Tower of the Wing Cap

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For a tutorial on speedrunning this star, see the RTA Guide
For a tutorial on RTABC for this star, see the RTABC Guide
Tower of the Wing Cap
Course Info
Abbreviation TotWC
Terrain Default
Setting Sky
Water No
Course Items
Coins 63 ( Yellow Coin.gif ×47  •  Red Coin.gif ×8)
Enemy Coins None
Stars Challenge infobox star 1.gif ×1
Caps STROOP- Wing Cap Block.png ×1
Star Navigation

Challenge infobox star 1.gif


The Tower of the Wing Cap or TotWC is a secret stage where you unlock the Wing Cap. It is accessible after collecting 10 stars; a bright light shines on the sun mat in the foyer, and looking at the source with the C-Up button sends you to TotWC.

A first person angle of -6144 is required to enter, making it impossible to enter without the joystick. However it is possible to press the button without joystick once in the level.

The ceiling of the castle foyer as viewed with C^ from the central sun carpet. Looking at this spot with 10 or more stars warps you into the level.


Collecting all of the coins in this course is deceptively difficult, and was at one point thought to be impossible due to the difficult maneuvering. There's a total of 63 coins here.[1]

Location Count
Six individual coins leading to the first ring 6
Four rings of coins 32
Three sets of three coins between rings 9
Eight red coins 16
Total 63

A Button Challenge

This course never required any A presses to begin with.

Other Challenges

This star cannot be collected in the Coinless Challenge, CCC Challenge, No Joystick Allowed Challenge, and UBER Challenge. It is worth noting that the Wing Cap Switch can be pressed without the joystick, but the star cannot be collected.

This star can be collected in the Capless/Cannonless Challenge, No Buttons Allowed Challenge, Pacifist Challenge, B Button Challenge, Z Button Challenge, and Floor is Lava Challenge. Note that the wing cap effect from entering the course is allowed for the Capless/Cannonless challenge.

This star is also one of the few that can be collected in the Floor is Lava Challenge, as Mario starts the level flying.

There is an unsolved challenge in this course, to reach a Parallel Universe.


  • The only time a C button is required in the game is to enter TotWC.
  • You can BLJ in TotWC.