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Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Release date Game & Watch:
USA June 5, 1980
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare):
Japan July 15, 2009
USA April 19, 2010
Europe April 23, 2010
Australia April 23, 2010
China December 2, 2010
Nintendo 3DS (eShop):
Japan June 6, 2011
USA June 6, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Genre Puzzle
ESRB: - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DSi:
Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo 3DS:

Flagman (originally spelled Flag Man in North America) is one of the first Game & Watch systems, released as a part of the Silver series on June 5, 1980.[1] It is one of the games in the Gallery Corner in the original Game & Watch Gallery. It was later remade for Game & Watch Gallery 3, as an unlockable game.


Flagman as it appears in Game & Watch Gallery 3

The player has to press buttons that correspond with the number shown to make the flagman either hold a flag or show his feet. The better the player gets at the game, the harder the game gets. If the player presses the wrong button at any time or does not press a button within the time limit, that player will lose a life. When the player loses three lives, they receive a Game Over.

In Game A, the player has to follow the flag order that is given to them, with each round having one more number than the last. The player receives a point for every sequence they correctly follow. In Game B, the player has to raise the flag that matches the number shown, but the time to do so shortens as the player progresses. Every correct button the player presses is worth a point.


These are the controls for the Game & Watch Gallery 3 remake:

  • +Control Pad (up): 1
  • A Button: 2
  • +Control Pad (down): 3
  • B Button: 4

Appearances in other games[edit]

Flagman D-D of Wario Land II is also a remake of Flagman, hence the name. Instead of a flagman, a D.D. hosts it. The controls are different too, and two more buttons will be added progressively.

Lastly, a microgame based on Flagman appears in WarioWare: Touched!, just like some other Game & Watch games. Players use the Stylus to select the foot or flag.

Flagman serves as Mr. Game & Watch's up tilt attack in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he hits with only one flag; starting from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, he uses two flags. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mr. Game & Watch's model changes to match the appearance of the flagman himself. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there is a sticker of the flagman character.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 打旗语[2]
Dǎ Qíyǔ
Play Semaphore

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Flagman info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames Retrieved 13 November 2010
  2. ^ From the iQue DSiWare release