Super Mario 64/Bowser in the Sky
To get into this stage, a player requires 70 stars and needs to have beaten Bowser in the Fire Sea. This is the final, biggest, and most difficult level of them all. If you are ready, it's time to confront Bowser in a final battle!
 Reaching Bowser
When you enter Bowser in the Sky, there will be no message. Do a triple jump on to the first three platforms and jump onto the sliding blue rock. Afterwards, run quickly across the tilting pathway, and run up the slant. Kill the Goombas and leap onto the spinner. There’s a 1-UP inside the box. Jump onto the next spinner, and then the gray platform. Watch out for the piranha flower. Continue on the wooden plank and jump onto the rotating platform. Jump up and go right. Pound the “!” switch to activate the stairs. Run up the slope, but watch out for fire blasters. Run across and down to the checkered platform with the piranha flower and hop onto the moving platform and jump over the obstacles. Next, hop onto the ground and to the spinners and up the pole. Be careful of the spinners. To jump off, make sure Mario is facing away from the Goombas. Run on the sliding platforms and onto the pole; making sure Mario us facing away from the next platform. Dodge the bob-ombs and fire ball. Jump from the first rotating platform to the second and onto the gray space. Watch out for the strong winds. There’s a 1-up by the far left pillar. Good Luck!
 Red Coin Route
- Above third gray slab, *use the box.
- In the corner by the piranha flower.
- On the ledge below the first set of rotating platforms.
- At the top of the slope with the fire blasters.
- On top of one of the blocks above the spinning platform.
- On the of the spinning platform with the fireball.
- On the top of the pole in the middle of the moving platforms.
- On a ledge beneath the stairs to the entrance to fight Bowser.
 Defeating Bowser
Get behind Bowser and grab his tail. Spin him slowly around by rotating the analog stick 360 degrees a couple of times. Then press to toss him a little way and run up behind him and grab him again. Repeat throwing Bowser until you get close to a mine, and let him have it. The rings of fire he creates when he stomps are easy to jump over if you stand closer to Bowser (not too close!). After you throw him into two mines, Bowser will break the platform into a star. Stand in the middle when he is doing this, and grab his tail for the final time.
When you defeat him, he gives you a star with the same effect as a wing cap/feather. This leads to the fact that there are actually 121 (151 in the DS version) stars in the game. You have, technically, beaten the game. However, you still have the opportunity to go back and continue acquiring all of the stars that you may have missed.