Flip-Swap Galaxy

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Flip-Swap Galaxy
Area World 1
How to unlock Get 3 Power Stars, including the first one from Yoshi Star Galaxy, then feed the Hungry Luma on the World 1 map 300 Star Bits
Comet(s) Purple Comet
Green Comet
Mission(s) Think Before You Shake
Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint
Green Star 1
Green Star 2
Stars Power Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy 2.Prankster Comet icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.Green Star 1Green Star 2
Galaxy icon A 2x2 square section of flipping red and blue platforms
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“Jump! Spin! Make 'em flip!”
Star Bunny, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Flip-Swap Galaxy is a galaxy that appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2. It is located in World 1 and is based on levels from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine. Performing a Spin Jump will make the red and blue Red-Blue Panels flip over and swap places. Chomps also appear on the red and blue platforms, along with other enemies, like Goombas. A Star Bunny also makes an appearance here and gives out a hint.


Flip-Swap Planet[edit]

The Flip-Swap Planet is split up into five different areas, each with their own gimmicks and perks.

Area 1[edit]

Mario in the first area.

The first area of this galaxy is rather simple. It only consists of a few flipping panels that change when the player performs a Star Spin. The player simply needs to time their spins to reach the other side of the planet.

Area 2[edit]

Mario in the second area.

The next area introduces electrified, moving fences. However, these fences move rather slowly, so they should not be a huge nuisance. In the Think Before You Shake mission, the panels are attached to each other. However, during the Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint mission, the panels are spread apart, more electric fences are added, and the area is larger. The Goombas and Octoombas on the platform between Area 1 and Area 2 are gone as well during the Purple Coin mission.

Area 3[edit]

Mario about to access the third area.

This next area is rather small and the only real hazard featured here is a large Chomp that rolls around the red panels. During the Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint mission, an electric wire moving back and forth appears on the platform connecting this area with Area 2.

Area 4[edit]

Mario in the fourth area.

In this area, there are now four sets of Chomps. The area is rather large as well. The Comet Medal as well as the Cosmic Guide are also found here.

Area 5[edit]

Mario in the fifth area.

The final area features faster moving electric fences and the panels are also spread out. During the Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint mission, the electric fences are replaced with two fast-moving electric wires that move across two separate sections of the area.



Mission Image Summary

Think Before You Shake SMG2 Flip Swap Think Before You Shake.png This mission's objective is to simply navigate the platforms to reach the end of the galaxy.
Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint SMG2 Flip Swap Purple Coin Flip and Sprint.png This mission's objective is to collect all 100 Purple Coins within three minutes.

Green Stars[edit]

Green Star 1[edit]

Mario about to get the first Green Star.

This star is found above one of the red platforms in the second area. The player has to perform a Triple Jump and Spin or a well timed backwards somersault and Spin to reach this Green Star. If the player misses the star, then they can try again if they manage to land on the platforms which will be flipped from the Star Spin.

Planets Visited

Green Star 2[edit]

Mario avoiding the Chomp near the second Green Star.

This Green Star is found above a red platform where the Chomps are rolling around in the fourth area. The player has to perform a Triple Jump or a well timed Somersault to reach it while avoiding the Chomp that spawns nearby.

Planets Visited


Audio.svg Flip Swap Galaxy - Flip Swap Galaxy theme. Shares music with Flip-Out Galaxy and Cloudy Court Galaxy's Purple Pond.
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Prima Official Game Guide description[edit]

  • "After you feed the Hungry Luma 300 Star Bits on the World Map, it flies off and transforms into the Flip-Swap Galaxy. Here, each spin flips platforms back and forth, eliminating old paths while creating new ones. You will be kept on your toes."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レッドブルーパネルギャラクシー
Reddo Burū Paneru Gyarakushī
Red-Blue Panel Galaxy

Chinese 紅藍面板銀河
Hónglán miànbǎn yínhé
Red-Blue Panel Galaxy

French (NOE) Dalles clic-clac
Click-clack slabs
German Schüttelklapp-Galaxie
Pun of schütteln (German for shake) and klappen (German for fold).
Italian Galassia Saltescambia
Jump-and-Swap Galaxy
Korean 레드블루패널 갤럭시
Redeu Beullu Paeneol Gaelleoksi
Red-Blue Panel Galaxy

Spanish Galaxia Vuelta y Vuelta
Flip and Flip Galaxy


  • There is a glitch in this galaxy that lets Mario jump farther than normal.
  • The "Ruins" theme heard in some secret areas in Super Mario Odyssey uses instrumentation very similar to that of this galaxy's music.