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?

3 Answers 3


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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    Could you describe the important points shown in the videos?
    – KatieK
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 23:26

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
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:06
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    level added to the entry.
    – McKay
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 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
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 17:20

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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