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The Beginning of the End is the final level of Faker's Castle in New Super Mario Bros. 3, and by extension, the game. It can only be accessed after the player has collected all of the Star Coins on every main world.
The player starts the level from a platform near Princess Faker. She uses her magic powder to make the battle room's platforms move to the left. Faker teleports often while the platforms move. Her magic transforms one platform into a common enemy (or sometimes enemies). Enemies can vary between Koopa Troopas, Koopa Paratroopas, Goombas, Bob-ombs, Monty Moles, Thwomps, Buzzy Beetles, and Spinys. An occasional Mushroom may also pop up, as well as Coins. Stomping on her thrice will defeat Faker, but suddenly, she gets up and uses her magic to grow Bowser to giant size. The player must now climb up a series of rising platforms that fall when he touches them, while avoiding the lava below him and dodging Bowser's claws and occasional flame attacks. Upon reaching the giant ! switch at the top and pressing it, the floor collapses under Bowser, causing him to fall and defeating him once more. Faker is then transformed back to Princess Peach, and the game concludes
- Princess Faker (boss)
- If the player exits this level, the player will have to complete the previous level again in order to enter this level, as it cannot be played freely from the World Map.