Gold Coins Aren’t That Useful In Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Luigi jumps up to collect purple coins.
Luigi jumps up to collect purple coins.

Every Mario game has gold coins scattered around the Mushroom Kingdom for the fireball-throwing plumber to collect, and finding every last one is a big part of getting a perfect run of a level for some players. But in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, they’re not quite as useful as they once were, because a different currency is far more effective at giving you what gold coins do.

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Where are purple Flower Coins in Super Mario Bros. Wonder?

Purple coins appear in two different forms in Wonder levels. The most prominent are individual ones you’ll often find mixed in with gold coins or hidden in blocks you’ll need to break. But you’ll also find a few larger ones valued at 10 coins scattered throughout most levels, often hidden behind a puzzle, secret area, or a level-shifting Wonder Flower. There are typically three of these bigger coins in a stage, and if you’ve found them before, you can’t go back and get them again. But they are a high-value collectible that make it worth exploring levels to their fullest, both for completionist reasons and because they actually give you something tangible in return.

A Wonder shop shows multiple items up for sale.
A Wonder shop shows multiple items up for sale.

If I already have plenty of lives, what can purple Flower Coins get me?

Lives aren’t the only things merchants sell in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. You can also buy standees for multiplayer, new badges, and even Wonder Seeds to help you access more levels in each world. So yes, grab the gold coins when you see them, but they aren’t the most valuable resource in pretty much any avenue this time around.

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