Super Mario 3D All-Stars: How to save in Super Mario 64

Keep track of all your progress and the number of stars you've collected by learning how to save in Super Mario 64.

As you dig into classic Mario games like Super Mario 64 in Super Mario 3D: All-Stars, you may find yourself asking questions like how to save. Super Mario 64 is based on the original 1996 title, and it abides by the same rules as the original game when it comes to saving progress.

To make things easier to understand, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to save in Super Mario 64.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars: How to save in Super Mario 64

Super Mario 3D All-Stars: How to save in Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 forces you to collect stars in order to save your progress.
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The way you save in Super Mario 64 isn’t identical to the way you’d save in modern Mario games. To save, you need to collect stars. When you collect a star, you’ll be asked whether you want to Save and Continue, Save and Quit, or Continue and Don’t Save.

If you intend to keep playing, you’ll want to select the first option. If you’re done for the day, the second option is the one you want to pick. As you might’ve guessed, there’s no auto-save option in Super Mario 64.

The only way to save is again, by collecting a star and then confirming you want to Save and Continue or Save and Quit. In total, there are 120 stars for you to collect in Super Mario 64, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty moving from collectible star to collectible star.

That said, the lack of an all-in-one manual save option can be annoying in the event you accidentally close out of the game without a recent save, or the Nintendo Switch runs out of battery life.

As much of a pain as it is to have to backtrack and redo something because progress wasn’t saved, it’s kind of cool to see a save system like this in Super Mario 64.

It adds incentive to getting stars because you need them to beat the game, and you need them to save your progress. The 90s were an interesting time. Again, to save in Super Mario 64 you’ll need to collect a star and in the menu prompt either select Save and Continue or Save and Quit.

Now that you know how to save in Super Mario 64, we have a few other helpful guides for other games on our site we think you might be interested in checking out including:

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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