# How does Mario's kangaroo-like jumping abilities hold up against science?

By Shawn Knight · 9 replies
Feb 17, 2015
1. Over the years, we've come to accept the fact that Mario is quite the gifted plumber. For example, he's able to leap tall buildings in a single bound... wait, no, that's someone else.

2. ### MilwaukeeMikeTS EvangelistPosts: 2,837   +1,180

Nope, I spent my videogame discussions with my friends on such far more important topics like 'Who would win in a fight...Samus Aran or Ninja Gaiden?'

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3. ### ArrisTS EvangelistPosts: 4,686   +350

I would have thought they'd have modeled the jump for playability rather than to obey mathematical formula
But fun all the same.

Samus

5. ### Guest

The guy in the video doesn't know the difference between speed and acceleration. If a ball falls out a window, it will be traveling at 4.9m/s after one second, 19.6m/s after 2 seconds, 44m/s after 3 seconds, etc. Even his 10m/s^2 rounding doesn't come close to his 10/20/30 statement.

See: http://www.gravitycalc.com/

6. ### davislane1InquisitorPosts: 4,487   +3,482

This is PBS, not MIT OCW. What were you expecting?

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7. ### Uncle AlTS EvangelistPosts: 2,780   +1,531

Well if that is so interesting ... I want to know how Pong is able to go back and forth and back so many times without ever hitting the floor? Anti-gravity boots?????

8. ### Guest

Actually, the ball will have traveled a distance of 4.9m after one second, 19.6m after 2 seconds, 44m after 3 seconds, etc. The speed of the ball (which is what the guy was talking about) will indeed be what he said. My mistake.

9. ### Seventh ReignTS BoosterPosts: 131   +65

You are looking at it wrong. The ball IS on the floor. The ball is travelling horizontally while you look down on it. NOT vertically while you look from the side.

10. ### Uncle AlTS EvangelistPosts: 2,780   +1,531

Naaaaa .... it started out that way, but after a few beers .... actually quite a few beers, it was on the ceiling, sideways ... I think we were the ones that ended up on the floor!