Purple Switch

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A Purple Switch in Rainbow Ride.

Purple Switches[1] are a type of Exclamation Mark Switch found in Super Mario 64 and its remake. There is at least one found in a majority of the game's courses. Though their exact effect varies from course to course, the most common effects are either making a set of breakable platforms appear or making unnavigable terrain passable, such as turning a steep slope into a staircase. With very few exceptions, the effect of the Purple Switch is temporary. A ticking sound indicates that the switch is still in effect, which gets more rapid as the effect is about to expire.


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Nintendo Player's Guide