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             Mario Kart
                 DS
           Short Cut Guide
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    |Name: Ben van Dijk                               |
    |Nickname: Dragon Drake                           |
    |Version: 0.40 (started on monday 5 december 2005)|
    |Game: Mario Kart                                 |
    |Type: In depth Short Cut Guide                   |
    |E-mail: Dragon(dot)Drake(at)gmail(dot)com        |
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    COPYRIGHT INFORMATIE
    
    This Walktrough is copyright(c) 2005 by Ben van Dijk.
    
    This FAQ is made for personal usage only. You can not use it for what
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    You can't copy and paste pieces from this Walkthrough/FAQ for own usage.
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    Table of Content
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    I.    Introduction
          {1.1}  Version History
          {1.2}  Introduction
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    II.   General Strategy
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    III.  Cups
          {3.1}  NGP: Mushroom Cup
          {3.2}  NGP: Flower Cup
          {3.3}  NGP: Star Cup
          {3.4}  NGP: Special Cup
          {3.5}  RGP: Shell Cup
          {3.6}  RPG: Banana Cup
          {3.7}  RPG: Leaf Cup
          {3.8}  RPG: Lightning Cup
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    IV.   FAQ
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    V.    Contact
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    VI.   Request
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    VII.  Credits
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    I.    Introduction
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    {1.1}  Version History
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    0.23
    
    - Added all the short cuts i could find.
      Current number of Short Cuts: 20
    - Also made the main part of this guide.
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    0.30
    
    - Added ASCII maps from the courses with the short cuts.
      I'm not a great artist, but they should help.
    - Added the credits and the General Strategy sections.
    - Added a 4 more short cuts.
      Current number of Short Cuts: 24
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    0.40
    
    - Added more shortcuts, but many more to come!
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    {1.2}  Introducion
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    Welcome to my Short Cut Guide of Mario Kart DS. I play this game for quite some
    time now. And like the other Mario Kart games the game has many short cuts to
    save some precious time. But it's hard to remember them all. So i have written
    this guide to help you. This guide does not yet contain all the short cuts,
    that is because it takes time to find them. So if you have a short cut that
    isn't listed here yet, please send me an e-mail, you can find more information
    in the request part.
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    II.   General Strategy
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    For most of the short cuts you need items so you don't slow down. Most of the
    time a Mushroom is the key to succes, but there are other things you could use.
    
    Mushroom:   Boosts your speed, use this power-up if you are going offroad.
    Boo:        The Boo gives its user a brief moment of invulnerability. With this
                power-up you can easily go offroad since the terrain doesn't affect
                you either.
    Star:       This gives temporary invincibility and a speedboost. This is an
                other way to go offroad.
    Mini-Boost: When you are drifting (Press R in a corner and steer) you can get a
                Mini-Boost. Press left and right repeatedly, first you should see
                blue sparks, then orange sparks. Release R when you see the orange
                sparks and you get a Mini-Boost. You can not use this instead if a
                Mushroom in most of the courses!
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    III.  Cups
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    {3.1} NGP: Mushroom Cup
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    Map:          Cheep Cheep Beach 1
    Difficulty:   4/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Musrooms/star
    How to do it: When you are near the second speed ramp, instead over going over
                  it and follow the road, go straight over the water. To win some
                  time this way you have to hit the speed ramp at the left side so
                  you get a speed boost. Now if the boost stops you can either use
                  a mushroom if you have two, or save the one that you have now.
                  When you go over the road again keep going straight and use a
                  mushroom when you are in the water again.
                  If you are lucky the water goes away so you gain some more
                  seconds.
    Usefulness:   If you have 2 mushrooms this is a very good way to gain some
                  time when you are racing.
    
    Map:          Yoshi Falls
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        Any, but a light kart is preferred.
    Items:        Mushroom, starman, boo. (optional)
    How to do it: Take the first and third waterfall, but NOT the second,
                  it's too big!
    Usefulness:   Items and a shortcut, not much better than this :)
    
    Map:          Luigi's Mansion
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: When you exit the mansion make a sharp turn to the left and go
                  over the grass while using a mushroom. Watch out for the tree!
    Usefulness:   This saves you some nice time.
    
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    {3.2} NGP: Flower Cup
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    Map:          Desert Hills
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: After the first turn there is a Pyramid. Instead of following the
                  road to the right, take the left side of the pyramid. Use a
                  mushroom so you don't loose speed. The best thing you can do is
                  using 2 mushrooms, because at the end the boost stops and you
                  slow down on the sand.
    Usefulness:   A good way to gain some time if you have a spare mushroom.
    
    Map:          Desert Hills 2
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: At the end of the level there are some hairpin turns. Instead
                  of following the road use a mushroom to jump over the hills. If
                  you have 2 mushrooms, use them both to get a maximum boost.
    Usefulness:   A good way to gain time if you have 2 mushrooms.
    
    Map:          Delfine Square 1
    Difficulty:   6/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: When you exit the smalls street of the city you enter the docks.
                  At the end of the last house in the city go left and go on the
                  pier. There is a small ramp before the mud, use a mushroom to
                  get enough speed to jump over the water and land on the other
                  at the other side of the water. This can be done without a
                  mushroom, but you have to do 150cc for it and you have to be
                  either really good or extremly luky. Try to hit the ramp before
                  you drive over the mud so you don't loose any speed, it's hard to
                  do it this way, so just use a mushroom.
    Usefulness:   This really helps as long you as you don't land in the water.
    
    Map:          Delfino Square 2
    Difficulty:   4/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: At the end of the docks there should be two crates before a long
                  corner to the right. After the two crates, go directly to the
                  right and there is a passageway. Use a mushroom to get over the
                  mud quickly.
    Usefulness:   This helps if you need to overtake someone since you gain some
                  time.
    
    Map:          Delfino square 3
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: After the bridge there is a patch of grass, use the mushroom to
                  boost across it.
    Usefulness:   This can save some seconds at the end of the race to just
                  overtake someone.
    
    Map:          Delfino Square 4
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        Any
    Items:        None
    How to do it: Go straight when you get to the part with the stairs.
    Usefulness:   It's faster
    
    Map:          Shroom Rigde
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushrooms
    How to do it: Before you enter the tunnel there is a big grassfield. If you go
                  over that grassfield you save a lot of time. Just use mushrooms
                  whole way so you don't slow down.
    Usefulness:   Very, it saves you a lot of time.
    
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    {3.3} NGP: Star Cup
    -------------------------
    
    Map:          DK Pass 1
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: When you are going uphill you can go over the snow to save some
                  time. Just make a sharp turn and use a Mushroom.
    Usefulness:   This is a good short cut that saves you time.
    
    Map:          DK Pass 2
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: When going uphill you can go over the snow to save some time.
                  After the first short cut there is an other one. Just use
                  another mushroom. If you only have one left, use this short cut
                  since this one is a little bit better then DK Pass 1.
    Usefulness:   This is a good short cut that saves you time.
    
    Map:          Tick Tock Clock
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        Any
    Items:        Mushroom, Star (optional)
    How to do it: Near the finish line, you should see 2 gears spinning vertically,
                  take the one to the left one the first lap, the right one on
                  the 2nd, and the left again on the 3rd
    Usefulness:   Using a mushroom on the gears makes you go super-fast.
    
    Map:          Mario Circuit 1
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom or Star
    How to do it: After the first couple of turns near the beginning, you'll
                  come accross a small left turn then a wide right turn near some
                  sand pits with two fire-spitting flowers. Just before you reach
                  the left turn at the start of the sand aim for the green tunnel
                  and boost to the right of the flower. The only danger here is
                  boosting into the flame flower, but otherwise its really easy.
                  Skips a lot too.
    Usefulness:   Gets you farther ahead.
    
    Map:          Mario Circuit 2
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        2-3 mushrooms
    How to do it: When u enter the enormous upside down V on the track, go through
                  the sand, and use your boosts to give you speed. In a 8-person
                  race, say you are in 5th place, by doing this, this should move
                  you up maybe 1, 2, or even 3 or 4 places if you are lucky.
    Usefulness:   A few places.
    
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    {3.4} NGP: Special Cup
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    Map:          Peach Garden
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: After the first corner there is a flower bed. Go trough it with a
                  mushroom. Avoid the sigh with the arrow though.
    Usefulness:   It saves you time.
    
    Map:          Bowser Castle
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: When you enter the rotating platform, instead of going straight,
                  continue on the platform and take the second turn left. This way
                  is a little shorter then the other one. Whach out for the flames
                  on this route.
    Usefulness:   Yes, it saves you some time.
    
    Map:          Rainbow Road 1
    Difficulty:   10/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: There is a big looping on the track. If you drive into the wall
                  and you stand still you will fall down, and if you are lucky you
                  will fall onto the road again. The place to do this is at the end
                  of the looping (if you are looking on the map). It is really hard
                  to do though, but it is possible.
    Usefulness:   This short cut is not very usefull, since you will fall down most
                  of the time. And if you can do it succelfully you probably will
                  be quicker if you just stay in the looping.
    
    Map:          Rainbow Road
    Difficulty:   2/10 low drift, 8/10 high drift
    Class:        Any
    Items:        Nope
    How to do it: Powerslide through all the boost pads at the beginning,
                  and mini turbo at the end.
    Usefulness:   Goes faster.
                  *note for wifi: Watch out for items on these boost pads!*
    
    
    
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    {3.5} RGP: Shell Cup
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    Map:          SNES Mario Circuit 1
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushrooms or Star.
    How to do it: After the second corner, simply use Mushrooms to cut across
                  the dirt.
    Usefulness:   Good, but be careful in 50cc.
    
    Map:          GCN Luigi Circuit
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        100cc, 150cc and Mirror.
    Items:        Star.
    How to do it: At the part with the Chain Chomp, use your Star and cut straight
                  across the grass. Don’t worry about the Chain Chomp, because you
                  have a Star on.
    Usefulness:   Okay, but don’t screw it up or you’ll be in strife.
    
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    {3.6} RPG: Banana Cup
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    Map:          SNES Donut Plains 1
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: After the bridge go right, there is a hole in the wall. Use a
                  mushroom so you don't loose any speed.
    Usefulness:   Saves some time.
    
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    {3.7} RPG: Leaf Cup
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    Map:          Snes Koopa Beach 1
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        Any
    Items:        None
    How to do it: When coming to the part with the water,turn left and dodge the
                  deep water pits. This way is shorter.
    Usefulness:   Keeping Time Trial Times Down.
    
    Map:          Snes Koopa Beach 2
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        Any
    Items:        Mushroom/Starman/Boo
    How to do it: Right after the water part, there will be green 'dots' to your
                  left, go through the ones jutting out.
    Usefulness:   Cuts a little off your time.
    
    Map:          GCN Mushroom Bridge
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: When you exit the tunnel, don't follow the road to the left but
                  go onto the grey path. Use a mushroom so you don't loose any
                  speed. At the end use a mini-boost and turn right so you are on
                  the normal track again.
    Usefulness:   Yes, it is a nice short cut that saves you some time.
    
    Map:           Choco Mountain
    Difficulty:    2/10
    Class:         All
    Items:         Mushroom
    How to do it:  Before the finish you have some small hills. If you use a
    mushroom
                   at the top, you'll jump over to the next hill.
    usefulness: Saves some time.
    
    Map:           GBA Peach Circuit
    Difficulty:    1/10
    Class:         Any
    Items:         Mushroom
    How to do it:  Cut through the swervy part near the beginning.
    Usefulness:    Barely cuts anything off, maybe 1/2 a second
    
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    {3.8} RPG: Lightning Cup
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    Map:          SNES Choco Island 2
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: At the start go straight, there is a hole in the wall that
                  you can use to cut the chicane. To don't loose any speed
                  use a mushroom.
    Usefulness:   Saves some time.
    
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    Map:          N64 Banshee Boardwalk 1
    Difficulty:   4/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: When you enter the house, instead of going right like the arrow
                  says, go left and directly right again. Drive slightly at the
                  right side, and when the wall ends make a sharp turn left and
                  jump over the hole in the floor. Now just continue the track
                  like normal.
    Usefulness:   Yes, it saves you some time.
    
    
    Map:          N64 Banshee Boardwalk 2
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: When you enter the house, go right like normal. At the end of the
                  hole in the floor there is a pilar. Instead of following the road
                  at the right side of the pilar, go to the left and jump over the
                  gap.
    Usefulness:   Yes, it saves you some time.
    
    Map:          GBA Sky Garden 1
    Difficulty:   4/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: After the first conrner there is a small ramp. Jump over it with
                  the help of a mushroom. If done correctly you should land on some
                  clouds. Jump over the clouds with the R-button so you don't fall
                  down.
    Usefulness:   It saves you almost a second.
    
    Map:          GBA Sky Garden 2
    Difficulty:   3/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: When you are at the other side of the course there is a small
                  ramp. Jump over it with a mushroom, but look out that you don't
                  fall of the edge at the other side.
    Usefulness:   Saves you some time.
    
    Map:          GBA Sky Garden 3
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        None
    How to do it: When you are at the other side of the course there is a small
                  boost-ramp. Use this ramp if you don't have a mushroom to use
                  for the other ramp.
    Usefulness:   Not very usefull, if you know how to make good corners you are
                  probably quicker with following the road.
    
    Map:          GBA Sky Garden 4
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: Follow the track until you get to the second boost/ramp area.
                  Save speed by going around the boost. Drive into the clouds
                  ahead of the boost, and use a Mushroom/Star, then jump at the
                  thinnest point. You'll skip the hairpin turn.
    Usefulness:   Saves 4-6 seconds per lap.
    
    Map:          GBA Sky Garden 5
    Difficulty:   2/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Star or Boo helpful, but not required
    How to do it: Head to the last hairpin turn before the straightaway and the
                  finish. Before you reach the actual turn and "vine-grate", you
                  should see a cloud that looks like the rest of the track on
                  your left. Turn left and head for it, jumping over the two gaps.
    Usefulness:   Guaranteed to take you up at least two spots, usually more.
    
    Map:          GCN Yoshi Circuit 1
    Difficulty:   5/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushroom
    How to do it: Before you enter the tunnel there is a little cave from some
                  stone and grass. You can jump over the water there with the help
                  from a mushroom. Use the mushroom before you hit the grass, jump
                  over the water and make a sharp turn to the right. If you don't
                  do you probably will fall into the water at the other side of the
                  road. An other way is to power-slide before you jump over the
                  water, this way it's easier to stay on the road.
    Usefulness:   Yes, with this short-cut you can enter the tunnel before the
                  other players.
    
    Map:          GCN Yoshi Circuit 2
    Difficulty:   1/10
    Class:        All
    Items:        Mushrooms, Star or Boo.
    How to do it: Just before the finish line there is a corner with piranha plants.
                  Simply use your item just before the corner and turn right and cut
                  across the grass behind the piranha plants.
    Usefulness:   Very, it shaves about a second off your time, good for time
                  trials.
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    IV.   FAQ
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    V.    Contact
    ===================
    
    If you have any questions,
    or there are mistakes in the guide,
    send me an email to:
    dragon(dot)drake(at)gmail(dot)com
    Here are some rules if you send me an e-mail:
    
    - Don't send spam.
    - Subject: MK SCG
    - Don't send mails with an attachment, 'cuz i wont open them.
      (There are a lot virusses these days.)
    - Ask anything, as long it isn't in the FAQ.
    - Please rate the FAQ if you are reading it on GameFaqs.
    - If you are reading this FAQ on an other site then GameFaqs or
      Neoseeker, please contact me because that is illegal.
    - Only send me english or dutch mails.
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    VI.   Request
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    Since this FAQ hasn't covered all the short cuts in this game, i would
    appreciate it if you could send me more short cuts to my email-adresse.
    I look for all ways to save time, so short cuts that skip a part of the
    course and for short cuts that just cut a small part of the course like
    going on the grass with a mushroom.
    
    The best format to send it to me is:
    
    Map:
    Difficulty:
    Class:
    Items:
    How to do it:
    Usefulness:
    
    Please also put in the email a name that i could use in the guide to give you
    credit for the things you contributed to this guide.
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    VII.  Credits
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    Thanks to all the people that contributed to this guide:
    
    Bolt_Storm - For giving me a short cut on the course GBA Sky Garden.
    r0ss7 - For giving me information about the Boo that I forgot.
    Thomas Smyth - For giving me a short cut on Delfine Square.
    Whelchie - For the short cut on Mario Circuit.
    NeoTebby - For the short cut on Donut Plains 1.
    bigestredzfaneva - For the Mario circuit 2 shortcut.
    MathsFreak7418 - For various shortcuts.
    Evilyoshi - For the Choco Mountain Shortcut.
    Charizard1 - For the Sky Garden 5 shortcut.
    Chugger1992 - For various shortcuts.
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