Course five in Super Mario 64 adds another classic Mario trope to the game – a great big ghost house in the finest Super Mario World tradition.
To access this course, you don’t just jump through a painting: you’ll need to go through the first set of wooden doors in the castle lobby, then follow the Boo through to a courtyard. As well as the infamous L is Real plaque, you’ll find boos here. You defeat them by getting behind them and punching them. One of the Boos will have a bird cage inside it. Defeat that Boo then approach the bird cage to be transported to Big Boo’s Haunt, aka level five.
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 1: Go on a Ghost Hunt
Enter the main house. Your mission is simple – you need to go through all of the rooms of the haunted mansion and defeat all the Boos. Every time you defeat a Boo, you’ll her a voice telling you ghost don’t die, but keep at it. When you defeat all five, Big Boo will spawn in the lobby of the mansion. You’ll need to fight Big Boo, and then a star will appear on the second floor, complete with some handy stairs to reach it. Easy!
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 2: Ride Big Boo’s Merry-Go-Round
There’s a smaller building near the mansion. Take a lift down to the basement (you can also reach this by falling into a pit in the mansion proper) – down here you’ll find a Merry-Go Round. It’ll spin while Boos Spawn around you. Defeat five Boos, and then Big Boo returns again – defeat it the same as before in order to obtain the star. Watch out for the fire that is spat at you as an extra obstacle!
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 3: Secret of the Haunted Books
Head to the second floor of the mansion lobby, then head to the left side of the room and take the right-hand door. This is the library, and books will attack you. Avoid them and head through to where there are three books are hanging out of the bookcase. You need to punch and kick these back into place, but in a strict order, a lot like the chests you open in Jolly Roger Bay. Hit the books back in place in this order: top/center, bottom/right, middle/left. A secret passageway to the star will open.
Once Mario reaches the second floor of the Foyer, he should take the right hand door on the left side of the room. This will lead him into a small library. As Mario heads around the library, small books shoot out themselves from the shelves; these will injure him if not avoided, and are not to be confused with the books with teeth that attack Mario in other rooms. Once the plumber has rounded the corner, he will come to a wall with three books jutting out of the wall. If Mario punches or kicks them in the right order, the wall will move away revealing a door. If he hits the books in an incorrect order, a small book will attack him and the books will reset. Once he enters through the door, he will be able to claim this mission’s Power Star. The correct order would be top, bottom and middle (or center, right, left).
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 4: Seek the 8 Red Coins
All of the Big Boo’s Haunt red coins are found within the mansion, scattered across the two floors:
- Behind the terrifying possessed piano enemy.
- In the next room on from the piano room, there’s a coin on top of the bookcase.
- Also on top of the bookcases in the same room as red coin 2.
- Through the next door in the lobby (ground floor, top left), wall kick up to the grate in the ceiling to find it.
- Behind the bottom right lobby door, on a platform, guarded by a boo.
- In the second floor room with the moving coffins, hidden under one.
- Hidden under another coffin in the same room as red coin 6.
- In the room on the far right of upstairs – easy to get.
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 5: Big Boo’s Balcony
Head upstairs in the mansion and go through the far door on the right. There’s a ledge here you have to wall kick up to. Get up there, head through the door and then through the double doors to the balcony. Defeat Big Boo once again up here and grab yourself the star. It’s on the roof, and that can be hard to get to – long jumps will be your friend here. It might take a few tries.
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 6: Eye to Eye in the Secret Room
On the second floor of the mansion, go through the furthest right door again. Head through the doors to where there’s an invisibility/vanish cap in a blue box (if you’ve unlocked it). Grab it and then run back to that room, flipping up to the hidden ledge we used to reach the last star. In the attic where the double doors to the balcony are, there’s a painting of a Boo. With the vanish cap equipped, you can walk through this painting to find a secret room. There’s a huge eye enemy here. Defeat it by making it dizzy, and the power star appears.
Big Boo’s Haunt Star 7: Collect 100 Coins
Big Boo’s Haunt only has 21 yellow coins, so enemies become key – there’s 21 blue coins inside certain enemies, plus the red coins. There’s over 150 coins total in the stage, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get the 100 coin star.
With the fright-fest over, your next destination is the Hazy Maze Cave.