This article is about Pendulum Castle, a level in New Super Mario Bros. U. For other uses, see Superstar Road-8.
Pendulum Castle
NSMBU Pendulum Castle Screenshot.jpg
Level code World 9-8
World Superstar Road
Game New Super Mario Bros. U
Time limit 400 seconds
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Pendulum Castle, or Superstar Road-8, is the eighth course of Superstar Road in New Super Mario Bros. U. It is unlocked when the player collects every Star Coin in Peach's Castle. This is one of the two castle levels in the game with no boss, the other being Red-Hot Elevator Ride.

Pendulum Castle is used for two challenges in the game. The first is Castle Crawl, which challenges the player to complete the level without being able to run. The second is Cashless Castle Crawl, which is the same challenge, but also requiring the player to beat the level collecting less than six coins.


The course is based off of the castle levels throughout the game, specifically The Final Battle. The level begins next to a large Spinner above a pit and platforms made of Donut Blocks. A platform with two Bony Beetles and a ? Block is found, along with a smaller Spinner above Donut Blocks. A Brick Block and another small Spinner are found. The player must cross more Donut Blocks, where they encounter Bony Beetles and a Spinner. A ? Block above a Bony Beetle is encountered before an area with Donut Blocks under multiple Spinners. More Bony Beetles are found in the area. Another Spinner appears before a ? Block and a Brick Block. Some smaller Donut Block platforms must be crossed while avoiding Spinners. A Bony Beetle is found, followed by a large Spinner above some platforms consisting of a single Donut Block. Another large Spinner is found next to a ? Switch, which causes red blocks to appear above the pit below. A Warp Pipe is then found. Entering the pipe leads to a path of Donut Blocks and the Goal Pole.

Star CoinsEdit

  • Star Coin 1: The first Star Coin is located below a row of Donut Lifts and a pair of Spinners.
  • Star Coin 2: Directly after the first Star Coin, the player should wall jump into a hidden area with a Warp Pipe. In there, the star coin is blocked off by three giant Spinners. A Super Star, which can be found in the ? Block on the other side of the area, is required in order to safely obtain the second Star Coin.
  • Star Coin 3: At the end of the stage, the player needs to hit an orange ? Switch to make red blocks appear. These red blocks will allow the player to cross the bottomless pit and reach the final Star Coin.


Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 足もと注意!てっきゅうのふりこ
Ashimoto Chūi! Tekkyū no Furiko
Watch Your Step! Iron Ball Pendulums

Chinese 小心看路!长满刺的锤摆铁球 (Simplified)
小心看路!長滿刺的錘擺鐵球 (Traditional)
Xiǎoxīn Kànlù!Zhǎngmǎn Cì de Chuíbǎi Tiěqiú
Watch Your Step! Iron Ball Hammer Pendulums full of Spikes

Dutch Slingerende stekelballen
Swinging spine balls
German Mysterium der Morgenstern-Festung
Mystery of the Morning star Fortress
Italian Castello dei mazzapendoli
Spinner castle
Korean 발밑 주의! 그리고 시계추 철구
Balmit Juui! Geurigo Sigyechu Cheolgu
Watch Your Step! And Pendulum Iron Ball

Portuguese Castelo das Maças Rotativas
Castle of the Rotating Maces
Spanish El Castillo Pendular
Pendulous Castle


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