Drift

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Mario drifting in his Kart

A drift (also referred to as a power slide[1] or power-slide[2]) is a move in the Mario Kart series, allowing the kart to keep speed around corners, by holding R Button and turning Control Stick left or right, at the cost of a bit of handling. Beginning with Mario Kart 64, it is possible to use both directions of the D-Pad (left and right) simultaneously while in a drift to cause the kart to get a short, but helpful Mini-Turbo when the drift is ended. In most Mario Kart games, the player must hop before being able to drift. The exceptions to this are in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, where there is no hop button – the player simply needs to keep press the R Button button (or L Button button) instead – and in the Mario Kart Arcade GP sub-series, where the player needs to tap the brake to enable drifting.

Due to the emergence of the "snaking" technique in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart DS, starting from Mario Kart Wii, performing Mini-Turbos by drifting has been simplified by becoming time-based rather than by tilting/pressing the control pad multiple times. Mario Kart Wii also introduced the "inside drifting" mechanic, in which the vehicle will commit to the turn by going to the inside instead of drifting to the outside when the player attempts to drift. All sport bikes in the Mario Kart series uses this mechanic.

In some games, one can perform a long power-slide by steering at the opposite direction while holding the drift button (when drifting to the left, steer right and vice versa), at the cost of speed. However, starting from Mario Kart Wii, performing this technique would delay the Mini-Turbo and causing it to take longer to charge.

Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Instruction manual: "Drifting allows you to take sharp corners without slowing down. To drift, press and hold R Button while entering a turn. While drifting, you can change the angle of your turn by moving Circle Pad."

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Instruction manual: "Drift around sharp corners without reducing speed! With A Button held down, hold ZR Button and use Classic Controller Left Control Stick to turn."

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Tips & Tricks: "If you turn and hold your swipe in the direction you're turning, you'll be able to take tight corners without losing speed."

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドリフト
Dorifuto
Drift
Spanish Derrapar To skid
French Dérapage Slip
German Drift Drift
Italian Slittata
Derapata (Mario Kart Wii and onwards)
Slide
Sideslip
Russian Управляемый занос
Upravlyayemyy zanos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario Kart: Double Dash!! instruction booklet, page 12.
  2. ^ Mario Kart DS Mission Mode: 1-8