|Here is a
list of Mario Kart 64 tactics. It's a bit
oriented towards beginners, but you never know if
you'll find something to help your game.
A necessity for fast times.
Press "A" just before the green (well,
blue) light and you're off. Once you do this one
a lot you can do it by sound!
of Cornering 101
These are tactics the very beginners may want to
start off with.
1. Regular Turns:
Simply move the control stick. Not too tough.
Once you get good you
----should hardly ever
While going around a corner, press the
"R" button repeatedly. The character
----hop with every
press. This tactic is used even by the masters,
so learn it.
Like a hop, but harder to perfect. Press and hold
the "R" button while going
----around the turn.
You can move the analog stick left and right
while doing this to adjust
----your kart slightly.
This must be learned also.
This tactic are used by any and every good karter
so it is a must-learn.
This move gives you a burst of speed that
obviously helps improve those
----times. It's a
toughy to learn though. Start with a powerslide
(see above) and while sliding,
----move the control
stick left and right. The color of the smoke will
change from white to
----orange to red.
Ideally, you want to have the smoke red at the
end of a corner. Release the
button and watch your speed increase! This will
take a LOT of practice. You may want
----to refer to the
instruction booklet also.
These tactics are the official tactics of all
King and Elite karters. The ultimate in times
comes from learning these tactics.
1. Combination Turning:
Not to difficult to figure out. Combine multiple
turn tactics. Some
Mini-Turbo and then hopping, Powersliding and
shrooming (more on
etc. Anything to save precious seconds.
2. Multiple MT's:
Many corners in the game leave themselves open to
----For instance, just
about every corner in Rainbow Road. Instead of
holding the slide all the
----way through pull
off a couple of mini-turbos for the added boost.
Other "not used much" turning moves.
1. The A+B Turn:
For quick turn-arounds only. Must be at stand
still and press and hold the
"B" buttons and move the control stick
either direction. This move is used very
more moves to learn
Just a few more moves to improve times.
1. Straight Stretch MT's:
Pull off a mini-turbo while going on a straight
away. Not simple, but
2. Corner cutting/hopping:
Often there are corners you can either cut
through to drop time,
----or corners you can
hop over (Sherbet Land anyone?). Usually, a
mini-turbo into the corner
----and a hop will put
you in the right spot, but sometimes, you'll need
multiple hops (if you're
Well, you got 3 per 3 laps so you might as well
know the correct ways to use them.
Shrooms are activated by the "Z" button
or the bottom "C" button. They are a
drastic increase of speed for a limited time.
Here are some shrooming tips.
Shrooms should always be used on corners or
hills. I have a hard time thinking
----of any spot where
you use a shroom on a straight-away. It just
isn't the way to go.
corner to shroom on is a different story
2. MT Shroom:
Often, you will need to shroom around a corner
and pull off a mini-turbo at
----the end. It's
nothing difficult once you get mini-turboing
down, but it has to be done
Easily, the most important thing. Practice the
courses! Learn every corner, the best spots to
shroom, where to MT, when to MT, etc. Be one with
the course (well, maybe taking it THAT far is
kinda obsessive, but enjoy the course). Have fun!
What's the point in playing if you don't enjoy
it. Happy Karting!