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Do you need a certain amount of Stars or is there another way?

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Once you have 70 stars, the staircase is no longer endless and you reach the door at the top.

Or the long jump trick to reach the top of the staircase without 70 stars is:

Do a long jump away from the stairs, then tilt the control stick up. Mario should still be doing long jumps and facing you, but at the same time going up the stairs instead of down. Press the jump button as fast as you can, and Mario will eventually make it up the stairs.

P.S.-- in the DS version the only way to do it, if even possible is to use a mod like action replay to have all the stars {in which case you will already have 70} so there is absolutely no way to do it becasue DS makes it impossible

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wow, i never knew that! –  Kip Jul 8 '10 at 16:54
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Yes, it gets unlocked after a certain number of stars, but you can also cheat, and long jump up it. It's difficult though.

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I'm not so sure about the long jump thing. I'm pretty sure the staircase is not climbable... –  Ricket Jul 7 '10 at 22:22
    
@Ricket it is, but you have to do it a specific way, there are a few speedruns of Mario that longjump up it to complete the game. –  Noctrine Jul 7 '10 at 23:15
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