Cosmic Mario

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Not to be confused with Shadow Mario or Cosmic Clone.
Cosmic Mario
Cosmic Mario from Super Mario Galaxy.
Cosmic Mario, as it appears in Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Cosmic Mario is a character that appears in Super Mario Galaxy. Its physical shape is identical to Mario, while its outer appearance is blue with stars, resembling space. It also has a high-pitched voice. If Mario enters a galaxy when a Cosmic Comet is orbiting that galaxy, Cosmic Mario appears at the beginning of the level and challenges the player to a race. The player must then race through numerous obstacles and reach the Power Star before Cosmic Mario does. If Cosmic Mario manages to reach the Power Star first, Mario loses a life and must restart the race. Colliding with it during the race causes it to release Star Bits.

At the start of a race, if the player holds Nunchuk Control Stick up, then Nunchuk Z Button when the timer reaches "2," and then hits A Button just as the race starts, Mario or Luigi gets a Start Dash, shown by a yellow color appearing on Mario/Luigi, shrinking gradually as a marker of the end of this effect. This is similar to the Rocket Start from the Mario Kart games.

Cosmic Luigi[edit]

Cosmic Luigi also appears, replacing Cosmic Mario when the player plays as Luigi. It is very similar to Cosmic Mario, with the only major difference being that it takes advantage of shortcuts more often and uses a large number of long jumps, making it faster and harder to beat than its counterpart.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, despite not being in the game while the player plays as Luigi, Cosmic Clones behave very similarly, being slightly faster.


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Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy ObjectData/GhostMario.arc
Ghost Mario
Ghost Luigi
Super Mario Galaxy StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl GhostPlayer Ghost Player
Super Mario Galaxy StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl ゴーストマリオ (Gōsuto Mario) Ghost Mario

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シャドウマリオ
Shadō Mario
Shadow Mario
French (NOE) Mario Cosmique Cosmic Mario
German Schatten-Mario Shadow Mario
Italian Mario Cosmico Cosmic Mario
Korean 그림자 마리오
Geurimja Mario
Shadow Mario
Spanish (NOA) Mario Fantasma Ghost Mario
Spanish (NOE) Mario Sombra Shadow Mario



  1. ^ SPG64 (August 20, 2021). Unused Space Junk Cosmic Race in Super Mario Galaxy. YouTube. Retrieved January 2, 2023.