Spin Jump

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Not to be confused with Spin.
This article is about the ability to do a jump with a spin. For Ground Pound, known as the Spin Jump in the Paper Mario series, see Ground Pound. For the move in the Mario & Luigi series of the same name, see Spin Jump (Mario & Luigi series).
“If you rotate the Control Stick before pressing A Button, you can do a Spin Jump!”
F.L.U.D.D., Super Mario Sunshine
Mario performing one of his signature moves, the Spin Jump

The Spin Jump is a special move used by Mario or Luigi in which they, as the name suggests, spin while jumping.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Cape Mario spin jumping on some Rotating Blocks

The Spin Jump first makes an appearance in Super Mario World, in which the player can press the A Button button to have the character Spin Jump. If the character is in his Super form, then the Spin Jump is able to break Rotating Blocks from above. Furthermore, if the character is in his Fire form, doing a Spin Jump will scatter fireballs rapidly in both directions. Also, Mario or Luigi can Spin Jump on certain enemies which cannot be normally jumped on, such as Spinies and Chainsaws, without taking damage, as well as gaining a lot of height from the jump.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

The Spin Jump also appears in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. As Super Mario or Fire Mario, the player can hold +Control Pad down and then press A Button, or +Control Pad down while in midair; Mario then either Spin Jumps or spins in midair. Mario can hit or break blocks from above with this move (like the Ground Pound). He can also destroy Koopa Troopas, Koopa Shells and some multiple-hit enemies by landing on them with it, but other than that, the Spin Jump does not have quite the same power that it does in Super Mario World - it will function the same way as a normal jump when Mario lands on other enemies or hazards with it. This ability cannot be performed when Mario is Small or Bunny Mario.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Another use for this ability is found in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS when a character jumps on top of a Spindrift or Fly Guy or into a Tornado. Luigi also uses it when he is coming down from a Somersault. Also, in a pre-release video of Super Mario 64, Mario could activate a spin jump while doing a Triple Jump (it is unknown if doing a triple jump first is required). It looks identical to the spinning descent performed after jumping on a Fly Guy or Spindrift.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, the player can also use it at any time by rotating the Control Stick and then jumping, or by rotating the Control Stick while Mario is in mid-air. If Mario Spin Jumps in this game, then any goop attached to Mario will gradually disappear from him. Mario can also perform a move called the Sprinkler Squirt by doing a spin jump while using F.L.U.D.D.'s Squirt or Turbo nozzles.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Mario or Luigi can also Spin Jump in New Super Mario Bros. when they jump off of a Spin Block. While spinning, they fall slower. Attempting to Ground Pound in this state will cause them to spin downwards rapidly in a drill-like motion, known as the Drill Spin, which carries into later New Super Mario Bros. games.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Blue Toad and Yellow Toad using the Spin Jump in their propeller forms

The Spin Jump is also usable in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Unlike in the previous game, the player can Spin Jump at any time by shaking the Wii Remote. It functions nearly the same as in Super Mario World, although Mario will still take damage from Spin Jumping on spiked or fiery enemies. The two new characters, Yellow Toad and Blue Toad, are also capable of using the Spin Jump as well. It makes a very distinct sound if it is used to defeat an enemy.

The Spin Jump can also be used to get rid of area-obscuring clouds, as well as fog produced by a new enemy, Foo, and activates the new Propeller Suit. If used with the Propeller Suit's ability, Ground Pounding by pressing down on the D-pad will perform a Drill Spin for as long as the down button is held. If used while powered up with a Fire or Ice Flower, the character will shoot one fire or ice ball in either direction. The Spin Jump can also be used in midair without the Propeller Suit to gain a little extra hang time; if the Wii Remote is shaken when in midair, the character will twirl, extending the horizontal distance of his jump or fall. Also, when the player Spin Jumps in front of a flower, it will drop a coin. If used with Mini Mushroom spinning in the air will allow the player to fall slowly enough to Wall Jump up one wall.

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to split SMG1 and SMG2 info (tagged on July 1, 2018).

A different type of Spin Jump appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. It is just like the normal Spin, except that it is done in midair, which gives Mario or Luigi a little height in their jump. Ground Pounding while doing this causes Mario or Luigi to perform a homing stamp attack, which carries into the sequel.

In some levels of the Super Mario Galaxy games, if the player gets trapped in a Tornado and Spins inside of it, the player will propel up high in the air and gently float down in a "helicopter-like" fashion, similar to the Spin Jump from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

The Spin Jump functions the same in New Super Mario Bros. U as it did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Additionally, if the player uses the Spin Jump in midair while gliding in Flying Squirrel form, their character will perform a midair jump and descend slowly. With a P-Acorn, the player can do these midair jumps indefinitely. Also, while in Flying Squirrel form, the Spin Jump from the ground goes higher than the standard jump.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

The Spin Jump returns in Super Mario 3D World and is performed the same way it was in Super Mario Sunshine, by rotating the Nunchuk Control Stick then jumping. The player will spin in place upon rotating the control stick, signifying that a Spin Jump can be performed during this spin. It is the highest jump any of the characters can perform, and is also capable of slowing the player's descent. The Spin Jump will also be performed if a player jumps on another player in midair.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

In Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Spin Jumping can be used in the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U themes. In both themes, it can be used to jump on most spiked enemies. It retains its ability to break Rotating Blocks and defeat certain enemies such as Galoombas and Koopa Troopas in the Super Mario World theme.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario performs the same Spin Jump move from Super Mario 64 if he jumps off of one of the red, bouncy flowers found in the game. He can also perform the variant seen in Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 3D World, by rotating the Control Stick (which makes him spin in place) and then performing any jump. If Mario ground pounds after spin jumping, he will perform the Drill Spin from New Super Mario Bros. Pressing Y Button while spinning Control Stick will cause a Spin Throw to be performed instead.

There are also twisters present that spin Mario as well, similar to the tornadoes in Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, and the whirlwinds in the Mario & Luigi series.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mario, Dr. Mario, and Luigi use moves known as Mario Tornado, Dr. Tornado, and Luigi Cyclone. These moves look similar to and could be based on the Spin Jump.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

In Mario Sports Mix, the Spin Jump is used as a tactic to blocking shots in basketball. While Mario is capable of performing this move, more characters are also able to perform this move such as Toad, Princess Peach, and Yoshi (though the latter two have variations of the move such as adding hearts or using a tongue as a part of the attack).

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Spin Jump is used by Mario as a special boost in the dream event, Rocket Ski Jumping. It is referred to as the "Spinning Jump."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スピンジャンプ
Supin Janpu
Spin Jump
Spanish Salto Giro (Super Mario World, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Salto de Giro
Salto con Giro (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
Spin Jump
French Saut en vrille
Saut Tournoyant
Saut toupie (Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. U)
Saut tourbillon[1][2]
Spiral Jump
Whirling Jump
Top Jump, as in a spinning top
Spin Jump
German Drehsprung (Super Mario World)
Wirbelsprung (SML2, M&L-games)
Spin Jump
Whirl Jump
Italian Salto Avvitato Screw Jump
Portuguese Salto Giratório Spinning Jump
Romanian Sărit în Spirală Spiral Jump


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy instruction booklet, French segment
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 move pamphlet, French side