A wall jump is a basic part of Mario's movement and can be initiated during a wall slide or immediately after contacting a wall. When a wall jump occurs, Mario moves away from the wall perpendicularly with a fixed speed.
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While mostly locked into a single direction, Mario can actually slightly move left or right during a wall jump if the control stick is held in either direction. Wall jumps are commonly used after a cap throw before contacting the wall, in order to maximize height. A wall jump will usually prevent Mario from cap bouncing afterwards, but this can be avoided by wall jumping when Mario is very close to the ground.
After wall jumping, the game will note the location and angle at which Mario wall jumped to determine whether he can perform a wall slide on subsequent surfaces.