Star Bit

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Star Bit
Small and shiny star-shaped items.

First Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Latest Appearance

Mario Party 10 (2015)

Effect on Player

Grants an extra life every 50 (in Super Mario Galaxy) or 100 (in Super Mario Galaxy 2) collected, spawns a Launch Star if fed to a Hungry Luma, able to shoot at enemies to temporarily stun them.

“Hey, you! Yeah, you! Got any tasty Star Bits?”
Hungry Luma, Super Mario Galaxy

Star Bits are common collectible items in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. 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.

Star Bits come in many colors (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white), and are quite shiny. They are first introduced in the form of small rocks from space, landing when Mario arrives at Princess 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.

Rows of Star Bits in an airship's secret area in the Space Junk Galaxy.

When Mario flies through space using a Launch Star and hits a Star Crystal, Star Bits appear around him. To get them, the player must act quickly and touch each of them with the Star Cursor before Mario lands on the next planet.

Star Bits are the Lumas' favorite food. When fed a certain number of them, a Hungry Luma will transform into a new planet or small galaxy and it will leave behind a pink Launch Star, and a Lumalee will transform into either a Life Mushroom or a 1-Up Mushroom, depending on which item the player chose.

Pressing the B Button button will shoot a Star Bit at location of the Star Cursor. This can be used to stun or defeat some enemies. If a player holds the B Button 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 thought to be somewhat related to Star Bits called the Star Crystal, 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.

Other game appearances[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Star Bits appear in Rainbow Road, on various parts of the track. They are absent in split-screen mode, most likely to preserve frame-rate.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Star Bits also appear in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, in the Dream Ski Jumping event, which takes place in the Good Egg Galaxy. They add points to the player's score.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Star Bits also appear in Super Mario 3D World. Here, they appear in the background of all special worlds (Star, Mushroom, Flower, and Crown), serving no real purpose.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Star Bits are used as Rosalina's side special move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, 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.

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[edit]

Star Bits make their first appearance in a Mario Party game in Mario Party 10. They appear in amiibo Party in the Rosalina Board. They act like regular Coins, in which they must be collected to get coins.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターピース
Star Piece
Spanish Trozos de Estrella/Polvo de estrellas Star Bits/Star dust
French Éclat d'Étoile/Fragment d'étoile Luster of Star/Fragment of Star
German Sternenteile Star Pieces
Italian Astroscheggia Star Bit
Korean 스타구슬
Star Marble


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  • In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, if 9,999 Star Bits are collected, all coconuts in the games will become watermelons permanently, even if the Star Bit total drops below 9,999 again.
  • If the player has 777 or 7,777 Star Bits on hand while on Starship Mario, Lubba will remark on how lucky that is, which is a reference to the saying, "Lucky 7." He also has messages for having 9,999 and multiples of 1,000 of them on hand as well.
  • Star Bits are modeled after the Japanese centuries-old candy Konpeitō, which is primarily made from sugar.
  • In Rosalina's Storybook, Star Bits are said to taste like honey.

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