Dark matter

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Dark matter has eaten away square-shaped holes in these platforms.
Dark matter in Super Mario Galaxy
Dark matter in Super Mario Galaxy 2
“The dark matter is eating holes in space! Watch out for those holes, or you'll fall into that dark matter!”
Luma, Super Mario Galaxy

Dark matter is an obstacle in Super Mario Galaxy that appears in Bowser's Dark Matter Plant. It can be found in patches and has a swirly purple-and-black appearance to it; its appearance is similar to poison. In the sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2, it is rarely found in the game, appearing in the mission Boomsday Machine Daredevil Run in Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker and the mission Silver Stars in the Purple Pond in the Cloudy Court Galaxy.

If Mario or Luigi touches any dark matter, he disintegrates and loses a life. Dark matter can also burn holes in the ground that make Mario or Luigi lose a life should he fall into one.

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークマター
Dāku Matā
Dark Matter


  • In reality, dark matter is a theoretical substance that takes up a significant portion of the universe and explains how the outer edges of a galaxy move faster than projected in their rotation curve. It does not emit or absorb a significant level of radiation of any sort, making it difficult to detect.