Purple Switch

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Purple Switch
Unused leftover of Super Mario 64 DSs Purple Switch from New Super Mario Bros..
The Purple Switch as it was left over unchanged from Super Mario 64 DS in New Super Mario Bros.'s game files
A flat, dark-red switch printed with a white "!"
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 64 DS (2004)

Purple Switches[1] are a type of ! Switch found in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. Despite their name, they are dark maroon in the former and light mahogany 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.