The Meta for Super Mario Odyssey Speedruns Are All Hat Jumps and Dive Rolls

The Meta for Super Mario Odyssey Speedruns Are All Hat Jumps and Dive Rolls

If you want to master Super Mario Odyssey speed runs, master the hat jump.

Even before Super Mario Odyssey came out players were itching to start speedrunning through the various kingdoms found in Nintendo's newest 3D Mario game. Now, less than a week after the game's release, social media is full of crazy, puzzle breaking runs.

The current strategy seems to be a mastery over chaining together hat jumps, with dive rolls and wall jumps. If you can successfully combo these moves together, you can effectively fly through the game. Don't believe me? Check out this capture of a race sidequest in the Luncheon Kingdom.

A quick search of the Japanese Super Mario Odyssey hashtag on Twitter (#スーパーマリオオデッセ) will uncover numerous videos of players making death-defying leaps across Super Mario Odyssey levels.

Considering I miss about 50 percent of my hat jumps probably means I won't be participating in any Super Mario Odyssey speedruns. But I look forward to seeing more extreme Mario stunts, especially if the game makes an appearance at one of the Games Done Quick events next year.

If you'd rather not master the art of Mario speedrunning, we have a handy guide on how to get all the Power Moons, so have no fear.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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