Top 10 Mario Kart Shortcuts
Script Written by Joseph Jo A wise man once said, “Why take the long cut when you could take the shortcut?” Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Mario Kart Shortcuts. For this list, we’re going for a ride to look at all the possible shortcuts from every Mario Kart series. Whether it is an actual implemented route for the game or a bug that was overlooked by the creators, as long as it gets you ahead without having to binge on those mushrooms, it will be on the list. Special thanks to our user BluntSword for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool WatchMojo.com/suggest
Top 10 Mario Kart Shortcuts
A wise man once said, “Why take the long cut when you could take the shortcut?” Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re racing down the list of the top 10 Mario Kart Shortcuts.
For this list, we’re going for a ride to look at all the possible shortcuts from every Mario Kart series. Whether it is an actual implemented route for the game or a bug that was overlooked by the creators, as long as it gets you ahead without having to binge on those mushrooms, it will be on the list.
#10: Mount Wario“Mario Kart 8” (2014)
Here we are at one of Wario’s finest creations taking place at a summit of a snowy mountain. This race track breaks into three segments instead of the conventional laps, where players will sleigh their way down to the finish line. So an attempt at the shortcut better have results because it’s only a one-time deal. There will be a hidden path in the forest where using a mushroom, one can zip through the trees and find a booster ramp allowing you to skip the road twists by flying straight through the forest section.
#9: Mushroom Gorge Trampoline Mushrooms“Mario Kart Wii” (2008)
Here we have the third course in the Mushroom Cup. Mushroom Gorge looks as though it’s just an ordinary course, but did you happened to see the size of those mushrooms! You won’t find anything near its sheer size at Costco and these super-sized, steroid injected fungi are just about to drive out every bounce house companies out of business. Immediately after the race starts, you’ll notice two mushrooms on the left, just before the wooden bridge. Use a mushroom to land on one of the two for the ultimate lift off. The player will bounce off into the wall, and eventually land back on to the track just before the finish line.
#8: Yoshi Valley“Mario Kart 64” (1997)
What is this? A race track for ants? Yoshi Valley has the twists and turns like an ant nest. Not only frustrating to navigate, you’ll have to steer around porcupines and dodge a monstrous Yoshi egg in order not to be the roadkill. It gets more ironic when attempting the shortcut because it seems like Lakitu sympathizes with our woes. As soon as the race starts, driving over the fence on the left will have Lakitu fishing you out and counting it as a lap. But if you’re an ethical gamer, you can choose another shortcut by jumping the gap of the large loop before the egg.
#7: Royal Raceway Shortcuts“Mario Kart 64” (1997)
This racetrack is considered one of the longest speedway courses, but due to the lack of rail-guards with sharp turns, a slight mishap can have you diving into the lake. It’s always important be an attentive driver, but not for this shortcut. Along the midway, after a sharp turn, driving into the water will have Lakitu reeling you out and relocating you right in front of a booster ramp. Why? We have no idea, but things get even better by doing the same escapade by steering left into the pond after the boost. Once again, Lakitu will haul you out and drop you near the finish line.
#6: Koopa Troopa Beach Cave Shortcut“Mario Kart 64” (1997)
It’s fun to drive on the beach, but we’re not staying too long. You won’t even need sunscreen because the race will be finished by the time it dries up. Koopa Troopa Beach is considered one of the easiest tracks with shortcuts that require no power up items, although a mushroom or a star can make it worthwhile. However it is notorious for publically shaming those that fail at the attempt. There are two shortcuts, one where the ramp leads you into the tunnel, but if you worry about the jump, you can drive through the sandbank that’s off to the right from the archway.
#5: Maka Wuhu“Mario Kart 7” (2011)
Based on the Wuhu Island that appears in number of Nintendo games, the shortcut we’re about to present you in Maka Wuhu will make you scream woohoo! Just before entering the cave, driving off the course into the water will have the player bypass a large portion of the track, giving plenty of time to rehearse the victory jig. However we must inform you that this is a glitch that has been patched which now prevents players from abusing it on online and in Wi-Fi mode. Nintendo just saved you from losing all your friends.
#4: Ghost Valley 1“Super Mario Kart” (1992)
While some of us enjoy the excitement and the thrill of supernatural, many face a serious complication called phasmophobia, the fear of ghosts. Rumor has it that there are a handful of people that are still afraid of racing on Ghost Valley. We don’t blame them seeing how unnerving it is with Boos creeping around. But what if we told you this can be finished under a minute? Halfway through the track, after using the ramp to leap over a gap, you’ll see another gap where you can simply jump over. Achieving this throughout the race will finally end your nightmare.
#3: Jumping Over Walls in Wario Stadium“Mario Kart 64” (1997)
Considered as the second longest track in the game, the place is filled with never-ending annoying bumps, and continuous sharp turns. There’s even a section in the track where players must make a big jump, and if they fail, they will be behind a good quarter of the track. To eliminate all obstruction, at the beginning, using one of the four hills, players can jump over the wall to cut a huge portion of the track. To take it even further, if you have a mushroom you can immediately boost yourself over from the other side to the finish line.
#2: Grumble Volcano Rock Lap Count“Mario Kart Wii” (2008)
Taking place near the active volcano with eruption fissure, fire snakes and even at times crevices being formed to hinder our players, this racetrack goes against all safety requirements that things are about heat up. Attempting to finish the race without any alternative route is utterly insane where a shortcut is not a matter of advancing, but staying alive. Luckily the ultimate shortcut here is too hot to be true. Upon starting the race, if the player manages to get on top of the large rock and drive around, it will count as a lap.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
Sweet Sweet Canyon
“Mario Kart 8” (2014)
Coconut Mall shortcut
“Mario Kart Wii” (2008)
#1: Rainbow Road Shortcut“Mario Kart 64” (1997)
Rainbow Road is not only the longest course, but it is by far the most bamboozling course where the first can be last, and last can be first in a matter of a jump. The infamous or the famous shortcut is one of the biggest game-changer, where elite Mario Kart players are always on a constant lookout for anyone attempting this leap. The reward for landing the shortcut is tremendous, but failing to do so, players will enter the vast endless space wasting more time than usual. By the way, how did Mario and his friends even get up on the rainbow?
Do you agree with our list? We’ve always wanted to take shortcuts out on the road, so we hope this video made up for all the time you were stuck in traffic. For more magnificent lists of top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.