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Tiny-Huge Island Star 4
The fourth obtained secret of Tiny-Huge Island
An invisible object. When all five of them are found, the Power Star relevant to the secrets appears.
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Shifting Sand Land Star 6
The second obtained secret of Shifting Sand Land

Secrets, or Red Numbers,[1] are collectibles that appear in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS. They are invisible items that generally produce a Power Star once five of them are collected. They either can be in five spots that Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario would not think to look or are hidden in secretive places such as in Wet-Dry World, or they can be overlaid with coins, giving the impression that they are special coins that the player must collect to get a Power Star, such as on the Bob-omb Battlefield and in Shifting Sand Land.

In Super Mario 64, when the first secret is found, a slow version of the "Star collected" sound is heard. It gets faster with each successive secret, until the final secret makes the sound outright. In Super Mario 64 DS, all five secrets make the first secret's sound.

Generally, secrets function much like the Silver Stars; once all five of them are found, a Power Star appears. However, there are other differences; if Mario (or whoever else is carrying a Silver Star) is injured for whatever reason, one of the collected Silver Stars is knocked out of his grasp, whereas the secrets collected stay with Mario. Secrets also cannot be located on the map by any means.

Secrets can be found in the following missions:

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シークレット
Italian Posto segreto (in game)
Punto segreto (Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia)
Secret spot/place


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 73.