Mario gliding in Mario Kart 7.

The glider is a new feature introduced in Mario Kart 7, which allows racers to fly after a blue ramp. It reappears in Mario Kart 8.


The glider is built into the kart (or bike/ATV), and pops out whenever the player passes a blue panel, usually at the end of ramps. Players can steer to the left and right with the same controls as normally, and up and down are inverted. If the player touches the ground, the glider disappears. However, players can slightly touch the ends of ramps and do a trick for some extra gliding time. Gliding has also been incorporated into barrel cannons.


Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 8

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