The Airship arrives in the Desert, goes to the Tower, drops off Roy, and then heads for the Castle as Mario goes to the starting point of the world
The player starts off next to a Koopa Troopa and a sand geyser. Then, Mario will be taken to more sand geysers where the first star coin can be found. Then, there is a brick block next to a sand geyser. After that, there is a Boomerang Bro. throwing boomerangs trying to prevent Mario to get to the checkpoint. After is some piranha plants next or on geysers. The second star coin can be seen under a piranha plant but it is not easily reached. Then as Mario continues, there are more geysers with less platforms and more Koopa Paratroopas. The third star coin is visible but it is also not easily reached. Then, there is a Boomerang Bro. next to the Flagpole.
- Star Coin 1: After the fourth geyser instead of riding it, Mario must go to the platform next to it and then ride the geyser under the star coin.
- Star Coin 2: After the checkpoint, it is under the second piranha plant. Ride the geyser next to it and slide left towards the star coin.
- Star Coin 3: Before the flagpole, it is seen under a platform next to 2 sand geysers. Get a Koopa Shell, go on a geyser, and then throw the shell toward the coin.
- Boomerang Bro.
- Koopa Paratroopa
- Koopa Troopa
- Piranha Plant