Gateway Galaxy

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Gateway Galaxy
A screenshot of Gateway Galaxy during the "Grand Star Rescue" mission from Super Mario Galaxy.
Screenshot of the starting planet during "Grand Star Rescue".
Area Gate
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Comet(s) Purple Comet
Mission(s) Grand Star Rescue
Gateway's Purple Coins
Stars A Grand Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy.Red Power Star icon for use in infoboxes.
Galaxy icon None
“There's a connection here to deep space, far from your lands. We call it the gateway to the starry sky.”
Luma, Super Mario Galaxy

The Gateway Galaxy is the first of the many galaxies from Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii. It serves as the opening level for the game and after Mario clears its first mission. The galaxy is one of two galaxies (the other one being the Buoy Base Galaxy) to only feature two Power Stars. It is unrevisitable until the Gate is unlocked later on in the game. It has the only Purple Coin mission in the game that can be played before beating Bowser. This galaxy is one of the two galaxies to have a purple coin mission without a Prankster Comet, the other one being the Grand Finale Galaxy. The Gateway Galaxy also contains the only Grand Star not obtained by fighting a boss, as well as the only red Power Star in the game.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all names are unofficial.

Starting Planet[edit]
Mario in the Gateway Galaxy on the only planet
The Starting Planet

This is the first planet that Mario explores in the game. It is where Mario first wakes up after being blasted off Peach's Castle by Kamek in the opening cutscene. Here, he meets two yellow Lumas as well as an apricot Luma who transform into Star Bunnies and asks him to play hide and seek with them. When they are all found, a large light beam goes down from the sky, and the gateway appears, and it is where Mario meets Rosalina for the first time. The planet itself has three holes in its surface (two of which connect to each other directly through the center of the planet), many small patches of flowers, two connecting Warp Pipes, several rubbery bulbs, two small pools of water, two small cottages, a ring of vertically-positioned rock columns, and a castle-like monument on the top. The planet is also surrounded by a light blue atmosphere. Later in the game, Mario must use the power of the Red Star to collect 100 Purple Coins on this planet, enabling him to use the Red Star onboard the Comet Observatory as well.

The Garden Planet in the Gateway Galaxy
The Starting Planet's garden area
The Castle in the Gateway Galaxy
The castle structure on the Starting Planet

A planet found in the Deep Dark Galaxy resembles the Starting Planet of the Gateway Galaxy. It can be seen from the Wooden Planet, as well as the Starting Planet. The planet is accessible via a cannon on the latter, and is much smaller than the original one. There are three Goombas here, and a yellow screw that can be unscrewed by spinning it, which will cause the planet to quickly shrink and disappear, at the same time revealing a large ring of coins.

After the credits have rolled, when the player has collected 120 Power Stars and defeated Bowser for a second time, the ending sequence that plays occurs here. In the sequence, Rosalina thanks the player and says that she will watch over them from beyond the stars. She then walks into the door of the small blue-roofed cottage on the planet and comes out of the door of the Gate, thereby revealing that the two are connected. It is also revealed that the Comet Observatory is most likely hidden somewhere on the planet (although it cannot be seen when the player actively explores it), as it emerges from behind the planet after Rosalina transforms it into a comet once again and pilots it away.

Black Hole Planet[edit]
Mario collecting Star Chips on the Black Hole Planet.

The Black Hole Planet[1] is a planet made of nothing more than dirt, grass and stone. There is a black hole at its center, and it is also under constant bombardment by a meteor shower. There are five yellow Star Chips on this planet that Mario must collect in order to proceed, as well as a rock with a 1-Up Mushroom on top of it.

Metal Planets[edit]
Shock Wave Generators and a Big Goomba in the Gateway Galaxy
Mario on the planet
The two Metal Planets in the Gateway Galaxy.

These are two metal planets which look very similar to one another. Both planets are brown in color, and have what appears to be metallic green power cables embedded in their surfaces which snake around the planets. In addition, both planets have Shock Wave Generators that, when spun, will send vibrations across them, stunning all enemies within range. There are many Goombas on both of these planets, as well as several crystals. Also, on the second of the two is a Grand Goomba, the only one in the entire game. The Flipswitch Area is located inside the second Metal Planet, and is accessed via a Warp Pipe.

Flipswitch Area[edit]
The Flipswitch Area, located inside the second of the two Metal Planets.
The interior of the Metal Planet in the Gateway Galaxy
The draining device

When the player enters the Warp Pipe on the bottom of the second Metal Planet, he will be taken to an inverted, spherical metal chamber with many Goombas and Flipswitch Panels inside. The goal is to shut down the machine and save the first of seven Grand Stars in the game by activating every Flipswitch Panel found on the inside of the planet to change all of them from yellow to blue, while simultaneously avoiding the many Goombas and electric platforms. There are several coins floating in the air as well.



Mission Image Summary

Grand Star Rescue Mario finally catches the rabbit Mario has to recover the first Grand Star.
Gateway's Purple Coins Gateway's Purple Coins Mario has to collect Purple Coins using the Red Star power-up.

Mario Kart series[edit]

The Starting Planet can be seen in Rosalina's Ice World in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Tour, and the Booster Course Pass DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

The Starting Planet can be seen below Galaxy Arena in Mario Tennis Open.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Mario Galaxy, a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, is based on the Starting Planet.

Super Nintendo World[edit]

The Starting Planet appears in the Yoshi's Adventure ride at Super Nintendo World.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

The Starting Planet as seen on a Super Mario Galaxy trading card
  • Super Mario Galaxy trading card (Starting Planet): After Bowser's attack and blast that sent Mario drifting out into space, our hero wakes up on this planet. He's greeted by a Luma that wants to teach him important planet-hopping tricks. This is where he meets Rosalina, who grants him a critical power - the Star Spin. Mario will stop here again toward the end of his journey to acquire the power of flight from a Red Luma.


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘブンズドアギャラクシー
Hebunzudoa gyarakushī
Heaven's Door Galaxy. The phrase ヘブンズドア "Heaven's Door" is sometimes written as "天の扉", but still read as ヘブンズドア.[2]

Chinese 天之门银河[3]
Tiān zhī mén yínhé
Heaven's Door Galaxy

French Portail céleste
Celestial gate
German Sternentor-Galaxie
Star Gate Galaxy
Italian Galassia Varco Celestiale
Celestial Passage Galaxy
Korean 헤븐스 도어 갤럭시
Hebeunseu Do'eo Gaelleoksi
Heaven's Door Galaxy

Spanish (NOA) Galaxia de la Puerta Celestial
Heavenly Gate Galaxy
Spanish (NOE) Galaxia Puerta Celestial
Heavenly Gate Galaxy


  • This is the only galaxy in the game where Flipswitch Panels have circles in the middle instead of a "?" or "!" and must be turned off rather than on.
  • This is the only galaxy in the game where it doesn't play the normal music when chasing the bunnies. Instead, the music from this galaxy is remixed.
  • In the background (like Bowser's Star Reactor later on in the game), there are inaccessible Airships. It is revealed by using a flight hack that the Airships are solid, but have no gravity. However, the camera is very glitchy when Mario or Luigi stands on them.[4]


  1. ^ Name confirmed by files found on noclip. [1].
  2. ^ シン (February 2, 2016). 【実況】ぽんこつ配管工 スーパーマリオギャラクシーでたわむれる part1. Nicovideo (Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Nvidia Shield screenshot thread. X. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^