Sweep Kick

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This article is about the move performed in Super Mario 64. For the status ailment in the Mario & Luigi and Super Smash Bros. series of games, see Trip.
Artwork of Mario performing a Sweep Kick in Super Mario 64
Mario performing a Sweep Kick in Super Mario 64.
Mario performing a Sweep Kick in Super Mario 64

The Sweep Kick,[1][2] also called the Trip,[3][2][4] is one of Mario's various moves that debuts in Super Mario 64. The action is performed by holding Z Button and pressing B Button, which causes Mario to swing his legs around in a circular motion similar to a downrock breakdance/b-boying. This kick can damage any surrounding enemies or breakable objects.

The move returns in Super Mario 64 DS, where Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario are able to perform the Sweep Kick. The move is activated by pressing the attack button while crouching, which are different buttons depending on the control setup. While Yoshi is able to perform the move, due to his low attack power, some enemies, such as Boos, are impervious to the attack.

A similar, albeit unnamed, move can be performed by Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. While crouching with Nunchuk Z Button, the player has to shake the Wii Remote or Nunchuk. Upon activating the move, the character spins while crouched. Likewise, the Tail Spin from Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury also acts similarly, though it is quicker and continuous and can be used while moving.

The Sweep Kick is also used by Mario, Luigi, and Dr. Mario as their down smash attacks in all of the Super Smash Bros. installments they appear in.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Croche-pied[5]
Coup de pied circulaire[6]
French word which means "Sweep the leg" or "trip" in English
Circular kick
Italian Balzo[7]


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet, page 17
  2. ^ a b M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 7.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 instruction manual, page 15
  4. ^ Super Mario 3D All-Stars actions menu
  5. ^ Super Mario 64. Instruction booklet, French side page 54.
  6. ^ Super Mario 64 DS. Instruction booklet, French side page 55.
  7. ^ Super Mario 64 European manual, pag. 35
  8. ^ Super Mario 64 DS European manual, pag. 93