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This article is about Mario's forward somersault from Super Mario 3D Land. For Mario's backflip used by crouch jumping and his side somersault in this and other 3D games, see Somersault.

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 X Button or Y Button 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 ZL Button and pressing Y Button or shaking the Joy-Con to keep rolling[1]; the latter method being faster than the former), instead of performing just one roll. He can also roll by holding ZL Button as he lands from a Long Jump[2], Ground Pound, or Dive (which now uses the Roll's input).

Rolling Leap[edit]

If Mario jumps during the move, the roll will become a Rolling Leap, a longer and faster version of the Long Jump. If he is in his Tanooki form, this move becomes the Tail Wag (see below).

Tail Wag[edit]

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 X Button or Y Button 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Rodar To roll
French Rouler To roll
Dutch Rollen To roll
German Rolle vorwärts Roll forward
Italian Rotolamento Rolling
Russian Катиться
To roll


  • In the pre-release version of Super Mario 3D Land, the roll was performed by pressing the L Button or R Button buttons while moving. If the player attempts to do this in the final version, Mario will slide while crouching instead, as in the 2D Super Mario games.


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