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Super Mario 64

How do you go up the endless flight of stairs?

Games Guru: I’ll just tell you about the stairs, a really annoying level. There are two ways.
1) You need 80 power stars or the stairs really will be endless.
2) You can have Mario do a backward long jump (but that only works in the N64 and Virtual Console versions).

Where are the castle’s 30 Secret Stars? I only need one more, and I need to know where all of them are, so I can figure out which one I missed.

Games Guru: That’s would take a lot more space than we have here. But I’ll tell you how to find the last three stars. Find the Mushroom People and talk to them. They’ll give you stars. There’s one near the entrance to the Hazy Maze Course; one on the floor near the painting leading to Tall, Tall Mountain; and one on floor three just to the right of the big clock.

How do you get past Big Boo’s balcony?

Games Guru: First, don’t fall off the balcony, or you have to start the level again. Get behind Big Boo and give him a good punch three times. When the star leaves him, your goal is to jump up and grab it. See the rooftop that’s protruding on your right? You have to perform a running jump to get on it. Once you do, press and hold the Z button and crawl across the roof. You’ll find an exclamation mark block with the star on it. Grab that sucker and enjoy the rest of one of the great Mario games.

How do you get Waluigi?

Games Guru: Most people, like me, think that Waluigi isn’t in the game. In fact, it’s probably a big, fat hoax. There are some very difficult hoops you have to run through to get Waluigi, and even if you do these tasks, you probably won’t get him. But I’m willing to be convinced. Readers, have you ever unlocked Waluigi in the DS version of Super Mario 64? If so, tell us how you did it.

What do I do when I get the eel out of the hole? When I did it the hole was closed.

Games Guru: If you swim in front of the eel, crossing the hole from a few feet away, the eel will get mad and swim out. He is not particularly mean; you swim past the hole a few times and he will come out without going after you, then you swim in. Also, FYI, he has a star on his tail. If you can touch it, you get an easy star.

Where does the key go after you beat Bowser the first time?

Games Guru: Head down the stairs and into the lower level, and you should see a Boo ghost. (Did you know that Boos are known as Teresa ghosts in Japan? I asked Shigeru Miyamoto about that, and he told me that the Japanese word “Teresu” means “shy.”) Follow that Boo! It will lead you into an outdoor courtyard where you can find the hidden entrance to the next big world.

Where is the red box that unlocks the caps?

Games Guru: For the winged cap, you head to the entry hall of the castle and stare into the mural of the sky on the ceiling. If you have 12 stars or more, you will be transported into that sky. There you will find the box which activates the winged cap. There are other switches for the metal and invisibility caps.

All my friends say there is a Rainbow Bowser. If there is one, please tell me where he is.

Games Guru: I think they are referring to the Bowser Mario fights in the final battle of the game.

How do you beat the third and final Bowser? I tried over 100 times! Do you have an easier way than the regular way to beat him?

Games Guru: You always beat Bowser the same way in this game: You grab his tail, swing him around and toss him at the bombs along the edge of the platform. The problem is that this time he can send shockwaves (jump them), rain fire (dodge it and pick up the coins for renewed health), and break off parts of the platform (don’t fall off). That’s the bad news. The good news is there’s a 1UP hidden behind the pillar on the last platform before you enter the pipe and fight Bowser—and there will be a new 1UP in that same spot every time Bowser beats you and you start again on that very platform. In short, you’ll never run out of Marios for this final battle!

How can you get to Snowman’s Land?

Games Guru: Once you beat Bowser in his Fire in the Sea arena, you will find a key to open the second floor of the castle. You’ll find the portal to Snowman’s Land on the second floor.

In Tall Tall Mountain, how can I get into the monkey cage?

Games Guru: Zoinks! You pretty much need to get to the top of the mountain to get in the cage. Climb the mountain, jump the gaps, scale the platforms. If you’ve been to the top of the mountain before, this should all be review. The monkey awaits you for a race at the top.

How can I get the eight red coins in Cool Cool Mountain?

Games Guru: This quest can only be done by Yoshi. Try swallowing some fire and melting some ice…who knows what opening you may find?

How do you beat Mr. I in Big Boo’s Haunt, and how do you beat the Quest Mario’s Super Wall Kick in Cool Cool Mountain?

Games Guru: To beat Mr. I, run around him very quickly. He will get dizzy and go away. As for beating Super Wall Kick, this is a challenge. You need to ride the gondola up to a platform where you will find a Bob-omb Buddy who will open the cannon at the base of the mountain. Once the cannon is open, ride the gondola back down and hop in the cannon. When you aim, you will see a lone tree beside a mountain. Fire yourself at the distant tree for a safe landing. You will find a gap in the face of the mountain that can only be climbed using the wall kick. Near the top of that gap, you will find the star you seek.

Where do you find all the castle’s secret stars?

Games Guru: Since 30 stars are hidden in Princess Peach’s castle, I’ll just tell you about two of the coolest:

  • Have you found Princess Peach’s secret slide in the main hall? If so, you probably know you get a star for completing the slide—it’s waiting for you in the box at the base. You can receive a second star for completing the slide in 21 seconds.
  • In the mirror room where you find the Wario painting, you can walk through the mirror if you go as Luigi and turn yourself invisible. You will find a star behind the mirror.

How do you find the red switch?

Games Guru: There is a red switch in the level where Mario gets his flying cap. If you have 10 stars, go to the entryway of the castle, look into the mural of a sky on the ceiling and hit your X button. Once you are in, fly to the top of the tower and you’ll find a red switch.

How do you get to Big Boo’s balcony?

Games Guru: O.K., I’m assuming we’re talking about Super Mario 64 and that you’ve defeated Big Boo and now wish to claim your star. No problem. If we’re on the same page, the platform in the middle of the room will turn into a staircase the moment you beat Big Boo. Those stairs will take you right to your star.

O all-knowing Games Guru, how do you get Luigi?

Games Guru: You will need to complete the Big Boo Challenge in Big Boo’s Haunt. Once you have eight stars, you can enter the Haunt, then earn one star in the Haunt to reveal stairs leading to a painting of Luigi. Enter the painting, compete the challenge, and Luigi is yours.


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1,159 Comments on Super Mario 64

  1. there is a hack to get waluigi

  2. i have 121 stars on the ds and my friend got 150.

  3. i have the N64 version and i cant get luigi no matter how hard i try

  4. dragonwidom2 // May 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm // Reply

    I got 80 stars, but I still can’t go up the endless stairs!

  5. I have it for the ds.

  6. I have the ds version where is the rainbow swith

  7. How do you get the last 8 stars

  8. ZoMbIeSlAyEr22 // March 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    Isn’t that for Game boy? The only videogame systems I have is a NES (nintendo entertainment system) and an Atari 2600. I have the first game Mario was ever in! That would be Donkey Kong! (Did you know Mario was origonoly called Jumpman and Donkey Kong was called stubborn gorrila?)

  9. I am stuck on the last level can you help me out

  10. pokemon trainer // March 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm // Reply

    can somebody list the game key location on ds

  11. I think ”Super Mario 64” is an awesome game for boy to have fun online,Wii,Wii U,and all those other ways to play games.

  12. Guys, THERE’S NO ACTION REPLAY CODES FOR WALUIGI! Just a heads up, okay?

  13. Third-Wheel // October 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm // Reply

    I have been searching for Waluigi for 3 years now and I am really thinking that he is not in the game. I have also completed the game without action replay so if anyone has any questions please ask me.

  14. I have completely completed the game so ask me any questions(except about waluigi)

  15. Pipsqueak737 // August 28, 2013 at 8:48 am // Reply

    How do you unlock Waluigi?

    • I have been searching for 3 years and completed the game without cheats and Waluigi is not in the game. He wasn’t even created until 3 years after the games release and his name does not appear in the coding of the game anywhere.

  16. What is the white door? What does it give you?

    • The white door gives you one secret star after you catch all of the white bunnies with Mario😀😉😜easy right😉

  17. ShrewManChew // July 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm // Reply

    I have been researching for some time and have concluded that you can not get waluigi :-( i know it is sad but it is true.

  18. how do you unlock Luigi & Wario? And how do you defeat Bowser on Bowser in the Sky?

  19. Lol,you’ll have to get EVERY SINGLE star and beat the last Bowser in this order to unlock that cannon.

  20. To potato:you need to have 10-12 stars if you want to earn the flying cap.

  21. As Mario, go into the panting of yourself.Then, go into the pit with Goomboss.If you punch him, a Red Musroom will appear. Grab it and brawl him to defeat!

  22. I have an exellent tip for getting Behind Chain-Chomp’s Gate. First enter Bob-omb Battlefield (as Wario). Then, ground-pound the trapped Chain-Chomp’s stake once. The Chain Chomp will grant accces to the Star behind him. Then jump up and grab it!

  23. Here’s how to get 50+ 1ups. Use Wario to smash 1/2 black bricks. It will reval a red mushroom .Walk through the mushroom. Finally, in your new form, run through the nearby moles. P.S.: Do this after you pass by the platforms at Tall,Tall Mountain with the red coins on them.

  24. How does the lakitu in the mirror room help you as Toad says?

    • If you look, there is a painting in the mirror on the left side. In the real world, it isn’t there. LONG STORY SHORT jump into the wall on the left.

  25. How do you activate the switch in the DS version? Games Guru’s suggestion doesn’t work.

    • To potato,
      Games Guru’s suggestion DOES work on SM64 DS, but it WON’T work if you’re Yoshi. You need to defeat Goomboss and unlock Mario.

    • ShrewManChew // February 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm // Reply

      Go to the front of the castle and stand on the thing that looks like a Sun if there is light then look to see where it is coming from it should teleport you to a secret level you can either get all red coins or fly down to the bottom piller and hit the red switch. To get back up talk to the bom-omb and it will reveal a cannon.

  26. How do you save? I can’t save my game

  27. ShrewManChew // January 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm // Reply

    step one for getting waluigi: you have to have 150 stars and select Mario as your character.

    • Mario bro # 3 // January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am // Reply

      Then what?

      • ShrewManChew // February 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm //

        I am working on it I have had some restrictions and need some more time and since I don’t actually have the game but have played it so I am relying on the internet for advice so please tell me if it works.

  28. ShrewManChew // January 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm // Reply

    you can get waluigi.

  29. How to get Mario?

  30. Complete 100%

  31. How to get Mario?Stuck with Yoshy.P.S.Did you no Yoshy stands for Yoshyko?

    • coolguy19755 // January 7, 2013 at 7:42 am // Reply

      You have to get 8 power stars then you go to the rec room and open the door. Jump into the painting with Mario. Get to the giant Goomba (Goomboss) and defeat him. You get the key with a red cap on it. Go to the swiching room and unlock the desired door.

  32. coolguy19755 // December 4, 2012 at 7:38 am // Reply

    Hey guys, I just got Super Mario 64 for my DSi, so I’m new. If you can give me any tips, glitches, etc., I’ll be happy.

  33. Super Mario player // December 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm // Reply

    When you are in the file selection screen, look to the castle pillar on the far right. There is a hole there that is not in the actual game. Do you guys think that this could be a clue for Waluigi? If I find out more, I will let you know.

  34. Super Mario 64 is Awesome !

  35. my freand said there was a switch that actavated the canon by the pond and defeated the game ihave never seen it

  36. wheres the green switch

    • The green switch is not in sm64ds it is only in sm64 original. So if you are looking for it you will never find it. The green switch was for Mario to hit so he could turn invisible. The new ds version has Luigi in it so you don’t need the green switch only the red switch.

  37. DERP A HERP // July 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm // Reply

    how do u get the baby to the mom in cool cool mountan?!? i reely need help!!!

    • well,first you first grab the little penguin when you first enter the level slide down the snow cross the bridge and the mom SHOULD be on the other side I have this game for wii its fun.

  38. you said you could see a star in warios painting with invisible power but i dont

    • ShrewManChew // February 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm // Reply

      Go through the glass wall into the door in the back it will be a white Room with a star

    • ShrewManChew // February 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm // Reply

      In tall tall mountain then go backwards and walk on the skinny platform at the end there is a 1-UP and to get to the top of the mountain quickly climb the tree and an owl will come out and take you in the air hit the jump button to get released.

  39. Bowser 3000 // July 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    I found an Unlimited 1 up trick.
    Go to Hazy Maze Cave. There, find the moles, and jump on them for a 1 up. Go to another room and return. Repeat.

  40. help wnted // June 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm // Reply

    how do you get on boo’s balcony

    • coolguy19755 // December 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm // Reply

      Playing as Mario, go to the 2nd floor and go through the rightmost door and go on the platform. Triple jump and you will be on a higher platform. Go through the door and go the big door. Defeat the Boo and get the star by floating up there.

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