Spin Turn

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Artwork demonstrating Spin-Turn from Mario Kart 64
Artwork demonstrating the Spin Turn from Mario Kart 64

A Spin Turn (or spin turn),[1] originally hyphenated as Spin-Turn,[2] is a driving mechanic from the Mario Kart series, introduced in Mario Kart 64. When the accelerate and brake buttons are pressed while a kart is at a standstill, the kart can pivot around, creating very precise maneuvers. While it is not a common tactic to use while racing, in nonlinear arenas such as those used in Battle Mode, it is used to quickly change directions and aim items better.

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, a Spin Turn is performed by holding L Button, R Button, and A Button and turning while at a standstill.

Super Mario Kart is the only mainline Mario Kart title without the ability to spin-turn. Additionally, exclusively in Mario Kart Wii, a Mini-Turbo can be activated by using Spin Turns.


Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction manual: "Use Spin-Turns Wisely! To change direction on narrow roads, or when you want to direct a Shell at an opponent, turn and press the A and B Buttons simultaneously, to do a Spin-Turn."

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

  • Instruction manual: "Master the Spin Turn! When you need to change direction in an instant, the Spin Turn is your best bet. Just hold the A and B Buttons and crank the steering wheel!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Pivoter (MK64)
Virage serré (MKSC)
Sharp turn