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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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    Prolonged Boost Glitch - All Courses (SNES)

    Prolonged Boost Glitch - All Courses (SNES)
    Video: YouTube

    As you approach a wall or barrier, use a mushroom and then hop into the wall. Your boost will now remain active for an extended period of time - so long as you don't bump into anything. This glitch can help you lead the race on all tracks. Your friends will hate you for it. 

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    Backwards Bounce - Mushroom Gorge (Nintendo Wii)

    Backwards Bounce - Mushroom Gorge (Nintendo Wii)
    Video: YouTube

    Before driving onto the wooden bridge, turn around and boost onto the giant mushroom. Perform a trick so that you reach the rock wall, and then wheelie along it until you land back on the track. When you cross the finish line, you'll be on your next lap. 

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    Train Track Tricks - Kalimari Desert (Nintendo 64)

    Train Track Tricks - Kalimari Desert (Nintendo 64)
    Video: YouTube

    When the race begins, let some of the others take the lead so you can guarantee that you get a star. Drive left into the train tunnel until you're all the way in, then turn around and use the star. This glitch will bump you to your second lap.

    Alternatively, if you have a red shell, drive all the way through the tunnel. Then, use the shell to knock yourself over the barrier and back onto the dirt path. You can use this shortcut on any lap. 

    At the second train intersection, there is another possible shortcut: with a star on hand, turn left onto the tracks, then use the item right before entering the tunnel. You will move on to the next lap, despite not crossing the finish line. This shortcut will only work on the first two laps.

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    Dock Jump - Delfino Square (Nintendo DS)

    Dock Jump - Delfino Square (Nintendo DS)
    Video: YouTube

    When you come out from the alleyways between buildings, make a quick left, then use a boost to jump over the water and onto the dock. Drive up the dock and back onto the designated track.

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