Mario doing a Ground Pound.
Princess Peach and Bowser (with Thudley present)
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The Ground Pound is an attack that in Mario games, involves the slamming into the ground from up in the air. It has become a staple of mainstream Mario games since Super Mario 64, the game in which it was introduced, and has been implemented in 2D platformers as well, in New Super Mario Bros. and all subsequent New Super Mario Bros. titles. In Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi, Mario, Luigi and Wario are able to perform the move. Ground Pounds also enable the character to squish multiple enemies in one move, especially if they are in stacks.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario GalaxySuper Mario Galaxy, when the player Spins while in the air, immediately afterwards, do a Ground-Pound. If done correctly, Mario or Luigi will hone in on the nearest breakable thing, and Ground-Pound it. He can also perform a normal ground pound by pressing A and when jumping.
Mario Party series
In the Mario Party series, Ground Pounding is an attack that is used in many mini-games involving enemies, switches, etc. The move can break or activate blocks from underneath, the opposite effect of a normal Jump. It is sometimes the only way to defeat an enemy, or complete a task, and is usually more powerful than a regular jump. The Ground Pound is a common move that any playable character can use. In the Mario Party, this move is named the Hip Drop mainly because there is already a mini-game with the title of Ground Pound.
In Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario is able to use the Ground Pound after he has received the Super Boots. Mario can also break away wooden pegs on the floor in order to get into simple rooms. In these games, this move is named the Spin Jump.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario can only use the Ground Pound in Luigi's Dream World along with Dreamy Luigi. Where Mario must then from the Luiginary Stack and then the player must press B twice to use the Ground Pound.