Mario Kart Tour brings a surprisingly near-fully-featured iteration of the classic Mario Kart formula to mobile. Although it's no substitute for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, especially not in terms of controls, you can get back some of your finesse with this guide.

By default, you will either steer or drift by tapping and swiping on the screen, but you can definitely have more control over your karts than that. In fact, there's even a settings option which will make track shortcuts harder to nail. That means customizing things for yourself is the best option to take.

In Mario Kart Tour once you get access to the settings menu, there's a bunch of options, some of them relating to the controls. In this guide we'll break them all down, so you know exactly what you're playing with before you go into a race. Just read below for everything you need to know…

Customizing your Mario Kart Tour controls

Open up your settings menu to access the additional control options. While some are obvious, others have some unfortunate side-effects.

In the Control Method section of the settings, you'll see Manual Drift, Smart Steering, Auto-item, and Gyro Handling. Each of these options changes the way you play the game, and mixing and matching them will be the best way to customize the controls to your liking.

Auto-item is one of the more interesting options. Auto-item will make it so you use or drop any items you're holding as you hit a new item box in order to get a completely fresh selection. This is nice, but not great if you intend to save a Super Horn or something like that. As a result, more experienced players may wish to play with it turned off. It's down to preference, but you should definitely experiment to see what works best for you.

For the very best manual controls possible, I recommend…

  • Manual Drift - On
  • Smart Steering - Off
  • Auto-item - Off
  • Gyro Handling - On

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