How to Get the Start Boost on "Mario Kart Wii"

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Most people can recall the race between the tortoise and the hare and the lesson learned therein: "Slow and steady wins the race." "Mario Kart Wii" turns the moral of this tale upside down, demanding players gather as much of a speed advantage as possible. One particular advantage is getting a big speed boost, also called a Rocket Start, at the start of a race, an essential trick for getting an early lead. Getting this boost consistently is just a matter of perfecting your timing.

  • Select any driver and kart. No matter the driver you control, you'll have to press the same button to get the rocket boost at the start of the course. The timing of the button press is the same regardless of the driver and kart you select, so use your favorite racer and vehicle.

  • Select any course to start the race. Similar to the driver, the course you select doesn't matter; the technique is the same in each one.

  • Press the Accelerate button the moment the number "2" fades from the screen. If you timed it correctly, you'll fly far ahead of the pack when the race starts; otherwise, you'll see the engine explode and your kart will stall for a few seconds.

Tips & Warnings

  • No matter which controller you use to play "Mario Kart Wii," such as the Wii Wheel, Wii Controller or Classic Controller, the timing and button press remains the same.
  • The above steps also work in the following games: "Mario Kart DS," "Mario Kart 7" and "Mario Kart 8."
  • Failing the rocket boost can actually put you further back than if you hadn't tried; be prepared to use some skilled driving techniques to pull yourself back into the race if you mess up the boost.

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