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The Roll is a move used by Mario and Luigi in Super Mario 3D Land, and also Peach, Toad, and Rosalina in Super Mario 3D World. To perform it, the player has to press or while crouching; thus, it replaces the Sweep and Slide Kicks from Super Mario 64. This move moves Mario forward with a quick roll. When rolling, he can break open crates and gain speed and distance; however, he cannot defeat enemies this way, as opposed to the Roll Attack from the Donkey Kong Country series.
The roll move makes a return in Super Mario Odyssey. Unlike in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, Mario can turn while rolling and perform a continuous roll (by holding and pressing or shaking the to keep rolling; the latter method being faster than the former), instead of performing just one roll. He can also roll by holding as he lands from a Long Jump, Ground Pound, or Dive (which now uses the Roll's input).
A version of the move can be used by Tanooki characters, called the Tail Wag. When used, the character will crouch and continuously spin their tail until or is not pressed anymore. By combining this move with the Rolling Leap, the character can move while spinning their tail, defeating every enemy in their way.
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