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Mario Kart Wii Guide - Controls

Mario Kart Wii has four types of controls. Classic Controller, Wii Wheel, Gamecube Controller, and Wii Remote Nunchuk. Each controller has it's pros and cons.

Not ALL  the buttons are mapped out in the images, so I'll put something under them to further explain.

To change controllers, go to the main menu and unplug/turn off your current controller and plug your new one in. If you're using a Wavebird, you have to unplug the receiver. 

Wii Wheel


Wii Wheel

Turn the wheel to steer, and the button is pause. You can also use the B button to drag items. Shake in air to trick.

Pros:
- It was build just for this game
- Very fluid, feels very natural to steer.
- Buttons are simple.
- Makes it very easy to toss items forward/backward.

Cons:
- Impossible to snake with or jump with if you set it to Automatic
- If you do turn on Automatic drifting, you can no longer drag items
- Your car may go all over when trying to do a trick.

Overall:
I like this controller. It feels very nice. However, it's also very hard to get good Time Trial times and/or getting a good standing in 150cc. Overall though, this is great to just sit down and play with.

Gamecube Controller


Gamecube Controller

D-pad to trick. B also jumps. X and Z look behind.

Pros:
- The traditional controller. Feels good if you're used to the series.
- Very easy to snake with.
- Well balanced, comfortable.

Cons:
- Not as fun as the Wii Wheel

Overall:
While it's not as fun, it is probably the best control choice. It's comfortable and gives you full control over your cart.

Classic Controller


Classic Controller

Z looks back. D-pad tricks. pauses.

Pros:
- Another traditional controller. Feels more standard.
- Easy to snake with.
- Fairly comfortable.

Cons:
- Can be a bit small, the buttons may feel cramped.
- Joy stick doesn't feel as good as the Gamecube controller

Overall:
A good choice if you don't have a Gamecube controller. If you do have a Gamecube controller, there's really no point in using this. This still gives you the same amount of control as the Gamecube controller.

Wii Remote Nunchuk


Wii Remote Nunchuk

Flicking the Wii Remote up does tricks. pauses.

Pros:
- Less restrictive then the more traditional controllers
- You don't lose control when doing tricks (like the Wii Wheel)

Cons:
- Joy stick doenst feel right, throws off snaking.
- Can take some getting used to if you've played the old games.

Overall:
My preferred choice for actual races. Feels good, and isn't as awkward as some of the other button placements. It can be hard to snake with, however.



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