Star Sphere

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Not to be confused with Star Ball.
A Power Star in a Star Sphere in Sunshine Isles
“The clear ball you see in front of you is a Star Sphere. When you get all 5 Silver Stars, the Power Star will appear inside the Star Sphere.”
Signs about the Star Sphere, Super Mario 64 DS

A Star Sphere is a transparent sphere that can contain a Power Star, appearing in Super Mario 64 DS. If a player obtains five Silver Stars or presses a Star Switch, then a Power Star appears in the crystal sphere. If a Star Switch is pressed, the Star remains in the Star Sphere for a short time. If the player collected all five Silver Stars and then drops one, the Star in the Star Sphere will disappear. When the Star Sphere is touched with a Star inside, it will break and the player will get the Power Star. In VS Mode, most of the Power Stars are found in Star Spheres, except for the ones in The Princess's Secret Slide.