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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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85 Comments on Super Mario 64

  1. i love mario its the funest

  2. hey if anybody needs help iv finished the whole game i wonder has the GAMES GURU finished the game if he hasent reply to me if you need help finishing this awsome game tip: if you know were the princess peach picture is don’t be a fool JUMP IN!

  3. Ask me anything!! You ready?? I even know how to unlock waligi!!!

  4. I have betin the whole game i know every secret!!!!! Feel free to ask quistins I know every thing!!!!!!!

  5. How in the heck are you supposed to get the fourth star on the first course?

    • If your talking about the flying one get mario and blast to the floating island get in the cannon herse
      the tricky part member those coin circles of coins? well aim directly in the miidle of the rings of coins and blast!! a number will appear for each middle coin you get. Enjoy!!

    • 5goldenrings // April 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm // Reply

      You’re talking about the Big Bob-Omb’s Revenge. You can’t complete this with Yoshi(unless you put on a cap). You need any one of the other characters. Run around him a couple times (but not too close) then press A to pick him up. Don’t throw him near the edge or the throw won’t count.

  6. yellow yoshi is stohi // February 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm // Reply

    If you lose on the vanish cap course (N64 and ds) you exit there.

  7. smartdude404 // February 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm // Reply

    Hey, dudes! I’m back and I’ve beaten the game. I have 151 stars ( Thanks to my Action Replay which I didn’t use to beat the game ) . I will give away tips and Action Replay codes only for the DS version. Ask away!

  8. Yoshiman, to activate the secret switch in the DS game, you need to get a few stars, and there will be a light in the foyer of the castle. look into it (as mario, since the other 3 just fall to the bottom) and fly to the platform at the bottom. Then, step on the red switch. You can also get a star here if you collect the 8 red coins.

  9. If anyone needs help with this game, I probably will be able to help.

  10. where is the secret switch for th ds version

  11. to get waluigi you need to have luigi in the castle there is a room with a gaint mirror there is flower power use it go through the mirror then there is a photo of him go through it win the level and then you get him and when you are in the mirror adventure in the mirror you can find something very usefull

  12. KOOPA TROOPA MASTER // January 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm // Reply

    fun my aunt has it

  13. oh great Games Guru, how do you get Toad in SM64 DS?

  14. (64 version)Red switch:Once you have 10 stars look up once you enter the castle. Blue switch:Drop the water and enter the hole to enter “Vanish cap under the moat”. Green switch:Head underground in Hazy Maze Cave and head straight. Enter the purple pool to access “Behind the waterfall.
    I don’t have the 64 version,but at least I know how to get to the cap switches.

  15. i am an ameteur but where do u go on the bomom level?

  16. smartdude404 // January 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm // Reply

    Hello.This is smartdude404’s answering machine. If you have a question about Super Mario 64 DS, please answer after the beep.


    • what the heck is the mirror room for?

      • smartdude404 // January 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm //

        Again, tell me if you have the DS version or not. If not, I can’t help you.

      • smartdude404 // January 17, 2010 at 8:11 am //

        OK pokemon409. I’m assuming you have the DS version, but if you don’t, ignore this. The mirror room has an invisible painting on the left wall. When you go there as Luigi, grab a Power Flower, go through the mirror, and go out the door. You will be in a blank room – with a secret star! Remember that Luigi painting? Well, when you go in the mirror and jump in the painting, it’s actually Wario’s! That is all the mirror room is for.

      • 5goldenrings // February 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm //

        For Pokemon409: The mirror room is where you enter Snowman’s Land (The blank wall on the left). Also, if you are Luigi, there are two Power Flowers on the pillars. Grab one of them, and you can go through the mirror. You can enter the Wario painting and try to rescue him, or you can get a Secret Star by going through the door in the mirror. You will be in a blank white room, and there will be a Star.

      • thewinner! // December 23, 2010 at 7:22 am //

        Get Luigi then get a Power Flower and go through the mirror and if you go through the door there’s a secret star.

      • superyoshi // November 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm //

        Well, you can unlock Wario in there…

    • in the ds version how do you activate the red ? blocks

    • HA!HA!HA! Looks Like were competing smartdude404!!!!! By the way, its a freindly compitishon.

  17. To pokemon409: That hole is the exit for the vanish cap course. To get to the vanish cap course, you go down the stairs, go right(as in right and left)through the curved hallway, go right again, then go right and find the doorway without the star on it. Go through the door, under the water, swim back out on the other side, ground pound on both pillars and the water will drain. Go through the door that was coverd with water, walk along the path, jump into the empty ring around the castle that was a moat, and you will find another hole. That is the hole to the vanish cap course.

  18. KOOPA TROOPA MASTER // January 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm // Reply

    this is the best game for n64

  19. Actualy, I figured it out you get the room w/ luigi, mirrior, luigi/wario painting. pLAY IT

  20. How do you unlock Wario ?

  21. You can’t get Waluigi. It was just Nintendo Power’s April Fools Day joke. The Eternal Star is a board in Mario Party.

  22. it is a secret star
    you need wario to punch it open

  23. smartdude404 // December 20, 2009 at 8:41 am // Reply

    Who needs to know how to get Wario?

    • ooooh! i do! i do! i do! i do! i do! i do!

      • smartdude404 // January 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm //


        When you go to the mirror room as Luigi,grab a Power Flower, go through the mirror, and go out the door. You will be in a blank room with a secret star. Remember that Luigi painting? Well, when you go in the mirror and jump in the painting, it’s actually Wario’s.

  24. smartdude404 // December 20, 2009 at 8:41 am // Reply

    Who needs to know how to ge Wario?

  25. Im not joking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I. Dont. See. Luigi. Anywhere!

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