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“Get off to a Rocket Start! To launch from the starting grid at a high speed, press and hold at just the right moment during the countdown.”
Rocket Start (also referred to as Turbo Start, Boost Start, or Head Start) is a technique used in the Mario Kart series, as well as the racing games of the Donkey Kong franchise such as Diddy Kong Racing. It is a powerful burst of speed that occurs at the beginning of each and every race, which easily accelerate racers to top speed from standing still. It is executed by holding the acceleration button at the correct time in the starting countdown, with each game having different timing to do so. If the player holds the button too early and over-revs when the final beep sounds, the player's vehicle will stall for a few seconds at the beginning of the course (sometimes known as a Dud Start or Fail Start).
Starting from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, a Rocket Start can also be performed during a Battle Mode.
In Mario Kart DS, the player can achieve a much stronger boost than normal by beginning to hold roughly 0.25 seconds after the countdown reaches 2. If done correctly, the kart will rev higher than usual.
Since Mario Kart Wii, the strength of the Rocket Start depends on the power of the rev is currently at the moment before GO! appears onscreen. For example, if the player starts to rev when the countdown reaches 2, depending on when the player started to hold down the acceleration button when 2 was onscreen, the duration of the technique can be roughly between half a second to two seconds long, indicated by the flames coming off of the exhaust pipes of the vehicle.
To perform a Rocket Start, drivers must press and hold the corresponding acceleration button when the race is about to begin. How and when to use it depends on which installment in the series and which control scheme the player uses.
Mario Kart series
Donkey Kong franchise
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 game's subtitle. Both players must press at the same time when the light turns green to perform this technique, which will make the kart be launched at a higher speed. Blue flames will follow the kart, showing that the technique was performed correctly. This move's control is slightly different to that of a normal Rocket Start.
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8
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