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This article is about the item in Mario's Time Machine. For the developers behind the games in the Super Mario franchise, see Category:Staff. For the Kid Icarus item in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, see List of Super Smash Bros. series items § Staff. For Dark Pit's Final Smash in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Dark Pit § Dark Pit Staff.
Staff in the SNES release of Mario's Time Machine Staff in the PC release of Mario's Time Machine
SNES (left) and PC (right)
First appearance Mario's Time Machine (1993)

The Staff is an item in the SNES and PC releases of Mario's Time Machine. It is made of solid gold and has been used by the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt for generations. As Cleopatra is about to be given the Staff, which lets her be recognized as Egypt's rightful ruler, it is stolen in Alexandria by a time-traveling Bowser. Bowser then places it in his museum full of stolen and time-displaced artifacts, at which point it is taken back by Mario. Mario travels back in time to Alexandria circa 47 BC, Staff in hand, so that it can be returned to its rightful owner. However, as Mario does not know who actually owns it, he asks various people within Alexandria, including Julius Caesar, about the Staff. All of them recognize its importance and tell Mario to bring it to Cleopatra. Eventually, Mario absolutely confirms its owner and brings it to Cleopatra, firmly crowning her as Egypt's queen.