Hightail Falls Galaxy - Mysterious Penguin?

#1 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

I've started playing through World 2 today and I have just got the 2 power stars and 1 medal on Hightail Falls Galaxy - the one where you first encounter the peppers with Yoshi. 
 

   
Now on the first ascent on the left, there is an additional pepper that is a little more difficult to reach. When you do get it, you can climb a little higher and reach a new platform.
 
The thing is, the platforms seems pretty pointless. There is an old penguin on top that tells you how awesome Coins are, and nothing else. What the hell is going on with that guy? Or do I return there somewhere later in the game?
 

#2 Posted by Endogene (4741 posts) -
@Meowayne: I think he is just there to give a hint about the secret star of that level. It is somewhat further along and requires you to give i believe 30 coins to a "feeding" luma.
#3 Posted by Willy105 (4690 posts) -

He's a character from the original Mario Galaxy that made a cameo.

#4 Edited by Meowayne (6084 posts) -
@Endogene said:

" @Meowayne: I think he is just there to give a hint about the secret star of that level. It is somewhat further along and requires you to give i believe 30 coins to a "feeding" luma. "

Yeah, but that "secret star" isn't hidden at all, and is in fact much easier to reach than that goddamn penguin. I mean how can you reach that obvious, middle-of-the-level Luma without already having 30 coins? I had long had that "secret star" before I finally made it to the Pointless Penguin.
 
For a game this polished and well-designed, it seems pretty weird to include a hint that is much more difficult to reach and much less obvious than the actual thing it hints at.
#5 Posted by Endogene (4741 posts) -
@Meowayne said:
" @Endogene said:

" @Meowayne: I think he is just there to give a hint about the secret star of that level. It is somewhat further along and requires you to give i believe 30 coins to a "feeding" luma. "

Yeah, but that "secret star" isn't hidden at all, and is in fact much easier to reach than that goddamn penguin. I mean how can you reach that obvious, middle-of-the-level Luma without already having 30 coins? I had long had that "secret star" before I finally made it to the Pointless Penguin.  For a game this polished and well-designed, it seems pretty weird to include a hint that is much more difficult to reach and much less obvious than the actual thing it hints at. "
Oh yeah for sure, they should have swapped the pinguin with the Luma there.  I'm in world 5 now with 50 something stars and odd NPC placement with either useless or beyond obvious hints are all over the place. If anything i do not like about the game then it is that. This guy actually does pop up a second time in the twin waterfall level saying that you should use the shell in the water or something like that.
  
I  did not have 30 coins when i first got to him...

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