Star Cursor

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The Star Cursor appearing onscreen in Super Mario Galaxy
P2's Pointer in Super Mario Galaxy 2
“Use Baseline sprite of the Star Cursor in Super Mario Galaxy. to grab them!”
Toad, Super Mario Galaxy 2

The Star Cursor,[1] also called the Star Pointer,[2] pointer,[3] or Cursor,[4] is a cursor that appears on the screen in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Its position is controlled by the wireless motion sensitivity of the Wii Remote, so the player can move it around the screen by aiming the Wii Remote at different angles. In the Super Mario 3D All-Stars version, the Star Cursor is controlled via the Joy-Con/Nintendo Switch Pro Controller's motion controls in TV and tabletop mode and the touchscreen in handheld mode. In the former mode, it can be activated/reset by pressing R Button. The Star Cursor enables the player to perform a variety of actions, including collecting Star Bits, shooting Star Bits at enemies to stun them, activating Pull Stars, and controlling Sling Pods. The player is able to collect large numbers of Star Bits at once simply by moving the Star Cursor over them. When the Star Cursor is used to activate Pull Stars, it temporarily changes to a hand icon, and it changes back when there are no more Pull Stars to grab. It serves an important role in a few galaxies centered around the bubble, including the Bubble Breeze Galaxy and the Bubble Blast Galaxy; after Mario (or Luigi) has entered a bubble, the Star Cursor acts as a wind blower to propel the bubble along.

In multiplayer Co-Star Mode, P2's Pointer[5] appears. This cursor is orange, and it allows a second player to perform all the tasks that the first player's pointer can, along with some that it cannot. For instance, it can manipulate the environment and freeze enemy movement to aid the first player as needed. Both players' pressing the A Button button at the same time allows Mario or Luigi to perform the Co-Star Super Jump special move, as explained by the in-game instructions on how to use Co-Star Mode on the file-selection screen of Super Mario Galaxy. Unlike the first player's pointer, P2's Pointer begins to spin when it is positioned over an object, item, character, or enemy in the environment that it can affect in some way.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Star Cursor has essentially the same functionality as it does in Super Mario Galaxy, with some minor differences. For instance, the Star Cursor is replaced by a small red dot while the player rides Yoshi; while the player cannot shoot Star Bits as long as this dot is present, they can still collect Star Bits and point at enemies or fruits that Yoshi can eat to produce Star Bits, as well as flowers that he can grapple on with his tongue. Additionally, in Super Mario Galaxy 2's Co-Star Mode, the second player's orange Star Cursor is effectively used to control the Co-Star Luma, which performs actions along with the Star Cursor where the Star Cursor itself would perform the actions in Super Mario Galaxy's Co-Star Mode. For instance, when holding an enemy back, instead of the player simply stopping the enemy's movement with the Star Cursor, the Co-Star Luma now flies to the location of the Star Cursor and visibly holds on to the enemy to stop its movement. The Star Cursor is slightly larger (and a different shade of orange) in this game than in Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rosalina uses the Star Cursor to perform her Gravitational Pull move.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポインター[6][7]
2P's Pointer
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 2Pのポインター[8]
2P no Pointā
2P's Pointer


  1. ^ "Help! I'm stuck! Aim your Baseline sprite of the Star Cursor in Super Mario Galaxy. Star Cursor at me, and press A Button to pull me out!"Mailtoad, Super Mario Galaxy
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy English instruction booklet, page 6.
  3. ^ Super Mario Galaxy English instruction booklet, page 6.
  4. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Beginners DVD, Pointing at the Screen.
  5. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 English instruction booket, page 5.
  6. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Japanese instruction booklet, page 9.
  7. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 Japanese instruction booklet, page 9.
  8. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 Japanese instruction booklet, page 8.