Super Mario Run Tips and Tricks

I was one of the lucky few that was able to play Super Mario Run (opens in new tab) in advance of the launch. I've been tapping my fingers to the bone, laughing like a little girl the entire time. In my gaming adventures, I've come across a couple of things you might find helpful when playing Super Mario Run. Check it out!

How to jump like a boss

Want to get as many coins, Challenge Coins, and power-ups as possible? You need to know how to jump.

Mini-jump: This happens automatically, and allows Mario to avoid small obstacles.

Normal jump: Tap on the screen.

High jump: Tap and hold on the screen.

Spin jump: Tap, hold, then tap again to make Mario spin and stall in mid-air for greater hang time.

Flip jump: Tap when Mario is about to fall onto a platform edge to flip down.

Wall (reverse) jump: Tap when Mario either hits a wall or grabs onto an edge to rebound off that edge backwards. This is a great jump if you want to grab coins both above and below you!

Advanced jumping tricks

  • Time your jumps to hit multiple blocks at once - If you time your jumps right, you can smash multiple blocks — and gain multiple power-ups!

  • A mid-air stall can make all the difference - Sometimes, a well timed jump just isn't good enough. You can actually perform a special move that will pause you in mid-air and move you backward just a step. It's called a mid-air stall and to perform it, touch the screen to high-jump, and then swipe to the left while in mid-air.

  • Do a spin jump to grab the flag - The best way to grab the flag at the end of a level is to do a mid-air spin. It gives you just that right amount of leverage to soar straight to the top. Touch and hold the screen to perform a high-jump, and then tap the screen again while in mid-air to spin.

  • Find the Super Star to get the Challenge Coin on level 1-1 - If you're having trouble reaching the last pink Challenge Coin on the first level, hit the lone brick that's above the question mark block (jump onto the block, and then jump off of it to hit the bricks) to get the Super Star. The Super Star gives you invincibility, and also draws coins toward you. So, when you get near the last Challenge Coin, it will be easier to reach!

  • Bubble to rewind - You'll pop into a bubble when you die, but you can also tap the Bubble button at the top of the screen at any time to rewind the level. Miss out on a Challenge Coin? You can bubble back and make the magic happen. Just remember that you won't get any extra time on the clock, so hurry!

  • Tap a bubble to get the second purple Challenge Coin on level 1-1 - That second purple coin on the first level of the first world is a doozy. To get it, hit the first ? block to grab the extra bubble. Then, tap the bubble icon at the top of the screen to rewind. Tap the screen to pop the bubble when you are on top of the tiered blocks. Jump on top of the second tier if you're not already on it. Then jump up to grab that purple Challenge Coin!

  • Dying isn't necessarily a bad thing - You lose a couple of coins when you die, but it can also put you back at the very beginning of the level without resetting the content. So, if you want to go back and get more coins or try to defeat that Koopa Paratroopa that keeps eluding you, you can do so with little repercussion. Just remember that you might run out of time, so don't dawdle.

Let the level show you the way

  • Use the arrows to guide you to more coins - When you see an arrow, prepare to follow it's direction. It will oftentimes lead you to new heights and more coins (and maybe even a hidden Challenge Coin).

Boss trial tips

  • Go into a boss battle powered up - To defeat Bowser, you'll have to jump over his massive shell and land on an axe, which will fall and bust up the bridge he is standing on. It's really hard to jump over him, especially if you're tiny. You'll have a much better chance at success if you are powered up. This will also give you an extra shot at getting to the axe if you don't die and get sent backward in a bubble.
  • Jump on Boom Boom to defeat him - When facing Boom Boom, use your skills in wall climbing to get major air, and then aim your landing so it's right on Boom Boom's head. You'll have to hit him a few times before he goes down, so keep it up!

Get exclusive rewards with your My Nintendo account

  • Sign up for, or log into My Nintendo - There are extra rewards for connecting your My Nintendo account. If you played Miitomo (opens in new tab) and signed up then, you can use the same account for Super Mario Run. Rewards include extra coins, Toad Rally tickets, decorations for your kingdom, and unlocking Toad as a playable character.
  • Unlock Toad - If you are signed into your My Nintendo account, you can unlock Toad right away. Tap the My Nintendo button in the upper right corner of the Kingdom screen and then tap Redeem under Toad's picture.

Bonus tips!

  • Save your battery by turning down rendering and graphics settings - You can lower the amount of battery power Super Mario Bros needs by lowering the rendering and graphics settings in the game. Tap the menu button. Then tap Settings. Then tap Options. Tap the rendering and graphics settings to switch them from high to low.
  • Increase how many coins enemies are worth - At the end of each level, you'll see a meter showing how many enemies you've defeated on a level. Once you reach the number, you'll upgrade their worth so you will get more coins for defeating that type of enemy in Toad Rally.
  • Ask Siri - You can ask Siri if it likes Super Mario Run!

Any tips?

Have you come across any sweet moves that unlock secret content or found any easter eggs yet? Let us know in the comments so we can all share in the fun! You can also check out our Super Mario Run forum to see what others are talking about.

Lory Gil

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

  • There's no going into pipes?
  • Any way to allow my kids to have all the worlds I purchased with Family Sharing accounts? The app does say "Family Sharing: Yes" but the pickle is the IAP nature of unlocking all levels. My wife and I share an Apple ID for apps, but not my kids. They have kid/teen accounts
  • In theory, I believe IAP should transfer across family sharing, but I'm not 100% on that. We'll look into it!
  • Thanks!!
  • The game says you can unlock the levels if you login with the same Nintendo account.
  • Right. But then only one person can play at a time. IAP hasn't transferred. I know consumable IAPs don't (think Smurf berries) but you would think this type would/could. So far a no go. I tried changing the store setting on my daughter's iPad to me, but her Nintendo ID (a child one linked to my Nintendo ID) but she didn't get all the worlds. My wife signed in as my Nintendo ID and got them all (though her store ID is likely also mine). I'll wait a few days to buy it for them to see if someone figures it out. Will still only be $29.97 if the solution is "purchase as an IAP for each of them" - but $9.99 would be better!
  • It will be $50 for us. I want to pay for good software and I have no problem paying for this game (I bought a $15 iTunes gift card yesterday specifically for this game) but $50 is a bit steep for a game this limited. I hope there is a way to get family sharing to work.
  • Agreed. And the other thing is it is also tied to your Nintendo ID. I created Kid Nintendo IDs per the instructions on their site. So even if the same Apple ID used different Nintendo IDs, it's a separate purchase
  • Wanted to post an update of how all four of my devices on Family Sharing have all levels with one IAP Note, my setup is 4 iPhones, all with different Apple IDs for iMessage, etc. as well as iCloud Drive storage, and Apple Music profiles. My wife and I do share my Apple ID for App purchases, however. My 2 kids purchase apps under their IDs. First, I purchased the app under my Apple ID, linked to my Nintendo ID, and purchased worlds 1-6. I have one purchase successfully linked to 4 Nintendo IDs. Made children Nintendo accounts for my two kids and wife through my Nintendo ID. Logged my kids iPhones as my Apple ID for the App Store. Installed the app. Did the tutorials without linking to a Nintendo ID. "Purchased" the additional levels. (It will say buy a few times then tell you that you already purchased it would you like to download for free) Linked my Nintendo ID through the app, but selected a child profile. Logged out of the App Store and back in as their Apple ID. First opening of the app asked for my password to sync future purchases, but hit cancel. All seems to be working with all levels available, and only me having my progress. Have not yet tried multiple people playing on different devices at the same time, but we are all ourselves now.
  • Okay, thanks to my 10 year old for explaining this to me! Family sharing allows you to share regular purchases, not in app purchases. You download the game and play through the tutorial before you get the purchase option, therefore making in app purchase!! Nintendo got us on this one!!
  • Yep. They got me for sure. Surprisingly, I am not really upset. I bought it yesterday and played for about 15 minutes and by then my son had burned through the free levels. I didn't hesitate to pay for his. We have enjoyed competing against each other. It was worth the $20 to me. It will probably be at another $10-20 when my daughters realize we have it and they don't. If it's a good game, I don't mind paying, but forking out $40 for four of us to play an iOS game does seem a little steep. I will probably do it anyway. It's too much fun not to share.
  • Yeah, we are likely doing the same. $30-$40, depending how much the wife is into it.
  • On the other hand, a game that four people in your family can enjoy seems like a really good game. But if it is too much, there seems to be work arounds.
  • I've been playing the game a lot since Thursday and I had no idea that you could tap the bubble box at the top to move backwards. I've been intentionally dying to do this. Thanks for the tip!
  • Wait, what?!?!? EDIT: thanks!!! Best tip yet! I was doing the same as you
  • Ditto. Great tip!
  • There is an additional jump, call it what you want but I'd refer to it as a high-stall-jump, if you hold your tap and swiped to the left Mario will do a high jump and stop traveling forward for a split second before continuing on his forward trajectory.
  • How is that different from the spin? They look exactly the same to me.