Throwback Galaxy

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Throwback Galaxy
Throwback Galaxy.png 
Area World 6 
How to unlock Get 60 Power Stars, including one from Clockwork Ruins Galaxy 
Boss(es) Whomp King 
Comet(s) Speedy Comet
Green Comet 
Level(s) Return of the Whomp King
Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress
Whomp Silver Star Speed Run
Green Star 1
Green Star 2
Green Star 3 
Stars Smg2 icon powerstar.pngSmg2 icon powerstar.pngSmg2 icon prankstercomet.pngSmg2 icon greencomet.pngSmg2 icon greencomet.pngSmg2 icon greencomet.png 
Galaxy Icon The Starting Planet 
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“Would you do me a favor and get that Power Star back from the Whomp King at the top of this hill?”
Bob-omb Buddy, Super Mario Galaxy 2
A full view of the planet.

The Throwback Galaxy is a galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy 2 which is a redesigned Whomp's Fortress from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. The music is a jazzy arrangement of the original Super Mario 64 main theme, as the original version was also played on Whomp's Fortress. Although the course is generally identical, a few minor changes have been made.

The clouds in the background are notably darker than the original Whomp's Fortress, and black holes were added below the course. New enemies have been added, such as Paragoombas, Skeeters and a Wiggler. Other enemies seen first in the original game also return, like Piranha Plants, Thwomps, Whomps, and Bomps. Some Bob-omb Buddies also appear in the galaxy, and even mention that Mario seems familiar, a reference to his earlier visit to Whomp's Fortress in Super Mario 64 and its remake. A Whomp is found at the top of the fortress, and defeating it will open an area where the Whomp King is found. A Comet Medal, notes (released from breaking a crate, playing the Super Mario Bros. underground theme) and a bonus planet featuring Piranha Plants can be found in the stage too. Several Cloud Flowers also appear in the galaxy's second mission.


Whomp's Fortress (Starting Planet)[edit]

A planet almost identical to Whomp's Fortress in Super Mario 64. However, the floating islands that contained Red Coins and the area where the Star Switch mission is done in Super Mario 64 DS are no longer found. The cannon used to destroy two walls in a mission in the previous games is replaced with a Sling Star, along with the points in the walls already being destroyed. There are a lot of enemies, such as Thwomps and Piranha Plants, on this planet, and at the top, Mario can defeat a Whomp to access a vertical tunnel which will take him to the underside of the planet where the Whomp King is fought.

Bonus Planet[edit]

Mario on the Bonus Planet of the Throwback Galaxy.

There is a teleporter near the base of Whomp's Fortress that leads to the Bonus Planet, which is inhabited by multiple Piranha Plants. If Mario is able to defeat them all within the time limit, he receives three 1-Up Mushrooms.

During the second mission, the player can use a Cloud Flower to get to the Bonus Planet, which is only a short distance away from the main planet. However, the player has used all three of their clouds at this point, so they are not able to get back again.


A Bomp.


Level Image Summary
Return of the Whomp King SMG2 Throwback Return of the Whomp King.png This mission's objective is to defeat the Whomp King.
Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress SMG2 Throwback Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress.png This mission's objective is to collect all of the Silver Stars.
Whomp Silver Star Speed Run SMG2 Throwback Whomp Silver Star Speed Run.png This mission's objective is to collect all of the Silver Stars within a time limit.

Green Stars[edit]

Green Star 1[edit]

Mario falling to the Green Star

This Green Star has the player redo Return of the Whomp King. Mario/Luigi must make his way to the moving platforms near the beginning of the course, as it is located right below the last one.

Planets Visited

Green Star 2[edit]

Mario standing on top of the Whomp

The next Green Star has the player redo Return of the Whomp King, like the first Green Star. It is located on top of the fortress, Mario/Luigi need to get on top of the Whomp, ride it to the Star, and then perform a Backwards Somersault to reach it.

Planets Visited

Green Star 3[edit]

Cloud Luigi about to get the Green Star

This Green Star has the player redo Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress. It is found far out in the skies of the fortress, near the clouds with coins and a Silver Star. Mario/Luigi must use his clouds to jump out from the cloud with the Silver Star to reach it.

Planets Visited


Audio.svg Throwback Galaxy - Throwback Galaxy soundtrack (full version). This is a remixed version of the theme used for the original Whomp's Fortress, among other stages, in Super Mario 64.
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese なつかしの砦ギャラクシー
Natsukashi no Toride Gyarakushī
Nostalgic Fortress Galaxy
Spanish Galaxia Fortaleza Nostálgica Nostalgic Fortress Galaxy
French (NOA) Galaxie du bon vieux temps Good old days Galaxy
French (NOE) Forteresse rétro Retro fortress
German Rückblende Galaxie Flashback Galaxy
Italian Galassia Fortezza Nostalgia Nostalgy Fortress Galaxy
Korean 낯익은 요새 갤럭시
Nat'igeun Yosae Gaelleoksi
Familiar Fortress Galaxy
Chinese 昔日山寨銀河
Xīrì shānzhài yínhé
The old school cottage Galaxy


  • When the Whomp King is defeated in Super Mario Galaxy 2, he will explode and Mario will be standing on the ground, while in Super Mario 64, Mario will still be in the air after the Whomp King is defeated.