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The final stretch to the castle is a frantic level that requires quick reflexes and decisive movement. A combination of automatic scrolling and plenty of Donut Lifts mean you cannot remain stationary anywhere for long. Be constantly on the move, hopping across Donut Lifts and moving platforms to stay ahead of the screen.

Level walkthrough[edit]

The level begins to scroll to the right as soon as you start, so quickly jump to the platforms on the right. Watch out for the red Koopas that patrol some of the platforms, and be sure to hit the first question mark block if you need a power-up. After that is a manual rotating platform with some Donut Lifts overhead. You can progress using the Donut Lifts, but you will need to use the rotating platform to reach the first NSMB Star coin bordered.png Star Coin, located at the end of the track.

Jump up to the platform with the Koopa and hop on it to knock it into its shell. Kick it to the right to make it bounce to a block below, making a 1-Up pop out. As you go right, there will be platforms that move horizontally. One of them moves past a solid wall, which you must jump over to progress. On the other side of the wall is a platform on a track. Get on the platform to make it move along the track. You will pass by a red ring along the way, which spawns red coins along the platform's path. Jump on to the ledge and head left, then stay on the Donut Lifts until they start to fall. Once you collect the second NSMB Star coin bordered.png Star Coin below, immediately jump back up.

Go left until you get on to a cloud, then jump to the Donut Lifts beside the cloud to trigger the checkpoint. Start jumping up the Donut Lift platforms, which get shorter with height. At the top, leap to your upper-left to nab a NSMB Star coin bordered.png Star Coin high in the air. Go right and jump on to some more Donut Lifts and moving platforms. At the end, you'll face your final challenge of the course: moving a rotating platform on a set track. Keep jumping on the right half of the rotating platforms to get it moving along the track before the screen overtakes you. At the top is the flagpole.

Star Coins[edit]

  1. The Star Coin is located at the end of the first rotating platform's track.
  2. After riding the platform with the erratic track, get on a donut lift and wait for it to fall, then jump as soon as you get the Star Coin.
  3. This coin can be found floating to the upper-left of the donut lift pyramid after the checkpoint.