Plot Coupon (not just an arbitrary Power-Up) that is shaped like a star — symmetrical, five-pointed, and shiny. Floating, spinning, twinkling, shooting, and granting Three Wishes are optional.
- Scribblenauts have Starites.
- Braid: the super top secret 'what-do-you-mean-there's-hidden-stars' hidden stars.
- Night Sky has similarly hidden stars (but at least you get a mark on the map screen to show you where in the world they are).
- In Glider PRO, the goal of the game is to find all the spinning Magic Stars.
- Super Mario 64, Galaxy, and every Mario Party: Power Stars. The goal is to collect these.
- Almost every Mario RPG.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars has you locating the seven pieces of the broken Star Road. Both the individual pieces and the reassembled Star Road are star-shaped.
- Paper Mario makes you rescue the seven Star Spirits.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has you locating seven Crystal Stars.
- Super Paper Mario is an aversion; it has heart-shaped coupons.
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star both averts this ''and'' plays it straight. The main coupons required to move on with the story are the six crown-shaped Royal Stickers, which fell from a star-shaped Sticker Comet. Apart from that, each Level Goal is a star-shaped Comet Piece.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has you collect the four pieces of the Beanstar after it shatters. The pieces combine into a star shape.
- Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time has you collecting the six pieces of the shattered Cobalt Star. Again, the pieces combine into a star shape.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has the three Star Cures.
- Surprisingly for the series, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team manages to avert this, breaking the Star-Shaped Coupon streak the other games had going.
- Kirby games:
- Elans in WireWay.
- Bragging Rights Reward in The World Cup.
- Guitar Hero and Rock Band, with traditionally five available per song (sometimes per difficulty as well) though only some of the games in either series actually require them to advance the story.
- In the Groove has stars representing the very highest grades, which wouldn't count except it also keeps count of how many stars you have, and getting them again on the same chart doesn't increase the number.
- The entire point of Hoshi Saga is to find the stars hidden in each level.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (a more minor example): the key that grants access to the second dungeon.