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Star Bits are common collectibles introduced in Super Mario Galaxy. They come in many colors (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white), and are quite shiny. In Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, they give the player an extra life when a certain amount of them are collected. They are also used to feed Hungry Lumas to summon a new location, fed to a Lumalee to gain an extra life or three extra health, and can be used to stun enemies.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2
Star Bits debut in Super Mario Galaxy and reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, and are first introduced in the form of small rocks from space, landing when Mario arrives at Peach's Castle at the beginning of the game. To collect them, the player can move the Star Cursor over them or simply run into them. For every 50 (Super Mario Galaxy) or 100 (Super Mario Galaxy 2) Mario collects, he receives an extra life. Mario will keep collected Star Bits after losing a life in a stage, but he will lose his coins. After completing a mission, Mario's Star Bits are added to his total amount. The stored Star Bits are then used to feed the Hungry Lumas found in the Comet Observatory and several galaxies to unlock galaxies and planets. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, they are also used at various points in the different Worlds and to spin Chance Cubes on Starship Mario. They can also be used to feed other Lumas, without any gain. Sometimes, bosses release a few Star Bits after being hit.
Pressing the button will shoot a Star Bit at the location of the Star Cursor. This can be used to stun or defeat some enemies. If a player holds the button, Star Bits will be shot continuously. Fired Star Bits cannot be recovered.
The average enemy, such as a Goomba, will release three Star Bits when defeated. However, that will only happen if the Star Spin is used, as simply jumping on one produces a single Coin. This holds true for most, but not all enemies. For example, Magikoopas only release Coins no matter what method they are defeated by. Mario can also make Star Bits appear by Ground Pounding certain buttons or activating Flipswitch Panels in various galaxies. Note that this will not always happen, as each button or Flipswitch Panel performs a different function depending on its galaxy and location.
There is a larger object related to Star Bits called the Star Piece Cluster, many of which are normally seen in Launch Star paths. They are broken upon impact and produce at least six Star Bits that Mario must collect quickly before they fly away.
Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart Wii
Star Bits appear in Rainbow Road, merely serving as decorations on various parts of the track. They are absent in split-screen mode.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Star Bits appear in the Individual version of Dream Ski Jumping in the Wii version Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, where the player can collect them to score points. The Star Bits come in three different colors, each with a different point value. Green Star Bits are worth 10 points, purple ones are worth 30 points and orange ones are worth 50 points.
Super Smash Bros. series
Star Bits are used as Rosalina's side special move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is called Star Bits. When used, Rosalina commands the Luma to shoot a small number of Star Bits. It is a long-ranged attack that cannot be absorbed or reflected, thus not making it a projectile attack. Nothing will happen if a Luma is not present when Rosalina uses this move.
In the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U installments, the move has two variations that can be swapped out once the player unlocks them. Floaty Star Bit is a large Star Bit that is slow and gets in the way of fighters. Shooting Star Bit shoots only one Star Bit, but has longer range and more power. Unlike the default variation, these two variations are considered projectiles, and can be reflected or absorbed.
Mario Party 10
In Mario Party 10, Star Bits are exclusive to the amiibo Party on the Rosalina Board. They appear in Crystal-like recipients. When the player lands on an Event Space, the Star Bits inside the recipient fly out and fall in the center of the board, where they have to be quickly collected with the cursor within five seconds. They can then be exchanged for an equal amount of Coins.
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