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Mario performing a U-turn in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A U-turn (also written as U-Turn)[1] is a technique in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that allows the driver to quickly turn around. It can be used only in the games' Battle Mode. To perform a U-turn, the player must release the acceleration button in the middle of a drift. The vehicle turns up to 180 degrees with a turning radius much tighter than normal steering allows, with dust being kicked up behind it.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Electronic manual bio: "When drifting, release A Button while continuing to hold ZR Button to do a U-turn."


  1. ^ "Nintendo of Canada Facebook Post - June 25, 2021". Nintendo of Canada. Retrieved December 15, 2021.