Nintendo Adventure Book # 8: Flown the Koopa

Intro: In this book by Matt Wayne, Mario and the crew visit Dinosaur Land for the Dino-Flying Derby. Soon however something is amiss, a magikoopa is turning dinosaurs into stone for his own amusement. Use the puzzles to stop this crafty koopa menace! This is adapted from a handwritten draft from 10/7/19. I don’t physically own this book at the moment, I used a pdf to create this guide. As usual, look on the Nintendo Adventure Books Key to understand how to use this page.

Disclaimer: This guide is written by C. Mechayoshi/ Amia J Moore. It may not be copied without permission.




Chapter 1, Page 1: Mario and co are on the cruise ship SS Moreltania and heading to Dinosaur Land. Toad has a slip and fall, giving him amnesia. Already to a great start! They’re heading to the International Dino-Flying Derby and the Mushroom King’s had them on auto-pilot for a while. You just know something else is gonna go wrong! Keep moving.

Reward: pair of tickets, ten coins

Split: to page 73

Path: -


Page 93 Chapter 48: The boat hits something! Surprise! But it’s just land and they made it to Dinosaur Land anyway. The ship is undamaged too as some later paths will show if you return to it. The Princess is in such a rush she grabs Yoshi and books it. Use the puzzle and very carefully!

Puzzles: 1, logic

Reward: Flower or feather or flashlight

Splits: page 37

Path: from page 1

Puzzle solution: Look at the bag of cookies. This is a pattern sequence thing, very simply. I didn’t get it at first because I was focused on the dots on the cookies rather than the obvious orientation pattern. The C labeled bag is the answer. First note that whatever you pick means you do NOT get that item, meaning that you gain everything else. The book does not tell you this! Do not miss that detail or you’ll lose out on an item you need. You want to choose the ‘C’ option meaning you won’t obtain the flashlight.


Page 37 Chapter 19: They head to the derby when dino rhinos attack. Use the puzzle.

Puzzles: 1, maze

Splits: page 46, page 26

Path: from page 93

Puzzle solution: Use the numbers on the back of the rhinos to know where they’ll stomp. Again it could be explained a little more because their landing position doesn’t really matter much you just need to make sure that their path won’t cross either A or B. Go to ‘B’ to avoid a hazard.


Page 26 Chapter 13: The Dino Rhinos crash into the heroes but only the tickets get hurt. Should you chase them down? Use the puzzle.

Buffet: Lose the tickets

Puzzles: 1, maze, other

Splits: page 105, page 113

Path: page 37

Puzzle Solution: Start at the bottom and to the end without touching the same number twice. No diagonals so start on the far left and gun straight up until the one then go to the right to complete it. Send them after the dinos on one-hundred and five.

Page 113 Chapter 57: They reach the Derby in the valley where a pushy and rude guard wants the tickets. Do you have the tickets?

Splits: Page 55, page 70

Path: from page 26, page 46, page 9

Puzzle solution: Have the tickets!

Page 70 Chapter 35: The Mario bros lost theirs and receive no mercy. During the guards ranting they miss the sounds of things going wrong on the inside of the fair area and everyone is doomed. Fun fact, those unfortunate events don’t actually happen should you successfully enter the derby..

Game over

Path: from page 70

Page 55 Chapter 28: The derby is a disappointment and unkempt with broken-down rides. Inside the sad tent the audience is Koopa Troop and the show is even worse with sickly dinos and all. Luigi wants popcorn depending on your money situation.

Splits: page 7, page 118

Path: from page 113

Puzzle solution: The popcorn costs fifteen coins you may or may not have. It’s not necessary and will reduce your score overall but it will make a later part much easier. For the sake of the optimal path (see far bottom of guide) we skip it however. If you pass on the snack just move on to one-hundred eight.

Page 46 Chapter 23: They all avoid the Dino Rhinos and find some coins after.

Reward: fifteen coins

Splits: page 113

Path: from page 37

Puzzle: The money for the popcorn is here if you want it. (See optimal path)

Page 105 Chapter 53: They chase the rhinos out into the desert then spot the tickets floating in the air before resting in a tree. A cheep cheep in the tree (yes) brings them to its nest and there’s munchers at the base of the tree too. Very rough news.

Puzzle: 1, logic

Splits: Page 9, page 40

Path: page 26

Puzzle solution: Use the plumber whose boots match the foot prints. It’s not explained well but Mario’s is correct since (I guess) Luigi’s path has at least one backwards print. Go to nine.


Page 40 Chapter 20: Luigi climbs the tree to get beaten up by the wildlife. He’s so bad once its over Mario just suggests they head back to the ship for good.

Game over

Pat: from page 105


Page 9 Chapter 5: Mario gets the tickets back, tussles with some creatures, then gains a good view at the top. He spots the tent of the derby but also a fortress among other things. Use the puzzle.

Reward: tickets

Puzzle: page 1, logic

Splits: Page 113, page 12, page 65

Path: from page 105

Puzzle solution: In the pretty creative puzzle you try to match the binocular sized snippet you are given with three possible options. All of the paths are safe for then but I ‘think’ it’s B on twelve since that path will allow you to get an item you’ll need later.


Page 12 Chapter 6: They decide on the Desert but the King takes Toad back to the ship because he’s so out of it he confuses munchers for cookies. Move on.

Splits: page 51

Path: page 9


Page 51 Chapter 26: They reach a sign pointing to Valley of Koopas and Bowser himself just sitting around. Bowser sends three Mecha-Koopas on them. Actually, its four because Bowser’s bad at math. Use the puzzle.

Puzzles: 1, logic

Splits: page 100, 83

Path: from page 12, page 63

Puzzle solution: Which bundle of parts creates a mecha koopa? Apparently, the smaller ‘A’ pile on page one-hundred.


Page 83 Chapter 42: Luigi underestimates a mecha who knocks him out then Mario, then in a twist Bowser! With all three unconscious the mecha-koopas roam out of the valley with bigger plans of world domination!

Game over

Path: from page 51


Page 100 Chapter 51: Luigi trashes a mecha then notes the remote control Bowser was poorly hiding. He decks Bowsers who flees, dropping it. He cuts the rest off then tunes the into a different channel where the mechas recreate a sports game that involves decapitation among each other. Yes! Oh, they find money too.

Reward: ten coins, remote control

Splits: Page 22

Path: from page 51


Page 65 Chapter 32: They head to the swamp when the King bails on them with Toad, leaving the Mario bros. Luigi is glad he doesn’t have to share cookies anymore. They find some tracks.

Splits: Page 22

Path: from page 9


Page 22 Chapter 11: The plumbers reach a slippery marshy hillside then find statues of Yoshi and frozen Peach along with a fortress. Yoshi’s cookies made it out okay however which Luigi snatches.

Splits: page 50

Path: from page 100, page 65, page 63


Page 50 Chapter 25: They reach the fortress but the only way in it seems is with the feather.

Splits: page 115, page 103

Path: from page 22

Puzzle solution: You should have the feather from page ninety-three but if you don’t have it you can still get in, you just won’t be doing it right away.


Page 115 Chapter 58: Mario and Luigi soar overt the fortress walls before a fireball is shot their way from a magikoopa below. Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, logic (sequence)

Splits: page 120, page 54

Path: page 50

Puzzle solution: Observe a pattern of fireballs. Pay attention to the number of points to easily see what’s up. Go to fifty-four to not lose your item. Also see optimal path.


Page 103 Chapter 52: They walk around but find no way in. Luigi almost panics but has cookies to calm him down. They spot dinosaurs being herd into a tunnel by koopas. They decide to return to the ship for disguises.

Split: page 43

Path: from page 50, page 120


Page 7 Chapter 4: Luigi purchases an empty bag of popcorn with the sleazy salesman and has to cough up more money before he finally gets his extremely stale popcorn. You lose fifteen coins by the time it’s over, though the book told you you’d lose that much before taking this path so it’s not really a surprise.

Reward: popcorn

Buffet: lose fifteen coins

Split: page 118

Path: from page 55


Page 118 Chapter 59: Luigi return to the derby in time for the horrible conclusion of the show with no Yoshi involved anywhere. Next Mario notices that the audience is starting to look at them like they’re a snack (in a bad way.) They send the King and Toad out while they deal with any funny business personally.

Split: page 63

Path: from page 7, page 55


Page 63 Chapter 31: They derby is packed up but there’s too many footprints for it to make sense. Use the puzzle on the tracks.

Puzzles: 1, logic (sequence)

Splits: page 22, page 51

Path: page 118

Puzzle solution: Focus on the horizontal prints. The twenty-two path sends you to discover Yoshi, Peach and the fortress but fifty-one leads to Bowser and an item you’ll need.


Page 43 Chapter 22: They return to the cruise ship to find the King forgetting things as well. They find costumes and Luigi mentions not dressing up as a ballerina ever again. That could be a joke or a reference to book #5 Pipe Down! Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, word search

Split: page 6, page 67

Path: from page 103

Puzzle solution: A pretty easy unscramble game. You’ll have ‘helmet’, ‘eyepatch’, ‘fangs’, ‘cape’, ‘mask’, ‘(?)noses’, ‘stilts’, and ‘bandages’ giving the message of ‘mega mole’. Go to page five to disguise as a mole. This leads to some points ultimately and you’ll eventually return for the other costume which is why the optimal path skips this diversion. For the highest score however (see concluding notes) you’ll want this anyway.


Page 120 Chapter 60:  The plumbers get hit and drop like rocks outside the fortress.

Buffet: lose feather

Split: Page 103

Path: from page 115


Page 54 Chapter 27: The fireballs miss and they land in the courtyard.

Splits: page 80

Path: from page 115


Page 80 Chapter 40:  In the maze and soon lost. Maybe an item could help?

Splits: page 20, page 110

Path: from page 54, page 108

Puzzle solution: Use the popcorn if you have it for a shortcut.


Page 20 Chapter 10: Using popcorn to mark their paths, they find the way out easily.

Splits: page 31

Path: from page 80


Page 31 Chapter 16: The heart of the maze is where they find a hut with a staircase going down down down! Soon they face a thwomp trap. Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, logic

Splits: page 112, page 48

Path: from page 20, 76

Puzzle solution: Got to forty-eight after correctly visualizing the long and complex pulley system.. or after just listening to the answer I just gave.


Page 112 Chapter 56: Wham! No really, that’s what the page says!

Game over

Path: from page 31


Page 48 Chapter 24: They avoid the thwomps then Mario tries to use Luigi’s cookies as a decoy. Mario’s pocket ends up ripping and his coins become the thwomp bait. They do find more however, then press onward.

Reward: Ten coins

Splits: page 89

Path: form page 31


Page 5 Chapter 3: In costumes they head back getting confronted with actual mega monty moles. They are cool with the undercover plumbers however, even with cookies and coins… for now.

Reward: ten coins

Splits: page 98, page 25

Path: from page 43

Puzzle solution: Don’t follow the moles beyond this so go to twenty-five.


Page 98 Chapter 50: The Marios waste some hours being pampered in the mega mole cave falling for a ruse as Mario learns in a book the moles conveniently handed him too late!

Game over

Path: from page 5


Page 67 Chapter 33: Mario chooses a Brachiosaurus costume then they argue over who will be in the front of the back, culminating into a three minute staring contest. Use the puzzle.

Puzzles: 1, decipher

Splits: page 108, page 16

Path: from page 43, page 25

Puzzle solution: Use the first letter of the costume labels in order as numbered. Very easy. It will say, ‘older plumber first’ so head to one-hundred eight. Having Luigi lead won’t kill you but it’ll lead to trouble later.


Page 108 Chapter 54: They take the dino costume towards the swamp, not getting far before they’re herded with the other real dinosaurs. They bail and find themselves in the fortress courtyard.

Splits: page 80

Path: from page 67, page 88


Page 89 Chapter 45: It gets dark and darker leading to the way down. Mario wonders if they have a flashlight.

Splits: page 15, page 96

Puzzle solution: Make sure you don’t have the flashlight from the start of the story. Go to ninety-six.


Page 15 Chapter 7: Mario uses the flashlight until it dies. The megamoles down there are not inconvenienced by such so they pounce. Check your batteries folks!

Game over

Path: From page 15


Page 96 Chapter 49: They find a secret passage on accident and enter it, leading to a library belonging to a magikoopa that confronts them. This is a distant cousin of Bowser it seems though Bowser himself isn’t actually behind anything. He attacks. Of note here is a cool illustration edited from SMW art of Mario on a fence changed to look like he’s punching a crumbling wall..

Split: page 85

Path: from page 89


Page 110 Chapter 55: They continue to be lost in the maze. Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, maze

Splits: page 90, page 30

Path: from page 80, page 18

Puzzle solution: A maze that’s oddly presented. Solve it normally to see if the A or B matches the path. It should be A on page ninety or you’ll hit a rather silly hazard.


Page 30 Chapter 15:  Still lost, the brothers are forced to use a few coins to mark a trail however this fails and they are still stuck.

Buffet: lose seven coins

Splits: page 90

Path: from page 110


Page 90 Chapter 46: They continue on exasperatedly. Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, decipher, logic

Splits: page 110, page 76

Path: from page 110, page 30

Puzzle solution: Figure out the message after Bowser (coming out of nowhere) spins the circle halfway. It’s kind of neat and not nearly as tricky as it might sound. ‘They should go right not left’ is the message. You can also simply take note of the fact that you might have been to some of the page options before indicating they are loop backs and not progress. Go to seventy-six.


Page 76 Chapter 38: They find the center of the maze at last.

Splits: page 31

Path: from page 90


Page 25 Chapter 12: Mario and Luigi get away from the moles before things get too hairy. They head back to the ship to get the dinosaur costume.

Split: page 67

Path: from page 5


Page 16 Chapter 8: Luigi takes the front of the costume and soon they find an actual T. Rex. Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, logic

Splits: page 88, page 41

Path: from page 67

Puzzle solution: Match the teeth outline with what’s torn from the tree stumps. It’s easier and more obvious if you just focus on the right most part so head to eighty-eight.


Page 41 Chapter 21: The T. Rex is a fake also in this unfortunate “twist”. Hammer brothers get the jump on the brothers who are too busy fighting a stuck zipper to counter.

Game over

Path: from page 16


Page 85 Chapter 43: Mario pretends to want to check out a library book which are all just fuel for the magikoopa’s electric generation and he’s not really a bookworm or anything. The generator is all for his demented TV shows involving shrinking down victims literally in the television. Anyone trying to stop him he turns into stone. Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, decipher

Splits: page 72, page 36

Path: from page 96

Puzzle solution: arranged the books alphabetically then look at the last letters. It says ‘leap sideways’. Shout outs to Leaping Lizards (Book #2) and a bunch of other neat puns.


Page 72 Chapter 36: The Mario bros get shrunk down into a TV game show for the next seven years!

Game over

Path: from page 85


Page 36 Chapter 18: They dodge away but not for long. Do you have a flower flower?

Splits: Page 77, page 92

Path: from page 85

Puzzle solution: It’s easy to miss but the earliest puzzle gave this to you.


Page 92 Chapter 47: We skip to a week later. The magikoopa is enjoying life with some ice cubes at the bottom of his drink resembling the Mario bros. Oops!

Game over

Path: from page 36, page 28


Page 88 Chapter 44: The rex tears a hole in the Mario bros costume and they run, money lost and broke. They switch the halves of the suit and continue on.

Buffet: lose all coins

Splits: page 108

Path: from page 16

Puzzle solution: Not the worse the book could have rung you through since at least you still have your items needed if you have them, just forget about the high score!


Page 77 Chapter 39: Mario spits fire (like a fire bro!) and they fight it out. Now there are dry bones to contend with.

Puzzles: 1, matching, logic

Splits: page 18, page 34

Path: from page 36

Puzzle solution: Which set of bones is heavier in this puzzle that will really get you thinking.. and using calculators I guess. It’s needlessly too many bones in each pile to count really so it’s page thirty-four or option A. Page eighteen won’t kill you but it will eject you far back into the maze and that would suck.


Page 18 Chapter 9: The Marios go a-swinging but just make up a mega dry bone. They are knocked out and end up back in the courtyard maze.

Buffet: lose fifteen coins

Splits: page 110

Path: from page 77.

Puzzle solution: a loop-back path


Page 34 Chapter 17: Quick ‘plumber-onetry’ ensures them that the bones are too heavy so they run. They lock the monsters in a broom closet. Mario is then knocked out while Luigi gets away. His cookies end up broken and now this means serious business!!

Splits: page 58

Path: form page 77


Page 58 Chapter 29: Luigi is shrunk down and forced the evade the magikoopa who’s a lot more scary when comparatively giant. He spots his hat but ‘when your small inches seem like miles’ according to the book. I, uh, agree? Use the puzzle.

Puzzle: 1, decipher

Splits: page 24, page 4

Path: from page 34

Puzzle solution: Follow the very easy instructions with the hat illustration. It will say ‘DON’T TOUCH IT’. Go to page four.


Page 28 Chapter 14: Grabbing the hat just makes Luigi smaller. Worse yet, Mario who is still out of it is shrunken with him. It all goes black afterwards.

Split: page 92

Path: from page 58


Page 4 Chapter 2: Frustrated, the magikoopa shrinks himself. Luigi dives into an opening for the TV. Do you have the remote? Hopefully so, or Luigi doing that isn’t very smart is it?

Splits: page 61, page 69

Path: from page 58

Puzzle solution: Go to sixty-one. You get the remote from finding Bowser in the desert. The score page actually hints at this.


Page 69 Chapter 34: The magikoopa starts fiddling with the controls, very bad for Luigi stuck inside of the TV.

Game over

Path: from page 4


Page 61 Chapter 30: Mario wakes up just in time with the remote. He switches to ‘bowling for billions’ as Luigi escapes and the magikoopa gets slammed. Money flows generously out of the TV. Often I am irked when these books dump a lot of coins/points on the reader simply for winning, but in this case it’s justified given the fantastical setting... and game shows!

Reward: three-hundred coins

Splits: page 74

Path: from page 4


WIN Page 74 Chapter 37: With Magikoopa gone, things return to normal instantly. Everyone returns to the ship where Toad has baked cookies, no one is stone, and everyone is sane. Mostly.

Path: from page 61


Page 82 Chapter 41: What? An entry after the book’s last ending? In this unusual variation of the ‘you shouldn’t be here’ page that can be found in several Nintendo Adventure Books, nothing actually leads to this page and its not here so you don’t miscount a puzzle or try to cheat. You must just stumble on this page or read a page number wrong. Quite obviously they just had an extra page to fill and I found that strange.

Splits: -

Path: -


Summary and concluding thoughts: As this was yet another in the series I never got to grow up with as a kid my feelings could have went either way. Thankfully it’s a good book overall. The premise and bad guy, a random magikoopa cousin of Bowser, is quirky and interesting. It’s nice to see OCs in these books. The Dinosaur Land settings are used well with more than just generic areas from the game. Writing quality and character interactions were some of the best in the series with lots of funny moments and banter, even some very amusing game over scenarios. Structure wise while it gets linear in the very end like most of these books do, I like the many paths you can take to get there. There’s actually several events you can completely miss on several reads and as long as you obtain the correct items you’d make it to the end. They never explain who messed up the Dinosaur Derby however, I mean it’s implied to be Bowser or the magikoopa but there’s no real answer.

Let’s touch on the items and puzzles however. The early cookie bag puzzle somewhat uniquely (but in a bad way) has a quirk where what you chose means you do NOT get that item. This book has an ‘item of doom’, the flashlight which will doom you later in the book. Worse yet, the items you need that you do obtain if you chose correctly isn’t emphasized in the book so you can miss it. While some puzzles are okay and well suited for the theme of whatever is going on, others feel needlessly over complicated. This makes you want to just guess and that’s bad. Points wise, the coins are a little scarce in the book which I actually prefer as it makes mapping high score paths easier. There are several moments where hazards can diminish coins so be mindful if you care. I also liked the detail of how you can buy the popcorn item for some coins and make a later part easier or tough it out for the higher score. The only other flaw I have to point out at the moment is that I’m not sure how to max out the score yet. See the optimal path below. Overall 4/5. I really like it enough just for the writing to overlook the puzzles.


Optimal Path:

START: 1 (tickets, ten coins)- 93 (flower, feather)- 37- 46 (fifteen coins)- 113- 55- 118- 63- 51- 100 (ten coins, remote)- 22- 50- 115- 54- 80- 110- 90- 76- 31- 48 (ten coins)- 96- 85- 36- 77 (used flower)- 34- 58- 4 (use remote)- 61- 74 (three-hundred coins) END

This gives you 3450 points, “King of the Sewers” and the second highest. We skip the monty mole layer on that route because it goes really out of the way however even with those points you won’t have the highest points. That means, you gotta loop and that’s silly!

Item locations:

Puzzle analysis: Seventeen puzzles, most of them ‘logic’ type. There are two ‘mazes’, three ‘decipher’ puzzles, one maze/other, one word search, one decipher/logic, and one matching/logic. So logic wins? This isn’t the easiest of the books for sure puzzle wise but the difficultly is mostly having a lot of work to do rather than need to think hard.

*New* Book goals: They want you to meet up with Bowser: Easy. You must actually to get the remote.

Battle the thwomp: Is on the necessary path as well.

The Mega Mole layer: however can be easily skipped and in their defense it does award some more coins, it just felt so out of the way, my optimal path skips it.

Last edited: 2/20/20, 11/14/20

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