A Trick (also called Stunt) is a technical move that first appeared in Mario Kart Wii. After jumping off of most ramps,, characters can perform tricks. Upon landing, the player will get a Jump Boost. If launching off of boost panels, karts flip horizontally (similar to a corkscrew motion) while bikes flip vertically if using the Up or Down controls. Tricks can also be executed on boost panels itself. Many basic tricks include the character looking backwards and waving or wagging their feet, but more notable tricks include Yoshi sticking out his tongue, King Boo shrinking and laughing, or Funky Kong's one-handed upside down flip.
Tricks reappeared for Mario Kart 7, with the same kind of properties and can be activated by pressing while going over a ramp. However, due to technical limitations, characters no longer spin or flip at all when performing one. It was also known as Jump Boost, which is shown on the e-manual. Unlike Tricks in Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7 has only 2 variations of a stunt per character. With the exception of Metal Mario, each character in Mario Kart 7 has at least one animation of them facing the screen, while the other animation doesn't (for Metal Mario's case, however, both of his animations show him not facing the screen, making him the only character with this trait). For example, Luigi has 2 stunts, the first being an animation of him punching the air, and the second being Luigi flailing his arms about. In Mario Kart Wii, however, Luigi has 6 stunt animations, 3 for bikes and 3 for karts. All stunts for each character can be seen below.
Tricks reappear in Mario Kart 8. This time, there is a new sound effect when a character performs one. There are a total of six tricks for each character (seven for Peach and Larry Koopa); three types of them for karts, as well as bikes and ATVs. Two of the three trick types have no special requirements, though the second type is always used as a glider pad trick. The third type is only seen at certain anti-gravity segments. When tricking, karts/bikes/ATVs can also be controlled by which button from the D-Pad/Circle Pad is pressed, or which way the Wii Remote/Wii U GamePad is tilted. Tricks are known as Jump Boosts in the stats screen (in version 2.0 and later). In certain courses, it is possible to perform Trick Combos, which consist of multiple consecutive tricks to gain a much longer and faster boost.
In an American commercial for the Nintendo DS, the game Mario Kart DS is featured in a CG animation where Mario is performing a trick over a ramp, even though the first game to introduce tricks is a later game, Mario Kart Wii.
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8
Note: Some characters have different trick animations for whenever they're using the inside drifting vehicles.
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