Slide (Super Mario 64)
Slides are secret places found in certain levels in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. When Mario approaches one, he will slide down on his front or back, and he can speed up or slow down when sliding. Most of the time the player should avoid going too close to the edge since they all lead to a void. The player also has coins to collect and completing the slide results in a Power Star.
The Princess's Secret Slide
The Princess's Secret Slide is the shortest of the three in the game. It contains 80 coins, a Blue Coin Block, and a 1-Up Mushroom hidden at the end. It is the only slide course that is not located in an actual level. It can be accessed by passing through the stain-glass picture of Princess Peach on the right in the room on the second floor. It contains two Power Stars; one of them can be found in a ! Block at the end of the course. The other one appears after the player completes the slide in less than 21 seconds. It is also available as a playable course in the downloadable multiplayer game for Super Mario 64 DS. Note that falling off this stage does not cost the player any lives.
Cabin's Snow Slide
The Cabin's Snow Slide (or simply the Snow Slide) of Cool, Cool Mountain is accessed by entering the chimney of the cottage at the start of the level. It is made of snow and ice, and has no side-supports to keep Mario from falling off. Unlike The Princess's Secret Slide, it will cost the player a life if they fall off. At the very end of the slide, there is a thin bridge made of sheer ice. This is the only slide that has an intentional shortcut, which is indicated by a trail of 5 Yellow Coins leading into a fake wall. The shortcut is a tunnel with no obstacles or pitfalls that leads directly to the end of the slide. Taking the shortcut during Big Penguin Race will make the Big Penguin accuse Mario of cheating; he will not give him a Power Star unless he completes the slide normally. The slide contains 82 Yellow Coins and one Blue Coin that only appears at the beginning of the course, two 1-Up Mushrooms (both in the shortcut), and ! Block that contains another 1-Up Mushroom.
Mysterious Mountain Slide
The Mysterious Mountain Slide of Tall, Tall Mountain features sharper turns and detours, and even a trick path. The track has 3 1-Up Mushrooms and a Star at the end. In Super Mario 64 DS, there are 45 Yellow Coins in the slide. This track is also required for the 100 coin star in Tall, Tall Mountain for Super Mario 64, as it contains more than 35 coins. However, it is not required for the 100 coin star in Super Mario 64 DS, as there are more coins available outside the slide. If the Star appears on the slide, it must be obtained right away, or it will disappear due to the loading point separating the slide and the mountain itself. To get to this slide course, the player has to go near the top of the mountain (just past Fwoosh) and find a place that looks like an ordinary wall, but is accessible like a painting. It is just behind the row of five coins. In Super Mario 64 DS, the coins are positioned differently so that the entrance to the slide is more obvious to the player.
If Mario dies from falling of the slide and enters the course again, he will be immediately transported to the slide, instead of the player having to climb the mountain again.