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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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76 Comments on Super Mario 64

  1. how do you get the flight cap and a personality flower

  2. are we talking about the original or DS????????

  3. the destroyer // May 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm // Reply


  4. which room in the castle is big boo’s haunt?

  5. How do you get to the painting with luigi in it

  6. How do u defeat bowser in the water level

  7. i completed the game. its so easy infact i could start all over again and finish it in a week or less

  8. i can not beat goompboss

  9. Does anyone know what happens after I ground pound the tower with water at the top in the tiny area of Tiny-Huge Island in the DS version?

  10. How do you beat the Big Boo’s Balcony course?

  11. To get wario go into the room with a mirror for a wall,then use luigi`s power up and go onto the other side of the mirror then find a picture of wario which is to your right and jump in.

  12. Ok, there are two versions of this game. One is for the Nintendo DS and one is for the Nintendo 64.
    64: You can only play as Mario.
    There are 120 stars.
    Yoshi is there but you have to get all of the stars and shoot yourself in a cannon on to the roof.
    DS: You can play as Mario, Yoshi, Luigi and Wario
    There is no Waluigi.
    There are 150 stars

  13. pacman_better_than_yoshi // October 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm // Reply

    (I discourage using this because you could damage the system)On the game,try tilting the N64 cartridge and Mario will be disfigured!

  14. pacman_better_than_yoshi // October 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm // Reply

    at the end of the game (64 version) use a cannon (i forgot where) go to castle roof and you will find yoshi

  15. supershoot999 // October 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm // Reply

    in the DS version,how do u get past snowmans lost his head? any ansers tell me:P

    • Find the snowball on a base near the cottage when you first enter the course and talk to him. Then lead him to the snowman who has lost his body. The snowball will hit the snowman’s head and become one big snowman. After you do this, the snowman will give you your star.

  16. How would we have a Nintendo 64

    • I don’t know but you can buy this game off of the Wii shop channel (but you have to have a Gamecube remote or classic controler to play it)

  17. stundnt in perl // October 9, 2011 at 8:22 am // Reply

    hey gamer where is the swich

    • First, enter the castle, then stand on the sun carpet and press x to look at the bright light above you.( You must have 15 stars). After you have done that you will enter a secret level where you must land on the center of the rainbow tower and find a red switch with a ? on it. Ground pound it and you will be able to hit the red ?. 🙂

  18. stundnt in perl // October 9, 2011 at 8:19 am // Reply

    my freind thinks that on ds their is 200 stars is this true

  19. If you want to unlock the cannon outside you have to get a file that has 150 stars and it will be open. If you have found the secret switch and you use the cannon to blast to the roof you will find that there is a red secret box behind the part of the roof that holds the painting.

  20. to get mario get 8 stars and find the door that has a 8 on it, beat the boss, and you get mario.

    luigi is in big boos haunt somewhere.

    wario is up stairs in the mirror room. yu have to get luigi to get him.

    waliluigi is a hack. you cannot get him without action replay.

  21. mariomaster // August 2, 2011 at 6:40 am // Reply

    Is waluigi in theds one if it tell me cause i whant to know and I 63stars i like it when mario turns into a ballon because some foes can’t get you.

  22. mariomaster // August 2, 2011 at 6:23 am // Reply

    how do you get wario.I got mario but how do you get luigi and wario

    • pacman_better_than_yoshi // August 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm // Reply

      Sorry, that only works on ds. No Luigi or Wario.

    • You can get Luigi after you beat Go On A Ghost Hunt. Then, go to big Boo’s Haunt and go to the room with the Boo painting and the bookshelf. Boos will come out, and one of them will have a Luigi hat.

      I don’t know how to get Wario, I’m so sorry.

      • Go upstairs as Luigi and get a Power Flower. Then run through the mirror & enter Wario’s Painting. When you get to the end, you’ll battle Chief Chilly. Punch him off 3 times & his key is yours.

      • I know how to get wario!!! If, IF have Luigi,(awsome!) go into the third flore and you will find three flowers. Grab one and you can go thru the mirrer.There you can go into the Wario panting, or go into the mirrer’s door. There you can find a star! ;D

  23. how to you get the cannon

  24. @D$CR@ZY: It takes timing but u have to spin him fast, and then let go, but try to do it just as you see him in front of the bomb.

  25. webelos 149 // June 24, 2011 at 9:33 am // Reply

    how do you get the first star on tick tock clock

  26. stundnt in perl // June 14, 2011 at 10:35 am // Reply

    for more go to super mario 64 how get lugi

  27. stundnt in perl // June 14, 2011 at 10:33 am // Reply

    if you get `120 stars you can get lugi

  28. Are you talking about Super Mario 64[the original] or Super Mario 64 ds

  29. i won that game and it is good!

  30. stundnt in perl // June 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm // Reply

    how do get to the 3rd floor at boosballcane

  31. I have the original 64 and I have to say, the final level leading up to bowser is really fun! 😉

  32. I got the game from ebay, and got all the way to where you fight Bowser the 3rd time. I swung him into 2 bombs, but then he bangs his chest like Donkey Kong and is impossible to defeat! I tried swinging him into the bombs again, but the circle turned into a star shape, so I can’t hit him on the bombs, they’re to far away!So I tried to throw him off the platform like 20 times but it’s useless. How do I defeat him? please anyone write back.

  33. jonbuddy1 // May 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm // Reply

    I have the original Nintendo 64 and its so HARD!!!!! 😦

  34. I bought the ds version with action replay and I’m still waiting for it to come. is it any good? please write back.

  35. how much does it cost.

  36. You can collect a star for 100 coins in each of the 15 courses. Oh, in Tiny Huge Island, How do you get the Monkey Cage? I only have Super Mario 64 for the Wii. It is so fun!!!!!!

  37. What “ring hoop stories”, mariomaster

  38. cpt. falcon // March 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    how do you unlock luigi and wario in the DS version?

  39. To get Waluigi, you ned to press the A button when you see a star. Do this for all 150 and you’ll find him in tick tock clock. press A for the 151st time when you see him and you’ll turn into him.

  40. Fan of Super Mario Bros. 3 // March 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm // Reply

    There are many tricks I will have to try on this page.

  41. mariomaster // March 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm // Reply

    Hey, does anybody know how to get Waluigi? I have heard the black box, l is real, and ring hoop stories. Are any of these stories real? If not, write in and tell me how you get Waluigi!

  42. I found a new glitch(Action Replay needed)! Make anyone sleep until laying on the ground. Then, moon jump while their still asleep, and Whala, jump while sleeping!!!!!
    Cool huh?

  43. I have 150 stars, and to anyone, this might help: after you get Luigi, go to the big boo battle. Then, with Luigi, get the power flower, ten run to the boo painting where, on the touch screen, is a star. If your fast enough(Action Replay code ” L+up to sprint might help),you will find yourself in a small room with a star. That one was my last star.

  44. Here’s a hint: Start the game. Jump into the picture with P. Peach (Princess Peach) on the top of the castle. You will come out, but a bunch of Boos (the little ghost guys) will be surounding you. Run over to the big Boo. Punch him (if you are Mario) and he will unlock a cage. Mario will get sucked into the cage and it will take you to Big Boo’s Haunt. This is a tip for everyone! You’re welcome!

  45. zombies on your lawnd // February 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    the l is real 2000 something is not real its fake

  46. Halaswisscheese // February 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm // Reply

    Do I want to buy this game on virtual console?

  47. Is Purple Prizes real?

  48. supermariofan // February 1, 2011 at 9:12 am // Reply

    I love it brings back memories

  49. To get wario go into his painting in the mirror on the second floor using luigi

  50. I forgot to tell you its only for the DS version.

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