Boards (Super Mario Galaxy)

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“Your world is such a cool place! If only I weren't a...sign.”
Bill Board, Super Mario Galaxy
A Board in the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy
A Board in the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

The Boards in the Super Mario Galaxy games are four sentient signposts capable of speech. In Super Mario Galaxy, they will exclaim "Hey!" at Mario before telling Mario how to perform a particular move each time he meets them. Some boards appear in multiple locations, but their ability to transport themselves is not explored. The names of all four are puns on "billboard". The boards also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with the same role as in the first game. In the Supermassive Galaxy, rather large boards appear on the first planet.


Gil Board[edit]

Gil Board

Gil Board is the first of the boards to be encountered. He is a signpost that tells Mario how to Wall Jump. He claims to be the "Famous Gil Board" and claims Mario knows him, although Super Mario Galaxy is the first appearance in which he has been specifically named. His only appearance is in the Honeyhive Galaxy.

Bill Board[edit]

Bill Board

Bill Board is the second board encountered, and the Board with the most appearances. He teaches Mario how to roll the Star Ball in the Rolling Green Galaxy, Melty Molten Galaxy and Rolling Gizmo Galaxy. He also makes an appearance at the celebration in the Grand Finale Galaxy. Here, he tells Mario that he lives in a nice world, and that he would be able to enjoy it more if he was not a sign.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, he appears in the Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy, once again teaching Mario how to roll on the Star Ball. He is the only one of the four boards to reappear.

Phil Board[edit]

Phil Board

Phil Board is the third board encountered. He teaches Mario how to move when he is in a Bubble. He appears in the Bubble Breeze Galaxy and Bubble Blast Galaxy.

Jill Board[edit]

Jill Board

Jill Board is the fourth and final board to be encountered. Her only appearance is in Boo's Boneyard Galaxy, in which she reminds the player of the Boo Mario controls. If Mario speaks to Jill Board while he is in his normal form, Jill Board states she only talks to Boos, and tells Mario to get lost.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケイジ・バーン
Keiji Bān
Kan Bān
Dengon Bān
Kawara Bān
Elongation of「掲示板」(keijiban, bulletin board)

Elongation of「看板」(kanban, billboard)

Elongation of「伝言板」(dengonban, message board)

Elongation of「瓦版」(kawaraban, newspaper)
Chinese (Simplified) 板布告
Bǎn Bùgào
Bǎn Gàoshì
Bǎn Liúyán
Bǎn Xuānchuán
From Bùgào Bǎn (bulletin board)

From Gàoshì Bǎn (billboard)

From Liúyán Bǎn (message board)

From Xuānchuán Bǎn (publicity board)
Chinese (Traditional) 互動告示板大哥 (Bill Board)
Hùdòng Gàoshì Bǎn Dàgē
Interactive Billboard Brother
French (NOE) Panoda Fichage From panneau d'affichage (billboard)
Italian Informello
From informare (to inform)
From notizia (news)
From avviso (warning)
From messaggio (message)
Korean 게시・판
gesi pan
gan pan
allim pan
dong pan
From 게시판 gesipan (bulletin board)

From 간판 ganpan (signboard)

From 알림판 allimpan (notification board)

From 동판 dongpan (copper plate)
Spanish Let Trero
Panc Arta
Rot Tulo
Kart Elón
From letrero (signboard)
From pancarta (banner)
From rótulo (label)
From cartelón (billboard)