Hop (move)

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This article is about the move in the Mario Kart series. For the character known as "Hop Koopa" in the cartoons, see Iggy Koopa.
Official LINE sticker for Mario Kart 8.
Animated artwork of Mario hopping
Yoshi in Dino Dino Jungle
Yoshi hopping in Mario Kart 7

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 R Button. In Super Mario Kart, both the L Button and R Button 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 (by pressing R Button) 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 was fixed in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Saut
Italian Piccolo salto[1]
Hop/Little jump


  1. ^ Mario Kart: Super Circuit European manual, pag. 24
  2. ^ Mario Kart DS European manual, pag. 45
  3. ^ Mario Kart 7 Italian smart guide, front and Italian e-manual, pag. 4