Whomp's Fortress, also known as the Whomp King's Fortress, is the stronghold home of the Whomp race and their leader, the Whomp King. It is the second course in Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS, and can be accessed via a painting on the ground floor of the Mushroom Castle. Only one Power Star is needed to unlock the door to the room containing the painting.
The level received some additional elements and platforms in the Nintendo DS remake and was remade for Super Mario Galaxy 2 under the name Throwback Galaxy. In addition, the Whomp's Fortress painting that appears in Super Mario 64 also appears in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack of Minecraft as one of the paintings that can be hung on a wall.
Whomp's Fortress is a large, tall stone fortress populated by Whomps, Thwomps, and Piranha Plants. The player starts off in a field area at the base of the fortress, which contains some patches of flowers, a Piranha Plant, some Goombas, and this course's Star Marker. The tree at the start of the level also contains Hoot during certain missions. At the top of the nearby ramp are some Moving Bars that will try to shove the player off the ledge. After those are gaps with receding platforms over them followed by a couple of Thwomps guarding a set of stairs to the upper area. Near the Thwomps are a green ! Block and a warp that will take the player further up the fortress. The path splits at the top of the stairs, with the ramp going downward, leading to a pool of water, a Bob-omb Buddy and a cannon, and a small area with some Goombas, and the right path leading to the top of the fortress and containing Piranha Plants, Whomps, and both a falling and turning bridge. At the top of the fortress is the Whomp King, though during only the first mission. Every other mission has a tall tower with receding steps at the top of the fortress. Above the course are several platforms that can be reached either by using Hoot to fly up there or by knocking over a board at the top of the fortress.
Super Mario 64 DS has additional platforms going around the base of the fortress that can be reached by jumping over the fence near the start or by long-jumping over the fence at the area with the Goombas and a Blue Coin Block near the cannon. This new area contains the Star Switch and Star Sphere (at opposite ends), more Piranha Plants, a Turtle Cannon, and a mushroom the player can find by breaking a brick.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Whomp's Fortress reappears in the game Super Mario Galaxy 2, referred to as the Throwback Galaxy. The graphics have been updated, the music has been recomposed, and the level layout is essentially the same with some minor differences, such as a Checkpoint Flag at the top of the fortress, Star Bits around the level, a Chance Cube near the beginning, and the removal of Hoot. The floating isles were also removed, although a Bonus Planet was added. Unlike in the original, the walls are already blasted away, suggesting that this is the same place Mario visits in Super Mario 64. Also suggesting this is a Bob-omb Buddy who says that Mario/Luigi looks familiar. The player fights a Whomp at the top of the fortress, as opposed to the king himself, and then drops down to the underside of the planet to fight the Whomp King.
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