Bowser in the Sky

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Bowser in the Sky
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How to unlock Opening 70 Power Stars (80 in DS remake) Star Door. 
Boss(es) Bowser 
Level(s) Super Mario 64
8 Red Coins

Super Mario 64 DS
8 Red Coins
Switch Star of Bowser in the Sky 
Stars Super Mario 64:
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Super Mario 64 DS:
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Map of Bowser in the Sky in Super Mario 64 DS.

Bowser in the Sky is the third and final Bowser stage in Super Mario 64 and the last level of the game. Mario travels through platforms in the sky until he reaches a Warp Pipe leading to a final fight against Bowser to save Princess Peach and the Toads in Princess Peach's Castle. The stage also contains enemies such as Chuckyas and Goombas.

70 Power Stars (80 in Super Mario 64 DS) is require to reach the top of the endless stairs, or the staircase will repeat itself. However, a glitch that can be used to get up the stairs without the required stars.

Bowser in the Sky is one of only three levels in Super Mario 64 DS that only one certain character can access, as Bowser will only allow Mario to enter this level. The others are Chief Chilly Challenge for Luigi, and The Secret Under the Moat for Wario.

Battle[edit]

Mario fighting Bowser in Super Mario 64.
The same fight, as seen in Super Mario 64 DS.

The battle against Bowser is similar to the last few fights, but there are many changes. Unlike the previous battles when the player had four mines (eight in the remake), this battle has five. When Bowser slams the ground, shock waves will appear, and they'll damage Mario if he touches them. He retains the fire attacks from the previous battles and can also breathe a stream of fire into the air, which will fall back down a several fireballs. The last difference is that Bowser has to take damage from three mines before admitting defeat. On a side note, when Bowser takes damage from two mines, he'll shake the battlefield, causing it to form a star-like shape; this makes the third throw require much more power and timing than the first two. Additionally, each time Bowser is damaged, it becomes easier for Mario to grab Bowser's tail without having to bait him into performing the charge attack. After the third hit, Bowser will give Mario the Giant Star. When he touches it, wings will form, allowing him to fly and land in the castle grounds, where Peach and two Toads (Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi in the DS version) are waiting for him. Mario will release Peach from above the door entrance, who bakes a cake for her heroes, and then the credits roll.

Levels[edit]

Star 1[edit]

Map of the battle area.
An upper level, from the DS version.

As with the previous Bowser levels, a Power Star can be obtained by collecting the eight Red Coins found throughout the level. The Power Star will then appear behind the Warp Pipe that leads to Bowser.

Star 2 (DS only)[edit]

Below the first set of platforms that rotate much like a Ferris wheel is a large stone platform. At one end is a Star Switch. Upon pressing it, the player must backtrack a fair bit in order to collect the Power Star.

Secrets[edit]

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  • The statues before the pipe at the end of the level show a depiction of Mario jumping over a Fireball near Bowser, in the old Super Mario Bros. style.[1]
  • Like the other Bowser stage Stars, the secret Stars in this level are shown under the "Castle Secret Star" count.
  • Upon his defeat, Bowser's message to the player will differ depending on whether or not all the game's Power Stars have been collected:
Game Bowser's Message Prior to Collection of All Power Stars Bowser's Message After Collection of All Power Stars
Super Mario 64 Nooo! It can’t be! You’ve really beaten me, Mario?!! I gave those troops power, but now it’s fading away! Arrgghh! I can see peace returning to the world! I can’t stand it! Hmmm… It’s not over yet… C’mon troops! Let’s watch the ending together! Bwa ha ha! Noooo! You’ve really beaten me this time, Mario! I can’t stand losing to you! My troops…worthless! They’ve turned over all the Power Stars! What?! There are 120 in all??? Amazing! There were some in the castle that I missed??!! Now I see peace returning to the world… Oooo! I really hate that! I can’t watch--I’m outta here! Just you wait until next time. Until then, keep that Control Stick smokin'! Buwaa ha ha!
Super Mario 64 DS Nooo! It can’t be! You’ve really beaten me, Mario?!! I gave those troops power, but now it’s fading away! Arrgghh! I can see peace returning to the world! I can’t stand it! But it’s not over yet… C’mon troops! Let’s watch the ending together! Gwa ha ha! Noooo! You’ve really beaten me this time, Mario! I can’t stand always losing to you! My troops… worthless! They’ve turned over all the Power Stars! Wait, say that again. There are 150 Stars in all??? What?! There were some in the castle that I missed??!! Now I see peace returning to the world… I really hate that! It’s so horrible I can’t watch. I’m outta here! Just you wait until next time. Until then, keep that Touch Screen smokin’! Gwa ha haaaaaaa!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てんくうのたたかい!
Tenkū no tatakai!
Celestial Showdown!
Spanish Bowser en el Cielo Bowser in the Sky
French Bowser des cieux Bowser of skies
German Bowsers Luftschloss Bowser's Aircastle
Italian Bowser in Cielo Bowser in the Sky
Korean 천공의대결
Cheongong ui Daegyeol
Sky Battle

Trivia[edit]

  • This course contains the 1 Whomp that isn't in Whomp's Fortress.
  • Even though seven Goombas are seen in this level, there is actually an eighth Goomba, but its spawn point is off the edge of the platform. This results in the Goomba appearing at the very bottom of the level for a single frame and then disappearing. This makes the coin inside of said Goomba impossible to collect.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Youtube - Super Mario 64: Super Mario Bros. Easter Egg
  2. ^ pannenkoek2012 (April 6, 2014). SM64 - The Mystery Goomba SOLVED. Youtube. Retrieved March 23, 2016.