Note: This only works when playing the game using the Fixed Shot style. Obtain a Flame and a Lightning weapons (together they yield a short range Beam Saber weapon). The Flame should be in the left weapon sphere and the Lightning in the right weapon sphere, next to your character's vitality. Press A (change weapon) until you only have the Flame weapon selected. While holding B (Fire) button, press A. The Flame will suspend itself where ever it is on the screen, as long as you continue to hold B. Note: The sound effects for the Flame weapon will stop, but the fire will continue to do damage, allowing you to move away from the suspended flame using only jumps. All slides/air attacks will cease fire and cause the loss of the flame. Also, the small flame on the end of your character's gun will still deal damage to enemies.
Tap the D-pad to walk slower on the fifth stage, after the man sneaks away in the garbage can. Eventually, a pod that contains unlimited vitality will appear. If you proceed at regular speed or faster, it will never catch up to your character.