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Mario Kart Power Up Guide

Written by FooFan on Friday, 5 December 20083 Comments
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Mario Kart Wii - Power Up Guide/Tips

There are many power ups in Mario Kart Wii, some easy to use, some difficult. This guide will go over the power ups in Mario Kart Wii, with some hints/tips to using said power up. So I begin..

Name: Red Shell (Also in triple format)
Description: The classic weapon of the series, a heatseeking shell coloured red.
Effect/Use: The red shell, once fired, locks on to the opponent in the position in front of you and causes the opponent to spin out. The red shell can accidentally crash into walls or very tight corners and can be blocked.
Tip/Hint: Typically used for the offence, be careful to fire this when you know it won’t hit a corner or wall. Use defense items to block a red shell by holding them behind you.

Name Green Shell (Also in triple format)
Description: A green shell basically
Effect/Use: Unlike the red shell this does not lock onto the opponent in front, instead it goes in a straight line, bouncing off walls etc.
Tip/Hint: This weapon can be difficult to master on the offense, so it is typically used defensively. Particularly useful in deflecting incoming red shells by dragging the shell behind you and can be fired behind to stop pesky slipstreamers. Fire at goombas for a easy shroom.

Name: Banana (Also in x3)
Description: A banana skin
Effect/Use: Once dropped, will cause any kart/bike that runs into it to spin out.
Tip/Hint: This item is excellent defensively, drag it behind you to deflect incoming shells. A good place to drop these is the tight sections of track. Don’t fire these off straight away if you are in the high positions as you will inevitably come under red shell fire.

Name: Fake Item Box
Description: A dark reddish item box but it doesn’t give an item
Effect/Use: Looks like an item box however causes anyone that hit’s it to spin/flip out.
Tip/Hint: A great way to use this item is to drop it where real item boxes are to disguise it, causing a unsuspecting opponent to drive right into it. This item does NOT deflect shells at all

Name: Mushroom/Triple Mushroom
Description: Red & White spotted mushroom (possibly poisonous )
Effect/Use: When used, gives the user a temporary burst of speed that lasts a few seconds.
Tip/Hint: A great way to use this is to cut across terrain (e.g. grass) that would normally be very impractical to cross, as a result you can possibly jump one/two positions in the race and save 1-2 seconds in a time trial race, sweet.

Name: Blooper
Description: A squid
Effect/Use: When used causes oil () to be squirted onto your opponents screen, obscuring their view.
Tip/Hint: No real tip to this item, just use it when you get it. In mirror mode can work well against poorer drivers (or those that haven’t done mirror )

Name: Blue Shell
Description: The notorious blue shell is still here, we all know what it looks like (Been hit enough times )
Effect/Use: Once fired, locks onto first place and flies round the track until it reaches the target then crashes into the kart/bike causing an explosion that any karts/bikes caught in will be flipped up or spun out..anger follows (for the victim )
Tip/Hint: No real tip for this, just let fly when you recieve the item to unleash blue explodyness on 1st place, sweet..unless your the victim

Name: Bob-Omb
Description: A funny bomb like object
Effect/Use: Once dropped, will explode after a few seconds unless triggered by an opponent.
Tip/Hint: Rear view is effective when using this item, look behind you and when you see a few opponents following you, drop the item behind you, giving them a very unexpected suprise. Can be fired in front of you but is harder to actually get an opponent unless on a straight part of track.

Name: Super Mushroom
Description: Golden mushroom
Effect/Use: Like the mushroom gives a burst of speed when used but instead of having once use, this item can be used as many times as you want in the time limit before the item runs out
Tip/Hint: Brilliant for crossing large parts of grass/water to save a LOT of time and possibly (depending on position) overtake a lot of opponents, nice (Be careful to not have it run out off road though )

Name: POW Block
Description: A grey block with POW on it.
Effect/Use: Once used a warning appears on screen which goes through 3 stages before the item takes effect, spinning all opponents in front of the user (unless they go off a jump/in a cannon etc.)
Tip/Hint: Just as the POW block goes off, shake the Wiimote/Wheel as if you were doing a trick and with good timing you don’t spin as much and maintain your speed, giving you a getaway. (You will know you’ve done it correct if you see blue pulsating rings under your kart when you spin)

Name: Mega Mushroom
Description: A mushroom with extra additives
Effect/Use: When used, makes your kart/bike grow 4 times the normal size for limite time, in which you are impervious to attacks and can crush opponents flat. Your speed is also slightly increased too.
Tip/Hint: This item can be used to help cross off road terrain. The main use of the item though is to crush opponents in front of you, leaving them helpless behind you. The mega mushroom is great if you can save it and use when near the top 3 places as you will likely be able to crush them and take a big lead.

Name: Lightning Bolt
Description: Basically lightning..
Effect/Use: When used, a massive lightning bolt strikes every kart (unless using a star etc.) and shrinks them, halving their speed temporarily.
Tip/Hint: No real tip to this item, when you recieve it, use it to catch up to karts in front or save it and unleash it when near the front few.

Name: Star
Description: A magic star (Not chocolate though )
Effect/Use: Makes you temporarily invincible
Tip/Hint: Great use for this is to use it to cut across large shortcuts or plought through opponents, knocking them out the way.

Name: Bullet Bill
Description: A massive bullet bill basically
Effect/Use: Turns you into a bullet bill and flies you round the track for a short amount of time, knocking all opponents flying if they are hit. Make sure your are prepared to control your kart/bike as bullet bill wears off as it has a knack for wearing off on a corner (Not nice on Rainbow Road )
Tip/Hint: No tip except possibly saving it for higher positions before using but this is risky as you could get hit by lightning etc. whilst saving it. When you recieve it, use it to plough through opponents and jump a lot of positions (depending on position when using the item).

Name: Lightning Cloud
Description: The newly most annoying item, a lightning cloud
Effect/Use: A very annoying item that can pop up in ANY position (Yes that’s right you can recieve it in first place and if you do, feel free to be very annoyed, it’s all right, i understand). Basically it’s like a hot potato that zaps you with small lightning bolts, giving you small speed boosts (Nice ) until, unless you pass it on by knocking into another opponent, your zapped by a massive lightning blast, shrinking you and halving your speed (Watch the racers fly by you in the aftermath)
Tip/Hint: No tip to this except, pass it on as quick as possible.. Not very practical if your no where near an opponent mind you. Quite possibly the most annoying and pointless power up (If you can really class it as a proper power up).

Thanks for reading my guide, hope it helps


  • Elliot Coleman said:

    I have an idea for a new item! It is called a Poison Mushroom. It looks like a normal mushroom except it will glow in a pattern of red and purple. When used, it will stop glowing. If it stops on red, it will give you a speed boost. If it stops on purpel, it stays for a little longer and poisons you, wich makes you loose some speed and not able to use other items.

  • Eric Vu said:

    There is a way to dodge the evil blue shell for all those people who are scared of mad at it!!!(this technique works with the mushroom, 3x mushroom, the star, the super mushroom, and the bullet bill) When using a mushroom, use it when it is diving for you.(3x mushrooms and super mushrooms preferred) the star and bullet bill, use it when you see it above your kart/bike. GOOD LUCK!

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