the wall you should find a red and grey block. Start pushing it left. You will get the first secret as you do. Keep pushing it so you can hit a ! Block nearby. Hit that block to get the second secret. Now head onto the ledge near the block. Ignore the Heave-Ho for now and find another grey and red block. Push this into the small crevice for the third secret. Use the Heave-Ho to reach the next part of the level, then use it again to reach the upper area. An Amp is circling around a small platform. Hit the ! Block on this platform for the fourth secret. Head right and onto a ! Switch which makes blocks appear leading to the top of the cage. Hit the ! Block here for the final secret. The Star appears on a platform far down below. Either raise the water level to reach it/swim to it, or use Balloon Mario to reach the platform. ---------------------------------- Star 4:Express Elevator--Hurry Up! ---------------------------------- Start the course with the water level at its highest point. Climb to the very top of the level. Near the area with Chuck-Ya is a Red ! Block. As Luigi, hit it to become invisible. Backflip and pass through the cage to reach the Star. To complete this Star normally, enter the course with the water at its lowest point. Make your way to top of the level and onto the cage with the Star. Get onto the outside platform of the elevator without the Star, and it will descend. At the bottom, break the block and get onto the elevator on the inside of the cage quickly. When it reaches the top, get the Star. ------------------------------- Star 5:Go to Town for Red Coins ------------------------------- Enter the course with the water level at its highest point. Swim over to the large cage with an opening dead ahead of you when you appear. Jump into the opening and swim down into the downtown area. Hit the diamond water raiser at the bottom, in a corner near a house with a red roof. Get the red coins from here. Red Coin 1:In a block on a ledge on the wall surrounding the church Red Coin 2:In a block next to Red Coin 1 Red Coin 3:In a block infront of the church Red Coin 4:In a block in the east area of downtown, on a roof Red Coin 5:In a block in the west area of downtown, on a roof Red Coin 6:In a block on a roof adjacent to Red Coin 4 Red Coin 7:In a block on a roof reachable from the roof at Red Coin 5 Red Coin 8:In a block next to Red Coin 7 The Star appears inside the little church. ----------------------------------- Star 6:Quick Race Through Downtown! ----------------------------------- Start the course with the water level at its highest point. Once again, enter the downtown area via the large open gated cage. Lower the water level and pick up the Luigi Cap is necessary. Get a Power Flower to turn invisible, then quickly reach the northwest corner of the town and enter the cage. Backflip onto the above ledge to reach the Star. -------------------------- Star 7:Soaked Silver Stars -------------------------- Start the course with the water level at its highest. Get to the upper area of the town and pick up the Power Flower as Mario. Float upwards towards where the Top O' the Town Star was, and far above it is the first Silver Star. Dive into the water. Under the grey ramp that leads to the upper area of the town is a Silver Star. Head back near where you started and dive underwater. Another Silver Star is visible above a platform. Near another platform made of bricks is the fourth Silver Star. Now, use a diamond water raiser to lower the water to its lowset point. Punch the bricks near where you started to reveal the fifth Silver Star. The Star will appear near the area with the Chuck-Ya. Use the diamond water raisers or the Heave-Ho's to reach the Star and collect it. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Start off the course with the water at its lowest point. There are many coins in Wet-Dry World. Punch all the blocks you can for coins, get the Blue Coin Switch on a ledge near where you start, kill the foes you can kill, and hit all of the ! Blocks to hoard the coins inside. If you run out of coins, enter downtown for the red coins and several other coin rings. You shouldn't have too much trouble getting all the needed coins. ========================================================================== ~Course 12:Tall Tall Mountain~ ========================================================================== ------------------------- Star 1:Scale the Mountain ------------------------- You need to reach the top of the mountain. Head straight along the path, ignoring any enemies you come against and long jump over and large gaps. Eventually you will pass a clearing with a Chuck-Ya and end up on a ledge with a Ukiki and a Fly Guy. Get on the rolling log nearby and roll it all the way over to the left side, then get on the ledge there. Continue going up the mountain, past a large gap near a waterfall, until you reach the top where the Star is waiting. --------------------------------- Star 2:Mystery of the Monkey Cage --------------------------------- Like the previous Star, you need to make your way up to the top of the mountain once again. When you finally arrive (the path remains the same), you won't find a Star but instead a Ukiki running around the top section. Grab Ukiki. It can be tough. Try to corner it and do a running dive for the best chances at capturing the monkey. When it asks to be let go, agree and it will tell you to follow it to a cage. Ukiki will drop the cage and the Star will appear out of it next to the waterfall. Drop down and get it. -------------------------------- Star 3:Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins -------------------------------- You may have noticed a large field of mushrooms when you have been going up the mountain. Head to that field now. There are red coins here. The other half of the red coins are on the group of ledges left of the Monty Mole field. Red Coin 1:On a mushroom Red Coin 2:On a mushroom Red Coin 3:On a mushroom Red Coin 4:On a mushroom Red Coin 5:Near the bottom of the ledges Red Coin 6:Near the middle of the ledges Red Coin 7:Near the top of the ledges Red Coin 8:At the very highest ledge, close to the bowling ball area The Star will appear on a mushroom to the right of the Monty Mole field. Long jump to reach the Star. Be sure not to fall off anywhere! ------------------------------ Star 4:Mysterious Mountainside ------------------------------ Continue up the mountain using the usual path. You will eventually pass a white cloud who will blow your cap off if you stand near him too long. Near the cloud is a trail of coins leading into a wall. Jump into the wall they are pointing to. You will appear on top of a large slide. Start sliding down it, collecting coins and extra lives as you wish. Eventually you will see arrows pointing to the right as the path that way turns wooden. Quickly move onto it because the path you're on will end and you will die if you stay on it. On the wooden path, continue down the slide. Stick to the sides to avoid falling into any of the numerous gaps along the way. Drop into the hole at the end to land on a ledge on the mountainside with the Star in it. ----------------------------------- Star 5:Blast to the Lonely Mushroom ----------------------------------- Start climbing the mountain once again. Once you reach the point with the rolling log, get there as Luigi and stand infront of it. Do a backflip and start manuvering yourself down to a mushroom that is nowhere near land. If you positioned yourself correctly, you should land on the mushroom and be able to collect the Star there. You can also run to the end of the log and long jump down to this mushroom, or actually use the cannon like intended. -------------------------------- Star 6:5 Secrets of the Mountain -------------------------------- Get to the top of the mountain in this Star as Mario. There is a Mario Cap along the way if you don't start out as him. When you reach the top, you will find a Red ! Block that will allow you to fly around the level. There are five coin rings surrounding the summit of the mountain, and in the center of each ring is a secret coin. Collect all of them to make the Star appear on the summit. Keep getting Wing Cap's to ensure your's doesn't run out when flying over the abyss. Be careful and be quick. ---------------------------------------- Star 7:Breathtaking View from the Bridge ---------------------------------------- Get to the top of the mountain one more time. Grab the Wario Cap on the way up if you don't already start as him. Near the top of the mountain you will be at the top of the waterfall. There is a small ledge along the wall near the waterfall that leads into a small hole in it. Walk along this thin ledge as Wario and you will find yourself inside the waterfall. Break the black brick block to reveal the Star. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Collecting 100 Coins can be a bit tough on this course. Be sure to never enter the mountainside slide. It is unlikely you can grab the Star if it appears on the slide, for obvious reasons, but the exit is blocked by a cage so you can't leave once you finish the slide. There's plenty of enemies to kill, and red coins to collect. Don't forget the 45 coins that are surrounding the summit of the mountain. Use Mario to fly into them and collect them. If you nab every coin you can on the mountain you shouldn't have too much trouble. ========================================================================== ~Course 13:Tiny-Huge Island~ ========================================================================== ------------------------------- Star 1:Pluck the Pirhana Flower ------------------------------- Start the level out in the small painting so you are huge when you start. Head forwards, past the first island and onto the second one. Ignore the Pirhana Plant here and enter the pipe to make yourself tiny. There are five Pirhana Plants on the edges of the now huge platform, and you need to kill them all. Use simple punches to dispose of all of them. Don't forget that there is one lurking behind the warp pipe. The Star will appear once all five are killed. ------------------------------------- Star 2:The Tip Top of the Huge Island ------------------------------------- Start off once again in the left painting, making you huge. Head back to the platform with the Pirhana Plant on it. Ignore the pipe this time and fall onto a lower ledge near the pipe. There is a ! Switch here. Press it to make some platforms appear. Jump up to an above ledge using these platforms where bowling balls are falling. Continue right on this ledge and enter the next warp pipe you see. When you are tiny, head north and jump onto the two ledges. Dodge the Chuck-Ya and move around him. There is a small bridge attached to the side of the mountain. Walk past it, up the next hill and break the ! Block at the summit to reveal the Star. ----------------------------------- Star 3:Rematch with Koopa the Quick ----------------------------------- Start off tiny for this Star. Make your way through the hole in the beginning, then swim across the lake to the beach, then across the next area of water to solid land. Ignore the cannon unless you have unlocked it and long jump over the gap, then jump into the abyss right ahead. A gust of wind will propel you over to the ledge attatched to the mountain side. Continue up the bridge, then left over the next bridge. Don't get blown off here. Jump up the ledges and down the next hill. Around the corner you will meet Koopa the Quick again. The finish line for this race is just past that windy bridge. Make sure to keep long jumping, and ignore any damage that you take. It just slows you down. Near the warp pipe on the area of land past the windy bridge is the finish line. Koopa the Quick will hand over the Star if you beat him. He generally finishes in about 23 seconds. ------------------------ Star 4:Klepto the Condor ------------------------ Klepto is holding another Star. Start off huge and make your way to the ! Switch used in the previous Star. These will form the same platforms. Make your way this time to the end of these platforms, leading to one small platform in the middle of nowhere. Klepto will occasionally visit this spot. When he does, jump into him to make him release the Star. It will appear just mere inches from you. -------------------------- Star 5:Wiggler's Red Coins -------------------------- There is a hidden cavern that holds the red coins for this Star. Start off huge and hit the ! Switch on the island with the Pirhana Plant. Climb up onto the ledge with the bowling balls, then enter the warp pipe up ahead. Climb up the two ledges as you're tiny, pass the Chuck-Ya, and head to the end of the wooden bridge. At the end, look down. You should see a tree on some land near a long and thin wooden bridge. Aim for that. When you can stand on flat ground, walk across the bridge and into the cavern. The eight red coins are as follow: Red Coin 1:On a platform infront of you Red Coin 2:On another platform Red Coin 3:On another platform Red Coin 4:On another platform Red Coin 5:On another platform Red Coin 6:On another platform Red Coin 7:Use a Double Jump to reach this slightly higher platform Red Coin 8:Use Wall Kicks where the two pillars are to reach the coin at the top The Star will appear on the ground near Red Coin 8. -------------------------- Star 6:Make Wiggler Squirm -------------------------- Start off huge again, and make your way up to the warp pipe near the top of the mountain as usual. Don't go in it just yet. Jump or backflip up to the very top of the mountain, inside a small pool of water. Do a Ground Pound to get rid of the water. Now enter a warp pipe to become tiny, then get to the top pool of the mountain. The water is gone, so go inside the revealed hole. You will need to beat Wiggler now. Jump on his head three times to defeat him. He will get faster each time you jump on him. If you get hurt and need more health, grab some of the coins that are lying along the edges of the room. Once you defeat Wiggler, grab the Star. -------------------------------- Star 7:Switch Star of the Island -------------------------------- Make your way back to Wiggler's red coin cavern. Be careful on the wooden bridge. Walk slowly to avoid falling off, forcing you to repeat many steps. Once you are inside the cavern, make your way to the ledge with a red coin and a Blue Coin Switch. There is also a Switch for the Star here. Press it and you will see the Star appear on top of a ledge not too far away. Long jump across the short gap, Wall Kick your way between the pillars and easily claim the Star. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Start off the course as your tiny character. Ground Pounding a Goomba when your are small will net you a Blue Coin. Do this for every Goomba that wonders the course. There are plenty of other enemies you can normally defeat for coins too. Run around some posts as well. When you can't find anymore coins, turn huge again and kill any more enemies that show up. Once you are finished with that, enter the red coin cavern. There's also a Blue Coin Switch for an additional ten coins if you need it. Remember that you can leave the cavern if you want to. ========================================================================== ~Course 14:Tick Tock Clock~ ========================================================================== ------------------------ Star 1:Luigi in the Cage ------------------------ Enter the clock when the minute hand is on the 3 for the easiest time here. Use the only path you can to make your way up and around the clock. You will eventually come to a pole with an Amp circling it. Climb it, then turn around at the top and climb onto the moving platform. Jump off of it onto the grated ground. Grab a Luigi Cap if you aren't already him, then get a Power Flower. Don't move as you fall down. Once you land, move right and start working your way down the clock as quickly as possible. Once you reach the cage with the Star inside, walk through it and claim the Star. ------------------------------- Star 2:The Pendulum Switch Star ------------------------------- Start off with the minute hand on the 12 to stop the clock entirely. From the start, keep heading up the clock until you reach the pole with an Amp circling it. Climb to the top, but go to the left, not on the moving platform. Head past the Heave-Ho's. Near a Blue Coin Switch and past some stationary platforms you will find the Switch that will activate the Star. Hit the switch to make the Star appear near some stationary pendulums. Quickly run over there and over the gaps, avoiding falling to your death, to reach the Star. ----------------- Star 3:Get a Hand ----------------- Start the course with the minute hand on the 3. Make your way up the clock, but not too far. Head to a large, open area with grated floor that has a ! Block and a fire breather on it. Wait on this platform for a moving hand to come by. Jump onto the hand and it will continue moving around the clock. Don't fall off and don't get shocked by the Amp's. Eventually the hand will pass infront of an opening in the wall which contains a Star. -------------------------- Star 4:Stomp on the Thwomp -------------------------- Start the course with the minute hand on the 3. Continue up the clock as usual, up to the point with the pole with an Amp circling it. Climb to the top, then jump onto the moving platform. At the top of the platform's motion you can jump onto another platform. You may need to use a backflip to reach it. Continue jumping up the moving parts, past some moving bars and cages. Avoid falling off the treadmills, then continue along the winding path to the top of the clock. Once at the top, avoid the attacks of the fire breather and wait for a moving hand to come by. Jump onto it and wait for it to pass by a treadmill leading to a Thwomp. Run down it, backflip onto the top of the Thwomp, and at the apex of its flight into the air, jump off the Thwomp and into the Star. -------------------------------- Star 5:Timed Jump on Moving Bars -------------------------------- Start off with the clock on 12 to make this Star easy. Climb up the clock like you normally would until you reach the pole with an Amp circling it. At the top, jump onto the stationary platform, then jump onto the grated platform. Grab the Wario Cap from a Goomba if you aren't already him, then look at the three bars jutting from the wall. They should be stationary if you stopped the clock. Jump on each of them to reach a black brick block. Break it as Wario, revealing a path to the Star. ------------------------------ Star 6:Stop Time for Red Coins ------------------------------ Enter the course with the minute hand on 12. Turn around from where you start to find a bunch of stationary gears. The red coins are among these gears. Red Coin 1:At the first gear Red Coin 2:Above the second gear Red Coin 3:Above the third gear Red Coin 4:Above the fourth gear Red Coin 5:Above the fifth row of gears Red Coin 6:Next to Red Coin 5 Red Coin 7:Above the sixth row of gears Red Coin 8:Above the final gears The Star will appear on the ground, below the first gear. ----------------------------- Star 7:Tick Tock Silver Stars ----------------------------- Enter the clock with the minute hand on the 3. Just wait a little while and you will notice that all of the Silver Stars fall to the bottom level. With a little patience you can grab them all. The Star will appear rather high up in the clock. Continue up the clock like you normally would, collecting any Silver Star that may be stuck if necessary. Pass the pole with an Amp circling it and continue to the left. Head past the Heave-Ho's and over a moving platform, you should be able to find the Star lying dead ahead. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Tick Tock Clock doesn't have too many coins. Make sure the clock is at least moving when you enter the course. There are plenty of ! Blocks you can hit for many coins. There are few enemies you can actually kill in this course, so the blocks will be your only method of collecting coins. You can also find some coins just lying around. The red coins are almost impossible to get when the clock is in motion, so don't bother trying. ========================================================================== ~Course 15:Rainbow Ride~ ========================================================================== ----------------------------------- Star 1:Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow ----------------------------------- Turn around from where you start off to spot a pole in the distance. Long jump over to the pole, then climb it to the top. Jump onto the moving platforms and pass by them without falling off. On the next, stationary platform, walk onto the carpet. It will begin moving you on its rainbow pathway. Jump over any platforms that get in your way until you reach a point where the path splits. Choose the left carpet. Ride that carpet, jumping over any other platforms that get in your way. You will eventually reach a plank that extends onto the ship. Get the Wario Cap here and get a Power Flower to turn metal. Ignoring the winds, get onto the bow of the ship and grab the Star. ------------------------------- Star 2:The Big House in the Sky ------------------------------- Like before, long jump to the pole in the distance, climb up and over the next platforms. Get onto the carpet and ride it to where the path splits. This time around, head onto the right carpet. The carpet will pass through some glass, but you can't. You need to backflip on top of them and then jump back onto the carpet. You have to do this twice. You will then enter the big house. You can choose to continue on the carpet, but that path is longer and harder. Jump off and collect the Mario Cap. Get a Power Flower and float through the hole in the ceiling. On the roof, get the Star. ------------------------------ Star 3:Coins Amassed in a Maze ------------------------------ Long jump to the pole, climb to the top and get onto the moving platforms. Instead of going straight as usual, head to the left and towards a giant maze. It isn't so bad. The eight red coins are hidden in this maze. Red Coin 1:On the left ledge at the bottom of the maze. Red Coin 2:The top-left corner of the maze Red Coin 3:Near a fire-breather Red Coin 4:Top-right corner of the maze Red Coin 5:Just below Red Coin 4 Red Coin 6:Middle level of the maze Red Coin 7:Somewhere near Red Coin 6 Red Coin 8:Near the top-right corner is an opening onto an outside ledge with the Red Coin on it The Star will appear near the entrance to the maze. ----------------------------- Star 4:Swingin' in the Breeze ----------------------------- Long jump to the pole again. Don't climb up it this time. Instead, head left and onto a tilting platform. Use it to reach a higher ledge. There is a swinging platform ahead. Ride it to the other side. Pass through the next area with a bunch of tilting platforms and falling donut platforms. Eventually you will reach a small brown hill with a Goomba on it. Head up this hill to find another swinging platform. Ride this one to the other side, avoiding getting burned by the fire breather, then grab the Star. ------------------------ Star 5:Tricky Triangles! ------------------------ Long jump back to the pole. Once again, head left and over the tilting platform and over the swinging platform. Head across the next few titling platforms and donut platforms to reach the brown hill again. Pass it to the right and jump over the next few platforms. You will soon come to a large group of triangles. Hit the ! Switch to make the triangles flip over, allowing you to jump on them and reach the top platform. They won't stay flipped for long, however. Once at the top, grab the Star. --------------------------------- Star 6:Somewhere Over the Rainbow --------------------------------- You need to head back to the cruiser. Before you do so, you must activate the cannon on it. Head back to the Red Coin maze via the shortcut. Once you reach the maze, don't enter it an head to the far left edge. Wall Kick as Mario between the two walls to reach the top of the maze. Talk to the Bob-omb Buddy to open the cannon on the cruiser. Now, head back to the moving platforms and get on the carpet. Take the left path when the path splits. Once you reach the cruiser after making sure not to fall off, get on the stern of the ship and drop into the cannon. Look for the large rainbow ring near where the cannon aims at default. Aim for the pole on island. Fire the cannon. If you grabbed onto the pole, jump off of it, pass the Chuck-Ya, and hit the ! Block to reveal the Star. ------------------------------- Star 7:Switch Star of the Manor ------------------------------- You need to head back to the big house. Long jump to the pole and follow the path back to the carpet. When the path splits, take the right path. Backflip over the two large glass pieces until you are inside of the house. Jump off of the carpet and pick up a Mario Cap. Step onto the balcony outside and down onto a small pathway. The Star Switch is at the end. Once you press it, run back quickly and get a Power Flower. Head through the roof and grab the Star before time runs out. -------------- 100 Coins Star -------------- Getting 100 Coins is pretty tricky. There is a Blue Coin Switch to the left of the Red Coin Maze. You must get those coins, or this Star will be total hell. Get the Red Coins, kill the Lakitus and Bob-ombs in the area, and head to the big house last. There's twenty coins inside. You also can just east the Spinies as Yoshi that the Lakitus throw at you, then hit a wall with them to turn them into coins. It's tedious, but you can safely get 100 coins that way. ========================================================================== ~Castle Secret Stars~ ========================================================================== ------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #1:The Princess's Secret Slide ------------------------------------------------- Enter the One Star Door at the top right corner of the castle lobby. Inside this room, jump into the picture of Princess Peach to the right. You will be at the top of a large slide. It is a pretty simple ride down. Once you reach the end of the slide, hit the ! Block to reveal the Star. Falling off doesn't make you lose a life. You will just reappear in the castle lobby. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #2:Princess's Secret Slide-Race to the Finish! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Head back through the previous One Star Door and enter the Princess's Secret Slide again. You need to score 21.0 seconds or better in order to claim another Star. When the slide gets flat for a few seconds, you can jump off the left ledge and land on a bit of the slide near the end of it as a huge shortcut, or you can just hug the inside walls and finish it the normal way. The Star will appear out of the finish line if you are successful. ------------------------------------ Castle Secret Star #3:Sunshine Isles ------------------------------------ Enter the One Star Door at the top right corner of the castle lobby. Head straight through and into the next room. Look to the left of the Toad to find a picture of an island. Jump into it. You need to collect the five Silver Stars here. Head straight to the next island to pick up the first Star. Wait around here to find Klepto the Vulture. He circles around the area and holds another Silver Star. Jump into him to make him drop it. Climb up the central island, then get to the top of the tree to find the third Silver Star. Fall off the island and head to the backside of it. In a small nook is the fourth Silver Star. Finally, bouncing on an island somewhat near where you started is the fifth Silver Star. Once you have them all, head back to the island you started on to recieve the real Star. ----------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #4:The Secret Aquarium ----------------------------------------- Enter the Three Star Door on the right wall of the castle lobby. Turn around when you enter the room, then enter the hole in the wall to the left. You will enter the secret aquarium. You can collect the eight red coins here for a Star. Red Coin 1:The center of a coin ring in a top corner of the room Red Coin 2:The center of a coin ring in a top corner of the room Red Coin 3:The center of a coin ring in a top corner of the room Red Coin 4:The center of a coin ring in a top corner of the room Red Coin 5:In a bottom corner of the room Red Coin 6:In a bottom corner of the room Red Coin 7:In a bottom corner of the room Red Coin 8:In a bottom corner of the room Once you have all of the red coins, the Star will appear at the center of the bottom area of the room. You need to collect coins to keep your energy meter filled at all times! ---------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #5:8 Red Coins in Goomboss's Area ---------------------------------------------------- Enter the One Star Door at the top right corner of the castle lobby. Head straight through to the next room. Pass the Toad and enter the Eight Star Door. Jump into the Mario painting. 8 Red Coins are hidden in Goomboss's Area. Collect them all for a Star. Red Coin 1:Head down the log where you start and look left. Get onto the moving platforms to reach an island floating above the abyss. Collect the Wario Cap and punch the block for the Red Coin Red Coin 2:Back on solid land, continue along the path to find a wire grating above the poisonous gas, with the Red Coin on it Red Coin 3:Climb the large pole to the top of the level. The Red Coin is at the end of a branch up here Red Coin 4:Over a series of platforms moving up and down, behind a Pirhana Plant at the end Red Coin 5:Near the center of the level Red Coin 6:Near the right corner of the level on a high ledge Red Coin 7:Use a Power Flower as Mario to reach this at the top of the large tree Red Coin 8:Use a Power Flower as Luigi to reach this in the middle of the large tree. The Star will appear near the center of the level. -------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #6:Wall Kick Switch Star in Goomboss's Area -------------------------------------------------------------- Enter Goomboss's Area again via the Mario painting in the Eight Star Room. Head down the log and go to the right, up a hill and over some diamond shaped-tilting platforms. You will eventually pass a Star Switch. Hit this as Mario and run down to the end of the path. Most of the wall here is caged. Quickly Wall Jump up to the top in order to claim your Star. ------------------------------------------------ Castle Secret Star #7:Red Coins in the Courtyard ------------------------------------------------ Head to the castle's courtyard as if you were going to Big Boo's Haunt. You should notice that some of the Boo's have red coins. Red Coin 1:In a Boo left of the entrance Red Coin 2:In a Boo left of the entrance Red Coin 3:In a Boo straight of the entrance Red Coin 4:In a Boo straight of the entrance Red Coin 5:In a Boo straight of the entrance Red Coin 6:In a Boo right of the entrance Red Coin 7:In a Boo right of the entrance Red Coin 8:In a Boo right of the entrance The Star will appear behind the Star statue. Despite what anybody may say, this Star never becomes impossible to obtain from some glitch. ----------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #8:Silver Stars in the Battle Fort ----------------------------------------------------- Head to the castle's courtyard as any character other than Yoshi. In the top right corner of the courtyard are several bricks. Punch them until a hole is revealed beneath one of them. Enter it to be in the Battle Fort. You need to collect the Silver Stars here. Jump onto the pole ahead of you and get the Silver Star at the top. Head to the right corner of the level and punch the blocks here until a Silver Star is found. Kill a nearby Goomba for the third Silver Star. Now head to one of the bottom corners of the level. A Silver Star is bouncing freely here. In the last corner of this level is yet another Goomba who will hand over the Silver Star once killed. Once you have all five, the Star will appear on top of the grated area of the level. Climb a pole to reach it. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #9:8 Red Coins Hidden in Bowser in the Dark World -------------------------------------------------------------------- Head through the Big Star Door in the castle lobby to end up at Bowser in the Dark World. You need to collect the red coins here. Red Coin 1:Hit the ! Switch near the fire-breathing statue and run back to where you start. Wooden platform have appears, allowing access to the coin Red Coin 2:Hit the ! Switch near the fire-breathing statue to make wooden platforms appear infront of the statue. Grab the Red Coin Red Coin 3:Behind one of the crystals an Amp is circling Red Coin 4:There is a platform with a yellow platform retracting in and out of it. The Red Coin is attatched to it Red Coin 5:Stand on the first pair of circling diamond-shaped platforms to be brought into this Red Coin Red Coin 6:On the ledge with a Goomba on it and near some tilting platforms, turn around and head down a thin wooden bridge to find the Red Coin on a lone platform Red Coin 7:On a small ledge near the tilting platform. You may need to hug the wall for this Red Coin 8:From the platform the ! Switch and stairs are located, Long Jump to the left. Follow the platforms to the end to reach the Red Coin The Star will appear behind the pipe leading to Bowser. --------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #10:8 Red Coins in the Tower of the Wing Cap --------------------------------------------------------------- When you have at least 14 Stars, light will be shining from the top of the lobby. Stand in the sun picture as Mario and stare at the light's source from the shoulder camera. Collect the Red Coin while flying. Red Coin 1:Fly straight ahead at the start to run into these coins Red Coin 2:Next to Red Coin 1 Red Coin 3:Fly left from the previous coins and follow the trail of yellow coins into the next to Red Coins Red Coin 4:Next to Red Coin 3 Red Coin 5:Keep following the yellow coin trail into these coins Red Coin 6:Next to Red Coin 5 Red Coin 7:Follow the trail even lower to run into the final Red Coins Red Coin 8:Next to Red Coin 7 The Star will appear at the top of the central tower. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #11:Red Coins Hidden in the Maze of King Boo Battle ---------------------------------------------------------------------- To enter the King Boo Battle area, reach the third floor of Big Boo's Haunt. Enter the Luigi painting in plain sight. Once you enter, you can collect the eight red coins for a Secret Star. Red Coin 1:By one of the fake doors in the first room Red Coin 2:By one of the fake doors in the second room Red Coin 3:By the real door in the second room Red Coin 4:By the real door in the third room Red Coin 5:In the top corner of the third room (Use Balloon Mario to reach it) Red Coin 6:By one of the doors in the fourth room Red Coin 7:By one of the doors in the fourth room Red Coin 8:Inside the black brick block in the fifth room The Star will appear right next to Red Coin 8. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #12:Luigi's Quick Sprint in the King Boo Battle Area ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Enter the King Boo Battle area as Luigi. Head into the third room and get a Power Flower to turn invisible. Then, quickly make your way into the fourth and then final room. Once in the final room, run across the bridge quickly before the Power Flower runs out. At the end you should see a picture of a Boo hiding in fear. When invisible, you can jump through this to find a Star. ------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #13:8 Red Coins Behind the Waterfall ------------------------------------------------------- Head to the underground cavern in Hazy Maze Cave. Get on top of Dorrie's back in direct him to a ledge with double doors on it. Jump onto the ledge, head through the door, and jump into the silvery liquid to be in a secret area where you can collect Red Coins. Red Coin 1:In a small nook in the wall, next to a 1-Up Red Coin 2:In a small nook in the wall, next to a 1-Up Red Coin 3:On the final platform near the waterfall Red Coin 4:On the final platform near the waterfall Red Coin 5:Become Metal Wario with a Power Flower and fall into the water near the final platform. A Red Coin can be found here Red Coin 6:Underwater around the final platform Red Coin 7:Underwater around the final platform Red Coin 8:Underwater around the final platform The Star will appear on the final platform, near where most of the Red Coins were. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #14:Mario's Balloon Trip Behind the Waterfall ---------------------------------------------------------------- Head to the underground cavern in Hazy Maze Cave. Get on top of Dorrie's back in direct him to a ledge with double doors on it. Jump onto the ledge, head through the door, and jump into the silvery liquid to be in a secret area where you can get another Secret Star. Make your way to the final platform and become Mario if you aren't already him. On the final platform, grab a Power Flower and float up high in the room. Past a group of coins in the shape of an arrow you can float into a Star. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #15:8 Red Coins on Moving Platforms Under the Moat --------------------------------------------------------------------- Drain the moat, then become Wario. You can break a black brick block down here and drop into the revealed hole. You can collect the eight Red Coins hidden in this stage. Red Coin 1:On a ledge on the beginning hill Red Coin 2:On a ledge further down the hill Red Coin 3:On a ledge near the bottom of the hill Red Coin 4:On a ledge next to Red Coin 3's ledge Red Coin 5:Near the bottom of the first moving platform's rotation Red Coin 6:At the top of the second moving platform's rotation Red Coin 7:At the end of a tilting platform, near the last set of moving platforms Red Coin 8:On a ledge at the end of the level, where the ? Blue Switch used to be in the original game The Star will appear in a caged up area. Use Luigi and a Power Flower to easily reach it. --------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #16:Mario's Balloon Trip Star Under the Moat --------------------------------------------------------------- Use Wario to break the black brick block in the moat and enter the secret level there. Get to the bottom of the large hill, then grab the Mario Cap. Get the Power Flower from the nearby Red ! Block and start floating ahead into the abyss. Make your way over to a large platform against the wall in the distance. Hit the Star Switch to make the Star appear at the top of the structure. You need to perform Wall Kicks up to the top of these platforms. It isn't too difficult. You can also use Balloon Mario to reach the top, but it takes longer and the Star may disappear as you are trying this. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #17:Switch Star; Stairway Madness in the Dark World ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Head through the Big Star Door in the castle's lobby. Enter Bowser in the Dark World. Get to the very end of the level. Behind the pipe that leads to Bowser you can find a Star Switch. Activate it to make a Star appear not too far away. Head down the stairs or ramp, depending on how fast you are. Long Jump to the platforms a small distance away, then keep Long Jumping quickly until you reach the platform with the Star. ------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #18:A Kind Power Star Gift From Toad ------------------------------------------------------- Head into the basement of the castle and into the room with the entrance to Hazy Maze Cave. A Toad is in the corner of this room. Talk to him to recieve a Star. ------------------------------------------------------ Castle Secret Star #19:8 Red Coins Within the Fire Sea ------------------------------------------------------ Head through the Big Star Door in the basement to end up at Bowser in the Fire Sea, where you can collect some red coins. Red Coin 1:On the platform with the Bullies, take the yellow grating path north to reach this coin Red Coin 2:On top of the tilting platform near the pole Red Coin 3:In the corner of the caged box at the top of the pole Red Coin 4:In the caged room is an elevator. Get on the elevator then step off quickly. The hole the elevator was covering reveals a Red Coin Red Coin 5:At the top of the elevator's path you can find a pyramidal shaped structure. Get onto the flat top of it and follow the yellow path to a Red Coin Red Coin 6:On the structure that is rising up and down with yellow grated platforms connecting each grey platform, if you stay under a black shadow long enough you will find this Red Coin Red Coin 7:Infront of one of the fire-breathing statues in the area with many platforms sinking and rising out of the lava Red Coin 8:Near one of the poles dipping into the lava and rising out The Star will appear on top of a tower near Red Coin 8. Use Wall Kicks to reach it. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #20:Long Jump and Fall Switch Star in the Fire Sea --------------------------------------------------------------------- Remember where the Star appeared in the Castle Secret Star where you got the Red Coins in the Fire Sea (the previous Star)? Head back up there. You should find a Star Switch here. The Star will appear at the opposite end of the large lava pool where you are standing. Long Jump from this high ledge down to the lava pool. If you are lucky, you will land on a blue platform safely. If not, you will land in the lava. Make sure you do land on a blue platform either way so you don't die from the lava. Quickly make your way to the other end and jump into the Star if it hasn't disappered yet. ---------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #21:A Suspicious Mirrored Door's Secret ---------------------------------------------------------- Head to the second floor of the castle as Luigi. Enter the mirror room, the one with the entrance to Snowman's Land. Grab a Power Flower from one of the pedistals and pass through the mirror. Then, enter the door on the other side (opposite the door you originally came through). You will enter a room with nothing in it but a Star. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #22:8 Red Coins Hidden in Chief Chilly's Area ---------------------------------------------------------------- Once again, enter the mirror room on the second floor as Luigi. Get a Power Flower and go through the mirror. Head through the Wario painting this time. Collect the eight Red Coins in the level. Red Coin 1:You will pass it as you move over a moving platform Red Coin 2:When you jump off a ledge just past Red Coin 1 you will be flown into the air from a gust of wind and into a group of coins, the center of which is a Red Coin Red Coin 3:In the middle of the pool when you land from the previous jump Red Coin 4:Just past Red Coin 3, near some Bullies Red Coin 5:In the moving ice block platforming area Red Coin 6:In the moving ice block platforming area Red Coin 7:Use Luigi and get a Power Flower to pass through some metal bars and get a Red Coin Red Coin 8:Use Mario and get a Power Flower so you can float to a far away platform with the final Red Coin The Star will appear somewhere near Red Coin 7. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #23:Blown Away Secret Star in Chief Chilly's Area -------------------------------------------------------------------- Head back into Chief Chilly's Area by using the normal means. Get to an area of the level just past the first Red Coin. Get the Wario Cap, then hit the Red ! Block to turn metal. Head to the left instead of the right like you normally would, and follow the winding, short path. The winds won't affect you here because you are metal. Once at the end of the path, you can hit the black brick block for this Star. ----------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #24:Another Kind Gift From a Nearby Toad ----------------------------------------------------------- Head to the second floor of the castle. Near the Tall Tall Mountain painting you will find a Toad. Talk to him and he will hand over another Star. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #25:Another Gift? Where Does Toad Get These Stars... ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Head to the third floor of the castle. Near the entrance to Tick Tock Clock you will find yet another Toad who, when talked to, will hand over yet another Star. ------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #26:Red Coins Over the Rainbow ------------------------------------------------- Head to the third floor of the castle and enter the left nook in the wall, opposite the entrance to Rainbow Ride. Drop into the hole for a difficult Red Coin challenge. You need the Wing Cap and need to unlock the cannons here. The Bob-omb Buddy is found on the lowest possible platform. Red Coin 1:Next to where you start Red Coin 2:On a cloud near the platform with a cannon Red Coin 3:On top of the highest cloud in the level Red Coin 4:Next to Red Coin 3 Red Coin 5:Grab the poles below the cloud holding the previous two Red Coins and drop down onto a cloud with this next Red Coin Red Coin 6:On a cloud somewhere in the level Red Coin 7:On a cloud somewhere in the level Red Coin 8:On a cloud somewhere in the level The Star will appear next to where you started. Have fun getting back there. -------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #27:Secret Brick Somewhere Over the Rainbow -------------------------------------------------------------- Head back into the previously mentioned secret level. Fly down to the lowest platform with a cannon. Grab the Wario Cap here and jump into the cannon. Aim a little left towards a cloud with a tree on top of it. Fire at the tree. Once you grab it, drop down and break open the black brick block to reveal another Star. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #28:8 Red Coins Floating High in Bowser in the Sky --------------------------------------------------------------------- Enter Bowser in the Sky as Mario once you have collected 80 Stars. There are eight challenging Red Coins to find. Red Coin 1:Near the beginning you will find a grey and red box. Push it left so you can jump to a Red Coin Red Coin 2:You will find this coin near a Pirhana Plant, hard to miss Red Coin 3:When you come to four rotating platforms, drop to the platform below it. Turn the camera around where you fall onto to find the Red Coin on a tiny platform at the side Red Coin 4:When the path turns near some fire-breathing statues you will find a Red Coin dangling high in the air Red Coin 5:While riding a large platform with an arrow on it, this Red Coin is on a tilted block. Get it without getting yourself killed Red Coin 6:This Red Coin is behind a stone formation an Amp is circling around just past Red Coin 5 Red Coin 7:At the top of a yellow pole, almost impossible to miss Red Coin 8:Get to the pipe leading to Bowser. Below the pipe is a ledge. Manuver the camera to find it. Below the stairs leading to the pipe you will find the final Red Coin The Star will appear behind the pipe leading to Bowser. --------------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #29:Mario's Switch Star in Bowser in the Sky --------------------------------------------------------------- Back at Bowser in the Sky, head to the platform where you found Red Coin 3 in the previous Secret Star. There is a Switch Star near this location. Activating it will create a Star to appear a short distance away on the same platform. Use many Long Jumps in order to reach the Star quickly. Do so without falling off due to carelessness. --------------------------------------------------------- Castle Secret Star #30:Mystery Door in the Character Room --------------------------------------------------------- There is a Star behind the White Door in the Character Room. To get the Key to open the door, you need to collect eight shiny rabbits. Any rabbit that you have already caught will have a chance of appearing shiny when you enter the room it is in. This is best done with Yoshi who has six rabbits outside of the castle. Once you collect the eight rabbit, he will hand over the Key to the White Door, which you can enter and claim a Castle Secret Star for. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~VII.Mini-Games~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tired of playing the adventure mode of the game, sick of multiplayer and just want a way to relax? Head to the Rec Room. Any mini-games that you have unlocked in the adventure mode is available for play here in this room. Each character has nine games to collect. You can collect the mini- games by catching rabbits with each character. Each rabbit will unlock a new mini-game for the character that caught it. However, the rabbits appear in different locations for each character. Each character has their own theme of mini-games (Skill, luck, etc.). Most mini-games keep track of your score. Either you will gain actual points, or for each time you get a victory you get a Star. When you get a game over, the record screen for that mini-game will appear. Several games do not have high scores and are just for fun. All of the mini-games require use of the touch screen, so whip that stylus out. ========================== ~VII A.Yoshi's Mini-games~ ========================== Yoshi's mini-games are basically a variety pack. They aren't too terribly difficult, but most of them aren't the most fun games ever. Most of Yoshi's games do include a high score system. Get ready for a mixed bag of mini-games. ========= ~Wanted!~ ========= In this mini-game, your objective is to find the hidden character in the level. You are shown a wanted poster on the top screen with the character's face you need to find. The bottom screen will be revealed, and you need to find the face. Sound easy? It gets difficult quite quickly. In later levels you will have multiples of the faces you don't need to find. Also, you have a time limit. If you touch the wrong face, you will lose 10 seconds. If you pick the correct face, you earn five seconds. As long as you avoid missing the wanted character and find the same character quickly, you should be able to rack up time quickly. You can have 50 seconds maximum. As the levels progress, a ton of heads will appear, and eventually they will start moving. The levels will eventually repeat in similarity, just the character that is wanted will differ. Luigi is the hardest one to find due to his similarities to both Mario and Yoshi. Hit face looks like Mario's and he has a green cap, much like Yoshi has a green head. Take a little time on these levels because Luigi can be difficult to find. The rest of the characters should be fairly obvious to spot. The game ends if the timer even hits zero. ============== ~Loves me...?~ ============== In this mini-game you don't compete for a score. Instead, you just pluck off all of the petals of the flower until you get either the "Loves me" or "Loves me not" reading. If you get three of the same reading into a row, then it will say "Really loves me!" or "Really loves me...not!". You can also style this game much like how New Super Mario Bros. did it, Pearls Before Swine style. Get a couple of friends together and share the same DS with this mini-game. Take turns plucking off either one, two, or three petals. If the last petal plucked results in a "Loves me" reading, the player who picked it wins that round. If the player gets a "Loves me not" reading when picking the last petal, the lose the round. You can keep yourselves entertained for a while doing this. =================== ~Hide and Boo Seek~ =================== In this simple mini-game, you will be shown the lobby of Big Boo's Haunt. Boo's will start floating around the screen, then a Boo on the top screen will cut the lights. It is your objective to use the stylus to scrub off the darkness and find all of the Boo's in the level. They are found when an exclaimation point appears above them. However, you only have three seconds to accomplish this task. As the levels get higher, the more Boo's that will appear on the bottom screen and the faster they will move. You can use multiple stylus's if you wish, or your thumb/finger to cover a greater radius. You could always pick up a couple friends to help rub the screen at the same time. Or, you can just rub furiously yourself. Don't blame me if you badly scratch your touch screen with this game! One failed level and the game is over. ============== ~Puzzle Panel~ ============== In this puzzling mini-game, you need to flip the tiles on the touch screen to match those on the top screen. You will be told how many moves you need to make to complete the level. The puzzle on the touch screen contains several symbols in a four by four formation, a six by six formation, or an eight by eight formation, depending on how far you are in the game. The puzzle consists of white mushroom tiles, and brown feather tiles. When you tap a tile, that tile and every tile touching it (left, right, up, down, and the corners) will be flipped. Mushrooms become feathers and vice versa. You need to do this to match the puzzle on the top of the screen. On most levels you only have to make one move to clear the puzzle. Soon enough, you will need two moves, and the puzzles get larger. I think eventually you will need to use three moves but I've never gotten to that point. You have three chances at each puzzle. If you press the wrong tile(s), you lose a life. Lose all three and the game is over. Your lives are restored after each puzzle is completed. ========== ~Boom Box~ ========== In this mini-game, you will be shown a group of chests. Tap a chest to hear a certain sound effect played in the main game. You need to match up the sound effects in the chests. If you don't make a match, you will lose a life. Lose all three and the game is over. As you progress in this game, more chests will appear on the screen at a time. Worse yet, the sound effects will sound very similar to eachother but still differ slightly. For instance, one group of chests may contain only sound effects that Yoshi makes. Many sounds he makes sound alike, so be sure to listen for subtle details that you can distinguish a certain sound effect by. Clear as many levels as you can! ================= ~Tox Box Shuffle~ ================= In this confusing mini-game, you will be on a screen with three flipped up Tox Boxes. A Yoshi will be then trapped in one of them, and the Tox Boxes will shuffle around the screen. When they stop, you need to tap the Tox Box with the Yoshi in it. It is pretty easy at first, but soon enough a second, blue Yoshi will be added to the mix and the question at the end may ask you to choose where the blue Yoshi is hidden and not the green Yoshi. Also, as you progress on this game the Tox Boxes will move faster and faster, and sometimes stop mid-shuffle and go back to their original spots. Sometimes it may be just a matter of guessing. You get two lives on each level. They will be restores if you lose any. If you lose both on the same level, it's game over. ================ ~Which Wiggler?~ ================ In this tricky mini-game, you will be shown a Wiggler on the top screen. Then several Wiggler's will appear on the touch screen. You need to choose the one that has the same spotted patterns as the one on the top screen. If you touch the correct one, you get five seconds added to the clock. If you touch a wrong Wiggler, you get ten seconds deducted from the clock, and all the Wiggler's turn red for several seconds making it hard to make an accurate decision. The game will go on indefinitely if you keep clearing levels. As the game progresses, more Wiggler's appear on the bottom screen and they will be moving in erratic directions, making finding the right one all the harder. You can get the timer up to a maximum of 50 seconds. If it ever hits zero, then it's game over. =========== ~Mix-a-Mug~ =========== In this timing mini-game, Toad will present to you one of the character's faces. Then, three slides will start moving side to side on the touch screen. They are in three rows. The top row is the eyes for the characters, the middle row is the face for the characters, and the bottom row is the mouth for the characters. You need to stop the rows by tapping them so from top to bottom the entire portrait of the character Toad asked you to assemble is showing. The top row moves a decent speed, the middle row moves the slowest, and the bottom row moves the fastest. You start with 30 coins. If you get one right, you get 6 coins. If you fail, you lose 11 coins. If you ever run out of coins, then the game is over. ============== ~Puzzle Panic~ ============== In this trickier version of an older mini-game, you will back on the Puzzle Panel board, but the board for every level will always be eight by eight sized. However, the number of moves for each level remains the same and you get three chances per level. When you are asked to make two or three moves, you need to be very careful and start planning out your moves accurately. Because the puzzle is so large, it can be fairly difficult to finish later levels easily. Just be sure to take your time because there is no time limit in this mini-game. Get a few friends together if you want and help eachother get as far as possible in the game. More input may lead to you getting further, or screwing up sooner. Depends on your friends! ======================== VII B.Mario's Mini-games ======================== Mario's mini-games are quite entertaining, and all have you either going for a high score or seeing how many levels in the game you can beat. They get difficult pretty quickly, and even just blinking can result in you failing several of these mini-games. They are all action-styled games, so get ready to tap and drag as fast as you can. You'll be doing it quite often in the following games. ============== ~Mario Slides~ ============== In this mini-game you will start with a Mario head at the top of the top screen. If will fall down the lines and switch to a different line if a comes across a horizontal line. You need to direct Mario over to the Star. If he touches a Pirhana Plant, the game is over. On the touch screen you need to draw lines to direct Mario to the Star. You clear the level this way. Every time you clear five levels all of the lines are erased and the difficulty increases. In later levels you will have more lines on the top screen, more Mario heads coming down, and more Stars at the bottom. Even when there are three Stars at the bottom, if you aren't careful, one of the Mario heads will wander into the Pirhana Plant. If you want, hold down the yellow arrow buttons on the side of the touch screen to make the Mario's fall down faster. This is useful when you don't feel like waiting for them when you know that they are heading towards a Star. =================== ~Bounce and Pounce~ =================== In this free falling mini-game, three Mario's will be thrown onto the screen. If you tap them when they are on the touch screen, they will jump up higher. You need to have them land on all of the Fly Guy's within the level to clear it. It's far harder than it looks. You can have the Mario's fall off the bottom of the touch screen three times. If you lose a Mario, another one will replace it right away. If you lose three Mario's, the game is over. As you progress through the levels, the Fly Guy's get cunning and start to move form side to side. Eventually the get smaller, too. This game gets quite difficult pretty fast, and it doesn't help that in later levels a fourth Mario will be thrown into the mix. ================= ~Sort or 'Splode~ ================= In this quick thinking mini-game, you need to sort the oncoming barrage of Bob-ombs that enter the room you are in. They will start coming in one at a time from the upper door. You need to drag pink Bob-ombs to the pink mat on the left, and black Bob-ombs to the black mat on the right. Not too far into the game you will get two Bob-ombs coming out of the top door. Then, the bottom door opens and two come from there after two come from the top door. Then, two Bob-ombs appear from both doors at the same time. This ultimately leads to mass chaos. When a Bob-omb is placed in its respective colored box, it is defused. If a Bob-omb is roaming the field for too long, it will explode and the game is over. If you put the wrong colored Bob-omb in a box (pink in the black area and vice versa), not only is the game over but all the Bob-ombs in that box explode and won't count towards your final score. When a box reaches its capcity, the game stops and tallies the total in that box thus far, which is always fourty. The box remains empty and the game continues as the 40 points are permanently added to your score. This is good because if you have 39 in that box and put they wrong colored Bob-omb in it, all 39 would explode and wouldn't count to your final total. When the game is over, and remaining Bob-ombs in their boxes will be totaled up and added to your final score. Quite an addicting mini-game. ================= ~Trampoline Time~ ================= In this quick jumping mini-game, Mario's will jump from a ledge at the top left of the top screen. They will fall down and you need to draw a line on the touch screen. This forms a trampoline. You need to bounce the Mario's into the open holes either on the top of the building or the bottom of it, depending on which door is open. The smaller the trampoline and the closer to the center the Mario is when hitting it, the higher he will jump. A trampoline is drawn at the bottom of the screen before the game starts. This can be hit three times before disappearing, so think of it as your only lifeline. When that disappears, when three Mario's fall off the screen it is game over. For every 10 Mario's that enter the door, the building is raised a little. I don't know what this affects. You can only have three trampolines onscreen at a time so beware. They disappear after about 10-15 seconds of not being used. As time passes, more and more Mario's will come down at once. The game can be quite hectic. =============== ~Shuffle Shell~ =============== In this accurate mini-game, you will have a paddle on the bottom screen and a target on the top screen. You need to hit the shells onto the target to earn points. This is very similar to shuffleboard. The outside ring is worth 100 points, the middle ring is worth 300 points, and the center of the target is 1000 points. You only have five shells to hit, so make them count. Remember that the shells don't disappear on the top screen, so even if you land one on the center you can still hit that shell and knock it off. Getting a high score will take a lot of precision and a little luck. ==================== ~Bounce and Trounce~ ==================== In this mad tapping mini-game similar to Bounce and Pounce, you need to tap the Mario's on the screen to make them jump and land on the Fly Guy's to kill them. The only difference here is that instead of there being a set number of Fly Guy's per level, as soon as a Fly Guy is killed another one will appear on one of the screens to take its place. As the game goes on, additional Mario's will be thrown into the game. If you have three Mario's drop off of the screen, the game is over. As the game progresses, the Fly Guy's become tiny and eventually there will be tons of them upon both screens. At that point you have to just keep tapping the Mario's and not bother aiming them as the game becomes far too quick to give enough time to plan a strategy. How many Fly Guy's can you kill? ======================== ~Connect the Characters~ ======================== In this psydo version of the mini-game Mario Slides, four character heads will appear on the top screen, with their bodies on the bottom screen. You need to draw lines to direct each head to its proper body. However, you have as much time as you need. The heads won't fall until you press the "Go" button. Draw your lines and ensure everybody goes to their correct bodies, then press the button when you are set. If everything goes well, you move to the next level. If anybody lands on the wrong body, the game is over. The lines you make will stay for five levels, after which the board is cleared. As you get into higher levels, you will probably need to make more lines and more characters appear instead of just two. ============= ~Shell Smash~ ============= In this swiping mini-game, you have a paddle similar to the format in Shuffle Shell. However, there is a group of six red shells on the top screen and you need to ram the green shell you have into them. Whenever any two shells hit eachother you will get points. 10 for the first hit, 20 for the second, 30, and so on. You get five green shells. If two green shells hit, then the points you would get for that collision are multiplied by ten. So, on the 17th collision between red shells or a red and green shell you would normally get 170 points, but between two green shells that would give you 1700 points. Quite nice. There is a trick you can use to max out your score. Hold the bottom left corner of the paddle with your stylus, and hold the paddle right below the shell. Then, touch the top right corner of the paddle while still holding the bottom left corner. If done right, the shell will be struck with absurd speed and will bounce crazily around the table, giving you a ton of point rather quickly. You can do this on all five shells to easily max out your score (which is around 216,000 points). =================== ~Trampoline Terror~ =================== This game is only good for those with expert trampoline skills. Much like the other trampoline game similar to it, you need to draw trampolines to keep Mario in the air. However, you are trying to get him to fly through rings in the air as well. As time progresses, a second, third, and even fourth Mario will be thrown into the game. If three Mario's drop off of the bottom screen, the game is over. A large trampoline safety net will be drawn at the bottom of the touch screen at the beginning of the game. It will disappear after three hits, so you can't lose any Mario's until that happens. You get 100 points each time you go through a ring. If the same Mario goes through more rings before hitting a trampoline, the points keep doubling to 200, 400, 800, etc. How many points can you obtain? ======================== VII C.Luigi's Mini-games ======================== Luigi's mini-games are all casino themed, and the majority of them will require a decent amount of luck to succeed. Don't turn these games down just because they sound like luck related games. Although most of them are luck games, several of them are quite addicting and will have you playing for hours. In most games you will be playing with coins instead of points. You usually have to bet coins in some games. If you lose, you either lose a certain amount of coins or however many you betted. If you win, your payout is usually double what you betted or a set amount, or even sometimes there's a different multiplier depending on the game. Finally, your score carries over on most games. If you had 13 victories and 85 coins and quit the game, the next time you play you will start with that amount. Quite nice. ============== ~Memory Match~ ============== In this memory mini-game, Luigi will throw a group of cards onto the table. Your objective is to simply match the cards in pairs and eliminate them all. You always bet three coins at the start, and lose one for each incorrect guess. Lose all three coins and you fail, a victory is taken off your current total, and Luigi redeals the cards. As you get more victories, you will need to match up more cards. It starts getting hard when there are 12 cards on the field. That means six pairs, so three pairs you will have to make out of total luck. This game isn't very fun because it is nearly impossible on hard levels. When you clear the cards, however many coins you still have left in your bet is multiplied by six and is added to your total coins. ============= ~Pair-a-Gone~ ============= In this matching mini-game, Luigi will start out by dealing 20 cards onto the table, in a five by four formation. Your objective is to match pairs of cards that are touching eachother either side by side, up and down, or diagonally. When you make a pair, Luigi throws another two cards onto the table. On the top right corner you can see how many cards Luigi has left to deal. All you need to do is clear the entire table and you earn ten coins. Fail, and you will lose ten coins. Simple as that. However, as you progress through the levels, there will be more cards and more characters will appear on the cards. The highest it will reach is 80 cards to begin with, and about 6 or 7 characters. The game is still pretty easy if you know wha to do. To raise your chances of victory in the harder levels, choose a card you don't want to make matches of. I generally go for the clouds, but you can choose anything. Then, never make a match of that card unless you have to. If you do this, towards the end when there's a few cards left, all of the cards that you chose not to make matches of will still (hopefully) be on the table, making the end of the game easy. Any other cards you couldn't get rid of you can match up as well. This won't always work, however, as sometimes you will get screwed over. If you know that it is impossible to win, just choose to quit the game. You won't lose any coins until the "You lose" sign appears. =============== ~Picture Poker~ =============== In this risky mini-game, you are pretty much playing a normal game of poker. However, all of the cards are pictures of characters or items. Luigi will deal you and himself five cards, and you will place an ante bet. This starts at one coin and raises by one for each group of 5 victories. The most you put as an ante will be 4 eventually, and you can choose to bet more coins, up to a total of a five coin bet. When you win a game, you don't get a specified number of coins. It depends on your hand. You get double coins for a pair, quadruple coins for three of a kind, X6 for a full house, X8 for four of a kind, and X16 for five of a kind. If you and Luigi tie hands, there always will be a winner. To the left of your hand you should see the symbols on the cards in ascending order. Cloud, Mushroom, Flower, Luigi, Mario, and Star. If you and Luigi have a full house, but you have three Mario's and he has three Flower's, you would win because Mario is higher on the ladder than the Flower is. On your turn you can choose to discard however many cards you want, or just keep your hand. Then Luigi will deal you the amount of cards you discarded, and the new cards may help or make your hand even more useless. Try to max out the coin count! =================== ~Mushroom Roulette~ =================== In this spinning mini-game, Luigi will present a roulette wheel. You will then have five coins to spend. Place them on the board however you see fit. There are six different items, and each one appears twice as red and black. You can put your coins onto guessing the ball will end up on a black space, a red space, guess the actual space, or place a coin on the center of four squares and count as a guess for all of them. If you guess the actual symbol and are correct, you win X12 the amount of coins in that space. If you place a bet on four squares, you win X3 the amount of coins on that space. If you place a coin between two squares, you win X6 the amount of coins on that space if correct. If you place a bet on either the ball landing on a red or a black and are correct, you win double your coins. ============ ~Mario Slot~ ============ All this is is a slot machine. You will place one coin inside the machine to begin with and the reels will start spinning. You can bet an additional two coins as well. The Superstars are wild cards. They are the orange stars with a blue circle around them. Don't confuse them with normal, yellow stars. The reels don't keep spinning a few seconds after you tap them. They stop the instant you tap them. If you are able to learn the timing for all of the reels and their patterns, you can easily line up three Superstars (Which is X20 your bet). The timing is hard to learn, but the game is very easy if you are capable of figuring it out. ============= ~Lucky Stars~ ============= In this lucky mini-game, Luigi will place two cards on the table and you will make an ante bet of one coin. This bet increases every few levels to a maximum of four coins. You can then choose to make an additional bet if you want, up to a maximum bet of five coins. Then, just pick a card. If your card has more stars on it than the other card, you win and get double the coins you bet. If not, then you lose the coins and one victory. That is all there is to this game. It's nothing but luck. ==================== ~Pair-a-Gone And On~ ==================== In this crazier matching mini-game, you will be playing similar to the normal Pair-a-Gone. The only catch here is that the game will continue to go on forever until there are no more moves left. You will start the game with few different symbols on the cards, but the more cards you clear, the more symbols that will appear. Worst yet, there will be more than there originally appear in the normal Pair-a-Gone (I think 6 in that game, but you will find 8 in this mini-game). Use the same technique that you should have used in the original Pair-a-Gone. Try not to make certain matches until it is absolutely necessary. Doing this may just allow you to make several more matches later on down the road. How many cards can you clear before you run out of moves? =============== ~Memory Master~ =============== In this mega memory mini-game, Luigi will deal out a number of cards. He will then reveal 1/3rd of the cards to you at random, and at the same time. You then need to match up all of the cards. You will get a large amount of coins if you can clear the board. As you progress through the game, you will need to match more and more cards. ================== ~Super Mario Slot~ ================== In this rendetion of the mini-game of similar name, Super Mario Slot is pretty easy. It works exactly the same. The multipliers for when you win is the same, you start with a one coin bet and can be and additional two, and you stop the reels the exact same way. The only difference here is that you are far more likely to land on a Superstar than before, and getting just one of those doubles payout of your bet, so you almost always are profiting from this game. ======================== VII D.Wario's Mini-games ======================== Wario's mini-games are generally all skill related, although some of them are a mix like Yoshi's set of mini-games. Some of them require memorization, a quick eye and good timing, or maybe even a bit of luck. All of these mini-games have you trying to earn as many points as possible, although several games have a set maxmium amount of points you can obtain. =============== ~Bob-omb Squad~ =============== In this quick action mini-game, Bob-ombs will be raining down from the sky. It is your job to knock them out using the cannonball and slingshot you are provided. Pull it back and let go and release the ball. If you hit a Bob-omb it will be knocked out and you will get 100 points. If you hit multiple Bob-ombs with the same ball, you will get more points. It goes 100, 200, 400, 800, and so on. The game will start off slow, but speeds up quite quickly. You have infinite cannonballs so keep flinging them. Every now and then you should hear a Lakitu float around the top screen several times. If you hit him, all Bob-ombs will explode. You only get 100 points per Bob-omb, however. If a Bob-omb reaches the ground, one of the flowers will die. If four Bob-ombs reach the ground, the game is over. ================= ~Snowball Slalom~ ================= In this quick swiping mini-game, your objective is to roll the snowball down the hill. Swipe the stylus upwards to make the snowball gain speed. Flick it left or right to manuver to snowball that direction. You need to make it avoid the rocks in your path. You only have 20 seconds to finish the course, and there's very little chance of victory if you hit a rock. This mini-game is borderline impossible unless you intend on totally annhilating your touch screen. ============ ~Bingo Ball~ ============ In this bouncing mini-game, there will be nine numbers at the bottom of a plinko board, and you are given nine balls. Drag down the launcher and release it to fling a ball onto the board. When it lands in a number, that number is marked on the board. You get 100 points the first time you get each number. You get 100 points if you make a three in a row combo. You will have to get lucky in order to score big here because if you aren't too lucky you will keep striking the same numbers over and over again, resulting in a waste of balls and no point gain. ================ ~Coincentration~ ================ In this quick eye mini-game, Wario will punch a Moneybag and 40 coins will fall out of it and into the bricks on the touch screen. You will be shown where the coins hide, but almost all at the same time! It's difficult to memorize where all of the coins go. Click a block to get the coins inside. A perfect score is finding all 40 coins. Since this game is so difficult to perfect, bringing a few friends to help may be advisable. Have each friend focus on a certain row of bricks. Hey, it just might work! And that's less memorization for each person. If you ever pick an empty brick, the game is over. ============= ~Psyche Out!~ ============= In this psychic mini-game, you are shown a card hovering over the water. You have to determine what symbol is on the other side of the card and choose it on the touch screen. This may seem just like a guessing game, and it is sometimes, but most of the time if you focus on the card long enough you can faintly see the picture on the other side. As you get more guesses correct, more card options will appear on the touch screen making guessing even less likely to pay off for you. Some luck may be required for this game. ============ ~Slots Shot~ ============ In this lucky mini-game, you have a board somewhat similar to the Bingo Ball board. You have a plunger and you need to use it to send the nine balls to get you points. Each hit of the small Mushroom's gets you 3000 points. Getting a Pirhana Plant loses the ball instantly, but opens up part of the path to the warp pipe that activates the slot machine. If a ball falls into one of the holes near the bottom of the machine, you get 2000 points and that ball reappears in the ramp and you can shoot it again. You can only do this four times, however. Once you have lost every ball, the game is over. High high can you get your score? =============== ~Lakitu Launch~ =============== The setup is quite similar to Bob-omb Launch, however this time you are shooting Spinies. Lakitus are holding up two large bowls in the top screen. You need to aim the Spinies and launch them into the bowls. The Spines can pass through the bottom of the bowls fine, so feel free to use that tactic. You have only 30 seconds to get as many Spines in the bowls as you can. How many can you get? ======================== ~Intense Coincentration~ ======================== This short mini-game is much like the original Coincentration, but only 16 coins fall from the Moneybag. This means it is much easier to fail here and fewer coins appear in each block. However, there aren't as many locations you need to memorize so it's an even trade. Once again, you can choose to bring over some friends to help memorize the locations of the coins. It will be much easier this time since each person would probably have to remember only two or three blocks. ======================= ~Giant Snowball Slalom~ ======================= The Giant Snowball Slalom mini-game is much like the original, except the course is twice is long and you get 40 seconds. Just like the original, I find it completely impossible unless destroying your touch screen in an attempt to beat this your kind of game. The snowball gets too big too fast and gets too much momentum. Now you have to dodge rocks and huge penguins, and the snowball refuses to turn when it is really big. Don't expect to complete this course very easily! ====================================== VII E.Rabbits locations for Mini-games ====================================== Once you talk to the Toad in the Princess's Play Room, rabbits will appear in specific locations depending on the character you are playing as. Each rabbit will give you a certain mini-game. Collect all of the rabbits, collect all of the mini-games. It's that simple. Here are their locations for each character. ----------------- ~Yoshi's Rabbits~ ----------------- 1-On the bridge infront of the castle 2-On the bridge infront of the castle 3-On the bridge infront of the castle 4-In the castle's moat (appears only when drained) 5-When facing the castle, it is to the right of it near a patch of flowers 6-From where you start the game, it is in the hedge maze to the left 7-Running infront of the Lethal Lava Land painting ----------------- ~Mario's Rabbits~ ----------------- 1-In the castle's moat (appears only when drained) 2-Near the guardrail near the waterfall outside of the castle 3-In the room with the Jolly Rodger Bay painting 4-Near the Lethal Lava Land painting 5-Near the Lethal Lava Land painting 6-Infront of the Wet-Dry World painting 7-In the mirror room with the entrance to Snowman's Land ----------------- ~Luigi's Rabbits~ ----------------- 1-From where tou start the game, in the hedge maze to the left 2-In the room with the Bob-omb Battlefield painting 3-Behind the 8 Star Door in the Princess's Play Room 4-In the castle courtyard, in a small nook above the door 5-Once you've drained the moat, wandering the tunnel behind the pillars 6-Infront of the Wet-Dry World painting 7-On the roof of the castle (need 150 to access or a special trick) ----------------- ~Wario's Rabbits~ ----------------- 1-From where you start the game, it is running to the right of you 2-In the room with the Whomp's Fortress painting 3-Running around the hole that leads to the Over the Rainbow Secret Star 4-Near the Toad in the basement of the castle 5-In the castle's courtyard, near the Eternal Star statue 6-Near the entrance to Tick Tock Clock 7-In the room with the entrance to Tiny-Huge Island -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~VIII.FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- There have been hundreds and thousands of questions posed on the message board, but a lot of them have been asked dozens of times before. Such repitition has led to board veterans getting frustrated with the new user's asking the question's. Thusly, this sections exists to hopefully quench any possible common question you may have about the game. Q:How do I enter the castle at the start of the game? A:I've actually seen this question before. Seriously. Just listen to what Lakitu says when you try to open the door. Head to the hedge maze near where you started the game and capture the rabbit with your tongue. It isn't that difficult. Your reward is the key to the castle. Q:How do I unlock Mario? A:It's just so hard to keep progressing through the game until it prompts you to unlock Mario. First, you need to collect at least 8 Stars. Once you have done so, enter the 1 Star door in the top right corner of the castle lobby. Head straight through the room and into the Princess's Play Room. You should see an 8 Star Door in here. Go through it and jump into the Mario painting. Work your way through this level and reach Goomboss. Defeat him as Yoshi and you will claim the Mario Key. Stick it into his door and you can play as him. Q:...as for Luigi? A:You'll probably figure out how to unlock Luigi on your own as you progress through the game. Of course, if you don't know where the area is you will never find him. First, head to Big Boo's Haunt as any character that can access it. Then, make your way to the third floor. This is easiest on later Stars where the stairs are active leading to the second floor. On the third floor you will notice a Luigi painting. Jump into it. Make your way through the level, avoiding starting over the level many times by entering the wrong door. Eventually you will reach King Boo. Defeat him to recieve the Luigi Key. Stick it into the Luigi door and you will be able to play as him. Q:What about Wario? A:Head to the mirror room as Luigi. You should notice that all of the pedestals in the room have Power Flowers atop of them. Grab one of them to turn invisible, then while so you need to run through the mirror to the other side. Jump into the Wario painting that is there. Make your way through the level until you fight Chief Chilly. When you defeat him, you will recieve the Wario Key. Stick it into the Wario door and you will be able to play as him. Q:How do I reset the mini-game scores? A:Some people buy this game used and want to start the entire game from the beginning, but the mini-game scores can't be deleted easily. When starting the game (after choosing it from the DS menu), hold A+B+L+R+ Start+Select and you will be shown a screen confirming if you want to erase all data within the game. Choose "Yes" and it will be as if you just bought the game new. Q:How do I get those invisible block things to be solid? A:Damnit this question is asked far too often. Get at least 14 Stars. You will notice in the castle lobby that a ray of sunlight is shining into the room. Stand at the spot the sun is shining into and look into the sun with the close-up camera view. You'll be transported to the Wing Cap Level. You have to be Mario when doing this. Fly down to the tower and stomp on the large, red button. All of the invisible blocks will turn solid and you can hit them for the Power Flowers inside. Q:What's the best walkthrough to use for this game? A:I'm going to go ahead and say mine for obvious reason. Several other of the walkthrough's are pretty good as well. It doesn't really matter, as long as you get the answer you are looking for. Q:Is there a way to access the final Bowser with a character other than Mario? A:Yes! There's a glitch that allows any character to skip the endless staircase. Look for the glitch in the Gliches section further down. Q:What's this "Uberquest" thing people talk about? A:The Uberquest exploits a glitch that allows Yoshi to walk underwater right from the beginning of the game. By doing so, he can enter the basement via the door in the moat. He can then get enough Stars to do Bowser in the Fire Sea first and proceed to beat the game from there using glitches to get into Bowser in the Sky. Q:What's the best character the play as? A:Luigi. So many Stars can be abused by his backflip that it's insane. Yoshi is also a good character due to some similarites to Luigi. Mario is next only because his redeeming traits are the Wing Cap and Wall Kick. Wario is last due to the few Stars that actually requires him, and his crappy jumping and running skills (as well as his voice annoying many players). Q:What do most people consider the hardest Star in the game? A:The 100 Coins Star for either Hazy Maze Cave or Rainbow Ride. I personally find both fairly easy, but most people find them quite difficult. Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow Ride are considered the hardest overall courses, and Wing Mario over the Rainbow is considered the hardest Castle Secret Star. Q:I have one Castle Secret Star left! Where is it? A:We're not psychic's. We can't really answer that for you. You should just get a checklist of all those Stars (look at my own if you want) and get each Star, checking it off if you already have it. Several Castle Secret Stars can't be obtained more than once. These include the Boo Courtyard Red Coins, the Star in the Mirror Room door, and the Star in the white door in the character room. If you can't find those, then you already have them. The most common overlooked Star is in the King Boo Battle area, where you must get invisible Luigi to the Star behind the Boo portrait. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~IX.Signs and Plaques List~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- For those curious, this is a list of what is found on all of the signs and plaques found in and out of the castles and the levels. I also describe their locations. Have you read them all? ==================== ~Outside the Castle~ ==================== Near where you start-"Princess Toadstool's Castle Ahead! We want to extend a warm welcome to Mario and his crew! As for Bowser, GO HOME! You'll initially start in Standard Mode. You can access all three modes by pressing SELECT. In Standard Mode, the controls are: B:Jump; Hold B as Yoshi:Flutter Kick; R:Crouch; A:Swallow items, pick up items, or punch depending on which character you are. Press A again while holding something to spit it out or throw it; Y:Hold it while moving to dash." Near the hedge maze:"You can choose which mode to play in by pressing SELECT. The top screen will show the functions of the controls in each of the 3 modes. Choose whichever mode you like best. Standard Mode is ideal for first-timers. Pick Touch Mode to move with the Touch Screen. The thumb pad on the Wrist Strap is idea for this mode. To walk and run with the stylus, choose Dual-Hand Mode." Near the above sign-"Climbing's easy! When you jump at trees, poles, or pillars, you'll grab them automatically. In Standard Mode:Press the Control Pad Up or Down to climb. Crouch to stop climbing. To rotate around the object, press Right or Left on the Control Pad. Leap toward the character's back to jump off in that direction. When you reach the top, press Up on the Control Pad to do a handstand! Jump off from the handstand for a high, stylin' dismount." To the right of the castle-"Slide down a slope by crouching. Or, crouch in the air to pound the ground. If you stop, crouch, then jump, you'll do a backward somersault! Got that? There's more. Crouch and then jump while running to do a long jump! Or crouch and walk to...Never mind, It's a secret." Next to the cannon-"Swimming Lessons! You can't breathe under the water! Here's how to swim in Standard Mode. Hold B to swim and tap it steadily to speed up. Press Up on the Control Pad while swimming to dive. To head for the surface or jump out of the water, hold Down on the Control Pad, then press B. Piece of cake, right?" ============== ~Castle Lobby~ ============== Toad-"Thank heavens you came too, Yoshi! Bowser has locked Princess Toadstool and all of us inside the walls. He stole out Power Stars and is using their magic to create and evil land of monsters in the castle walls and paintings. Mario and his buddies went to retrieve the Stars, but they haven't come back. Last I saw them, they were heading to the room on the left with the painting of Bob-ombs. Where are they? Are they taking a nap somewhere? So now it's up to you, Yoshi, to find them and retrieve the Stars! We all are depending on you!" ========================================== ~In the Bob-omb Battlefield painting room~ ========================================== Toad-"Yoshi! Mario and the others jumped into that picture. But...they haven't come back out, despite the castle's plight. Despite all that, it's really rude to act like a maniac. Use the Touch Screen to run and walk, even across narrow ledges." Plaque 1-"You have to master two important jumping techniques if you wish to succeed. To triple jump, run and jump three times in a row. If you time it right, you'll hop, skip, then jump really high. Next, go for distance with the long jump. Run, crouch, and then jump to leap far. Got that? Triple jump, long jump. You don't stand a chance without them." Plaque 2-"You can return to the castle's main hall at any time from the painting worlds. Just press START to pause the game, then select Exit Course. You don't have to collect all the Power Stars in one course before going on to the next. Return when you're more experienced to pick up other Stars." ===================== ~Bob-omb Battlefield~ ===================== Bob-omb Buddy 1-"Danger! We're in the midst of a war between the evil black Bob-ombs and us Bob-omb Buddies. Take a look at the map. When you go down the road and cross the 2 bridges, you'll be in their territory. You see the Star on top of that mountain? That's where the king of the Bob-ombs is. He's very powerful and throws Bob-ombs from the mountaintop. Be careful if you're heading toward the mountain!" Bob-omb Buddy 2-"You there, sir. Watch out! Wander around here and you might get plastered by a water bomb! This meadow has become a battlefield ever since the Big Bob-omb got his paws on the Power Star. Just a little while ago, a mustached man with a red cap just wouldn't listen and left for the mountain. Come to think of it, that mustached man hasn't returned. I wonder whatever happened to him..." Nearby sign-"Here's a piece of advice for the green fellow without a mustache. When playing in Standard Mode:If you're feeling hungry, press A to stick out your tongue and swallow an enemy. Press A again to spit it out. Or, you can lay and egg by crouching while your mouth is full. Press A again to throw the egg. Remember, some enemies won't turn into eggs even if you swallow them." Nearby sign-"If you sport a cap and mustache, this advice is for you: Defend yourself against enemies! In Standard Mode, press A to punch. Press B to jump. Press A and B at the same time to kick. Press A to pick up something. To throw something you're holding, press A again." Sign near Red ? Block-"When you step on the strange ? Switch hidden in the castle, the ? Blocks will become solid. Some of these blocks have useful items inside. Get the items by breaking the blocks. But beware! Some blocks may be duds." Sign near Chain Chomp-"BEWARE OF CHAIN CHOMP Extreme Danger! In Standard Mode, you can center the camera behind you by pressing L. This move is helpful when you want to look at something up close. See the red coin on top of the stake? When you collect 8 of them, a Power Star will appear. The map on the touch screen will show you where the Star is." Sign past tilting bridge-"Slide down a slope by crouching. Or, crouch in the air to pound the ground. If you stop, crouch, then jump, you'll do a backward somersault! Got that? There's more. Crouch and then jump while running to do a long jump! Or, crouch and walk to...Never mind. It's a secret." Sign near the four posts-"The shadowy star in front of you is a Star Marker. When you collect all 8 red coins, a Star will appear here." Sign in the meadow-"You can fly if you're wearing the red Wing Cap! Put the cap on, then triple jump to take off. You can fly even higher if you blast out of a cannon wearing the Wing Cap!" Sign near large gate-"No visitors allowed, by decree of the Big Bob-omb. I shall never surrender my Stars. They hold the power of the castle in their glow. They were a gift from Bowser, the Koopa King himself. They lie well hidden within my realm. Not a whisper of their whereabouts shall leave my lips. Oh, all right, perhaps just a hint:heed the Star names at the beginning of the course. --The Big Bob-omb" Sign halfway up the mountain-"You can grab the edge of a cliff or ledge with your fingertips and hand down from it. If you are in Standard Mode: Drop down from the edge by crouching of pressing the Control Pad in the direction of your back. Climb onto the ledge by pressing Up on the Control Pad. Press B as soon as you grab the edge to climb up quickly!" Sign near spinning heart-"Coins refill your Power Meter, so get as many as you can! Spinning hearts also refill your Power Meter. The faster you run through a Spinning Heart, the more you'll recover." Sign on the island-"If you pass through a coin ring or find a secret point in a course, sometimes a red number will appear. If you trigger five red numbers, a Secret Star will show up." Sign on the island-"When Mario gets Wings from a ? Block, he'll be able to fly. Perform a triple jump to take off. In Standard Mode, once Mario's in the air, press the Control Pad Down to ascend and press it Up to descend. Press R to stop flying!" ================================ ~Whomp's Fortress Painting Room~ ================================ Toad-"Bowser took all the Stars I tried to hide here. There are 7 Stars in each course. You'll need your buddies to get some of them. Teamwork goes a long way when you're going up against Bowser." Plaque-"Sometimes you'll bump into invisible walls at the edges of painting worlds. If you hit a wall while flying, you'll bounce backward." ================== ~Whomp's Fortress~ ================== Near the start-"I'm sleeping because......I'm sleepy. I don't like being disturbed. Please walk quitely. And please don't throw eggs at me!" Next to the two posts-"The shadowy star infront of you is a Star Marker. When you collect all 8 red coins, a Star will appear here." Next to the blue coin switch-"Crouch while jumping to pound the ground and smash certain objects. Ground-pound blue switches to make blue coins appear. Each blue coin is worth 5 yellow coins. But you have to hurry! The coins will disappear if you're not quick enough to collect them!" Near the ? Red Block-"When you step on the strange ? Switch hidden in the castle, the ? Blocks will become solid. Some of these blocks have useful items inside. Get the items by breaking the blocks. But beware! Some blocks may be duds." Top of the Thwomp hill-"The path is narrow here. Easy does it! No on is allowed on the top of the mountain! And if you know what's good for you, you won't wake anyone who's sleeping! Move slowly. Tread lightly. And definitely don't throw eggs at sleepers!" Near falling bridge-"In Standard Mode, press L to center the camera behind you. Even when it's hard to see what's around you, relax and press L. A word of advice:keep going but don't rush." Past falling bridge-"Caution! Narrow bridge! Cross slowly! You can jump to the edge of the cliff and hang on, and you can climb off the edge if you move slowly. To let go in Standard Mode, crouch or press the Control Pad in the direction of your back. To climb up the edge, press B. You can also press the Control Pad in the direction you are facing." Next to large pole-"Climbing's easy! When you jump at trees, poles, or pillars, you'll grab them automatically. In Standard Mode:Press the Control pad Up or Down to climb. Crouch to stop climbing. To rotate around the object, press Right or Left on the Control Pad. Leap toward the character's back to jump off in that direction. When you reach the top, press Up on the Control Pad to do a handstand! Jump off from the handstand for a high, stylin' dismount." Next to large pole-"OBSERVATION PLATFORM. Press X to switch to first- person view and take a look around. Don't miss anything!" ================================ ~Jolly Rodger Bay Painting Room~ ================================ Toad-"The Star you chose at the beginning of the course appears on the map below. The name of the Star is also a clue. You can also collect Stars that don't appear on the map. Get the Stars in any order you like. Keep in mind, though...Some Stars only appear when you choose specific missions, enemies, and items. Once you've retrieved some Stars, moves on to the door to the next course. Everyone's waiting for you to save us!" Plaque-"Activate the ? Switch in the castle's mystical Rainbow Tower to make all the ? Blocks solid. Break the ? Blocks to get special items like Power Flowers. These bewitching blossoms strengthen each character in a different way. Depending on their dispositions, characters can float, turn into metal, disappear, or breathe fire. In addition to Power Flowers, ? Blocks can also give you Wings to fly. But only if you are the original plumber." ================== ~Jolly Rodger Bay~ ================== Near where you start-"ATTENTION! Read Before Diving In! You'll run out of air if you linger underwater. Return to the surface, find an air bubble, or collect coins to breathe while underwater. In Standard Mode, press B to swim and hold it to swim at a slow and steady pace. Tap B rhythmically to speed up. Hold down Y to swim quickly. Press Up on the Control Pad and press B to dive. Press Down on the Control Pad and B to return to the surface. You'll jump out of the water when you're at the surface. To turn around quickly, stop and press the Control Pad in the direction you want to go." Sign near where you start-"Certain people have a natural agility and lightness. These slender whisps can run on water for a bit...But only if they sprint towards it! I wonder why they have that power...Maybe it's those green caps they wear that make them as light and flexible as blades of grass. They are delicate and sensitive creatures, so be nice when you see them." Near the ? Red Block-"When you step on the strange ? Switch hidden in the castle, the ? Blocks will become solid. Some of these blocks have useful items inside. Get the items by breaking the blocks. But beware! Some blocks may be duds." Near the Bob-omb Buddy-"Climbing's easy! When you jump at trees, poles, or pillars, you'll grab them automatically. In Standard Mode:Press the Control pad Up or Down to climb. Crouch to stop climbing. To rotate around the object, press Right or Left on the Control Pad. Leap toward the character's back to jump off in that direction. When you reach the top, press Up on the Control Pad to do a handstand! Jump off from the handstand for a high, stylin' dismount." Near ! Switch-"When using the Touch Screen, it's easy to walk or run. You can even calmly and coolly navigate your way across narrow ledges. Use the thumb pad on the wrist strap for smoother control that your finger." In the ocean cave-"Keep out! That means you! Arrgghh! Anyone entering this cave without permission will meet certain disaster. --The Cap'n" Next to Switch Star-"In front of you is a Star Switch. Step on it to make a Star appear in the course. Hurry to collect the Star before it disappears! Don't forget that you can check the Star's location on the Touch Screen map." Near the chests-"Aarrgh! Ahoy, matey. I have sunken treasure here, I do. But to pluck the plunder, you must open the treasure chests in the right order. What order is that, ye say? I'll never tell! --The Cap'n" =================================== ~Cool, Cool Mountain Painting Room~ =================================== Plaque-"You can do a backward somersault by jumping while crouched. Jump while making a sharp U-turn to do a side somersault. Catch big air with both jumps." ===================== ~Cool, Cool Mountain~ ===================== Sign near cabin-"Santa Claus isn't the only one who can go down a chimney! Come on in! --Cabin Propietor" Sign near broken bridge-"Warning! Cold, Cold Crevasse Below!" Sign near large broken bridge-"Warning! Cold, Cold Crevasse Below!"" ===================== ~Character Door Room~ ===================== Plaque-"My castle is in great peril!! I know it's because of Bowser again. Will he ever tire of terrorizing us? He stole the Power Stars and disappeared into the walls along with us! Retrieve all of the Power Stars from the walls and paintings in the castle. Here is a hint:there are secret paths in this room, and one of them leads to a Secret Star. Find the Secret Star! It will help you on your quest." ====================== ~Princess's Play Room~ ====================== Toad-"Awesome! All the keys are back. Princess Toadstool won't get mad now. How can I ever thank you...? Please play the mini-games in the drawer to your heart's content!" ================= ~Goomboss's Area~ ================= Next to Star Switch-"In front of you is a Star Switch. Step on it to make a Star appear in the course. Hurry to collect the Star before it disappears! Don't forget that you can check the Star's location on the Touch Screen map." Next to spinning heart-"Hop onto high places with the wall kick. Just jump at a wall, then jump again when you hit the wall. Keep in mind that only the superhero with the red cap can pull this move off." ================== ~Castle Courtyard~ ================== Sign near some flowers-"With the legendary wall kick, you can access high places. To wall kick, jump at a wall, then jump again when you hit the wall. Keep in mind that the only person who can pull this move off is... The superhero with the red cap!" Sign near other flowers-"Jumping Technique 1 To triple jump, run and then jump three times in a row. If you time them right, you'll hop, skip, then jump really high. Jumping Techinque 2 You can do a backward somersault if you jump while crouching! Jumping Technique 3 You can jump far with the long jump if you run fast, crouch, and then jump." Sign behind star statue-"You can run and dive at enemies with a slide attack. To do this move in Standard Mode, run and then press A. To jump out of the slide and land back on your feet, press either A or B. Only mustached players can pull this move off. Don't even think of trying it if you don't have a mustache!" Sign behind star statue-"Psst! The Boos are super shy. If you look them in the eyes, they fade away. They reappear when you turn your back, so don't let them sneak up on you! It's no use trying to hit them when they're fading away. Instead, sneak up from behind and punch them. You can't swallow Boos, so this is where you'll need a mustached hero to save the day." ============= ~Battle Fort~ ============= Sign next to Star Sphere-"The clear ball you see infront of you is a Star Sphere. When you get all 5 Silver Stars, the Power Star will appear inside the Star Sphere." ================= ~Big Boo's Haunt~ ================= Near the shack-"Running around in circles makes some bad guys roll their eyes. Use the Touch Screen to run smoothly." Infront of the mansion-"Power Flowers give heroes power depending on their personality. Wispy Luigi will disappear altogether. He'll even be able to walk through secret walls! Even the Big Boo will be fooled!" Infront of the mansion-"You don't stand a ghost of a chance in this house. If you make it out alive, you deserve...a Ghoul Medal..." Infront of the mansion-"Psst! The Boos are super shy. If you look them in the eyes, they fade away. They reappear when you turn your back, so don't let them sneak up on you! It's no use trying to hit them when they're fading away. Instead, sneak up from behind and punch them. You can't swallow Boos, so this is where you'll need a mustached hero to save the day." ================= ~Castle Basement~ ================= Toad-"Wow! You've already recovered that many Stars? Way to go! You'll have us out of here in no time! Be careful, though. Bowser and his band wrote the book on bad. Take my advice:When you fall from a high place, it'll hurt less if you ground-pound near the ground. If you go back to your room, you can switch with Yoshi. Everyone deserves a chance to shine." Plaque-"It is decreed that one shall pound the pillars." ============================== ~Hazy Maze Cave Entrance Room~ ============================== Toad-"Even if all the caps look the same, the one you've been wearing for years is special. Your luck will run out if you lose it. When you lose your cap, hitting a ? Block is very unlucky. But don't worry. You can find your cap in the course where you lost it. It should appear on the map below." ================ ~Hazy Maze Cave~ ================ At the start-"In Standard Mode, press L to center the camera behind you. Even when it's hard to see what's around you, relax and press L. A word of advice:keep going but don't rush." Near the start-"Both ways fraught with danger! Watch your feet! Those who can't do the long jump, tsk tsk. Make your way to the right. Right:Work Elevator; Hazy Maze. Left:Black Hole; Underground Lake. Red Circle: Elevator 2; Underground Lake. Arrow:You are here" Near red pole-"Work Elevator:For those who get off here:grab the pole to the left and slide down carefully." Below red pole-"Elevator Area; Right:Hazy Maze Entrance. Left:Black Hole; Elevator 1. Arrow:You are here" Near Hazy Maze Exit-"Hazy Maze Exit Danger! Closed. Turn back now." Near black brick block-"The very hard-looking block in front of you really IS hard. Hitting it is not advised. But if you're shaped like a rock--and have rocks for brains--you'll probably do it anyway. Below Work Elevator-"Above:Automatic Elevator. Elevator begins automatically and follows a set course. It disappears automatically too." Near the stairs-"Work Elevator Danger!! Read instructions thoroughly! Step on an arrow to move the elevator in that direction. Once you hop off the elevator, it will return to its original location." Hazy Maze Entrance-"The Power Flower gives strength to the personality of the person who plucked it. Iron man Wario will turn into a metal man. He won't be burned or hurt by enemy attacks. He doesn't even have to breathe while wearing it. The only problem:he can't swim in it." Hazy Maze Entrance-"Danger ahead! Beware of the strange toxic cloud! Don't breathe it! If you feel faint, run for higher ground and fresh air! Circle:Shelter. Arrow:Entrance-Exit." Near elevator-"Elevator 1. Up:Black Hole. Right:Work Elevator, Hazy Maze." Near elevator room door-"The Black Hole. Right:Work Elevator, Hazy Maze. Left:Underground Lake." Near the large gap-"Slide down a slope by crouching. Or, crouch in the air to pound the ground. If you stop, crouch, then jump, you'll do a backward somersault! Got that? There's more. Crouch and then jump while running to do a long jump! Or, crouch and walk to...Never mind. It's a secret." Near second elevator-"Elevator 2. Down:Underground Lake. Left:Black Hole. Right:Hazy Maze Closed!" In the underground lake-"Underground Lake. Right:Metal Cave. Left: Abamdoned Mine Closed! A gentle sea dragon lives here. Ground-pound his back to make him lower his head. Don't become his lunch." ================== ~Lethal Lava Land~ ================== Sign at beginning-"Running around in circles makes some bad guys roll their eyes. Use the Touch Screen to run smoothly." Sign at beginning-"It's Lethal Lava Land! If you catch fire or fall into a pool of flames, you'll be hopping mad. You can still control your character. Just don't lose your cool!" Sign near black brick block-"Hop on the shiny shell and ride wherever you want to go. Shred those enemies!" ==================== ~Shifting Sand Land~ ==================== Sign near Star Marker-"Hop on the shiny shell and ride wherever you want to go. Shred those enemies!" Entrance to Tox Box Maze-"Watch out! Don't let yourself be swallowed by quicksand. If you sink into the sand, you can't jump out, and if your head goes under, you'll be smothered. The dark areas are bottomless pits." Sign near pyramid-"You can fly if you're wearing the Wing Cap! Put the cap on, then triple jump to take off. You can fly higher if you blast out of a cannon wearing the Wing Cap!" Inside pyramid-"Upon four towers one must alight...Then at the peak shall shine the light..." Near the first Amp-"In Standard Mode, jump and hold B to hang onto some objects overhead. Use this move to hitch a ride with a flying bird." ============== ~Metal Cavern~ ============== Sign near start-"Metal Cavern. Right:To ground. Left:????" ================= ~Dire Dire Docks~ ================= Near the submarine docks-"If you pass through a coin ring or find a secret point in a course, sometimes a red number will appear. If you trigger five red numbers, a Secret Star will show up." =================== ~2nd Floor Hallway~ =================== Plaque-"Shhh! Please walk quietly in the hallway!" Toad 1-"Thanks to the power of the Stars, life is returning to the castle. Please, you have to give Bowser to boot! Here, let me give you a hint about the castle. In the room with the mirror's, look carefully for anything not reflected in the mirror, and an ally with info. And when you go to the water town, you can flood it with a high jump into the painting." Toad 2-"Thanks! The castle is recovering its energy as you retrieve Power Stars. You've chased Bowser right out of here, on to some area ahead. Oh, by the way, are you collecting coins? Special Stars appear when you collect 100 coins in each of the 15 courses!" ================ ~Snowman's Land~ ================ Sign near the start-"Running around in circles makes some bad guys roll their eyes. Use the Touch Screen to run smoothly." Sign near ? Red Block-"The Power Flower strengthens characters depending on their personality types. Eating nasty enemies has given Yoshi a bad case of heartburn! When he plucks a Power Flower, he'll be able to breathe fire!" Sign near Ice Bully-"BRRR! Frostbite Danger! Do not swim here. I'm serious. --The Penguin" Sign near icy pond-"Snowman Mountain ahead. Keep out! And don't try to triple jump over the ice-block shooter. If you fall into the freezing pond, your power decreases quickly and won't recover automatically. --The Snowman" =============== ~Wet-Dry World~ =============== Sign near top of town-"The mystery of Wet or Dry. And where does the solution lie? The city welcomes visitors with the depth they bring as they enter." Sign near Goombas-"If you pass through a coin ring or find a secret point in a course, sometimes a red number will appear. If you trigger five red numbers, a Secret Star will show up." Sign infront of ? Red Block-"In Standard Mode, press L to center the camera behind you. Even when it's hard to see what's around you, relax and press L. A word of advice:keep going but don't rush." ==================== ~Tall Tall Mountain~ ==================== Sign at the start-"Get a running start up the slope with the long jump! Remember how to do it? Just run, crouch, then jump!" Sign near the cannon-"Danger! Strong Gusts! But the wind makes a comfy ride." ================== ~Tiny-Huge Island~ ================== Sign near Koopa the Quick-"I'll be back soon. I'm out training now, so come back later. --Koopa the Quick" Sign on high island above water-"It's not our problem if you run around this spike and get dizzy." =================== ~3rd Floor Hallway~ =================== Toad-"You've made it this far, Mario. Bowser is waiting on the top floor. You must go rescue the princess. I'll stay here and, um, keep a look out. But before you go, keep in mind that the world inside the clock is weird! When you jump inside, watch the position of the big hand!" ================= ~Tick Tock Clock~ ================= Sign at the start-"When using the Touch Screen, it's easy to walk or run. You can even calmly and coolly navigate your way across narrow ledges. Use the thumb pad on the wrist strap for smoother control than your finger." ============== ~Rainbow Ride~ ============== Sign at the start-"When using the Touch Screen, it's easy to walk or run. You can even calmly and coolly navigate your way across narrow ledges. Use the thumb pad on the wrist strap for smoother control than your finger." -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~X.Unique Star Requirements~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bored with the game and want to obtain several of the Stars in the game in a different way than the creator's originally intended? Here I will describe several ways in which you can obtain some Stars in different, and sometimes, far difficult ways. Most of these techniques require the use of glitches in the game. See the appropriate section to learn how to perform them. The ones that don't involve glitches are ones I have made up. The rest were suggested by board users. ============================================ ~Bob-omb Battlefield-Mario Wings to the Sky~ ============================================ Normally, when you collect all five secrets, the Star will appear in a small field near some Goombas. You probably would swoop down to the Star, land, and collect it. If you want to give yourself an actual challenge, then see if you can run into the Star while still flying, and not touching the ground at all! This may seem easy, but since you will collect the last secret so high in the air, it will be slightly difficult to make your way down and keep yourself there. You will need to make a severe dive, going at incredible speeds, and hopefully have pinpoint accuracy if you want to hit the Star without missing. ============================================ ~Bob-omb Battlefield-Mario Wings to the Sky~ ============================================ It may seem hard enough getting all five secrets using the cannon, but for a different dose of fun, why not try getting all five secrets without using Mario? Better yet, why use a cannon at all? Start as Luigi, or at least get his cap quickly. Get onto the floating island. You can reach the first secret quite easily. Use his Backflip in order to reach the next two coins. It may take a few tries, but you'll get it. How to get the last two coins, however, is a different story. You need to use a Heavens Portal to reach it. Head to the mountain. You know the slope that has a red coin in the middle of it? Head to the top of that slope. Turn around and face the bottom of it. Get a running start and long jump to the slope on the right. As soon as you do, perform a slide kick (R+A) and aim towards the left. If you did it right, you should fall through the mountain on the left, then appear high in the air a few seconds later. Steer yourself into the remaining secret coins. This will take several, perhaps many tries. Eventually by using this method you can get the secrets without ever using a cannon, or Mario for that matter! ======================================== ~Dire Dire Docks-Through the Jet Stream~ ======================================== Normally, in this Star, you would need to use Metal Wario in order to pass the jet stream and grab the Star. However, there is a cooler way to obtain this Star as anybody else (or even Wario without using the Power Flower). However, Bowser's Submarine must still be in the course, otherwise this won't work. First, get to the area in the course with Bowser's Sub. Then swim through the rings in order to make the Star appear in the center of the jet stream. Pretty easy so far. Now, swim to the back of the submarine. You should see two fins sticking out of the sides near the propeller. They are hovering right over the water. Swim under them, then jump up under them. When you are out of the water under the fins for a split second, do a Ground Pound. You should fall through the wate and land at the bottom of the course. From here, the jet stream won't affect you so you can easily grab the Star. As invisible Luigi, you can also grab the Star in the cage with this glitch rather easily. ========================== ~Unlock Luigi Using Wario~ ========================== It may not sound weird at first, but think about it. Aren't you supposed to unlock Wario by using Luigi? How are you supposed to do it the other way around? With the help of a few glitches, this is quite possible. Head to the mirror room as either Yoshi or Mario (obviously, the only ones you could be since you won't have unlocked Luigi or Wario. This glitch can still be done even after they are unlocked). You can get behind the mirror as any character, actually. Head to the right side of the mirror. There's a white pillar at the end of the mirror, and next to the white pillar is the wall. Long jump continuously where the wall and this pillar meet. You should eventually be shot up through the ceiling. Jump several times there until you fall behind the mirror. You can jump into the painting from there. ============================================ ~Wet-Dry World-Quick Race Through Downtown!~ ============================================ This Star generally isn't too hard to obtain alone. But, do you think you can do it without using Luigi and not touching any ? Red Blocks or any of the cannons? It isn't as impossible as it sounds. You will find a Chuck-Ya at the top of the town. On the platform below it is a metal box. Push the metal box all the way into the corner nearest Chuck-Ya above, and hop onto the box. Get into the corner of the walls, and make the camera be in first person view. Put the camera behind the wall, then jump. This will probably take many tries, but eventually you will fall through the box. You can walk out of the walls of the world now. Sometimes you will fall into a pit out of bounds and die, other times you will fall into invisible water out of bounds which you can swim in. You want that one. Swim to the downtown area. It won't load, however. You can, though, sometimes see the Star of Quick Race Through Downtown in the area. Just swim up to it and collect it. Sure, this is technically harder, but it is much more fun to pull off! ====================================== ~Whomp's Fortress-Blast Away the Wall~ ====================================== Another rather easy Star. Did you know that you can swim in Whomp's Fortress? Did you also know that you need to use King Whomp to do this? Here's how. This is considered an insanely difficult trick to pull off, so don't intend on doing it on your first tries. Choose the first Star and make your way up to King Whomp. Start the battle, then get to one of the edges of the battlefield. When he attempts to slam onto you, jump before he hits the ground. You want to be jumping pretty much into his crown. Once you eventually perform this correctly, you will be swimming in Whomp's Fortress somehow. From where you are, you can swim down to the area with the cannon and where the Bob-omb Buddy would be in later Stars. Swim under the cannon by swimming out of bounds and under the level, then swimming up from under it and into the cannon. If you do this right, you will be in the cannon. You can shoot out of it (with normal physics) and slam into the wall to reveal the Star. This is insanely hard to pull off, but is really cool to do. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~XI.Multiplayer~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have you grown tired of the tedious gameplay of the normal Adventure Mode? Well, this game is packed with multiplayer built right into it! The best part of the multiplayer mode is that you only need one game cartridge in order to have fun with the rest of your friends. As long as somebody has Super Mario 64 DS, everyone else can join along with you. Multiplayer only supports up to four people, however. To get setup, have the people who have Super Mario 64 DS with them choose Multiplayer from the main menu. From there, all you need to do is waiting for the wireless signal to pick up in both DS's and both players will be in the waiting room. As for the people who don't have Super Mario 64 DS with them, have them turn on their DS's at this time and choose "DS Download Play" from the DS main menu. Wait a few seconds until the option to download data from Super Mario 64 DS appears, then choose to download it. Once the download is finished, you will join the room with your friends. When everyone is ready, press the start option at the bottom of the screen to begin the multiplayer match. Alternatively, you can choose to practice by yourself if you choose the start button when nobody else is around. Once you push start, whether alone or with others, you will be shown four stages on which you can do battle on. The goal of mutliplayer is to be the one with the most Stars when time is up. There are five Stars in each stage, and everybody's cap is there. Everyone starts off as Yoshi. If you get attacked, you lose a Star you are holding. It can then be collecting by yourself again or anybody else as it begins bouncing around the stage. After the 30 second time limit, whoever has the highest amount of Stars wins! ================ ~Castle Grounds~ ================ As you would probably expect from the name, you are fighting on the grounds just outside of Princess Peach's Castle. There are five Stars to collect here, however, they all appear one at a time, and in different locations to boot. The Wario Cap can be found on top of a hedge to the left of where you start. The Luigi Cap is to the right of where you start, next to the cannon (which isn't open in this mode). The Mario Cap is found near the flower path to the right of the castle. The first Star will appear inside of a Star Dome right infront of Peach's Castle. Break the dome to release the Star, then quickly grab it before somebody else does. The next Star will appear on the map when it's collecting. The second Star is at the end of Chain Chomp's chain. He is running along the dirt path back and forth infront of the castle. He should be approaching you as you get the first Star. The third Star will appear in a Star Dome on top of a tree next to the Mario Cap. Get to the top of the tree, jump into the dome, then grab the Star quickly. The fourth Star will appear inside another Star Dome at the center of the hedge maze close to the start of the level. Quickly run over there before somebody else does so you can collect the Star. The final Star will appear near the cannon. There's a moving platform over there. Grab it and ride to the Star Dome. After that, no more Stars will appear. From here on out, you can only get more Stars by beating them out of your foes. If you have three or more Stars, you're guarenteed victory if you don't lose any more Stars, so run away from everybody else until time runs out. ================ ~Sunshine Isles~ ================ You will be battling in the same area you had to collect several Silver Stars in adventure mode. Now, normal Stars will take their place. The Mario, Luigi, and Wario Caps are all found on the island dead ahead of where you start. The first Star is also found in the Star Dome here as well. The second Star will appear on the island where you started, behind the first Star. Break the Star Dome and collect the Star. The third Star will appear near a large palm tree on an island sticking out of the water a distance away from the island the second Star is on. Break the Star Dome again and grab it before anybody else steals it from you. The fourth Star will appear on a small sandbar relatively close to the island the third Star is located. Break the Star Dome and grab the Star. The final Star will appear inside of a Star Dome on top of the large island at the center of the map. Hurry over there before anyone else does. No more Stars will appear after this one, so you will need to resort to fighting them out of everybody else. There's a lot of room in this level, so feel free to make an all out brawl for the Stars, or hide to save yours. ========================= ~Princess's Secret Slide~ ========================= You will be competing on the Secret Slide hidden within the castle. The Mario, Luigi, and Wario Caps are sitting right infront of you when you start. Also, the first Star is doing the same. You only have time to pick up one of these items, so choose wisely. Star now, or Star later? Quickly start heading down the slide. The second Star is in the middle of it. Jump to reach it. Unlike the other levels, all five Stars are present at the beginning of the level. Neat. At the bottom of the slide is a small room with the third, fourth, and fifth Stars. It's unlikely you will get more than one of them, so just focus on getting one. At this point, everybody will be trapped in a small room with no escape. It's impossibly difficult to hide from your foes, so even if you are the Star leader you will need to fight and breifly disable your foes so you can keep a firm grasp upon your Stars. If you lose some, it's no big deal. Everyone should reach the bottom of the slide fairly quickly, so there's plenty of hits and Stars to go around and obtain once again. ============= ~Battle Fort~ ============= Don't injure yourself too much as you progress this painful area. The Mario Cap lies ahead of you. Fall to the bottom of the level to find it. The Luigi Cap is on top of a grey platform to the right of where you find the Mario Cap. The Wario Cap can be found on top of another grey platform, adjacent to the one the Luigi Cap is on. The first Star will appear in a Star Dome on top of the pole in the center of the level. Jump to it from the pole and collecting the bouncing Star. The second Star will appear in one of the corners of the level. Break the Star Dome again and quickly collect the Star. The third Star will appear in the highest corner of the level, inside another Star Dome. If you are Mario, you can hit the ! Block here for a Wing Cap. The fourth Star will appear in another Star Dome in a corner close to the one the third Star was found at. Head over there and collect the Star. The final Star will appear near where some of the bowling balls appear. Try not to get injured as you make your way over there. That is the last Star in multiplayer mode. The best place to fight for Stars is in the center, where all of the bowling balls travel. Keep an eye on the balls, and hopefully some of your foes will be distracted and get hit by one. Grab the Star that they lose from getting hit. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~XII.Well Known Glitches~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- If there is one thing the Super Mario 64 DS isn't lacking in, it sure is hell is glitches. There is a metric crapload of glitches that you can perform, ranging from the extremely hard and utterly pointless, to the major sequence breaking glitches that can be equally as frustrating, but are actually useful, to glitches that can perform some amusement and generally aren't too difficult to pull off. I won't discuss every glitch here as that would take far too long. However, here are some glitches, most of them pretty simple, that are among the most well known and overall pretty fun to perform and experiment with. My explaination may differ than what most people would describe to perform the glitch, but the end result is the same. These glitches are in no particular course order. ====================== ~Klepto Freeze Glitch~ ====================== First off, you need to know about the versions of the game. There are several different versions of Super Mario 64 DS. There's version 1, version 2, the European version, and the Australian version. What's the difference? Almost every glitch is performable on version 1. The rest of the versions have a decent amount of glitches removed from the game. How can you tell which version you have? By attempting the Klepto Freeze Glitch. It's one of the easiest glitches in the game. Head to Shifting Sand Land on the second Star or higher. Choose any character, and head over to the pillar Klepto flies around. Pick up a Cap of any other character. Now, when you reach the pillar, pick up a box and head over to Klepto. Stand in one place. When Klepto dives to try and steal your Cap, the game should freeze and make a weird sound. If it does, you have version 1. If the glitch doesn't occur (and your character is knocked onto the ground, loses the cap and grasp of the box), then you have one of the other versions of the game. Simple as that. In the following glitches I will make note of any versions that can't perform a certain glitch. Keep this in mind! ================ ~Heavens Portal~ ================ Why this glitch occurs and how it does so is beyond me. Basically, you abuse part of a level and the game shows an odd looking screen, usually. Then your character is seen falling from the sky at an insane height. It is pretty neat. Why it happens, again, is difficult to explain. There are many Heavens Portals that you can use in the game. I can cover several of them, usually the easiest or ones that can get Stars differently. In Bob-omb Battlefield, head over to the area with a Koopa running about. There is a cannon stationed nearby him. Jump into it and aim at the island so that the crosshair is at the very bottom point of the island. If you do this right, fire and hold up. You will be shot pretty low, hit the ground, then fly up high into the air and start to fly down. Sometimes when you do this glitch your character will be ejected so high that they will cross over the invisible wall and fall out of the level, resulting in their death. Pretty nifty. Another Heavens Portal is in Shifting Sand Land. You should know that there are four pillars in the level. As anybody other than Yoshi, head to one of the pillars and run up the side. When you are close to the top, perform a dive. You should fall through the pillar, and the screen will turn blue. You will then see your character falling down several seconds later. Be sure not to fall into any quicksand when performing this glitch! Another Heavens Portal you can perform is in the room with the entrance to Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow Ride. There are stairs leading to the Big Star Door. Get on the second of these steps. Look at the corner of the stair that is touching the wall. Line yourself up at a slight angle between you and the corner. Take a few steps back, then hold Y to charge up a sprint. Dash breifly in the direction of the wall, and a split second before hitting it, do a slide kick and hold up and left. If done correctly, you will be shot high in the room and can even land in the area with the entrance to Bowser in the Sky. With this you can beat the game as any character, and do it without 80 Stars! If you are unlucky, you will get the Hells Portal result. If you get that, you will be high above the room, but you will be slide kicking endlessly. If you jump, you will die. There are plenty of other Heavens Portals, but those are just a few of which you can easily experiment with on your own. =================== ~Quickly Get 1-Ups~ =================== Remember how in Super Mario 64 that you got 100 lives for collecting all 120 Stars? That reward was taken out of this game, but it is still pretty easy to obtain the maxmium 100 lives. Head to Whomp's Fortress. Enter the level as Luigi (or get his Cap) and choose a Star past the first one. You need to be able to obtain a certain item within the level. At the base of the stairway where there are several Thwomp's, you should see two orange boxes. Break them and collect the Mushroom that appears out of one of them to turn huge. There is a teleport location nearby. It is where the large wall and the gated fence meet. Walk over to it and warp to a higher point of the fortress. Head over to the ledge with the tower on it and jump, holding the jump button (this must be done) so you can grab onto the ledge and pull yourself up. Now, walk over to the wooden plank. Lightly tap one of the sides of it (the thin areas, not the front of the plank) and you will discover that your lives will increase at an absurd rate. They max at at 100, however. It's unlikely that you will ever need that many lives, but this is still a pretty neat trick. Sadly, this glitch is only available in version 1. =========================== ~Flooding Whomp's Fortress~ =========================== Is Whomp's Fortress too boring for you? Why not fill it with invisible water and swim around for a little while? It's fun! Choose the first Star of the course and work your way up to King Whomp. Challenge him and head over to one of the edges. When King Whomp falls, jump where his crown is going to be. This is insanely difficult to judge. If you ever happen to do it correctly, you will fall down pretty quickly and will eventually start to swim. You can now swim freely in Whomp's Fortress, or at least until you run out of air. You can access the cannon and get Blast Away the Star, or you can swim up to the Caged Island and get the Star there. Or, just plain screw around in the level. You're swimming in mid-air for goodness sake! ======================================== ~Underwater Walking in Jolly Rodger Bay~ ======================================== This is an interesting way to walk underwater indefinitely in Jolly Rodge Bay. First, choose the first Star of the course. Start as any character you want to. Make your way to the cavern underwater. When you get there, grab the Wario Cap if you aren't already playing as him, then get a Power Flower from the Red ? Block nearby. Run back into the water and head to the sunken ship. Run up the deck and over the bow of it, and you should start sliding down the front of the ship. Once the Power Flower runs out, if done correctly, you should be able to freely walk around Jolly Rodger Bay, underwater, with no health restraints. Go crazy. There isn't much to do underwater, as you will quickly find out. ======================================= ~Underwater Walking in Dire Dire Docks~ ======================================= This glitch is only possible when Bowser's Submarine is still docked in one area of the course. Obviously, choose the first Star for this glitch. Head over to the submarine. At the back of it you will find two fins sticking out near the propeller of the submarine. They are just above the water. Swim under them, then jump out of the water and hit them. When you are breifly out of the water, do a Ground Pound. If you did this correctly, then you will quickly fall to the bottom of bay and will be able to walk underwater. You can grab the Through the Jet Stream Star if you wish, or the Inside the Cage Star if you are invisible (as opposed to doing that Star when swimming). =============================== ~The Dry Pipe in Wet-Dry World~ =============================== When you are downtown, and have lowered the water level, ever wonder what the town would look like if you went back? To perform this, simple head over to the downtown area. Lower the water level to the bottom and make sure you are Mario. Grab the Power Flower and head back to the pipe you had to swim through. Get near it, and when the Power Flower's effects are about to end, float above it. As you are falling you should be able to squeeze through the pipe. Once you reach the town and the metal cage again, wall kick your way up. Near the top, you will start to swim. Now, head back down the cage and into the pipe. The water will vanish halfway there and you will start walking again. Pretty nifty trick. ============================= ~Keep Ukiki in Yoshi's Mouth~ ============================= You've probably met Ukiki on Tall Tall Mountain before, and you probably hate him as well. In this glitch, go to the area where Ukiki is about halfway up the mountain. Perform a jump backwards and use the flutter jump and aim for the water behind you. Before you land in it, grab Ukiki with your tongue. When you reach the bottom of the waterfall, you will be walking around with your mouth full. If you go back to the point where you gobbled him up, his text box will appear and Ukiki will appear infront of you. You can also try spitting him out, but you just spit out nothing. This glitch is only possible in version 1. Version 2 and the European versions need to use a different method of achieving this glitch. =========================== ~Inside the Other Aquarium~ =========================== Head into the room with the entrance to Jolly Rodger Bay. To the right of the painting is are several flowers on the wall, and several aquariums. The diagonal squares on the ground point to one of the flowers. Line yourself up with this flower at the same angle. Run at the flower and do a Triple Jump and a Dive in the air into the wall. If done properly, you should be standing in the ceiling. If you walk forward a little, you will fall and die. Do so, but when falling head right. You should land behind the aquarium. You are trapped back here if you do this glitch, so you must quit the game to escape. =================================== ~Get on the Roof Without 150 Stars~ =================================== In order to perform the next glitch (The Uberglitch) you need to be able to access to Castle's roof right away. How can you do that without accessing the cannon's? Well, it isn't all that difficult. These are the general methods to be used for any character. They are well known by most people, but some probably have never heard of it being possible. If you can't do this with any character right away, don't give up. It is a difficult trick to master for some people, so just keep practicing. For Yoshi, head to the left of the Castle. Near the waterfall pouring next to the castle is a brown fence. Get to the very end of the fence, on the far left. You can land on a small area of grass with a Flutter Jump. It's location is hard to describe, so trial and error may be needed. Once you manage to find this location, Flutter Jump onto the waterfall. As you start sliding down, perform another Flutter Jump onto a small hill of grass at the corner of the castle, next to a hill. You can spot it from the fence where you start this trick. From here, have Yoshi's back face the hill. Jump, hold back on the D-Pad to move Yoshi up the hill, and do a Flutter Jump. Keep repeating this process as you make your way up the hill slowly. Eventually you will be high enough so that the next Flutter Jump can be made to reach the edge of the Castle. Do so and viola, you are on top of the castle. Pretty neat. For Mario, jump into the moat and head to the right of the castle. Up the ramp leading out of the moat are two of the castle's walls that are conveniently placed right next to each other. Mario's method of reaching the pinnacle of the castle is by Wall Kicking his way up there. It is easiest if he starts Wall Kicking from the left wall, not the right, generally due to camera issues that ensue from starting with the right wall. You need to begin Wall Kicking at the perfect angle, otherwise you won't be able to Wall Kick from the other wall and you will just fall back down to the ground. There isn't any possible way of describing the kind of angle you need to pull this off, so keep on trying. Eventually you will be able to Wall Kick continuously, and better yet you will reach the top of the Casltle. Make sure it is from the right wall that you kick off of onto the top of the castle. Wall Kicking from the left wall near the top will likely result in you overshooting the roof, falling to the ground, and forcing you to repeat the entire process over again. Luigi has the easiest time performing this trick. Head back to the area where you had Yoshi jump up to the castle roof. See the hill you had to continuously Flutter Jump backwards on? Use Luigi's backflip twirl to reach this hill with the most of ease, without having to use the waterfall method (which is borderline impossible when you do it with Luigi). Now, instead of Flutter Kicking his way up the hill, Luigi needs to Scuttle Jump his way backwards and up the hill. It is pretty much the same difficulty that Yoshi had going up the hill. Once Luigi reaches a certain point near the top of the hill, he will no longer be able to use his Scuttle Jump to keep going up the hill. At this point, he will need to jump to the castle's roof. It is slightly difficult, but entirely possible. Once you are on the roof, you can capture Luigi's mini-game rabbit much earlier than normally intended. Wario probably has the hardest time of all. His method, or so I've heard, is possible with any character. It's just the only one Wario is capable of using. I've only done this trick once and it is totally hard to describe. Head to the right side of the castle, near the large hill near the back end of it. From the tree closest to the hill, head slightly left of it, and face the hill. Start running towards the hill and perform a Triple Jump. Keep holding forward on the D-Pad the entire time, of course. As soon as your feet touch the hill, perform a slide kick before you begin to slide down the slope. Then, jump to get out of this pose and gain a little height up the slope. When you touch down again, perform yet another slide kick. The idea is to keep on performing slide kicks and jumps up the hill until you are eventually level with the castle, at which point you should make your last ditch jump for the castle roof. If you hopefully managed to do it successfully, then good job. It is a difficult trick to pull off. But at least you got Wario on the roof! ================ ~The Uberglitch~ ================ The Uberglitch is what is required to use in order to begin the Uberquest. Firstly, you need to get to the top of the castle. For the Uberquest, you should be Yoshi when doing this so get up there using his own method. Once there, look for the small area of grass right next to the waterfall. Once you located it, run there and perform a slide kick into it. If done properly, you will fall down, bob a little bit, and then fall through the moat's water and you will be capable of walking underwater. Yes, it is possible from here to enter the door underwater and enter the basement. That's what makes this the Uberquest. Can you get enough Stars down here to beat Bowser in the Fire Sea before you come anywhere near beating Bowser in the Dark World? Hell, Bowser in the Dark World isn't even necessary to enter if you do everything correctly. Pretty near glitch. However, it is quite difficult to perform and since it takes a decent amount of effort to reach the top of the castle, you could be stuck doing this for a long time. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~XIII.Secrets of the Castle~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are many secrets to the Castle you may not know about. Here I will cover them all. ========================================================================== ~Activating Solid ? Red Blocks~ ========================================================================== Simply enough, you have probably seen in many courses that there are transparent red ? Blocks. These contain Power Flowers and in some cases a Feather for Mario once the block is hit, but they need to be solid first. Once you have collected at least 14 Stars, there will be a shining ray of light shining down onto a Sun Picture in the Castle's Lobby. You need to go to the painting as Mario. As Mario, go into 1st person view and look up at where the clouds are shining from. You will be transported to Tower of the ? Switch. Simple thing to do here really. Mario will automatically start with the Wing Cap. Simply fly down to the center tower, where there is a large ? Red Switch. Simply jump on it, and every ? red Block will now be solid. Your mission here is completed, so jump off the side to exit the world. ========================================================================== ~Lower the Moat~ ========================================================================== In order to lower the moat and obtain another 2 Power Stars, head into the basement of the Castle anytime you've defeated the first Bowser in the Dark World. Once in the basement, walk left at the split then take another left once you get to it. You will appear near a wooden door. Head through it to find a pool. Jump into the pool and swim over to the other side. There appears to be nothing here, save 2 columns sticking above the water. Funny how they are the solution to our problem. In order to drain the moat you simply need to Ground Pound both of these pillars with any character. You will hear a noise and then the water will begin to lower. Walk through the revealed door to enter the moat. There isn't anything of intrest you can really do in the moat. Just a black brick in one corner. Once you unlock Wario you are able to break this and it will reveal a hole leading to a secret level. There are 2 Power Stars in this level. One by collecting all 8 Red Coins, and the other requires Balloon Mario to float over to a Star Switch. Go ahead and collect both whenever you want to. ========================================================================== ~Unlocking Mario~ ========================================================================== Mario has been trapped inside the Castle and it is up to Yoshi to rescue him. Mario's Key is being held by Goomboss right now so you need to recover the Key from him. Once you have at least 8 Stars, enter the middle door in the Character Room. This leads to the Rec-Room which has an 8 Star Door inside. Open it up to be in a small room with a Mario painting. Obviously, you should jump inside. Once your inside, you need to jump inside the hole at the big red X on your map. That is the warp to Goomboss. This whole stage seems really big, but it's only like that for the Red Coins Star. Getting to Goomboss shouldn't take more than a minute or two. From the start, head down the ramp and head across the moving platforms. From here you will see several logs infront of you head up and down into the poison gas. Jump onto them when they are low but going up and quickly make your way across. The poison purple gas slowly damages you if you stay in it too long. Ouch. Continue along the easy path and jump over a Pirhana Plant until you reach a vine like pole. Climb it to the top (The Lakitu circling you can't damage you so don't worry). At the top, run across the tall bridge, avoiding the Goombas, and jump into the big hole once you reach it. You will appear infront of Goomboss. He will laugh at Yoshi's pathetic attempt to grab his Key. The trick to beating Goomboss is hitting him in the back three times. Because Yoshi can't punch, your going to need to use the Goombas that trot behind him. Run around the platform (Or shortcut through the poison gas) until you're behind Goomboss. Eat a Goomba and make it an Egg. Throw it and it will kill the other Goombas and hit Goomboss. Repeat this easy process two more times and you will have won. Grab Mario's Key to exit the level. ========================================================================== ~Unlocking Luigi~ ========================================================================== Luigi is like his fellow comrades, as he's been trapped inside the Castle and Mario or Wario needs to save him. Oh boy. Luigi's Key is being held by none other than King Boo. What a laugh. You need access to Big Boo's Haunt to rescue Luigi. In order to get there you need at least 15 Stars. So hurry up and get them! In Big Boo's Haunt, you need to find Luigi's painting. Its on the third floor of the mansion. To reach it, head onto the second floor and take the door furthest on the right. Stand on top of the ? Red Block and do a Backflip to land near a door above the ground. Go through it. You're right next to Luigi's painting, so go through. This level is a bit of a maze. The map is useless here. When you start you'll be put on a smaller version of Big Boo's Merry Go Round. Don't move anywhere yet! There are 4 doors in each room in this maze. 3 doors lead back to where your standing and the other leads to the next room. In order to reach the final room, take the doors in this order:right, left, right, straight, left. This will put you in the final room. Getting here is a challenge itself though. You need to jump over pits, enemies, and some hidden blocks to reach the doors you need to progress. Falling into a bottomless pit returns you to the start of the maze. This is probably going to get annoying really fast if you're not good. The final room has a really long collapsible bridge leading to some moving platform which goto the top of the room, where the warp hole is. You will drop into an empty room with a mirror. Head up to the Mirror and wait there a few seconds. Your reflection turns into Luigi! King Boo will appear and you two will face off. Beat him like normal Big Boo. Three Ground Pounds kill him. The thing is, he is sometimes on the mirror side of the room so look at the refection and pretend your playing Luigi so the battle is made easier. Once you hit him 3 times he will drop the Key and leave. Pick up Luigi's Key and get out of here. ========================================================================== ~Unlocking Wario~ ========================================================================== Luigi, like Mario and Wario, is trapped inside a room in the Castle. His Key is being guarded by Chief Chilly and its up to Luigi to get it back. You need at least 30 Power Stars to enter the Big Star Door in the basement, one more from Dire Dire Docks, and then beat Bowser in the Fire Sea to gain access to the second floor of the Castle. Once you're on the second floor head into the Mirror Room as Luigi (The one with the Snowman's Land painting in it). Power Flowers will be in this room only if Luigi is inside. Grab one and run through the Mirror. You can head through the door on the other side for a Power Star, or head to the right and jump right into the Wario painting. It's up to you what you do. In this snowy world, you once again need to reach the warp hole at the big red X on your map. Getting there is the tough part. Head down the slide at the beginning and it will drop you into the abyss. Luckily, a gust of wind comes and blows you over to land near some Bullies. Quickly get up and run across several platforms to the left. Avoid the next Bully and ride a platform over the gap on the right. Run to the right some more and jump off the cliff. A huge gust of wind will blow you high into the air and then drop you off into a pool of cold water. Quickly get out before it starts damaging you! Jump over the fence and run past a group of Bullies to reach moving giant ice cubes. Jump or run over them carefully once they are in good positions to reach the other side of the field. From here, stairs are popping in and out of the wall. Jump up them once they are out of the walls. At the top jump into the warp hole. You will appear on a small platform surrounded by freezing waters. Chief Chilly is mocking your mustache and it's time for him to pay! The key to defeating him is just like a Big Bully-push him into the waters and he dies. However, you need to do this three times. Each time you push him in the water, the arena gets smaller. Once he's down to his last hit, and you push Chief Chilly to the edge of the arena, he will dangle on the edge for a few seconds. You need to hit him again to win the level. Pick up Wario's Key to exit the stage. ========================================================================== ~Secret Slide~ ========================================================================== In the character room, turn to the right when you enter to see a glass portrait of Peach. Jump inside it to enter the Secret Slide. You're able to pick up 2 Power Stars here. Well worth it. ========================================================================== ~Secret Aquarium~ ========================================================================== In the room with the picture of Jolly Rodger Bay, head to the painting and turn around. Above the floor on the walls are 2 holes. The one on the left leads to the Secret Aquarium. The Secret Aquarium holds another Power Star ready for you to earn. ========================================================================== ~Cannon Secret~ ========================================================================== Most of you have probably noticed a Cannon outside of the Castle covered by a grating so you can't use it. In order to actually use the Cannon you must collect all 150 Power Stars in the game. You can then access the Castle Roof (Without any tricks) easily. ========================================================================== ~Behind the Waterfall Cavern~ ========================================================================== There is a secret level behind the Castle's Waterfall. You can access it from Hazy Maze Cave. Make your way to the underground cavern where Dorrie resides and get on top of him. Ride her over to a small platform with double doors on it. Get off and head through the doors until you reach a pool of some metallic liquid. Jump inside to be transported to the Secret Behind the Waterfall. There are 2 Power Stars here-the Red Coin Star and a Star high above the ground. ========================================================================== ~Over the Rainbows Secret~ ========================================================================== On the third floor of the Castle there are 2 holes in the wall. One leads to Rainbow Ride and the other leads to a secret level with nothing but many clouds and Cannons. You need to use Mario's Wing Cap to grab all 8 Red Coins strewn about the secret. Another Star is also hidden well here. Can you find it? ========================================================================== ~Fat Penguin~ ========================================================================== The penguin you race in Cool Cool Mountain can be made extra fat once you obtain all 150 Power Stars. The fat penguin is a bit harder to beat than the thinner version. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~IXV.Maximum Coin Counts~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The dreaded 100 Coin Star lurks every main course, but there's something more difficult than that. Getting the maximum amount of coins in each world. It is possible, yes, and each world does have its own maximum values. However, a certain trick will need to be used in several courses in order reach the highest amount possible. It's the Yoshi Egg Combo Trick. You've probably noticed after using Yoshi's Egg Attack several times that after hitting an enemy, the Egg homes in on the next closest enemy if one is nearby. You can abuse this in your favor. Get as many enemies as possible nearby eachother, then release the Egg. Instead of getting one coin, the fourth or fifth enemy will produce a Blue Coin instead of a normal coin. Generally, only one Egg Combo is possible on several levels. One level has three possible combos, another has four combos, and the remaining levels have no possible combos (or no combos that will yield Blue Coins). Here are the maximum coin counts: Bob-omb Battlefield - 229 Whomp's Fortress - 214 Jolly Roger Bay - 140 Cool, Cool Mountain - 255 Hazy Maze Cave - 207 Big Boo's Haunt - 160 Lethal Lava Land - 215 Shifting Sand Land - 196 Dire, Dire Docks - 147 Snowman's Land - 255 Wet-Dry World - 158 Tall, Tall Mountain - 226 Tiny-Huge Island - 255 Tick Tock Clock - 137 Rainbow Ride - 255 You will need to use an Egg Combo in Bob-omb Battlefield, Whomp's Fortress, and Tall Tall Mountain. Three Egg Combos are necessary in Shifting Sand Land, and four combos are necessary in Hazy Maze Cave. The rest of the courses you don't need to use Egg Combos in to reach the maximum. Any course with 255 possible either has a glitch to cause coins to reappear, or has a Lakitu in it. With the Lakitu, you can turn a Spiny into an egg and throw it at a wall for a coin. Repeat ad infinum until you max out the coin counter. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~XV.Complete 150 Star Checklist~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can use this checklist to keep track of which Stars you have and those that you still need to collect. [ ] Bob-omb Battlefield [ ] Star 1-Big Bob-omb on the Summit [ ] Star 2-Footrace with Koopa the Quick [ ] Star 3-5 Silver Stars! [ ] Star 4-Big Bob-omb's Revenge [ ] Star 5-Mario Wing to the Sky [ ] Star 6-Find the 8 Red Coins [ ] Star 7-Behind Chain Chomp's Gate [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Whomp's Fortress [ ] Star 1-Chip Off Whomp's Block [ ] Star 2-To the Top of the Fortress [ ] Star 3-Shoot Into the Wild Blue [ ] Star 4-Red Coins on the Floating Islands [ ] Star 5-Fall Onto the Caged Island [ ] Star 6-Blast Away the Wall [ ] Star 7-Switch Star of the Fortress [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Jolly Rodger Bay [ ] Star 1-Plunder in the Sunken Ship [ ] Star 2-Can the Eel Come Out to Play? [ ] Star 3-Treasure in the Ocean Cave [ ] Star 4-Blast to the Stone Pillar [ ] Star 5-Red Coins on the Ship Afloat [ ] Star 6-Switch Star of the Bay [ ] Star 7-Through the Jet Stream [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Cool, Cool Mountain [ ] Star 1-Slip Slidin' Away [ ] Star 2-Li'l Penguin Lost [ ] Star 3-Big Penguin Race [ ] Star 4-Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins [ ] Star 5-Snowman Lost His Head [ ] Star 6-Mario's Super Wall Kick [ ] Star 7-Switch Star of Cool, Cool Mountain [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Big Boo's Haunt [ ] Star 1-Go on a Ghost Hunt [ ] Star 2-Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round [ ] Star 3-Secret of the Haunted Books [ ] Star 4-Seek the 8 Red Coins [ ] Star 5-Big Boo's Balcony [ ] Star 6-Eye to Eye in the Secret Room [ ] Star 7-Switch Star in the Basement [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Hazy Maze Cave [ ] Star 1-Swimming Beast in the Cavern [ ] Star 2-Elevate for 8 Red Coins [ ] Star 3-Metal-Head Wario Can Move [ ] Star 4-Navigating the Toxic Maze [ ] Star 5-A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit [ ] Star 6-Watch Out for Falling Rocks [ ] Star 7-Underground Switch Star [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Lethal Lava Land [ ] Star 1-Boil the Big Bully [ ] Star 2-Bully the Bullies [ ] Star 3-8-Coin Puzzle with 15 Pieces [ ] Star 4-Red-Hot Log Rolling [ ] Star 5-Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano [ ] Star 6-Inside the Volcano [ ] Star 7-Flaming Silver Stars [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Shifting Sand Land [ ] Star 1-In the Talons of the Big Bird [ ] Star 2-Shining Atop the Pyramid [ ] Star 3-Inside the Ancient Pyramid [ ] Star 4-Stand Tall on the Four Pillars [ ] Star 5-Tox Box Switch Star [ ] Star 6-Pyramid Puzzle [ ] Star 7-Free Flying for Red Coins [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Dire Dire Docks [ ] Star 1-Board Bowser's Sub [ ] Star 2-Chests in the Current [ ] Star 3-Pole-Jumping for Red Coins [ ] Star 4-Through the Jet Stream [ ] Star 5-Koopa Surfin' Switch Star [ ] Star 6-Inside the Cage [ ] Star 7-The Manta Ray's Reward [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Snowman's Land [ ] Star 1-Snowman's Big Head [ ] Star 2-Chill With the Bully [ ] Star 3-Yoshi's Ice Sculpture [ ] Star 4-Whirl from the Freezing Pond [ ] Star 5-Snowman's Silver Stars [ ] Star 6-Into the Igloo [ ] Star 7-Red Coins in the House [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Wet-Dry World [ ] Star 1-Shocking Arrow Lifts! [ ] Star 2-Top O' the Town [ ] Star 3-5 Secrets in the Shallows [ ] Star 4-Express Elevator-Hurry Up!! [ ] Star 5-Go to Town for Red Coins [ ] Star 6-Quick Race Through Downtown! [ ] Star 7-Soaked Silver Stars [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Tall Tall Mountain [ ] Star 1-Scale the Mountain [ ] Star 2-Mystery of the Monkey Cage [ ] Star 3-Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins [ ] Star 4-Mysterious Mountainside [ ] Star 5-Blast to the Lonely Mushroom [ ] Star 6-5 Secrets of the Mountain [ ] Star 7-Breathtaking View from the Bridge [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Tiny-Huge Island [ ] Star 1-Pluck the Pirhana Flower [ ] Star 2-To the Tip-Top of Huge Island [ ] Star 3-Rematch with Koopa the Quick [ ] Star 4-Klepto the Vulture [ ] Star 5-Wiggler's Red Coins [ ] Star 6-Make Wiggler Squirm [ ] Star 7-Switch Star of the Mountain [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Tick Tock Clock [ ] Star 1-Luigi in the Cage [ ] Star 2-The Pendulam Switch Star [ ] Star 3-Get a Hand [ ] Star 4-Stomp on the Thwomp [ ] Star 5-Timed Jumps on Moving Bars [ ] Star 6-Stop Time for Red Coins [ ] Star 7-Tick Tock Silver Stars [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Rainbow Ride [ ] Star 1-Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow [ ] Star 2-The Big House in the Sky [ ] Star 3-Coins Amassed in a Maze [ ] Star 4-Swingin' in the Breeze [ ] Star 5-Tricky Triangles! [ ] Star 6-Somewhere Over the Rainbow [ ] Star 7-Switch Star of the Manor [ ] Star 8-Collect 100 Coins [ ] Castle Secret Stars [ ] Star 1-The Princess's Secret Slide [ ] Star 2-Princess's Secret Slide-Race to the Finish! [ ] Star 3-Sunshine Isles [ ] Star 4-The Secret Aquarium [ ] Star 5-8 Red Coins in Goomboss's Area [ ] Star 6-Wall Kick Switch Star in Goomboss's Area [ ] Star 7-Red Coins in the Courtyard [ ] Star 8-Silver Stars in the Battle Fort [ ] Star 9-8 Red Coins Hidden in Bowser in the Dark World [ ] Star 10-8 Red Coins in the Tower of the Wing Cap [ ] Star 11-Red Coins Hidden in the Maze of King Boo Battle [ ] Star 12-Luigi's Quick Sprint in the King Boo Battle Area [ ] Star 13-8 Red Coins Behind the Waterfall [ ] Star 14-Mario's Balloon Trip Behind the Waterfall [ ] Star 15-8 Red Coins on Moving Platforms Under the Moat [ ] Star 16-Mario's Balloon Trip Star Under the Moat [ ] Star 17-Switch Star; Stairway Madness in the Dark World [ ] Star 18-A Kind Power Star Gift From Toad [ ] Star 19-8 Red Coins Within the Fire Sea [ ] Star 20-Long Jump and Fall Switch Star in the Fire Sea [ ] Star 21-A Suspicious Mirrored Door's Secret [ ] Star 22-8 Red Coins Hidden in Chief Chilly's Area [ ] Star 23-Blown Away Secret Star in Chief Chilly's Area [ ] Star 24-Another Kind Gift From a Nearby Toad [ ] Star 25-Another Gift? Where Does Toad Get These Stars... [ ] Star 26-Red Coins Over the Rainbow [ ] Star 27-Secret Brick Somewhere Over the Rainbow [ ] Star 28-8 Red Coins Floating High in Bowser in the Sky [ ] Star 29-Mario's Switch Star in Bowser in the Sky [ ] Star 30-Mystery Door in the Character Room -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~XVI.Credits~ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- CJayC-For hosting this FAQ and the greatest gaming site evar Me-I created this FAQ didn't I? You-You read the FAQ! Nintendo-For allowing me to once again play the classic I love Mike OShay-For tips on how to get some Stars using glitches Super Slash-For glitch advice I covered LinkDarkArrows, Swordless Link, and BWGgy-For giving me the maximum coin counts on all of the courses Many other users-For E-mailing me about an easier way to get Switch Star in the Basement BranBranMB@aol.com-Gave me additional hints on a Star This Walkthrough is Copyright Deathborn 668. All rights reserved.