Star 'Stache Smash

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The Star 'Stache Smash minigame in both versions of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The Star 'Stache Smash minigame in both versions of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The Star 'Stache Smash minigame in both versions of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Star 'Stache Smash is a minigame featured in the Little Fungitown arcade during the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. This minigame is mandatory for the story to progress, and the Mario Bros. can play this arcade game for free. The rules of Star 'Stache Smash, as explained by a Geno doll (an on-screen text bubble in the remake), is to tilt the tray with the items on it into the open Piranha Plant holes at each side of the screen. There is only one side open at a time. Pressing A Button will tilt the tray to the right while pressing B Button will tilt the tray to the left. Players have one minute (60 seconds) to rack up as many points as possible.

Every time the player gets an item through an open hole, a certain amount of points are awarded depending on the item. Mushrooms are worth one point, Fire Flowers are worth three and Stars are worth five. Bob-ombs are also worth one point, but they also cause the other side to open and close the side they landed in. In the story, the Mario Bros. win an Invincishroom (a Poison Mushroom that is mistakenly called an Invincibility Mushroom in the remake) for getting a score of 200 or better. This causes Mario to gain Bean Fever after consuming the Invincishroom.


Star 'Stache Smash can be played later in exchange for Hee Beans. The chart below lists the amount of points required to earn a certain amount of Hee Beans.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Point Goal Reward
200-219 1 Hee Bean
220-239 2 Hee Beans
240-279 3 Hee Beans
280-319 4 Hee Beans
320-359 5 Hee Beans
360-400 6 Hee Beans
401-440 7 Hee Beans
441-480 8 Hee Beans
480+ 9 Hee Beans

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Point Goal Reward
200-219 2 Hee Beans
220-239 3 Hee Beans
240-319 4 Hee Beans
320-339 5 Hee Beans
340+ 8 Hee Beans

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヒゲ☆パチ
Chinese 胡子星星摇摆机
Húzi Xīngxīng Yáobǎijī
Mustache Star Pachinko Machine
Italian Fratelli Altalena Seesaw Bros.


  • If the player views the controls for the game in the original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, they can see that it was manufactured by WIN-tendo.
  • The music played during this minigame is a rearrangement of the "Powerful Infant" theme from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (known as "It's My Turn" in the remake).