While watching world records, I have noticed that many runs for Mario Kart 8 are simply faster than me, even if I am using the exact same kart. This is obvious right off the start as I start much slower even though I am using the rocket start. Are there secrets that allow these players to have a much higher acceleration and speed at the beginning and throughout the track?

  • They jump to preserve momentum from boosts. I'm not sure exactly how it works yet though.
    – hmatt1
    Jun 1, 2014 at 22:00
  • Has that always been a thing? Maybe it's a side effect from adding gliders.
    – zero298
    Jun 2, 2014 at 2:22
  • As for the start boost, are you getting the full boost? You can get a partial boost if you press A slightly late.
    – Mag Roader
    Jun 2, 2014 at 12:17

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Fire Hopping is a technique that can be used to make your speed gain from a boost last longer. As discovered by a Reddit User, KaiserYoshi, it seems that any form of ground contact will begin to decrease the speed increase you gain from a boost, taking you back to your base speed. Therefore if you hop by pressing ZR you will go airborne, which the game doesn't count as touching the ground, and thus won't reduce your speed gain.

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  • Do we know if it's a "bug" / design-flaw yet or a real feature intended to be discovered by racers?
    – Ray
    Aug 28, 2014 at 12:00

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