Mario (Wheelie)

On SNES Mario Circuit 3, Mario manages to pull a Wheelie.

A unique and valuable feature of the new Bikes in Mario Kart Wii is their ability to perform a Wheelie. These daredevil tricks give energizing speed to racers, and add up to enormous amounts in the long run.


Any character, no matter what weight class they're in, can perform a Wheelie. To do so, simply flick the Wii Remote upwards (or press up on the D-pad for Classic Controllers/GameCube Controllers). This will make your driver pull forwards on the steering bar, lifting the front wheel and consequently drive solely on the back tire. Flashes of wind will surround the player... To stop the Wheelie, simply tilt the Wii Remote back down. Without manually stopping the stunt, the racer can keep it up for around 3 seconds.


Funky Kong (Wheelie)

Funky Kong (a commonly used racer on Time Trials does a Wheelie on his Flame Runner in Luigi Circuit

The speed increases by about 33% when players perform Wheelies. Yes. That's a HUGE amount. There's no limit to how many you can do in a race either. Sure, each one only lasts 3 seconds, but all's you have to do is start a brand new one right away.

Because of the amazing time increases (well, time decreases, really) you can get with a Wheelie, many players believe that Bikes are way to overpowering to Karts. In fact, almost every world record Time Trial has the player driving a Bike.


If there weren't any downsides to pulling off a Wheelie, well then racers would just keep using them all the time. But to make sure that's not the case, the programmers gave Wheelies a damaging effect if they choose to use them in inopportune times... If an opponent racer slams, or even touches you, your vehicle will spin out of control- not as much as if slipping on a Banana, but possibly even worse; a large deceleration occurs, and it will take a while to get back up to regular speed.

Another factor that sizes down a Wheelie's helpfulness is a loss in steering ability. As you might of guessed, driving on one tire will be a bit more challenging than two. Turning sharp corners while doing a Wheelie is nearly impossible, and overturning during one of them will cause you to drop back onto both tires.

Mario Kart Wii TriviaEdit

Wario (Golden Mushroom)

In Mario Kart 8, Wheelies are still possible (as Wario shows), but they don't add any speed. This boost is from a Golden Mushroom.

  • Even with its punishing cons, Wheelies were so subordinate over Bikes that they didn't return in Mario Kart 7.
    • Mario Kart 8 brought them back, but not the Wheelie.
      • Well, in fact, they ARE in Mario Kart 8, but purely for show (such as when using a Mushroom.)