If you want to beat Super Mario 3D Land 100%, you will have to collect all 3 Star Coins in each stage of the game. If that isn’t lucrative enough to find these coins, you will also need them to unlock stages in the game.
These stages require you to pay certain amount of Star Coins to unlock the stage, which makes them official currency of the game. If you have decided to find these Star Coins, refer to our guide that follows:
Star Coin #1 Location. You can not the miss the 1st Star coin, it is clearly visible while crossing the 2nd bridge of the level. Keep following the path and you will find a rope which is used to cross the river, the star coin is on it.
Star Coin #2 Location. There is a spot where you will have to climb up a number of orange and yellow platforms to go up. There is a lone tree on the left-upper side. Start climbing on to that tree and you will see a Music Note Block, keep on climbing to the top and jump towards the Music Note Block.
Just like that go up with the help of other blocks. You will see a green pipe once you reach the top, enter into it. You will see a lot of coins now, simply perform a long jump to collect the Star Coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. When the level is about to finish, another Music Note Block on the left side. Climb up to it and then onto the blue platform which will take you to more red and blue platforms. You will see a rope from the Blue Platform, jump onto it and collect the Star coin.
Star Coins in Level 2 of World 1.
Star Coin #1 Location. I would prefer playing this with the Tanooki Mario, you will see this coin once you get to the back of the spinning platform (metal), just next to the Ink Piranha Plant. If you have the firing Mario, simply shoot of the enemy or you could kill him by the use of your tail. Once you have killed it you can simply wait for the platform to spin and take you to the coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. Keep on following the tunnel to the right side after you cross the checkpoint. You will soon reach to a place where three blocks (left) are, the one which is farthest from your location has the star.
Go towards the right side and you will see a star coin. It is lying above the yellow platforms. Simply make your way up the platforms carefully and only jump once you’re under the coin.
Star Coin 3 Location. You will see the 3rd coin right after you collect the 2nd one. Avoid the spiked balls which are swinging and the back ground Piranha Plants who are trying to block your view, the easiest way to collect this coin is to use the Tanooki Mario and float on to that platform.
Star Coins in Level 3 of World 1.
Star Coin #1 Location. Use the binoculars and find the Toad (R to zoom in, L to zoom out) He is above the curved wall on the upper right side and will drop a coin right after you see him, move towards the Music Note Box and jump on to it and collect the coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. You will reach to a spot where you have a choice to either go forward or turn right (after the part where you can butt stomp the wooden stakes). Take the right path and you will see a magic block which leads you to a bonus stage.
If you take the Tanooki Mario its easy, take the Starman Power-Up from the question mark block and rush forward so you kill all the enemies in a single go. The star is at the end of this area.
Star Coin #3 Location. Soon after you will fall from the sky, and see another Star Coin but you will find yourself to be on another route, now head back to where you had the choice of different routes. Take the other one which has the Fire Flower.
Once you get to the same spot where you fell from, there are two platforms and one of them has red coins, it’s very dangerous to collect them so try to avoid.
Make your way back to the branching between the paths and avoid the Fire Flower if you’re the tanooki, the Tanooki is better than Fire Mario for crossing the clouds.
Jump onto the moving platform and carefully make your way downwards until you see the Star Coin. Make sure you directly leap onto it so you collect it in a single go.
Star Coins in Level 4 of World 1.
Star Coin #1 Location. Manuever the Arrow platform above the first water spray which will lift it up to another track which has this coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. Once you get to second arrow platform, which comes after the checkpoint. You will see the star coin on a track below you. Move your Arrow forward until that track ends, and you get onto the lower track. Now that you are onto another track simply move it backwards and grab the star coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. Once you cross the bonus area (which you get to by the Magic Box) you will see this Star Coin, it’s right above you. Use the Arrows and maneuver it to the two different water sprays which take you to another level. Once they take you to the other track, move the arrow backwards and take the coin.
Star Coins in Castle of World 1.
Star Coin 1 Location. It cannot be missed, but difficult without Tanooki Mario. It is hanging up the first spinning gear, in the middle. It’s above a small pool of lava.
A fireball is guarding that coin, and fires up from the lava exactly to the point where the coin is, so make sure you jump as quickly as it goes down. You can simply leap towards it and collect the coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. You cant miss this either, It’s after the checkpoint and after you have your first meet with the Hammr Bros. You will see it right above yourself once you take them out. Jump and grab it.
Star Coin #3 Location. This is found after the first Thwomp, just when you get to the second Thwomp you’ll see some stone enemies which will try to smash you if you get closer to them.
Once they slam down the floor, simply cross them over while they’re coming back up. Now perform a wall jump towards the wall and reach the top by pressing jump again and again. The coin is on the top.
Star Coin #1 Location. Once you’re on the binocular pad, use it to locate the Toad, he’s near the goal, as done before he will throw a star coin. You will be able to see that coin on the top of a green platform. Go back and use the orange platforms to get to that platform, jump to collect.
Star Coin #2 Location. Once you get to the stack of Goombas, jump on the heads of each of them so you’ll get a 1up. Take the green pipe which will lead you to a bonus area and then use the Viewpoint Switch to make it easier and then climb the blocks to collect the coin.
Star Coin #3
Star Coins in Level 2 of World 2.
Star Coin #1 Location. You will see this coin at the back ground right after this level starts, make sure you stay the Tanooki Mario throughout the level though, its very difficult without it.
Follow the green platforms which will lead you to the other side and then use the Green Switch which will trigger another set of platforms which will simply lead you to that coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. Move forward from the check point flag and you’ll see another green switch with a torch. If you have the Fire Flower then you can light the torch which will make your path easier, or just leap towards the wall on your left side (on the opposite side to the torch).
Star Coin #3 Location. It is at the end of the level, once you get back to the surface level and can only be taken by our favorite Tanooki Mario. Cross the flag and smash the breakable bricks with the help of your tale.
Once you have made enough space to slide, head back and run with a full thrust you can make a proper slide. Once you get to the other side grab the coins, you will also see a time coin there.
Star Coins in Level 3 of World 2.
Star Coin #1 Location. You can only grab this coin by the Tanooki Mario, take a right after the level starts and use your tail to break the breakable block once you get to it. It will reveal a wooden wheel, turn the wheel by striking the tail again.
Keep hitting it by your tail until you reach the top. You will see two coins, the time coin as well. Collect them both by a simple jump and make sure you float back to safety.
Star Coin #2 Location. Once you have collected the Propeller Block from the Mushroom Area, move downwards until you see a sky blue platform with a yellow platform accompanied with a Para Gooma, it also has a golden ring in the middle.
The coin is beneath that golden ring. You will have the Propeller block to be powered up for going on there, jump and use the propeller block to take you to the yellow platform.
Star Coin #3 Location. Once you get to the Princess Peach Area, the end of the stage. Move towards the breakable block (left side) and use your tail to break it, this will reveal a wheel. Smash it by your tail so it will turn and raise the platform. Use the Propeller Block and glide through the rings and collect the ring!
Star Coins in Level 4 of World 2.
Star Coin #1 Location. The stage has different blocks, red and blue which switch sides from right to left when you perform a leap or jump towards them, it doesn’t matter if you are jumping towards them or not.
Study their movement and then head towards danger. The coin is located next to a spiked bar, you should jump and turn the platforms to blue and then perform a leap jump for turning them into red, then jump again and take the coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. Right after number 1 you’ll see a Magic Block. Use that block which will take you to a bonus stage which has this coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. You will see a floating coin block at the end of the section, next to some switching platforms. Leap and land onto the Coin block carefully, only when the platforms are switched to red.
Collect the Star Coin by performing another leap and it will turn/trigger all the blocks to blue so you can now safely land onto the ground.
Star Coins in Air Ship of World 2.
Star Coin #1 Location. The first coin is found where you encounter the Tailed Bullet bills. Leap onto the Yellow Teleportation block which will take you to a place where this coin is situated.
Star Coin #2 Location. Rocky Wrench, simply leap onto the higher section which is on the right side and then make another leap towards the left side to grab the coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. The last coin is also very easy to collect, be the Tanooki Mario and once you cross the situation mentioned above, you’ll get to a bridge which has some coins below it. Carefully drop down with the help of floating and land onto the lower platform where you’ll see the star.
Star Coin #1 Location. Find a propeller block first and then start going up the large structure, next to the cannon. There is a White Music Note Block…just next to a Thwomp. Just next to that area is a yellow platform, use the propeller block and get to the top of the platform which has the star coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. Search for a breakable brick at the bottom of the structure which is explained above, you will need Tanooki Mario to do this. Use the tail and break it and enter inside to find this coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. You will reach into a room of the big structure after crossing many other doors which has lots and lots of thwomps and then a giant thwom at the end of a room which is bluish.
Perform a wall jump on the top of that thowmp so it takes you up. When it’s the right time, perform another jump and collect the coin.
Star Coin #1 Location. Use the fire Mario for this level, you’ll see the star coin locked behind a cage. Keep moving forward and search for a hole which will take you inside that cage.
Star Coin #2 Location. Fire Mario again, once you encounter the fire eel…use the help of your fireballs and push it back to its hole. A new path will be revealed, that takes you to a green pipe. Enter into the Warp Pipe which will lead you to another area which has the special coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. You will reach to a purple eel, next to a green pipe. Don’t enter into that pipe and swim forward from the area where the eel is. You’ll see the star soon.
Star Coin #1 Location. Enter into this level as the Tanooki Mario or make sure you have saved a Super Leaf, if you don’t have one head back to the building and collect one (from 3-1).
Once you’re the Tanooko Mario, get back to the level and when you go past the donuts which fall once you jump on to them, you’ll reach to a wall which has wheel. Use your tail and spin that wheel which will lead you to a green pipe.
Go inside that pipe and break the blocks you will see the coin at the top.
Star Coin #2 Location. You will get to a branching path made up of donut blocks, take the left one and perform a wall jump to climb.
Star Coin #3 Location. Search the toad by the help of the Binocular Pad (it’s above the far wall) Once he drops the star, you can simply float towards it.
Star Coin #1 Location. You will get to a spot where the ropes branch, take the left one and with the help of the orange platform get to the tightropes. Keep on ascending and hit the purple blocks so they start going up and then use them to get to the top and take the coin.
Star Coin #2 Location. After the 1st coin, there is a tight rope which you will have to cross…just after is an arrow block which is next to a Magic Block, use the arrow block and get to the box. Collect the Starman Power Up from the clouds and keep rushing towards the right side.
Star Coin #3 Location. There is a point which has three spike balls swinging on different routes, just after that are some Music Notes. There is a floating coin block there. Wait until it comes to you and jump onto it. This will take you to the Star Coin and a shortcut to the end of the level.
Star Coin #1 Location. This is some sort of a bonus stage. Its automatically scrolling, the platforms will glide to the left side where the scene will keep on sliding to the right side. You will see the Star Coin after some time, its above some breakable blocks.
Star Coin #2 Location. After sometime you’ll be in a situation which has lots of multiple coin blocks. You will have to choose the area from where you want to collect the coins as the screen keeps on scrolling.
Just when you get here… make sure to speed up a little and jump onto the donut block. You will see that the coin is beneath you, let the block fall and grab the coin and then leap onto a safe platform.
Star Coin #3 Location. Once the White Chocolate Bars are in your sight, you’ll see this coin on the left of your screen. Simply collect it when the time is right.
Star Coin #1 Location. Bob-Ombs, after sometime you will be attacked by different spikes which try to hit you. These are very fatal; once they appear you’ll see the coin on the left side so just avoid them and grab it.
Star Coin #2 Location. Use the Binocular Pad and you’ll see a star coin which is caged, don’t stop observing yet as there is the Toad a little upwards. It will throw a Super Mushroom.
Take that Mushroom and get onto the main path. Once you are attacked by the fast spikes, simply rush forward until you get to the lone coin which is the sign of safety.
Now run again once and you will reach to a similar environment but without that lone coin, so this too is a safe spot. Now move forward and you will see a donut block which has this coin.
Star Coin #3 Location. This coin comes after you have defeated the boss. Go to the top of the Airship where you will see a plank which is the exit of the screen and collect the coin from there.
Work in progress – Guide will be updated, stay tuned.