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Mario braving a handstand on Moo Moo Meadows.

A Trick is a technique that players can perform to gain a boost of speed, introduced in Mario Kart Wii. When the player shakes or presses the appropriate buttons, their character will do a spectacular stunt in midair. This was one of the most popular new additions to the Mario Kart series, because who doesn't like some amazing flips during a race?


When players leave a platform or are launched off a bouncy road, they can either shake the Wii Wheel/Wii Remote or hit the D-Pad (depending on which controller method you are using). This will make their character do a "trick" in the air, which vary from handstands, hiding in Koopa Shells, or simply waving. (Note: players must press the button/shake controller before they are at the crest of the Trick. Doing it at or after the crest won't work. it just won't.) Different racers have different trick animations.

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Dry Bowser gaining a Speed Boost after a Trick.
When the player reaches the ground after the stunt was successfully executed, they get a small speed boost. It's basically the same acceleration of a Mushroom, but for a shorter time span of about 1/2 second, much like a Mini-Turbo. Although this only accounts for a very small time advantage, they add up after a while, and every Trick can lead you that much closer to 1st place.

There's a few dangers when performing a trick, such as losing control in the air and flying off the track. proper placement estimation must be used to avoid this; it's really not that hard, but on narrow tracks, it could be a downfall... literally. Also, sometimes players hit the ground and boost right into a wall, making them lose all of their Acceleration. A very easy solution is to stop pressing A, and the turbo will be canceled.

Mario Kart Wii Trivia

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Toad performing an amazing 360 spin on Toad's Factory.
  • Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 also implicate Tricks.
    • However, they've been renamed to Jump Boosts, and can't be done by shaking the 3DS/Gamepad. You now can only press the Drift button (L) in the air.
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