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I just finished beating Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and now there are some stars on my save file icon. What do they mean and how do I earn them? How many are there?

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There are 5 stars in total. They basically tell you how "complete" your file is.

  • To get Star 1, you have to beat the game.
  • To get Star 2, you have to beat every normal level.
  • To get Star 3, you have to get all (207) Star Coins from the first 8 worlds.
  • To get Star 4, you have to get all (24) Star Coins in World 9.
  • To get Star 5, you have find every secret goal and use every warp cannon.

You can also get "sparkling stars" by beating the game without the Super Guide appearing.

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  • Is there a sixth star? When you play the game, it keeps track of how many points you have... I was just thinking, what if you get the point counter to all 99999999's? does that give you another star? I have already made it to approx 360,0000000.... – user25774 May 20 '12 at 20:12
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    I haven't seen a single reference for getting sparkling stars without using the Super Guide (in fact, a few people are quite angry that they have accidentally made the Super guide appear), so I have reverted my answer. – Kevin Yap Aug 21 '12 at 18:22

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