Tall, Tall Mountain

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Tall, Tall Mountain
SM64 Tall, Tall Mountain.png 
How to unlock Defeating Bowser in the Fire Sea 
Boss(es) None 
Level(s) Super Mario 64
Scale the Mountain
Mystery of the Monkey Cage
Scary ‘Shrooms, Red Coins
Mysterious Mountainside
Breathtaking View from Bridge
Blast to the Lonely Mushroom

Super Mario 64 DS
Scale the Mountain
Mystery of the Monkey Cage
Scary ‘Shrooms, Red Coins
Mysterious Mountainside
Blast to the Lonely Mushroom
5 Secrets of the Mountain
Breathtaking View from Bridge 
Stars Super Mario 64:
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Super Mario 64 DS:
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Map of Tall, Tall Mountain in Super Mario 64 DS.

Tall, Tall Mountain is the twelfth course in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. The painting to the course is located in the foyer of the castle's second floor opposite the painting to Wet Dry World. It is the smallest painting that leads into a course. It features a high mountain with all kinds of obstacles on the way to the top. The hat stealing monkey Ukiki is featured here as well as the blowing cloud enemy named Fwoosh. The dangerous aspect of the level is that almost the entire path around the mountain is thin and near a cliff face. Like its painting, also located on the second story of the castle, Tall, Tall Mountain is surrounded by giant mushrooms, one of which has a Power Star. The top of the mountain has a flat surface and railing, and is next to a waterfall that leads to the start of the level. This is the only one of the main courses in the DS version that has neither a Switch Star nor Silver Stars.


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

Star 1: Scale the Mountain[edit]

Mario going up the mountain.

To get this star, Mario must climb to the top of the mountain. He will begin by going right of the small waterfall at the start of the level and go across two large gaps. If he falls through the first gap, he'll still land on a lower part of the mountain and be able to climb up the side, but the second gap leads into the abyss. Mario will then be running along the edge of the mountain with mushroom platforms on his left until he finds a fork-in-the-road around Monty Moles.

  • On the first way, Mario can go left and up the wall. Then at the top, go right and follow along the side of the mountain. At some point, he will end up near some Goombas in a small grassy area and meet up at the end of the other path of the fork.
  • On the second way, Mario will go forward and cross a few enemies. Then he'll cross a plank leading to an Ukiki that can steal his hat if he picks it up. Mario will have to move to the right and cross the log and make it roll to the next area of land (like in the Lethal Lava Land star, Red-Hot Log Rolling). Mario will then go around the perimeter of the mountain (while avoiding giant balls rolling down) and come up to the Goombas on a grassy area.

Mario will then travel around the edge of the mountain. Later, he will have to long jump across a waterfall and balance across a thin walkway. After that, Mario must simply make his way up and grab the star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese たかいたかい やまのうえ
Takai takai yama no ue
Top of Tall, Tall Mountain
French Escaladez la montagne Climb the mountain
Korean 높고높은산꼭대기
Nopgo nopeun san kkokdaegi
Summit of Tall, Tall Mountain
Chinese 攀登高高的山脉[1]
Pāndēng Gāogāo de Shānmài
Climb the High Mountain Ranges

Star 2: Mystery of the Monkey Cage[edit]

Mario caught Ukiki, so it is walking over to the cage.

To acquire this star, Mario must again trek to the top of the mountain, or hitch a ride with Hoot the owl, where there will be an Ukiki. Mario must catch it, and, when prompted, let him go. Mario must then follow it to a cage containing a star. The Ukiki will break the cage, and the star will fall. Mario must head back to the area where the other Ukiki is to get it. In the DS version, Luigi and Wario must do the same, but Yoshi can eat it.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese いたずらザル ウッキィのおり
Itazura zaru Ukkī no ori
Teasing Monkey Ukiki's Cage
French Mystère de la cage du singe Mystery of the monkey's cage
Korean 짓궂은몽숭이의우리
Jitgujeun Mongsungi ui uri
Teasing Ukiki's Cage
Chinese 神秘的小猴呦奇的笼子[1]
Shénmì de Xiǎohóu Yōuqí de Lóngzi
Mysterious Monkey Ukkī's Cage

Star 3: Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins[edit]

The red coins on the mushrooms.
Mario about to collect a Red coin.

To get this star, Mario must find the mushroom platform area where the straight-stemmed mushrooms are at the beginning of the stage and carefully collect all the red coins there. He must then carry on slightly further around the mountain to the area with the Monty Moles, and find the rest of the red coins there. They are scattered along the wall with rock platforms to reach them. After all the coins are collected, the star will then appear on the Star Marker across that area on a giant mushroom.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese おばけキノコの あかコイン
Obake kinoko no aka koin
Red Coins on Mega Mushrooms
French Pièces rouges sur champignon Red coins on the mushroom
Korean 초대형버섯의레드코인
Chodaehyeong beoseos ui redeu koin
Red Coins of Huge Mushrooms
Chinese 蘑菇上的红色硬币[1]
Mógū shàng de Hóngsè Yìngbì
Red Coins on the Mushrooms

Star 4: Mysterious Mountainside[edit]

Map of the secret slide.
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To acquire this star, Mario must find the entrance to a secret slide. It is near the top of the mountain by a cloud enemy, Fwoosh (who can blow Mario off the mountain). If Mario walks up to the wall, it may move a little like a painting would. He should jump into it and get into the level.

Mario will find himself in a building with a large slide on it. This slide is noticeably more difficult than the Princess's Secret Slide and has many curves and jumps. Also, near the beginning is a fork-in-the-road, and if Mario chooses the wrong road, he will fall off the slide and lose a life. At the end of the slide, Mario will go through a hole that will lead him to the star that is located behind a mesh on the side of the mountain.

If Mario loses a life from falling off the slide and returns to Tall, Tall Mountain through the painting, he would automatically end up at the start of the slide again, thus not requiring him to go all the way up the mountain from the start.

It is possible for the player to skip the slide by jumping and then kicking in the air while pushing the Control Stick backwards the direction Mario is facing to get the star. Nintendo tried to prevent this in the DS version, but it is possible to do it using Luigi's invisibility power.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese マウンテン スライダー
Maunten suraidā
Mountain Slider
French Paroi mystérieuse Mysterious wall
Korean 마운틴슬라이더
Mauntin Seullaideo
Mountain Slider
Chinese 山间滑道[1]
Shānjiān Huádào
Mountainside Slides

Star 5 (N64)/7 (DS): Breathtaking View from Bridge[edit]

Mario behind the waterfall

This star is located a fair way up the mountain, behind the waterfall at the spot after the Fwoosh is found. To access it, Mario can either long jump to it, or use the switch further up the mountainside past the grassy area with Goombas on it to create some wooden platforms to the falls. Mario must quickly run before the platforms disappear and grab the star.

In the DS remake Super Mario 64 DS, the Star is under a black brick that only Wario can break. The switch was also removed, and a brown, wooden bridge can easily let Wario walk to the black block. This mission was also moved to the seventh star in the DS version.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese はしのうえからみわたせば
Hashi no ue kara miwatase ba
If Watching on the Bridge
French Panorama du pont Overview from the Bridge
Korean 다리위에서보면
Dari wi eseo bomyeon
If Watching on the Bridge
Chinese 惊险水帘洞[1]
Jīngxiǎn Shuǐliándòng
Breathtaking Water Curtain Cave

Star 6 (N64)/5 (DS): Blast to the Lonely Mushroom[edit]

Mario shooting to the mushroom.

This star is situated on a large, isolated mushroom, away from the mountain. It can be accessed five ways. Shortcuts involve long jumping from the top of the mountain, jumping on a Fly Guy and twirling onto the mushroom, using Hoot the owl, blasting from the cannon, and using the Wing Cap. The cannon is under the island that can be reached by a secret portal on one of the smaller mushroom platforms. The portal will take Mario near a very thin walkway for him cross. When he gets to the end of the walkway, the cannon will be in front of him. Mario must carefully aim and grab the star in midair. Mario can also get to the mushroom, with the Wing Cap. In the DS remake, the player can also use Luigi's backflip from the top.

This Star was moved to Star 5 in the DS remake.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese とべ!はなれキノコへ
Tobe! Hanare kinoko e
Fly to the Isolated Mushroom!
French Canon vers le champignon Cannon to the mushroom
Korean 날아라! 외톨이버섯
Narara! Oetori beoseot
Fly! Detached Mushroom
Chinese 飞向孤独的蘑菇[1]
Fēixiàng Gūdú de Mógū
Fly to the Lonely Mushroom

Star 6 (DS): 5 Secrets of the Mountain[edit]

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This star is added to Super Mario 64 DS, for the sixth star. To access it, the player has to either have Mario collect a Wing Cap at the top of the mountain or make use of Hoot who can be found in a tree at the beginning of the course, but Luigi can backflip. The objective is to fly through the five coin rings in the sky. The star will then appear on the summit.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese おやまの5シークレット
Oyama no go(5) shīkuretto
5 Secrets of the Mountain
Korean 산의다섯비밀
San ui daseot bimil
Five Secrets of the Mountain
Chinese 山上的5个秘密[1]
Shānshàng de 5-gè Mìmì
5 Secrets on the Mountain


Statistics from Super Mario 64[edit]

  • Total Number of coins: 137
  • Caps Found: (none)
  • Spinning Heart: (none)
  • Cannons: 1
  • 1-Up Mushrooms (11):
    • Static Mushroom : #1 Behind the start point, on a narrow ledge. #2 On a ledge by the moles. #3 On the ledge just before Fwoosh. #4 Hidden behind the wall between the slide's start point, and the actual slide. #5,6 On the slide.
    • Triggered Mushroom : #7 Appears after walking in all four corners of the slide start point.
    • Box Mushroom : #8 Above one of the mushrooms with red coins.
    • Butterfly Mushroom : #9 From one of the butterflies in the ground with vines near the top of the mountain.
    • Moles Mushroom : #10,11 By continuously jumping on two sets of Moles near the wall with vine, two 1-ups will appear from each set.
  • Warps :
    • The smallest mushroom can warp Mario to underneath the ledge with the Monty Moles near the cannon.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たかいたかいマウンテン
Takai takai maunten
Tall, Tall Mountain
Spanish Montaña Escarpada Steep Mountain
French Trop Haute Montagne Overly-Tall Mountain
German Fliegenpilz Fiasko Toadstool Fiasco
Italian Monte Gigante Gigantic Mount
Korean 높고높은마운틴
Nopgo nopeun Mauntin
Tall, Tall Mountain
Chinese 高高山脉[1]
Gāogāo Shānmài
Tall, Tall Mountain Ranges


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h From the score sheetMedia:SM64DS course list in Chinese.png and the Power Star menu of Super Mario 64 DS as localized by iQue.