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 in Super Mario World and its Game Boy Advance version. 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 one to 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. If Mario or Luigi does not touch the tape, he will get only a coin from the tape. 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.

Goal Stars appear in Super Mario World-themed levels in the Super Mario Maker games, though for visual effect only, so they are not counted to the score, though 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. ^ Nintendo (2002). Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 17 and 20.
  2. ^ Nintendo (1991). Super Mario World instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 8.
  3. ^ a b August 1991. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 48.
  4. ^ a b Message Block in Yoshi's Island 4
  5. ^ Super Mario World Italian manual. Page 8.
  6. ^ Nintendo (2002). Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World manual. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 108-109.
  7. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 60, 62.