Purple Switch

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A Purple Switch in Hazy Maze Cave
A Purple Switch in Rainbow Ride
Super Mario 64 DS

Purple Switches[1] are a type of ! Switch found in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, though they are colored red in the latter. They are found in a majority of the game's courses. Though their exact effect varies from course to course, the most common effects are either making a set of breakable platforms appear or making unnavigable terrain passable, such as turning a steep slope into a staircase. With very few exceptions, the effect of the Purple Switch is temporary. A ticking sound indicates that the switch is still in effect, which gets more rapid as the effect is about to expire.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スイッチ[2]


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Nintendo Player's Guide, page 18
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 92.