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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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28 Comments on Super Mario 64

  1. Can anyone tell me how to get on to big boo’s balcony?

  2. My friend told me that the makers of the game intended for that to happen, but I not to sure of that.Oh yeah, if you didn’t know, on the clock level, if you jump into it at exactly noon, the clock parts in the level will stop moving.

  3. i’ve never seen waligi but if you think it is the door next to wario thats white it has a star and to get in you need to find all the white rabbits.

    • smartdude404 // December 20, 2009 at 9:07 am // Reply

      On DS version, no. Only a star is in that door. You need cheats to ulock him and he acts like Luigi.

      • You mean to unlock Waluigi? Oh you made a spelling error too.

      • smartdude404 // December 20, 2009 at 9:19 am //

        Oh I didn’t make myself clear. “On DS version, no ( As in you can’t get Waluigi ). Only a star is in that ( white ) door. You need cheats to unlock him ( Waluigi )and he ( Waluigi ) acts like Luigi.”

  4. were are you supposed to get 30 stars to beat the last bowser

  5. Red Poke'oopa: Riolu // November 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm // Reply

    Did anyone c my L2401 and Waligi answers?

  6. pokefreak6464 // November 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm // Reply

    I finally beat bowser in the sky!!!!!!!!!

  7. B flat Clarinet // November 21, 2009 at 7:24 am // Reply

    the most coins I’ve gotten on courses
    Bob-omb: 140
    Whomps fort: 180
    wet dry: 156

  8. There is a glitch on the WiiWare version (it might be on the 64 and the DS versions,but since I have’nt played them,I don’t know.) Anyways, you know when you dive under water, your health gauge seems to double as Mario’s oxygen meter, the longer you are underwater, the more it depletes, but when you surface, his health bar goes all the way to full, you can also just step into deep water to have it replenish health.

  9. Red Poke'oopa: Riolu // November 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    OK…2 things:

    1.(N64) L is real 2401 means 2/4/01 (Paper Mario release date)

    2.(DS) Chef Chilly represents Waligi

    …Just FYI+my hypotheses on the answer to the rumors.🙂

  10. i know where waluigi is! // November 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm // Reply

    i have him but i don’t know how i got him my brother got him but i do know that you don’t go in a painting to get him i got everyone else without a painting that’s all i know

  11. This is a glich that can make Mario hold his hat in his hand(it may not work in the ds version).Go to shifting Sand land and let Klepto the condor steal your hat.Jump on him so he will drop it,but do not put it on.Go to the tree close to you and find the teleport.You should be warped to the corner.Teleport back and get your hat.It should appear on Mario’s hand.

  12. Toad will also give you a few stars. You can find him in different places around the castle. Also there are a couple of bunnies running around the castle with each different person. I myself have 148 stars on the DS version.

  13. To get all 150 stars on the DS version you must get 7 stars in all of the coarses where it is possible and you must also get 100 coins in every coarse. There are also a couple of castle secret stars.

  14. This is my favorite game on both versions. DS and 64. On DS i have 148 stars i know what the last two are but they are really hard.

  15. i love this game

  16. hey jcow93 im with you what isit!?!?!?!?!?

  17. omg got this game the real one for the 64 this is like my favorite game

  18. 1230,please tell me where to get wario on the DS?

  19. The game is going to be so awesome! I can/t wait to play the game!

  20. in the DS version, when your’re yoshi,if you hit a ? box, YOU CAN BREATH FIRE!

  21. how do you get to the balcony?

  22. AR is AWESOME // October 24, 2009 at 10:09 am // Reply

    Why won’t anyone answer my AR question?

  23. I don’t understand the point of the cannon in SM64DS.In the N64 version,when you get all stars,a cannon would open and if you shoot to the roof you will find a wing cap, a few mushrooms and Yoshi.Yoshi would give you 99 lives.In the DS version,Yoshi would not be there(unless you are him).

  24. [This is actually an answer for Moneyman]

    To get to the top of the mansion in Big Boos Haunt:

    Go to the second floor and go through the door on the right. If you look around in this room, you will see a second balcony. Wall kick up there If you go out the door to the balcony, there will be another big boo you will need to Butt slam him 3 times, then long jump across and climb the roof to get to the star

  25. Can You Actually Get Waluigi

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