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Star Medals are collectibles in Super Mario 3D Land. There are three in most levels (Mystery Boxes have one or two, and Special 8-Crown has none.), like the Star Coins of the New Super Mario Bros. games, but they work like Power Stars from past 3D platformers. The Star Medals have a similar appearance to Comet Medals from Super Mario Galaxy 2, but they have stars on them instead of comets, and when Mario or Luigi is nearby, they make the same twinkling sounds as Green Stars in that same game. There are 285 Star Medals in the game's levels (including the Special Worlds), plus 50 in the Mystery Boxes, leading to a total of 335 to be collected. Through StreetPass Mystery Boxes, the player can obtain 999 Star Medals, although this serves no purpose, as only 290 are needed to unlock all levels. When the player collects a Star Medal they have already collected in a level, they instead earn three Coins. Also, when the player opens a course with Star Medals, the players pay their medals, but they are refunded back to the player afterward.
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