Considering that Super Mario 64 is 20 years old, you would think that gamers would have discovered every little thing there is to know about Nintendo’s classic platformer.
For instance, there was the “Impossible Coin” that took a whopping 18 years to finally collect. As it turns out, the guy who finally collected that coin, Scott “pannenkoek2012” has discovered a new coin to collect and this time, it could very well be impossible to collect.
The new coin is located in Tiny Huge Island and as Buchanan explains in a new video, the level’s geometry is directly to blame for the coin being unattainable.
Without getting too into the weeds, the reason the coin can’t be collected is that it despawns so quickly, you can’t collect it even if you hack the game and get Mario to instantly teleport to its location. The coin is actually the fifth in a line of other coins (as the video helpfully points out, every line of coins in the game has exactly five in it), but until now, everyone had assumed that there were only four coins because the fifth is clipped into the ground.
Buchanan believes that the game’s designers altered the geometry of the level at some point during development and didn’t take into account how it would affect the coins. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be any way to collect the coin since it spawns quickly and disappears even faster, but if anyone can do it, it’s the guy who collected the original Impossible Coin. Good luck, guy!