Side Somersault

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Mario performing a side somersault
Mario performing a Side Somersault in Super Mario 3D Land

The Side Somersault (or side somersault), named Side-flip by Prima Games' guides and also named Cartwheel,[1] is a high jump that debuted in Super Mario 64. It typically grants a small amount more height than the Backwards Somersault. It is useful when the player wants to immediately jump high to reach high ledges. To use it, the character must run in one direction, then simultaneously turn to run in the other direction and jump.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario needs to only face in one direction and turn around; therefore, Mario could execute a Side Somersault with almost no space to move.

Bowser uses a Side Somersault in Super Mario Galaxy as one of his moves in the second battle against Mario.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario Odyssey, Yoshi can also side-somersault.



Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

  • Instruction booklet description:

This jump comes in handy when trying to reach places a standard jump can't or for getting above large enemies.

In this case, face away from the wall and tilt Control Stick to the left.

Immediately tilt Control Stick back to the right and press A Button.


Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • North American Website Bio: "This move lets Mario do a quick about-face and launch into the air with extra height."
  • European Website Bio: "While dashing, push the Circle Pad in the opposite direction and press the B Button (or the A Button) to perform a side somersault. Mario jumps higher than with an ordinary jump."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 横宙返り
Yoko chūgaeri[2]
Side Somersault
French (NOA) Salto latéral[3][4]
Saut Périlleux de côté[5][6]
Side Somersault
Perilous Side Jump
Wheel (gymnastic)
Italian Salto di lato (Super Mario 64)[12]
Capriola laterale[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]
Side jump
Side Somersault
Korean 공중 옆돌기
Gongjung Yeopdolgi
Portuguese (NOE) Salto Lateral Sideways Jump
Russian Боковое сальто
Bokovoe sal'to
Side Somersault
Spanish (NOA) Salto Lateral Lateral Jump
Spanish (NOE) Voltereta Lateral Cartwheel


  1. ^ Nintendo Official Magazine (UK) issue 54, page 20.
  2. ^ Super Mario Odyssey (1.2.0) Action Guide, Japanese Language
  3. ^ Super Mario Galaxy instruction booklet, French segment
  4. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 move pamphlet, French side
  5. ^ Super Mario 64 DS Instruction booklet, French side page 54.
  6. ^ Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Actions Menu (Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine)
  7. ^ Super Mario Sunshine. Instruction booklet, French side page 17
  8. ^ Super Mario 3D Land. Quick Start Guide
  9. ^ Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Actions Menu (Super Mario Galaxy.)
  10. ^ Super Mario Odyssey Actions Menu
  11. ^ Super Mario 3D World. French instruction booklet, page 36.
  12. ^ Super Mario 64 European manual, pag. 31
  13. ^ Super Mario Sunshine Italian manual, pag. 17
  14. ^ Super Mario 64 DS European manual, pag. 92
  15. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Italian manual, pag. 15
  16. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 Italian manual, pag. 17
  17. ^ Super Mario 3D Land Italian e-manual, pag. 8
  18. ^ Super Mario 3D World Italian e-manual, pag. 17
  19. ^ Super Mario Odyssey Italian in-game guide, basic moves