The trick used to skip Darker Side was discovered by Twitter user Clement1194 last November and allows anyone to skip Darker Side with a little patience and a good sense of timing. Right before ending Darker Side, Mario encounters a pool with two frog enemies that he can possess. With the proper timing, runners can jump onto the frog and land on its head in midair. Possessing the frog on the same frame that Mario stomps it prevents Mario’s new, froggy form from falling down. It’s an animation glitch similar to the talkatoo glitch that allows players to cancel a jump in New Donk Kingdom and rake up massive score in the game’s jump rope challenge.


From there, skipping Darker Side is simple as runners swim on air to cross a massive canyon and land on the other side. Players then climb up a tower to end the game. Darker Side Skip is a fun and glitchy example of finding your own path through games, even if that means leaving certain levels in the dust.