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Speed is My Name

You must have completed the whole game, missions and all.hit single player on the home screen. Go to vs., hit Yoshi in his standard YS and use these settings: Class: Mirror, CPU Kart: Normal, Course: In Order, Rules: Races: 32, Team: Off. Start with figure 8 circuit. Get the boost in the beginning of the race. Study the bottom screen. If you know your stuff, you should be pulling away from them like if you have unlimited mushrooms. Do it right and you should win every race, get 320 points and show off to your freinds! They will think it must be a glitch with other people having final scores like 42.

Easy Corners

When aproaching a sharp corner do a drift around the corner until halfway through it (mini boost not nesasery). Then, do another jump and you'll find that you're cornering better.

Faster on Straights

While on a straight section of track jump and then when you land jump again but don't press the button while in the air cause you'll do a drift so just press the jump button every time you land and you will be faster.

Shortcut on Mushroom Brige

First,get a mushroom. Then, pass the first highway and you will see a sandy path. Use your mushroom to get up there and it will lead you to the other side.

Extra boost while driving

Press R to hop while turning or when making a turn. While you are sliding, or immediately beforehand, keep pressing Left then Right (or vice versa) to acquire a blue flame behind your kart. Release it to get a slight boost. If you keep pressing Left then Right (or vice versa) some more while you have the blue flame, you will get a red/orange flame for an even better boost. You may or may not notice the blue flame when getting the red/orange flame.


If you are in second place or worse, follow the opponent ahead of you very closely. You will see lines on the sides of your kart. Follow close for long enough, and a large air wave will appear in front of you. This will increase your car's top speed momentarily and allow you to push aside other karts, even if you are light. When the wave disappears, your speed will return to normal.

Higher jump

To jump higher when you are going over a jump, press R. This requires some practice and precise timing.

Save time with sandy pits

On any sandy pit on a curve that would normally slow you down, use a mushroom to cross over it.

Going Faster than Normal

Perform a Drift until you see a blue flame on your wheels, this will make you do a mini-boost, as soon as you're boosting perform another drift until you see more blue flames, boost again then keep on repeating. Using this technique makes you mini-boost continuously, making you go faster. (Note: This technique is very hard to get the hang of, so practice well).

Stealing balloons

When playing in Balloon Battle mode, you can steal balloons from another kart by getting a Speed-Up Mushroom from a mystery box and ramming another player. REMEMBER: You may only have up to three balloons at a time on your kart.

Throw a banana peel forward

While throwing a banana peel, press Up.

Holding items behind you

While having a throwable item in your inventory, hold L or X to hold any throwable item behind you. This can protect you from oncoming opponent attacks from items that hit you from behind, such as red and green shells. You are also able to store another item in your inventory while holding your throwable item behind you.

Using the "?" boxes correctly

Use the following trick to help your chance of winning in almost all modes of play. When getting a "?" box, wait until you see another item box before planting it. If timed correctly, the "?" box that was laid down will be directly on top of where the original one was. If anyone tries to get it, they will not be able to tell it is a fake until they hit it.

Skip credits

Press Select + Start to skip the credits to the congratulations screen.

Quick start

During the initial countdown, hold down the gas (A) about a half of a second to a second after the number "2" appears to get a large boost when the race starts. You may have to practice to get the correct timing.

Shortcut in Bowser's Castle

When you get to the rotating floor, go around it all the way until you see the small entrance.

Shortcuts in Delfino Square

Near the halfway point of the course, use a mushroom to cross the water and land on a dock. This is not easy, but saves a lot of time. Additionally, after the track is on again after it splits, go over the bridge and follow the course as usual. Slightly before you make the right turn to go across the bridge, make a right turn to go in an alleyway and cut the corner and be ahead on the track slightly. It is recommended that this be done with mushrooms or some other speed boost item.

Shortcuts in Mario Circuit

In Mario Circuit 1, get two mushrooms. On the third turn there are two pipes. Use the mushrooms in the dirt part to save approximately five seconds. The second shortcut is in Desert Hills. In the part with the big "pyramid", there is a small gap. Use a mushrom to go through a good shortcut.

Shortcut in Sky Garden

When you get to the second green bridge, look to the left to see a cloud that goes across to the other track. Hop over it to get to it, then hop back off to avoid falling off. REMEMBER: This may require some practice.

Inflate balloons faster

Instead of holding Select, blow into the microphone. If you stop or go very slow in balloon battle, you can blow up your kart's balloons; however there is a limit on the top right. If you hold Select it will fill your balloon, but if you blow into the mic it works better. If you whistle into the mic it works even better.

Inflate balloons faster

When playing in Balloon Battle mode, on the top screen you may see four yellow balloons in the top right corner. Everyone starts out with one balloon on their Mario Kart. After the "3, 2, 1, Start!" countdown ends, instead of going towards the mystery boxes, stay in place and hold Select to fill up a balloon. REMEMBER: You may only have up to three balloons at a time on your kart.

Shortcut in Wario Stadium

This course is one of the longest in the game, but it has a shortcut that can cut a lot of time off your lap. It is possible to jump over the wall to the left of the starting line by using any one of the four small jumps there. Although you can make it over the wall without the assistance of any speed boosting item, a Mushroom or Mini-Turbo assist is helpful. Approach the wall at a high speed so that you are driving directly at it as you reach the peak of the small hill. Jump right before you hit the wall and you will fly over it. The timing requires some practice, but once you master it, it is not too difficult. It is also possible to jump back over the wall on the other side of the starting line, but the return jump is much more difficult and requires precise jump timing and aim.

Shortcut in Yoshi's Circuit

Just after the first two turns, go straight and you will see a gap in the wall. Hop over it to get ahead.

Shortcut in Yoshi's Valleys

This course is a tangle, as shown in the introductory map. However, there are a few shortcuts that will help you defeat just about anybody. Follow the course until you reach the maze part. Immediately go left and keep towards the left. The first shortcut is to stay left on the narrow part of the course. After doing that, you will hit a little checkered ledge, and see a large red and white sign on the left pointing to the right. This is the difficult part. Accelerate as fast as possible and stay to the far right. As soon as the rail on the left side ends, pull a hard left powerslide off the road. You will continue the powerslide onto the upcoming road after you land, and if done correctly, you will have shaved off at least ten seconds. This requires a lot of practice.

Enemy attacks

Look at your bottom screen to know if you are about to be attacked by an enemy (such as by a Green Shell). The following are the symbols for the various enemy attacks:

Lighting bolt

On the DK Jungle Parkway, Royal Raceway, or Wario Stadium courses, use a lightning bolt just before someone reaches the jump. They should fall off the jump, costing them time. Do not use it when they are on the turbo pads because it will not affect them.

Upside down track

In Time Trials mode, choose any character and car, then select the Rainbow Road track. When you get to the part that is only boosts, crash into a wall and jump. It will appear as if the stage has flipped upside down. REMEMBER: If you jump on the first area filled with boosts, sometimes you will just fly off into space and the stage will not flip temporarily.

Blue Shell

A blue turtle shell rushing at you or a blue dot following you until it hits you.

Green Shell

A green turtle shell rushing towards you.

Red Shell

A red turtle shell homing in on you.

Mystery Box

A red checkered box on the ground.

Turbo Missile

A black missile homing in on every player from seventh to first. REMEMBER: This is another player that was in eighth place.

Shortcut in Waluigi Pinball

After you shoot up the slot at the beginning of the race, get a mushroom and wait until you see the first ramp on the track. When you are coming toward it, use the mushroom to ramp off and go over your opponents on the track. This can help you to get ahead a few places.

Banana Peels

A yellow banana peel on the ground.