Rocket Start

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A demonstration on how a Rocket Start is used in Mario Kart 8.

“Get off to a Rocket Start! To launch from the starting grid at a high speed, press and hold A Button at just the right moment during the countdown.”
Mario Kart 8 Digital Manual

Rocket Start (also referred to as Turbo Start or Boost Start) is a move used in all of the Mario Kart games. It is a short boost that occurs at the beginning of each and every race. It is executed by pressing the acceleration button in tune with the starting lights held by Lakitu. If the player over-revs when the final beep sounds, it may make the player's vehicle falter for a few seconds at the beginning of the course (sometimes known as a Dud Start).

Controls[edit]

To perform a Rocket Start, racers must press or hold the corresponding acceleration button when a race is about to begin. How to use it depends on which game in the Mario Kart series and which control scheme the player uses.

Main series[edit]

Game Control Timing Failure
Super Mario Kart Holding down B Button Between first and second light Kart accelerates slowly at the start
Mario Kart 64 Holding down A Button When the light turns blue Kart steers left and right with no forward movement
Mario Kart Super Circuit Holding down A Button When the light turns blue Kart accelerates slowly at the start
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Holding down or tapping A Button When the light turns green Sparks appear between wheel and ground and kart does not move
Mario Kart DS Holding down A Button When number "2" fades Kart's engine bursts
Mario Kart Wii With Wii Wheel or Wii RemoteTwo Button
With Classic Controller Classic Controller a Button
With GameCube ControllerA Button
With Wii Remote and NunchuckA Button
When number "2" fades Kart's engine bursts
Mario Kart 7 A Button or Y Button When number "2" fades Kart's engine bursts
Mario Kart 8 With Wii U GamePad/Wii U Pro ControllerA Button or Y Button
With Wii Wheel or Wii RemoteTwo Button
With Wii Remote and NunchuckA Button
When number "2" fades Kart's engine bursts

Arcade series[edit]

  • Mario Kart Arcade GP – Same as in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but with the gas pedal.
  • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 - Pressing down on the accelerator when "1" appears on the game screen, or same as in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
  • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX – Same as Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.

Double Dash!![edit]

"Double Dash!!" redirects here. For information about the game of the same name, see Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
The Double Dash!! in action at Mushroom Bridge.

The Double Dash!! is a technique that can be performed only in the co-op play mode of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, which is named after the subtitle. Both players must press A Button at the same time when the light turns green to perform this technique, which will make the kart be launched at a higher speed. A blue trail will follow the kart, showing that the move was performed correctly. This move's control is slightly different to that of a normal Rocket Start.

Names in other languages[edit]

Rocket Start[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロケットスタート
Roketto Sutāto
Rocket Start
Spanish Salida rápida Fast Start/Rapid Start/Quick Start
French Départ turbo Turbo Start
Dutch Raket Start Rocket Start
German Raketenstart Rocket Start
Italian Partenza a razzo Rocket Start
Portuguese Iniciar foguete Rocket Start
Russian Быстрое Начало Fast Start
Korean 로켓 시작
Lokes Sijag
Rocket Start

Double Dash!![edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダブルダッシュ!!
Daburu Dasshu!!
Double Dash!!
Spanish Doble Carrera!! Double Dash!!
German Double Dash!! -
Italian Double Dash!! -
Korean 더블 대쉬!!
Deobeul Daesi!!
Double Dash!!