Star Chip

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Star Chip
Render of a yellow Star Chip in Super Mario Galaxy.
Model from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“I have some bad news, though. See, I HAD a Launch Star all ready for you, but a meteor smashed it up! You can't leave without it, so find all the Star Chips to fix it.”
Luma, Super Mario Galaxy
Blue Star Chips in the Good Egg Galaxy
A yellow Star Chip
Blue Star Chips in the Good Egg Galaxy
Blue Star Chips in the Good Egg Galaxy
A Star Chip sprite.

Star Chips are items that appear in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They always appear in sets of five, obviously representing the five points of a star. When Mario (or Luigi) collects all five of the yellow pieces, a Launch Star appears. There are also blue Star Chips in addition to the regular yellow ones. Blue Star Chips are far less common, though they do prove integral to the successful completion of several levels. When all five are collected, they create a Pull Star (or several). Sometimes, upon Mario completing a set of yellow Star Chips, several Pull Stars appear in addition to the Launch Star. When the first Star Chip is collected, a small icon representing the Launch Star (or Pull Star) appears at the top middle of the screen, and it gradually fills up in a clockwise direction as Mario collects more Star Chips. If any Star Chips are collected underwater, they completely refill Mario's air meter.

Star Chips are also found in Mario Tennis Open. They appear exclusively in Galaxy Rally, a Special Minigame. If the player hits one with the ball, the player collects some coins while filling a Launch Star meter. When the Launch Star meter is full, the Star Chips stop appearing, and a Launch Star is formed. After a certain amount of time, the Launch Star disappears and the Star Chips reappear.

Star Chip locations[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

* - Levels containing blue Star Chips.

Level Galaxy Area Forms
Grand Star Rescue Gateway Galaxy Found encased inside multiple Crystals on the Black Hole Planet. Launch Star
Dino Piranha, Dino Piranha Speed Run Good Egg Galaxy Scattered around the Boulder Planet in various places. Launch Star
*A Snack of Cosmic Proportions Good Egg Galaxy Found on the Star Planet, one on each point. Five Pull Stars
Bee Mario Takes Flight Honeyhive Galaxy Found on the body of Queen Bee on the Queen Bee Planet. Launch Star
Pull Star Path, Pull Star Path Speed Run Space Junk Galaxy Orbiting around the three Orb Planets in the galaxy. Launch Star
*Battlerock Barrage, *Luigi under the Saucer Battlerock Galaxy Found orbiting around the Starting Planets at the start of the level. Two Pull Stars
Sunken Treasure Beach Bowl Galaxy Found in various underwater locations on the Starting Planet. Launch Star
Through the Poison Swamp Bubble Breeze Galaxy Contained in multiple bubbles being blown around the Starting Planet. Launch Star
Luigi and the Haunted Mansion Ghostly Galaxy Moving around a room infested with Jack O'Goombas inside the Mansion Planet. Launch Star
*Beware of Bouldergeist Ghostly Galaxy Found on the second of the two Cracked Wall Planets surrounded by multiple Sling Pods. Three Pull Stars
*The Floating Fortress Buoy Base Galaxy The first four are surrounded by various obstacles on the Buoy Base, and the final one is found at the top. Two Pull Stars
Gusty Garden's Gravity Scramble Gusty Garden Galaxy Found orbiting around the last of the three Disk Planets before the ! and ? Planets. Launch Star
Freezeflame's Blistering Core Freezeflame Galaxy Found encased inside multiple Crystals on the Ice Ring Planet. Launch Star and Five Pull Stars
*Blasting through the Sand, *Sandblast Speed Run Dusty Dune Galaxy Scattered around the second Speedy Sand Planet. Five Pull Stars
Sunbaked Sand Castle, Bullet Bill on Your Back Dusty Dune Galaxy Hidden in different locations on the tower on the first side of the first Disk Planet. Launch Star
Bigmouth's Gold Bait Bigmouth Galaxy The first four are hidden in seaweed at the bottom of a lake inside the Bigmouth Planet, and the last one is on top of a rock at the bottom of the lake. Sling Star
*Star Bunnies on the Hunt Gold Leaf Galaxy Scattered around the Starting Planet in various different locations. Launch Star and Five Pull Stars
Mario Meets Mario Toy Time Galaxy Found in different locations on the Screw Planet. Launch Star
*Revenge of the Topman Tribe, *Topman Tribe Speed Run Dreadnought Galaxy Each Star Chip is found on the surface of the Cube Planet (one is found floating in midair). Launch Star and Two Pull Stars
The Sinking Lava Spire, Lava Spire Daredevil Run Melty Molten Galaxy Found scattered across the surface of the first Forming Lava Planet embedded in the main Lava Planet. Launch Star
Through the Meteor Storm Melty Molten Galaxy Found at various points on the Cooled Lava Planet embedded in the main Lava Planet. Launch Star
Fiery Dino Piranha Melty Molten Galaxy Positioned randomly around the Disk Planet, some of them floating in midair. Launch Star
The Electric Labyrinth Bubble Blast Galaxy Suspended in bubbles found in five separate areas near the star-shaped Starting Platform. Launch Star

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Level Galaxy Area Forms
Search for the Toad Brigade Captain Fluffy Bluff Galaxy Found in different locations on the surface of the Pond Planet. Launch Star
The Flotacious Blimp Fruit Tall Trunk Galaxy Randomly positioned around the Log Planet. Mario must use Yoshi to collect the pieces. Launch Star
The Shadow Lining Cloudy Court Galaxy Found scattered across some of the few Starting Planets that remain in this mission. Launch Star
Sorbetti's Chilly Reception Freezy Flake Galaxy Hidden in various objects found around the Snow Field Planet. Launch Star
Silver Stars Pop-Up Boo Moon Galaxy Found floating in midair directly above the crescent moon. Launch Star


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/YellowChip.arc YellowChip Yellow Chip
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
イエローチップ (Ierō Chippu) Yellow Chip
Super Mario Galaxy ObjectData/BlueChip.arc BlueChip Blue Chip
Super Mario Galaxy StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl ブルーチップ (Burū Chippu) Blue Chip

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターチップ
Sutā Chippu
Sutā Chippu (ao)
Star Chip

Star Chip (blue)

Chinese (simplified) 星星碎片
Xīngxīng Suìpiàn
Star Piece

French Morceau d'étoile
Star piece
German Gelber Sternenchip
Yellow Star-Chip
Italian Spicchio Stellare
Star Slice
Spanish (NOA) Fragmento amarillo
Yellow Fragment
Spanish (NOE) Fragmento de estrella
Star Fragment


Gigantic Star Chips


  1. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 137.