Waggle required for some Mario Kart Wii maneuvers

By Spencer . April 1, 2008 . 10:29am


Mario Kart Wii supports four kinds of control schemes: tilt control with the remote, nunchuck/remote combination, Classic Controller and the Gamecube controller for purists. Before you dust off a Wavebird, Nintendo’s updated Mario Kart Wii fact sheet explains “some maneuvers cannot be performed.” The Classic Controller has the same warning. Nintendo has yet to disclose what maneuvers you have to give up for a classic Mario Kart feel, but the lost commands probably won’t be anything game breaking.


Actually, this isn’t the first time where players have to choose between traditional controls and a complete command list with motion control. In Naruto Shippuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 2 you need the remote to activate chakra restoring seals.


Let the battle between classic Gamecube controls versus motion sensitive Wii Wheel turning begin.

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  • Tony Begotta

    April fools!

  • Jammy

    As much as you think this is an April fools, it is real. Controller options probably lose out on wheelies and air stunts for boost.

  • jeffx

    if this is april’s fool indeed, it’s a well thought one. but spencer didn’t give us the link to this so called “fact sheet”…

  • @jeffx / Tony Begotta and other skeptics –

    See, this is why I’m not a fan of false April Fools’ news, you can’t say anything without a raised eyebrow or two. I appreciate the questioning (always a good idea), but I have no plans to intentionally “punk” anyone today or any other April Fools’ Day. I didn’t put a link to the fact sheet because it requires a Nintendo Press Room login. I’m not about to give out my password, but here is a copy/paste of the fact sheet in question.

    The worldwide race is on with a whole new set of tricks, tracks and ways to play.

    * The Wii Wheel transforms the Wii Remoteâ„¢ controller into a steering wheel that feels natural in anyone’s hands, while the Wii Remote and Nunchukâ„¢ controller offer a classic control style for the Mario Kart veteran. In either configuration, players can perform speed-boosting tricks with a shake of the Wii Remote.

    * Players can race as their favorite Nintendo character, or even as themselves! Mario Kart Wii lets players race with their personalized Miiâ„¢ characters. And racers will see other Mii characters they have created cheering from the sidelines on some race courses.

    * Players can compete with up to three friends in their living room. Or challenge up to 11 opponents via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in the biggest Mario Kart race yet. All tracks and modes of play are available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and players can visit the Mario Kart Channel to compete in tournaments, check rankings, see when their friends are playing and download ghost data.

    * Cruise new tracks and arenas or tour classic courses from Super Mario Kart™, Mario Kart® 64, Mario Kart®: Super Circuit™, Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!™ and Mario Kart® DS. Tired of riding on four wheels? Bust out one of the new motorbikes for special tricks and techniques.

    Game storyline: Drawing on courses and battle arenas from every game in the series – not to mention tons of new ones – the true king of the Mushroom Kingdom racing circuits will finally be crowned.

    How to progress through the game: Place first in Grand Prix circuits or clear skill-based missions to open up increasingly difficult and thrilling circuits. Players can have multiplayer races on any open courses or battle in arenas.

    Characters: Nintendo favorites Mario™, Luigi™, Peach™, Yoshi®, Donkey Kong®, Wario™, Bowser™ and Toad™, plus a host of new faces-including your own! Get into the game and put your Mii™ character behind the wheel.

    Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Whether racing around an obstacle-filled track or battling in an arena, drifting and tossing items are the keys to Mario Kart success. Players can shake the Wii Remote while launching off a ramp to pull off a trick that will temporarily boost their speed. When riding a bike, players can gain additional speed by flicking the Wii Remote up and popping a wheelie.

    Control: Mario Kart Wii is compatible with four different control schemes, so players can customize how they want to play:

    * Wii Remote Controller (with or without Wii Wheel): Steer by tilting the Wii Remote left and right. Or snap the Wii Remote into the Wii Wheel to transform it into a steering wheel for an intuitive, motion-based control scheme.

    * Nunchuk Controller: Steer with the Control Stick on the Nunchuk and use the Wii Remote to accelerate, perform tricks and drift.

    * Classic Controller: Mario Kart veterans can let their thumbs do the driving with the Classic Controller. However, players cannot perform certain moves with this control scheme.

    * Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ Controller: Experienced Mario Kart fans may also enjoy this familiar scheme, although some maneuvers cannot be performed.

    Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: There are two options for races and battles over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: up to 12 people via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or up to 10 people via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with two people playing locally.

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