Goal Star

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Mario collects 50 Goal Stars.
Mario collecting 50 Goal Stars

Goal Stars,[1] also known as Gold Stars,[2] Goalpost Stars,[3] Bonus Stars,[4] or simply Stars,[3] are special points found in Super Mario World and its reissue, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. They are earned by touching the moving tape on a Giant Gate. The higher Mario or Luigi touches it, the more Goal Stars he gets (from 1–30, then 40, then 50 at the top). Getting all 50 of a Giant Gate's Goal Stars gives Mario or Luigi three 1-Ups. Goal Stars are saved from level to level, and earning 100 of them lets Mario or Luigi go to the bonus game, where he can earn 1-Up Mushrooms.

If Mario or Luigi does not touch the tape, he will get only a coin from the tape.

Goal Stars also appear in Super Mario World-themed levels in the Super Mario Maker games; however, they appear only for visual effect and are not actually counted. For that reason, the "50" reward is replaced with a "1UP" reward.


Super Mario World[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Collect 100 Gold Stars to unlock the bonus stage."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴールスター
Gōru Sutā
Goal Star
Chinese 奖励星星
Jiǎnglì Xīngxīng
Reward Star
French Etoile Bonus[4]
Étoile d'or
Bonus Star
Gold Star
German Bonus-Sterne Bonus Star
Italian Stelle Oro[5]
Stelle bonus[6]
Stelle d'oro[7]
Gold Stars
Bonus stars
Golden stars
Portuguese Estrela de Ouro Gold Star
Spanish Estrella Bonus Bonus star


  1. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet, pages 17 and 20.
  2. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 8.
  3. ^ a b M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 48.
  4. ^ a b Message Block in Yoshi's Island 4
  5. ^ Super Mario World Italian manual; pag. 8
  6. ^ Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World EU manual; pagg. 108-109
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pagg. 60, 62