Mario's Key

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Mario's Key[1] is an item in Super Mario 64 DS. It is the key that unlocks the door that Mario is trapped behind and the only character key required to beat the game. Mario's Key was used by Goomboss to trap Mario behind a door in the Mushroom Castle after he captured him. It is obtained by Yoshi after he collects eight Power Stars, enters the room behind Princess Peach's Rec Room, and defeats Goomboss inside the Mario painting.

The key is about the size of Mario, is made of gold with a large M in the center of it, and has Mario's cap on top of it, though the cap disappears upon the player collecting it. Once Yoshi retrieves this key and brings it to the door Mario is behind, Mario is freed, and his caps appear in courses if the player is someone other than Mario.

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Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 64 DS data/normal_obj/player_key/mario_key.bmd mario_key Mario Key


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 188, page 77. "Battle Goomboss for Mario’s Key Sprint around the perimeter of the tree stump and gulp one of the Goombas in Goomboss’s entourage. Expel your mouthful at the royal pest several times to capture Mario’s Key."