Star Switch

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Star Switch
Summons a Power Star within a Star Sphere a distance away.

First appearance

Super Mario 64 DS (2004)

A Star Switch is a special type of switch that is introduced in Super Mario 64 DS. They are an additional gameplay element exclusive to the remake and did not appear in the original game, Super Mario 64. Star Switches resemble yellow Stars and have an exclamation mark imprinted on them. They appear in ten of the fifteen main courses, where they are necessary for one of the seven course missions respectively. Each of these missions has the term "Switch Star" somewhere in its name. Five more Star Switches can be found in the other secret levels. Fifteen Switch Stars can be found throughout the entire game. Most of them require Wario to be collected, as the Star Switch, or the actual Power Star itself, is usually obstructed by some sort of strong material that the other characters are not strong enough to break.

Any playable character is able to activate the Star Switches by stepping on them. Once activated, they will make a Power Star appear in a Star Sphere within the same level. The Power Star only remains there for a short time, so the player needs to hurry in order to reach the Star in time, or else they will have to press the switch again. The time limit varies depending on the respective switch.

Star Switch locations[edit]

Image Course Star Location
SM64DS Whomp's Fortress Star Switch.png Whomp's Fortress
Switch Star of the Fortress
In an alcove below the Moving Bars. The switch is hidden under a Brick Block accessible to anyone, but Yoshi.
SM64DS Jolly Roger Bay Star Switch.png Jolly Roger Bay
Switch Star of the Bay
Behind a rock in the underwater cave with the falling stone pillars, near where the third Star is located, accessible only to Vanish Luigi. This Switch Star has the shortest timer.
SM64DS Cool Cool Mountain Star Switch.png Cool, Cool Mountain
Switch Star of Cool, Cool Mountain
On a floating isle near the lift that connects the snowman head area with the penguin pond area.
SM64DS Big Boo's Haunt Star Switch.png Big Boo's Haunt
Switch Star in the Basement
In the shallow water outside the merry-go-round in the basement. The switch is located under a Black Brick that only Wario can break.
SM64DS Hazy Maze Cave Star Switch.png Hazy Maze Cave
Underground Switch Star
Under a Black Brick in a corner of the elevator area.
SM64DS Shifting Sand Land Star Switch.png Shifting Sand Land
Tox Box Switch Star
On the course roamed by Tox Boxes above a field of quicksand. The switch is located under a Black Brick.
SM64DS Dire Dire Docks Star Switch.png Dire, Dire Docks
Koopa Surfin' Switch Star
Near the access point of the level, on a small shoreline. The switch is located under one of the three Black Bricks.
SM64DS Tiny-Huge Island Star Switch.png Tiny-Huge Island
Switch Star on the Island
In the cave underneath the area where Wiggler is fought.
SM64DS Tick Tock Clock Star Switch.png Tick Tock Clock
The Pendulum Switch Star
On the platform patrolled by a Heave-Ho and two Goombas, near the two large pendulums.
SM64DS Rainbow Ride Star Switch.png Rainbow Ride
Switch Star of the Manor
On the far end of a wooden platform, outside the giant floating manor, where the second Star is.
SM64DS Goomboss Battle Star Switch.png Goomboss Battle On a long platform next to the huge caged shaft, accessible only by Mario's wall jump.
SM64DS Under the Moat Star Switch.png The Secret Under the Moat On a remote area opposite the large slope at the beginning, accessible by either Mario's floating ability or wall-jumping. This Switch Star has the longest timer.
SM64DS Bowser in the Dark World Star Switch.png Bowser in the Dark World Behind the Warp Pipe that leads to the boss battle with Bowser.
SM64DS Bowser in the Fire Sea Star Switch.png Bowser in the Fire Sea On top of the obstacle course with the rising and sinking grid platforms near the end of the level.
SM64DS Bowser in the Sky Star Switch.png Bowser in the Sky On the far end of the platform underneath the first set of Ferris wheel platforms.