Power Star

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Not to be confused with Super Star.
This article is about a collectible item. For the Gaddget from Mario Party Advance, see Power Star (Gaddget). For a collectible essential to winning in the Mario Party games, see Star (Mario Party series). For Rosalina's Final Smash in the Super Smash Bros. series originally named "Power Star", see Grand Star (move).
Power Star
Power Star from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Artwork of a Power Star from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“We got a Power Star!”
Yellow Toad, Super Mario Galaxy

Power Stars, also referred to as Stars, are collectible items introduced in Super Mario 64 that can grant Mario access to more levels in-game, unlike the similar-looking Super Stars, which only give brief invincibility. In Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, when the star for any given level has been collected, playing the level again will turn the Star into a translucent version of itself (similar to how Star Coins work). This Star can be collected, but it will not add to the player's total Star count.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

Mario gets a Power Star in Bob-omb Battlefield in Super Mario 64.
From Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64, Power Stars are scattered throughout the various courses, most of which pertain to a mission. By obtaining a Power Star, the corresponding mission is cleared. Power Stars either appear in plain sight or after completing a mission objective, such as defeating a boss. There are seven Power Stars in each course; one is a secret Power Star that Mario can obtain from collecting 100 Coins, although these Power Stars are not associated with a mission. The various ★ doors and Big Star Doors of Peach's Castle require Mario to have at least a certain number of Power Stars (which is displayed on normal doors).

There are eight Red Coins in each course, and collecting all of them causes a Power Star to appear over a Star Marker. If Mario has already collected a Power Star, it appears transparent gray on the course. The Jumbo Star does not count toward the Power Star total.

There are a total of 120 Power Stars. 15 of them are Secret Stars, found either in secret areas or are held by a Toad. At least 70 Power Stars are required to access Bowser in the Sky. Once Mario collects all 120 Power Stars, the cannon outside Peach's Castle is then available, giving access to the castle's roof.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mario gets a Power Star in Whomp's Fortress in Super Mario 64 DS.
From Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 DS, there are a total of 150 Power Stars, 30 more than in the original game. An extra mission was added in each course, making a total of eight Power Stars per course (one of which is the 100 Coin Star). The game doubles the number of Secret Stars to 30. At least 80 Power Stars are required to enter Bowser in the Sky. Some Power Stars can only be earned by a certain character: 2 for Yoshi, 18 for Mario, 15 for Luigi, and 13 for Wario.

Some courses have a mission where five Silver Stars must be collected for the Power Star to appear in a Star Sphere. If the character loses a Silver Star, the Power Star disappears until they retrieve the Silver Star.

In VS Mode, the objective is for each Yoshi to get the most Power Stars within the time limit. In the mode, most Power Stars are contained within a Star Sphere except for those in The Princess's Secret Slide. If a Yoshi is hit, it drops a Power Star, which bounces around the stage non-stop, much like Silver Stars, until a Yoshi picks it up.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario getting a Power Star in the Good Egg Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy.

Power Stars make a return in the Wii game Super Mario Galaxy, where there are a total of 121 stars to collect each for both Mario and Luigi (for a total of 242). They have a more metallic and rounded appearance than before.

There are four types of Power Stars: First, there are regular Power Stars which serve the same purpose in other 3D Mario games. The second kind is the three Green Stars that, in addition to acting as normal Power Stars, unlock the Green Launch Star in the Comet Observatory which leads to the Trial Galaxies. The third type is the Red Power Star. There is only one in the game; it appears in the Super Mario Galaxy mission "Gateway's Purple Coins". Last are the seven Grand Stars, the first of which, and the only one obtained without a boss fight, is the first star in Gateway Galaxy. Subsequently, the other six Grand Stars are each collected by beating Bowser or Bowser Jr. These power up the Comet Observatory and unlock new Domes to explore. Silver Stars also return from Super Mario 64 DS, working in the same way, though they float alongside Mario once collected, and can't be lost by taking damage.

In Hurry-Scurry Galaxy, as well as the planet that appears in Sea Slide Galaxy when the Hungry Luma transforms in the third mission, collecting notes turns the black hole into a Power Star.

In the game's file system, there is an unused blue texture in the Power Star's data folder, suggesting that Blue Power Stars were originally going to be collectibles, but they were scrapped during development. This was removed in the sequel's file system.[1]

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario and Yoshi getting a Power Star in Yoshi Star Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Power Stars play the same role as in Super Mario Galaxy. There are 242 Power Stars in total (116 normal Power Stars, 6 Grand Stars, and 120 Green Stars). If the Cosmic Spirit is used to complete a mission, the star collected will be a Bronze Star instead of a gold one.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

In Super Mario Maker, both the Captain Toad and Toadette Mystery Mushroom costumes hold up a Power Star in their poses when the player presses +Control Pad up.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Mario standing next to the Tail Tree and a Mushroom Kingdom Power Moon

In Super Mario Odyssey's Mushroom Kingdom, Power Moons resemble the original appearance of the Power Stars, even playing the jingle that plays upon collecting a Power Star in Super Mario 64 when they are collected, which replaces the standard Power Moon jingle in this kingdom. Cappy, when Mario collects his first Mushroom Kingdom Power Moon, suggests that Power Moons come in different shapes. When loaded into the Odyssey in the Mushroom Kingdom, they appear as regular Power Moons.

Mario Pinball Land[edit]

Stars reappear in Mario Pinball Land, working just like they do in Super Mario 64, obtained after completing certain trials, such as defeating a boss or a certain number of enemies in time, and their use is to make Mario's way to Bowser. At the end, the number of Stars obtained determines how much the point bonus is worth.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: Grand Star (move)

A Power Star appears in Rosalina's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it is replaced with a Grand Star.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Power Stars reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, appearing at the end of each stage. However, unlike in previous 3D platformers, which has the Power Stars counted when collected, the game does not count Power Stars, treating them more as Goal Poles in that they only serve to be the end of the level.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パワースター
Pawā Sutā
Power Star
Chinese (Simplified) 力量之星[2]
Lìliàng zhī Xīng
Néngliàng zhī Xīng
力量星星[3] (Super Mario 3D All-Stars‎)
Lìliàng Xīngxing
Power Star

Energy Star

Power Star

Chinese (Traditional) 力量星星
Lìliàng Xīngxing
Power Syat
Dutch Krachtster Power Star
French Étoile de Puissance
Super étoile (Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Power Star
Super Star
German Power-Stern Power Star
Italian Stella (Super Mario 64 DS)
Superstella (Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Iper Stella (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker)
Hyper Star
Korean 파워스타
Pawo Seuta
Power Star
Russian Звезда силы
Звезда энергии
Zvezda sily
Zvezda energii
Power Star
Energy Star
Spanish Superestrella (Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Estrella de Poder (Super Mario 64 DS)
Hiperestrella (Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker)
Power Star
Spanish (NOE) Cosmoestrella (Super Mario Galaxy 2 instruction booklet) Cosmic-Star