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This article is about the jumping move from the Game Boy Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, and Super Mario Run. For a very similar move first used in Super Mario 64, see Somersault.
Mario doing a Backflip

Backflips can be performed by Mario in Donkey Kong for Game Boy as well as Mario vs. Donkey Kong for Game Boy Advance. The player can do backflips by pressing A Button while moving and pressing the +Control Pad into the opposite direction. Backflips allow Mario to quickly reach higher platforms. They reach higher than High Jumps, but require movement to execute them, so they cannot be done on small platforms easily.

The Backflip returns in Super Mario Run, where characters will perform it if the screen is tapped while they are on a Backflip Block.