Star Bit

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Star Bit
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Description
Small and shiny star-shaped items.

First Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Effect on Player

Grants an extra life every 50 (in Super Mario Galaxy) or 100 (in Super Mario Galaxy 2) collected, spawns a Launch Star if fed to a Hungry Luma, able to shoot at enemies to temporarily stun them.

“Hey, you! Yeah, you! Got any tasty Star Bits?”
Hungry Luma, Super Mario Galaxy

Star Bits are collectible items in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are the most common items in the two games. For every 50 Mario collects (every 100 in Super Mario Galaxy 2), he receives an Extra Life. If Mario loses a life while in a stage, his coins will disappear when he respawns, but his Star Bit count will remain the same. After completing a mission, Mario's Star Bits are added to his total amount. The stored Star Bits are then used to feed the Hungry Lumas found in the Comet Observatory and several galaxies to unlock galaxies and planets, respectively, or at various points in the different Worlds and to spin Chance Cubes on Starship Mario in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Star Bits come in many colors (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white), and are quite shiny. They are first introduced when Mario arrives at Princess Peach's Castle at the beginning of the game, in the form of small rocks from space landing and releasing them. To collect them, the player can move the Star Cursor over them or simply run up to them.

Rows of Star Bits in an airship's secret area in the Space Junk Galaxy.

When Mario flies through space from a planet to another planet, Star Bits often appear around him. To get them, the player must act quick and touch each of them with the Star Cursor before Mario lands on the next planet.

Star Bits are the Lumas' favorite food. When fed a certain number of them, a Hungry Luma will transform into a new planet or small galaxy and it will leave behind a pink Launch Star.

Pressing the B button button will shoot a Star Bit at the Star Cursor. This can be used to stun or defeat enemies. This will deduct from the player's Star Bit total, however. After the Star Bits have been fired they cannot be recovered.

The average enemy, such as a Goomba, will expel three Star Bits when defeated. However, that will only happen if the Star Spin is used, as simply jumping on one produces a single Coin. This holds true for most, but not all enemies. For example Magikoopas only release Coins no matter what method they are defeated by.

Mario can also make Star Bits appear by Ground Pounding certain buttons or activating Flipswitches in various galaxies. Note that this will not always happen, as each button or Flipswitch performs a different function depending on its galaxy and location.

There is a larger object thought to be somewhat related to Star Bits called the Star Crystal, many of which are normally seen in Launch Star paths. They are broken upon impact and produce at least six Star Bits that Mario must collect quickly before they fly away.

Other Appearances[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Star Bits also appeared in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, in the Dream Ski Jumping event, which takes place in the Good Egg Galaxy. They add points to the player's score.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Star Bits also appear in Super Mario 3D World. Here, they appear in the background of World Star, World Mushroom, World Flower, and World Crown, serving no real purpose.

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターピース
staa piisu
Star Piece
Spanish Trozos de Estrella Star Bits
French Éclat d'Étoile/Fragment d'étoile Luster of Star/Fragment of Star
German Sternenstaub Literally meaning Stardust
Italian Astroscheggia Star Bit
Korean 스타구슬
seuta-guseul
Star Marble

Trivia[edit]

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  • In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, if 9,999 Star Bits are collected, all coconuts in the games will become watermelons permanently, even if the Star Bit amount drops below 9,999 again.
  • In Mario Kart Wii, Star Bits appear around Rainbow Road if the player has a Super Mario Galaxy save file.
  • If the player has 777 or 7777 Star Bits on hand while on Starship Mario, Lubba will remark on how lucky that is. He also has messages for having 9999 and multiples of 1000 of them on hand as well.
  • Star Bits are obviously modeled after the Japanese candy Konpeitou, a centuries-old treat primarily made from sugar.
  • In Rosalina's Storybook, Star Bits are said to taste like honey.

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