Tick Tock Clock

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This article is about the course from Super Mario 64 and its remake. For information about the race track from Mario Kart DS, see Tick-Tock Clock (race course).
Tick Tock Clock
How to unlock Opening 50 Power Stars Star Door. 
Boss(es) None 
Level(s) Super Mario 64
Roll Into the Cage
The Pit and the Pendulums
Get a Hand
Stomp On the Thwomp
Timed Jumps on Moving Bars
Stop Time For Red Coins

Super Mario 64 DS
Luigi in the Cage
The Pendulum Switch Star
Get a Hand
Stomp On the Thwomp
Timed Jumps on Moving Bars
Stop Time For Red Coins
Tick Tock Silver Stars 
Stars Super Mario 64:
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Super Mario 64 DS:
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“There's something strange about that clock. As you jump inside, watch the position of the big hand.”
Toad, Super Mario 64

Map of Tick Tock Clock in Super Mario 64 DS.

Tick Tock Clock is the fourteenth course in Super Mario 64 and its remake Super Mario 64 DS. It takes place inside a giant clock. Mario must deal with the clock's moving gears, pendulums, and other obstacles that change speed depending on what position the clock's minute hand is in when he jumps into the level. Tick Tock Clock is the second to last level in both games and is found on the third floor of Princess Peach's Castle. It also was remade into a race course that appears in the Star Cup of Mario Kart DS. The entrance to the level is an old grandfather clock shaped like a tree, and the minute hand controls the time inside. Enter when the hand points at 12, and all moving parts will freeze. Enter at three to make them move slowly, and at nine to make them move quickly. Entering at six makes them move at random speeds, in random directions. In order to open the star door in front of it, Mario will need at least fifty Power Stars.

Tick Tock Clock appears to be changed more than any other level in the DS remake, with many areas of the layout being altered for easier difficulty, removing elements such as the triangular blocks & fog effects, and re-positioning several areas of the level.


Tick Tock Clock entrance.

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

Star 1 (N64): Roll Into the Cage[edit]


From the entrance, Mario should head past the first swinging pendulum over the conveyor belt and then pass the shifting blocks. After, Mario should pass by the large plane where the moving hand may pass. Continuing on, Mario should see the Power Star near a conveyor belt underneath the cage-like grid. He then must jump on the conveyor belt and grab the Power Star.

Star 1 (DS): Luigi in the Cage[edit]

In Super Mario 64 DS, the name of the first level has been changed to Luigi in the Cage, as Luigi is the only member of the group that can turn invisible. When Luigi reaches the cage, there will be no entrance, but if he climbs higher, he can find a ? Block. Opening it reveals a Power Flower which grants Luigi invisibility. Luigi will then free-fall from where he got the Power Flower, and land into the cage. He can then get the star once he is inside.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese グルグルかごのなかへ
Guruguru Kago no Naka e
かごのなかの ルイージ (DS)
Kago no Naka no Ruīji
Roll Into the Cage (guruguru is an onomatopoeia for rolling/spinning/etc.)

Luigi Inside the Cage
Spanish Luigi en la jaula Luigi in the cage
French Roulements dans la cage Bearings in the cage
Korean 우리속의루이지
Uri sog ui Ruiji
Luigi in the Cage
Chinese 笼中的路易吉[1]
Lóngzhōng de Lùyìjí
Luigi in the Cage

Star 2 (N64): The Pit and the Pendulums[edit]


For this mission, Mario should follow the same path as in the previous mission. This time however, Mario should continue past the cage. Once Mario reaches the top of the pole, he should head left. Eventually he'll come to a place that contains two pendulums. Navigating his way through, he'll reach the next power star. It's easier to enter Tick Tock clock when the clock minute hand is on "12" and make the pendulums and other parts freeze.

The name of this mission is a pun on the short story The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe.

Star 2 (DS): The Pendulum Switch Star[edit]

In the DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS, the second star is called The Pendulum Switch Star, since it requires stepping on a Star Switch and going through the pendulums to reach the Star in the Star Sphere before it disappears. The player should climb the clock the same way as in Super Mario 64. Then, when he reaches the top area, he should be able to find the Star Switch. Pressing on it, a star will appear in the Star Sphere. A fast-speed character is recommended, as the star will fade away after only about 10 seconds. After the star appears, the player should run over to the Pendulum area and collect the star before the timer runs out.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ふりこのへや
Furiko no Heya
ふりこの スイッチスター (DS)
Furiko no Suicchi Sutā
The Room of Pendulums

The Pendulum's Switch Star
Spanish El interruptor del péndulo The peundulum's switch
French Les trous et le pendule The holes and the pendulum
Korean 흔들이의스위치스타
Heundeuri ui seuwichi seuta
The Pendulum's Switch Star
Chinese 钟摆的开关星星[1]
Zhōngbǎi de Kāiguān Xīngxīng
The Switch Star of the Pendulum

Star 3: Get a Hand[edit]

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This time, Mario should re-enter the stage making sure not to have the clock's minute hand on "12". He will need to have the clock moving. The player should have Mario travel up to the large platform and wait for the large hand to to pass by. Mario will need to jump onto it and ride it until it brings him to the little alcove with the Power Star in it. There is another (easier) way to get the star. The player can see this star from the cage with the first star. Just jump off, slide down and the player can drop into the alcove. A third but harder and faster way is stepping onto a Heave-Ho in the right position. The Heave-Ho will directly fling Mario into the star. In the remake, a fourth way is to use Luigi's backwards-somersault to float to the star; this notably can work even if the clock's minute hand lands on "12".

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese チックタック はりのうえ
Chikkutakku Hari no Ue
On Top of the Tick-Tock Hand
Spanish Una manilla, por favor A little hand, please
French Chevauchez l'aiguille Ride the hand
Korean 시계바늘위에서
Sigye baneul wi eseo
On top of the Clock Hand
Chinese 跳上指针[1]
Tiào shàng Zhǐzhēn
Jump onto the Hand

Star 4: Stomp On the Thwomp[edit]

Mario confronts the Thwomp at the top of the clock.

For Mario to acquire this star, Mario will need to ascend up the path to the flagpole. Once he has climbed it, Mario should head left and follow his way up around the clock. Eventually he'll reach the top, where there is another clock hand. Riding it will take him to a conveyor belt with a Thwomp at the end. Jumping atop it will take Mario high enough to jump the next star.

It is possible (but not mandatory) for a skilled player to get this Power Star with the clock stopped. To do so, the player must rely on a series of high jumps and wall jumps, requiring even the use of Triple Jumps at times. It is also possible to be thrown at the Star by a Heave-Ho. This is also possible in the remake, if the player gets a Power Flower as Mario they can float to the star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese えっへん てっぺん ドッスン
Ehhen Teppen Dossun
Ahem Top Thwomp
Spanish Pica a Roca Picuda Angry the Thwomp (Pun with "picar" (mess someone) and Roca Picuda)
French L'écrabouilleur The "Crusher"
Korean 흠흠꼭대기쿵쿵
Heumheum Kkokdaegi Kungkung
Ahem, Top, Thwomp
Chinese 时钟的顶楼[1]
Shízhōng de Dǐnglóu
Top Floor of the Clock

Star 5: Timed Jumps on Moving Bars[edit]


In order to find the star for this mission, Mario must go to the right (above the 2 pendulums in the pit and the pendulums mission) and jump on a series of bars that jut out and sink back in to the wall. After clearing these bars Mario will come to a platform with the power star on it. In Super Mario 64 DS, a black Block is added, making Wario have to do the mission, though Luigi can also reach it with a Power Flower if the player is fast enough. One bar was also removed, so there are two bars instead of the original three.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese つきだしを のりこえて
Tsukidashi o Norikoete
「突き出す」 tsukidasu means "to jut/thrust out" and 「乗り越える」 norikoete means "to transfer", so effectively it's "Transfer Between the Jutting out Parts".
Spanish Las barras y barreras del tiempo Time's bars and barriers
French Sauts synchronisés Synchronized jumps
Korean 장애물을넘어서
Jangaemul eul neomeoseo
Over the Obstacle
Chinese 恰好踏在移动的木块上[1]
Qiàhǎo Tàzài Yídòng de Mùkuàishàng
Step Right On the Moving Wooden-Block

Star 6: Stop Time For Red Coins[edit]

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Heading right from the entrance, Mario should see many green bars and a bunch of Red Coins. Normally the platforms would be rotating but if Mario was to enter the level when the minute hand was on "12", they will be stationary (making it much easier to get the coins). After the last coin is found, the power star will appear above the Star Marker. While difficult, it is possible to collect this star with the platforms rotating.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 00ふんの あかコイン
00-fun no Aka Koin
Red Coins of 00 minutes
Spanish Para el tiempo de Monedas Rojas Stop the Red Coin's time
French L'heure pile pour les pièces The time for the coins
Korean 00분의레드코인
00 bun ui redeu koin
Red Coins of 00 minutes
Chinese 正点的红色硬币[1]
Zhèngdiǎn de Hóngsè Yìngbì
Red Coins right on hours

Star 7 (DS): Tick Tock Silver Stars[edit]

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At the Starting point, the player will have to go to the right. Silver Stars will, at some point, fall and bounce around. After collecting five of these, the Power Star will appear. Some Bob-ombs fall from the platforms overhead, with their fuses already ignited, so the player will have to avoid being caught in the explosions and losing Silver Stars in the process. If a Silver Star falls into the pit at the bottom of the clock, it will respawn at the top.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese チックタック シルバースター
Chikkutakku Shirubā Sutā
Tick-Tock Silver Stars
Spanish Tic tac, estrellas de plata Tick tock, Silver Stars
Korean 똑딱실버스타
Ttokttak Silbeo seuta
Tick Tock Silver Star
Chinese 滴答银色星星[1]
Dīdā Yínsè Xīngxīng
Tick Tock Silver Stars


Statistics from Super Mario 64[edit]

  • Total Number of coins: 128
  • Caps Found: (none)
  • Spinning Heart: #1 : Near the start point, on a lower platform, under spinning platforms with the red coins., #2: On the mesh right after the pole.
  • Cannons: (none)
  • 1-Up Mushrooms (4):
    • Homing Mushrooms : #1 In the pole before the second spinning heart.
    • Triggered Mushrooms : #2 After the pole, climb up the elevator. The mushroom is activated by standing on the three moving bars. The 1-Up appears on the platform after them.
    • Box Mushrooms : #3 Near the top point of the clock, the box is on a platform accessed by three turning platforms. #4 Near #3, on a separate mesh platform in the middle of the clock. Accessed by dropping from above or long jumping from near the two turning platforms.
  • Warps : (none)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チックタックロック
Spanish Reloj Tictac Ticktock Clock
French Horloge Tic-Tac Tic Tac Clock
German Ticktack-Trauma Tick Tock Trauma
Italian Pendolo Tictoccato Tick-Tocked Pendulum
Korean 똑딱시계
Ttokttak Sigye
Tick Tock Clock
Chinese 摇摆古钟[1]
Yáobǎi Gǔzhōng
Swaying Old Clock



  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.