Sealed Super Mario 64 Door Finally Opened Nearly 30 Years Later

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Super Mario 64 is almost 30 years old, but the game still has some secrets to offer, especially for those who are willing to dig deep. A SM64 community member named “Alexpalix1” has managed to open a sealed door that’s bedeviled players for decades, not to mention countless children across the world in the late ’90s.

As shown by YouTuber pannenkoek2012 in a recent video, the door in question is at the bottom of the cottage slide in one of the game’s early courses, Cool, Cool Mountain. The door can be opened from the slide-side (which produces a Star), but since it lacks a doorknob, it remains stubbornly closed from the outside.

That is, however, unless you manipulate the mother penguin’s position, flip between her, and then turn around so you can clip through the wall and open the door at the same time. If you’re curious about the method, it has to do with some of the special properties associated with Mario’s turn-around action. The video gets into more details, but all-in-all, it’s quite an impressive find for one of the most-played games of its decade.

Pannenkoek2012 is well-known in the Super Mario 64 community for breaking down obscure aspects of the game in lengthy videos. They’re the video maker who infamously collected the star Watch for Rolling Rocks in “0.5 A presses,” a feat they accomplished using multiple glitches, including “parallel universes” (Pannenkoek has since collected the star with 0 A presses with a new strategy).

For more on Super Mario 64, check out our piece on the modders building a version of the game based on its colorful promotional materials. As for the game itself, you can play it on your Switch with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription, along with less-remembered N64 games like Iggy’s Reckin’ Balls. (Classic.)