Super Mario 64 DS Articles RSS Feed | Super Mario 64 DS RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Super Mario 64: How to Get the Wing Cap Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:35:22 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Wing Cap is Super Mario 64's most iconic item, but finding it isn't the most straightforward thing in the game. Of course, you're going to want to grab the Wing Cap because not only is it a cool-looking addition to Mario's wardrobe, it helps you get floating coins and stars, and it helps slow Mario when he's falling.

Our guide covers how to get the Wing Cap, how to control Mario in flight, and how to complete some of the trickier Wing Cap Star challenges in Super Mario 64 for 3D All-Stars

How to Get the Wing Cap in Super Mario 64

You'll need to gather 10 Stars before the Wing Cap becomes available. That should be easy enough, with four stages available almost from the start.

However you choose to get the Stars, head back to the Castle Lobby once you've acquired your 10th Star. There's a shaft of light shining on the sun icon in the lobby. Switch the camera mode so it's looking over Mario's shoulder, then look up at the light.

You'll be transported above the Castle and automatically have the Wing Cap, but there's one more step to get the Wing Cap outside this stage.

Head down to the platform, and activate the red switch to make all red blocks solid. These red blocks cough up Wing Caps in certain levels moving forward.

The Wing Cap only lasts for 60 seconds. Hit the red block again to either refresh the cap or acquire it anew.

Fly around the towers and collect all the Red Coins to earn a special Star.

Super Mario 64 Wing Cap Controls

Mario's Wing Cap controls use an inverted scheme.

  • Landing: Do a Ground Pound (press "ZL") to land.
  • Takeoff: To fly, do a triple jump, and Mario stays in the air after the third jump.
  • Flight controls: Move the left stick down to make Mario fly up, and move the stick up to make him fly down

How to Complete "Wings to the Sky"

The next Wing Cap challenge is "Wings to The Sky." It's in the first stage, Bob-omb Battlefield, and you can complete it once you've activated the red switch as mentioned above.

"Wings to the Sky" is a Coin collecting mission, but this one has you soaring through Coin rings instead of collecting Red Coins.

Once you start the level, head right, near the first ramp, and hit the now-solid red block to grab the Wing Cap. Now go back to the start of the stage.

Enter the cannon there, then aim roughly near the floating island. Accuracy doesn't matter here, since Mario starts flying at the end of the blast arc.

It's best to land on the island now, then refresh the Wing Cap at the block there.

Then, drop into the cannon on the island, and aim at the Coin rings. Aim just a touch higher than the center Coin, and fire the cannon. Depending on how the flight goes, you may need to re-try a few times to get all of the coins, but there's no time limit.

Wing Mario Over The Rainbow

There's one other Wing Cap secret stage, opposite the entrance to Rainbow Ride. Go through the painting, and you'll start Wing Mario Over The Rainbow. It's much the same deal here: fly around, snag eight Red Coins, and get the Star.

That's it for how to get the Wing Cap in Mario 64, as well has how to use it and how to complete the "Wings in the Sky" challenge. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Mario guides.

10 Things You Might've Not Known About Super Mario 64 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:43:53 -0400 Brawler1993

Super Mario 64 was, without doubt, one of the biggest game changers of the industry. Nintendo were able to take their 2D platforming hero Mario and expertly transfer him into a 3D environment. While it may not have technically been the first ever 3D game, it's very much considered to be just because of how it seemed to get everything right. To this day, it's still regarded as one of the best videogames ever made and, due to its 2004 DS remake, was a killer app for two different systems.

Said remake is now finally coming to the Wii U Virtual Console in North America; about seven months after everyone else got it, so to mark the occasion, here's a few fun facts about both the original and remake that you may not have known.

1. More Like Super Mario 32

While the game may have originally released on the N64, Nintendo's big, fancy new console at the time, it actually didn't use the new processing power to its fullest. In fact, Super Mario 64 only ran in 32-bits. This was actually common for a lot of other N64 games at the time, since 32-bit code executes faster and requires less storage space.

2. The Endless Staircase's Music

For those of you not familiar with the game, before the final battle with Bowser, you need to collect a certain number of Power Stars. If you don't have enough, the staircase leading to him will go on forever. What's interesting, though, is the music that plays whilst Mario attempts to climb it. Notice anything weird about it?

It's what's called a Shepard tone - a sequence of notes which create the illusion that they are infinitely ascending in tone when it's actually just looping. Much like the stairs, the music tricks you into thinking it's rising to something. Give it a listen if you want to risk going stir crazy.

3. The Luigi Rumour

Even though Mario's lean and green brother never appears in the original game, there was an ongoing rumour that Luigi was actually playable. There's a plaque on the statue in the castle courtyard's pond with some fuzzy text that many people believe reads "L is real 2041" or "L is real 2401." It could be meaningless drivel but it became a popular theory that it was a clue to unlocking Luigi.

Of course, it wasn't true but Luigi was supposedly planned to be included (along with a multiplayer function) but, due to hardware limitations, was scrapped early on in development so they could create more elaborate levels This makes Super Mario 64 one of the few mainstream Mario games to not feature Luigi.

4. The Doomed Sequel

While the multiplayer feature was scrapped, Nintendo did plan to incorporate it in a sequel for their 64DD, an disk drive expansion for the N64. It was simply called Super Mario 64 2 and would've included co-op and a playable Luigi, but the project was cancelled and Nintendo decided to focus on creating a new game for the GameCube. The failure of the 64DD itself may have contributed as well.

5. The OTHER Sequel But Not Really A Sequel

Speaking of the GameCube, there was an early tech demo in 2000 for it titled Super Mario 128, which showed off 128 Marios running around a circular board. Though it never became a fully fledged Mario game, its physics concepts were used for many other GameCube games; the most notable being Pikmin.

And while it never really went anywhere outside of a tech demo, it was also referenced to in Super Smash Bros. Melee. One the event matches shares the same name as the demo and has the player fight 128 tiny Marios.

6. Not For Kids

It's pretty obvious that the Mario series is child-friendly. What kid hasn't played at least ONE Mario game? However, content regulations in Europe have become much stricter over the years. When Super Mario 64 DS was first released, it was naturally given an age rating of PEGI 3 (which means it's suitable for anyone over the age of 3).

When it was re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console, this was changed to a PEGI 12. This is because some of the mini-games included in the remake revolve around the concept of gambling.

7. No Mini-games for Korea

In order to unlock mini-games in the remake, you have to find rabbits scattered around the castle and catch them. In doing so, they reward you with keys that unlock the mini-games when taken to the rec room. In the South Korean version of the game, though, the rabbits, keys and mini-games have been removed entirely. The reason for this is unknown, though it's suspected that it's most likely because of the inclusion of gambling-focused mini-games again.

8. Yoshi VS Chief Chilly

In the DS remake, the level "Chief Chilly Challenge" is only accessible to Luigi, meaning he's the only who can fight Chief Chilly, although there are caps he can wear which turn him into either Mario or Wario. Depending on which of the three characters you're controlling, Chief Chilly will have different dialogue. So, of all four playable characters, Yoshi is the only who can't fight Chief Chilly... or so you'd think.

It's possible to have Yoshi enter the level by using cheat codes or a glitch, but what's strange is that Chief Chilly does have unique dialogue for Yoshi too, saying "Hmm? I see you have no mustache. Poor, bald, little creature. It's not a fair fight for you, but luckily, I'm not a fair fighter. Let's go!" When defeated, he'll say "I simply cannot believe that I lost to a hairless pip-squeak like you! My mustache was my only joy. Now what am I going to do?"

9. It's-a Wario Time!

Wario may be one of the most recognisable stars of the Mario series, and has even had many adventures of his own in the Wario Land and WarioWare series, but Super Mario 64 DS marks the only time he's ever been playable in the main Mario series.

Funnily enough, remember that playable Luigi rumour? Well, with both Luigi and Wario included in the remake, it ended up sparking another theory/rumour that there was a hidden, playable character - this time, it was believed to be Luigi's gangling doppelganger, Waluigi.

10. No, It's-a Yoshi Time!

The remake is also the only time that Yoshi is a playable character in the series and NOT ridden or controlled by another character. In fact, it's possible to acquire 33 of the game's Power Stars before you need to save and unlock Mario. You don't even need to save Luigi and Wario to clear the game and beat Bowser (unless you're going for 100% completion, of course).

8 Ways women are poorly portrayed in Super Mario Bros Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:29:09 -0500 CharlottePoitras

The Super Mario Bros series is one of the most popular video games of all time. Unfortunately, the game makers tend to forget half of their audience: women. Here are eight ways women are portrayed in Super Mario Bros.

1. Pauline: The First Damsel in Distress

The plot of the first Mario game is simple: “Donkey Kong the ape kidnapped Mario’s girlfriend!” In this action-packed rescue adventure, you move Mario through incredible dangers to save her.” The idea of a beautiful woman who needs to be saved isn’t new. Since the beginning of Mario's story in 1982, it has always been about a man saving a woman (who wasn’t even named at first).

People act and objects are acted upon. The damsel in distress is something that needs to be saved, a treasure to find, a trophy to win is treated like an object. Manual even proves Mario probably didn’t stop dating Pauline when he was with Peach, as there was a new game made with Pauline during his adventures with Peach.

2. Peach: A Woman Can’t Save Herself

The main female character in Mario Bros is the (first unnamed) Princess Toadstool: Peach. And what does she do? Nothing but wait for a man to save her so she can bake him a cake. She appears in 16 Super Mario platform games and is kidnapped in 14 of them. Even if she is believed to have the power to break the curse of the evil Koopa King, she doesn’t do anything else than waiting and sending letters of encouragement to Mario.

Peach doesn’t seem to hate being with Bowser that much as he never hurts her and even lets her write letters of encouragement to Mario. She might even be Baby Bowser’s mom, even though we never heard of her being raped. This leads to the theory that she is often willingly leaving Mario for her lover, Bowser. That way, the princess pretends to be kidnapped to play the damsel in distress, creating drama and getting the attention of two men (or man and turtle). This isn’t the greatest way to portray a woman. Otherwise, we can see it as a fight between two men in which the princess is not part of any team but rather acts as the ball men are fighting for.

In Super Mario 64, the story ends with Peach saying, “Thank you, Mario! We have to do something special for you... (kisses Mario) Listen, everybody, let's bake a delicious cake...for Mario…" Many fans agree to say that baking a cake is a metaphor for having sex, which she couldn’t say in a game for children.

Following this idea, the only female character in the game is still portrayed as a beautiful lady to save in exchange for sex. This is the best thing she has to offer to Mario after he saved her life.

3. Princess Daisy: an Improvement?

Peach's friend Daisy makes her first appearance in Super Mario Land as the damsel in distress, kidnapped by aliens, that has to be saved by Mario. “Now, [the monster Tatanga” wants to marry Princess Daisy of Sarasaland and make her his queen. Mario came to know of these events, and has started on a journey to restore peace to Sarasaland.”

Fortunately, she was a smart, competitive tomboy and adventurous in parties, sports, fighting, and racing games. She even gets to slap Bowser in Mario Party 3… but ends up fleeing and bursting in tears when someone finally defeats her. Sadly, she never truly had an important role in the game. Her looks also changed through the years as she used to have brown hair and no makeup but then turned out to have red hair, a tan and makeup on. A better appearance doesn’t have to be negative, but it can be when every woman is portrayed the same way. 

After all, looks don’t seem to matter when talking about men. This is because games often focus only on heteronormative sex appeal, thinking most of their players are boys.

Daisy doesn’t only share looks with her best friend but also an interest for a similar man: Luigi. Once again, the princesses are third role characters known for their appearance and their relationship with a man.

4. Rosalina: the New Princess

Rosalina first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy as a powerful figure watching over and protecting the cosmos by commanding the Comet Observatory. She is known as a kind, wise, and mature character with a great knowledge of the universe. Rosalina even has special powers that allow her to surround the observatory with a force field, teleport, create holograms of herself, float, speak via telepathy, and use the iconic spin move. She also protects herself with a bubble and does the same with Mario if he falls off the observatory.

Together, this all makes her even stronger than any other male character in the Super Mario games. For once, she also simply thanks Mario with a 'thank you' and not with a kiss or any bakery.

Problem is, she stays passive and let only the men, like Mario, Luigi and the Toads, take part of the action in the Super Mario Galaxy Games. The female character fits the gender role by acting like a mother to all the Lumas in her Galaxy. During this time, men are manly, working outside to help them. Fortunately, she eventually becomes an unlocked playable character in Super Mario 3D World. That makes her the strongest female character in Super Mario games and makes us hope we will see her more often.

5. Female Enemies

Female enemies are rare, but still present in some Mario games. The first to appear in the game is Wendy O. Koopa, Bowser’s daughter. New female enemies will then be created as Kammy Koopa, Cackletta, the Shadow Queen (final boss in Paper Mario), Princess Shroob, and Pom Pom. If these characters share one negative aspect, it is that they all have a classic feminine look and nothing that would be considered as more masculine or even neutral.

The good thing is they are not presented as weaker than other male enemies. The bad thing is we would like way more. Most of  the bad characters are male, according to the manual. The only enemy that differs from it is Ostro, who is made fun of for his bucking of gender norms: “He thinks he is a girl and he spits eggs from his mouth” - as if being feminine would be a negative thing.

6. Mario Bros without any Women

Some entire games didn’t involve women at all. Donkey Kong Junior was (terrifically) about Mario kidnapping Papa Donkey Kong, the first two Mario Bros about carpenters unblocking water pipes so they can take a bath and Mario is Missing in which Luigi is saving his brother. The problem is still present in recent games like Mario vs Donkey Kong, Luigi’s Mansion and Dancing Stage Mario Mix.

Even if women represent about half of the population, they still didn’t manage to have their place in any of these games. Is it better not to represent women well or not to represent them at all?

7. Female Characters in Party, Sport, Fighting, and Racing Games

The games in which the princesses are the best portrayed are the party, sport, fighting, and racing games - never the main ones. They have different characteristics (like any characters) but are still equal or even better than male characters. They also have their own special powers, skills, and personal courses.

If the princesses were first classified as lightweight with small vehicles, Rosalina was first to have a large one due to her height. If there is one negative aspect it is that, after any race or fight, they are shoved right back into the role of damsels in distress in the platform games.

8. Rarely Part of the Main Games

Female characters are playable in the party, sport, fighting, and racing games but rarely the most important ones. Peach “the Princess” with no name was first playable in Mario Teaches Typing 2 as a character just as smart as any other. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t big enough to consider it an important role.

She was then an available character in one 2D platform game: Super Mario Bros 2, which led her to become a favorite of game players. Problem is, she wasn’t even supposed to be part of the game. She was because a fourth character was needed. Unfortunately, she has been replaced by another Toad in New Super Mario Brothers Wii and wasn’t part of the action again until Super Mario 3D World.

Fortunately, the new Princess Rosalina is now the strongest female character in Super Mario Bros Games. Her female friend Luma also helps Mario (in his cap) during all the game. It is possible to unlock Rosalina in Super Mario 3D World so the players can play with her as with any other character. Women are starting to have a better place in video games, as in Super Princess Peach and Super Mario 3D World.Game makers are slowly understanding that players want to be able to play as women too. Rosalina is sure an improvement, but they still haven’t restored gender equality yet.

Mostly male game makers first tried to attract male players by giving them the chance to play as a strong manly character.

Their goal: saving their object of desire. Their price: the love of the damsel in distress. Problem is, half of the people on this earth are women and game makers disappointed them by portraying women this way. They are wrong to think so many more of their players are male as we now know that around 48% of gamers are female. Even if we now believe women are equal to men, video games have been slow to change the cliche. Many developers would rather repeat the same gendered tropes over and over again instead of trying something new. 

We need to share our disappointment to let them know we want more strong female character so they can be the heroes of their own adventures.

25 Easiest Stars to Earn in Super Mario 64 (DS) and How to Get Them Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:00:32 -0500 CharlottePoitras

What used to be our favorite game on Nintendo 64 is now available for the Nintendo DS. Super Mario 64 has even improved, with new challenges and the ability to play four different characters: Mario, Yoshi, Luigi and Wario. 

As you probably remember, many stars are hidden in the castle and around the game world for you to collect. Curiosity is your greatest ally in the search for many of these stars. Intelligence will also make getting stars way easier. When you know the right thing to do, most of these stars can be reached in less than a minute. You need 60 stars to be able to fight Bowser for the last time. Here are tips to easily earn 25 of those stars.

Just Talking (3 Stars)

Go talk to Toad next to the entry of the Hazy Maze Cave. He has found a star and will give it to you. Do the same with the Toad under the stairs on the third floor, and the one on the fourth floor, at your right. You just need to talk to get the stars. It's as simple as that. You shouldn’t have underestimated him.

Note: you will need keys to get to this level, so you won’t be able to do it at the beginning of the adventure.

The Princess’s Slide (2 Stars)

In the room where you can switch characters, jump on the painting of Peach at your right. You will easily slide your way down to a star in about 20 seconds, with not much chance of falling. Then do it again, but jump off to the left the slide as soon you are able to, to reach the other part of the slide. Looking on the map where the two parts of the slide meet will help you jump at the right time. This is a bit riskier, but you will earn a new star in seconds. 

Ghosts Don’t Die (1 Star)

Go into the garden at the back of the castle, and you will find tons of ghosts to kill. Simply ground pound on all of them until you collect all eight red coins. If you get hurt, go into the water to get your lives back.

Note: you cannot earn this star with Yoshi, as he is not powerful enough to kill ghosts.

Behind the Chain Chomp’s Gate (1 Star)

Instead of unleashing the Chain Chomp by ground pounding on the stake it is chained to, Luigi can simply use the Power Flower to go through the cage and get the star.

Whomp’s Fortress (3 Stars)

It's really easy to earn three stars in Whomp’s Fortress once you know how to get them. For the Shoot in the Blue star, instead of using the cannon, use Luigi’s backflip. Go above the place where the star is (you will see it on the map), and use Luigi’s backflip to get right under it.

For the Fall into the Cage Island star, use the owl (in the tree right next to where you begin) to go up in the sky and fall to the right place. For the Blast Away the Wall star, go to the cannon in the Whomp’s Fortress. When you are in, shoot out of the cannon to the top right corner of the brick wall. A star is hidden in the wall you’ll destroy.

Blast to the Stone Pillar (1 Star)

In Jolly Roger Bay, shoot out of the cannon to reach the stone pillar on your left, next to the star (that you can see on the map). Aim for way higher than the pillar so your character can hang on it. Then, jump on the platform where the star is. You will get it in less than a minute.

Opening Treasures (2 Stars)

You will find chests that you need to open in the right order in Jolly Roger Bay and Dire, Dire Docks. In the first world, the chests are hidden in the cave you will access by the tunnel underwater. You will need to open them in this order: the one in the back, the one on the left, the one on the right, the one in the front. A star will appear.

In the second world, you will find the chests underwater. You will need to open them in this order: the one next to the clam, the one close to  the tunnel, the chest that is the farthest to the tunnel, and the one close to the swirl.

Lil’ Penguin Lost (1 Star)

Once you are carrying the little penguin in Cool, Cool Mountain (it can be found above and next to the cabin), use the wooden bridge that leads to nowhere to teleport to the other side of the world, close to its mother. You will be able to earn the star in less than a minute. Simply wait at the end of the wooden  bridge (on your right when you start), and you will automatically teleport. 

Secret of the Haunted Books (1 Star)

In the mansion in Big Boo's Haunt, go to the first door on your left on the second floor. Run through the library, and then push the books in the right order: top, right, then left. You will open a secret passage to a star.

Through Jet Streams (2 Stars)

You can use Wario’s metal ability to get the star in the jet stream of the Jolly Roger Bay and Dire, Dire Docks. In the second world, you will need to swim through 5 air rings for the star to appear.

Yoshi’s Ice Sculpture (1 Star)

Go to Snowman’s land with Yoshi and use Flower Power on the fire to make him spit fire. Then, melt the ice cube in which the star is hidden.

The Switch Stars (3 Stars)

The main challenge to earn most of these stars is simply to know where the switch is located. Then, you simply use the long jump to reach them faster. Get rid of enemies that are going to be in your way before activating the switch, so they won’t harm you during your race. Here are the easier ways to earn these stars:

Switch Star of the Fortress: hidden in a red block. Break it (with Mario or Luigi), activate the switch, and reach the star as fast as you can.

Switch Star of the Bay: in the cave you will reach by going through a tunnel underwater. Luigi has to use the Power Flower to become transparent and race to get the star.

Switch Star of the Basement: In Big Boo’s Haunt, go in the basement by using the elevator in the cabin at your left when you begin. Get Wario to break the black block and then long jump to the star.

Through the Looking Glass (1 Star)

In the room filled with mirrors that leads to Snow Man’s Land, Luigi is able to travel into the mirror with a Power Flower to jump into Wario’s painting. But that’s not all. He can also go in the door reflected by the mirror, and he’ll easily find a star in a white room.

Up, Up, Up (2 Stars)

In the secret level called The Secret Under the Moat, you will easily find a star if you have Mario destroy the black blocks in the moat after getting rid of all the water. Change your view, and you will see a platform you haven’t seen yet. Get Mario’s hat and then go back to the bottom of the slide. Hit the red box to get balloon Mario to reach the platform, next to the wall in front of the slide. You’ll then have a few seconds to make balloon Mario reach the star.

There is also another star you will easily get with balloon Mario in Behind the Waterfall. Go to the secret place that you can reach by entering the door close to the sea monster in the Hazy Maze Cave. To get there, ground pound on the back of the sea monster, climb on its head, and then lead it to the door. When you get there, use Mario to elevate to the star that’s high above the red box, next to the cascade.   

Eight Glowing Rabbits (1 Star)

You will get a star once you catch the eight white rabbits. This task is not so difficult to do, but requires a lot of patience. Once you've already caught the three yellow rabbits outside the castle with Yoshi, go in and out of the castle over and over again until you see a white rabbit outside. They just randomly appear, so there is no other way to get them. Catch them every time you see them until you get eight. This will give you a key that can open the door in the room in which you switch characters.

That's how you can quickly rack up 25 stars in Super Mario 64. What other stars have you gotten, and how did you get them? Let me know down in the comments!