Headscratchers: Super Mario 64

  • Why exactly is Big Boo's Haunt located inside of a tiny birdcage in the Castle Courtyard, instead of a painting? Is there some context to it that isnt obvious, or is it just a weird size gag?
    • Considering that Lethal Lava Land's painting is Nightmare Fuel, I think that Nintendo drew the line there, and didn't make an even scarier painting for the Haunt.
  • Why does Bowser surround his levels with bombs?
    • In hopes that you really are a loser and will run straight into 'em
    • I assume that the "levels" aren't actually made by Bowser, but rather, he is simply making use of them, in an effort to protect the keys.
    • The same question can be asked of why Bowser fights in places designed like the ones in the original Super Mario Bros, where he gets dunked into lava, with a similar answer - he didn't make those levels, he just utilised them.
    • You'd think after the second time, he'd at least choose a different type of venue...
    • Hw gets smart in the laat area, he makes the bombs VERY hard to reach.
  • "A gentle sea dragon lives here. Pound on his back to make him lower his head. Don't become his lunch" (talking about Dorrie). What's this about becoming Dorrie's lunch?
    • Supposedly, you could slip off of Dorrie's head before he raised it, resulting in Mario landing in front of his mouth and getting eaten accidentally. As far as this troper knows, this wasn't actually possible, and was either just a joke, a rumor, or perhaps a small feature that got scrapped in the final game.
      • Seemed to be a scrapped feature, which made it more obnoxious by the Narm Charm applied when Dorrie looked more Yoshi-like in the DS remake.
  • Are the painting worlds entirely created by Bowser, or are they links to places that already exist?
    • Considering the Throwback Galaxy, I'm inclined to believe it's the second option.
    • This troper thinks of the courses as the paintings themselves, and Mario as an intrepid fictioneer. It would explain how he is able to jump between different points in time within the painting world, apparently temporarily replacing the past version of him who originally obtained that particular power star, but how it will just be an outline and history will only be rewitten if he succeeds.
  • Why do the cannons have question marks on their sides?
    • Maybe whoever made them was a REALLY bad shot?
    • Given the ? Blocks everywhere in the Mushroom Kingdom, it probably so they could blend in with the environment more easily.
    • It's not likely to be the real reason, but this troper can't help but think of it as the cannons asking, "Where to?"
    • Kind of pointless, because they're already pointedi nt he direction Mario needs to go.
  • Why did Bowser leave the door to Bob-omb Battlefield unlocked? If it wasn't for that level, you wouldn't be able to get any stars.
    • Anti-Frustration Feature, maybe? In-universe, probably this is part of the effort the Toads are doing to save the Princess, they were able to open that door, and we can do the rest.
    • Or what if—work with me here—what if Bowser used some sort of consumable resource to lock the doors? Let's call it Anti-Star Power. He started by locking the door leading to Bowser in the Sky, and in order to provide powerful protection to his final stronghold, he blew 70 Anti-Stars on it. He used 50 Anti-Stars to lock the door to the castle tower as an added layer of protection, and 30 to lock his secondary stronghold in the basement. By this point he was running severely low on Anti-Stars, so started doling them out in single-digit quantities to the remaining accessible doors. He miscalculated and ran out before he could lock Bob-Omb Battlefield. He also didn't realize that Mario would retain possession of the Power Stars after using them to unlock doors, or he would have been a lot smarter about distributing the Anti-Stars.
    • Bowser hadn't gotten around to locking that door by the time Mario made it to the castle.
    • He Figured Mario would be to afraid of lava, ghosts, toxic gas, and shifting sand.
  • How did Koopa the Quick get from Bob-omb Battlefield to Tiny-Huge Island?
    • Jumped through the painting?
    • Technically, it should be the other way around, since he states in Tiny-Huge Island that it's his home course.
  • Speaking of Koopa the Quick, cheating is looked down upon when racing him, but unless you aren't a considerable distance ahead of him/he sees you do it, how exactly does he know you cheated?
  • Fridge Brilliance courtesy Medibot and MyNameIsKaz while they were playing Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: the Princess' Secret Slide is basically an emergency escape tunnel in case of whatever. (Unfortunately for her, she hasn't been able to make use of it, ever.)
  • What do the Power Stars do in this game? I know that in Sunshine, the Shine Sprites bring sunshine to Isle Delfino and the Power Stars in Galaxy and Galaxy 2 serve as fuel for the Comet Observatory and Starship Mario, but is it ever explained what they do for Princess Peach's castle?
    • In-story they just produced a general magical effect. The more of them were brought together in one place (Mario's pocket or wherever he keeps them), the weaker Bowser's hold over the castle got. Hence how the more stars you had, the more doors you could enter. Now as to what they did before Bowser stole them all, I don't think that ever gets explained.
  • Out of curiosity...am I the only one who doesn't hate that killer piano in Big Boo's Haunt? I may sound crazy by saying this, but I've always found it kind of endearing...like, in a Chain-Chompish sort of way.