Launch Stars are tools that mainly appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They blast Mario or Luigi to other planets by going near it and shaking the Wii Remote. Sometimes, Lumas will transform into a Launch Star, especially when trapped inside a barrier.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, the Launch stars are cosmic objects that can be used by Mario and Luigi to travel from planet to planet in the same galaxy. Some of them are readily available for use while others must be freed or created by completing a task. Launch Stars can be created by either collecting five Star Chips or by having a Luma turn into one of them.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
The Launch Stars comes back in Super Mario Galaxy 2 where they fulfill the same role they did in Super Mario Galaxy. The only noticable difference being that they always show their launch trajectory with the notable exception of the ones found in the Grandmaster Galaxy.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart 7
In the Mario Kart 7 version of the Rainbow Road course, multiple Launch Stars are scattered across the course and if a racer use the glider to go through them, they will recieve a small speed boost.
Mario Kart 8/ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Launch Stars were added to the Mario Kart 64 version of the Rainbow Road course. Like in Mario Kart 7, racers will gain a small speed boost if they glide through them.
Mario Tennis series
Mario Tennis: Open
Launch Stars make an appearance in the special minigame Galaxy Rally in Mario Tennis Open. When the player completes the meter by collecting Star Chips, the Launch Star is completed. For every consecutive hit by the ball, the Launch Star gives the player five more coins. The Launch Star's meter depletes after a certain amount of time. Once the meter reaches zero, the Launch Star disappears, and Star Chips reappear.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The launch star appears as an item in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When an enemy is knocked into it, it is launched out of the end it is pointing. It also returns as Rosalina's Up Special.
- The Launch Stars were used in the Galaxy games to mask loading different areas.