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Mario Kart Wii Walkthrough and Guide

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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.

- 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.

- 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.

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.

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

- Not as fun as the Wii Wheel

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.


Comments for - Controls

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33 comments, latest first.
May 4th 2015 Guest
Z should be the button for tricks on gcn controller.
ID #551651
May 3rd 2015 Guest
What is better classic or GameCube controller. Also what is cheaper.
ID #551455
Apr 24th 2016 Guest
I would think the Classic controller. It feels much better to press the buttons, as the GameCube controller is hard to press the buttons.
ID #649026
Apr 20th 2015 Guest
Why didn't u make anything for the pad?
ID #545696
Mar 30th 2015 Guest
You can too drag items behind you in automatic drift with the wii wheel. You simply hold down the right directional button when the wii mote is sideways. -Devani
ID #535269
Mar 7th 2015 Lanzalotta27
Please help can't seem to know how to change to d pad on wi remote
ID #525286
May 16th 2014 Guest
the problem with both the nunchuck and the wheel is that they can be unresponsive and even turn the cart the wrong way
ID #384552
Aug 6th 2013 Guest
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Jul 31st 2013 Guest
a d-pad is a directional pad
ID #301548
May 16th 2013 Guest
How do you get an unlimited bullet bill with a gamecube controller and what is the code for the bullet bill?
ID #283147
Jan 7th 2013 Guest
Can you hold green shells behind you with the wii wheel?
ID #239086
Mar 30th 2016 Guest
yes you can by using the dpad system on the controller I recommend you to use Gcn controller or wiimote and nunchuck because it will help you have nice turns by using manual I use both GCN control and wiimote and nunchuck hope this helped 🇺🇸
ID #643679
Dec 21st 2012 Guest
Is the classic controller good?
ID #225923
Nov 21st 2012 Guest
Is it easy with the nunchuck
ID #210909
Aug 24th 2012 Guest
wiimote is the best because you have more control of steering and more fun of game and gold wheel icon is cool to and also remember. no wheel:no skill.
ID #179764
Aug 23rd 2012 Guest
How woud you skid with the wii wheel?
ID #179276
Aug 20th 2012 Guest
thanks i want this game for christmas and i dint know wii wheel controls (beacause i want wii wheel) and it helped me alot
ID #178104
May 31st 2012 Guest
Is there any way to throw an item behind you when using the Classic Controller? The D-Pad down button (when oriented sideways that is) does it when just using the Wii Remote, but the D-Pad on the Classic Controller appears to have no function.
ID #147400
Apr 16th 2012 Guest
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Feb 23rd 2012 Guest
whats a accel buttion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ID #117654
Feb 11th 2012 Guest
@devonDX It's short for directional/direction pad. It's the cross shaped thing.
ID #114153
Jan 31st 2012 devonDX
WHAT IS A D PAD!!!!!!!!!!!
ID #111085
Jan 15th 2012 Guest
fly fly =D
ID #106020
Dec 6th 2011 Guest
which is the best controller to use?- i have classic controller and wiimote and wiimote + nunchuck- whih would be best????? thanks Smile
ID #93178
Nov 30th 2011 Guest
you can drag items in automatic with the wii wheel. you hold dowh one of the side arrows on the plus part of the controller. and using the wheel isn't actually necessary, i never use is, i just turn the remote sideways.
ID #91654
Aug 22nd 2011 Guest
Don't forget - you can also use the Cyberbike for Mario Kart (needs to be switched to CB on front of the handlebars), so that is a fifth option. Great way to burn some calories !
ID #69183
Jul 8th 2011 Guest
How do you have an object backwards?
ID #55790
Jun 13th 2011 Guest
wut about the emulater controls?
ID #49006
May 16th 2011 Guest
i did not know you could use the Wii remote and Nunchuchk!
ID #43351
May 4th 2011 Guest
for the Gamecube Controller, when i press b, it doesn't jump, it only go's backwards. how do i jump for the Gamecube Controller?
ID #41444
Jan 18th 2011 Guest
When using the wii remote, does it have to be the ones with the Motion Plus or can we use generic types made for wii?
ID #25886
Dec 5th 2010 Guest
Snaking is basically drifting from one side of the track 2 the other over and over- getting a theoretically endless supply of mini-turbo boosts.
ID #20333