Super Mario Odyssey Brings Back Super Mario 64's Best Jumps and Adds New Ones

By Tim Rogers on at

Mario games are my favourite games. Jumping is my favourite thing to do in a Mario game. Video games are my favourite hobby. In summary, jumping in a Mario game is my favourite thing to do.

We got a chance to sit down and play Super Mario Odyssey recently. Nintendo’s very nice PR people were like, relax; take your time; enjoy the game. And I was like, “No: I gotta obsess over as many of the jumps as possible”.

I made this video showcasing all of the jumps I tried, and comparing them to their counterpart jumps in Super Mario 64.

Spoiler: Super Mario Odyssey has all of Super Mario 64's jumps, plus some new ones.

My favourite new jump is a close relative of my favourite old jump. My favourite old jump is the running long jump, aka the “crouch-slide jump”, aka the “Z-Jump”. (Did everyone else call it the “Z-Jump”? We called it that because you had to press the Z button (the trigger) to slide before the jump.) The basic idea of the new jump is this: if you press and hold the trigger again upon landing from a running long jump, Mario will land in a roll. Mario will roll forward with some good speed and momentum. This roll is not infinite: Mario will eventually stop. If you press the jump button before he stops, however, you can chain-combo into a second long jump. Press and hold the trigger again, land again, jump again: you can do this forever. It is delicious. It is My Favourite Thing To Do.

Here: watch me execute 23 jumps in one combo. 23, the number of Michael Jordan, whose shoe brand logo is known as the “Jumpman”. Jumpman: the original name of Mario in the game Donkey Kong, which starred Pauline, mayor of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey. This is clearly not a coincidence.

Super Mario 64 came out 21 years ago. That’s a long time ago. It’s aged well. Its jumps have aged even more well. I wish I could play Super Mario 64 on my Nintendo Switch — though on 27 October 2017, I guess I can play Super Mario Odyssey on my Nintendo Switch, which will probably be even more fun.