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Pause Tech
Difficulty Intermediate
Patched Version 1.46
(Global)
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Pause Tech is an intermediate trick used in the game. This trick allowed the player to perform various different tricks by pausing the game.

As of version 1.46 this trick no longer works, meaning that any level that required it is retroactively unbeatable.

How It Works

Pause Tech exploited a likely coding error that resulted in some entities or actions incorrectly processing (or not processing) in the frames before and after pausing.

Variations

Among other things, it enabled Mario to:

  • Run slightly deeper into hitboxes before taking damage.
  • Pick up a POW while standing on it and entering a door.
  • Activate a P-Switch while standing on it and entering a door.
  • Collect a power-up without actually powering up.

Timer

Note: This variation will still work.
On a level with a frame-perfect timer, pausing the game on the last frame will allow the player to save time on their run. This does not allow the player to complete a level when they would have timed-out otherwise and is entirely world record based. Pausing on the last frame will cause the players time to end in .985.

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See Also

veTech
Shell Jump

Assisted MidairBackshotBouncing Shell JumpDrop Shell JumpFire Flower Shell JumpMidair Shell JumpRolling Shell JumpRegrab Shell JumpShell HoppingShell RecyclingSpring Regrab Shell JumpYoshi Assisted MidairYoshi Shell JumpWeird Shell Jump

Item Tech

Controlled POW ExplosionExploding POW Door EntryFast Momentum Item JumpFloating Door EntryGround Pound Item GrabGround Pound Item JumpItem Spin JumpItem Vine CarryItem Wall ClipItem Wall JumpJugglingMidair Input Item JumpMidair P Switch JumpMidair Spring JumpP Switch DropP Switch KillP Switch JumpPropeller CancelPOW Block DuplicationPOW Jump (Regrab) • Re-Useable POWShellmet Duck JumpSissy ThrowSinking in Lava Item JumpSpin CancelSpring Jump CancelSuper Spring Jump GlitchYoshi Midair Item Jump

Enemy Tech

Bob-omb ElevatorBob-omb RidingBob-omb Timer ResetChanging an Enemy's DirectionCoin Block ClipFalling Bob-omb Spin JumpFalling Enemy JumpFireball Bob-omb StallingFrozen Beach Koopa GlitchMeow DiveMidair Enemy JumpMidair Spin JumpMoving a Stationary EnemyOffscreen Enemy BypassOne Block High Buzzy Beetle JumpReshelled KoopaRocky Wrench Wall JumpSilent SpinSpin DropThwomp BypassThwomp Stack Spin JumpThwomp Star Jump

Power-up Tech

Boot Hover JumpCape Damage BoostCape Dive BombCape Speed RetentionDiagonal DropkickFalling Yoshi MountFire FloaterFire Flower Wall ClimbGrinder BypassMulticapingPink Coin DuplicationPower-Up Invincibility Frames JumpShellmet TechSpin FlyUncrouch Pipe EntryYoshi Back TongueYoshi Damage BoostYoshi Dismount (1st Frame) • Yoshi Double JumpYoshi Eating Blocks GlitchYoshi Slow SpitYoshi Spin Jump Mount

Other Tech

1st Frame Jump (Door) • Air StallingBumper BypassCrouch StorageDonut Speed TechGround Pound (CancelCancel JumpPlatform) • Hidden Block BypassInvincibility GlitchJoystick Exclusive TechLevel Start Frame JumpMidair InputNote Block ClipNote Block Spin JumpObject BypassingOne Block High Gap JumpOne Block Gap BypassOne-Sided Wall JumpOne-Way Wall BypassPartial Spike ClipPause BufferingPause TechPipe Exit 1st Frame Jump (2nd Frame) • Pipe Re-EntryPixel JumpSideways Spring JumpSlow FallSmall Jump GlitchSpike Wall JumpTriple Jump (ChainingPhantom Jump) • Underwater Spike Door EntryVine ClipWall Clip (FullPartial) • White Block Easter Egg JumpWiimote Jump