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Skating is a move used primarily by Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The move can only be done while the character is walking on ice, and is activated by shaking either the Wii Remote or the Nunchuk. While skating, the player can control the character as they would normally, though the character will be moving at a faster speed and will not stop moving unless the character Ground Pounds or touches solid ground or an obstacle. The character can also skate backwards if the player presses .
In other titles, such as Mario Sports Mix's Hockey and Smash Skate, skating is the primary source of movement. Skating is also done by the characters in the Mario & Sonic series, used exclusively in the Speed Skating, Figure Skating, and Dream Figure Skating events from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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