The wall jump is a technique some characters may use in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. 4 in which one momentarily clings to the wall, turns away, and then jumps back. It is performed by touching a wall and then pressing the control stick or d-pad in the direction opposite the wall. In Brawl, it can also be performed by pressing the jump button when touching a wall. A wall jumping character experiences a short period of invincibility at the moment he or she kicks off the wall. One cannot wall jump forever, as the height one gains from each successive wall jump decreases until they actually lose height.
In Melee, the following characters can wall jump:
In Brawl, the following characters can wall jump:
*: These characters can also wall cling.
In SSB4, the following characters can wall jump:
The wall jump is a common ability in platforming games. Several of the characters who have wall jumps here have had them in games of their own. Mario, Samus, Sonic, and Mega Man have performed wall jumps in their own series: Mario in Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Super Mario 3D World; Samus in all games except Metroid, Metroid II, and Metroid Prime; Sonic in Sonic the Fighters (also known as Sonic Championship) and Sonic Heroes (in the latter Sonic could do a horizontal wall jump known as the Triangle Jump); and Mega Man in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters and Marvel vs. Capcom.
There is some debate as to whether or not Super Mario Bros. is the first instance of wall-jumping in Nintendo games, as in that game the technique was a glitch (which may have become noteworthy enough to be included as a real mechanic later on). Some characters unable to wall jump in the Smash Bros. series have been able to wall jump in their own games, including Luigi in New Super Mario Bros. (but not in Super Mario 64 DS) along with Donkey Kong and Kirby (the latter with the ninja ability in Kirby Super Star, though it functioned more like a wall cling). Luigi was shown having the ability to wall jump in early development of SSB4, but this was removed in the final version.