New Super Luigi U Secret Exits Locations Guide

New Super Luigi U features several secret exits that let you skip worlds. Here's how to find all of them to speed up your progress.

Secret exits (Red flags) have been the ribbon that ties together all side-scrolling Mario games and hence they’ve been included throughout every game. In New Super Luigi U, there are 12 of them hidden amongst the world, every area has at least one while some may contain more.

Unlocking these Secret exits is very beneficial as they lead you to a hidden level and show you the way toward shortcuts that span between the worlds. You will need to collect every Star Coin from these hidden levels to find the mysterious Star Road.

The locations of the Secret Exits are the same across both New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U.

New Super Luigi U Secret Exits Locations

World #1 Exits – Acorn Plains

Location: Acorn Plains 2 Crooked Cavern
Unlock: Acorn Plains A Cheep Chomp Chase

Progress the level until you reach the platform carrying the 3rd Star Coin. Use the ground pound move here, it’ll lead you to a secret area underground. Follow the path and emerge from the depths to get to the Secret Exit.

World #2 Exits – Layer-Cake Desert

Location: Layer-Cake Desert 4 The Walls Have Eyes
Unlock: Layer-Cake Desert A Slippery Rope Ladders

Once you reach the area with the three statues, look ahead to spot a vine that’ll lead you to the Star Coin. Here you’ll find a platform that you’ll need to perform a ground pound on. Once you do, it’ll reveal a hidden pipe, which you can then use to make your way to the secret exit.

World #3 Exits – Sparkling Waters

Location: Sparkling Waters Ghost House Haunted Cargo Hold
Unlock: Sparkling Waters A Beanstalk Jungle

Right before you head up the pipe towards the exit, simply take a look below the arrow sign and you will see that near the bottom of the level, there’s an extremely small, well-hidden alcove that will lead you to the secret exit, it’s also good to note that you’ll need to swim fast.

World #4 Exits – Frosted Glacier

Location: Frosted Glacier Ghost House Peek-a-Boo Ghost House
Unlock: Frosted Glacier a Fliprus Floes

After you encounter the first ring of Boos, you will need to get to the second Star Coin by jumping up. Make the jump and make your way across the area you’ve just landed on. This will eventually lead you to a secret area that leads to a star coin as well as the area’s secret exit. 

World #5 Exits – Soda Jungle  

Location #1: Soda Jungle 2 Dancing Blocks, Poison Swamp
Unlock: Soda Jungle 6 Sumo Bro Bridge

When you get the first Star Coin, you will notice that one of the moving platforms has a block at the very bottom, you will need to Ground pound this as soon as possible because it will go into the goo after a short duration.

Following this a switch will drop a platform close to you. Interacting with it will cause a path to appear in front of you which will allow you to circumvent the goo, and will eventually lead you to the secret exit.

Location #2: Soda Jungle Ghost House Boo’s Favorite Haunt
Unlock: Soda Jungle A Para-Beetle Parade

This one is fairly straightforward. You simply need to use the Acorn Mushroom to the very end, doing so will eventually lead you to a door, and entering it will lead you to the secret exit.

You need to make use of several traversal tactics with the Mushroom here including gliding, jumping, and running. Once you find the secret exit, you’ll also be able to pick the last Star Coin.

Location #3: Soda Jungle 4 Painted Pipeworks
Unlock: Soda Jungle 7 Wiggler Floodlands

When you reach the area with the goalpost, look up and you’ll spot a red pipe. Additionally, you’ll also spot a couple of swaying blue pipes. Use them to get to the red pipe. Once you make it to the red pipe, simply use it to get to the secret exit

Location #4: Soda Jungle 5 Deepsea Stone-eyes
Unlock: Soda Jungle 7 Wiggler Flood lands

At the very start of the level, instead of entering the pipe, go investigate the statue on the far right which will move after a small amount of time, granting you access to the hidden area leading towards the Secret Exit

World #6 Exits – Rock Candy

Location #1: Rock Candy Mines 5 Rising Piranhas
Unlock: Rock Candy Mines 5 Rising Piranha (Loop)

Towards the end of the level, you’ll spit a platform with a gigantic Piranha plant. In the same area, you’ll find a ‘?’ box that contains an Acorn Mushroom. Use it to jump onto the platform in question. Once you’re on it, use the Mushroom once again to boost yourself to the left, this will lead you to the secret exit.

Location #2: Rock Candy Mines Tower Smashing-Stone Tower
Unlock: Rock Candy Mines 6 Spine Coaster Stowaways

When you reach the tower climbing section of the level, you’ll eventually have to go up against two giant Grrrols. Climb the remaining blocks to find a pipe on the top left which leads to a secret area, when you find the Star Coin, you’ll need to ground pound the area below it to find a pipe that will blast you to a new area leading towards the Secret Exit.

World #7 – Exits Meringue Clouds

Location: Meringue Clouds Ghost House Vanishing Ghost House
Unlock: Meringue Clouds Castle Ludwig’s Block-Press Castle

Towards the end of the level, when you reach the large square platform, you’ll see a door on your right. Head in the opposite direction which will eventually lead you to a small platform. There is a door on it that leads you to the secret exit.

World #8 – Exits Peach’s Castle

Location: Peach’s Castle 1 Magma Moat
Unlock: Peach’s Castle 4 Firefall Rising

When you reach the area with the fireballs, wait until they clear out some of the blocks on the top. This will clear a path for you and you can use the blocks below to access the hidden area above which will eventually lead you to the secret exit.

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