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On Koopa Troopa Beach, there is a secret cave shortcut to skip half the course. Usually to take the shortcut, you need to jump off the ramp with a Mushroom or Star.

Is it possible to take the shortcut on Koopa Troopa Beach without using items? If yes, can it be done outside of 150cc?

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Yes, you can take the shortcut it in every mode without an item. Doing a Mini-Turbo before going onto the ramp helps to increase your speed. Also jumping at the peak of the ramp can help on the slower speeds.

Here's a 50cc 1p GP mode example

Also you actually don't need the ramp at all to get into the tunnel.

Here's an example of that in 150cc 4p VS mode while small from a lightning hit (top right screen [player 2])

  • I think you only need the mini-turbo for 50cc and 100cc. DanmakuGrazer's answer shows the jump in 150cc without any mini-turbos. – Steven M. Vascellaro Jul 12 '18 at 17:25
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    Just tested and I was able to make the jump (using the ramp) with no mini-turbo in 50cc (1p GP). Helps to use a lightweight though since they are the fastest (Yoshi/Toad/Peach). You also have to jump at the very top of the ramp. – abney317 Jul 13 '18 at 3:44
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Yes, it is possible. As shown here.

  • Is this only possible on 150cc? – Steven M. Vascellaro May 11 '18 at 20:27
  • Probably due to the need of speed – Nelson May 12 '18 at 1:28

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