Controlling Mario

From 8-bit to the modern era!

Mario's controls differ slightly depending on the current game style. A truly skillful maker knows that the button layout can be adjusted by selecting the Settings icon from the main menu.

But I'm sure you're almost as skilled as my feathered friend! I bet you'll have no problem mastering the controls for every type of Mario.

◆ The Wii U Pro Controller and Classic Controller Pro use the same controls as the Wii U GamePad.

  • SUPER MARIO BROS.
  • SUPER MARIO BROS. 3
  • SUPER MARIO WORLD
  • NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    (when not Small Mario)
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    (when not Small Mario)
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    (when not Small Mario)
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Pick up object / Throw / Put down
    Touch object while holding / Release / Hold and release
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    (when not Small Mario)
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Pick up object / Throw / Put down
    Touch object while holding / Release / Hold and release
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Pick up object / Throw / Put down
    Touch object while holding / Release /
    Hold and release
    Spin jump
    // /
  • Throw object up
    Hold and release
  • Dismount
    // /
    Eat
    Spit out
    after eating a shelled enemy
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Pick up object / Throw / Put down
    Touch object while holding / Release /
    Hold and release
    Spin jump
    Shake
  • Throw object up
    Hold and release
  • Dismount
    Shake
    Eat
    Spit out
    after eating a shelled enemy
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Pick up object / Throw / Put down
    Touch object while holding / Release /
    Hold and release
    Spin jump
    // /
  • Triple jump
    Jump while dashing →
    when landing twice
    Ground-pound
    in midair
  • Wall jump
    against a wall midjump
  • Dismount
    // /
    Eat
    Spit out
    after eating a shelled enemy
  • Move
    Dash
    Move while holding
    Jump
  • Jump higher
    Hold
    Jump higher and farther
    Jump while dashing
    Super jump
    Jump as you land on an enemy
  • Crouch
    Fireball
    (as Fire Mario)
    Enter pipe
    toward the pipe
  • Swim
    underwater
    Climb
    / on a vine
    Enter door
    in front of a door
  • Pick up object / Throw / Put down
    Touch object while holding / Release /
    Hold and release
    Spin jump
    Shake
  • Triple jump
    Jump while dashing →
    when landing twice
    Ground-pound
    in midair
  • Wall jump
    against a wall midjump
  • Dismount
    Shake
    Eat
    Spit out
    after eating a shelled enemy
Controlling Mario's Transformations
  • SUPER MARIO BROS.
  • SUPER MARIO BROS. 3
  • SUPER MARIO WORLD
  • NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U
Costume Mario

The Mystery Mushroom will turn Mario into Costume Mario, dressing him up as various characters or items. When wearing a costume, Mario is controlled in the same way as a non-powered-up Mario.

Raccoon Mario
  • Spin tail
    Fly
    Dash until Mario holds his arms out → Tap repeatedly
  • Fall slowly
    Tap repeatedly in midair or while falling
  • Spin tail
    Fly
    Dash until Mario holds his arms out → Tap repeatedly
  • Fall slowly
    Tap repeatedly in midair or while falling
Cape Mario
  • Open cape
    Dash until Mario holds his arms out →
    Press and hold while still holding
    Release as Mario rises
    Continue flying
    against the direction of flight when you begin to descend
  • Attack with cape
    Body press
    Press in the direction you're moving while jumping to descend onto an enemy
  • Fall / Descend slowly
    Release while gliding /
    Release while gliding and press
    or press when falling
    Fast dive
    Hold in the direction of flight
  • Open cape
    Dash until Mario holds his arms out →
    Press and hold while still holding
    Release as Mario rises
    Continue flying
    against the direction of flight when you begin to descend
  • Cape attack
    Body press
    Press in the direction you're moving while jumping
    to descend onto an enemy
  • Fall / Descend slowly
    Release while gliding /
    Release while gliding and press
    or press when falling
    Fast dive
    Hold in the direction Mario is flying
Propeller Mario
  • Fly
    // /
    Propeller fall
    during flight
  • Fly
    Shake
    Propeller fall
    during flight