If you thought Stamps and Green Stars were the only secrets in Super Mario 3D World, you're in for a welcome surprise. Nintendo scattered a variety of hidden goodies throughout its outstanding Wii U adventure. Some you'll discover from simply playing the game. Others, however, require more thought.
If you want spoilers, you came to the right place. That said, here are Super Mario 3D World's coolest secrets.
For level walkthroughs, visit Prima's free Super Mario 3D World guide.
Year of Luigi Secrets
How do I unlock Luigi Bros.?
2013 is the year of Luigi, and Nintendo continues the celebration in Super Mario 3D World. Turns out, you can unlock a special version of the original Mario Bros. game (not to be confused with Super Mario Bros. on the NES). What makes this edition stand out? Both characters are Luigi.
You can unlock Luigi Bros. one of two ways. The easiest way is to purchase a copy of New Super Luigi U and have a save file on your Wii U console. This unlocks Luigi Bros. automatically, and you'll be able to play it by pressing the Luigi icon on the lower left corner of the GamePad touchscreen.
If you crave a challenge, beat the first eight Worlds in Super Mario 3D World.
What about Hidden Luigis?
Nintendo scattered numerous 8-bit Luigis throughout Super Mario 3D World. You'll see them while hitting ? Blocks, or through binoculars during specific moments. You don't receive a reward for finding them. They're just for show.
How do I unlock Rosalina in Super Mario 3D World?
That's right, Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy makes an appearance as a fifth playable character! To unlock her, complete World Star-2. She jumps about as high as Luigi, and defeats enemies with a Spin Attack. The best part? You can use it standing still, moving or even jumping. That said, she cannot use the Spin Attack with a Power-Up equipped.
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