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GameCube Controller Wii Remote Classic Controller
Move Neutral dpad Neutral Dpad Neutral dpad Neutral dpad Neutral dpad Neutral dpad
Run B button B Button or Y Button B button B button 1 button B button
Jump A button A Button or X Button A button A button 2 button A button
Squat Down dpad Down Dpad Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad
Power Squat Down dpad + A button Down Dpad + (A Button or X Button) Down dpad + A button Down dpad + A button Down dpad + 2 button Down dpad + A button
After squatting for a moment, press when the character flashes to jump higher.
Pick up item B button B Button or Y Button B button B button 1 button B button
Pan camera N/A N/A L button N/A N/A N/A
Pause Start button Start Button Start button Start button Plus button Plus button


To make it through the seven worlds of Sub-con, you must learn a lot of special techniques. Control the movements of your character by using a combination of A button and B button as well as the direction pad. If you want to jump, simply use A button. To increase your speed, hold B button for the "B button run." It just takes a bit of practice, and you'll have these moves down. Additional techniques are explained below.


Straight jump[edit]

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While you are standing still, press A button. You'll jump up and down, but not be very high.

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Running jump[edit]

Jump while you are moving to the left or to the right and you will jump higher than when you stand in one spot. You can leap over enemies and obstacles.

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Power squat jump[edit]

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To jump extra high, hold Down dpad until your character is flashing. Then press A button to make the highest jump yet. You will jump nearly one and a half times higher than a regular jump.

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Guided jump[edit]

While you up in the air, you can press Left dpad or Right dpad to steer or guide your character through the air. Use this to successfully land on top of moving enemies.

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B button run[edit]

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Hold down B button while you press Left dpad or Right dpad to run faster than usual, just like in the original Super Mario Bros.

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Throughout the crazy dream world of Sub-con, you'll find that you'll want to duck out of danger. Hold down Down dpad to squat under enemy attacks. Run and duck on ice to slide. You can also use this method to enter jars.

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Press Up dpad when standing in front of a vine, a chain, or a ladder to begin climbing up. Press Down dpad to climb down, or press A button to jump off.

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When you're climbing vines, it is possible to jump on top of enemies and use them to get a lift up and down the vine. Hoever, if you press B button while standing on them, you will initiate the act of lifting them, and begin to fall.

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Open doors[edit]

Press Up dpad when standing in front of an unlocked door to open it and head inside.

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If the door happens to be locked, then you will be unable to open it unless you happen to be carrying a key when you stand in front of the door and press Up dpad.

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Press B button repeatedly to dig into the soft sand and move downward. If they're present, grab Cherries along the way.

Lifting and throwing[edit]

Mario and his friends may be in a strange land, but they are quick to find lots of handy survival tactics. This is one strong group, and they are at their toughest when you use B button. With the B button, they can pull up the grass, and even lift enemies off the ground!

Plucking vegetables[edit]

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Press B button while standing in front of waving grass to pluck the vegetable out of the ground.

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Lift items[edit]

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Press B button while standing on top of an item that you would like to pick up, in order to lift it. This works on items such as Mushroom Blocks or POW Blocks.

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Drop items[edit]

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While holding an item over your head, press B button to drop the item in direction that your character is currently facing. Note that you will only drop bombs and mushroom blocks at your feet. Other items will be dropped a short distance from you.

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Toss items[edit]

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While holding an item over your head, hold Left dpad or Right dpad and press B button to toss the item in the desired direction. Note that you can throw bombs and mushroom blocks farther than other items.

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Toss enemies[edit]

The same rules apply when you are standing on top of an enemy. Press B button to lift the enemy up over your head, and then hold Left dpad or Right dpad and press B button to throw the enemy in a particular direction. Try throwing one enemy into another to defeat two of them at a time.

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Special items[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Items.

Using bombs[edit]

In various parts of certain stages, you will find weakened walls which can be destroyed with a bomb. To create a hole, drop a bomb near the wall before it explodes, then run away to safety. Your character will suffer damage if he or she is caught in the blast.

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Using potions[edit]

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Potions have a very special purpose in the world of Sub-con. They provide you with access to sub-space (typset as "Sub-space" in the NES manual), an ethereal, dark, mirrored world. In sub-space, you might find hidden mushrooms which can power up your character, and you can plucks coins from the ground, but only for the first two visits to sub-space in any particular stage. To visit sub-space, you must first pluck a potion out of the ground. Then press B button to drop it at your feet. A door will appear. Step inside the door by pressing Up dpad. In sub-space, the screen will not scroll, so it is important to give careful consideration to where you drop the potion.

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