Red Coin Field

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Red coin bird
Mario in the Red Coin Field

The Red Coin Field[1], also called Pipe Down #1[2], is a secret minicourse in the game Super Mario Sunshine. It is accessed in the northwest of Delfino Plaza via Warp Pipe. Although it is possible to reach the pipe with the Hover Nozzle, Turbo Nozzle, or Yoshi by jumping on the high trees leading up to the pipe, it is easiest to get there with the Rocket Nozzle.

Once inside the pipe, Mario must collect the eight Red Coins throughout the field. One Red Coin is on a brown structure. Mario can obtain another four coins by defeating the two Pokey Heads and two Seedy Pods that pop out of the dense grass. There is a Pianta that has caught on fire and is frantically running around the area; once Mario puts out the flames on him, he is rewarded with a red coin. At the top of the level, Mario can find a red bird. This bird will drop a red coin when doused enough with F.L.U.D.D.. There is a Watermelon Block placed next to a square hole near the edge of the field. Ground Pounding it or simply jumping into the hole results in discovering a secret alcove in the field where the last red coin resides. Mario will then be able to get to the Shine Sprite.


  • It is impossible to refill F.L.U.D.D. here, as there is no source of water. As such, Mario must exit the level and retry if he runs out of water and wishes to try again.
  • The red bird found here is dubbed the red bird of happiness by a Pianta ornithologist. It is the only red bird in the game.
  • It is possible to knock the Pokey Heads off the field, resulting in Mario being unable to get its red coin and having to redo the level.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, the game will crash if 100 coins are collected (by collecting 96 to 99 coins and then entering the course).


  1. Super Mario Sunshine Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 30.
  2. Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 34.