Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) June 5, 1980 (original release)

July 15th, 2009 (remake) 25px-Flag of Japan
April 19th, 2010 (remake) 25px-Flag of USA
April 23rd, 2010 (remake) 25px-Flag of Europe
July 7th, 2011 (3DS) 25px-Flag of Europe

Mode(s) Game A
Game B
Flagman is a Game and Watch game in the Silver series released on June 5, 1980. This game is about holding up flags and memorization.


Game A

Game A of Flagman is a memorization game where the player has to remember the pattern of flags held up by the character. After the pattern is shown, a timer appears on the right side of the sceen to show how much time the player has left to input the pattern. If they get it correct, the player scores a single point. The game maxes out at 99 points. If the player gets a flag wrong, one life is lost and the game will end when all three lives are lost.

Game B

Game B focuses on quick reflexes. Numbers will appear on the left side of the screen and to score a point, the player must input the number that appears before time runs out. The timer is quicker than Game A. The maximum score that a player can get for this game is 99. Like Game A, mistakes or timing out will result in a loss of one of three lives, of which the game ends after all three lives are lost.


Flagman is referenced in Mr. Game & Watch's moveset through his up tilt attack, Flagman. This move has Mr. Game and Watch swing a flag in front of him and a flag behind him. It combos into itself, making it potentially good for racking up damage at the start of a stick. However it has a noticable amount of lag and poor reach. No matter what side Mr. Game & Watch faces, Flag 1 will always be on the left side while Flag 2 is on the right side. If used in quick succession, the order flips.

Remakes and Rereleases

Flagman was remade for the Game Boy Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy. It was also remade for Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color.

A version of Flagman was available in Wario Land II once the player achieved 100% completion- this would not be the last time the Wario series referenced Game & Watch. It was also in WarioWare: Touched! as a microgame called Flagman Game & Watch.

It was remade as a DSiWare game that was released on July 15th, 2009 in Japan, April 19th, 2010 in the United States, and April 23rd, 2010 in Europe. It was later released on Nintendo 3Ds on July 7th, 2011 in Europe.

Fanon Appearances

Nintendo & Fantendo Play: Dodgeball!

Flagman appears in Nintendo & Fantendo Play: Dodgeball! as a collectible that can be obtained randomly from the Gachaball machine or in Dodgeball Dungeons. It's gameplay is identical to the original game.

Lucky Wars

The Flagman character appears as a character in Lucky Wars and has a passive buff to his army where he lowers and raises flags that increases their movement speed.

Super Smash Bros. Charged

Flagman is once again represented in Mr. Game & Watch's moveset in Super Smash Bros. Charged, being his up tilt.

Flagman is also represented as a Trophy and Spirit in the game. It is an Novice-type Spirit that boosts the damage and knocback to the user's up tilt by 70% when equipped. The Spirit battle is five Mr. Game & Watches that constantly use up tilt.

Flagman Charged
Most Game & Watch games had a Game A and Game B, the latter of which being a harder version of the former. In Flagman's case though, both were different. In Game A, the player had to repeat the pattern this character held the flags in by pushing the numbered buttons. Meanwhile, Game B tested the player's reflexes by tasking them to press the corresponding button as fast as they could. Mr. Game & Watch references this move in Smash Bros., waving a flag in the air to hit opponents above him.
Fighter Related
  • Game & Watch: Flagman (1980)


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