Star Medals are collectibles in Super Mario 3D Land. They are the equivalent of Star Coins from the New Super Mario Bros. games and there are three in every level, like in those games. They are used to unlock other courses, serving the purpose of Power Stars from past 3D platformers. The Star Medals have a similar appearance to Comet Medals from Super Mario Galaxy 2, but they have stars on them instead of comets. There are 285 Star Medals in the game's levels (including the Special Worlds), plus 50 in the Mystery Boxes, leading to a total of 335 to be collected. It is confirmed that through StreetPass Mystery Boxes the player can obtain 999 Star Medals although this serves no purpose as only 290 are needed to unlock all levels. When the player collects a Star Medal they have already collected in a level, they instead earn three Coins. Also, when the player opens a course with Star Medals, the players pay their medals, but they are refunded back to the player afterward.
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