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15 Mario Kart Shortcuts & Tricks That Guarantee Glorious Victory

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In the Mario Kart video games, driving in reverse or into a body of water may not seem like the best tactic. But on certain courses, straying from the designated path might just be the best trick to securing a first-place finish.

From alternate pathways to unintended glitches, there are hundreds of potential shortcuts across the video game series. Some are easy to find and complete, while others require expert-level execution. By mastering these awesome Mario Kart shortcuts, you can shed anywhere from seconds to minutes off of your races and beat your friends every time.

You'll find that the best shortcuts in Mario Kart are often those that exploit design flaws, allowing you to jump through walls and skip entire laps. Despite being patched for online play, you can still exploit these glitches when you play offline. 

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    Jumping Off the Road - Rainbow Road (Nintendo 64)

    Jumping Off the Road - Rainbow Road (Nintendo 64)
    Video: YouTube

    At the beginning of the race, boost past the third yellow line and then jump over the left railing. The goal is to time it so that you land on (or at least touch) the road below, and thus skip a portion of the course. If you miss the landing completely, Lakitu will bring you back to the start. This is a classic high-risk, high-reward Mario Kart shortcut. 

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    Wall Jump Glitch - Wario Stadium (Nintendo 64)

    Wall Jump Glitch - Wario Stadium (Nintendo 64)
    Video: YouTube

    After passing the finish line, use one of the dirt hills to hop over the left wall. Once you've made it over, you can take your shortcut to the extreme by immediately looping back around and jumping over the wall again. With this trick, you can complete a lap in less than 10 seconds.

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    Driving on the Rock - Grumble Volcano (Nintendo Wii)

    Driving on the Rock - Grumble Volcano (Nintendo Wii)
    Video: YouTube

    Using a boost or a mushroom, this glitch allows you to drive onto the large volcanic rock to the left of the finish line. Once there, each lap driven around the rock counts as a lap in the overall race.

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    Minecart Pathway - Wario's Gold Mine (Nintendo Wii)

    Minecart Pathway - Wario's Gold Mine (Nintendo Wii)
    Video: YouTube

    Instead of following the arrows, take the left path at the fork, and avoid bumping into the carts of gold.   

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