Tower of the Wing Cap

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The Tower of the Wing Cap.
Map of Tower of the Wing Cap in Super Mario 64 DS.

The Tower of the Wing Cap is a castle tower in the sky that contains the Wing Cap's ! Switch. Upon entering the level, Mario will be granted with a Wing Cap which he can use to fly around with. Upon landing on the tower, Mario will be able to press the Red ! Switch, which in turn will make all the Red ! Blocks solid. A Power Star can also be found here. This is the only level that Mario enters the stage flying with the Wing Cap. On the other levels, he must triple jump to take off.

Mario on the tower.

The entrance is located on the first floor of castle. Once Mario has collected ten Power Stars (fourteen in Super Mario 64 DS), sunlight will be shining down from the ceiling. If Mario stands in the sunlight and looks up, he will be transported to the level. This same picture is seen on the second floor in normal paintings that Mario can't enter, and even later in the entrance holes of Rainbow Ride and Wing Mario Over the Rainbow.

Although the sunlight will disappear once the ? Switch has been activated, Mario can still return to the level by standing in the same spot and looking up. In Super Mario 64 DS, the level was retitled to ? Switch.


There is only one level in this area. Using the wings that he is granted upon entering the level, Mario must fly around the area and collect the eight Red Coins floating in the air in the four compass directions. The Red Coins are found in groups of two. Due to the fact that Mario slowly loses altitude while flying, he'll have to reenter the level and try again if he drops below the point the coins are at.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese はばたけ!はねスイッチへ
Habatake! Hane Suicchi e
Flap Your Wings! To the Wing Switch
French Interrupteur de la tour ailée Switch of the winged tower
German Roter Schalterpalast Red Switch Palace
Korean 깜짝!?스위치 (DS)
Surprise! ?-Switch

References in other games