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Star Coins are recurring collectibles introduced in the New Super Mario Bros. series, large coins with a Super Star imprint. They are based on Dragon Coins from Super Mario World, even reusing the corresponding sound effect for collecting one from Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.
Super Mario series
New Super Mario Bros.
In New Super Mario Bros., there are three Star Coins in each of the eighty levels for a total of 240 Star Coins. Collecting a Star Coin adds 1,000 points to the player's score; some Star Coins may be hidden in areas that require power-ups such as the Mini Mushroom or the Blue Shell to access or collect them. In this game and subsequent appearances, collected Star Coins will show up as translucent on subsequent playthroughs of a level; a Star Coin does not count as collected until the player completes the level.
On the world map, the Touch Screen will display the total amount of Star Coins collected. Star Coins are used to open paths blocked by Star Coin Signs on the world map; each sign costs 5 Star Coins to open and allows the player to access Toad Houses or additional levels, which are represented with letters (e.g. World 1-A or World 5-B).
After completing the game at least once, a Blue Toad House will appear north of World 1-1 that sells 5 bonus Touch Screen backgrounds for 20 Star Coins each; the 5th background can be unlocked by opening every Toad House or spending all the Star Coins after collecting them. Collecting all 240 Star Coins will reward the player with a second star next to their save file, and "Complete" will appear on the Touch Screen next to the Star Coin counter; spending all the Star Coins will result in an "All Spent" message appearing next to the Star Coin symbol on the world map.
In the game's data, the collection sound effect is labelled as "SE_OBJ_GET_DRAGON_COIN", suggesting that they replaced Dragon Coins in the final game.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Star Coins also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Collecting one now adds 4,000 points to the player's total score. If the player collects all three Star Coins in a level, applause can be heard.
There are 231 Star Coins in total; collecting all Star Coins in a world will unlock a level in World 9 corresponding to that world number's (e.g. collecting all the Star Coins in World 1 will unlock 9-1). Collecting all the Star Coins in the game, including the ones in World 9, will reward the player with a star on the File Select Screen. Star Coins can also optionally be used to buy hint movies at Peach's Castle.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Star Coins appear again in New Super Mario Bros. 2. There are 219 Star Coins in total; as before, they can be used to open Star Coin Signs on the world map, leading to Toad Houses and additional levels. In this game, whenever Mario or Luigi passes a Star Coin, they will turn their head to face it.
In World Star, 90 Star Coins must be collected in order to access the actual levels. There is also a Yellow Toad House behind a Star Coin Sign that only appears after all Star Coins have been collected, and requires nine Star Coins to open. World Star itself does not have any Star Coins, but instead has similar Moon Coins; they cannot be spent, but count towards collecting all the Star Coins, and collecting all Moon Coins also rewards the player with a star on the File Select screen.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Star Coins appear once again in New Super Mario Bros. U, where they serve the same purpose as New Super Mario Bros. Wii; collecting all the Star Coins in each world unlocks a corresponding level in Superstar Road, similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. There are a total of 246 Star Coins in the game.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Mario Golf: World Tour
Star Coins appear in Mario Golf: World Tour and can be used to unlock new courses and playable characters. Players can earn them by clearing Star Coin challenges. These coins are also seen in the Extra level of the training games, where players are challenged to get the Star Coin with the ball while landing it as close to the pin as possible.
Super Smash Bros. series
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
Star Coins appear in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition as special Skill Items that raise the Skill levels of all forms of Mario except the 2.0 update forms, and all types of Hammer Bros., Coin Coffers, Thwomps and Whomps. They can be earned by opening up ? Blocks; winning them from the Lucky ? Blocks game at Toad Houses; randomly dropped by Koopa Troopas and Boom Boom; or from Big Thwomps and Big Whomps with a 10+ Combo attack. Other versions of Star Coins exist: Green Star Coins, Grand Star Coins and Grand Green Star Coins.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Star Coins appear in Golf Plus in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In this event, Star Coins are used to score the event and decide the winner, and on most holes are earned by getting the ball into the hole in the fewest shots. They can also be earned by hitting ? Blocks, which will produce a random number of Star Coins that can be scored by reaching the hole in under the number of shots allowed for the hole.
Aside from the Dragon Coins, similarly functioning early items include the Smiley Flowers in the Yoshi series of platformers, the Red Coins in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, the Ace Coins and Advance Coins in the Super Mario Advance games. Later items of the same basic function known as Star Medals appear in Super Mario 3D Land, followed by the Green Stars in Super Mario 3D World; Comet Medals are also similar items found in Super Mario Galaxy 2. In Yoshi's Safari, 10-Coins are depicted as large, circular coins with an imprint of a Super Star, 13 years before Star Coins themselves first appeared. In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, generic coins of each color have an indentation of a star on them and are in fact referred to as "(color) Star Coins" in the Japanese manual, though this specification is lost in the English translation.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
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