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I have tested and tried to figure out what the secret is to doing a big jump on Springboards in the original Super Mario Bros, but have been unable to figure out what triggers it. The closest theory I seem to have is that you have to press "B" while in the air and then hit "A" as you are jumping, but sometimes I still only do a small jump?

Can someone tell me what the official way to get a big jump is when using these annoying things?

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    Pretty sure you just have to jump the moment the springboard reaches it's peak compression and is about to send you flying.
    – Elise
    May 28 '15 at 1:44
  • Sheesh, okay, no need for a downvote.
    – Guy
    May 28 '15 at 2:05
  • That comment seems like it's directed at my comment, so I feel like I should let you know that I did not downvote anything.
    – Elise
    May 28 '15 at 2:09
  • Sorry, I don't understand why everyone is down-voting this question? Did I ask something wrong?
    – Guy
    May 29 '15 at 23:39
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    My only guess is that the title was too generic and sounded too simple and there are people who judge the question by title, not the actual question. I edited the title to be more descriptive, hopefully it will help.
    – Elise
    May 30 '15 at 2:45
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You have to press A when the trampoline is fully compressed, before it sends you in the air. There's nothing else to it, just got to get the timing right.

Source saying it's all about timing (mariowiki.com):

With the right timing of pressing the A Button button, the player will have Mario (or Luigi) be able to go high in the air.

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  • Ah, okay. Now don't take this the wrong way because it's not like I don't believe you (I do), but do you have any verifiable sources or personal experience for that or is that just how you think it works?
    – Guy
    May 28 '15 at 2:09
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    That's how it always worked for me. Unfortunately, I have no way to test it, other than playing the game until I reach an area with a springboard and my Mario skills are quite rusty... I am fairly certain it works the same in Smash as well. I'll see if I can find any other sources, can't promise anything though.
    – Elise
    May 28 '15 at 2:11
  • @Guy I added a source (from mariowiki that you linked) saying that you can do the high jump with the right timing.
    – Elise
    May 28 '15 at 2:16
  • Oh wow I'm an idiot I skipped right over that sentence some how when I read that page. Conveniently, the page doesn't elaborate on what that timing is.. So press A when the trampoline is fully compressed. Thank you!
    – Guy
    May 28 '15 at 2:19
  • You're welcome, glad I could help :P
    – Elise
    May 28 '15 at 2:21

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