Super Mario 3D World: How to Unlock Rosalina

By | March 7, 2021

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Rosalina is an unlockable playable character in Super Mario 3D World, as revealed in November 13th’s Nintendo Direct. She has a special spin attack.

She can be unlocked by beating the 2nd Level in the Star World – which is unlocked after beating the “main story” of Mario 3D World. The level is called “Super Galaxy“, an homage to Rosalina‘s game, Super Mario Galaxy. She is found at the end of the level. 

Infinite Lives

You can get 1,110 lives (represented as three crowns by your life counter), in World 1-2. You can do this by passing the first Koopa and making your way to the area with a second Koopa and a Goomba on a slightly raised platform. Kill the Goomba, then jump on the green Koopa and steal its shell. Hop up onto the platform with the Goomba and face the rear wall while standing in front of the three brick blocks (press the D-pad UP to aim directly at the wall). Throw the Koopa and then immediately jump. Don’t press anything else and you will bounce off the Koopa shell and never touch the ground while it bounces infinitely off the rear wall. This will result in infinite 1-Ups so long as you don’t move!

You’ll need to return to the level twice to fill up your lives to 1,110 because the time will run out once you hit 600 or so on your first go.

Alternate method: You can get more lives (about 900) if you toss the first shell through the pipe, so that it bounces back and forth on the lip of the lower pipe. As long as you are facing the right direction (East/West) the shell will bounce back and forth very fast. 

Unlock level Crown-Crown


If you don’t understand those symbols on the dirt mountian at the end of the final world, you’ll need to get all of the previous green stars, stamps, and reach all of the gold flags for all previous levels. This unlocks the final, and possibly hardest level in the game.

Super Mario 3D World contains Secret Exits, or Warp Zones, that are well-hidden red warp pipes. Here are the locations of every Warp Zone.

World 1-2 Warp to World 2

The Cat Suit is required for this cheat, so pick one up in World 1-1 Super Bell Hill and hold it in your inventory or wear it through the level. Near the end of the underground portion of the level is a pipe that splits into two paths, one with a loop with coins in it.

On the far side are three long ? blocks that are invisible against the rear wall. Use these to reach the upper path with a lone Koopa patrolling it. Above this Koopa is a hard-to-spot gap in the ceiling. Run up the rear wall to find a red warp pipe. This will warp you to World 2!


The Cat Suit is required for this cheat, so have one handy in the inventory or nab it in the area. After exiting the underground portion (with the checkpoint flag) you will come out of a warp pipe with a clear mystery box. Run up the wall that it is touching to reach the top of the waterfall. After jumping across the poisonous water, there will be red warp pipe. This will warp you to World 5!

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Unlockable: Luigi Bros.


A modified version of the NES version of the classic Nintendo arcade game Mario Bros. called Luigi Bros. can be played from the menu screen of Super Mario 3D World. It is unlocked by beating world 8, but it will automatically be unlocked early on Wii Us with New Super Luigi U saves on them.  In it you can play as two different versions of Luigi simultaneously. 

Change Level Flags

If you reach the top of a flag pole, the flag on the map screen will turn gold instead of your characters color. If you get all the Green Stars in a level, a spinning Green Star will appear above the flag pole replacing the metal ball. The symbol on the flag will also change depending on which character was used for that level or, if you’re playing multiplayer, who got the highest on the flagpole. If you use all 5 characters in the level at some point in time, (Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach and Rosalina) The green star pendant will turn golden, along with the rest of the flagpole. You do not need to use all characters at the same time, because that is imposible. 

Hidden Luigis

There are many hidden Luigis throughout the entire game. They reside within levels, in the overworld maps and even within minigames! While it is not yet clear whether or not they appear within every single level there are more hidden Luigis than you can shake a stick at. They are there for everyone to celebrate The Year Of Luigi one last time!

New Super Luigi U is not needed to activate these hidden bonuses. However, they only appear after the Luigi Bros game is unlocked. 

The 5 Final Character Stamps

5 Stamps are not collected in levels and appear to be portraits of the 5 main characters (including Rosalina). These stamps are only unlocked when you beat all levels with each character. For instance, if you beat every level with Mario, you will get the Mario Stamp.


If you play the game with multiple players, they all count for this challenge so long as they touch the end flag. This means that the shortest way to get all 85 Stamps is to play the game once with three characters playing at once, then play every level again with Rosalina and the remaining character.

How to Get 5 Save Profile Stars

You can get 5 Stars by your save profile in Super Mario 3D World, to get each star, complete the following challenges:

How to Get 5 Save Profile Stars for Bowser’s Fury

Just like Super Mario 3D World, your save file for Bowser’s Fury can have multiple stars depending on your progression:

  • Defeat Fury Bowser once using the Lakeside Giga Bell
  • Defeat Fury Bowser twice using the Ruins Giga Bell
  • Defeat Fury Bowser three times using the Wasteland Giga Bell
  • Collect all 100 Cat Shines
  • Defeat Fury Bowser a fourth time after collecting all the 100 Cat Shines.

Unlock Cat Bowser Jr. and Super Cat Mario Costumes

Once you have gained all 100 Cat Shines in Bowser’s Fury, you can challenge Fury Bowser again (who will sport a new white fiery mane). Giga Bells won’t respawn during this fight, but if you manage to win, you’ll find that Bowser Jr. will sport a new look if you return to the lake, and Cat Mario will retain his giga look even when small!