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Mario Kart 8 – How to be a Pro at 200cc Mode

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Alex has been practicing in 200cc mode and has come up with five tips to help you tear up the course and get the fastest times without crashing into anything. Follow Alex on Twitter ■ http://twitter.com/Alex_Olney Smash Highlights ■ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxhc6NsjSF9okH0RjUohxQlMOx69-2zHK Check out our full site ■ http://www.nintendolife.com Like us on Facebook ■ https://www.facebook.com/nintendolife Follow us on Twitter ■ https://www.twitter.com/nintendolife
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Drew (26 days ago)
Isabella best character choice. Just switched and came in first the last few races.
K.A S.C (2 months ago)
your advices together with my skills made something perfect , thanks a lot
Alex Dunham (3 months ago)
guys dont listen to him, use morton with rollers and the blue falcon
NeptuniumX6 (3 months ago)
Thank you for telling me things I actually didn’t know.
Oni the strongest (3 months ago)
rather watch mankalor tbh
Mark Wasabi (3 months ago)
i didn’t know that you can control your decent without the glider and i’ve already finished 200CC and mirrored 100% and 150cc all staff ghosts 😂 i should’ve known it earlier.
R. Downgrade (4 months ago)
I was wholly unaware one could control their airtime when not using the glider. ... man, Nintendo really didn't communicate what exactly this game does this time around. But, I *REALLY* appreciate your last point. I can't tell you how many times I've been screwed over by not being able to stop a drift boost.
CartoonMaster (5 months ago)
My personal tips to get ahead of everyone the whole race. My friend is a god at MK8 and he taught me some tips and tricks but here are the simple ones. 1.Try to drift very close to the corners of the course in every race. 2. Release the drift key in the middle of one to cancel it and turn corners sharper if you feel as if you will fall off the course if you keep drifting. 3. Try to cross places you can't with a shroom (Pretty sure most of you already do this).
Mr. Med Kit (5 months ago)
The good old days
Erik van Kaldekerken (8 months ago)
Thanks for the tips ! Even though I'm a Die-Hard mariokart-player (been there since the first one came out on the SNES) and a fan of the series (except for handheld versions) I'm still not be able to beat the 200cc cups in Mariokart 8...A friend of mine who has it on the Switch plays the 200cc with help from the computer, but I want to do it myself...Although I'm very good at racing with the Wii-mote and Nunchuck (of course since the Wii-version came out) I think I must learn to play it with a classic controller on the Wii-U, because braking with the B-button seems much easyer with a classic controller then with the Wii-mote and Nunchuck.
irene (8 months ago)
I use tilt controls but it was still helpful
Tlane Ixtlilto (8 months ago)
I. Don't. Brake.
DolphinLegend 6444 (8 months ago)
Thank you i play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Daminite The Dam (9 months ago)
The racing line? Stay on the outside as you go around the corner then turn in? There something I'm really not getting.
Jibzy Luigi (9 months ago)
What? I'm using the b button but it's doesn't brake, instead, it drifts...
Terry F (9 months ago)
they should have made the breaks one of the trigger buttons hard to use b button while finger is on the a button
MooMoo 8399 (10 months ago)
Why am I so good at modnation racers but I suck at this game on 200cc
Mario & Luigi fan (10 months ago)
My Tip: take a slow bike.
Rey Zephlyn (10 months ago)
Thx m8
Rein Van Harn (10 months ago)
I got everything gold 3stars exept for 200cc special cup
TheManLOL360 (1 year ago)
I didn't know people were very stupid on thinking braking disables your drift from the moment you brake, jeez. Git Gut.
DogeCraft - Minecraft (1 year ago)
But what it if use motion controls
Joshua Argueta (10 months ago)
oh lord
TheManLOL360 (1 year ago)
DogeCraft - Minecraft Then you're fucked
Pugnacious LB (1 year ago)
I love how this video is perfectly 10 minutes ad revenue mongers
DinoPon3! (1 year ago)
200cc is extremely fun
Enderflame4 (1 year ago)
Wow it's been a while since a Mario kart tip video has helped me. Thanks!
adam fok (1 year ago)
In 200cc, who drift hops before they turn? (me)
Luigi gaming (1 year ago)
i beat level 1/cc100!
RedLadyBug U (1 year ago)
I've been playing this game for years but I'm stuck on 100cc. I've won gold on all the cups I just need to get stars. What combination would you recommend? I'm more or a kart player then a bike but I still use bikes. Please help!!!
FireFly79 (1 year ago)
RedLadyBug. It's a difficult one to answer without seeing how you play the game. Do you know how to drift? If not there should be some YouTube videos that will help you in this area. Regarding character kart/bike combos it depends on your play style. Lighter characters have better acceleration and handling whereas heavier have a higher top speed and are able to bully the smaller characters but the handling isn't as good. I got 3 stars on all cups in 150cc using Shy Guy, standard kart standard wheels and standard paraglider so it is possible to beat it with any combo just find the one that suits you. Another tip is finding the sweet spot at the beginning of the race that gives you a boost. This is done by pressing the accelerator just a millisecond after the number 2 comes up on the countdown. Timing is essential here as going slightly early will blow your kart, however depending on the exact timing of when you press the accelerator on 2 will either give you a big boost or a small one. This is something you'll have to find out for yourself but with a bit of practice you will nail it and eventually this will give you a head start which could help you out quite a lot. Once you are in front make sure that any time you get a green/red shell or banana you hold it behind you by pressing and holding the left shoulder button that is used for using items, if you do this it will keep the item held behind your kart and can save you from getting hit by a red shell. Boost mushrooms can be used to boost across grass giving you a handy short cut, invincibility stars can do that also. Every time you go over a jump press the right shoulder button this will make you do a trick and will give you a boost this also applies when you go over little jumps such as tree roots, fallen pillars etc.. I don't know how much of this you already know but I hope it helps but above all things you need to know how to drift correctly.
GrumpyGoomba9 (1 year ago)
How do you control your height when you are using motion controls and don't have a control stick?
Hayes Dillon (1 year ago)
Press the down/up buttons on the D-Pad i think.
Nat. P. (1 year ago)
OMG I never knew you could glide without the glider! Thanks!!!
Mr. Triggered (1 year ago)
Nat. P. Do you know how you can use it on the ultra shortcut on big blue? You can search it
BowserandLover1 (1 year ago)
What I don't understand is why can't you do time trials on 200cc? Am I missing something?
DinostrawRepublic (7 months ago)
You can on the Switch version of Mario Kart 8, not on Wii U.
Clark Talbot (1 year ago)
HEY!!! You stole my character/kart setup..
Darth Vader (1 year ago)
That was very informative, mostly because I have never pressed the brake button.
Aliza (1 year ago)
In 200cc I basically hold b on rainbow road until I feel that my finger has blisters
Editary Information (1 year ago)
My combo is: Luigi + Pipe Frame + Slick + Cloud Glider
Ohn (1 year ago)
wait b is brake?!?!??!?!
Daniel Manni (1 year ago)
I hate everything under 200cc, its so slow. I only play on 200cc.
STAND_UP CREATIVITY (11 months ago)
Daniel Manni you confused me there
Ben McIntyre (1 year ago)
If nobody knows that the B button is the brake like if you knew that you could accelerate with Y not just A
Ben McIntyre (1 year ago)
I actually use the brake quite alot
Edward Carlo Abarilla (1 year ago)
Please greet this way again and not how you greet now with your "hello there, lovely people."
Fros-T13 (1 year ago)
Actually you're wrong, lighter characters are always a bad choice. Overall too much acceleration and provide so little natural speed. Choose Light Class (Yoshi, Peach Daisy) or Heavy-Heavy Class (Mii, Bowser and Morton) or the "Metals". Why light class? Nice mixture of Speed Parts and you should have a nice balanced kart. Heavy-Heavy because they give a lot of natural speed just put Handling / Acceleration parts and with their natural weight you can screw over "LIGHTER CHARACTERS AND SHOVE THEM OFF THE FUCKING MAP!!" The Metals are really valuable now in Deluxe. They have good handling so with the proper set they should have good acceleration and great handling. I simply do not recommend light weights because of how useless they are... They die and will die a lot because they're the easiest to bully.
The Ancient Cat (1 year ago)
this is me when i show a friend mario cart 8 friend: lets do 200cc me: uuuummmmm friend: just do it its not that fast, trust me, ive seen fast me: uh o-ok? friend: ok it starts in 3 2 1 GO *drives of clif* GOTTA GO FAST
BeckhamsRightFoot (1 year ago)
Great tips Alex. Another one that's really helpful is to begin your drift a bit earlier than normal on 200cc. Works well for me.
a_guy_playing (1 year ago)
So in other words: Check out what's behind that Manual button next to MKTV in the main menu. It's probably the most helpful thing Nintendo put in there. This trick is actually in that manual too saying it's recommended for 200cc
Sammy Sahna (1 year ago)
lol on the left there is breath of the wild
verfresht (1 year ago)
why does nintendo not let us choose 200cc global races fron the get go :(
Hayes Dillon (1 year ago)
Yes they do. Worldwide - Custom - set to 200cc - done But if you want to play with players, go to the Super Mario Maker tournament.
Jhon River (1 year ago)
Huh, neat
jerq887 (1 year ago)
the point about not drifting at every corner also applies to jumps and ramps, you're already going so fast that most jumps in the tracks will completely throw you out of the race, its much safer to just drive off them so you dont eat the following corners
afromarco005 (1 year ago)
Your content has improved so much since then Alex GG
Matt Selby (1 year ago)
Says "tips". sounds like "tips". puts "teeps" at the bottom. yet has never notice he says Mario wrong.
Jon Posadny (1 year ago)
some good tips thanx
EndieGLITCH (1 year ago)
Don't worry I'll follow these teeps.
StretchyPlays (1 year ago)
I've actually been using auto-accelerate. At first I thought it was for more casual play but it makes it so much easier to to brake on the turns since you don't have to hold down two buttons at once. I've been wondering what the downsides are, I guess that last tip about canceling drift boost can't be done so I might have to try turning it off again.
Darth Korn (1 year ago)
JADEN JACKSON Then you're a noob
JADEN JACKSON (1 year ago)
I use smart steering for most of the tracks on 200cc
Giles Smith (1 year ago)
Braking in Mario Kart is just sacrilege like breaking in Ridge Racer hehehe. I'm just going for half assed gold medals in MK8 DX to get Gold Mario and never touch it again.
Majictimtam g (1 year ago)
GIT.GUD. Saved you from watching the entire video. jk. watch it. it's pretty informative
Sotiris227 (1 year ago)
I THOUGHT THIS GAME WAS EASY BUT I"M LEARNING NEW THINGS ALL THE TIME
Davis Jackson (1 year ago)
had no idea I could tab B to brake while drifting and it wouldnt remove my charged boost.
Valley 1 (1 year ago)
This tips will also work on the switch :)
Sem (23 days ago)
NO DIP SHERLOCK
Andrew Hong (1 year ago)
A button for Accelerate; B button for Brake. Let's do the alphabet!
CarsonSwitalskiDrums (1 year ago)
Hayes Dillon There is Z and C on a Nunchuck and X Y on any controller and R L on most controllers.
Hayes Dillon (1 year ago)
But there is no CDEFGHIJKMNOPQSTUVWZ keys on a controller...
M. Oudekerk (1 year ago)
didn't know about the non glider controlled descent, that's really helpful thank you
JADOS 2 AWESOME (1 year ago)
Hey Funny how Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is already out!! Wow time goes by fast..
Robert Bigg (1 year ago)
oh lordy... look at that hair
badugi (1 year ago)
that drift cancel would be great for the second turn on space rainbow road
Mystic (1 year ago)
The whole time I was on online mode I thought that people hacked to glide far like that... Well... I guess not :P
RapsPlay (sOn1c) (1 year ago)
nice! westside
Chris CynicVash (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Kyle Lamse (1 year ago)
The last tip was very good to know
Jack Morrison (6 months ago)
Kyle Lamse teep*
Savage McGriddle (1 year ago)
wow thanks i did not know gliding principles kind of affecting falling too, and cancelling drifts wow! i just got two three stars on 200cc!
Hako Lalic (1 year ago)
This helped heeps thanks
peter guiz (1 year ago)
BRO, NICE FUCKING TIPS, I AM A PC PLAYER AND ONLY HAVE NINTENDO AS A CONSOLE, I ALWAYS PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS MK8, AND AFTER 4 YEARS I NEVER HEARD OF 2 OF THESE TECHNIQUES... (SORRY FOR SPELLING HAD A FEW TOO MANY) I DEFENSIVELY SUBSCRIBE. DUDE GOOD TIPS BRO, THANKS
Azure Onyxscore (1 year ago)
A bike and small tires is a perfect balance for me. Tight cornering, and doesn't feel too open compared to a kart
Shandon Animations (1 year ago)
200cc mode is like,almost impossible to beat, maybe for me. Good hints and tips! :D
King Oshawott (2 years ago)
There are a few things wrong here. 1. It's almost possible to do every course without brakes on 200cc (just a pointer not a complain) 2. Sliding > Moving without drifting 3. After a certain point, air time will slow you down.
Willy_Th3_ Walrus (1 year ago)
He knows all these things and he never said the break button was needed just that it was very helpful
TacoCheetah (2 years ago)
Where can I get that F-Zero picture in the back?
John Gilbert (2 years ago)
Mario Kart 8 flippin' greatest EVER!!
TheDropdeadZed (2 years ago)
What cc is multiplayer set to by default? I'd imagine 100 cc or 150 cc but if anyone knows please comment it!
Darth Korn (1 year ago)
TheDropdeadZed 150cc
I didn't know that the P-Wing glides....
Matthew Berry (1 year ago)
FuFu Memelord Spookington are you retarded
Ninjor (2 years ago)
useful :)
Scott Hopkins (2 years ago)
I havent played 200cc yet as I just got the game today and want 3 stars all round and to get to know the tracks. However I didn't know you had brakes in Mario Kart x'D Probably useful in 200cc but in Mario Kart 7 I am pretty good (3 star rating, gold parts and nearly always do well online) I never thought you'd ever need a brake x'D Some really good tips in this actually :)
technichy (2 years ago)
When telling us controls, please specify which controller you're talking about, otherwise your information is fucking useless
Diamond Darrien (3 years ago)
thx but i wont it at my friends house cause the tips are for the wii u gamepad
Savage McGriddle (1 year ago)
b is drift on a wii remote and you tilt it up or down to control gliding
Diamond Darrien (3 years ago)
and my friends like using the gamepad
Leviathan (3 years ago)
0:08 kait
Gowtham Krishnakumar (3 years ago)
End of song name?
Kenny Floyd (3 years ago)
I never knew I could glide without the glider! That's really cool! I have no idea how I survived Mirror mode then. Most of these I can do except the last one. My instinct is to never let go of the A button and rarely ever use the break. I guess braking really is important here.
Veddy Gud (3 years ago)
They could've asked to put Sonic in instead of Dry Bowser since Pack 2 came alongside 200cc... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Jakey C (3 years ago)
Bloody hell! I've put 150 hours into MK8 and I had no idea you could push up or down to control how long you're in the air for when not in glider mode. And people say Mario Kart isn't deep.
themblan (3 years ago)
Thank you; this video helped me out tremendously.
Azurai (3 years ago)
This was surprisingly helpful.
MewLovesChocolate (3 years ago)
I'm certain there's a way to do this mode without braking! I will experiment until I find the perfect combo. In fact, Baby Park is doable without even braking, if one drifts at just the right spot
Morgan Walling (3 years ago)
Rainbow road is really hrd i keep on falling of the edge !
Altus Grey (3 years ago)
I'm never going to get good at this.. -_-
FireFly79 (1 year ago)
Altus Grey. Just out of curiosity did you get good?
FireFly79 (1 year ago)
Altus Grey. Just out of curiosity did you get good?
d4n93r (3 years ago)
6. Dont play 200cc
Graciie ღ (1 year ago)
^^ Angelo Acosta
Graciie ღ (1 year ago)
he commented this over 2 years ago lolol
d4n93r (1 year ago)
i don't appreciate your tone
Angelo Acosta (1 year ago)
WEAK! YOU ARE WEAK!
Jimmy Cage (3 years ago)
Great teeps! :) Thanks
ZoRowArkLP (3 years ago)
Very nice teeps ;) Especially the last one. That one was really new to me and will help me a lot. Thanks :)
Haiassai (3 years ago)
Okay.  Call me a hater, but I somewhat got tired of MK8 after a few months of playing it.  The graphics and music are amazing, but the mechanic was never... enthralling.  Sure, I wasn't the best, but it didn't seem that challenging.  Now that 200cc is out... I think I'll give it another whirl :)
Jeffrey Uy (3 years ago)
Good Tips
Cole (3 years ago)
Great video!
Nitro Rad (3 years ago)
All of this is genuinely helpful. Especially the bits about controlling your fall and cancelling drift boosts. I had no idea you were able to do that. Thanks dood!
Yung Trashley (7 months ago)
Nitro Rad? More like Nitro DAD! *several moaning emoji's
Richie De Bruyne (3 years ago)
take toadette she is fast
Just Club (3 years ago)
This wqs actually very helpful! It had never dawned on me to cancel drift boosts or ever release the A button at all, and that descent control is a new one to me too. That Mute City trick is unbelievable.
Goombasareawesome (3 years ago)
Great teeps Alex

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