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I am playing Super Mario 64 on my Wii using a GameCube controller. I have gotten very far, but I'm still stuck on getting the last star (Through The Jet Stream) for Course 3: Jolly Roger Bay.

I have tried going down through the stream of bubbles, but the force keeps pushing Mario back, and it's almost like there is some sort of invisible barrier around the star that he slides off of.

Is there some strategy to this, a way to turn off the stream, or what?

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    I cant remember where you get it, but the jet streams were often there to force you to use the metal mario cap. I'm sure you find it after the third course, though – user106385 Dec 12 '15 at 9:17
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There are two main ways to get this star, both require the Metal Cap power-up blocks. There are two places in Jolly Rodger Bay with green Metal Cap blocks, I've circled them in red on this map: Course 3: Jolly Rodger Bay map with highlighted Metal cap locations

(The map is from the bottom screen of the DS version, as you might be able to tell from the Wario icon, but the locations are the same)

The cap nearest to the start is on a platform before the ship. Immediately after grabbing the Metal Cap, you must run towards the star and long-jump into the the water. You'll be spending a large portion of the cap's length sinking down into the pit. Once at the bottom, run for the star. The timing on this one is a little tricky as in most cases the cap will run out at the star, or just before. If you don't quite make this first method, don't worry, you are close to the second cap.

The second cap is in an underwater cave at the bottom of the pit, marked by a ring of coins. Once you grab the hat, run back into the water tunnel and head towards the star. The timing on this Metal Cap running out is a little bit more forgiving than the first and should be enough to get you to the star. If not, try long jumping into the water at the tunnel, as Metal Mario can move much quicker above water than he can run in it.


The Metal Cap, if you haven't already, can be unlocked from Course 6; Hazy Maze Cave. Head to the the underground lake with Nessie, and ride her head to the platform with the double doors. Enter the double doors and jump into the metallic pool to enter the Metal Cap Switch Course. Jump onto the big green button at the end of this short course to unlock the Metal Cap blocks. (Also, grab the 8 red coins in the Metal Cap Switch Course for another star)

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    Well, I feel dumb. Saw the Wario icon and the word "Wario" in your text and automatically assumed you were talking about the wrong game until I read closer. – Michaellogg Dec 12 '15 at 16:01
  • Metal caps... That helps, but now I've got to find out where I unlock the metal cap blocks! – user128965 Dec 12 '15 at 17:18
  • @BorWal Last paragraph in the answer explains that. – Michaellogg Dec 12 '15 at 20:58
  • Oh! I get it. Wow, a secret course in a course! I wouldn't ever have thought to look there! – user128965 Dec 12 '15 at 22:28
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In addition to the intended method using the Metal Cap (as described in a different answer), it is possible to get the star simply by swimming if you do it right. You need to be swimming as fast as you possibly can, and seemingly come at it from the side rather than swimming straight down at it, but it is possible to just barely clip the top edge of the star. Here's a video showing someone doing it.

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  • This is what I was trying to do, but it is near impossible! – user128965 Dec 12 '15 at 17:14
  • @BorWal Yeah, I don't think I ever managed it myself. It is possible, though. Common enough in speedruns, I'm pretty sure. – Michaellogg Dec 12 '15 at 20:57

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