Chance Cube

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Chance Cube
A Chance Cube
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2
Effect Gives the player a chance to obtain an item
“Care to spin a Chance Cube for only 30 Sprite of a coin used on the UI for Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Star Bits?”
Lumalee, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork of a Lumalee with two Chance Cubes
Artwork of a Lumalee with two Chance Cubes
Luigi and Yoshi near a Chance Cube in the Yoshi Star Galaxy

Chance Cubes are items that appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are found on Starship Mario and in bonus rooms located in several galaxies. Chance Cubes resemble dice, but each side shows either a 1-Up Mushroom, a coin, a Star Bit, or Bowser's emblem. When Mario or Luigi hits one, the cube flies back and lands in a similar fashion to a Dice Block. Whatever image is facing up determines what Mario or Luigi earns. If a 1-Up Mushroom is shown, Mario or Luigi earns a 1-Up Mushroom. If the coin side is facing up, the block bursts into ten coins. If the Star Bit side is facing up, Mario or Luigi earns a single Star Bit. However, if the Bowser emblem shows up, a Goomba appears.

Chance Cubes can be accessed on Starship Mario via two Lumalees in a Warp Pipe next to the ship's "ear," once certain tasks are complete. Their Chance Cubes are different, allowing Mario or Luigi to get either a Star Bit or one, three, or five 1-Up Mushrooms. One Lumalee asks for 30 Star Bits to transform into one cube; the other one asks for 100 coins to transform into five cubes.

The Co-Star Luma can also spin Chance Cubes. Rolling into one as Rock Mario, burning it with a fireball as Fire Mario, hitting it with a double kick, rolling a snowball towards it, or shooting one with a Star Bit also activates it, as does riding Yoshi and doing a Head Shake. Moreover, if Mario or Luigi uses a spin on the cube when it is still rolling, it stops instantly, making it easier to get the desired item. This technique can even cause the cube to stop in midair with precise timing.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 ObjectData/ItemDice.arc ItemDice Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy 2 SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl アイテムダイス (Aitemu Daisu) Item Dice

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダイス
Chinese 骰子 (Simplified/Traditional)
Transliteration of the Japanese name
French (NOA) Dé chanceux Lucky Dice
French (NOE) Dés Hasard Chance Dice
German Glückskubus Happiness Cube
Italian Dado Destino Dice of Destiny
Korean 다이스
Transliteration of the Japanese name
Spanish (NOA) Dado del azar Lucky Dice
Spanish (NOE) Dado del azar
Dado de la suerte
Lucky Dice (Lumalee's Chance Cubes)
Fortune Dice (Chance Cubes found in galaxies)


  • When a Chance Cube is rolled, the player hears a snare drum roll, ended by a cymbal crash once it has landed on an image. The longer it takes for the picture to reveal (an example being when it is rolling down a big hill), the longer the snare drum roll sound is and the later the cymbal crash is heard. However, the faster it reveals, the shorter the sound and the sooner the cymbal crash sound is heard. Sometimes a few snare drum beats can be heard when the player spins multiple Chance Cubes, during the drum roll sound.
  • The Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Guide calls the Chance Cubes found in galaxies Lucky Cubes.