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Arrow Signs are a method of directing the player in several Mario games. They first appeared in Super Mario World as a sign with an arrow on it and a patch of grass below. In Super Mario Maker, Arrow Signs are now just arrows rather than an actual signpost. The Arrow Sign at the beginning of a level still keeps the sign.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
Arrow Signs make their debut in a 3D Mario game in Super Mario 64, first appearing in Bob-omb Battlefield. Near the giant Chain Chomp is the Arrow Sign directing the character to bypass the Chain Chomp moving on to the next area.
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, the arrow signs are beige-colored and are placed in a few locations.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
New Super Mario Bros. series
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D World
Arrow Signs appear in Super Mario 3D World, where some can be broken.
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2
Two kinds of Arrow Signs appear in Super Mario Maker, its 3DS port and the sequel. The traditional Arrow Sign seen in previous Mario games always appears at the start of every level, with the Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World ones retaining their original designs in their respective level styles, and cannot be removed. The second is an unlockable tool in the game, but unlike regular Arrow Signs, it does not have a post or backboard and instead is just a plain red or wooden arrow, depending on the level style. Arrow Signs can be rotated in eight different directions. A maximum of 100 Arrow Signs can be placed in an area. When shaken in the first game, it turns into a Checkpoint Flag. They also cannot be placed in any solid block except Ice Blocks in the 3D World style.
Mario Kart series
Arrow Signs are placed on several tracks throughout the Mario Kart series, telling racers which direction to head in. Some Arrow Signs also change depending on the course, for example, the ones in Waluigi Stadium are digital, have eyes, and sway around.
Super Smash Bros. series
An Arrow Sign appears in the Golden Plains stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Occasionally, it pops up on-screen indicating that the stage starts to scroll in the direction it is pointing.
Mario Sports Superstars
Arrow signs appear in Mario Sports Superstars in a few Horse Racing courses.
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