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Ramp
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Birdseye view of the ramp on Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 64.

First Appearance

Super Mario Kart (1992)

Latest Appearance

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)

A ramp is a usually helpful object found commonly on various courses in the Mario Kart series and have been in every Mario Kart game. When used correctly, ramps allows racers to jump high into the air, usually over long drops or distances. Boosted ramps are ramps paired with [[Dash Panel]s to reach even longer distances and higher jumps. Starting with Mario Kart Wii, characters can perform tricks with a trick button that varies with the control scheme. Ramps also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, special ramps known as glider ramps appear. These ramps are often placed within edges, and marked with a scrolling blue arrows that looks similar to a Dash Panel. When driven over, it will automatically deploy the kart's hang-glider, allowing them to soar into the other part of the course.

History[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Super Mario Kart[edit]

Mario prepares to take the ramp on Mario Circuit 2 Super Mario Kart.

In Super Mario Kart, ramps appear as a yellow strip. A major one appears near the end of Mario Circuit 2, which sends racers over a previous section. Several smaller ramps appear in Choco Island 1 & 2, Ghost Valley 1, 2, & 3, and Donut Plains 3.

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Toad approaches ramps on Koopa Troopa Beach in Mario Kart 64.

In Mario Kart 64, ramps are the same color as Dash Panels. Two are seen in Koopa Troopa Beach. One ramp leads to a tunnel that serves as a shortcut, while the other leads to an Item Box that only gives out Spiny Shells. Non-colored ramps on Wario Stadium serve only to make the course bumpy, though one large ramp sends players over a previous section. If players are not careful or are hit by a Star or Lightning while over that particular ramp, they may fall down and must make their way up again. Large ramps in DK's Jungle Parkway and Royal Raceway speed players up and send them flying to a different section of the course.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario prepares to jump the ramp on Mario Circuit 2 in Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, ramps appear with the same function as Super Mario Kart.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Koopa Troopa and Toad prepare to jump the ramp on Bowser's Castle in Mario Kart: Double Dash!.

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, most of the ramps are boosted ramps, used to propel racers over gaps, much like in Mario Kart 64. However, unlike in Mario Kart 64, racers can control their karts in mid-air to some extent.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Daisy prepares to take a ramp at Cheep Cheep Beach in Mario Kart DS.

In Mario Kart DS, ramps appear with the same function as Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. A bridge in Delfino Square will raise up to function as a boosted ramp at intervals.

In Wario Stadium, boosted ramps can be used to perform an extremely high jump by hopping at the right time as the vehicle drives off the ramp's edge.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Wario prepares to jump the ramp at N64 Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Wii.

In Mario Kart Wii, ramps are much more common. This is mainly due to the fact that tricks can now be done off ramps. This can be done by either flicking the Wii Remote or pressing any direction on +Control Pad/+Control Pad just when taking off a ramp. The single ramp that sports a Mario Kart 64 design in DK's Jungle Parkway is capable of launching players further and higher than other ramps in Mario Kart Wii. However, characters cannot perform tricks off of this ramp and have no control over their angle, making it function more like a Barrel Cannon than a ramp.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Yoshi prepares to jump a ramp at Rock Rock Mountain in Mario Kart 7.

In Mario Kart 7, tricks are instead performed by pressing R Button just while taking off. However, flips and turns cannot be executed unlike in Mario Kart Wii. Regardless, if the player presses R Button while driving off a glider ramp, the kart will roll in the air just before activating the glider giving an extra aerial boost, although no boost will be given upon landing unless another trick is performed on another smaller ramp before having the glider retracted. Ramps can prolong the use of the glider if the player jumps into another ramp after gliding.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Yoshi prepares to take a ramp on Mario Kart Stadium in Mario Kart 8.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ramps serve the same purpose as Mario Kart 7. To trick off them, a player needs to press R Button on the GamePad, flick the Wii Remote, or +Control Pad on the Wii Wheel/Wii Remote just when taking off. Depending on the direction of the Left Stick or D-Pad or which way the controller itself was tilted, the trick animation varies.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Rock Mario takes a ramp in the level A Stroll Down Rolling Lane in the Melty Monster Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, ramps appear in Boulder Bowl Galaxy and Melty Monster Galaxy. They only work when rolled onto using Rock Mario or Rock Luigi. Ramps launch them to other parts of the level, similar to a Launch Star.