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A Flagpole in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
A Flagpole in Super Mario All-Stars.

A Flagpole (also known as a Goal Pole) appears at the end of every normal level in most of the mainstream Mario games.

The flags on a flagpole come in many colors, though Red Flagpoles usually indicate an alternate exit in the New Super Mario Bros. games. If the player manages to grab the top of the flagpole, they will earn an extra life. However, in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the player can receive an extra life from a flagpole only if two conditions are met: The coin counter must be 00, 11, 22, etc. (two of same digit, basically) and the last digit of the time counter must be that same digit when the player character touches the flagpole. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there are Bowser symbols shown on the flags instead of skulls. In Super Mario Bros. 3 there are Card Roulettes instead of flagpoles and in Super Mario World, flagpoles were replaced by Giant Gates. These Flagpoles symbolize Mario taking over or claiming that area- taking down Bowser's flag or replacing it with his own.

Mario, Luigi, or any other playable character in some Mario games have to jump and grab the Flagpole to end the level. In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Luigi can easily jump over the flagpole due to his better jumping abilities. In order to still finish the level, he has to jump at it from the other side. It is unknown whether or not this is a glitch, as it does not cause any errors. It was not fixed in Super Mario All-Stars. In New Super Mario Bros., while being Mega Mario or Mega Luigi, they can knock over the flagpole, and then shrink into their regular form and head into the castle. By doing this, they end up earning five extra lives. If the player gets a 1, 3, or a 6 in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels on the timer, they can get 1, 3, or 6 fireworks, depending on which last digit is earn.

Mario grabbing onto a Flagpole in Super Mario 3D Land.

Mario could also jump on Flagpoles in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, in the Flagpole Leap minigame. This game answers the question, "Why jump on the flagpoles?". The answer is, "Why not?".

They also appear in the Bowser inter-missions in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door; Bowser can knock the pole completely off screen if he is large enough. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, there is a flagpole in front of the Little Fungitown that can be slid down on in the Beanbean Kingdom. A flagpole is also seen in the Super Mario Bros. picture behind the Border Bros..

In the Mario Party 8 minigame Crank to Rank, Flagpoles with the Star Carnival emblem shown on them appear.

In the opening cinematic of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool can be seen sliding down multi-colored Flagpole.

Flagpoles appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story when the Mario brothers or Bowser gain experience points.

Flagpoles also appear in the Nintendo 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land; under the name Goal Pole. Unlike previous Mario games, Flagpoles appear in every level, even in castles and airships. After defeating the boss of an airship or castle, Mario has to keep walking to the Flagpole instead of ending the level immediately after defeating the boss, as in previous games. When Mario grabs any part of a Flagpole, a red flag with Mario's emblem (or a green flag with Luigi's emblem if playing as Luigi) replaces the one with Bowser's emblem. However, if Mario grabs the top of a Flagpole, he will earn an extra life, and the flag will turn golden instead. These golden flags are required for completing 100% for the entire game. The normal Flagpoles are replaced by Flagpoles with giant Bowser flags after each boss battle or castle, and Special 8-Crown, which turns into giant Mario flags once grabbed, and Mario runs in circles and jumps happily as the different jingle plays. If Mario grabs the pole when the last digit on the timer is a 1, 3, or 6, streamers, fireworks, or balloons, will appear respectively as "COURSE CLEAR!" is displayed.

In the course Piranha Plant Pipeway in Mario Kart 7, several black and red Flagpoles can be seen on each side of the road just before the finish line.

Flagpoles are also used in Mario Tennis Open, where they appear in the Super Mario Tennis mode. The Flagpole can be hit by a tennis ball, and will end the mode in success, also offering a varying amount of coins dependant on how high the Flagpole was struck.

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, getting double digits the same as the world number (i.e. the timer has to be x11 when in World 1) at the end of the timer means that a Rainbow Course will appear on the map.

New Super Mario Bros. U gives the player bonuses for completing the level at certain time markers. If the player finishes a level with double digits at the end of their time (i.e. 344), a Power-Up will be given. These Power-Ups are listed below. In New Super Luigi U when the player reaches the Flagpole as Nabbit they will receive 1-Up Mushrooms based on the amount of power-ups they collected.

Flagpoles return in Super Mario 3D World. They function the same as in Super Mario 3D Land. However, in this game, hitting the top of a Flagpole gives the player 10,000 points rather than an extra life.

Appearances in other games

The Flagpole as it appears in Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube.

In Lego City Undercover, one of the flags on the castle is the Flagpole.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Drapeau Flag
Italian Asta della Bandiera Flagstick
Portuguese Bandeirola Banderole
Spanish Banderin
Little Flag