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Artwork of Luigi from Mario Kart Wii
Luigi performing a wheelie on his Standard Bike

A wheelie is a technique that can be used only on a bike in Mario Kart Wii. Wheelies slightly increase the speed of the player's bike, but if the player bumps into an object or opponent while performing one, it cancels and the player loses speed. The player also drops any items deployed out. Also, the speed increase comes at the cost of reduced handling, and turning while performing a wheelie slows down the player substantially. Wheelies fail if the player tries to perform one without moving, or if the player is moving too slowly.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, wheelies have been removed altogether, and they cannot be performed by the player at will. However, during certain boosts, racers who are riding bikes perform a purely cosmetic wheelie.

Depending on the player's controller, a wheelie is activated accordingly:

  • Wii Wheel – Lift controller up
  • Classic Controller – Press +Control Pad up
  • Nintendo GameCube Controller – Press Up on +Control Pad
  • Wii RemoteWii Remote / NunchukNunchuk – Lift Wii Remote up

To stop a wheelie:

In addition, drifting cancels a wheelie.


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Italian Impennata


  • A wheelie can be used to avoid the effects of POW Blocks, by timing it at a certain point. Players still drop their items, however. Although karts cannot perform wheelies, they can also avoid POW Blocks by using the same controls as wheelies (lifting the Wii Remote or pressing +Control Pad up).