What if Mario Couldn’t Get Into Bob-omb Battlefield in Super Mario 64?

What if Mario Couldn’t Get Into Bob-omb Battlefield in Super Mario 64? So around three years ago I released this:
A video outlining what would happen if Link just never got out of bed in Ocarina of Time. But alongside that video, I actually had drafted
up a few others. This… is one of those others, further cemented
by the release of Odyssey. Sponsorships help out a ton, so I want to
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below, and I want to thank Hob: The Definitive Edition for sponsoring this video. Super Mario 64’s castle is one of the most
iconic gaming hubs in the world of Nintendo. From our adventures in Mario 64, to our off-track
musings in Mario Kart, all the way to the modern iteration in Super Mario Odyssey. When I first explored the castle in Odyssey,
I found it odd that pretty much all the areas I wanted to check out from within were blocked
off. For those who watched my video on that particular
concept, I hypothesized why the castle was supposedly blocked, but the concept of being
hung up here was kind of interesting. How would Mario’s journey have been different
if something similar happened in Mario 64? Not the concept of a sealed off castle, but
the idea of being stopped before starting. More so, what if Mario couldn’t get into
Bob-omb Battlefield? What if the painting downstairs was accidentally
swapped with the painting upstairs? This simple act sets off an entire chain of
events that makes our classic adventure a lot more difficult. So Mario jumps out of his pipe, races to the
castle, swings open the door, ignores Bowser’s nonsense, and then rockets straight into the
first stage… Only to bop his head and fall to the ground. The first stage can’t be entered because
the enchanted painting was accidentally swapped with the plain one. In Princess Peach’s castle, there’s actually
two Bob-omb Battlefield paintings. One is on the first floor and allows us to
jumpstart our adventure in rescuing Peach, and the other is a duplicate placed in the
art gallery upstairs that is only for viewing purposes. Since they’re both exactly the same, minus
the liquid effect that occurs when pressure affects the canvas of the enchanted painting,
one could assume someone may have simply misplaced the paintings. And this one switch changes the entire flow
of the game. So quick story time: A while back a bunch
of my YouTube buddies and I had attempted to beat Super Mario 64 while only playing
as Goombas. For those who don’t know, there is an hosting
program available that allows you to play with your friends online, but it also lets
you change who you play as. Now the thing is, Goombas can’t jump… They can only dive. They also can’t pick up any enemies or objects
unless they dive into it. But what we soon realized is, that while playing
as Goombas, zero progress can be made in terms of clearing the game. No stars can be obtained due to the limited
abilities the Goombas have. Thus this ended up with us rubbing against
walls for an hour or so trying to clip through doors to get to stages except for Bob-omb
Battlefield. In the end, no progress was made, and the
run was pretty much canceled… Now fast forward to our dilemma. Mario cannot enter the painting to obtain
any stars, and because of this, that means all stages past this point cannot be accessed. And this is where we divide the concept up. On one hand, we have the actual gameplay timeline,
where a player figures out a way that Mario can progress. On the other hand, we have the story timeline
– as in, hypothetically, the series of events within Mario 64’s actual story are changed
because Mario is stuck. Both of these are mutually exclusive from
one another, so for the moment, suspend disbelief for the sake of having fun overthinking a
video game and let’s break these down. Let’s start with gameplay Mario… As in, crazy, insane, speedrunner Mario. If you’ve watched TerminalMontage’s animation
about Super Mario 64, you probably know where this is going. From a player perspective, pretty much almost
anything is possible for Mario to achieve. While Mario’s insane speed isn’t going
to break him through an in-active painting, it will clip him through walls and doors in
the castle’s lobby. By backwards long jumping against certain
pieces of geometry, Mario’s in-game speed starts to skyrocket through the quick successions
of jumps. Once he’s built it up enough, he can pretty
much launch himself through lots of objects. So even though Whomp’s Fortress is locked,
for example, Mario can clip through the door without needing the star he’d normally use
to open it. He then, in turn, could clear the stage and
get enough stars to fight Bowser… Or, he can simply use that same door skipping
method to go straight to Bowser with zero stars. In fact, by doing this in every area, Mario
can just go straight to every Bowser without even needing any stars. Building up speed on this wall and staircase
in the basement propels Mario through Dire Dire Docks straight into the fire sea, as
can the same BLJ mechanics bring Mario up the repeating staircase without any stars. So Mario could actually beat the game with
zero stars just like Todd Rogers normally does. But most of you probably already know this… So let’s swing on over to the more interesting
angle to this concept: How the story would progress if Mario couldn’t go insane and
warp through walls. So where were we? Oh right! Mario just bonked his head on the painting… And now he has no idea what to do. From a story perspective, Mario would probably
head out and try to open all the doors in the area only to be blocked each and every
time. He’d wander into the basement and into the
court yard hoping to find a way to progress, but he wouldn’t find anything. At this point he’d go outside and search
around the perimeter of the castle. Now this is where things get interesting… After looking around, Mario would certainly
turn his attention to the water in the area at some point. Despite the cannon being locked, Mario would
realize getting on top of the castle wouldn’t do him any good since there are no entry points
up top. Given what we know from the interior of the
castle, nothing that looks like a window actually leads inside – since there are no windows
inside the castle at all. So with his attention fixed on the water,
he’d attempt to utilize the under water door, which of course wouldn’t open. Now if you disagree and think Mario should
be able to open this door from a story-perspective, despite gameplay saying otherwise, that’s
okay – hold onto that thought because we’ll be addressing it again soon. Let’s check off a few other things first. Vanish Cap’s gate is closed until the water
is drained, so entering this stage is futile. Even if Mario attempted to enter this stage
through the exit, technically the exit should be located in the black void below the stage. Mario utilizes this exit after he falls down
below, and only if he falls down below. Exiting the stage after grabbing the star
takes you through the main gate, as does dying. So Vanish Cap is a bust… And so is trying to enter Dire Dire Docks
through its exit. Technically the bowser gate underwater exits
into the small lake, but the door is closed until we progress in the stage. Wing Mario Over the Rainbow’s exit from
a story perspective probably couldn’t be accessed without use of the cannon since we
fall out of the sky… And Wing Cap can’t be entered through its
magic warp without having the correct number of stars. Same with Big Boo’s Haunt without Bowser’s
key. But there is technically one hope… And that’s the Metal Cap stage. Within Hazy Maze Cave, there is a waterfall
area that holds the metal cap switch. If Mario gets whisked away in the water’s
flowing current, he’ll get expelled from the waterfall outside of the castle. Since we can see the actual waterfall from
within Hazy Maze Cave, that means this area is actually right beyond the wall outside
the castle that the waterfall flows from. This is the only entrance Mario can utilize
to get into the castle area, so with a well-placed long jump from ontop of the castle – which
Mario can get to without the use of the cannon, from a story point-of-view, Mario would rightfully
be able to enter this area and stand on the brink of the waterfall. This is only assuming he knew there was a
cave behind here. I imagine Peach would have hopefully had Mario
at the castle in the past, so perhaps this would be common knowledge. Truthfully though, he might be able to see
through the waterfall anyways. Oh yes – we’re going to just overthink this
whole thing to death. Welcome to a SwankyBox video. So with Mario standing at the edge of the
waterfall, which is walkable in terms of being a straight line, he can’t swim into the
actual cave at all. The current is too strong and it pushes him
outside again. However, he could technically long jump into
a walk kick to then land on top of the floating block. With another well-placed long jump off this
block, he could then reach the land in the cave without even having to swim. And at this point he has two options. He can either wall kick back up the inky pit
into Hazy Maze Cave and collect a star, or he can get the metal cap and collect all the
red coins in this area. Once he gets that star though, things become
a bit more normal… Well, not quite, but soon. Grabbing a star of any kind within the cave
spits out Mario into the basement. At this point he can certainly clear any of
the stages down here he wants, but he won’t be able to go back upstairs. Technically the basement door is locked and
needs a key to be opened. While the game never intended Mario to be
down here without a key, meaning the door can open one way and not the other, I still
feel we should play by the rules that the door is locked – and since it has keyholes
on both sides, it’s locked on both sides. But honestly, this doesn’t really stop Mario
at this point. Because now he can simply drain the moat for
the castle and then exit back into the front yard. If for some reason you wanted to argue that
the door should have opened from a story perspective before, back when it was underwater, we basically
end up reaching the same conclusion. With a star now in Mario’s hand, he’s
free to open Whomp’s fortress up and proceed through the game as normal. Even with Bob-omb battlefield off limits until
later in the game, Mario can still collect all the stars needed to progress, and his
quest is back on its path. So one painting throws Mario into quite a
conundrum, but with some careful exploring of his surroundings, he can still proceed
through the game to save Peach. Or, you know, he could just blast through
some walls with the force of a cannonball and clear the game with zero stars. Your choice Mario… your choice. And with that… Thanks for tuning in to this alternative Mario
timeline! If you want to check out my first experience
with Hob, I just released a video about it on my second channel. You can find it on screen now. Anyways, thanks for watching guys and gals,
and until my next video – cheers!


  • Jim Pickens

    Dang this video was released on my birthday

  • stevenistyping

    The way you end each of your sentences, dragging out the last syllable of each letter, made this video impossible to watch past the first few minutes for me

  • David Tichborne

    0 star or the one star run

  • gnome gang

    just a BLG

  • CrystalGreymon

    What if Bowser didn't actually kidnap Peach but she just really wanted to play an elaborate game of Hide and Seek?

  • onion water

    Just blj my man

  • shinysonic 35

    If he can’t get in its game over

  • isilverskeleton

    Obviously you could win because 120 – 7 is 113 and you only nee- oh wait… bomb-omb battlefield is your first star, and you need stars to open up rooms in the main castle hall.

  • isilverskeleton

    Wait is this a challenge or a hypothetical game theory

  • EggCr0issant

    Answer: He wouldn’t be able to get in.

  • Alan Shannon

    What about the wing cap stage

  • 1000 Subscribers with no videos

    Where did you download it

  • LaZrhEd

    Skwanky: mario how did you beat the game without bob-omb battlefield?


  • バンシーブランク

    SwankyBox: swaps bob-omb battlefield's painting loading zones
    TAS: hold my frames

  • バンシーブランク

    SwankyBox: swaps bob-omb battlefield's painting loading zones
    Mario: let me BL(ow) J(ob) these star doors real quick

  • Kyle Hill

    Mario could kick where the lock and the door jamb is until the wood gives way. Much less expensive and less brute force then bashing the door in. Only the lock and piece of wood around it would need to be replaced. Doors were much thicker in those days then our cheap 'fake' plywood doors.

  • willistic

    Shoutouts to S̶i̶m̶p̶l̶e̶f̶l̶i̶p̶s̶ TerminalMontage

  • SeaN Black

    What if? You cant turn on the console?

  • BentLeg25


  • Gamma

    I like the idea of Mario problem solving like a human, normally he just blindly runs through things.

  • Angela Gonzalez

    how do you get up there

  • Erick Widman

    Stop spamming this worthless crap!

  • Taoster Productions

    Then he’d BLJ up the stairs into the doors and enter another painting or just speedrun to the final boss.

  • Ray Manus


  • Micah Bell

    1 word: Glitches

  • Strawberry Grunge Cake

    Nice. This was pretty cool

  • Woof you

    Are the paintings teleporters?
    Think about it

  • Fantomp

    You can’t open the door underwater because of water pressure, or because mario gets his door opening powers from a demon fruit from Onepiece, so he can’t open doors under water.

  • _ Ourumav’s Briefcase _

    @2:35. Yeah, I see you Toad, you little ho.

  • Recep Metin Erdem

    What a stupid video

  • StickFiguresMaster

    The small ink hole cannot be wall kicked back out from if Mario was in the metal cap room, there’s no spawner at the top of where marios dropped from down that ink hole to wall kick up to to be shot out of it to the room with the dolphin doshie the giant, nice under study, but that’s not possible.

  • 4nt

    What if Mario Couldn’t Get Into Bob-Omb Battlefield in Super Mario 64?

    Well first, we need to talk about Parallel Universes.

  • Corentin C.

    What if Mario did cheat on peach with toadstool?!

  • dAvId rObInSoN

    So you’re saying there’s 2 Marios we can play as.

    Basic Starter Mario
    Speedrunner Mario

  • bloo the trash can

    Here are some nice ideas for this style
    What if Ren never went back to Kamoshida's castle? (Persona 5)
    What if Frisk never fell into Mt. Ebbot? (Undertale)
    What if Peter Parker never got bit? (Spider-Man)

  • FF PJiggles Fan

    Bowser, Mario wants your location

  • Matthew Campbell

    If you /really/ wanna overthink things story-wise:
    While this might be a bit of a headcanon, I would argue that the paintings are portals to actual place in the Mushroom Kingdom. Essentially, their purpose is to let Peach access places in her kingdom.

    Hypothetically, if Mario were unable to access the portal paintings, I would argue what he'd eventually do is return home and book a flight or something-maybe call up Luigi while he's on it. He would then go on a more traditional journey around the Mushroom Kingdom looking for at least one star. Maybe just head on over to Bowser's castle and wreck stuff there.

  • Jack

    Luigi could have done it.

  • CC 2224

    Peach dies

  • VenusFeuerFalle

    This makes me want to create a hack with locked bob-omb battle field.

  • Lucas Clements

    there is three bomb omb battle field paintings (I think.) one is the starting one, one is upstairs, and one is in the room with the giant mirror

  • Steve Smeaton


  • hackr dayz

    The player would jump through the walls 🙂

  • Sonic The Hedgehog

    Easy. He'll time-travel 17 years into the past and steal his hammer back from Jumpman and use that.
    To save you all some time.

  • SonicMaster5055

    Mario=a god

  • MR SYG

    Haven't played Odyssey yet.. thanks for the spoiler alert on peaches castle dude..

  • Roblox Man Dude

    how did you stretch out mario cant beat the game into a 10 minute long video

  • JohannesMP

    9:20 Couldn’t Mario jump back into the inky pit and just go out via the waterfall to get back outside and progress normally? Seems odd to point out all the ways he couldn’t get back upstairs (door locked, etc) but ignore the method by which he (in this hypothetical story scenario) got in in the first place.

  • 98Lemons

    8:24 marios far away model looks so strange. ( Make sure you're video is paused)

  • Gigidag77

    He could just get a jackhammer and break through the walls next to the doors.

  • GameDoggs MC

    Its simple, BLJ

  • Literal Bacon

    story-wise, the boos in the courtyard probably only appear after a certain amount of time, while the game just uses the collection of stars to simulate that passing of time, so Mario would probably be able to just wait for them

  • catlancemc Yt

    well buy super mario 64 Ds

  • Xavier Quintanilla

    Glitches: allow us to introduce ourselves

  • Yoshis weird Thing

    Ehem… The secret slide you FORGOT THAT STAR!!

  • Zombie Rusher

    I mean u can do a 0 star run

  • kevin crittenden

    You can head to boos world or get 2 from peaches slide

  • Audrey G

    **stares in LBLJ**

  • Mashupmixpro

    just blj in

  • Jack Rutledge

    Lemme guess, I didn't win.

  • SamuraiSquirrel

    God this autism…. is a beautiful thing!

  • Geadical 123


  • Taylor Coen

    That’s very interesting!!!! 😊❤️

  • Blue Call


  • Tony Hakston

    6:35 Swanky: “hold onto that thought, because we’ll be addressing it again soon.”
    Also Swanky: never addresses that thought.

  • TheJerseyWolf

    There are so many times I wish there were additional levels in the game. The one "night" painting on the stairs to the third floor, or even a whole new level to the castle entirely.

  • Christian Mathew

    Just BackWards Long Jump. Ez

  • T2and3

    wait, You enter the basement of the castle, and drop down a hole into hazy maze cave, and descend even furthur to get to the metal cap area, if you fall into the water, the river lets out behind a water fall that lets out above the castle?

  • David Henry

    Instead Mario grabs a axe here's MARIO

  • Fabico Gamer

    That idea could become a rom hack of some sort

  • xX_Squirtle



    I think it was easier to do this without doing the bbb level on the 64 than the ds

  • Run the Numbers


    Sick Todd Rogers burn!!!!

  • Hank Richard

    Hey this time isn’t even in the video 12:46

  • BoaDaSnakeMan

    Court Yard Star: am I a joke to you?

  • Carlos Hernandez

    Super Mario 64 & Super Mario 64 DS thumbs up for Super Mario 64 & Comment for Super Mario 64 DS

  • Bro Bomb

    This is like those videos where Mario tries many ways to get into a castle

  • Ruby OwO

    Swanky: What if you couldn't get into Bomb-omb Battlefield?

    Me: BLJ

  • Joseph

    It just blows my mind how these over-analyzed videos about very specific aspects of a 20 years old game can make so many views. Youtube never ceases to surprise me.

  • Emanuel Sanchez

    Hahahaha suchh a nice video!

  • نبتر اكس - NbTR X

    Mario have a power that named blj

  • Gardevoir♂


  • SteveGaming RBLX

    Video: What if Mario couldn't get into Bob-omb Battlefield?

    0 and 1 star speedrunners: Bobom what?

  • Lost Melody

    Imagine this as a romhack.

  • thenewbgamer64 pro. idiot65

    Who knows how to tell google-fi to stop bothering me? Im already fine with an LG-k30.

  • No Man’s Stuff - AJ

    Total bollocks this video

  • AmirDeGamer8

    My idea when I saw the title was BLJ to CCM

  • AmirDeGamer8

    I don't think you can enter metal cap stage by going in the waterfall..

  • Coco B fan

    Todd Rogers can get 5.51 stars in just a half A press.

  • somekind ofBox

    This video is god damn pointless.

  • Joshua Spector

    How strong would you need to be in order to open that door underwater I wonder. Not that I think it really matters, I think mario displays ridiculous feats of strength. 😀

  • Marcella Jecha

    Mario can still enter the basement then go in hazy maze cave (sorry if I spelled it wrong)

  • Rogemama

    You can't beat the game without 120 stars, all coins and all lives..

  • Happyfacecat

    But…But isn’t Peach’s slide a free door?

  • The Weird Guy


  • TheCool NelsonKids

    HA!!!! Mario doesn't need Bob-omb Battlefield! >D

  • Thomas Irwin

    Really scraping the bottom of the barrel for this one, eh?

  • Doug

    I found out that Nintendo actually wanted you to enter the Bowser paintings! Or at least the first anyway! I also found out what the red block behind Bobomb Battlefield too! (That is the falling part of the hall to Bowser 1 if u wanna know.) Let me explain… One day I was playing a rom hack. That was Fortnite 64. Well, I placed platforms so I could walk straight through the BBB painting without going into the level. What happened at first is that I walked to the red thing everyone don't know what is. I jumped on it and I appeared in the hall to Bowser 1. Well I reset the game and done the same thing except I went to the other side then jumped. I jumped out of bounds into the hall where the painting is. I jumped on it as usual, and Mario went through it half way then bounced back! I placed more platforms, and walked to the painting, then ACTUALLY WALKED THROUGH IT! Sadly Nintendo removed the loading zone and I died after ground-pounding the platform, but at least I went through the painting! What does that tell you?

  • CatangaSpeed

    To answer that we need to talk about parallel universes

  • ¡El Búho Feliz!

    What if Mario couldn't get into Bob-Omb Battlefield.

    Mario: ”Well, i tried…”


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