Super Mario and the Underworld Trials is a 3D platforming game for the Nintendo Switch, developed by Crash Co. and published by Nintendo. It is the seventeenth title in the Super Mario series, is the eighth original 3D Super Mario title, and the ninth 3D Mario title overall. The game has Mario, Luigi, and several others getting trapped in a mysterious underground world called the Underworld, and need to escape by collecting Mystic Stones through the Underworld Trials.
It has been stated that while Super Mario Odyssey focused on story, Super Mario and the Underworld Trials will focus on character interraction and character development.
The beginning of the game opens at Bowser's Castle. Bowser has kidnapped Peach, alongside Toad and Toadette, and Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi are ready for a final battle with him. Bowser calls upon Bowser Jr., who appears in his Jr. Clown Car and shoots a cannonball at Luigi, knocking him away. Yoshi then throws an egg at Jr., and pounces on him afterwards. This only leaves Mario and Bowser, who begin battling with Peach cheering on. Outside of the castle meanwhile, Wario and Waluigi are staring through the throne room's window, and plan on breaking into the castle and stealing Bowser's treasury. The two sneak into the castle as fighting is going on and attempt to open the vault door. Waluigi tries opening the lock combination until Wario uses his signature Dash Attack to ram into the door, unhinging it and knocking Waluigi into the vault too. The two then stuff the Coins, Gold Flowers, Diamonds, and various artifacts from Mario's adventures Bowser stole into a large bag and sneak back out. The bag however springs a leak, and Coins start dropping from it. This goes unnoticed until Bowser accidentally slips on one, causing him to fall over. He looks at Wario and Waluigi, now making a getaway, and roars angrily.
Just as he does however, the ground begins shaking, with all of them shocked at this ocurrance. The ground then begins to split open right under Bowser, causing him to fall through. Mario, being heroic, follows Bowser into the pit, with Luigi and Peach following. Yoshi is about to jump in as well, but noticed Wario and Waluigi sneaking off. Yoshi grabs Wario with his tongue, dragging him into the pit with him, leaving Toad, Toadette, Bowser Jr., and Waluigi on the surface as the others are falling through the hole in the ground.
In the Underworld
After awhile, Mario wakes up, taking notice that he is underground in a land full of sparkling crystals and rocks. Mario explores for a bit until he comes across a small town. Seemingly vacant, he explores further and notices a large building in the center, with Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario, and Bowser in multicolored crystals, sleeping. Mario is horrified at first, until he is met with a strange voice behind him. Mario turns around and sees a beautiful woman, seemingly made of crystals. She correctly predicts that Mario has a lot of questions and that she has answers, but tells him to come to her house for more information.
Mario and the woman then arrive at her house, which is rather large. She tells the plumber to have a seat on a large table in the kitchen, providing him with some special Crystal Juice. He turns down the offer, and asks her who she is and where he is. The lady introduces herself as Ruby, and tells Mario that he and his friends fell through a large crack in the ground and ended up in the Underworld. Mario is about to reply, until a small girl appears and asks Ruby who the new guest is. Ruby introduces this girl as Pearl, her daughter. Pearl then pilotely greets Mario, who greets back. Ruby then tells Pearl to wait in her room until she is done talking with Mario, who oblidges. Mario asks how he and his friends are able to get out of the Underworld and back to the Mushroom Kingdom, to which Ruby replies that there is a way of escape in the form of the Underworld Trials. She explains that it is unknown who built them or how they were built, but says that they were created to test the strength of anyone brave enough to take them, and the reward for clearing them would be escape from the Underworld.
Mario asks how these Underworld Trials can be cleared, to which Ruby replies that each of the trials contain special objects called Mystic Stones, and if enough are collected an exit can open, allowing escape. Mario then asks how he can free his friends, and Ruby answers by saying that some trials hold special Mystic Stones that can free anyone from the trapped crystals, and also explains that Mario was lucky he did not land in one of these special crystals. Mario thanks Ruby for the information, and says that he will take these Underworld Trials to escape. As he is about to exit, Ruby stops Mario and calls down Pearl. When she comes back down, Ruby asks if she would be willing to let Mario stay in her room for a few days, with Pearl happily replying yes. Pearl grabs Mario and rushes up to her room, showing Mario her bed, her bookshelf, and her toy chest. She also goes into her closet and pulls out a sleeping bag that Mario can use. Mario thanks her, and goes to sleep, concluding he will try to escape the following day.
The Adventure Begins
When Mario exits Pearl's room, he finds Toad, Toadette, Bowser Jr., and Waluigi talking with Ruby, the former two of which are overjoyed to see Mario awake. Mario asks what they are doing here, with Bowser Jr. responding by pulling up a monitor from his Jr. Clown Car, unveiling Professor E. Gadd. The professor states that he created an invention to safely allow the four to enter the Underworld, and is currently researching how to exit it. The professor also brings up how he is studying how the large hole appeared in Bowser's Castle, to which Ruby is surprised at. She explains that she wasn't aware that this could happen, and decides to keep talking with E. Gadd to find out more about the situation, using her trident to take the monitor off the Jr. Clown Car, much to Bowser Jr.'s anger.
Throughout the game, Mario goes through the Underworld Trials and collects the Mystic Stones, inching him closer to escaping the Underworld. As he collects them, he begins freeing his friends, releasing Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario, and Bowser in that order. All is going well until Mario enters an area known as Starshine Resort. All is well and good until at one point the ground begins shaking, and he is booted out of the level and back into the Underworld. Confused, Mario enters the area again and is horrified to find that the area is in total ruin, being completely destroyed and shrouded in dark storm clouds. He finds the Mystic Stone and exits the area. He reports this to Ruby, saying that the area was destroyed, leaving nothing but the Mystic Stone. Pearl becomes scared, though Ruby assures her that she will look into this with E. Gadd. In the meantime, she tells Mario and co. to keep collecting the Mystic Stones.
Once Mario and his allies have collected enough Mystic Stones, Ruby contratulates them, saying that they finally have enough Mystic Stones to go back to the Mushroom Kingdom. She does say, however, that they may never be able to visit the Underworld again, making Pearl quite sad. They all bid their farewells as Ruby takes the Mystic Stones with her magic. They all begin to light up and a portal is created, which showcases the Mushroom Kingdom. Just as Mario and the others are about to go through the portal and return to the Mushroom Kingdom, Ruby is suddenly struck by a magic force, causing the portal to glitch out. Just then, a shadowy figure appears from the background, chuckling menacingly. Ruby recognizes her as Obsidia, her younger sister who she encased in a crystal long ago. Obsidia says that she escaped when the heroes fell on the crystal she was trapped in - specifically Wario and Bowser - allowing her to break free. She uses her magic to have the Mystic Stones empower her, covering her in a purple aura and making her stronger. Obsidia then takes the portal to the Mushroom Kingdom so she could rule over it, but not before taking Pearl with her, saying that she is just taking "what is rightfully hers". As Pearl screams for her mother's help, Obsidia enters the portal, bent on ruling it over, and the portal disappears.
Mario and Peach help Ruby up, as the queen decides to explain everything. She and Obsidia used to rule the Underworld together. However, she saw darkness in her heart and saw through her plans of universal domination, and knew that she needed to be encapsuled for everyone's sake. The two battled, but Ruby eventually overpowered her and encapsuled her in a crystal. But now that she escaped, both the Mushroom Kingdom and Underworld are in danger. As such, Ruby decides to do the one thing she hoped it would never come to; she uses her powers to open a temorary portal to the Mushroom Kingdom. She begs Mario to stop Obsidia and save the Mushroom Kingdom and her daugher. Bowser is the first to run in, with the others, including the Rescue Squad, following.
When everyone arrives to the Mushroom Kingdom, it appears that Obsidia has already taken control. The skys is purple and cloudy and the once lively plains are now dead and covered in black crystals. Bowser notices that light is coming from his castle, and once the heroes arrive there, it is shown that Obsidia has made the castle her new lair. She thanks Mario and co. for collecting all the Mystic Stones so she could finally escape the Underworld. She also revealed that she tried collecting them herself, but decided to wait instead, seeing as the heroes were already passing the Underworld Trials. Pearl, who is in a crystal, begs for help, and the heroes decide to take down Obsidia while the Rescue Squad breaks Pearl free. Obsidia vows to take control of the universe and destroy all those who dare get in her way, including Mario. She empowers herself with the Mystic Stones and the final battle begins.
Obsidia is bested. Confused about how she lost, she begins to lose all her power from the Mystic Stones. She then faints as the heroes rejoice in their victory. Meanwhile, Bowser Jr., Toad, Toadette, and Waluigi manage to rescue Pearl, who runs up and hugs Mario, thanking everyone for rescuing her. However, their victory is cut short when Obsidia regains her footing. She says that if she's going down she will take everyone with her. Using the last of her power, she uses a large-scale suicidal attack by exploding, creating a void that will vaporize everything it pulls in. Mario and co. escape and manage to narrowly escape the Mushroom Kingdom through the portal Ruby created.
Back in the Underworld, everyone is celebrating their victory against Obsidia, and Ruby thanks the heroes dearly for rescuing her daughter. However, Pearl wonders what Obsidia meant when she said "what's rightfully hers" when she kidnapped her. Ruby kneels down to her and tells her something that she admits she should have told her long ago; Pearl is in fact the daughter of Obsidia. Once Ruby encapsuled her in a crystal, she found Pearl and an infant, knowing that she was Obsidia's offspring. She then decided to take her and raise her as her own, in the hopes that she would not become like her true mother. Ruby adds that Pearl must hate her for keeping this a secret for so long, but Pearl, now in tears, runs up and hugs Ruby, saying that she could never hated her and wanted her to be her real mother. The two share an embrace as the heroes look on dearly.
Some time later, Ruby gathers up the Mystic Stones and opens up the portal to the Mushroom Kingdom again which, thanks to Obsidia's defeat, is now restored to it's normal state. Professor E. Gadd runs up to Mario and congratulates everyone for finally managing to escape. Ruby says that Mario may still never be able to see them again, but E. Gadd explains that he just finished a teleporter, allowing travel between the Mushroom Kingdom and Underworld. Everyone rejoices, and E. Gadd takes out a camera to snap a group picture of the heroes, Rescue Squad, Ruby, and Pearl as he snaps the picture.
The game overall plays like other 3D Mario sandbox games like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Odyssey, but mostly the former two. Mario and his friends all have their basic moveset from other 3D Mario titles, such as the Ground Pound, Triple Jump, Backflip, Dive, Wall Jump, and the Roll. This game notably marks the return of Punching and Kicking, last seen in Super Mario 64, allowing Mario an alternative way to defeat enemies.
To propgress the game, Mario must collect Mystic Stones by completing a variety of missions in the Underworld Trials, with such tasks ranging from climbing a large structure, besting an NPC in a race, and defeating a boss. There are 202 Mystic Stones total, though only 100 are needed to complete the game. The main courses of the game contain eight numbered missions, a hidden mission, a Chaos mission, and a 100-Coin mission, adding to 11 total missions per course. Meanwhile, there are also Mini-courses, which only have one numbered mission and one Chaos mission. Throughout these levels Chaos Crystals can also be collected, which are similar to Comet Medals from Super Mario Galaxy 2. Collecting one of these in a course will eventually unlock a Chaos mission, which is similar to the Prankster comets in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel. Blue Coins found throughout the game can also be collected, and traded into the Underworld Bank for extra Mystic Stones.
Notably, the game makes use of power-ups similar to Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World. When collecting a power-up, the character's punching ability is replaced with the power-up's ability. Such examples are the Fire Flower, which allows the user to throw fireballs, a Frog Suit that allows users to swim underwater better, and a Metal Mushroom that allows the user to become metal, making them heavier, stronger, imprevious to fire and lava, and being able to walk through water.
Pearl's Room serves as the main residence of Mario, and where Mario can switch out with another character. Pearl is usually found in this room, but can also be seen walking in other parts of the house and in the backyard, as well as in the bathroom (to which she says "Could you go away for now? I'm doing my business."). When talking to Pearl (bar the latter situation), she will talk about how she is happy Mario and the others are staying in her room. She may also ask the player to read her a bedtime story during nighttime, which is similar to Rosalina's Storybook in Super Mario Galaxy. In addition, she can also be seen interacting with the characters that are not being used; such exaples include having a tea party with Peach, watching TV with Wario while he's sleeping, and riding on Yoshi's back as he carries her through the town.
Aside from this, the room is fairly customizable. Throughout the game Mario can collect special items, which can be used at the Underworld Gift Shop to buy items in a similar manner to the Crazy Cap shops in Super Mario Odyssey. When these items aare bought, they can be placed in Pearl's Room. These items include couches, rocking chairs, rugs, lamps, wallpapers, and even different Nintendo consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Once these items are placed, Pearl can also be seen interacting with them, such as eating chips on the couch or playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a Nintendo Switch.
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|Ruby is the ruler of the Underworld. She introduces herself to Mario when he discovers the seemingly barren town in the Underworld, and tells him that to escape and return to the Mushroom Kingdom, he must collect enough Mystic Stones throughout the Underworld Trials. She allows Mario to stay at her home while he is trapped. She wields a trident, though she rarely ever uses it for violence. Instead, she is able to use it for spells such as telekinesis and levitation.|
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|Pearl is Ruby's six-year-old daughter, and becomes fast friends with Mario when Ruby brings him to their home. Ruby allows Mario to stay in Pearl's room, much to her daughter's joy, and becomes even more joyful when more of Mario's friends begin moving into her room as they get freed. Sweet and sincere, if not curious, she is always eager to know about her new house guests. She is often found playing with one of Mario's friends or playing with her toys.|
|Toad is a close ally of Mario, and usually helps by providing items on his adventures. He is seen being captured by Bowser alongside Peach, and Mario and co. come to the rescue. However, when they fall into the pit that leads into the Underworld, he, Toadette, Bowser Jr., and Waluigi seek the help of Professor E. Gadd, who gives them a gadget that allows them to travel safely into the Underworld, forming the Rescue Squad. From here, Toad will help Mario and co. collect Mystic Stones throughout the Underworld Trials.|
|Toadette is a close ally of Mario, and is closely affiliated with Toad. She is seen being captured by Bowser alongside Peach, and Mario and co. come to the rescue. However, when they fall into the pit that leads into the Underworld, she, Toad, Bowser Jr., and Waluigi seek the help of Professor E. Gadd, who gives them a gadget that allows them to travel safely into the Underworld, forming the Rescue Squad. From here, Toadette will help Mario and co. collect Mystic Stones throughout the Underworld Trials.|
|Bowser Jr. is the son of Bowser, and the heir to the Koopa throne. With the help of his Jr. Clown Car, Bowser Jr. is seen helping Bowser defeat Mario and his allies. However, when they fall into the pit that leads into the Underworld, he, Toad, Toadette, and Waluigi seek the help of Professor E. Gadd, who gives them a gadget that allows them to travel safely into the Underworld, forming the Rescue Squad. From here, Bowser Jr. will help Mario and co. collect Mystic Stones throughout the Underworld Trials.|
|Waluigi is Wario's partner-in-crime, and serves as an arch-rival to Luigi. Alongside Wario, they are first seen sneaking into Bowser's Castle to steal the Koopa king's treasury. However, when they fall into the pit that leads into the Underworld, he, Toad, Toadette, and Bowser Jr. seek the help of Professor E. Gadd, who gives them a gadget that allows them to travel safely into the Underworld, forming the Rescue Squad. From here, Waluigi will help Mario and co. collect Mystic Stones throughout the Underworld Trials.|
Professor E. Gadd
|Professor E. Gadd is an inventor in the Mushroom Kingdom, and is a close ally of Mario and Luigi. In the game, E. Gadd discovers that an entrance to the Underworld has opened at Bowser's Castle, and with Mario and his friends down there, he decides to investigate. He communicates through a monitor on Bowser Jr.'s Jr. Clown Car, and is figuring out with Ruby what the opening o the Underworld appeared. He is also the one who sent the Rescue Squad into the Underworld to help Mario.|
Belle, Brooke, and Brittany
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|Belle, Brooke, and Brittany are a trio of third-grade Bea students that attend Honeyhive Elementary. Belle, the one in the yellow dress, is the leader of the trio, being the group's voice of reason and the most outgoing. Brooke, the tallest, is smartest of the group, while Brittany is more shy and soft-spoken. While Mario and co. are at Honeyhive Elementary to gather Mystic Stones, the three agree to help them. Like other Beas, they have glasses and four arms, as well as wings. Being children however, their stingers have not yet developed.|
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|Sarina is the young princess of a kingdom below Thundervolt Castle. For unknown reasons, she was born with strange powers that allow her to empower those around her. The evil giant Hikiark, who lived in Thundervolt Castle, knew this and kidnapped Sarina and used her to harness the power. Mario and co. eventually saved her from Thundervolt Castle and delivered her back to the kind and queen.|
|Jackson and Sarah Carlington||Jackson and Sarah Carlington are a rich, married couple of New Donkers who live in Carlington Manor, living their new life together. However, when King Boo and his band of Boos appear to kick them out of the mansion to make it their territory, the two turn to Mario and friends for help. Throughout their stay, Mario and co. work to rid the manor of the Boos, eventually defeating King Boo and restoring the mansion back to normal.|
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|Obsidia is Ruby's younger sister, and serves as the main antagonist of the game. She used to rule the Underworld alongside Ruby, but was trapped in a crystal when she saw darkness in her heart and saw through her plans of universal domination. When Wario and Bowser fell through into the Underworld, they fell on Obsidia's crystal, allowing for her escape. At first, she plans to escape the Underworld by collecting the Mystic Stones through the Underworld Trials, but upon seeing Mario and co. are already doing the job she decides to wait. After awhile, she finally strikes and enters the open portal to the Mushroom Kingdom, taking Pearl with her. After being defeated, Obsidia makes one final attempt to eliminate Mario and co. by exploding and creating a void.|
Levels and Missions
All of the levels are located in the Underworld Trials, and are divided into four main sections, as well as a final area and a bonus section. Unlike other 3D Mario titles such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, several missions in a given level are already unlocked, and can be played in any order. Clearing all of these missions will unlock another mission. Each area consists of up to eight of these tasks, as well as two additional tasks - one of which is unlocked after collecting the Chaos Crystal in the level and the other being a secret task - which may be played again at will once they are completed. Once the player has collected enough Mystic Stones in total, a new set of levels is available in the Underworld Trials.
Not listed here are the Mystic Stones collected from tading in Blue Coins to the Underground Bank. In a similar manner to Super Mario Sunshine, 10 Blue Coins are found in each level, and they can be turned into the bank for extra Mystic Stones.
The levels in this area are relatively simple.
|Course 1 - Pleasantly Path|
A calm grassland area with flower fields everywhere. Near the starting point are is a village populated by Toads, with Toad Houses as well. A large river is also found here.There are also some hills in the area, as well as a large fortress populated by Goombas and the course's boss, Goomboss.
|Red Stone: Great Goomboss!|
The player must traverse the Goomba-populated hills and storm Goomboss Castle, facing Goomboss at the top of the castle.
|Orange Stone: Toads in Need|
The player must find five missing Toad children across the area. Each one will reward Mario with a Stone Piece, which will form a Mystic Stone after all five are found.
|Yellow Stone: Day at the Race|
The player must challenge the Agili T. to a race to the top of Goomboss Castle.
|Green Stone: Mysteries of the River|
The player must swim throughout the river to find a secret cave. To reach it, a Black Koopa Troopa's shell must be used.
|Blue Stone: Red Coins in the Fields|
The player must collect the eight Red Coins scattered across Pleasantly Path.
|Indigo Stone: Taking to the Skies!|
The player must enter a cannon on Goomboss Castle and shoot themselves to the nearby cloud platform. From there, several more cloud platforms must be traversed until the Mystic Stone is found.
|Violet Stone: Hide 'n' Sneek!|
The player, in order to collect the Mystic Stone, must play a game of hide-and-seek with three Sneeks. Once all three are found within two minutes, the player gets the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: The Squad is Here!|
The player must ground pound in four specific areas to find the Mystic Stone. Each of the members provide a hint at where the crystal is.
|Hidden Stone: The Other Secret Cave|
While collecting the Green Stone, the player must take an alternate route in the cave to find another Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Great Goomboss Speed Run|
The player must collect the Red Stone within two minutes.
|Course 2 - Dinosaur Isles|
A small archipelago of islands in the middle of a large ocean, with these islands enclosed by rocks. The island is mainly inhabited by multicolored Yoshis and Birdos. The central island serves as the main island, complete with a large Yoshi stone statue and a village where the Yoshi Chief lives, though the surrounding islands house Yoshis and Birdos as well.
|Red Stone: The Chief's Wisdom|
The player travel to the Yoshi Chief and answer his riddle for a Mystic Stone; he will ask for "a heavy piece of armor", and must be given a Koopa Troopa's shell.
|Orange Stone: To the Top of the Yoshi Statue|
The player must climb the Yoshi Statue on the island's center and open a Treasure Chest, revealing the Mystic Gem.
|Yellow Stone: Weeding Out the Koopas|
Using F.L.U.D.D., the player must defeat all of the Snooze-A-Koopas, who are ruining the Dinosaur Isle's harvesting.
|Green Stone: Deep-Sea Dive|
Using the Metal Mushroom, the player must traverse underwater and through a current, taking them to a secret cave with the Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: Toadette's Trapped!|
Toadette has found a Mystic Stone, but is trapped underwater. The player must use a black Koopa Troopa's shell to destroy the barricade.
|Indigo Stone: Naval Piranha Down Under|
The player must travel underwater and into a sunken ship, where Naval Piranha must be battled.
|Violet Stone: Red Coin Fish|
The player must travel underwater and collect the Red Coins, grouped together in a "Red Coin Fish" similar to the one in Super Mario Sunshine.
|Rainbow Stone: The Yoshi Festival|
During the yearly Yoshi Festival, the player must partake in three events and score enough points to win a Mystic Stone; the first is the Target Shot, the second is the Dino Swim, and the last is Yoshi Jousting.
|Hidden Stone: Buried Treasure!|
Using the Metal Mushroom, the player must find a golden Koopa Shell underwater, and use it to open a golden Treasure Chest to get the Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Snooze-A-Koopa Island Romp|
Using F.L.U.D.D., the player must defeat all of the Snooze-A-Koopas within 45 seconds. Timers also appear on the islands to help with time constrains.
|Course 3 - Blue Koopa Kingdom|
A volcanic wasteland with a similar kingdom to Bowser's. However, most of the troops are blue, and Blue Bowser is in control. There is also a small party of Toads who make camp near the castle grounds, who will reward Mario and co. by helping them with tasks.
|Red Stone: Setting Up Artillery|
The player must help the Toad soldiers build some Bill Blasters by sneaking into Blue Bowser's castle and stealing parts, bringing them back to the base.
|Orange Stone: Trapped Soldiers|
The player must sneak into Blue Bowser's castle and free two soldiers the king's minions have captured.
|Yellow Stone: Weapons Transport|
Bowser Jr. has stolen some special weapons from Blue Bowser's castle that will help the Toad soldiers. The player must safely navigate him to the base, defeating any enemies in the way.
|Green Stone: Red Coins in the Castle|
The Toad soldiers think that the Red Coins in Blue Bowser's castle will help them win the battle. As such, the player must collect them.
|Blue Stone: Under Attack!|
Blue Bowser's minions have found the Toads' base, and has sent a squadron of minions to attack them. The player must help the soldiers defend the base before it gets destroyed.
|Indigo Stone: The Hidden Lava Passage|
The player must use the Ice Flower in the storage room to run across the lava moat near Blue Bowser's castle to find a secret entrance.
|Violet Stone: Sentries on the Castle Wall|
The player must sneak onto the walls of Blue Bowser's castle and defeat all of the enemies stationed there.
|Rainbow Stone: Big Blue Showdown|
The player, alongside the Toad soldiers, must march into the castle and defeat Blue Bowser himself.
|Hidden Stone: Red Bowser's Hidden Corridor|
Mario must find a secret passage and find Red Bowser in a secret room, who must be defeated.
|Chaos Stone: Purple Coins in the Castle|
The player must collect the 100 Purple Coins scattered across Blue Bowser's castle.
|Course 4 - Mystic Cliffside|
A rather large mountain covered in mist and constant rain, with a similar structure to Tall, Tall Mountain in Super Mario 64. There are several mysteries surrounding the cliffside, which must be solved in order to obtain the Mystic Stones.
|Red Stone: Through the Wall|
There is a mysterious wall that allows the player to pass through it. This must be done to obtain the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: The Maze of Caves|
The player must traverse through a large maze of caves to eventually find the Mystic Stone. In order to avoid going in circles, the player can use visual landmarks to detect where they are.
|Yellow Stone: Mystery of the Green Mushroom|
The player must find a large, blue Mushroom platform and ground pound it. This will unveil a secret passage near the start of the course, which leads to the Mystic Stone.
|Green Stone: The Pool of No Return|
The player must enter the toxic pool and find a secret passage through the seafloor. This will lead them to a large Wiggler, who will need to be defeated to get the Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: The Cave of Mirrors|
The player must enter a cave full of crystals that reflect images similar to mirrors. The player must solve several puzzles alongside their reflection, eventually collecting the Mystic Stone.
|Indigo Stone: Red Coins on the Move!|
The player must travel throughout Mystic Hillside to collect the eight Red Coins, which are unusually moving around.
|Violet Stone: The Gravity Switch|
The player must find secret switches and flip it, which will switch gravity and allow them to walk on the ceiling. Gravity must constantly be changed to find the Stone Pieces, which will create a Mystic Stone when collected.
|Rainbow Stone: The Secret Slide|
A special rainbow block must be destroyed to open a secret switch. This will open a passage nearby that will take the player to an area similar to Princess' Secret Slide in Super Mario 64, where the player must slide downwards and collect the Mystic Stone at the end.
|Hidden Stone: Waluigi is Missing|
The player must enter the large maze of caves to find Waluigi, who has apparently been stuck in the maze for a week. He gives the player a Mystic Stone that he found in the maze.
|Chaos Stone: Cosmic Mario Slide Race|
The player must race Cosmic Mario down the slide area and collect the Mystic Stone first.
|Mini-Course 1 - Flipswitch Factory|
A small factory where Flipswitches are constructed. As such, Flipswitches are everywhere. Some Gearmo workmen are also found here, often complaining about how little they get paid.
|Rainbow Stone: Flipping the Flipswitches|
The player must activate all of the Flipswitches in the factory by stepping on them.
|Chaos Stone: Cosmic Mario in the Flipswitch Factory|
The player must collect the Rainbow Stone with Cosmic Mario chasing the player.
|Mini-Course 2 - Sand Castle Path|
An empty blue void, with train tracks visible in the distance and a poorly-drawn train riding them. The course itself consists of sand blocks that will begin to disappear as soon as stepped on. There are several of them in a path, and at the end is a large structure made out of these blocks. It is directly based off of the Sand Castle Secret in Super Mario Sunshine.
|Rainbow Stone: Sand Castle Scamper|
The player must travel to the sand castle structure and climb to the top, where the Mystic Stone lies.
|Chaos Stone: Double Time Sand Castle Scamper|
The player must collect the Rainbow Stone again, but the sand blocks will disappear twice as quickly.
The levels in this area are moderately difficult.
|Course 5 - Honeyhive Elementary|
Set on a gigantic tree, this course is located inside a large beehive, which is converted into a school for Beas, which are humanoid bees. There are several floors in this hive, each with their own classrooms. A group of three girl Beas form a friendship with Mario and co., and are the source for most of the courses in this course's missions.
|Red Stone: Enter Bee Mario|
The player must use the Bee Mushroom to make their way up to the branch hanging above Honeyhive Elementary. Here, they will meet three girl Beas who give the player a Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Secrets of the School|
The player must use the three Bea girls' hints to find and destroy three honeycombs. After this, a path to the Mystic Stone will open.
|Yellow Stone: The Big Bea Race|
The player must find the three Bea girls in gym class, and help them win a flying relay race in gym class to win the Mystic Stone. Mario will ride on the Beas one by one as he reaches the finish line, earning the Mystic Stone if h wins.
|Green Stone: Secret Hideout|
The player must help the three Bea girls rid their clubhouse of some intruders, located higher on the tree holding Honeyhive Elementary. After reaching it however, it turns out that the Rescue Squad was there the whole time, and say they were only there because they found a Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: Red Coins on the Playground|
The player must collect the eight Red Coins around Beehive Elementary's playground by helping several Bea kids with their issues, such as finding their stuffed animal, pushing a large box of toys to them, etc.
|Indigo Stone: Fire Drill|
The player must head into Honeyhive Elementary and help escort a group of Bea kids outside the school during a fire drill. They will be rewarded with a Mystic Stone afterwards.
|Violet Stone: Stuffed Animal Heist|
The player, in order to collect the Mystic Stone, must help the three Bea girls find their stuffed animal that they left inside the school. The player must avoid getting caught by security guard Beas moving around, otherwise they will be thrown out and need to start over.
|Rainbow Stone: Bugaboom Strikes!|
The player defeat Bugaboom, who is sitting on Honeyhive Elementary's roof, and rescue the three Bea girls.
|Hidden Stone: Through the Toilet|
The player must enter the women's bathroom and go down a toilet, taking them to a secret room with the Mystic Stone. Under normal circumstances the player can only access the women's bathroom while collecting the Violet Stone. However, if the player is playing as Peach, they are able to access the room in any mission.
|Chaos Stone: Bugaboom Daredevil Run|
The player must race defeat Bugaboom without taking damage.
|Course 6 - Mozzarelland|
Made entirely of cheese, Mozzarelland is a large, yellow desert. The inhabitants of this land are sentient, yet faceless blocks of cheese, and there are several areas around Mozzarelland based on cheese; these include Cheddar Ranch, Swiss Oasis, and the Queso Cantina.
|Red Stone: Blasting Away the Statue|
The player must use the Earth Rock and climb to the top of a large cheese statue. There, they must ground pound to destroy it, revealing the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Cheesy Red Coins|
The player, to find the eight Red Coins, must travel around Mozzarelland and use the Earth Rock to break them out of blocks of swiss cheese.
|Yellow Stone: The Beast of Cottage Pyramid|
The player enter the Cottage Pyramid and make their way through the secret tricks and traps. Afterwards, the player must find and defeat Gorgonzilla to earn the Mystic Stone.
|Green Stone: Skipsqueak Bandits|
The player help the cheeses at Cheddar Ranch take back some special cheddar cheese that a group of Skipsqueaks stole.
|Blue Stone: Queso Cantina Secrets|
The player, to find the Mystic Stone, must enter the Queso Cantina and find a secret passage, leading them to the stone.
|Indigo Stone: Mushroom Omelette|
The player rescue Toad from drowning in Swiss Oasis. After be s rescued, it is revealed that he was at the oasis because he found a Mystic Stone there.
|Violet Stone: The Stinky Cheese|
The player must make their way through the area of moldy cheese to reach the Mystic Stone, often needing to use the cheese mold to bounce to higher areas.
|Rainbow Stone: The Grater Threat|
The player must rescue Mozzarelland from an invasion of floating cheese graters. To do this, the player must climb up the statues and defeat all of the enemies on each cheese grater, then use the Earth Rock to destroy them. Afterwards, the cheese inhabitants give the player the Mystic Stone.
|Hidden Stone: Underneath the Oasis|
The player, using a hidden Metal Mushroom, must travel underwater through a jet current and grab the Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Grater Threat Speed Run|
The player collect the Rainbow Stone within two and a half minutes.
|Course 7 - Thundervolt Castle|
The area is mostly comprised of stormy clouds that constantly rain and crack thunder and lightning. A large, stone castle resides in the area, where the giant Hikark lives. He does, however, hold young princess Sarina hostage who gives magical powers to whoever is in her possession.
|Red Stone: Up the Clouds|
The player must utilize the Super Leaf to carefully make their way up the cloud platforms, eventually reaching the top of the castle where the Mystic Stone is.
|Orange Stone: Walls of the Castle|
The player must climb up the walls of the castle, using F.L.U.D.D. to open up secret entrances like he can in Noki Bay in Super Mario Sunshine, eventually finding the Mystic Stone.
|Yellow Stone: Three Seeds|
The player must search through Castle Thundervolt to find three seeds and plant them in a golden patch of grass on the clouds. This will sprout into a golden plant, which turns into a Mystic Stone.
|Green Stone: Red Coin Buffet|
Inside Castle Thundervolt, the player must collect the eight Red Coins found among the supersized food. The Rescue Squad can also be seen gorging themselves.
|Blue Stone: The Giant's Stone|
The Mystic Stone is on a necklace Hikark wears. In order to nab it, the player must move up the shelves and drop a large bowling ball on his head to stun him.
|Indigo Stone: The Thunderball Game|
The player, to collect the Mystic Stone, must use Volt Mushroom play "Thunderball" with a group of Lakitus who must use thunder to hit a metal ball, giving it electric charge and slamming it on the ground to see which shockwave can break the most crates on the ground.
|Violet Stone: The Big Rescue|
The player must quietly sneak past Hikark while he is sleeping and grab the Key from his pocket. Then, a tower must be climbed to reach Princess Sarina who will give Mario the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: Climbing Down the Beanstalk|
Princess Sarina uses her magic powers to sprout a beanstalk from the ground below that reaches the clouds around Castle Thundervolt, which the player must climb down. Sarina will be brought back to her parents, who thank the player by giving a Mystic Stone.
|Hidden Stone: Stone-Cold Battle|
While collecting the violet Mystic Stone, instead of getting the Key from Hikark's pocket he can instead use the Super Leaf to become Statue Mario and land on his head from above, enraging him. He will use Sarina's powers to try to defeat the player, though once he is defeated he falls through the floor and onto the ground below. Sarina then grants a Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Up the Clouds Double Time|
The player collect the red Stone, though thunder will begin firing twice as fast from the clouds, making it harder to navigate.
|Course 8 - Polluted Swamp|
Though this area used to be a beautiful, vibrant swamp, the ongoing industrialization in the nearby city has unfortunately resulted in the area becoming a large waste. The water is poisinous, making it very unsafe to touch, and the trees, while stable, are long dead. Several Sunflowers similar to the ones in Pinna Park in Super Mario Sunshine are wilting due to the pollution.
|Red Stone: The Tallest Tree|
The player must climb up the large tree in the center of the swamp to find the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: The Fruit Tree|
The player must collect fruit for the baby Sunflowers by picking up food from the nearby city. They will bloom and grant the player the Mystic Stone.
|Yellow Stone: Metal Mario Fears No Poison!|
The player must use the Metal Mushroom to enter a poisoned lake and enter a secret cave, where he will find the Mystic Stone.
|Green Stone: Fresh Water|
The player must help Toadette and Bowser Jr. deliver water from the city to the Sunflowers. They must be protected from oncoming enemies however. After enough water is collected, the player is rewarded with the Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: Red Coins Above the Poisoned Lake|
The eight Red Coins must be collected, which are located on various platforms above the poisoned lake.
|Indigo Stone: Save the Swamp|
The player must help the Sunflowers by helping a group of kids put up posters around the city to spread word about how the pollution is hurting the environment. The kids reward the player with a Mystic Stone after this is done.
|Violet Stone: Swampy Secrets|
The player must ground pound on three specific mushroom platforms to open up a passage in the large tree, which opens a path to the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: Restoring the Swamp|
The citizens of the city agree to help bring the swamp to its original glory, and the player must disable three generators around the city. This will stop the pollution, allow the Sunflowers to bloom, and grant the player the Mystic Stone.
|Hidden Stone: Trash in the Pond|
Using the Metal Mushroom, the player must break 10 bottles floating around in the poisoned pond, granting him a Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Purple Coins in the Swamp|
The player collect the 100 Purple Coins scattered across the newly-restored swamp and the city.
|Mini-Course 3 - Temple of the Phanto|
A large temple set in the desert. When first entered, there is a locked door that leads to the Mystic Stone. To unlock it, the Key at the bottom of the temple is needed. However, once the Key is grabbed, the mysterious Phanto that dwells in the temple will begin chasing the player.
|Rainbow Stone: Beware of Phanto|
The player must travel to the bottom of the temple to collect the Key, then bring it back to the locked door near the temple while avoiding the Phanto.
|Chaos Stone: Phanto's Daredevil Run|
The player must collect the Rainbow Stone again without taking any damage.
|Mini-Course 4 - Penguin Island|
A large, tropical island where several Penguins live. Similar to the Beach Bowl Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy, several of these Penguins take swimming classes. The island also has several palm trees that can be climbed on.
|Rainbow Stone: Red Coins Underwater|
The player must collect the eight Red Coins hidden both on the island and underwater. The Frog Suit comes in handy.
|Chaos Stone: Purple Coins Underwater|
The player must collect all 100 Purple Coins. The Frog Suit comes in handy.
|Mini-Course 5 - Battle Belt Fortress|
A rather large fortress in a volcanic field. Throughout the fortress, the player will need to defeat hoards of enemies in order to proceed through the level, similar to the Battle Belt Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
|Rainbow Stone: The Enemy Rush|
In order to collect the Mystic Stone, the player must defeat small hoards of enemies, one by one, to proceed through the fortress.
|Chaos Stone: Battle Belt Romp|
The player must defeat all of the Hammer Bros. and Boomerang Bros. throughout the fortress within one minute. Timers are also found around the fortress to help with time constrains.
The levels in this area are rather challenging.
|Course 9 - Shooting Star Hills|
Shooting Star Hills is made up by several mountantops that are tall enough to peak over the clouds. As its name inplies, shooting stars are a common sight here, some of which will lightly crash on the ground. The hilltops are covered in snow and rather slippery as well. Lumas are commonly found here.
|Red Stone: Head Above the Clouds|
The player must hop across the hilltops without falling down to find Toad, who found a Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Path of the Bouncy Clouds|
The player must travel up the path of bouncy cloud platforms, which will lead to the Mystic Stone.
|Yellow Stone: Meteor Shower Rushdown|
The player must find the Mystic Stone as meteors are raining on the hills, which damage players on contant.
|Green Stone: Star Bunny Hide-and-Seek|
The player must play a game of hide-and-seek with three Star Bunnies, who will hide in different places across Shooting Star Hills. If all of them are found within 120 seconds, the Star Bunnies will award the player with a Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: Starry Night Footrace|
The player must challenge Agili T. to a race around Shooting Star Hills to earn the Mystic Stone.
|Indigo Stone: Double Trouble!|
The player must use the Double Cherry to solve various puzzles, leading to the Mystic Stone.
|Violet Stone: Red Coins in the Night Sky|
The player, in order to collect the Mystic Stone, must collect the eight Red Coins scattered around Starry Night Hills.
|Rainbow Stone: The Big Star|
The player must hop on a large shooting star that will come by Shooting Star Hill, which will take them to the Mystic Stone.
|Hidden Stone: Shooting Mystic Stone|
The Mystic Stone is hidden among the shooting stars of Shooting Star Hills. To collect it, the player must hop on a secret platform and wait until it crashes on the ground, where it can be collected.
|Chaos Stone: Meteor Shower Daredevil Run|
The player must collect the yellow Mystic Stone without getting damaged.
|Course 10 - Pipeline Complex|
Located on the secluded Pipe Maze Island, Pipeline Complex is the "origin place" of Warp Pipes and where they first appeared. Though on the surface it may not look like much, there is a Warp Pipe that leads underground to a large maze of Warp Pipes. Piranha Plants well in this maze, so one should be careful while navigating.
|Red Stone: Through the Sewer|
The player must navigate through the underground Pipe maze and find the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Piranha Pest Panic|
The player must exterminate all the Piranha Pests in the underground Pipe maze.
|Yellow Stone: The Jelly Pipe|
The player must navigate through a path in the underground Pipe maze to find the Mystic Stone. This path is filled with jelly, which can be dug into with forceful moves such as a ground pound.
|Green Stone: Here Comes Petey Piranha!|
The player must find and defeat Petey Piranha in the underground Pipe maze.
|Blue Stone: Path-Switching Pipes|
The player must use switches to change where Warp Pipes will take them in order to reach the Mystic Stone.
|Indigo Stone: Red Coins in the Pipe Maze|
The player must collect all eight Red Coins in the underground Pipe Maze.
|Violet Stone: Cracking Through the Pipe|
With the help of Bowser Jr., the player must crack through a large Warp Pipe, which will sprout water to open a new area, where the Mystic Stone is found.
|Rainbow Stone: Pipe Maze Flood|
After entering the underground Pipe maze, the maze will begin flooding, and the player must escape before they drown. At the end is a Mystic Stone.
|Hidden Stone: The Hidden Pipe|
The player must look for a golden Warp Pipe hidden in the underground Pipe maze, which will take them to a secret area where the Mystic Stone is.
|Chaos Stone: Piranha Plant Maze Romp|
The player must defeat all of the Piranha Plants in the underground Pipe Maze within one minute to get the Mystic Stone.
|Course 11 - Carlington Manor|
A large mansion owned by a husband and wife, the Carlingtons, located on top of a large hill. Unfortunately, King Boo and his Boos decided to move into the manor, forcing the Carlingtons out. As such, they turn to the help of the player, who must help them rid the mansion of the Boos.
|Red Stone: The Haunted Basement|
The Mystic Stone is located in the basement, which the player must navigate to.
|Orange Stone: The Secret Canvas|
The player must find a Boo painting in one of the rooms and jump through it, opening a path to the Mystic Stone.
|Yellow Stone: Sneaking Around the Manor|
The player must navigate through the manor to find the Mystic Stone using the Boo Mushroom.
|Green Stone: The Toxic Attic|
The player must travel to the attic where the Mystic Stone is, being careful about the toxic air.
|Blue Stone: Red Coins Above|
The player must collect all eight Red Coins in the attic.
|Indigo Stone: Going on a Ghost Hunt|
The player must defeat all the Boos inside Carlington Manor.
|Violet Stone: Climb to the Roof|
The player navigate to the roof of Carlington Manor to find the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: King Boo's Big Haunt|
The player must find King Boo in the basement, and defeat him for the Mystic Stone. The Carlingtons will thank the player and give them a Mystic Stone.
|Hidden Stone: King Boo's Statue|
While collecting the rainbow Mystic Stone, the player must find a statue of King Boo and jump into it. Doing this will activate a secret battle against King Boo, who must be defeated to earn the Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Ghost Hunt Speed Run|
The player must collect the indigo Mystic Stone before time runs out.
|Course 12 - Peril Peaks|
As the name suggests, Peril Peaks is located on two large mountains, one holding a snowy area and the other holding a lava area. Both of these areas have kingdoms, which are interconnected by a large bridge, and Mario and co. must help the Prince Flame and Princess Frost with their kingdoms.
|Red Stone: Hot and Cold Allies|
The Mystic Stone is held by Princess Frost, who will give it to the player after delivering an item from Prince Flame.
|Orange Stone: Into the Volcano|
The player must find the Mystic Stone inside the volcano in the lava kingdom.
|Yellow Stone: Red-Hot Red Coins|
The player must collect all eight Red Coins in the volcano.
|Green Stone: Ice Skating for Missing Penguins|
The player help Princess Frost find three missing Penguins in the snow kingdom.
|Blue Stone: The Snowy Peak|
The player must find the Mystic Stone on top of the snowy peak.
|Indigo Stone: Bridge Support|
The player must help Bowser Jr. keep the bridge connecting the two kingdoms intact by fixing all the support beams.
|Violet Stone: Agili T.'s Hot Run|
The player race Agili T. through the lava kingdom, and he will give a Mystic Stone if he is beaten.
|Rainbow Stone: Peril Peaks Festival|
The player must compete in the Peril Peaks Festival challenges, which include ground pounding through blocks and burning crates with the Fire Flower. Afterwards, the Mystic Stone is awarded as a participation award, though if the player places 1st he will get a 1-Up Mushroom.
|Hidden Stone: Under the Bridge|
The player must find the Mystic Stone under the bridge that connects the two kingdoms.
|Chaos Stone: Freezy Peak Cosmic Race|
The player must race Cosmic Mario to the top of the snow peak, where the Mystic Stone is.
|Mini-Course 6 - Starshine Resort|
A glorious tropical resort where many Piantas and Nokis live. Several Toads and Yoshis also frequently come to this area during tours. However, when Mario and co. first arrive to the area, the ground begins shaking and Mario is somehow booted back to the Underworld Trials. When he re-enters they level, it is destroyed, with nothing but destroyed buildings and storm clouds behind.
|Rainbow Stone: A Destroyed City|
The Mystic Stone is found somewhere in the ruins, burried under rubble.
|Chaos Stone: Purple Coins in the City Crisis|
The player must collect all 100 Purple Coins scattered around the remains of the city.
|Mini-Course 7 - Construction Function|
A jumbled mass of blue girders located in deep space. Everything is pixelated, and there are ladders everywhere to allow one to climb to higher girders. At the top is a large, pixelated Donkey Kong, who holds a Mystic Stone. He will drop Barrels and Fireballs down onto the girders. The entire course is remenicent of 100m from the Donkey Kong arcade game.
|Rainbow Stone: Retro Remedy|
The player must defeat the pixelated Donkey Kong by removing rivites from the girders, which causes him to fall on his head and reveal the Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Retro Remedy Daredevil Run|
The player collect the Mystic Stone without taking damage.
|Mini-Course 8 - Graveyard Raceway|
A large, abandoned graveyard inhabited by Dry Bones. They have decided to take the area and remodel it to a racetrack for their enjoyment. When the player arrives, a racing tournament is being held, with the winner getting a Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: Dry Bones Kart|
The player must participate in a race against seven Dry Bones and place first to win the Mystic Stone
|Chaos Stone: Dry Bones Kart Double Time|
The player collect the Mystic Stone while the Dry Bones move at double speed.
The levels in this area are very challenging.
|Course 13 - Sakura Village|
Sakura Village is placed on a large hill, and is themed after Chinese villages. The grass is pink and cherry blossoms are constantly falling. The village is inhabited by Whittles, who have a pacifist and calm culture. Bamboo yrees also litter the area, which Mario and co. can climb on.
|Red Stone: Shell Mario On a Roll!|
The player must use the Blue Shell to travel down a secret path, leading to the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Maze of Bamboo|
The player must find the Mystic Stone in a large mass of bamboo trees.
|Yellow Stone: Secret of the Fields|
The player must find a certain patch of flowers in the field, which will teleport them to a secret area where the Mystic Stone is.
|Green Stone: To the Top of Sakura Mountain|
The player must climb the top of Sakura Mountain and collect the Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: The Village Underside|
The player must collect the Mystic Stone under the village.
|Indigo Stone: Secret of the Golden Flower|
Using the Blue Shell, the player must find a Golden Flower and ground pound it, finding the Mystic Stone.
|Violet Stone: Saving the Village|
The player, in order to collect the Mystic Stone, must defeat all of the Goombas in the area before time runs out.
|Rainbow Stone: Red Coins at the Sakura Festival|
The player must collect all eight Red Coins during the Sakura Festival.
|Hidden Stone: The Secret Chest|
Using the Blue Shell, the player must open a treasure chest and free Toad, who will give them a Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Octoomba Sakura Romp|
The player must defeat all of the Octoombas within one minute and thirty seconds.
|Course 14 - Origamountain|
As the name implies, Origamountain is a large mountain made entirely of paper, cardboard, etc. There is a small village near the top of the mountain, inhabited by small origami-like creatures. Surrounding the mountain are several clouds, also made of paper and cardboard.
|Red Stone: Perfect Portrait|
The player, using F.L.U.D.D., must move paint around to color in a red "M", which will unveil a Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Path to the Clouds|
The player must find the Mystic Stone on a large mass of Clouds.
|Yellow Stone: Red Coins in the Cloudy Swamp|
The player must find all eight Red Coins in a large poisonous swamp area in the clouds.
|Green Stone: Burnt to Ashes|
The player must use the Fire Flower to burn down a wall of paper, leading to the Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: Bridging the Gaps|
The player must use F.L.U.D.D. to spray large sheets of paper in the cloud area, creating bridges to the Mystic Stone.
|Indigo Stone: To the Top of Origamountain|
The player must find the Mystic Stone on top of Origamountain, where Toadette is.
|Violet Stone: Waluigi's Purple Paper|
The player, in order to collect the Mystic Stone, must rescue Waluigi from a floating sheet of purple paper by spraying it down with F.L.U.D.D.
|Rainbow Stone: Path to the Origami Plain|
The player must travel down a secret path in the clouds, leading to the sacred Origami Plain where the Mystic Stone is.
|Hidden Stone: Paper Shredder|
Using the Fire Flower, the player must burn down a secret wall to unveil a Warp Pipe. Entering it will take Mario to an area where a Gearmo will award a Mystic Stone for burning all the large sheets of paper.
|Chaos Stone: Paper Purple Coins|
The player must collect all 100 Purple Coins scattered across Origamountain.
|Course 15 - Chompbound Industries, Inc.|
Set in a large factory in a desert, this is where large Chain Chomps are made. It used to be a nice area where Steam Gardeners were running the place, but factory's main computor became corrupt, and brainwashed all the workers to make more Chomps than needed.
|Red Stone: Springing into Action|
The player, using the Spring Mushroom, must make their way to the roof of the factory and grab the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Foggy Fumes|
The player must find the Mystic Stone on the roof of the factory in a large mass of smoke.
|Yellow Stone: Bouncing Over Some Chomps|
The player must use the Spring Mushroom to bounce over Chomps and grab the Mystic Stone.
|Green Stone: Under Construction|
The player, with the help of Bowser Jr. and Toad, must destroy one of the main Chomp creating machines to earn the Mystic Stone.
|Blue Stone: Mass-Produced Red Coins|
The player must find the eight Red Coins inside the factory.
|Indigo Stone: Paying Overtime|
The player must flip some switches to break the Steam Gardeners from the main computer's control.
|Violet Stone: Inside the Attic|
The player, in order to collect the Mystic Stone, must use the Spring Mushroom to navigate through the attic.
|Rainbow Stone: Virus Buster|
The player must defeat the main computer of the factory, XX-CTE, in order to collect the Mystic Stone and set the factory right.
|Hidden Stone: The Golden Chomp|
The player must destroy a Golden Chomp produced randomly in the factory, gaining the Mystic Stone.
|Chaos Stone: Virus Buster Daredevil Run|
The player must defeat XX-CET without taking damage.
|Course 16 - Star Blitz Galaxy|
Star Blitz Galaxy is set in deep space, and is an arrangement of planets. This course additionally has a unique gravity feature similar to that of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, and one can travel between planets via Launch Stars. Lumas inhabit the area.
|Red Stone: The Star Chips|
The player must collect five Star Chips to open a Launch Star, taking the player to a planet with the Mystic Stone.
|Orange Stone: Hurry, He's Hungry!|
The player must collect 60 Coins and feed them to a Hungry Luma, who will transform into a new planet with the Mystic Stone.
|Yellow Stone: Red Coins in Deep Space|
The player travel trough the galaxy to collect the eight Red Coins.
|Green Stone: Rolling Road|
The player must roll a large ball with the Mystic Stone in it to the end of a course, breaking it.
|Blue Stone: Star Bunnies in the Galaxy|
The player play hide-and0seek with some Star Bunnies, who will give the player a Mystic Stone if they are found within two minutes.
|Indigo Stone: Switcharoo|
The player explore a new planet to find the Mystic Stone, which involves flipping switches to change gravity.
|Violet Stone: The Center of the Galaxy|
The player must navigate through the galaxy's sun to find the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: Meteor Shower!|
The player must safely navigate through a meteor shower, finding the Mystic Stone on one of the plaets.
|Hidden Stone: The Chimp's Challenge|
The player must find a secret Warp Pipe to take them to the Chimp's room, who will give them a Mystic Stone if they beat his high score in an ice skating challenge
|Chaos Stone: Galaxy Center Speed Run|
The player collect the violet Mystic Stone within two minutes.
|Mini-Course 9 - Throwback Landing|
A mysterious world where everything is in 8-bit. The course is fairly linear, and leads to a large castle. Here, a large, 8-bit Bowser must be battled to get the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: Bit by Bit|
The player must travel to the castle and defeat the large 8-bit Bowser, getting the Mystic Stone for doing so.
|Chaos Stone: Reverse Throwback Cosmic Race|
The player must race Cosmic Mario from the castle to the start of the course.
|Mini-Course 10 - Boss Blitz|
Set in a large computer room, there are several Warp Pipes that lead to the game's various bosses, all of which must be defeated to obtain the Mystic Stone.
|Rainbow Stone: Boss Rush Brawl|
The player must defeat all of the bosses, gaining the Mystic Stone at the end.
|Chaos Stone: Boss Rush Brawl Speed Run|
The player collect the Mystic Stone within six minutes.
The final course in the game, it is unlocked after collecting all of the Mystic Stones throughout the Underworld Trials. It is the hardest course in the game, made to test the player's skills. It is similar to the Grandmaster Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Champion's Road in Super Mario 3D World.
|Rainbow Stone: The Ultimate Test|
The player must complete all of the challenges and collect the Mystic Stone at the end of the course.
|Chaos Stone: The Perfect Run|
The player collect the Mystic Stone without taking damage.
Like Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, players are able to utilize power-ups. These can add an extra ability to the character's arsenal or give the player a special attribute to make defeating enemies easier as well as solve puzzles. Power-ups like Fire Flowers that provide an extra attack replace the character's punching ability, or in Yoshi and Bowser's case, their tongue and fire breath abilities.
In some special cases, Power-Ups are given to the player via capsules. In this situation, the player will not lose their power-up after taking damage. This is usually used during puzzles where power-ups are required.
|Coins are found all over the levels. Collecting them will restore a wedge of the player's health. They can also be used as currency in the Underground Shop to buy objects for Pearl's room.|
|One mission in every main course has a mission involving collecting Red Coins. Eight of them are scattered across the level, and collecting all of them will give the player the Mystic Stone.|
|10 of these are found in every main course, scattered across the area. After collecting 10 of them, they can be traded for a Mystic Stone in the Underworld Bank.|
|Gives the player an extra life when collected.|
|In Chaos Events involving Purple Coins, 100 of them are scattered across the area. They must be collected to obtain the Mystic Stone.|
|One of these are found in every course, and must be collected in order for the Chaos Event in said course to appear. They are similar to the Comet Medals inSuper Mario Galaxy 2.|
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|The main collectible in the game; collecting one will complete a mission. Mario and co. must collect as many of them as possible in order to escape the Underworld.|
|Goomboss is the Goomba king, who has built a fortress in Pleasantly Path. To collect the red Mystic Stone, the player must defeat him. Goomboss attacks by trying to charge into the player. He will eventually hit a wall and become stunned, where the player must climb the platforms and ground pound on his head. Each time he is ground pounded, he becomes larger and redder, and summons Goombas the player must defeat before attacking Goomboss again. After three ground pounds, be becomes so big he explodes, revealing the red Mystic Stone.|
|Naval Piranha is a large Piranha Plant who has made her home in a sunken ship near Dinosaur Isles, and Mario and co. must defeat her before she destroys the village. Before Naval Piranha attacks, she sends her Naval Buds to attack the player, which can be defeated with a single jump. This makes Naval Piranha angry, as she tries to bite them. To damage her, the player must grab Black Koopa Shells and throw them in her mouth, which will explode in her stomach. After this is done three times, she will be defeated and reveal the indigo Mystic Stone.|
|Blue Bowser is the king of Blue Koopa Kingdom, and a squadron of Toads have set up camp to attack and defeat the king. Blue Bowser challenges the player to a battle, taking them to an arena filled with lava. Blue Bowser attacks by breathing fire and throwing hammers. To defeat him, Koopa shells must be thrown at him, which will push him backward. This must be done until Blue Bowser falls into the lava, getting back up to the platform afterwards. After falling into lava twice, Blue Bowser becomes enrages and begins throwing hammers and breathing fire faster. After being knocked into the lava three times, Blue Bowser is defeated and the player can collect the rainbow Mystic Stone.|
|Red Bowser appears as an optional boss in Blue Koopa Kingdom. He is found through a secret passage in Blue Bowser's castle, which takes the player to a hidden corridor where Red Bowser is found and battled. He acts similarly to Blue Bowser, but instead of throwing hammers he tries to jump on the player and crush them. Similar to Blue Bowser, Red Bowser must be defeated by pushing him into lava with Koopa shells. After being knocked into lava twice, Red Bowser becomes enraged and attacks faster, and his jumps add shockwaves. After being knocked into lava three times, he is defeated and rewards the player with the hidden Mystic Stone.|
|This large Wiggler lives in a cave below a toxic pond at Mystic Cliffside. It becomes angry when the player breaks open the seafloor and dumps the poisonous water in his home, and attacks the player. It acts very similarly to the Wiggler in Super Mario 64 in that it will charge around and try to run over the player. To damage it, the player must first jump on its head, where it will be flipped over and a certain segment of its body must be ground pounded on. After each time this is done, the Wiggler will become faster and angrier. After three hits, the Wiggler is defeated and reveals the green Mystic Stone.|
|Bugaboom attacks Honeyhive Elementary, and holds the three Bea girls Mario and co. befriended as hostages. With the help of the Bee Mushroom, the player must reach the roof of the school and defeat Bugaboom to free the girls and collect the rainbow Mystic Stone. He acts somewhat similarly to his appearance in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. He will charge towards the player to damage them with his large mandibles. To damage him, the player must ground pound on his back. After three times, Bugaboom will become enraged and begin flying around the school, dropping bombs that explpode on impact. Using the Bee Mushroom, the player must climb to the branch holding the school and ground pound him. After three more hits, Bugaboom is defeated and the Bea girls are freed, who give the player the Mystic Stone.|
|Gorgonzilla||Gorgonzilla is a large cheese monster that resides in the Cottage Pyramid of Mozzarelland. When the player finds him and accidentally wakes him up, Gorgonzilla reacts violently by attacking. While fighting, the player must dodge his attacks from a small platform. His attacks include launching cheese slices from his stomach and clapping his hands to squish the player. When Gorgonzilla tries to slam his hands on the ground, the player must climb on him and use the Earth Rock to ground pound on his head, damaging him. After three times, Gorgonzilla explodes into shredded cheese and unveils the yellow Mystic Stone.|
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|Hikark is the mythical giant that resides in Castle Thundervolt. He holds Princess Sarina, who gives him mystical power, as hostage. Though the player can safely and quietly escape the castle with Sarina, Mario and co. are able to battle him as an optional boss. Once awaken from being stomped on by Statue Mario, he will become enraged. He snaps his fingers and causes Sarina to appear in his hands and forcefully uses her power. He will attack by stomping around and throwing gold projectiles at the player. To damage them, the player must climb up the shelves and find a Super Leaf so they can stomp on his head as a statue. After two hits, he starts using more of Sarina's power, making him faster and his projectiles bigger. He also makes navigating the shelves more difficult as his constant stomps cause jars and such to fall over. After three stomps, Hikark falls through the floor and through the clouds, landing on the ground below. Sarina, though out of breath from so much of her power being used, gives the player the hidden Mystic Stone.|
|Petey Piranha is a large, mutant Piranha Plant who is found in Pipeline Complex, staying in the underground Pipe maze and serving as the source of the multitude of Piranha Plants appearing in the area. Once awoken by the player, both of them will end up falling into a Piranha Plant-infested corridor, where the battle will begin. He fights rather similarly to his appearance in Super Mario Sunshine; Petey will stand in place and try to spit goop at the player, which will create Polluted Piranhas. Though these cannot be defeated, The Polluted Piranhas will spit large bubbles at the player, which can be picked up and thrown in Petey's mouth as he spits more goop. This will fill him up and have him fall on his back, revealing his belly button. This must be ground pounded on to damage him. Petey will be defeated after three hits, revealing the Mystic Stone.|
|King Boo is, as his names suggests, the king of Boos. He and his Boo minions move into the Carlington Manor, forcing the Carlingtons out. He serves as the boss of the area, and is battled in the basement. When battled, he will begin summoning Boos. After these are defeated, King Boo will begin attacking himself, summoning more Boos. One of these Boos must be flung into his mouth, stunning him. While vulnerable, the player will need to attack by hitting his tongue. After this, King Boo will begin using more attacks, such as turning invisible and throwing blue fireballs. After three times, King Boo will be defeated. Afterwards, the Carlingtons thank the player and give them the rainbow Mystic Stone as a reward.|
|In addition to this, King Boo can also be battled in a much different way to obtain the secret Mystic Stone. In the basement are several King Boo statues, one of which has a blue, glowing mouth. Jumping into it will transport the player to a mansion similar to Treacherous Mansion found in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Upon entering, King Boo appears and takes the player to the Paranormal Dimension, where the true battle begins. In this battle, he has a roulette machine, and acts similarly to the "King Boo" in Super Mario Sunshine; he will spin the roulette and make random items appear. The things he can summon include Fruits, random enemies, Coins, and Boos. King Boo can only be attacked if he summons fruit. A pepper must be grabbed and thrown into King Boo's mouth, setting his tongue on fire. Then, another fruit type must be thrown at King Boo, damaging him. After three hits, King Boo is defeated once and for all, revealing the Mystic Stone.|
|XX-CET||XX-CET is the main computer of the factory of Chompbound Industries, Inc. However, at one point it goes corrupt, causing all of the Steam Gardeners to overproduce on Chomps. As such, Mario and co. must save the factory by destroying the main computer. XX-CET's battle acts as a battle ring; every phase it will summon holographic enemies that the player will need to defeat, starting with simple enemies like Goombas to more advanced ones like Hammer Bros. After a group of enemies are defeated, XX-CET will summon Chomps, which will roll across the area. After all of the enemies are defeated, XX-CET will begin short circuiting and be destroyed, unveiling the rainbow Mystic Stone.|
|Obsidia is battled in Bowser's Castle, which she reformed into her own lair. She uses the power of the Mystic Stones to make her stronger, and must be battled while the Rescue Squad try to free Pearl from a crystal. The battle's first phase has her simply floating in the air, creating crystals to launch at the player. She can also create large crystals out from under the ground, which the player can climb up on and jump on her. After a few hits, Obsidia enters her second phase, where she covers herself in jagged crystals and move around the arena. At some point, she will crash into a wall, leaving her stunned and removing the crystals, where the player must attack. After a few more hits, Obsidia enters her final phase; she will use the last of her power to to make her completely invincible, and will relentlessly attack the player. She cannot be damaged in this state, and must wait until she runs out of power, which is the time to strike.|
|After Obsidia is defeated, she will make one last attempt to destroy the player and explode, creating a void. At this time, the player must run away, outrunning the void as it sucks everything in. Once the player enters the portal Ruby created, the battle will be won.|
The Rescue Squad: Birthday Blitz is a large-scale expansion pack of Super Mario and the Underworld Trials, which notably has the Rescue Squad as the main playable characters. It was released as both downloadable content for the game and as its own title. It is similar to how New Super Luigi U was an expansion of New Super Mario Bros. U; however, Birthday Blitz has a staggeringly different gameplay style in that it takes more after Super Mario Odyssey, where the game puts a heavy emphasis on exploration.
- If one does not count Super Paper Mario, this is the first Mario platformer where Bowser is a playable character.