- 1 Techniques
- 2 Jumping
- 3 Movement
- 4 Lifting and throwing
- 5 Special items
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 and as well as the direction pad. If you want to jump, simply use . To increase your speed, hold for the "B button run." It just takes a bit of practice, and you'll have these moves down. Additional techniques are explained below.
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.
Power squat jump
Hold down while you press or to run faster than usual, just like in the original Super Mario Bros.
Throughout the crazy dream world of Sub-con, you'll find that you'll want to duck out of danger. Hold down to squat under enemy attacks. Run and duck on ice to slide. You can also use this method to enter jars.
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 while standing on them, you will initiate the act of lifting them, and begin to fall.
Lifting and throwing
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 . With the B button, they can pull up the grass, and even lift enemies off the ground!
While holding an item over your head, press 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.
The same rules apply when you are standing on top of an enemy. Press to lift the enemy up over your head, and then hold or and press to throw the enemy in a particular direction. Try throwing one enemy into another to defeat two of them at a time.
- For more details on this topic, see Items.
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.
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 to drop it at your feet. A door will appear. Step inside the door by pressing . In sub-space, the screen will not scroll, so it is important to give careful consideration to where you drop the potion.