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SUPER MARIO 64--NINTENDO 64

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***About Super Mario 64***
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Super Mario 64 is one of Nintendo's greatest masterpieces. Starring Mario, the
internationally famed Italian plumber, this game puts you into a totally
3-dimensional environment. The importance: this game is the first to do so.
Released in September of 1996, this was the FIRST 3d platform game in history,
and arguably one of the best.

My review of this revolutionary game (also found in gamefaqs.com) will give you
more background on Super Mario 64.

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designed to help the player through every aspect of Super Mario 64 without
revealing critical plot points, speculations, or other spoilers in the game.
Anything unneeded in the FAQ is not included.

When you're stuck in an area in the game, just check out the appropriate
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***Walkthrough***
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Go into the castle after you start the game. Note: You must have some prior
knowledge about the game (techniques, etc) to understand my writing. Only one
way of getting a star is written.

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Course 1: Bob-omb Battlefield
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Location: 
First floor of castle, left side, blank star door.

Star 1: Big Bob-omb On The Summit 
Make your way to the top of the mountain and beat the Big Bob-omb. Beat him by 
throwing him three times in the arena.
 
Star 2: Footrace With Koopa The Quick 
Beat Koopa in a race to the top of the mountain. Go up in to the hole in the 
mountain base to your left to warp almost to the top.

Star 3: Shoot To The Island In The Sky 
Run straight ahead, up the bridge, and to the cannon on the big mound. Shoot 
towards the floating island (the Bob-omb Buddy at the start opens the cannons).

Star 4: Find The 8 Red Coins
There is a coin on the floating island, two by the posts after the toppling 
bridge, one on a steep slope after the gate, two near Chain Chomp, one by the 
elevators, and one below the bridge/gate.

Star 5: Mario Wings In The Sky 
Go to the floating island with the Wing Cap and shoot out of it to get all five
center coins in the coin rings. The star will appear by the red coin star.

Star 6: Behind Chain Chomp's Gate 
Stomp the post that Chain Chomp is chained to three times.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Kill all enemies, get all red coins, and fly for the coins in the sky. You can 
also get extra coins by running around posts five times.
 
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Course 2: Whomp's Fortress
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Location: 
First floor of castle, right side, "1" star door. 
 
Star 1: Chip Off Whomps Block 
Walk to the top of the fortress, and fight the Whomp. Stomp his back after he 
has tried to fall to do damage. Do this three times.

Star 2: To The Top Of The Fortress 
Go to where you fought the Whomp King, and climb to the top of the tower. 

Star 3: Shoot Into The Wild Blue 
Launch yourself out of the cannon twards the platform under the observation 
pole. Talk to the Bob-omb Buddy first.

Star 4: Red Coins On The Floating Isle 
There are two coins on the floating islands (kick the long board), two by 
Pirahna Plants, one on the rotating platform, one underneath it, one on top of 
a Thwomp, and one above the shifting stones with faces. 

Star 5: Fall On To The Caged Island 
Jump in to the tree at the start to release an owl. Grab him and fly up. Go 
over the caged island and watch your shadow. Drop down. 

Star 6: Blast Away The Wall 
Shoot out of the cannon towards the corner of the brick wall on the right of 
the spinning board. You will reveal the star. Shoot back up to get it.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Be sure to kill all Pirahna Plants, get all red coins. There is also a blue
coin box around the corner from the cannon. 

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Course 3: Jolly Roger Bay
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Location: 
First floor of castle, right side, "3" star door.

Star 1: Plunder The Sunken Ship 
Go down to a sunken ship. an eel is blocking the entrance. Surface, and go down 
again. Go in. There are four chests inside. Open the far one first (the one on 
a ledge), then go clockwise. 

Star 2: Can The Eel Come Out And Play? 
Lure the eel out of his new hole in the wall by the ship. The star is on his 
tail. It's easiest to get it when he is going back in to the hole.
 
Star 3: Treasure of the ocean cave 
By the ship, go to a cave deep in the water. Go through it to find four chests.
Open the farthest one first, followed by the left one, then the right one, and
finally, the front one.

Star 4: Red Coins On The Ship Afloat 
There are 4 coins in clams, one behind the Bob-omb Buddy, and three on the
floating ship (shoot from the cannon Bob-omb Buddy activates).

Star 5: Blast To The Stone Pillar 
Blast out of the cannon to the leftmost stone pillar. Aim above the pillar and 
you will grab it. Jump to the platform to your left with the star. 

Star 6: Through The Jet Stream 
Get the Metal Cap and dive down to get the star in the jet stream.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Find the blue coin box in the ocean cave, and get all the other coins.

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Course 4: Cool, Cool Mountain
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Location:
First floor of castle, left side, "3" star door.

Star 1: Slip Slidin' Away 
Climb into the chimney at the start. Slide down and complete the track.

Star 2: Li'l Penguin Lost 
Above the chimney at the start, there is a baby penguin. Carry him down to his 
mother, at the other end of the slide cabin.

Star 3: Big Penguin Race 
Go in the chimney again. You have to beat the penguin in a race to get the 
star, without using any shortcuts.

Star 4: Frosty Slide For 8 Red Coins 
Two coins are on top of trees, one by an ice block off a bridge, two by the 
snowman's head, two on broken bridges, and one in the corner of the penguin 
mother. Do a long jump to the star.

Star 5: Snowman's Lost His Head 
Go to where the baby penguin was and slide down the left side to a snowman's 
body. Go down the hill with it. 

Star 6: Wall Kicks Will Work 
Shoot from the cannon (the Bomb-omb Buddy is by the lift) across a gap and go 
across a narrow path. Wall Kick to where the star is.
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Star 7: 100 Coins 
Go through the slide, get coins there, get all red coins, and slide down the 
mountain. Kill all enemies possible.

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Course 5: Big Boo's Haunt
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Location: Castle courtyard with 12 stars, inside cage by defeating ghost.

Star 1: Go On A Ghost Hunt 
Punch all the Boos, and punch a Big Boo that appears three times.

Star 2: Ride Big Boo's Merry-go-round 
Go to a shack outside, and follow the maze into a Merry-go-round. Kill Boos 
until a Big Boo appears, and kill him too.

Star 3: Secret Of The Haunted Books 
Go upstairs into a room where books fly across at you. There are three books 
sticking out at the end. Hit the top, the bottom, then the middle in order.

Star 4: Seek The 8 Red Coins 
Red coins are inside three rooms of the first floor and three rooms of the 
second floor.

Star 5: Big Boos Balcony 
Go to the second floor and the rightmost door. Wall Kick up to the balcony and 
defeat Big Boo. Long Jump to the roof and climb it to get the star. 

Star 6: Eye To Eye In The Secret Room 
Get to the balcony wearing a Vanish Cap. Wall Kick to the balcony and go into 
the Boo's picture. Run around the eyeball inside.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Kill all the enemies (11 Boos = 55 coins), and get the blue coin box.

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Course 6: Hazy Maze Cave
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Location: Basement, after passage, empty star door.
 
Star 1: Swimming Beast In The Cavern 
Go to the underground lake and get on the beast's back. Stomp it and go on his 
head. Steer him to the center island.

Star 2: Elevate for 8 red coins 
All the coins are amassed in the elevator area. Some are inside boxes above.

Star 3: Metal Head Mario Can Move 
Get the Metal Cap by the underground lake. Run down following the path to the 
switch. Stand on the switch. Do two long jumps after going through the gate.

Star 4: Navigating The Toxic Maze 
Find a ledge above the toxic in the hazy maze. Jump up, and follow the path.

Star 5: A-maze-ing Emergency Exit 
Face the hole to star 4 in the maze. Now go right. Backflip in to the other 
hole that is there. Swing on the bars above the black hole. Go rightwards on
the bars to the star.

Star 6: Watch For Rolling Rocks 
Go to the door to the underground lake. Wall Kick up the walls to the high 
platform on the right.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
There are blue coins in the maze, plus a bunch of coins from enemies. Also get 
the red coins.

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Course 7: Lethal Lava Land
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Location: Basement, after passage, fire picture. 

Star 1: Boil The Big Bully 
Go to the Big Bully. Knock him into the lava by jumping on his head.

Star 2: Bully The Bullies 
Get to the island past where the first star was. Knock the Bullies in to the 
lava, and another Big Bully will appear. Defeat him.

Star 3: 8 Coin Puzzle With 15 Pieces 
The coins are all on the puzzle of Bowser.

Star 4: Red Hot Log Rolling 
Warp to a Wing Cap by standing under the eye. Fly around the cage to the right, 
and roll on the log.

Star 5: Hot Foot It Into The Volcano 
Go into the volcano to the right of the start and make your way to the top,
avoiding the enemies. 

Star 6: Elevator Tour In The Volcano 
Go in the volcano and ride the elevators up to the top. Climb some poles and 
floating platforms to go the rest of the way up. 

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Use the shell (select star 5 or 6), and surf the lava to find coins. Kill all 
the enemies. You can go in the volcano for more coins. 

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Course 8: Shifting Sand Land
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Location: Basement. after passage, dead end wall. 

Star 1: In The Talons Of The Big Bird 
Look for the giant bird flying around. Go up one of the pillars and wait for 
the bird. When it comes near, grab the star.

Star 2: Shining Atop The Pyramid 
Ascend to the top of the pyramid. The star is inside a hole at the top. 

Star 3: Inside The Ancient Pyramid 
Go inside the pyramid. Make your way to the top, avoiding the enemies.

Star 4: Stand Tall On The Four Pillars 
Stand on every pillar outside the pyramid. Go in the hole on top of the 
pyramid. Ride the lift down into a hallway. Then, beat Eyerock by hitting the 
eyes on his hands three times each. 

Star 5: Free Flying for 8 red coins 
At the start, turn around and get the coin. Smash the box under the stone roof.
There are four coins in the air, one in the maze, and one by the water.

Star 6: Pyramid Puzzle 
Follow Star 3 directions. Right before the star, Go in a hole in the barrier 
around the platform. Fall on three platforms below you. Jump into the stream of
sand and get the two coins going down. 

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Kill all enemies and get all the red coins outside, then go into the pyramid 
and get the rest.

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Course 9: Dire, Dire Docks
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Location: Basement, before passage, big star door. 
 
Star 1: Board Bowser's Sub 
Get into the second cavern by going under. Hit the purple switch to make the 
blocks appear and get on the submarine.
 
Star 2: Chests In The Current 
There are four chests at the base of the whirlpool. Open them in this order: 
The one to the clam's left, the one across the ocean from the first, the one to
the clam's right, and the one near the whirlpool.

Star 3: Pole Jumping For Red Coins 
The coins are all above Bowser's sub. Hit the purple switch and climb the other
steps (to your left). Then jump on poles and platforms for the coins.
 
Star 4: Through The Jet Stream 
There are rings coming from a jet stream by the submarine. Go through five 
rings in a row and use a Metal Cap to get the star. 

Star 5: The Manta Ray's Reward 
A manta ray is swimming around the start with rings coming out behind it. Swim 
through five rings consecutively.

Star 6: Collect The Caps 
Go to the where the Caps are. Get both Caps and go down through the underwater 
cage where the star is. 

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Get all the red coins and the blue coin box near them. Get the coin rings too. 
There are some coins by the dock.

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Course 10: Snowman's Land
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Location: Second floor, mirror room left side.

Star 1: Snowmans Big Head 
Get to the top of the snowman using a variety of techniques. To get past the 
snowmans mouth, Ride on top of the penguin by flipping on its head.

Star 2: Chill With The Bully 
Knock the Ice Bully off his platform by jumping on his head several times.

Star 3: In The Deep Freeze 
Go in to the big ice block by the start. Do a backflip to the top of it, and 
fall down the other hole.

Star 4: Whirl From The Freezing Pond 
Find a Spindrift close to the cold water. Jump on its head and float over the 
water to a high area.
 
Star 5: Shell Shreddin' for red coins 
Use the shell (see star 4) to collect all the coins. There are six on the snow 
and two under the Big Bully. 

Star 6: Into the Igloo 
Get the shell and go up the steep slope with a line of coins. crawl in to the 
igloo. Get the vanish cap and make your way to the star. 

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Get all the coins in the igloo, all the red coins, and kill all the enemies.

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Course 11: Wet-Dry World
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Location: Second floor, Water Beetle painting. 

Star 1: Shocking Arrow Lifts 
touch the highest switch in the level by the start. Swim to where a yellow 
block is and hit it. 

Star 2: Top o' The Town 
Go as high as you can and walk across the long plank to the highest platform.

Star 3: Secrets In The Shallows And The Sky 
Push two blocks and hit three of the yellow blocks in the course by lowering 
and rising the water level. 

Star 4: Express Elevator-Hurry Up! 
Get the water all the way down and punch the block blocking the cage. Get up to
the top of the cage and ride the elevator downward. Quickly go in the cage and 
ride it back up.

Star 5: Go To Town For 8 Red Coins 
Backflip into the course. Swim to the cage with an arrow pointing down. Lower 
the water, and use some Wall Kicks to get the red coins.

Star 6: Quick Race Through Downtown 
Go downtown (star 5), get the Vanish Cap, and run into the cage on the other 
side of the level. Use Wall Kicks to reach the top. 

Star 7: 100 coins 
Kill all the enemies. Be sure to go downtown for red coins.

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Course 12: Tall, Tall Mountain
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Location: Second floor, Water Beetle painting.

Star 1: Scale The Mountain 
Go to the very top of the mountain. Be careful crossing narrow bridges.

Star 2: Mystery Of The Monkey Cage 
Go to the very top again and catch the monkey. He will open a cage for you with
the star.

Star 3: Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins 
Get all 8 red coins. There are 4 on the mushrooms, and 4 on the cliffs above 
the gophers.

Star 4: Mysterious Mountainside 
Jump in a wall of the mountain to get on a secret slide. Go to your right when 
the track splits. Go fast all the way to make it over some pits. The star is at
the end.

Star 5: Breathtaking View From The Bridge 
Go to the bridge where the monkey cage was. Go in a hole behind the waterfall. 

Star 6: Blast To The Lonely Mushroom 
Near the log rolling part of the mountain, jump onto a Shyguy and steer 
yourself to the mushroom with the star.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Get all the coins in the slide including three blue ones, kill the enemies, and
get the red coins.

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Course 13: Tiny-Huge Island
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Location: Second Floor, empty star door (two entrances).

Star 1: Pluck The Pirhana Flower 
Enter the course as Big Mario and go into the pipe after going left. Kill all 
the Pirhana Plants. 

Star 2: Tip Top Of The Huge Island 
Make your way to the top of the island as Small Mario.

Star 3: Rematch With Koopa The Quick 
Koopa the quick is waiting for you near the hole where the cannonballs roll out
as Small Mario. Beat him down the mountain. 

Star 4: Five Itty Bitty Secrets 
Find 5 secret spots as Big Mario. One is where the cannons come out, one by the
hole in the beginning, one by the enterance to the red coins (see star 5) one
above the cannon, and one at the very top.

Star 5: Wiggler's Red Coins 
As Small Mario, launch out of the cannon to the tree up above. Walk across the 
thin long plank and enter the cave. All of the coins are inside.

Star 6: Make Wiggler Squirm 
Go to the top of the mountain as Big Mario. Stomp the ground to make a hole. Go
back up as Small Mario and enter the hole. Stomp Wiggler three times.

Star 7: 100 Coins
When you are Small Mario, you can stomp the Goombas for a blue coin. Get all 
the red coins by Wiggler.

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Course 14: Tick Tock Clock
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Location: Third floor, clock's face at 12, 3, 6, or 9.

Star 1: Roll Into The Cage 
Easiest with gears stopped (12). Go up the clock and into a cage.

Star 2: The Pit And The Pendulums 
Easiest with gears stopped (12). Go a little farther than the first star, and 
Long Jump past the pendulums to the star.

Star 3: Get A Hand 
Easiest with gears slow (3). Go up farther than the second star to where the 
rotating hand is. Stand on it and let it rotate to where the star is. 

Star 4: Stomp On The Thwomp 
Easiest with gears slow (3). Go as far up as you can. Ride the second rotating 
hand (not star 3) to where the Thwomp is. Jump onto the top of the Thwomp and 
ride it to the star. 

Star 5: Timed Jumps On The Moving Bars 
Easiest with Gears slow (3). Above star 3, you will see three beams moving in 
and out of the wall. climb them to the star. 

Star 6: Stop Time For Red Coins 
Easiest with gears stopped (12). The coins are on the rotating platforms to the
right of the start.

Star 7: 100 Coins
Easiest with gears slow (3). Get all red coins possible. Be sure to get the 
blue coin switch by star 2. All the rest of the coins are easy to find.

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Course 15: Rainbow Ride
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Location: Third floor, right hole (wall kick).

Star 1: Cruiser Crossing The Rainbow 
Ride the magic carpets up to the floating ship, taking the left fork when the 
carpet's path splits. 

Star 2: The Big House In The Sky 
Do the same as star 1 except take the right side. Ride up to the house. 

Star 3: Coins Amassed In A Maze 
Go straight from the four spinning platforms. Wall Kick and Long Jump for all 
the red coins in the maze.

Star 4: Swingin' In The Breeze 
Long Jump to a pole behind you at the start. Go along the path, and take the 
left road when a fork appears. The star is by a swinging platform.

Star 5: Tricky Triangles! 
Follow Star 4 directions, and go right at the fork. Hit the purple switch, and 
make it up the triangle platforms.

Star 6: Somewhere Over The Rainbow 
Make your way to the floating ship (star 1) and shoot out of the cannon (Wall 
Kick above the blue coin switch to the Bob-omb Buddy) through the rainbow ring.

Star 7: 100 Coins 
Be sure to get all the blue coins where the Bob-omb Buddy is. Also get the red 
coins and the coins scattered throughout the course.

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Bowser Battles
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Bowser 1 

Location: First floor, big star door. Eight stars are needed.

Prize: The Basement Key.

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Bowser 2 

Location: Basement, big star door. Thirty stars are needed.

Prize: The Second Floor Key. 

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Bowser 3 

Location: Third floor, big star door. Seventy stars are needed. 

Prize: The Huge Star, Ending.

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Secret Stars
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Star 1: Princess Secret Slide 1
 
Star 2: Princess Secret Slide 2

Star 3: The Secret Aquarium - red coins

Star 4: Rabbit 1 

Star 5: Rabbit 2 

Star 6: Toad 1 

Star 7: Toad 2 
 
Star 8: Toad 3 

Star 9: Over The Rainbow - red coins

Star 10: Bowser 1 - red coins

Star 11: Bowser 2 - red coins

Star 12: Bowser 3 - red coins

Star 13: Green Switch - red coins

Star 14: Blue Switch - red coins

Star 15: Red Switch - red coins

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Cap Switches
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Red Switch
Get 10 stars. Look up to the light in the first floor. Drop straight down. Hit 
the Red Switch.

Blue Switch
Drain water from moat. Drop down to hole outside. Complete Switch course. Hit 
the Blue Switch.

Green Switch
Go to Hazy Maze Cave. Ride Sea Monster to high platform. Go into liquid. 
Complete Switch course. Hit the Green Switch.

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