|Melty Molten Mountains|
|Hack||SM64 Last Impact|
|Boss(es)||Gargantua Blargg & Nep-Enut|
|Number of Stars||7|
|Music Used|| Fire Side DotStarMoney original
Ice Side DotStarMoney original
|Level Before||Dusky Doomed Dale|
|Level After||Harried Honey Hive|
|Stage or HUB Level is located in||Overworld 2|
Talk about going round in circles, this place has a crazy topography. You pass from volcanic lava to glacier ice without any middle ground, and there are multiple ways to reach almost any place you want to go. Counterintuitively, all those shortcuts make it a lot easier to get lost until you learn your way around.
Beware of the breeze of the Freezies.. Fire or Ice, even if it look like you are miles away, you may be within their reach.
Star 1: Clamber Up the VolcanoEditUnless Mario want to take his time to explore the world and look for a shortcut(s), head left and up the path past the Fire Freezie, then take a sharp right downhill and jump on the ledge with yet another Fire Freezie to its right. Go right and look down to see the entrance to the volcano. Drop down onto the platforms floating in the lava, and make your way to the edge of the cave. From here Mario will have to alternate between wall ledges and the spinning platform as you make his way to the top. Once there, wait until Mario see the entrance to the next chamber of the volcano and jump in. A few more jumps on lava floating platforms and Mario can add this hot star to his collection.
There’s a shortcut to reach the volcano by using the canon in the ice area. To reach it, instead of going up the path to the right, go through the passage on the left, and aim the cannon a little above the tree. The entrance to the volcano will be through the passage to your right.
The “longer” shortcut is to walk all the way to the top where the Fire canon is, and from there you can jump on tippy top of the spinning platform, saving you all those platform-ledge jumps.
Star 2: Frosty VeersEdit
Haven’t had a slide in while, huh? Well here we go. Make your way to the Ice side by taking the first left path. Continue on until you reach the 3rd ice area, (which also contains the teleporter) and you will see the entrance to the slide (a big black hole in the middle of the wall). It’s not race, so you can take it as slow as you like, and no one is around to see you cheat so you can take a shortcut if you see one. Grab the star at the end of the slide, and let Mario go somewhere warm, he’s freezing his butt off for you.
Star 3: Hot Cold PuzzleEdit
Again there’s a long way and a short way to find your way to the hidden entrance of the puzzle. I’m sure Mario can find the long way on his own, but for the shortcut take the first path to the left and use the canon in the Ice area aimed at the corner of the mountain. Once up top, take a right, across the bridge and slide onto the small ice patch. Mario can see a whole underground area, but how do does he get in? He ground pounds the patch of ice in frustration, and fall right through. Ice is blue and Fire is red and with that in mind grab the power-ups nearby and open the entrance to the second chamber. Try to let Mario figure this one on his own? You have four intersecting paths, four puddles that can be melted or frozen and either snowballs or bombs sliding down. If the puddle is frozen, they will make their way into a slot in a wall, but if they are melted they are destroyed. Hmm, what should end up in the wall slots? Once you figure it out, a star will appear in the middle safe square. It finally makes sense why Mario was humming “Ice, Ice Baby” to himself.
Star 4: Search the Silver StarsEdit
Search “for” the silver stars more like it. There are five in total, and all are scattered in the Fire area. As with all the other levels until now, there’s an easy way, and a hard way of doing this. Remember one of the perks of the Ice Flower power-up? Well, either way, Mario must make his way up the path to the right of the Fire Freezie, and as he reaches the top there will be a lava lake with the first star waiting across it. Back on solid ground, there is a hidden pathway in-between the one you just came and the one leading down towards the ledge, that will take you to the second lava lake for the second and third. Go back and now take the left path all the way down, and there will be a silver star on the island with the Fire Freezie, no need to say be careful while grabbing this one. Continue forward and up the wide road until you reach the top. Drop down into the left cave (you can see the entrance to the volcano from the first level), and there on a small platform you will find your fifth and final star. I really recommend leaving this one last, because the golden star appears where you collect your last silver, and making your way all the up the wall of the mountain again is a pain.
Star 5: Glacial Red CoinsEdit
These red coins stick out like a sore thumb on the icy white background.. well mostly they do. First, go straight from the beginning of the level and take the first left to enter glacial side. Once there, don’t forget to grab the Ice Flower power-up, you’ll need it to cross the dry ice pond in the next area.
- base of the tree
- straight across near the ice flower power-up
- to the right of dry ice pond with the Nep-Enut (blue floating monster)
- on top of the boxes near dry ice pond
- frozen in an ice cube
- on top of boxes
- upper glacier – on the frozen pond
- upper glacier – on the bridge
(To reach the upper glacier you can use the cannon aimed at the tree). The star will appear in the first Ice area Mario entered, where the canon is located.
Star 6: Beat the BlarggsEdit
Remember those two Ice and Fire blobs floating around that Mario completely ignored until now? Turns out they are bosses, their names are Gargantua Blargg & Nep-Enut (Sweeds, I guess?), and their time has come. In an epic battle between good and evil, fire and ice, crisscross the elemental power-ups to defeat them. Give Gargantua a nice cold shower to cool him down, and Nep-Enut a warm hug to melt his heart. The star will appear in the neutral area at the beginning of the level.
Star 7: 100 CoinsEdit
As with many of the beginning courses, its coins-o-plenty over here. Sure it may be confusing, and sure you may feel like you are going around in circles, but there are plenty of enemies to be killed for their precious coins. Also, remember the Ice Flower power-up lets you walk on that hot lava.
Remember, if you are using a power-up when you collect the star, it will make the power-up disappear, so make sure you are in a safe area.
- Freezies (ice and fire) - 2 points damage - cannot be killed
- Gargantua Blargg is the fire boss, and Nep-Enut is the ice boss. Inspired by Banjo-Tooie Hailfire Peaks bosses Chilly and Billy
- In a patch of ice under a red coin, some type of Shy Guy can be seen frozen under the ice.