List of Mario Kart DS glitches

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This is a list of glitches in Mario Kart DS. Unless otherwise noted, all names are conjectural.


Battle opponent freeze glitch

In battle mode, if a CPU hits an item under a bridge in Block Fort, the CPU may get stuck under the bridge. Eventually, the CPU will sometimes recover unless the CPU is defeated.[citation needed]

Cheep Cheep Beach out of bounds glitch

On Cheep Cheep Beach, at the double-stone arch, the player must touch the stone arch while holding right on the +Control Pad until they drop. If done correctly, the player will be driving out of bounds but will not be picked up by Lakitu. The glitch will end if the player presses R Button or B Button, or if they stop touching the wall, after which Lakitu will return them back to the track as normal.

CPUs item use disabling

If a CPU is deploying an item, and a player or item hits their deployed item, then the CPU picks up an Item Box, the roulette will not stop fast, and if they get a deployable item, they will not do anything with it until they get hit by an item or obstacle. If they get an item like a Mushroom or triple shells, they will use the item, however. This is most noticeable in Battle mode with the CPUs set to hard.

Delfino Square boardwalk glitch

When the player goes up to the boardwalk that has the one Item Box, they must press R Button when they are on the wall. If timed correctly, the player can float on the side of the road. This works in any mode.

Goomboss jumping glitch

This glitch is difficult to perform and sporadically occurs. When playing mission 3-Boss, if the player can manage to hop into Goomboss as he is right near the edge of the median, Goomboss will jump over it as he does on the final lap. The player must do this while Goomboss is close to one of the turns though. This glitch can either help or hinder the player depending on where it occurs.

Invisible barrier bypass

In GCN Luigi Circuit, the player needs to turn around when the race starts and use a Mushroom on the corner of the bump and hop. If done correctly, the player will go past the invisible barrier and fall through the hills. The character will not make a sound, the screen will fade to black and Lakitu will bring the player back to the track.

This can also be done in Bowser Castle. By going past the room with the Thwomps, the player should see two slopes with a spike fence ahead. The player needs to go to the first slope, then use a Mushroom and hop. The player will fly over the fence and fall into the lava. These glitches are best done with light karts such as the Egg 1.

Luigi's Mansion freeze glitch

To perform this glitch, the player must pick the Luigi's Mansion course in any mode with any character and kart. Once the race starts, the player must then park their character on the stairs at the entrance of the mansion. After that, they should hold down both A Button and B Button to drift in place. If the player tries to turn, the game will sometimes freeze. This glitch was fixed on the Wii U Virtual Console release.[1] This freeze glitch can also happen on multiplayer mode. If one player does the glitch and if the other player is not at the scene, they will be granted with a communication error.[2] However, if the other player is there to watch the glitch happen, both players' games will freeze.[3]

Pipe Plaza pipe glitch

If the player goes into a pipe at the same time as someone else, the player may end up far away from the arena, falling in the background.

Prolonged rocket boost glitch

This glitch can only be done using vehicles with a high Mini-Turbo stat, such as the Egg 1, ROB-BLS or Dry Bomber. After the player gets a perfect Rocket Start, or if they go on a boost panel, they should start snaking. If done correctly, the player will drive like they are using a Mushroom for as long as they are snaking, so they will be able to go off-road without losing speed. The glitch ends once the player's Mini-Turbo boost runs out.

Rainbow Road fly glitch

In Rainbow Road, while on either the loop or the corkscrew, the player should hit the fence and push R Button while holding down on the +Control Pad. After a little while, the player will start to fly away. Lakitu will eventually pick the player up and put them on the beginning of the loop/corkscrew. This glitch works best on the corkscrew.

Rainbow Road shortcuts

To perform these glitches, the player must choose Rainbow Road in Time Trial mode.

  • To do the first shortcut, the player has to start heading around the spiral road. When the player goes past the part of the spiral road that is just underneath the road heading toward the loop, they must turn around, sharply drift, and jump extremely close to the edge of the road in a corner that allows them to jump high enough onto the section of the track right before the loop. This shortcut is very difficult and sometimes when the player jumps correctly, the lap may not count for unknown reasons.
  • To do the second shortcut, the player should continue on until they reach the straight road after the loop. They should go through all five rings before the right curve, turn around, and then use a Mushroom to jump off the edge, aiming to the left of the rainbow pipe that can be seen by the curvy section of the track, while holding +Control Pad up. If done correctly, Lakitu should drop the player just before the corkscrew, and the lap will count.[4]

Spiny Shell glitch

In Waluigi Pinball, if someone uses a Spiny Shell in the area with the bumpers and pinballs, it may fly around the edges for a few seconds for unknown reasons before chasing after the leader.[citation needed]

Star music glitch

When the player quits or restarts any level or course, they will have a second of control before the screen fades to black. Usually, the music does not play while this happens. However, if the player uses a Star during this short period, or picks up a dropped Star on the course, then the Star music will play, even though there should be no music. The Star music will cut out once the game is bought back to a menu, or the level has restarted.[5]

Voiceless Waluigi glitch

In Battle mode, if the player is Waluigi, for unknown reasons, his voice will occasionally disappear. This will last until the player quits Battle mode.[citation needed]

Wario Stadium wall glitch

This glitch is very hard to perform and occurs rarely. On the first set of multiple bumps near the end, the player needs to boost over the bumps and head to the right (left in mirror mode). If done correctly, the player will bounce off of the final bump and fly over the wall ahead, going out-of-bounds, before being picked up by Lakitu back to the track.

Wrong starting place

Starting in 7th place glitch
Starting in 7th place

This glitch is most noticeable in Versus mode. If the player chooses Bowser Castle at first, or if the player finishes 8th in the race prior to Bowser Castle, the upper screen will show during the start of the race that the player's character is in 7th place, although clearly the character is behind the racer in 7th place. This was not fixed in the Wii U Virtual Console release.

Yoshi Circuit lap skipping glitch

Any character can be used to perform this glitch. On GCN Yoshi Circuit, the player must go to the end of the first fence at the start of the course, then hit the end of the fence diagonally, and fall into the water. If performed correctly, the player will be respawned a few paces behind the finish line, and when they drive the wrong way around the track, Lakitu will not be present and the place counter should still be the same as when the player fell into the water. After the Yoshi nose section, the player can turn around and when they cross the finish line it will count as a lap.[6]


  1. ^ Puff-Jiggly-Puff Games (November 11, 2017). Mario Kart DS - Luigi's Mansion freeze glitch (Done on 3DS). YouTube. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Puff-Jiggly-Puff Games (November 12, 2017). Mario Kart DS - Luigi's Mansion Freeze Glitch with Multiplayer. YouTube. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Puff-Jiggly-Puff Games (November 13, 2017). Mario Kart DS - Luigi's Mansion Freeze Glitch with other player at the scene. YouTube. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ mkdasher (May 10, 2014). [MKDS] Rainbow Road old SC with lap count. YouTube. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Video
  6. ^ TommyTheTrixter (January 26, 2013). NEW Mario Kart DS Extreme Lap Skipping Glitch. YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2014.