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Hopping (referred to as a Mini-Jump in Mario Kart: Super Circuit) is a technique that karts, bikes, and ATVs can use in the Mario Kart series except in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! All drivers can use the hop by pressing . In Super Mario Kart, both the and buttons are used to hop (hopping in Mario Kart Wii works only with the Drift option set to Manual). Hopping is used mainly for drifting, but vehicles can also hop over small gaps.
Hopping has several additional functions in other games. Hopping in Mario Kart 64 can let players use shortcuts. In Mario Kart DS, hopping when going over a boosted ramp allows the player to perform a High Jump. Hopping off a ramp (pressing ) in Mario Kart 7 allows the player to perform a Jump Boost, which gives a small boost upon landing. Hopping in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe functions as it does in Mario Kart 7. In Mario Kart Tour, Jump Boosts are performed automatically without the use of hopping.
In Mario Kart 8, there is an exploit in which the player can hop repeatedly from left to right to gain extra speed from a boost. This exploit was removed in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
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