In this stage, several elements from the New Super Mario Bros. series appear, including thin platforms, scale-like platforms which will tilt (and potentially fall) when stood on, flat-top hills to stand on, and bottomless pits. Throughout the stage there are many coins for fighters to collect, and by collecting 100 of these, a fighter temporarily becomes a gold version of themselves called a "Gold Fighter". Gold Fighters have stronger attacks and super armor. They can still be grabbed and thrown, however. The number of coins the player has is displayed in the top-left corner of the screen; each player will only see their own count and not their enemies'.
Sometimes, an arrow signpost will appear and the screen will scroll in the direction the arrow points, bringing the fighters to a new area of the stage. This does not happen in For Fun.
The stage only consists of a single platform with a yellow pipe on each side. Coins never appear and the screen never scrolls.
Golden Plains is based on New Super Mario Bros. 2. Collecting coins was a major objective of that game (in fact, the game challenges the player to collect 1,000,000 coins). This translates into Golden Plains's main gimmick of collecting coins. In most installments of the Super Mario Bros. series, collecting 100 coins results in earning an extra life. New Super Mario Bros. 2 introduced a power-up called the Gold Flower, transforming Mario into Gold Mario. Gold Mario could throw golden fireballs that turned several objects, including brick blocks, into coins. The game also features gold forms of many enemies, caused by Mario jumping through a Gold Ring, which primarily causes them to create coins as part of their movements or attacks.
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