Secret Aquarium

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The Secret Aquarium
Course Info
Abbreviation SA
Terrain Water
Setting Day
Water All
Course Items
Coins 56 ( Yellow Coin.gif ×40  •  Red Coin.gif ×8)
Enemy Coins None
Stars Challenge infobox star 1.gif ×1
Star Navigation
Challenge infobox star 1.gif

The Secret Aquarium is a secret stage accessed by entering the hole in the wall on the right side of the JRB room. It consists of a room fully filled with water; it contains 40 yellow coins that can be used to refresh Mario's air. There are also 8 red coins that must be collected to spawn the star. It is the only stage to have an (albeit implicit) time limit, as you cannot surface and there are a limited amount of coins you can use to refresh your air.

A presses

Altough the stage itself does not require any A presses, as the stage can be easily done by swimming with the b button, entering the secret aquarium is a challenge on its own. The current strategy used is very complicated. Because the final text redirection is done using a door that requires 1 star, this whole setup has to be done without obtaining a single star. Therefore, we have to enter bowser in the dark word, get the key, and enter shifting sand land. Once in there, the TAS creates a setup using many various objects found in the course to make sure mario gets the right angle and speed once he lands.[1]


Location Count
4 coin rings around 4 of the red coins 32
Another coin ring above the star marker 8
8 red coins 16
Total 56