Star Hill

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Star Hill
Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi on Star Hill
The past incarnation of Star Hill in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Greater location Mario World / Mushroom Kingdom
Inhabitants Wishes, Merluvlee, Merlow

Star Hill is a mystical hill in a few role-playing games of the Super Mario franchise. While its appearance has changed in each appearance so far, it is usually lauded for its beautiful and romantic view (Mario is even advised by a Toad to take Princess Peach there on a date). Star Hill is literally seen as the place where wishes come true.

History[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Mario at Star Hill in SMRPG remake
Screenshot from Super Mario RPG for the Nintendo Switch
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In its debut in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Star Hill is located in the southwest region of Mario's world and is made out of many smaller hills that look like dark-blue meteorites resembling the moon. Mario, Mallow, and Geno travel here for one of the seven Star Pieces. This Star Piece is the only one that can be taken without a fight; it rests on the ground at the end of Star Hill, the only Star Piece not guarded by a boss (likely because there were several bosses in Booster Tower and Marrymore).

It is impossible to traverse the entire hill simply by walking; the only way to access different areas is by lighting several of the unusual star-shaped flowers, causing a keyhole in a large star gate in the area to grow. Going through the enlarged keyhole allows the enterer to travel to another area instantly, and the keyhole shrinks behind them. The hopeful fallen stars that litter the area can be examined to hear the wishes of the people who made them. If Mario attempts to leave Star Hill before having found the Star Piece there, Geno will stop him, telling him to continue finding it.[1]

At the time of this game's events, Smithy's monsters have overrun the terrain. This includes Geckos, Mastadooms, Throphers, Pulsars, and Sackits.

Several of the wishes associated with the fallen stars on Star Hill are fulfilled during the events of the game. Returning to Star Hill and inspecting the stars again will prompt a different response in recognition of this.

In the Switch remake, Star Hill is the focus of the remake's new post-game content. While resting in Marrymore, Geno sees an odd light at Star Hill, and when Mario and his allies investigate, they find new wishing stars have fallen on the hill, colored pink. These wishes are from villains the group had previously fought and serve as clues to their identities. Once each of them is defeated again, their wishes change to reflect this.

Paper Mario[edit]

Shooting Star Summit in Paper Mario

In Paper Mario, Star Hill is instead directly north of Peach's Castle, although it is renamed Shooting Star Summit in the English version. Unlike its previous appearance, the stars the mountain is named for are unable to be interacted with, and there are shooting stars seen of various colors that constantly scatter and fall harmlessly on its grounds. At the base of the hill lies Merluvlee and Merlow's house (referred to as "Merluvlee's Place" in the nearby notice board), where Mario can have his fortune told and trade Star Pieces for Badges. Princess Peach's Mysterious Treasure Chest can be found on the first floor of the house.

During the events of the storyline, Eldstar notifies Mario in a dream to head to the summit for counsel after Bowser takes Peach's castle to the sky and easily KOs Mario. Once he has awakened from his unconscious state after many days and Goombario's family revives him, he heads to the summit. Once he arrives, all seven Star Spirits appear (using the last of their power to create a projection) and reveal to Mario he must rescue all of them to save Princess Peach. On his way back down the mountain, Mario is introduced to Twink, who gives him the Lucky Star from Peach and teaches him how to use the Action Command. A Magikoopa then appears, having followed Twink to Mario, and must be defeated. Once the Star Spirits are physically gathered together later on, they use their power to open the Star Way, a celestial trail which leads to Star Haven above.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Star Hill is again shown to be north of Peach's Castle. It is only explored in the past, where it appears to be made of glittering stars and contains the Star Shrine accessed at the top.

Star Hill is a small area, and enemies that are found there are Love Bubbles, Handfakes and Fly Guys. The "spirit of the Cobalt Star" (in reality, the Elder Princess Shroob) speaks to the Mario brothers and their younger selves on top of the hill after the Commander Shroob is battled and defeated there. A pipe to Star Hill can be found in the destroyed Toad Town near the time hole to the basement of Peach's Castle.

Profiles[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Bowser's CastlePeach's CastleStar HavenStar WayShiver CityShiver SnowfieldStarborn ValleyShiver MountainCrystal PalaceGoomba VillageGoomba King's FortressMario's HouseShy Guy's Toy BoxClub 64Toad Town DojoShooting Star SummitKoopa VillageKoopa Bros. FortressWindy MillTubba Blubba's CastlePleasant PathDry Dry RailroadToad TownGoomba RoadFlower FieldsBoo's MansionForever ForestDry Dry OutpostDry Dry DesertMt. RuggedGusty GulchYoshi's VillageMt. LavalavaJade JungleLavalava Island
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  • Tattles
    • "This place feels strange and mysterious, doesn't it? If we go east from here, we'll eventually get to Shooting Star Summit."
    • "This is Shooting Star Summit. Stars are really...uh, shooting. People say that this place, like no other, reaches up and embraces the sky."
    • "This is the house of an amazingly gorgeous woman, the fortune-teller Merluvlee. Merlow, who collects Star Pieces, also lives here. This house pulses with psychic power. Can you feel it? It feels...weird. It feels like I'm floating on some kind of spiritual cushion."
  • In-game map description: They say this summit is the closest place to Star Haven. At the base of the summit live Merlow and Merluvlee. They're brother and sister.

Items[edit]

Item Image Location

Star Piece (x5) A Star Piece, from Paper Mario.
  • Under a hidden panel to the right of the bridge before Shooting Star Summit.
  • Under a hidden panel to the south of Merluvlee's house.
  • Under a hidden panel on the first step of the Shooting Star Summit.
  • Upon entering the Shooting Star Summit scene, go direct north to find this Star Piece.
  • Given by Merlow after giving him a letter from Shiver Snowfield.
Lucky Star LuckyStar PM.png Given by Twink after visiting Shooting Star Summit.
Autograph Sprite of Merluvlee's autograph Given by Merluvlee while doing Koopa Koot's 8th favor.

In addition to the items listed above, Merlow has 15 Badges to sell, and Mario can get items from Princess Peach's Mysterious Treasure Chest.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Hollijolli VillageToadwood ForestBowser's CastleYoshi's IslandKoopaseumThwomp VolcanoGritzy DesertToad TownStar HillShroob Castle
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Enemies[edit]

Items[edit]

Item Image Location

Ultra Drop (x3) A sprite of a Mushroom Drop and/or Super Drop and/or Ultra Drop. Three are in the west green block in the west of the third scene.
1-Up Super (x2) Mushroom One Up Pit.png Two are in the west red block in the east of the third scene.
Red Shell (x3) Red shell pit.png Three are in the east ? Block in the east of the third scene.
Mix Flower (x14) Mix Flower
  • Six are in the northeast red block in the east of the first scene.
  • Three are in the ? Block in the east of the middle part of the second scene.
  • Two are in the ? Block in the east of the highest part of the second scene.
  • Three are in the west ? Block in the east of the third scene.
Copy Flower (x5) CopyFlower.png
  • Two are in the southwest ? Block in the east of the first scene.
  • Three are in the east ? Block in the west of the third scene.
Bean (x2) A bean from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • In the west of the middle part of the second scene.
  • In the south of the west area of the third scene.

Gallery[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほしのふるおか (Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars)
Hoshi no Furu Oka
星のふるおか (Paper Mario)
Hoshi no Furu Oka
スターのおか (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
Sutā no Oka
Falling Star Hill; rendered "The Stardust Hill" in the Shogakukan guide[2]

Falling Star Hill

Star Hill

Chinese (simplified) 流星之峰 (from iQue's localization of Paper Mario in China)
Liúxīng zhī Fēng
Shooting Star Summit

Chinese (traditional) 星星降落之丘 (Super Mario RPG)
Xīngxīng Jiàngluò Zhī Qiū
Star Landing Hill

Dutch Sterrenberg
Star mountain
French Colline aux Étoiles Filantes (Paper Mario)
Colline Etoile (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
Shooting Star Hill
Star Hill
French (NOA) Colline aux Étoiles (Super Mario RPG)
Star Hill
French (NOE) colline aux Étoiles (Super Mario RPG)
Star hill
German Sternschnuppen-Gipfel (Paper Mario)
Sternenhügel (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Super Mario RPG)
Shooting Star Summit
Star Hill
Italian Colle Stella (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
Collina delle Stelle (Super Mario RPG)
Star Hill
Hill of the Stars
Korean 스타의 언덕 (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
Seuta-ui Eondeok
별이 내리는 언덕 (Super Mario RPG)
Byeori Naerineun Eondeok
Hill of Stars

Falling Star Hill

Spanish Cima Estrella Fugaz (Paper Mario)
Colina Estrella (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
Colina Estelar (Super Mario RPG)
Shooting Star Summit
Star Hill
Stellar Hill

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mario! There are Star Pieces to be found! Hang in there!" – Geno. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
  2. ^ 1996. Super Mario RPG Final Edition. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 4091025382. Page 2.