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When I was younger, I remember there was a persistent rumour that claimed that under certain circumstances it was possible to jump completely over the flagpole at the end of each level.

Every time I jump for the flagpole and my 5000 points, I still remember this and wonder about it. On a few occasions, it seems as though I'm about to make it! Mario is on course to leap to freedom! However I always find myself "pulled" back to the top of the flagpole.

Is there any way to completely clear the flagpole at the end of a level?

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Yes, with a little practice you can easily jump over the flag pole on level 3-3:

But wait... there's more!

Contrary to popular belief, it can also be done on level 1-1 as Mike describes in this video:

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I was just about to post that. Motherf***er Mike showed us the way... –  espais Feb 23 '11 at 19:33
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Mind.​​​ Blown. –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jun 24 '11 at 7:49
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Could you describe the important points shown in the videos? –  KatieK Feb 7 '13 at 23:26
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Yes, but there's really only one level it's possible on, World 3-3:

Game Trailers provides a great video about the Mario Flag Pole jumping myth in an episode of Pop-Fiction.

But it can also be done with the Game Genie or other "hacks".

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The Game Genie. Wow. I'd totally forgotten that. –  Jaydles Jul 7 '10 at 22:06
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level added to the entry. –  McKay Jul 8 '10 at 1:36
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Wow! I did not know about Game Genie. Perhaps you could add a link for that. I found this info Fireworks: Hit the flagpole at the end of a level when the last digit of the timer is 1, 3, or 6. here. I had always wondered how I could get those fireworks. Supercool! –  Lazer Jul 8 '10 at 17:20
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Yes it was possible but useless, only in wolrd 3-3 when you can use an elevator bar to make an higher jump. But then it triggers a bug and Mario dies :(

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