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For the facepalm series.

Mario needs a diet.

There's not enough room to fill up the P meter, all the pipes are out of reach and no shells are coming my way. Am I screwed? (This is in World 7-5.)

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I don't remember this level but the pic looks like you can crouch while running right to slide under the blocks. – Cory J Feb 15 '11 at 0:00
I'm ashamed of you, badp. You're lucky I don't rescind my vote for this infraction. – authenticgeek Feb 15 '11 at 0:10
@Nick This is my first play through ever of a Mario game! :( – badp Feb 15 '11 at 0:11
You chose the right one to start with. Mario 3 is the all-time peak of the platformer artform. – Brant Feb 15 '11 at 0:22
@Brant, that article made my day. – Keaanu Feb 15 '11 at 3:52
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Nope! What you need to do is back up a little, probably to the left edge of the screen against the wall, hold down Right+B in order to start running, then press Down to crouch just before you get to the blocks. Mario should then slide underneath the blocks and come out on the other side.

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Physics existed in games before Flash. ;-) – Synetech Apr 6 '11 at 3:27

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