World Star-Castle

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World StarWorld Star-Castle course iconCastle
Big Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. 2
World World Star
Game New Super Mario Bros. 2
Time limit 700 seconds
Boss Dry Bowser
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World StarWorld Star-Castle course iconCastle is the final castle in New Super Mario Bros. 2. This course is never selected in the Coin Rush game mode, simply due to the length of the Dry Bowser battle.


There are two parts to the castle. The player begins in an area in the castle where the Koopalings are found, acting as they did in World 6-Bowser's Castle course icon. Two ? Blocks are found, along with a rope above a Grinder and a pit of lava. The rope must be climbed past a Grinder jumping off a track, and two sets of Donut Blocks are found at the end. More Donut Blocks, a Grinder, and some fences are encountered along the way. A platform with a Dry Bones is found, along with more Grinders and Donut Blocks. A rope above a platform with spikes on it is found, along with more fences. A Warp Door leading to an area with a Checkpoint Flag and more Grinders is found.

The player then enters an area with a Snake Block and the Koopalings. Grinders are encountered as Mario rides the Snake Block, which occasionally goes into the lava. The green doors are found at the end of the area, and leads to a second Checkpoint Flag and three ? Blocks. Dry Bowser will breathe blue fireballs from offscreen in the corridor before the player faces Dry Bowser. This battle is the same as the Bowser's Castle level. On the first phase, he breathes out several blue fireballs before jumping, allowing the player to hit the ! Switch. On the second phase, the Koopalings enlarge Dry Bowser as Big Dry Bowser. The player must jump on some platforms to reach the giant ! Switch and defeat him. Unlike World 6-Bowser's Castle course iconBowser Castle, the platforms are smaller, Dry Bowser is faster than Bowser, spews blue fireballs instead of orange ones, throws bones instead of sledgehammers, and is immune to fireballs, and neither Princess Peach nor her cage appear.

Moon Coins[edit]

  • Moon Coin 1: The first Moon Coin is located above lava on a fence.
  • Moon Coin 2: The second Moon Coin is located on Donut Blocks which are located below spikes.
  • Moon Coin 3: To obtain the last Moon Coin, the player has to climb on the first fence in the Snake Block area to make the Moon Coin collectible.


Sprite Name Count
DryBonesNSMB2.png Dry Bones 1
Grinder Grinder 18
Bowser Statue Bowser Sculpture 8
Blue Fire Breath 15
Dry Bowser Dry Bowser (boss)

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