Purple Coin

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This article is about the collectible item from the Super Mario Galaxy games. For information about the purple-colored coins from Mario Hoops 3-on-3, see Slot Coin.
Purple Coin
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A Purple Coin from Super Mario Galaxy.
Description
A circular purple coin.

First Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)

Purple Coins are special Coins that first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy. They only appear in the major galaxies when a Purple Comet is in orbit of a Galaxy. Unlike regular coins, these coins do not restore any of the player's health, or refill the air gauge while underwater.

History[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Purple coin challenge in Toy Time Galaxy.

The player always needs to collect 100 Purple Coins to make a Power Star appear. In missions with a time limit, the Purple Coins are sometimes set along a linear path. Other times, more than 100 Purple Coins are scattered in a big area, but the player has to get just 100 coins. Additionally, once the Power Star appears, it has to be grabbed before the remaining time runs out.

In missions that are not timed, the Purple Coins are spread out across the level, requiring the player to explore every area in order to find them all.

There are two Purple Coin missions that are not activated by a Purple Comet. One is in the Gateway Galaxy and another in the Grand Finale Galaxy.

All of the timed Purple Coin missions have a background music that is a remix of Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme. The Purple Coin missions of the Battlerock and Dreadnought Galaxies have the same music, even if the missions do not have time limits. This is because Mario collects Purple Coins set in a linear path while riding on moving platforms, and he can't get any coins left behind since the platforms won't backtrack.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario collects purple coins at Tall Trunk Galaxy.

Purple Coins re-appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They still appear in Comet missions, but with a small change: the timer stops once the requirements are met. In the Rolling Coaster Galaxy, a Purple Coin will be in a ball, replacing the Star Ball. This is called a Purple Coin Ball. In this game, Player 2 can collect Purple Coins for Player 1 along with regular Coins.

Super Mario Galaxy Trading Card description[edit]

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Purple Coins are special coins that only appear when a Purple Comet is in orbit of a galaxy. Mario must travel to each of these galaxies, collecting 100 purple coins in each one in order to reveal the Power Star that is hidden there.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Moneda púrpura Purple coin

Trivia[edit]

  • Purple Coins were originally going to appear in Super Mario World, but became unused in the final version. They act like normal coins, but if a blue P-Switch is used, these coins turn into pink Blocks but still act like coins.
  • Mario can spin next to Purple Coins to attract them to him and automatically collect them. This can only be done underwater, as Flying Mario or as Bee Mario.