Rainbow Ride

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This article is about the Super Mario 64 course. For information about the stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, see Rainbow Cruise.
Rainbow Ride
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How to unlock Opening 50 Power Stars Star Door. 
Boss(es) None 
Level(s) Super Mario 64
Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow
The Big House in the Sky
Coins Amassed in a Maze
Swingin' in the Breeze
Tricky Triangles
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Super Mario 64 DS
Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow
The Big House in the Sky
Coins Amassed in a Maze
Swingnin' in the Breeze
Tricky Triangles
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Switch Star of the Manor 
Stars Super Mario 64:
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Super Mario 64 DS:
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Map of Rainbow Ride in Super Mario 64 DS.

Rainbow Ride is the fifteenth and last course in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. In Japan and Korea, the course is known as Rainbow Cruise. It is accessible in the highest room in Princess Peach's Castle, which also contains the gate to Tick Tock Clock. Unlike most courses in the game, Rainbow Ride is not entered through a painting, but through a hole in a niche opposite to that of Wing Mario Over the Rainbow.

Rainbow Ride is a level with very little backtracking, and offers different paths around the level to different Power Stars, which makes it possible for Mario to collect them in any order he desires. Rainbow Ride is set in the skies, and Mario has to use several flying carpets to get from one platform to another. Enemies on his way are Fire jets, Lakitus, Bob-ombs and Amps, rarely Goombas and Fly Guys, and several Kuromame. There are platforms which are similar like Donut Blocks which fall down when Mario stands on them for too long, and circle platforms which spin rapidly.


The level titles and numbers correspond to Super Mario 64 unless otherwise noted.

Mario can get a seventh (eighth in the remake) Star in Rainbow Ride by collecting 100 coins, as with other main courses in the game. To do this, Mario can collect a number of Blue Coins near the maze of the Red Coins and the Bob-omb Buddy.

Star 1: Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow[edit]


In the first mission, Mario has to get the Power Star on the flying ship of the stage. It is not guarded, and Mario has to use several flying Carpets to get to the ship, dodging Lakitus on his way. On the main intersection in the stage, which is made of four spinning discs, Mario has to go to the Carpet on the right, and take another Carpet on the left further above. When reaching the ship, Mario is hindered by winds which try to stop him from getting the star. In the DS version, there is a Wario cap and a ? Block containing a Power Flower. With these, Metal Wario can bypass the winds easily and grab the star. However, it is also possible to get the star as Mario by becoming Balloon Mario with the Power Flower. This must be done very carefully, as the wind blows Balloon Mario away, and one wrong move can lead to Mario's death.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese にじを わたる ふね
Niji o Wataru Fune
Rainbow Crossing Ship
French Croisière sur l'arc-en-ciel Cruise on the rainbow
Korean 무지개를건너는배
Mujigae reul geonneoneun bae
The Ship Crossing the Rainbow
Chinese 穿梭在彩虹之间的飞行船[1]
Chuānsuō zài Cǎihóng Zhījiān de Fēixíngchuán
Flying Ship Crossing the Rainbows

Star 2: The Big House in the Sky[edit]

Mario in the Big House in the Sky in Super Mario 64 DS.

In this level, Mario has to get the Power Star which is on top the big house in the area. Starting from the main intersection, he has to take the carpet to the right as in the last mission, but has to choose the right carpet again further above. By jumping over obstacles in the path of the flying carpet and avoiding the flame thrower in the house's basement, Mario can get to the top of the castle-like building to get the star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese てんくうの おやしき
Tenkū no Oyashiki
Mansion of the Sky
French Manoir dans les airs Mansion in the air
Korean 천공의저택
Cheongong ui jeotaek
The Mansion of the Sky
Chinese 云中城堡[1]
Yúnzhōng Chéngbǎo
Castle in the Clouds

Star 3: Coins Amassed in a Maze[edit]

The maze of the Red Coins.

In this level, Mario has to get all eight Red Coins to get the Power Star. All coins are found in a side-view maze which is found right near the level's main intersection. On the bottom level, there are Bob-ombs trying to hurt Mario, and further above, Mario can be hit by flames as well. He has to use different tactics, such as the Wall Jump and the Long Jump to get all Red Coins and make the star appear. Once collecting all 8 Red Coins, the star appears at the bottom of the maze.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese タテめいろの あかコイン
Tate Meiro no Aka Koin
Red Coins of the Vertical Maze
French Labyrinthe des pièces rouges Red coins labyrinth
Korean 세로미로의레드코인
Sero miro ui redeu koin
Red Coins of the Vertical Maze
Chinese 迷宫中收集硬币[1]
Mígōng zhōng Shōují Yìngbì
Collecting Coins in the Maze

Star 4: Swingin' in the Breeze[edit]

Mario on a swinging platform

In this level, Mario has to clear an obstacle course to get the Power Star. From the main intersection, he has to go leftwards and climb down the pole, then take the way down the right. He has to use platforms which swing back and forth, cross several fall-down platforms and avoid a fire jet to get the star. Mario can also long jump from the starting point to grab the pole.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese かぜきる きょだいブランコ
Kaze Kiru Kyodai Buranko
Wind Crossing Giant Swing
French Balançoire céleste Sky swing
Korean 바람을가르는거대그네
Baram eul gareuneul geodae geune
Wind-crossing Giant Swing
Chinese 风中摇荡[1]
Fēngzhōng Yáodàng
Swinging in the Winds

Star 5: Tricky Triangles[edit]

The Triangle area.

Following the same way as for the previous star, Mario has to take a different route as soon as he meets the single Goomba of the level. He has to take the direction to the triangles. By hitting a flat ! switch, he can make the triangles temporarily turn over, creating platforms which he can use to jump over to the star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese おおぞら アスレチック
Ōzora Asurechikku
Aerial Athletics
French Vicieux triangles! Vicious triangles!
Korean 하늘위장애물경기
Haneul wi Jangaemul Gyeonggi
Athletics over the Sky
Chinese 狡猾的三角[1]
Jiǎohuá de Sānjiǎo
Tricky Triangles

Star 6: Somewhere Over the Rainbow[edit]

Mario, running near the Chuckya.

To get this star, Mario first has to find the Bob-omb Buddy of Rainbow Ride, which is found at the very top of the coin maze of the third Power Star. A cannon will open at the stern of the flying ship which Mario had to visit for the first Power Star. By shooting himself through a rainbow circle, Mario can get onto a platform with a Chuckya and the sixth Power Star. It's recommended to shoot towards the pole on the platform.

The course name is a reference to the song from MGM's The Wizard of Oz.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese にじの かなたの しま
Niji no Kanata no Shima
Island of the Faraway Rainbow
French L'arc-en-ciel et au-delà The rainbow and beyond
Korean 무지개저편에있는섬
Mujigae jeopyeon e inneun seom
Island over the Rainbow
Chinese 在彩虹之上的某处[1]
Zài Cǎihóng Zhīshàng de Mǒuchù
Somewhere Above The Rainbows

Star 7 (DS): Switch Star of the Manor[edit]

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For this mission, Mario is required, since he is the only one will the ability to turn into a balloon. Mario must get to the roof of the big house in the sky as quickly as possible after stepping on a star switch. He can do it by using a Power Flower to get the Power Star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese おやしきの スイッチスター
Oyashiki no Suicchi Sutā
Switch Star of the Mansion
Korean 저택의스위치스타
Jeotaeg ui seuwichi seuta
Switch Star of the Mansion
Chinese 城堡的开关星星[1]
Chéngbǎo de Kāiguān Xīngxīng
Switch Star of the Castle


The background music of Rainbow Ride is heard at several places throughout Super Mario 64, including the races against Koopa the Quick, The Princess's Secret Slide, the slides on Cool, Cool Mountain and Tall, Tall Mountain, as well as the entire level of Tick Tock Clock. It is fast and joyful music. The music shares the melody of the main theme of the game, as heard in Bob-omb Battlefield, Whomp's Fortress, Tall, Tall Mountain and Tiny-Huge Island. This melody is also used in the music heard at Cool, Cool Mountain. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the music of the stage is a medley of the original Super Mario 64 track and the Super Mario Bros. Underwater Theme. Despite the many appearances of the music in Super Mario 64, it was labeled as "Rainbow Cruise" in the Super Smash Bros. Melee Sound Test.


Statistics from Super Mario 64[edit]

  • Total Number of coins: 146
  • Caps Found: (none)
  • Spinning Heart: #1: On one of the four large spinning platforms, #2: At the bottom of the maze, under the place where the player can wall-kick up the maze.
  • Cannons: 1
  • 1-Up Mushrooms (9):
    • Homing Mushrooms : #1 In the pole on the ship.
    • Static Mushrooms : #2 Floating above one of the Tricky Triangles. #3 On the second set of donut lifts after taking the carpet to the big house. #4 Above the fire-shooting platform midway the ride to the cruiser. #5 On the tip of the cruiser's bowsprit, next to the star.
    • Triggered Mushrooms : #6 Triggered by riding the donut lift on the top of the maze.
    • Box Mushrooms : #7 Underneath the Swingin' in the Breeze star on a long platform. #8 On the very top of the maze, by the warp. #9 On the top of the big house, beside the star.
  • Warps :
    • Located on the very top of the maze, just beside an ! block with a 1-Up in it, it warps the player to the big house balcony.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レインボークルーズ
Reinbō Kurūzu
Rainbow Cruise
Spanish Camino del arco iris Rainbow Road
French Course Arc-en-ciel Rainbow Race
German Regenbogen Raserei Rainbow Madness
Italian Cammino Arcobaleno Rainbow Road
Korean 레인보우크루즈
Reinbou Keurujeu
Rainbow Cruise
Chinese 彩虹之旅[1]
Cǎihóng zhī Lǚ
Journey of Rainbows


  • In the stage Rainbow Cruise in Super Smash Bros. Melee, houses can be seen on a cliff, which didn't appear in the Rainbow Ride stage in Super Mario 64.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h From the score sheet and the Power Star menu of Super Mario 64 DS as localized by iQue.