Have you ever known a chapter of Super Mario without its explosive mixture of tricks, secrets, special levels and bonuses ?! Well, Super Mario 3D World, available exclusively for Nintendo Switch , has its own load of mysteries to be discovered, including unlockable areas, infinite lives and objects to collect. Before the journey begins, a question: have you already taken a look at our review dedicated to the remake of the chapter originally released on Nintendo Wii U in 2013?

The following text may contain major and minor spoilers on the Super Mario 3D World plot, so we advise you to continue carefully in case you have not yet completed the sequences in their entirety. 

Infinite lives

Did you know that it is possible to get 1,110 lives (represented as three crowns, in game worlds 1 and 2? You can do this by passing the first Koopa and heading to the area that features a second Koopa and a Goomba on a slightly raised platform. Kill the Goomba , then jump onto the green Koopa and steal its shell. Jump onto the platform with the Goomba and climb the back wall while standing in front of the three brick blocks (press the D-pad up to aim directly at the wall). the Koopa and then immediately jump. You don't have to press anything else and, by doing so, you will bounce off the Koopa's shell never touching the ground while bouncing endlessly on the back wall. All this will yield you infinite "1-Up ”, Until you decide to leave!

You will need to go back to level 2 twice in order to fill your lives up to the amount of 1,110, because time will run out once you reach 600 lives on the first try. There is also an alternative method: you can get more lives (about 900) if you throw the first shell through the tube, so that it bounces back and forth on the edge of the lower tube. As long as you are facing the right direction (East or West) the shell will bounce back and forth very quickly.

How to unlock Rosalind

Rosalina can be unlocked as a playable character in Super Mario 3D World by completing level 2 in Star World. The level in question is called Super Galaxy and she awaits you at the end of the level.

Unlock the Corona World

This is the final and most difficult level of the entire gameplay experience and can be unlocked once you have earned all the green stars , stamps and gold flags in all previous levels.

Secret Exit Locations and Warp Room

In Super Mario 3D World there are several secret exits and areas of warp, or warp room, represented by red tubes, generally well hidden. Below, the location of each of them:

World 1-2 | Portal to the World 2

The cat costume is required to activate this portal , so find one in World 1-1 at Super Bell Hill and keep it in your inventory, or wear it to pass the level. Near the end of the underground section of the level is a pipe that splits into two paths, one with a pipe containing coins. On the opposite side are three long invisible blocks against the rear wall; use them to reach the upper path with a lone Koopa patrolling the area. Above this Koopa there is a crack, difficult to spot, located in the ceiling. Run along the back wall to find a red warp pipe. This will take you to World 2!

World 4-2 | Portal to the World 5

To reach World 5 through the umpteenth secret passage offered by Super Mario 3D World you will first have to wear the cat suit . After exiting the underground part (the one with the checkpoint flag) you will exit a warp tube containing a transparent mystery box. Run along the wall she is leaning against to reach the top of the waterfall. After jumping through the poisonous water there will be a red warp tube waiting for you, and in this way you can finally reach World 5.

How to unlock Luigi Bros.

From the Super Mario 3D World start menu screen, you can play a slightly modified version of the title originally released for NES , Nintendo Mario Bros., titled Luigi Bros. You can then play as Luigi by completing World 8.

Change the flag at the end of the level

When you reach the top of a flagpole, it will appear gold on the game map, rather than the color of your character. If you get all green stars in a level, a spinning green star will appear above the flag pole, replacing the metal sphere. The symbol on the flag will also change depending on which character was used to complete the level or, if you are playing in multiplayer mode, depending on which player has climbed to the highest point of the flag pole. If at some point you use all 5 characters of the level (Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach and Rosalina) the green star symbol will turn golden, along with the rest of the flagpole. It is not necessary to use all characters at the same time (also because it is impossible).

Find the hidden Luigi

There are many Luigi's within Super Mario 3D World and they reside in levels, maps and even mini-games. It is not yet clear whether or not they appear in every single level proposed by the developers, but one thing is certain: they are all there waiting for you to celebrate the Year of Luigi. The new Super Luigi U is not required for activating these hidden Luigi. Instead, it is essential to complete the Luigi Bros game.

The 5 final stamps of the characters

The 5 stamps are not collected in the levels, but are only unlocked by passing all levels with each individual character . An example? Beat the game with Mario and you will get the stamp of the most loved and famous plumber on the planet. Simple, isn't it ?! If you're playing multi, keep in mind that all characters count towards this challenge, as long as each character has touched the final flag pole. This means that the shortest way to get all 85 stamps is to play once with three characters playing at the same time, then go through each level again with Rosalina and the remaining character, the only one not yet used.

How to get 5 stars in the save profile

You can earn a maximum of 5 stars within your save profile in Super Mario 3D World. To get each star you need to complete the following challenges:

  • Complete game worlds (1-8)
  • Obtain all green stars in worlds 1 via the World Flower
  • Beat the star of the world, the mushroom of the world and the flower of the world
  • Obtain all Green Stars in the game
  • Get each Green Star, Gold Auction or Stamp

Here ends this long collection of tricks and secrets that we hope will help you to complete 100% Super Mario 3D World on Nintendo Switch.

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