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Artwork of Mario crouching from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Crouching or ducking is a move that has been used in almost every Super Mario game. To do so, the player must simply press +Control Pad down in 2D games or Z Button/Nunchuk Z Button/L Button/R Button/ZL Button/ZR Button/ZL Button/ZR Button in 3D games. If the player releases the button, characters return to their standing position. It is used to duck under projectiles and slide under walls while moving. Crouching in midair has the player perform a Ground Pound instead (except while riding Yoshi in Super Mario Galaxy 2 or capturing an object/enemy in Super Mario Odyssey).

Jumping while crouching in 3D games lets the player do a Backward Somersault in place or Long Jump while dashing; Super Mario Sunshine is an exception, as Mario can perform a Backward Somersault, but he cannot crouch or long-jump.

If characters jump while crouching in 2D games, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, they can jump while still crouching. This can be utilized to get into one-block-tall holes. It can also be used within these tunnels to move slightly with each jump, but if the player releases the crouch button, the character performing it automatically goes towards the opposite direction they are facing. Small characters can crouch only in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the New Super Mario Bros. games, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Maker (in the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles only), Super Mario Maker 2, and Super Mario Bros. Wonder.

In Super Mario Bros. 2, crouching for a small period of time charges up characters so they can jump higher (once per charge). This ability is called the Power Squat Jump. The Backward Somersault in Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, and the Super Mario 3D World style in Super Mario Maker 2 operates similarly to this. This jump itself can be used in SMB2 form in the Super Mario Bros. style in Super Mario Maker 2.

Outside the Super Mario platform games, Mario is able to crouch in the Super Smash Bros. series, as well as in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its Nintendo Switch remake through a small gap in a secret area in the Pipe Vault to collect a Frog Coin when +Control Pad down/Down Button is pressed while he runs towards the gap.

In most 3D games (such as Super Mario 64), Super Mario Bros. Wonder,[1] and the Super Smash Bros. games since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, attempting to move while in a crouch allows the character to crawl, which allows Mario to scale steep slopes and walk carefully on sloped surfaces. Only a number of characters in the Super Smash Bros. series can do this. In Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Mario Odyssey, the characters can also roll while crouching (by attacking while crouching), while in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Mario (and Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario in the DS version) uses Sweep Kicks and Slide Kicks instead.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual description: "Press down on +Control Pad to crouch. You can also press down on +Control Pad to slide down slopes (except when wearing the Frog Suit)."

Super Mario Land[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • North American website bio: "This lets Mario stay low and fit into tight spaces. He can move while crouching too."
  • European website bio: "Hold down the L Button (or the R Button) to crouch. You can move around while crouching - great for when you need to squeeze through a tight space."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しゃがむ
To squat

Chinese 下蹲[2][3] (iQue)
蹲下[4][5] (Nintendo)
To squat

To squat down

Dutch Hurken
To crouch
French S'accroupir
Se baisser (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
To squat
To bend down
German Ducken
To duck
Italian Abbassato
Korean 웅크리기

Portuguese Agachar
To crouch
Russian Пригнуться
To duck

To crouch

Spanish Agacharse
To squat