Arrow Sign

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Arrow Sign
Arrow Sign
Artwork of an Arrow Sign from Yoshi's Story
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)

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.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Arrow Signs made their debut in Super Mario World. The first use of the Arrow Sign was in Yoshi's Island 1 near the Giant Gate.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

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.

In Super Mario 64 DS, the Arrow Signs are breakable by Wario in his regular form or by any other character when under the effect of a Super Mushroom.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

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[edit]

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Arrow Signs only appear in World-e. Their appearance is almost identical to their design in Super Mario World.

New Super Mario Bros. series[edit]

Arrow Signs appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, taking an appearance similar to that of Super Mario 64's.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

In Super Mario 3D Land, the Arrow Sign first appears in World 1-1 in the beginning of the stage. They appear as an orange sign with a white border and red arrow on it.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

An Arrow Sign in Super Mario 3D World

Arrow Signs return in Super Mario 3D World. They can be broken by using a Kick Bomb or any attacking move, such as a fireball, boomerang, claw dive, or roll.

An Arrow Sign with cat ears in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Arrow Signs decorated with leaves and cat ears can be found throughout Lake Lapcat. Many are located on walls rather than exclusively on the ground; these Arrow Signs cannot be broken. If an Arrow Sign on the ground is broken, it will only reappear if Mario leaves the radius of the island the Arrow Sign was on. In this mode, they can also be broken by Bowser Jr.'s Magic Paintbrush.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

An arrow sign, in Super Mario Maker.SMB3 theme Arrow in Super Mario MakerSMW theme arrow in Super Mario MakerSMM-NSMBU-Arrow-Sign.png

Two kinds of Arrow Signs appear in Super Mario Maker, its 3DS port and its 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 game styles, and cannot be removed. The second is a course part that can be placed, 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 game style. Arrow Signs can be rotated in eight different directions. A maximum of 100 Arrow Signs can be placed in an area. When an Arrow Sign is shaken in the first game, it turns into a Checkpoint Flag. They cannot be placed in any solid block except Ice Blocks in the Super Mario 3D World style. In the first game, they are unlockable, being one of the later parts unlocked, and in the second, they are classified as gizmos.

Mario Kart series[edit]

It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to mention specifically which games they appear in.

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.

Yoshi series[edit]

It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to mention specifically which games they appear in.

Arrow Signs can be found in games such as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they are usually placed at the start of levels or new areas to direct players in which direction to move. In Yoshi's Story, they can be found in certain areas to direct players.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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[edit]

Arrow signs appear in Mario Sports Superstars in a few Horse Racing courses.

Mario Party series[edit]

Arrow signs appear in Mario Party 7 in every board and in the minigames Kart Wheeled and Hop-O-Matic 4000.

Arrow signs appear in Mario Party 8 in the boards DK's Treetop Temple and Koopa's Tycoon Town.

Arrow signs appear in Mario Party 9 in every board and in the minigame Snow Go.

Arrow signs appear in Mario Party 10 in every board (including amiibo boards) and in the minigame Revolving Relay.

Arrow signs appear in Super Mario Party in every board.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 矢印マーク
Yajirushi Māku
Arrow Mark
Chinese 箭头符号 (Simplified)
箭頭符號 (Traditional)
Jiàntóu Fúhào
Arrow Symbol
Dutch Wegwijzer Signpost
French (NOE) Pancarte flèche Arrow sign
German Wegweiser Guidepost
Italian Freccia Arrow
Russian Указатель
Ukazatel'
Pointer