Wall Jump

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Mario performing a Wall Jump in Super Mario 3D Land.

“While sliding down a wall, press A Button to wall-jump! See how high you can get with this technique!”
Board, Super Mario Galaxy 2

The Wall Jump (also known as the Wall Kick) is a move that Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Yellow Toad, Blue Toad, Wario, Donkey Kong, Rosalina, and other characters in the Donkey Kong series and the Super Smash Bros. series can use in various games. In narrow passageways Mario and Luigi can use it to ascend to the top. They jump wall to wall with a little more height with each Jump. They can reach great heights, cross wide gaps, or save themselves from falling into a bottomless pit. In most games, the move can be done by pressing the jump button while sliding down a wall. It has been used in many platformer games. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mini Marios can Wall Jump on Wall Jump Bars.


Mario Wall Jumping.

The move first appeared, as a glitch, in Super Mario Bros. If Mario lands on a wall on a 16x16 boundary, the player is able to cause him to jump from the wall if they have frame-accurate timing. A wall jump glitch also exists in Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. Excluding glitches, the move first appeared in Super Mario 64 and later in the remake. There is a star in Cool Cool Mountain called "Wall Kicks Will Work" which gets its name from the move. In Super Mario 64 DS', Mario is the only character who can Wall Jump. It also appeared in Super Mario Sunshine and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Later, it made an appearance in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat where Donkey Kong was shown being capable of using this move. The move later appeared in New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Super Mario 3D World.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario could jump off the wall at different angles, depending on the angle he jumped at the wall. This allowed him to jump off a wall at a perpendicular wall. This technique is necessary for some missions in the game, particularly The Shell's Secret.

In the Super Mario Galaxy games, Mario's wall jump had more of a stick into them as he could stay attached to the walls a tad longer than in the previous games. He could also perform a spin jump while wall jumping. In Super Mario Galaxy, there is a secret mission in the Beach Bowl Galaxy called "Wall Jumping Up Waterfalls", where Mario has to transform into Ice Mario and wall jump up the waterfalls to reach the Power Star. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Mailtoad mentions that the Toad Brigade captain had the ability to wall jump as he was able to scale up a canyon in pursuit of chasing The Chimp for a Power Star in the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy.

In the game, Mario Superstar Baseball, this move is also used as a special fielding ability. When jumping near a wall, the character takes a great leap off of it, covering distance at a vertical angle. This move is used to catch low home run balls. In Mario Super Sluggers, this special ability is absent, possibly replaced by the Buddy Jump move.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a few characters can wall jump. Four of these characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl can wall cling.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Mario, Luigi, and Toads can perform a spin jump while wall jumping.

Characters who can Wall Jump[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The following characters from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (characters marked with an asterisk can wall cling):

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOA) Rebotar en la Pared
Salto de Muro (New Super Mario Bros. U)
Bounce on the Wall
Wall Jump
Spanish (NOE) Salto Escalada Climbing Jump
French (NOA) Saut au Mur
French (NOE) Saut mural Wall Jump
Dutch Muursprong Wall Jump
German Wandsprung Wall Jump
Portuguese Salto Ricochete Rebound Jump