Manual is one of the two Drifting modes you can choose from in Mario Kart Wii. With this setting, players now have Drift on their own instead of power-sliding Automaticly. However, although it takes more work to perform a drift in the race, the player is rewarded with Mini-Turbos for executing a well rounded drift.
While tilting the Wii Wheel (assuming that's what you're using- if not, substitute the other controller method), pressing the B button will make either your Kart or Bike leap up into the air. When it come back down, if you keep on moving in a turning motion, the vehicle’s tires will start to slide across the track, perpendicular to the treads. In this way, the kart keeps up its Acceleration, even if it’s curving around a corner.
This apparently causes the kart to gain momentum and heat... smoke starts puffing around the wheels. After traveling in a short arc for a while, blue sparks will shoot out from underneath the vehicle’s engine; a Mini-Turbo is charged up, and releasing the B button will give you a Speed Boost.
Another, even more plentiful bonus of using Manual drift is a Super Mini-Turbo, essentially the same but... well, you know, it’s super! Orange sparks flaring from the bottom of the vehicle designate when this extra-long boost is ready; of course, it will take more work to gain a Super Mini-Turbo. You have to drift around a larger circumference of a corner, about equal to a hairpin turn, to receive a one.
Mario Kart Wii Trivia
- So far, Manual drift has been an option in every Mario Kart game. In fact, out of all 8 installments in the series, Manual has been the ONLY drift option, besides ‘’Mario Kart Wii’’.
- Super Mario Kart, the first in the franchise, didn’t award Mini-Turbos, but the drift process was the same. Mario Kart 64 introduced Min-Turbos, and Mario Kart Wii instituted Super Mini-Turbos. Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 have both of them back.
- Automatic, the beginner Drift mode, has the same basic drift sequence, but it doesn’t require pressing B.
- Bikes turning around corners in Automatic can be seen scraping against pavement and creating blue sparks. But don’t get your hopes up- they are much smaller, and do nothing but look cool.
- Karts are much more suitable to Bikes for drifting- their four tires create much more control than a Bike’s two. However, Bikes easily 1-up Karts with their special ability, a Wheelie.