The Princess's Secret Slide
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The Princess's Secret Slide is one of the secret levels in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, as well as being one of the three slides in the games. The entrance to the course is in Princess Peach's room of her castle, behind the door marked with a "1" on the mezzanine. Inside the room are three stained glass windows with images of Princess Peach on them. Jumping into the one on the right will lead to the slide.
In the DS version of the game, the room is expanded to include the locked doors with the other characters behind them, but the stained glass window on the right will still lead to the slide. Additionally, if the player falls off the slide, they will be brought back to the lobby of the castle with no life lost. Also in the DS version, it is one of the four courses in VS Mode. The first Power Star is at the start, the second is in the middle of the slide, and the last three Power Stars are in the ending room. This is the only secret course that contains Blue Coins, and the only course that has no Red Coins in the original game.
The player starts in a room with a Blue Switch to the right. Once the player enters the slide ahead, a timer will begin. The slide will first take the player down a large tunnel, which leads to a steep downward slope. After a large 270° bend are a series of drops with a 1-Up Mushroom in this area followed by several bends, ultimately leading to the end room of the slide.
This secret stage has two Power Stars to collect, and is the only stage in the original game to contain two of the Castle's Secret Stars.
The player must ride the slide all the way to the bottom and hit the ! Block to collect the Power Star.
This second Star will only appear if the player reaches the bottom of the slide in under 21 seconds. This Star will appear in front of the ! block that contained the first star.
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